In the beginning …..

In the beginning we started exploring North Norfolk for hidden Gems, we searched far and wide and slowly and surely collected five properties, each with their own sparkles. They were hidden across Norfolk from Heacham to The Broads. This summer we collected two more, hidden in wroxham backing onto the Norfolk Broads.

Indulge me if you will and let me introduce you to our ever growing collection of holiday homes across Norfolk, the first I’m going to blog about is a home from home but with added sparkle, Nan’s Cottage.

Nan’s Cottage, a traditional flint cottage built in 1800’s now boasts of a hot tub and log burner, it comfortably sleeps 6 in three bedrooms, two beautifully decorated doubles and a twin room. One double bedroom is ground floor, close to the bathroom. It’s located in the sleepy village of Briston, short drive from Holt, with the coast only a ten minute drive away. I myself retreat here several times a year, it’s comforting and peaceful and I can bring my dog. It’s the perfect place to curl up in autumn with a book and cup of tea or sit outside in the well maintained colourful garden, admiring the expanse of the sky, before a soak in the hot tub with a glass of wine. It’s a welcoming host for families, couples, old or young and of course well behaved dogs.

Two of my favourite places to visit in North Norfolk are within 10mins drive, ones good on a dry day the other is great for those unexpected wet days. On a sunny, yes I am optimistic about British weather, dry day you can head out to the coast. Visiting Wells next to the Sea, is like therapy. You can head out for a coastal walk through a pine forest, jump off some sand dunes, build a castle or two, paddle and then head into Wells for award winning Fish and chips and perhaps a spot of crabbing by the harbour wall. For families there is a great little train that can take you from the coast to the town for a minimal fee. Now on a less dry day or perhaps you’ve had enough cobwebs blown away that you need somewhere to retreat, visit Holt. Holt is a lovely town full of great little shops in every nook and cranny. It also has the fabulous restaurant/ cafe called Byfords. It certainly does amazing cake, you have to try it. There are many lovely cafés maybe you could try a cafe crawl. If you like Art and Antiques, home decoration or kitch retro shops this is a haven for exploring. I picked up many presents on my last visit.

In my next blog I want to share with you an exceptional show stopping Gem, Park Farm Barn. In the mean time you can check out these lovely properties on http://www.norfolkshiddengems.co.uk and follow us on Facebook and twitter for great deals, last minute offers and tips on visiting Norfolk @NfksHiddenGems. For offers relating to Nan’s cottage follow @nanscottageNfk.

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