How to spend a long weekend in Norfolk holiday cottages

How to spend a long weekend in Norfolk

Kate W 09 June 2023

Long weekends offer the perfect opportunity to get away, and the upcoming May bank holiday is a great time to put your plans into play. 

Whether you’re looking to escape with your loved one for long walks and fine dining, get away with the family for an action-packed adventure, or enjoy a splash of luxury by the seaside this season, we’ve got something to suit. 

We’ve even matched each feature with a property to help you to plan the long weekend you’ve been waiting for…

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Which of these weekends away most appeals to you? Pick your favourite and find inspiration for your next Norfolk long weekend! 

Best for boating: The Moorings - Reedham

Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs 

Want to go boating on the Broads? The Moorings in Reedham is the perfect base for you to enjoy lazy river days, with stunning views straight onto the river from the garden, the Reedham Ferry nearby, and the chance for boat hire in nearby Loddon, 7 miles away. If you fancy heading out in search of golden sandy beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within 15 miles. 

When you’re ready to head back to land, there are a couple of charming pubs and the wonderful Pettitts Animal Adventure Park in Reedham itself and lovely pubs, cafes and beauty spots in the surrounding countryside and Broads. 

Best for groups: The Granary

Best for groups: The Granary

Sleeps 14 

This beautiful retreat in Aslacton is a fantastic place to celebrate or have a well-needed get-together. With your own private hot tub, tennis court, pizza oven and over 30 acres of grounds to explore, not to mention the stunning interiors and spacious layout, there’s more than enough room for everyone to do their own thing.

If you’re all keen to get out and explore, there are plenty of local activities including fishing, attractions in the bustling city of Norwich (12 miles), and plenty of open countryside full of walking and cycling trails for all abilities. 

Best for days at the seaside: 72 Port

Best for days at the seaside: 72 Port

Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs 

Situated in the quaint coastal town of Wells-next-the-Sea, this cosy cottage offers a sublime seaside escape. The enchanting lounge/diner complete with a wood burner is the perfect place to cosy up together while the fire crackles away, there's a pretty outdoor space for dining under the stars on warm evenings, and the interior decor throughout all adds to the charming atmosphere. 

With easy access to the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pensthorpe Natural Park and the Sandringham Estate, there is plenty to keep you all busy during a weekend getaway to this wonderful coastal holiday cottage. 

Best for romance: Le Corsaire

Best for romance: Le Corsaire

Sleeps 3 + 1 dog 

Escape to the Norfolk countryside this spring and you’ll fall in love all over again on this idyllic cottage break. This elegant and stylishly furnished holiday let for two is set in the popular village of Blakeney and offers the perfect balance of traditional beauty and modern charm, Le Corsaire is a wonderful romantic retreat.

Be sure to step out onto the pretty patio area, where breakfast can be eaten in the sun of a morning. Then, when you’re ready to head out of your humble abode, visit the seals at Blakeney Point or head to the stunning seaside village of Wells-next-the-Sea, 8 miles west. Take your pick from the array of local eateries or head off on a romantic coastal walk together.

Best for fishing: The Roost - Glen Farm

Sleeps 2 + 1 dog

This romantic holiday home for two is nestled by the side of a fishing lake and there's an abundance of wildlife to be spotted during your idyllic Norfolk getaway. Keen walkers and cyclists can follow The Weavers Way which passes by the front of the cottage and will take you the 5 miles to Cromer and the North Norfolk coast where you can enjoy Cromer crab for lunch before heading back.

The property is surrounded by peaceful woodland and along with a bench where you can sit and look out over the water you'll find a patio with outdoor furniture and a BBQ with a fire pit to keep you warm during those chillier autumn evenings

Best for families: Rose Cottage – Norfolk

Best for families: Rose Cottage – Norfolk

Sleeps 6

This family-friendly property is located in the pretty village of Weybourne, with a lovely pebble beach just down the road. Also within easy reach are two of the best family-friendly attractions in the area, BeWILDerwood and Amazona Zoo – here you’ll find endless hours of excitement, education and enjoyment. Add to this the coastal havens and quiet village life and you’ve got the perfect combination for all ages.

If you want to have a day to laze about in the cottage, the games room is equipped with a table tennis table, dart board and sound system to keep everyone entertained. Plus, this property is also dog-friendly, so you won't have to leave anyone behind.

Best for dogs: The Hay House

Best for dogs: The Hay House

Sleeps 7 + 2 dogs

If you’re after a short break to Norfolk where you can bring your four-legged friend along too, then The Hay House in Thursford is a fantastic option as it allows two dogs alongside seven guests. Outside, the secure courtyard with a BBQ means you can dine alfresco, before cosying up in the charming interior each evening with the dog by your feet. 

With a mixture of rural and coastal walks from the doorstep, you’ll all be able to explore to your heart’s content. Head to Cley-next-the-Sea, Blakeney or Morston all less than 10 miles away and offering buckets of seaside charm, or head to the market towns of Fakenham or Holt for independent shops and cafes. 

Best for hot tubs: Gallus House

Best for hot tubs: Gallus House

Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs 

Treat yourself to a special break by opting for one of our hot tub cottages and you won’t be disappointed. Gallus House is set 3.5 miles from popular Cromer is just one fine example, offering total privacy for your relaxation in a peaceful countryside setting. With thoughtfully-designed interiors and a modern, contemporary feel, it’s a great escape for families and couples alike.

There are plenty of adventures in Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Norfolk Broads and its many waterways, as well as Norwich’s history. Cromer, in particular, is a beautiful spot to spend the day.

Plan an unforgettable weekend in Norfolk

Ready to book your short break for one of the upcoming May bank holidays? Take a look at all of our short breaks in Norfolk and find a cottage that meets your needs. Don’t forget, we also have a fantastic selection of dog-friendly cottages in the area too. Browse our full collection of Norfolk cottages and book your next stay!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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