Good beer, good food and good company; the Vernon Arms at Southrepps near Cromer in Norfolk offers all three. If you are visiting North Norfolk ensure that the Vernon is on your itinerary.
Reasons to visit North Norfolk for a great holiday experience.
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.
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.
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.
Green Farm is an impressive late Elizabethan farmhouse situated beside the village green at Thorpe Market. Since those days it has served several purposes. It has now been restored and equipped to a high standard as a luxury North Norfolk B&B.
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.
"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.
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.
The Pinkfoot is an excellent art gallery at Cley-next-the-Sea. The stock consists of impressive artworks all of which are inspired by nature subjects.
Trevor Woods' one-man exhibition titled 'Boats', is at Gallery Plus at Warham Road in Wells, commencing Saturday 11th August.