Norfolk, home of some of the uk’s biggest horizons and with some of the most spectacular views in East Anglia. In the summer months, the fields are a patchwork of golden barley, violet broad bean flowers and a sprinkling of wild primroses. Rent a holiday cottage in these parts of the the Norfolk countryside and you are guaranteed one of the most genuine Norfolk holidays available. Hay Fever sufferers aside, a holiday home tucked away behind wild hedgerows is about as countryside as a holiday can get.
Although Norwich suffered extensive damage during the air raids of World War II, fortunately the countryside was left largely untouched. Stunning stately homes remain scattered around Norfolk many offering holiday cottage accommodations within their grounds and estates. Finding a holiday home near an excellently preserved National Trust stately home such as Oxburgh Hall or Blickling Hall means you have a great days out on your doorstep. The walks in the grounds surrounding these houses are some of the best kept in Norfolk, the woodland walk at Felbrigg hall is not to be missed.
Looking further back in Norfolk’s history to a time when Norwich was once the trading capital of England the landscape was peppered with breathtaking castles and monasteries. Exploring the ruins at Castle Acre or Binham Priory today will not only leave you in awe at how something so great can crumble but also wondering why your holiday cottage suddenly seems so small!
A stealthy walk through the deciduous oak and beech woodlands in Norfolk can reward a keen wildlife enthusiast with a glimpse of some of the counties hidden wildlife. Roe deer, badgers and stoats are all home here and fortunately live in forests protected by the good work of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The best time to explore the forests are in late April and early May when many woodlands are carpeted in bluebells and wild garlic, use the satellite view on our cottage map to find accommodation near forested parts of the Norfolk countryside..
There are holiday cottages to rent and other lovely self catering accommodation in the area around Buxton, Aylsham and East Dereham. Pretty flint cottages straddle the Wensum while the river Bure runs from Buxton and Aylsham continuing eastwards through beautiful countryside. Well known for the Queen's country residence, Sandringham and the surrounding area is also a beautiful place for a holiday in Norfolk.