My visit to Sunset View
Published: Wednesday 12th Jun 2019
Written by: Georgia Dawson
Last week I was lucky enough to visit one of our fantastic brand new properties, Sunset View, and what a stunning property it was.
When arriving at the property, the first thing I noticed was the gorgeous view surrounding the house. Directly opposite the property lies Heacham Manor Golf Course, offering picturesque views stretching out to the sea.
The next thing I noticed was the magnificent driveway. Worried about parking? There is absolutely no need to be concerned when staying at this property! Big enough for about 6 cars, the driveway sits in front of the grand property and is easily accessible.
The property was utterly beautiful – spotlessly clean, wonderfully spacious and very well equipped.
When entering the property, you are greeted by a hallway leading you through to the open plan kitchen/living area and a staircase which guides you up to the first floor. Ideal for big families and friends, the large open-plan living area is perfect for creating special memories. However, for those who desire a cosier environment, there are two separate seating areas off the main hallway – one immediately on the right when you walk through the front door, and another on the left near the kitchen. These spaces allow for families and friends to spend some real quality time together, perhaps watching a film, playing a game or snuggling on the sofa.
The magnificent sliding doors in the kitchen lead you out to the beautiful garden. Set across two levels, the garden is complete with a striking staircase and a bespoke dining area on the terrace. Although beautiful, it would be wise to make sure any excited children are sensible on and around the steps.
Upstairs, you will find five gorgeous bedrooms – the master bedroom boasting an amazing balcony overlooking Heacham Manor Golf Course (perfect for watching for the Hunstanton sunsets!) and an en-suite bathroom with rain shower and hand-held shower attachment, heated towel rail, wash basin and wc. All bedrooms are very spacious, furnished with lovely linens from Laura Ashley, making you feel instantly comfortable and at home. Alongside the bedrooms, you will also discover the large main bathroom which offers a touch of luxury with elegant slipper bath.
After exploring the gorgeous property, I thought it would be nice to make the most of the sunny weather (sunny Hunny, after all!) and head out to the coast. However, before leaving, I treated myself to hot chocolate using the facilities of the property – topped off with yummy marshmallows!
Firstly, I travelled the short distance into Hunstanton, parking in a seafront carpark. Hunstanton is the only west-facing seaside resort on the east Norfolk coast and faces out over The Wash, an amazing shallow bay that rims west Norfolk and opens into the North Sea. The iconic seaside town began as a purposely-built resort in 1846 and still retains its traditional Victorian charm to this day.
Just down the road, Old Hunstanton is a much quieter village and boasts gorgeous traditional carstone-built cottages and British pubs. You can easily walk from one resort to the other, experiencing both areas of Hunstanton.
Hunstanton is famous for its unique striped cliffs and they were just as beautiful as I had imagined. The beach was beautifully empty, apart from a few happy locals looking for fossils amongst the red chalk of the cliffs. However, I can imagine this beach would be filled with happy families come the summertime.
Hunstanton was complete with brightly coloured, family-friendly amusement arcades and delicious food stalls where I bought some ice cream with sprinkles and a hot drink from Black White Coffee Company. Just a short stroll away, Old Hunstanton was beautifully tranquil – the gardens were stunning and the general atmosphere was very relaxing.
Finally, I hopped back in my car and travelled to the nearby seaside town of Heacham. Just three miles from Hunstanton, Heacham is renowned for its vibrant, thriving lavender industry, filling the summer air with the scent of lavender during the warmer months. As well as visiting Norfolk Lavender and the wonderful gift shop, I took a trip to the Walsingham Farm Shops, where you can pick up delicious local Norfolk produce.
Heacham became a very popular seaside resort once the railway line connecting King’s Lynn and Hunstanton was established in the early 1860s. Nowadays, the beach of Heacham is split in two: the north beach and the south beach.
The north beach has a delightful promenade, perfect for sitting upon and admiring the picturesque landscape, or strolling along eating an ice-cream. The north beach, ideal for families, also has an amusement arcade, a café, a fish bar and public toilets.
On the other hand, the south beach is more rural than the north beach, boasting 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.
Both beaches were wonderful to visit – as with Hunstanton, I can image these beaches will become a very popular destination for families come the summer months.
I would definitely recommend a stay at Sunset View. This property is perfect for those who enjoy a traditional, seaside holiday as it lies in the centre of two seaside towns – Hunstanton is only a four-minute drive or a 30-minute walk away and Heacham is only a four-minute drive or a 25-minute walk away. Ideal for larger groups, this property is wonderfully spacious and offers lots of room for adults and children to chill out and relax.