June's hidden gem - Heacham
Our hidden gem for June is Heacham.
Just three miles along the coast from Hunstanton lies the stone age settlement of Heacham. The Rolfe family were the most famous residents of Heacham, when John Rolfe married Pocahontas in the 16th Century. Her image can be seen in the Heacham village sign and you can also find a memorial to her in St Mary the Virgin Church.
Alongside Pocahontas, the seaside resort is also renowned for its vibrant, thriving lavender industry. The scent of lavender floats through the seaside air in the summer time.
When in our hidden gem of Heacham, pay a visit to the fabulous Norfolk Lavender. Have a wander around large varieties of lavender and herbs in the sunshine. Learn about harvesting and the fascinating ancient process of lavender distillation.
Head to the Gift Shop and browse the full range of Norfolk Lavender's famous products, perhaps treating yourself to some lavender hand cream, a lavender candle or lavender tea. Head to the Lavender Lounge for a variety of cakes served all day, including their famous Lavender Cake and Lavender Scones.
At the Norfolk Lavender Animal Gardens, you’ll find a mix of rare and cuddly animals, and new for 2018 is the Critters Cabin. There is also a fantastic outdoor play area, which includes a zip wire, swings, slide, sandpit and a picnic area to enjoy some lunch. There is also an indoor play area for when it isn’t so sunny.
Finally, take a trip to the Walsingham Farm Shops, where you can pick up local produce. The Norfolk Lavender branch of Walsingham Farms Shop is situated in a converted barn which used to be the lavender distillery.
When the railway line connecting King’s Lynn and Hunstanton was established in the early 1860s, Heacham started to become a popular seaside resort. Today, the beach is split in two: the north beach and the south beach. The beaches look out over a wonderful 20km bay, known as The Wash, which is ideal for paddling due to the water being shallow.
The north beach has a fantastic promenade, ideal for sitting upon and admiring the beautiful landscape, or strolling along eating an ice-cream. This is also a fantastic to sit in the evening; due to the beaches facing west, you’ll have the chance to view some breath-taking sunsets. The north beach also has an amusement arcade, a café, a fish bar and public toilets.
The south beach is more wild and rural than the north, with large sand dunes which merge with the RSPBS Snettisham reserve. Also known as ‘Stubborn Sands’, the south beach has its own café and gift shop, as well as public toilets.
Sleeping three, Dotty’s Cottage is a delightful carr stone semi-detached cottage which has been lovingly refurbished. With two comfortable bedrooms, a lovely kitchen-diner and a wonderful garden, this cottage is ideal for a small family, couples and friends.
Built in 1834, Hetty’s Cottage is a lovely mid-terrace property which sleeps three. After being in the owner’s family for many years, it has been renovated and refurbished to a high standard, while retaining the character and charm associated with a property of its age.
Malthouse Lodge is an attractive modern detached house which sleeps 4. The house was built using traditional local carrstone and has been tastefully furnished. With a jacuzzi bath in the en-suite bathroom of bedroom one and a fully enclosed terraced garden with decked and planted shale area, you’ll want to return to Malthouse Lodge.
Sleeping 4, Moongazer Cottage is a delightful cottage built in 1845. This wonderful holiday home is one of a pair let by the same owners, the other being Sloe Gin Cottage, which is just next door. Moongazer has been beautifully restored and offers all the creature comforts you would wish for in a holiday cottage.
Built in 1845, Sloe Gin Cottage is situated next door to Moongazer Cottage and sleeps 4. The living room with its beautiful exposed beams, has a wood burner which is ideal after a day of exploring the royal Norfolk coast.
Sleeping 6, this wonderful holiday home offers a unique and beautiful escape to the royal Norfolk coast. Garden Cottage is tucked away in a private courtyard in the heart of Heacham, which boasts a luxurious open-plan living area and is perfect for a larger family or group of friends.
The Old Methodist Chapel is a truly special and unique bolt hole for a large family. Sleeping 8, this holiday home has been sympathetically converted and boasts faulted ceilings, oak beams and original stained glass windows. The property is ideal for both the summer and winter, with the fully enclosed sunny patio and the large wood burner in the living room.
Sleeping 8, this magnificent 18th century Georgian residence is perfect for a large family escaping to the royal Norfolk coast. Malthouse Farm is set in private grounds of a third of an acre. The breath-taking interior has been specially designed and decorated by renowned interior designer Miv Watts, blending period character features with a modern luxurious finish.