We always try to go away for our birthdays. It used to be: go away for Shaun’s in October and again for mine in November but with the wedding and house being a money sponge the last couple of years we’ve gone away in between! This year we were thinking of going to St Ives for a mini break, but then thought why don’t we go somewhere different? Somewhere we haven’t been before? Shaun mentioned Norfolk… What a great idea! A long drive I know but we planned to go for a long weekend so that should be ok!
That was it we were set on Norfolk, so I started looking into holiday cottages, friends of ours were going to join us so on the hunt for a cottage for 4 people and 2 dogs… I fell across a website called Barefoot Retreats and WOW I literally wanted to pin every property and interior (my Pinterest here). Their well laid out website meant that I could easily find the properties that suited us and there it was ‘Guillemot‘. A fairly new build, in the beautiful village of Brancaster, with a short walk to the famous beach, and lovely pub The Ship.
The car was packed and the road trip to Norfolk commenced at 8am Friday 18th November! Large travel mugs filled with tea, Ted cosy on the back seat (not for long!) we were on our way! We said we would look to stop half way and ended up stopping at a Waitrose near Oxford to grab some croissants, more tea and a few bits for our weekend!
Back in the car re fuelled, 5hrs later we arrived in Brancaster. STUNNING!!! Check in for the cottage wasn’t until 4pm but the lovely lady at Barefoot Retreats said she’d call us when it was ready! We headed straight to the beach, wellies, coats, hats & scarves on we were ready for a first walk of the break! The dogs loved it and the beach was amazing, stretching far and wide!
Legs stretched the cottage was ready for us! A beautifully presented cottage with everything you could possibly need… A gorgeous hamper left for us including: crisps, brownies, milk & prosecco! What’s not to love? The prosecco was quickly opened, a great start to the weekend!
All unpacked the boys were ready for a drink, so we walked to the village pub: The Ship, super cosy with the log burner roaring, gorgeous interiors we immediately booked Sunday lunch! If only we had a village pub like this!!
People had said about a few places to go, we didn’t manage them all but we did get to Burnham Market on the Saturday and Holkham Hall Sunday morning… Burnham Market is known as the Chelsea-on-sea, and I can see why! Gorgeous shops and gorgeous homes! It was truly picturesque! It definitely helped being handed a glass of fizz in the first shop we went to!
Holkham Hall was next on the list, breakfast eaten we jumped in the cars and headed to Holkham Hall, we didn’t realise that the House, shop and café side were surrounded by a deer park, the dogs wern’t allowed off but the opposite side of the road takes you to the beach, where the dogs can be off the lead… This is something we hope to come back and visit! We had a lovely walk through the deer park to the shop and cafe, where hot chocolates warmed our hands. I found a gorgeous candle holder in the shop and some fab G&T candles!
One thing I noticed, everywhere was so dog friendly. They rather enjoyed it… Pubs, shops, other people all fully embraced the dogs and truly welcomed them as much as us! That makes me love it even more!
We hope to go back soon to explore more of beautiful North Norfolk, but for now here are a few places we went to which I would highly recommend…
- The Ship, Brancaster – Perfect for Sunday lunch, dog friendly and delicious.
- Burnham Market – Perfect for a potter round the shops, with a stop for tea and cake in Birdie Fortescue, The Kitchen
- Holkham Hall – A picturesque walk in the deer park, a quick shop in their wonderful gift shop, and a hot choc and brownie in the café. Apparently the opposite side of the road takes you to the beach, which is well worth a visit. That’s on our list for next time!
- Brancaster Beach – A National Trust beauty. Walk off that Sunday roast with a long stroll along the gorgeous beach.
- Barefoot Retreats – If you need somewhere to stay then look no further than Barefoot Retreats. Gorgeous properties with everything you might need for a wonderful stay.
You can probably get that we loved Norfolk, if only it was closer! But going for a long weekend or more, the journey really isn’t that bad!
We hope to go back soon, maybe in the spring and will explore other places which we didn’t have time for this time!
Have you been to Norfolk? Any other places you’d recommend?