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Spend summer in a coastal cottage in Norfolk!

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
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For a holiday by the seaside this summer, take a look at Norfolk; its vibrant coastal villages and soft, sandy beaches are helping this wonderful part of the country emerge as one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations! Here at Sykes, we already know how special Norfolk is and that’s why we created our Visitor’s Guide to Norfolk last year, which was compiled from the responses of 1,000 of Norfolk’s residents and visitors, who were asked what they love most about the county. Their passion, pride and affection for Norfolk was evident and enough to anyone reading to pack their bags and head for East Anglia! If you’ve been likewise persuaded, then make sure you have a look at these coastal cottages perfect for your summer holiday in Norfolk.

Kath’s Cottage, Heacham

Coastal holiday cottage in Norfolk

Kath’s Cottage, Heacham, Ref. 4040

This pretty terraced cottage on the West Norfolk coastline makes for a charming bolthole for a romantic getaway with your partner. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque village of Heacham, Kath’s Cottage is spacious and modern, with a lovely country kitchen and its own private courtyard, perfect for alfresco dining on sunny evenings! The cottage is just 3 minutes’ walk from one of the village’s many traditional pubs and a 15 minute stroll to the delightful sandy beach. The world famous Norfolk Lavender is also within walking distance, as is Heacham Hall, where John Rolfe brought his new bride, Pocahontas, on her arrival to England.

Samphire House, Mundesley

Coastal holiday cottage in Norfolk

Samphire House, Mundesley, Ref. 20834

If you’re planning on spending your summer holidays having fun with friends and family, then Samphire House in Mundesley is a fantastic choice! This stunning Edwardian townhouse is ideally located within walking distance to all that this beautiful coastal village has to offer, including shops, cafes and a wonderful beach lined with brightly-coloured beach huts. Samphire House can sleep up to 10 guests in five spacious bedrooms and there’s also room for 2 dogs downstairs! The property is full of attractive period features and even has its own roof terrace with BBQ!

Brook Cottage, Sheringham

Coastal holiday cottage in Norfolk

Brook Cottage, Sheringham, Ref. 18465

Sheringham, on the North Norfolk coastline, is a fantastic choice for a summer holiday with its Blue Flag beach, traditional promenades and pretty tea rooms and cafes. This charming cottage is just a few minutes’ walk from Sheringham town centre and beach, with wonderful views overlooking Beeston Back Common. Brook Cottage is particularly perfect for families with dogs as the Common is just across from the property and there are several lovely dog-friendly pubs in the vicinity.

If you’re considering spending some time in beautiful Norfolk this summer, don’t forget to check out our entire range of holiday cottages in Norfolk. We’ve everything from cosy cottages for couples to spacious, family-friendly properties for you to choose from!

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

A guide to the Norfolk Broads

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Did you know that today is World Wetlands Day? Since 1997, the second of February has been used to showcase the importance and beauty of wetlands all around the world. We might be a bit biased, but here at Sykes we think one of the best wetlands can be found right here in the United Kingdom. The Norfolk Broads is Britain’s largest wetland and since 1988 has been given a similar protected status as the National Parks, which highlights its value. Not only is it home to some of the UK’s rarer animals and plantlife, it just so happens to be a truly beautiful spot that is well worth a visit. So we’ve put together a little guide on some of the things you could get up to on the Broads – have a look and see if it tempts you.

Go on a Boat Trip

Let’s be honest, there’s only one place to start! If you want to get a true taste of what the broads are all about, you’ll have to get yourself aboard a boat! There are numerous companies that will rent out boats for day trips around the broads, providing you with the utmost in flexibility. And there’s no need to worry if you’ve never found yourself at the helm of a boat before; the day boats are easily manoeuvrable and you can even book yourself in for a short lesson to help you get to grips with it all!

Walk the Broads

Alternatively, you could lace up your walking boots and enjoy the broads from one of the many walking routes that snake their way around the area. Arguably the most famous is the Wherryman’s Way, a long distance route running all the way from Norwich through to Great Yarmouth. The vast majority of the Wherryman’s Way follows the course of the picturesque River Yare, one of the principal waterways of the broads, but you can also expect to catch a glimpse of the River Chet and Breydon Water along its 35 mile long course.

Go Fishing

If you consider yourself to be a bit of an angler then the broads are just the place for you! The broads are home to a wide variety of fresh water fish such as bream, perch and pike, and if you head closer to the sea you might even come across the odd sea bass or trout. There are countless free angling spots and platforms scattered around the broads, or if you prefer there is also the opportunity to rent out privately owned sections of the broads where you can cast off without disturbance.

There you have it, a quick look at some of the things that you could get up to on a visit to Britain’s finest wetlands. But if you want a bit more choice make sure you have a look at our very own Norfolk Visitor Guide which details Norfolk’s best bits and must sees. So if you fancy paying them a visit, have a look here where you’ll be able to find all of our holiday cottages on the Norfolk Broads, from cosy boltholes to properties right on the waterways themselves!

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Sykes’ Spotlight on Suffolk

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
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The historic county of Suffolk is the ideal destination for a short break or family holiday; with spectacular views over the North Sea and beautiful agricultural land stretching far over the horizon, it’s impossible not to be enchanted by this traditional English county. With two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a number of fascinating attractions, Suffolk is sure to impress you and your family this season. If you’re thinking of visiting the area this year and would like some inspiration, keep reading for our guide on what to see and do whilst in Suffolk.

Out and about in Brandon

Picture via Flickr.

Picture via Flickr.

Brandon is a small market town located in the North West of Suffolk. Commonly referred to as a town of two halves, Brandon is not only known for its historic market but also the wonderful wildlife and forests in the surrounding area. Brandon’s market is held every Thursday and Sunday so we would advise reserving your visit until one of these days. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a keen cyclist or just enjoy a pleasant walk in beautiful surroundings then a trip to Thetford Forest is a must! With over 300 square miles of forest and lowland heaths to explore, the area is perfect for a family bike ride.

Family Fun at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park

Picture via Flickr.

Picture via Flickr.

If you’re looking for a fast paced family day out where you can experience thrilling roller coasters, crazy kids activities and the scariest ride in Britain, then we would encourage you to visit the Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park. Surrounded by over 50 acres of woodland, this idyllic theme park is suitable for all ages and prides its self on offering a fantastic experience for the whole family! As well as the rapid rides and colourful characters, this theme park also presents an array of exciting live attractions; from a multi-coloured parrot show and slippery sea lion display, to a daring high dive show, these attractions are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Step back in time at Kentwell Hall

Picture via Flickr.

Picture via Flickr.

Kentwell Hall is a family run home where visitors are welcomed as guests; free to explore the house, gardens and rare breed farm at their leisure. Reliving the houses rich history, this moated mansion hosts a number of Tudor days throughout the year where visitors can fully immerse themselves in the Tudor way of life. Kentwell Hall is transformed into a 16th century manor with 250 inhabitants all going about their daily tasks like they would in Tudor times. A fantastic experience for both children and adults, Kentwell Hall not only teaches you history but lets you live it!

Relax at a Suffolk cottage

Cosy character setting at Bay View Barn in Suffolk, Ref: 28161

Cosy character setting at Bay View Barn in Suffolk, Ref: 28161

If you were to simply drive through Suffolk, you would miss many of these top attractions not to mention the stunning scenery, friendly locals and charming atmosphere that Suffolk has to offer. To make the most of your time in this beautiful county, why not rent a self-catering cottage? Our selection of Suffolk cottages are ideal for all holiday types and budgets, so whether you’re looking for a romantic escape, family vacation or group getaway, make sure to check out our cottage page or call our reservations team for more information.

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By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Top Things To Do In East Anglia

Monday, June 9th, 2014
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Here at Sykes we don’t think that East Anglia gets the recognition that it deserves as a holiday destination, after all it’s one of our favourite areas of the country. So in order to try and rectify this we’ve decided to have a look at some of the best days out that you can find there. To showcase the variety of options, we’ve included something for everyone, from the adventure seekers right the way through to the nature lovers. So take a look and see if you can find something for you.

Extreeme Adventure

Extreeme Adventure

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If you’ve got a bit of the adrenaline junkie about you then you could always give a trip to Extreeme Adventure a go. With custom built courses within the beautiful surroundings of Weasenham Woods, you’ll find yourself swinging through the trees in no time. But don’t worry if you’ve not got a head for heights, there is plenty to keep you occupied. For the younger ones there is a great little outdoor play area that should keep them happy, or if you want to try your hand at something a bit different you could always try getting to grips with an off-road segway with the SegRally experience on offer.

The Norwich 12

Norwich Cathedral

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Alternatively if you fancy getting to grips with a bit of the region’s history then the Norwich 12 is just the thing for you! A collection of the finest buildings from one of Britain’s most beautiful cities all brought together under one umbrella to give visitors the perfect chance to get a little taster of each. A tour of the Norwich 12 takes participants through the ages with some of the best surviving examples of Norman, Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern architecture that you could wish for

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere

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One other option open to you is getting a little taste of East Anglia’s fantastic wildlife and countryside. RSPB Minsmere is tucked away within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Natural Beauty and often referenced as one of the UK’s top birdwatching spots, so much so that the reserve is currently home to Springwatch! However, Minsmere doesn’t just cater for the birders out there. Guided walks around the reserve are run all year round, where you can take in some of the stunning scenery or you can pay a visit to the RSPB shop and café to tuck into the best local produce that Suffolk has to offer.

Hopefully you’ll have found that interesting and now can’t wait to book yourself a break in East Anglia. If that’s the case then make sure you have a look at our East Anglia Cottages page so that you can find yourself the perfect holiday home!

 

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By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Explore Suffolk with the Suffolk Walking Festival

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
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This month sees the return of the enormously popular Suffolk Walking Festival, which is taking place between 10th May and 1st June 2014. Back for the seventh year running, this fantastic festival encourages locals and holidaymakers to dust off their walking boots and explore this stunningly beautiful county on foot. With over 80 walks planned, there’s something to suit everyone from gentle strolls around market towns to longer saunters through the glorious countryside. It’s also a great way to get involved in National Walking Month, which is taking place throughout May. Read on for our guide to some of the best events planned for the Suffolk Walking Festival.

Walks in the Suffolk Countryside

Chelsworth, Suffolk

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For many people, walking is all about getting out into the countryside so it’s great news that the Suffolk Walking Festival has planned a large number of walks in which you’ll be able to take in and enjoy Suffolk’s natural beauty. From Nordic walking to tours around vineyards, there’s something to tickle everybody’s fancy. Why not try The Two Festivals Walk on Sunday 25th May at 10.00am? This walk takes place between the picturesque Suffolk villages of Bildeston and Chelsworth, taking in the rolling countryside in-between. Each village has a typically English feel with pretty houses, pubs and towering churches. You can even finish your walk with a delicious lunch at the Bildeston Beer Festival or The Peacock in Chelsworth.

Walks in Ipswich

Ipswich marina

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Fancy something a little different? Take a look at the selection of walks in larger towns and villages happening during the festival. One that’s sure to go down a treat is The Horrible History of Ipswich Walk, taking place on Wednesday 28th May at 10.30am. Walkers will get to step back in time and discover more about the gory side to Ipswich’s history, including the diseases, punishments, executions and grave robberies which once took place here.

Walks for Children

Nowton Park in Suffolk

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If you’re keen to take part but not sure whether the kids will enjoy it, then don’t worry as the Suffolk Walking Festival has even planned a few walks especially for children. One of our favourites is the Awesome Trees Walk planned for Sunday 1st June at 2.30pm. Held at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds, this walk will take around 2 hours to complete and is guided by a park ranger. During the walk, you’ll learn all about the fascinating trees growing in Nowton Park and children will love the gigantic Redwoods and the lightning struck Douglas tree!

Rent a holiday cottage in Suffolk

Holiday cottage in Suffolk

Faith Cottage, Felsham, Ref 1934

Here at Sykes, we are lucky enough to have some very beautiful self-catering cottages in Suffolk. If you’re taking part in the Suffolk Walking Festival or considering taking a holiday there later in the year, then how about booking a cottage for your trip? To find out more about our cottages in Suffolk, you can either visit our website or give one of our dedicated reservations specialists a call on 01244 356 695. They’re on hand to help 7 days a week, from 9.00am to 9.30pm.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.