Your own front door, bright modern bathroom & fibre broadband, closest house to beach. New Sealy mattress, leather sofa, fridge, microwave; a wood burning stove in brick & flint cottage.
Amazing place - wonderful sunsets, starry skies & the sound of the sea. Turtle doves, cuckoos, curlews, natterjack toads & bitterns call in season. Wonderful long beach walks, tranquility. Norfolk coast path and peddars way next to house, miles of walking. Good pubs and restaurants, wonderful historic villages.
❤️ Through the front door into your self-contained guest suite with a simple ground floor studio and private bright light ensuite bathroom.
❤️ You'll sleep in the comfortable king sized bed and sit on the sofa in front of the wood burning stove.
- King sized double bed & bedside lights and tables
- TV with freeview and remote control
- Wood stove
- Superfast broadband
- Chest of drawers
- Sofa and armchair
- Desk and chair
- Bookcase with nature & history books, scrabble and some jigsaw puzzles
- Dresser with kettle, coffee filter and papers, ground and instant coffee & teas, toaster, cutlery, plates, mugs, glasses and a corkscrew
- Bath with handheld shower for your hair
- Mirror, bathroom shelf & cabinet
- Heated towel rail
- Egyptian cotton towels
- Wooden shutters
- Electric shaver & toothbrush socket
- Coat hooks
- Brita Water Filter
- NEW - Microwave - microwave meals only. No counter space for cooking.
- Note: no kitchen. No sink. Place used mugs, glasses, plates etc in the box and leave outside for the washing up fairies!
❤️ Wooden bench by the front door - wonderful for sun from the late afternoon through to the evening. Garden table.
Philip's place is located in Holme-next-the-Sea, England, United Kingdom.
You are staying a few minutes walk from Holme Beach - at the last house on Beach Road (the original Peddars Way) - so can swim in the sea at dawn, during the day, at dusk or even by the starlight. Walk with your dog for miles.
You'll be right by the Norfolk Coastal path, Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve, the Bird Observatory and the Hunstanton Golf Club championship links course. You can hear the sea from your front door.
We are in a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), where the Wash meets the North Sea. It's a couple of minutes to the Norfolk Coastal path - so walkers walk to Thornham, Brancaster or further and hop back on the bus which drops you at the top of Beach Road on the A149.
You'll soak in the dunes, marsh and sea - or walk along the Hun river and see resident and migrating birds. You could also hear the natterjack toads and see butterflies, moths and dragonflies, as well as a large number of interesting plants including mulleins flowering in our wild garden.
If you are a golfer, you can play Hunstanton Golf Club's superb championship links course. It's 125 years old and rated as one of Britain & Ireland's 'Top 100' courses, with the rolling fairways nestling in a stunning landscape of dunes and links grassses. You can also play at the Heacham Manor. If you secure a round at the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club at Brancaster, you'll need to park your car and walk when the tide is high.
Various military remains from WWII can be seen at Holme, including the remains of a target-railway used to train artillery.
Much earlier remains have also been discovered including an ancient walkway, Roman pottery and saxon fishtraps. In 1998, a well-preserved Bronze Age timber circle, now known as ‘Seahenge’ was uncovered by high tides. The timbers were treated in the Mary Rose laboratory and are now in the museum at King's Lynn. King's Lynn was a Hanseatic town - and is worth a visit. Seahenge 2 is difficult to discern - and often covered by sand.
Walk to the cliffs at Hunstanton for fossil hunting and to see one of 2 boat wrecks easily visible at low tide. The other is on Holme Beach between Gore Point and the Firs.
Birdwatchers may see wintering thrushes on the sea buckthorn, or avocets, a beautiful black-and-white wader with upturned bill and long legs, on the freshwater.
Wheatears and warblers are common in spring and finches and thrushes in the autumn - sometimes there'll be scarcer migrants such as the ring ouzel, wryneck, yellow-browed warbler or barred warbler.
It's a great place to seawatch for gannets, skuas, terns and divers. Knot, golden plover and oyster catchers can be seen on the beach.
Our wild garden is alive - with our sparrows and starlings nesting in the roof. It makes the front door and the bench a little untidy sometimes! If they have a safe migration, you will also hear the cuckoos in spring and the turtledoves in summer. ✯ 2019: Cuckoos arrived safely - and one is still calling in July. ✯ The turtledove have safely arrived from their perilous migration. You'll hear their distinctive purring and may be lucky enough see them too. ✯ On warmer nights, the Natterjack toads call. ✯
This is the only part of the east coast of England where the sun sets over the sea, providing lovely views in both summer and winter. Our favourite places to see the sunset are a stroll up the coastal path to Gore Point, or a few minutes over the golf course to a seat on the top of dunes.
Visit one of the great houses - Sandringham (the Queen's residence), Holkham Hall, Houghton ( the Henry Moore exhibition), Felbrigg, Blickling Hall and Oxburgh Hall.
Shop locally: Lots of choice from:
- the award winning Hunstanton Deli, England's largest joke shop, Richard's Cook Shop, the best fish and chips at Fishers of Hunstanton, several proper barbers and more at Hunstanton
- Drove Orchards (farm shop with swallows nesting, pick your own and apple juice, fishmongers, smokery, ice cream, excellent fish & chips at Eric's, good food at the Yurt, a butchers and more)
- Thornham Deli
- The General Store Ringstead with over 70 Real Ales, brewed and crafted in Norfolk and 9 rooms and 2 courtyards of eclectic new and old Hidden Treasures.
- Shops at Burnham Deepdale & Burnham Market
- The Real Ale Shop on the Holkham Estate - brewing on site
- Wells Next the Sea - classic harbour where you can go crabbing
- Holt - charming Georgian town with great shops, especially Bakers & Larners - established 1770 - an exceptional department store, stocked with good taste (closed Sundays) and lots of eating places
Eat out: There's lots of good food:
- The Neptune (book in advance)
- The Dabbling Duck (book in advance)
- Drove Farm
- The Yurt - late breakfasts and good food
- Eric's - great fish & chips, homemade tartar sauce and Elvis Juice!
- The White Horse at Brancaster - fabulous views across the marshes and perfect for crab, salad and new potatoes in season (book in advance for a view from the dining room, or take you chance for the terrace or the bar).
- The NWT visitor centre at Cley - good for coffee and a cake and views across the reserve.
You can walk to:
- the White Horse at Holme for lunch or supper
- the Old Boathouse Cafe at Old Hunstanton for breakfast and other meals
- The Ancient Mariner at Old Hunstanton
- the trad caff at the Lighthouse Cafe, Hunstanton
- further along the coast path to Thornham - for a range of eateries
- and inland to the Gin Trap at Ringstead.
Weber kettle BBQ on request.
In the words of our guests:
"Amazing place in a beautiful location, close to the beach with lovely walks all around. Great communication and everything was so easy, from check in to departure. The studio is comfortable, cosy and absolutely gorgeous, even better than the photos!"
"Delightful accommodation in a lovely setting and perfect location. If you are looking for a place that has the feeling of being miles from anywhere but which has a pub/restaurant and bus stop a shortish walk away, this is for you. A longer walk along the beach will provide you with even more choice of places to eat and drink. Truly ‘the best of both worlds’."
"A real gem! Very cosy and comfortable accommodation in a brilliant location. Spotlessly clean with plenty of throws and personal touches to make you feel at home and welcome. The host is friendly and nothing is too much trouble. I will definitely be returning."
"Book this place now!! It was great, me and my girlfriend stayed here for one night and we really wish we had stayed longer! Location is quiet, right next to the beach, a 3 minute walk. We walked down to the beach last night and it was beautiful, empty and great. We didn't meet Ermine, but communication was fantastic, check in details were great and amenities are perfect. Book this place now, it's perfect."
"We had a wonderful time in this lovely place - it has everything you need and beautiful coastal surroundings for exploring and walking. Ermine is a really thoughtful host and there are many thoughtful touches such as a well stocked bathroom cabinet, dresser stocked with teas and coffee and the microwave oven. If you need a peaceful getaway this is it!"
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