15 amazing summer staycations in Norfolk
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From luxury hotels to beach side glamping, quaint quirky holiday homes to tranquil rural retreats, there are plenty of opportunities to get away from it all this summer
• Staying at The Dial House in the heart of Reepham’s historic market place is a real experience. Its extraordinary interior is dressed with an eclectic mix of curios and antiques – and not just the usual art works and traditional collectables. Eat and stay among intriguing artefacts from around the globe – and if something takes your fancy, they are all up for sale.
• Escape the rigours of modern life at Titchwell Manor on the north Norfolk coast. Explore the marshes, walk the beaches and be wowed by the extraordinary birdlife, before reviving yourself in the hotel’s award winning restaurant. There are a large number of rooms to choose from, all tastefully decorated in a relaxing, elegant style, some with private terraces and wooden hot tubs. Best of all, you can bring your dog to stay with you.
• Hintlesham Hall in Suffolk is set in 175 acres of countryside and has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. The grand 16th century hall has 32 individually decorated rooms, many of which have traditional four poster beds, a luxury spa and elegant restaurant. Relax in the gardens, play a round of golf at the course next door or enjoy some pampering.
• The Control Tower on the former RAF North Creake Airfield is one of the coolest places to stay in Norfolk. This unique vegetarian bed and breakfast was originally built in 1943 to control air traffic as part of the 100th Bomber Group. Today, it has four rooms for guests, all of which have been lovingly restored to reflect the wartime heyday of the control tower. No detail has been ignored when it comes to the décor, furniture and artefacts in each room.
• It once stood guard over the sea, alert to danger. Today, you can stay in the iconic Old Lighthouse at Hunstanton with the open plan living area and kitchen offering panoramic views of the coast. Cosy in the winter as the wind buffets the shore and fabulous in the sunshine sitting on the balcony soaking up the sights and sounds of the sea, it is a great getaway year round.
• For train lovers – or just lovers of unusual, interesting buildings – the Signal Box at Melton Constable is the perfect secret spot for two. Dating back to the 1880s when it played a pivotal role in the county’s railway service, it was moved to its idyllic rural setting in 2000 and is now a stunning holiday home. With windows on three sides, this is perfect for soaking up views and spotting wildlife over breakfast.
Fun under canvas
• Love the idea of sleeping under canvas but hate the idea of pitching a tent? Amber’s bell tents have popped up in two very different, but none the less beautiful settings. At the 15th century Mannington Hall and Gardens near Aylsham, there are 10 bell tents in its grounds, and nestled on the coast, there are six set in a secluded garden at Wiveton Hall just a stone’s throw from Blakeney. The luxury tents come with beds, bedding, a firepit/barbecue and kitchen box for all your culinary needs. Both sites have toilets, showers and honesty shops in case you run out of wood or candles. Spend the days being at one with nature and your evenings star-gazing under Norfolk’s big skies. ambersbelltents.co.uk• At Wardley Hill in the Waveney Valley, spend the night in a luxury bell tent or really get close to nature and sleep suspended from swaying branches in its tree tent. The bell tents come with all that you need for a comfortable night under canvas as well as a few special extras including a fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows.
• A stay in one of the luxury yurts at Round the Woods near Weston Longville is all about relaxation, living a simple life and whiling away the day surrounded by nature. Set in 18 acres of meadow and woodland, each yurt comes with a luxury kingside bed, woodburning stove and a large hammock. For families (and child-at-heart adults) there is an amazing tree swing, den building, pond dipping and chicken and geese.
• Love all things retro? Book at stay at Tin Can Camping, near Mundham, in one of their three aluminium American trailers. Packed with charm and set in idyllic surroundings, they each offer something different. Fans of Stateside chic will particularly love the 1957 Jewel – inspired by a cool 1950s diner, you will feel you have crossed the Atlantic and stepped back in time.
• Another American-inspired hideaway is the 1955 Safari Airstream caravan set in a pretty private garden on thee edge of New Buckenham. Nestled among the trees in a secluded spot, staying in this shiny 22ft silver bullet is a true retro American experience. It has its own kitchen and wet room, as well as its own alfresco dining area, barbecue and fire pit. airstreamcaravanholiday.co.uk• Just a stone’s throw from the Norfolk border close to Southwold, this cute and quaint 1970s caravan – Blackberry Way – is the perfect setting for escaping modern life. This romantic little vintage van comes with all the creature comforts you need, as well as candles, board games and a radio. Sit back in the traditional deckchairs and soak up the peace and quiet. blackberrywayvintagecaravan.co.ukShepherding traditions
• Close to Hickling Broad, this idyllically set campsite has three fantastic handmade shepherd huts – duck, stag and owl. Each has its own style but they are all beautifully simplistic on the outside with a hint of luxury inside. The owners describe the site as a ‘little piece of paradise’, and with Broads’ wildlife in abundance, stargazing in dark night skies and fresh fruit to pick on site, it is easy to see why. www.hicklingcampsite.co.uk• At Thompson Hall Retreats near Thetford, the shepherd’s huts are on a grand scale. Inside you will find a luxurious king size bed and wood burner, outside each one has its own fabulous verandas, complete with al fresco luxury bathtub, fire pit and kitchen. Simple luxury and romantic charm at every turn, you won’t want to leave.
• Deer’s Glade near Erpingham, in the heart of the north Norfolk countryside, is perfect for those who love glamping, but like their modern comforts. The site, surrounded by woodland and fishing lakes, has a pretty shepherd’s hut which sleeps four, as well as a collection of wooden pods, which will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so you can enjoy outdoor adventures all year round.