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 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!
George Bradley - Original Cottages Manager, East & The South East
Favourite Norfolk place: Holt
Top Norfolk tip: Make sure you take time in your trip to explore the wonderful independent food, fashion and lifestyle shops in the bustling town of Holt!
Matt Frost - Norfolk General 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)
Sam Thomas - Operations Manager
Favourite Norfolk place: My favourite place is Hunstanton, I have had so many happy memories playing on the beach as a child and going to the fayre. I enjoy taking my children there but when I get some time to myself I enjoy playing golf at the local courses and there are some great local restaurants too.
Top Norfolk tip: My top Norfolk tip is do something different every day. I would encourage you go to the beach and explore, spend a day at the Broads or visit the fine city of Norwich - every day in Norfolk can be a different experience that you and your family can enjoy.
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!
Eve Gilmour - Portfolio Development Manager
Favourite Norfolk place: Out on the water at Blakeney Point
Top Norfolk tip: Start at East Runton beach and walk east towards Cromer with the Pier in sight. Once you've gone as far as you like, turn back and you'll be heading towards Sheringham in the distance. At low tide there are fabulous expanses of sand and at the high tide mark pebbly areas offering plenty of rock-pools to be explored. You can enjoy this walk any time of year, in the height of summer paddling in the sea as you go, or wrapped up warm on a blustery winter's day. There are dog friendly stretches all year round, so your four legged friend can run free and take in the fresh sea air too.
Rhiannon Meredith-Davies - Norfolk Cottage Care Manager
Favourite Norfolk place: Burnham Ovary Staithe.
Top Norfolk tip: Cycling down to the beach along the boardwalk from Burnham Ovary Staithe, climb up the sand dunes and look at the incredible view!
Cycle back for pints at The Hero Pub, before hot footing it along the coast road to Wiveton Hall Café for scrummy cream tea. Their own fruit farm strawberry jam is delicious, you can even buy a jar to take home!
Kimberley Lovick - Senior Holidaymaker Team Member
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!
Chrissie Pickard - Holidaymaker Team & Training Executive
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.
Laura Foster - Senior Homeowner Services Member
Favourite Norfolk place: Stiffkey Salt Marshes.
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!
Liz Goldby - Property Recruiter
Favourite Norfolk place: Wells beach/Pinewoods.
Top Norfolk tip: Afternoon tea in The Folly Tea Rooms of Holt – DIVINE!
Joanna Hobson - Property Recruiter
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 freshwater 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.
Amanda Howarth - Property Recruiter
Favourite Norfolk place: Out on the water aboard my sea kayak enjoying the calm waters and walking my gorgeous springer spaniel along the local beaches of Heacham and continue along to Snettisham followed by lunch at The Rose & Crown.
Top Norfolk tip: Explore the coastal path just outside Brancaster and follow the path to the inlet west of the Golf Club, if you’re lucky the seal pups will pop their heads up and say hello!
Georgia Dawson - Marketing Assistant
Favourite Norfolk place: Cromer
Top Norfolk tip: Head down to the coast and dig into some fish and chips out the wrapping, whilst sat next to the sea.
Suzanne Lee - Grading 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.
Vicci Godwin - Norfolk Cottage Care Team Member
Favourite Norfolk place: BeWilderwood.
Top Norfolk tip: Being a mum of two young boys, I would recommend a visit to BeWilderwood for a fantastic family day out. The outdoor adventure park is set in a magical woodland in the Norfolk Broads. With characters from the storybooks to discover, treehouses, jungle bridges, a craft tent and several mazes for your little ones to explore – it’s a great place for them to burn off some excessive energy.
Scarlett Demassi-Fisher - Norfolk Cottage Care Team Member
Favourite Norfolk place: Norfolk Broads
Top Norfolk tip: Norfolk has such a wide variety of different places to visit. Take a day trip down to our wonderful sandy beaches, drive into the magical city of Norwich or hire a boat on the Norfolk broads and explore our relaxing and peaceful countryside with it’s mesmerising wildlife.