Holiday cottage short breaks close to the North Norfolk Coast
Our self-catering luxury holiday cottages & Eco Barns provide an ideal base for peaceful short breaks in Norfolk, weekend breaks, or a midweek Norfolk break. North Norfolk has plenty to discover at any time of the year, from birdwatching, cycling, fishing and canoeing to discovering fabulous local gourmet foods, beer and wine.
25% all 4 night mid week breaks starting on a Monday (for breaks taken before mid June, discount automatically applied, when booking online).
Our cottages and converted barns are ideal for quick getaway to the North Norfolk coast and are within easy reach of London and the home counties. The renowned nature reserves of Scolt Head, RSPB Titchwell, Brancaster and Cley and also the pine woods and dunes at Holkham and Wells-Next-The-Sea are open year- round offering beautiful peaceful expansive open spaces to explore and experience the natural world.
Our luxury heated indoor swimming pool is open, whatever the weather, all year round.
After a day exploring the wonderful local Norfolk scenery relax weary feet in front of a roaring fire – three of our properties have wood burning stoves for that extra cosy Norfolk winter weekend break experience. For properties with woodburning stoves see our larger properties Owls Roost, Swallows Nest & End Cottage and also Wagtail & Swallow. Click here for details (link to winter breaks page).
Norfolk Mini Breaks
We offer Norfolk mini breaks of 2, 3 or 4 nights throughout the year in our holiday cottages and Eco barns except for the following dates;
Easter week – (Friday to Friday only depending on Easter school holiday dates)
Whitsun Bank Holiday Week (Friday to Friday only)
Main Summer Holidays July and August (Friday to Friday only)
October Half Term (Friday to Friday only)
Christmas and New Year (weekly let or min 5 nights unless advised otherwise)
Throughout the remaining year our weekly 7- night stays are
Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday
Weekend Short Breaks
Friday arrival 4pm departing 10 am Monday (ex Covid) – 3 -night stay
Friday arrival 4pm departing midday Sunday – 2-night stay
Monday arrival 4 pm departing 10 am Thursday or Friday – 3 or 4 night stay.
NB: Out of season if we do not have a booking leaving or arriving immediately before your stay, we may be able to offer you an earlier/later arrival/departure time. Early arrival is from 2.00pm onwards and will be confirmed in writing 2-weeks in advance of your stay. – subject to availability. Latest check out would be 11.00am
Last minute bookings are taken at short notice subject to availability.
Please call or email us direct for any day to any day during low season.
Please call or email us direct for any day to any day during low season.
Things to do on your Norfolk Mini-break
Shopping in nearby Holt and Burnham Market offers everything from antiques, interiors and fashion from Vogue-listed Anna’s in Burnham Market. There is a wealth of pubs and restaurants for lunch and dinner so you don’t have to worry about catering during your short break.
Out of season the countryside and towns in North Norfolk are quieter, the beaches deserted, pubs and restaurants are not as booked and we tend to be less busy. You may well find that you have the pool and tennis courts to yourselves during out of season short breaks.
For a special occasion gourmet weekend why not book a good local restaurant. This may take some advance planning especially if you have the excellent Galton Blackiston’s Michelin starred Morston Hall in mind. There are also several good restaurants not too far from here: The Victoria at Holkham, The White Horse at Brancaster and the Hoste Arms at Burnham Market.
For gourmet cooks on a weekend self-catering break, Norfolk has a wealth of good local produce from organically grown fruit and vegetables, locally grazed meats, locally caught fish and seafood, handmade Norfolk cheeses and handmade chocolates. Our cottage kitchens are very well equipped with both a Rayburn and gas cooker in two of our cottages. You can pre-order delicacies before you come or just enjoy seeking out the specialist shops when you arrive.
Recover from the frantic festive season when Norfolk is quiet and the weekenders have left. Enjoy invigorating beach or sheltered woodland walks or be energetic and take a half hour cycle ride from Cranmer to Holkham Park and the beach on back roads. Recharge your batteries at the Queen Victoria pub/restaurant. (Bicycles can be hired for the weekend – please enquire at time of booking.)
- Take a Snowdrop Walk around the nearby grounds of Walsingham Abbey and museum (Feb/March). tel: 01328 820259
- Birdwtching at the local Owl & Hawk Trust at Sculthorpe https://hawkandowltrust.org/what-s-on
- Small children may enjoy observing lambing at Snettisham Park Tel: 01485 542425
- Events Pensthorpe Natural Park https://www.pensthorpe.com/events/
- Indoor horse riding at Blackborough End Equestrian Centre Tel: 01553 841212
Events at Holkham Hall https://www.holkham.co.uk/events/whats-on
MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND BREAKS
Treat mum to shopping in Burnham Market or Holt (Saturday) with lunch in the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market or Byfords in Holt, or lunch with a view over the marshes at the White Horse in Brancaster. Alternatively book a massage or reflexology on site or book a spa experience (subject to availability & must be booked beforehand).
FATHERS DAY WEEKEND BREAK
There are plenty of things to do in North Norfolk to make a Fathers day special, from local gin tasting just 10 minutes away, whiskey distillery tours, coastal fishing trips or take to the water for guided paddleboard tours of the local creaks alternatively charter a traditional wooden sailing boat for coastal explorations along the North Norfolk Coast. Then there are fabulous golf courses at the Sherringham golf club and the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club at Brancaster.
SPECIAL INTEREST BREAKS FOR GROUPS
Photography workshops, well-being breaks, pamper weekends & yoga breaks
Book a group of our cottages with the Green Room for a mid-week stress busting break. The green Room seats up to 18 and is available to hire for presentations tutorials and gatherings. Our flexible accommodation and facilities can provide an ideal small meeting venue for special interest group get-togethers, presentations and for corporate away days. Contact us for further details of our bespoke group bookings.
Our communicating and adjacent cottages provide spacious group accommodation with plenty of space for delegates or group members to relax and dine together at the end of a day of group activities. Click here for further information about our Norfolk Country Venue as a place for gatherings, corporate awaydays and group accommodation
Read what people say about us
The cottage was immaculate and the on site facilities including the swimming pool, games room and the vast outdoor space were an added bonus. The surrounding area was beautiful and we managed to see so much of Norfolk in such a short space of time. The owners were extremely helpful and ensured we had everything we needed.Barbara
Plenty to keep the children entertained and over all very comfy place to stay. Only a short drive from wells next the sea for a day trip out too. Highly recommend for somewhere to stay in Norfolk.
We have had a fantastic time and would love to come again
I can't think of another five-star self-catering accommodation in the UK that is as green as Cranmer
If you're looking for a luxury, family stay in North Norfolk, this is it. If you're looking for a luxury, ecologically aware family stay, this is it too.
A lovely stay. We throughly enjoyed the cottage and facilities. We didn’t need for anything as it was all provided.
Another excellent stay at Cranmer that even Covid could not spoil!
Self-catering just got a seriously stylish upgrade
Just a word to say how much we enjoyed our stay at the cottages - no one wanted to go home!