Based in Holt we like to think of ourselves ('the 'team') as a group of local experts. Friendly and knowledgeable, we provide an excellent customer service experience for you, our customers and homeowners. Spanning the decades, our combined experience spans well over a hundred years! Although we don't like to boast, our skills range from in-depth property knowledge to excellence in marketing, and each of us will always go that extra mile to ensure your holiday experience with Norfolk Country Cottages is a very positive one.
Here's an introduction to all of our lovely people, with a little more insight into what makes them tick!
Tom Ellis - Director
Favourite Norfolk place: Wells-next-the-Sea. Top Norfolk tip: I love to do the circular walk from Wells beach car park to Holkham beach through the pine forests and back along the beach. Followed of course by fish and chips, eaten on the wall of the Quay. Absolutely world class!
Matt Frost - Operations Manager
Favourite Norfolk place: Norwich. Top Norfolk tip: With so much fantastic produce around Norfolk, after a wander around the bustling Fine City of Norwich, there are plenty of fabulous independent eateries to take your pick from. Our current favourite is the small but perfectly formed Brick Pizza ! (Other Pizza establishments available)
Liz Goldby - Homeowner Team Manager
Favourite Norfolk place: Cley marshes. Top Norfolk tip: To find one of Norfolk’s hidden gems head out on the path from Burnham Overy Staithe across the marshes, on the left you will have the run in from the sea on the right the fresh water marshes, both alive with bird life. Follow the path and then take the board walk up dunes, at the top the jewel is revealed, the most stunning beach, with the tide out there is a huge expanse of pristine sand and the sea may sparkle turquoise in the sun shine, if you are extra lucky you may even have it all to yourself.
Lucy Downing - Brand Manager
Favourite Norfolk place: Holkham beach in winter. Top Norfolk tip: Book a boat trip to see the seals from Morston. Winter is best as it’s their breeding season and you will be able to see the pups stretched out on the sands at Blakeney Point. Also book a pub lunch afterwards to warm your cockles!
Chrissie Pickard - Customer Service Manager
Favourite Norfolk Place: Brancaster. Top Norfolk tip: Enjoy Fish and Chips at No 1 restaurant in Cromer, with fantastic views of the pier and the sea.
Linda Downes - Reservations Assistant
Favourite Norfolk place: Salthouse Beach. Top Norfolk Tip: I would recommend a visit to Holkham Park - Where you can enjoy long walks or a cycle ride, taking in the beautiful scenery, boats on the lake and deer grazing in the distance.
Helen Nattriss - Reservations Assistant
Favourite Norfolk place: Houghton Hall, Garden and Grounds. Top Norfolk tip: A winter walk on Brancaster beach preferably accompanied by a Labrador.
Suzanne Lee - Reservations Assistant & VisitEngland Assessor
Favourite Norfolk place: Walking through Blickling Woods. Top Norfolk tip: Take a lovely walk at Wells, through the pinewoods, along the beach, finishing off back at the quay - sat aboard The Albatros boat with a hot chocolate (and a touch of Baileys!) enjoying the spectacular coastal views.
Kimberley Lovick - Homeowner Liaison Assistant
Favourite Norfolk place: Wells beach/Pinewoods. Top Norfolk tip: Afternoon tea in The Folly Tea Rooms of Holt – DIVINE!
Jacky Barstow - VisitEngland Administrator
Favourite Norfolk place: Cromer. Top Norfolk tip: Hire a day boat on the Broads. Choose a sunny day outside of peak season and enjoy the slow pace and tranquillity of life on the water. A perfect way to unwind and watch the scenery go by!
Laura Foster - Marketing Assistant
Favourite Norfolk place: Stiffkey Saltmarshes. Top Norfolk tip: With around ten Parkruns happening across Norfolk – head to one, to enjoy some fresh air, fitness and fun. Can highly recommend Holkham which has a magnificent view of the Hall at the end – which also happens to be going downhill, so great if you like a sprint finish!
Joanna Hobson - Property Recruiter
Favourite Norfolk place: Blickling Hall Park – autumn walks with the dog. Top Norfolk tip: Take time out to visit the east coast beaches in the summer such as Winterton-on-Sea and Horsey – beautiful sandy beaches, backed by grassy sand dunes and even at the peak of the season they will not be crowded. At Horsey there is a resident seal colony who don’t mind sharing their beach and be prepared to spend quite some time just watching their antics – it’s amazing how an hour can just slip by!
Chelsea King - Norfolk Cottage Care, Maintenance Administration Assistant
Favourite Norfolk place: Wells-next-the-Sea. Top Norfolk tip: Pop into Wells Deli, grab a hot coffee and a sweet treat then stroll up to the beach for a wonderful weekend walk!
Sue Morton - Norfolk Cottage Care, Property Manager
Favourite Norfolk place: Sheringham beach at low tide on a sunny day in autumn or spring. Top Norfolk tip: Take the steam train from Sheringham to Weybourne, then walk to Kelling Heath (only about 15 minutes) where there is a small request stop platform. You can then flag down the steam train on the return journey from Holt and hitch a ride back to Sheringham. Recommend double checking with staff at Sheringham before you board as on some services they do not stop, especially on special event days.