Reasons to visit North Norfolk for a great holiday experience.

The Gunton Arms – a unique Norfolk pub

The Gunton Arms at Thorpe Market in Norfolk is a unique public house. This is due to the fact that it contains a large collection of modern artworks that are intriguing to say the least. In addition, the food is excellent and the surroundings are beautiful. There are cosy rooms available for that special weekend in lovely North Norfolk.

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Southrepps Commons Nature Reserve

There is a very special little nature reserve that not many visitors find when staying in North Norfolk. Lower Southrepps Commons Nature Reserve has been created and is maintained by volunteers. It is a wonderful habitat for a wide range of plants, birds, animals and insects. If you are interested in the natural world you will love it.

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Cart Gap to Horsey on the forgotten coast

Continuing a journey from Happisburgh to Horsey along the Norfolk coast that took me through the rather strange settlement that is the Bush Estate. These structures, some ramshackle and others modern bungalows, are sheltered by the extensive line of sand dunes beneath which they nestle. They benefit from their close proximity to the beach - very pleasant in the summer months but when a nor-easterly gale is blowing I would imagine it is a bit like living in a settlement in Siberia.

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Bacton to Happisburgh – off the tourist trail

If you like to relax on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee and one of the broadsheets, you will undoubtedly have noticed the more regular appearance of articles relating to the north coast of Norfolk. The feature writers currently seem to be having a love affair with the area of the coast between Hunstanton and Cromer. This interest has been fuelled by the soaring price of the region’s property over recent years. Due to the growing demand for pretty Norfolk cottages as second homes, particularly during the 80s boom, this area has become increasingly fashionable with the rich and famous. In contrast, the coast from Cromer to Horsey is nowhere near as popular with those searching for a second home by the sea, and the holidaymakers visit in far fewer numbers, but that was not always the case.

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Burnham Market

Burnham Market is a Norfolk village that has changed completely over the last 25 years. It now resembles a tourist hot spot similar to some of the villages in the Cotswolds. The shops cater mainly for the holiday trade and are aimed at the wealthier members of society, many of whom own second homes in the area.

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Cromer – gem of the Norfolk coast

"On the lighthouse cliff at Cromer, looking west over the little fisher town, a mere cluster of cottages that encircle a tall church tower, the setting sun reddens and burns, and lingers momentarily over the horizon until at last it sinks contentedly into the silent sea..." From Poppy-Land by Clement Scott - 1890.

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Riverside at Stiffkey – a romantic Norfolk holiday cottage

Located on the North Norfolk coast, Riverside Cottage at Stiffkey is a cosy romantic hideaway definitely designed for two. As the name suggests, the river is literally at the bottom of the garden and you have a private sundeck with views across the river valley meadows to the hills beyond. Privacy and peace and quiet are assured at this well-equipped luxury Norfolk holiday cottage. If you like to walk, the Norfolk coast path is only a short distance away. So pack the walking boots and binoculars and head for this area of outstanding natural beauty. It is attractive in winter as well as summer - you can snuggle up near the log burner and enjoy a bottle of wine in the evenings and take some bracing walks on the marshes during the day. There is a good local pub if you want some company and excellent restaurants not far distant. Stay at Riverside Cottage and enjoy North Norfolk - I guarantee you will return. Read on for full details.

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