Luxury properties across the UK
Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. See all of our South West Cottages
The Southern counties of England are varied, each with their own character and charm. Our collection of holiday cottages in Southern England covers the areas of Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. See all of our Southern England Cottages
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. See all of our North West Cottages
Visit historic North East England with its castles and ruins, beautiful coastline and family attractions whilst staying in one of our luxurious holiday cottages. The region is home to countless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. See all of our North East Cottages
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
Handpicked Cottages have selected what we believe are some of the finest holiday cottages in Wales. We have some superb properties in the most beautiful areas of the country. Rural valleys meet with the stunning coasts to make Wales a perfect self-catering cottage destination. See all of our Wales Cottages
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. See all of our Cottages in Special Places
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Not many counties in England can offer such a diverse landscape as Norfolk. From a wonderful coastline rich in history and with glorious beaches, nature reserves and seaside towns to countryside t of gently rolling fields, forests and heathland as well as an abundance of bird and wildlife.
The Norfolk Broads provide a wonderful natural water playground for those who love watersports and boating. As well as such natural beauty there are a wide range of historic villages, towns and the three cities of King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and of course Norwich to explore.
Norfolk with its close proximity to London makes it a great choice for those looking to escape to the coast and country. We have a great selection of Norfolk holiday cottages for you to choose from. These range from romantic boltholes for two through to large manor houses for extended family or group getaways.
Below are some ideas and inspiration to help you find the very best places to visit as well as offering you a range of Luxury Norfolk Cottages for your next holiday or special break.
If you are looking to stay in one of the most ancient fishing towns in Norfolk, then Cromer is probably the most well-known. Famed for its fishing history of years gone by, today Cromer crab and lobster is the prime catch of the day. In more recent times tourism is the main economy of Cromer. As well as having a scenic coastline with a long blue flag beach, there is a good range of independent shops, restaurants and of course the Victorian Cromer Pier with regular entertainment and shows to enjoy.
With two AA rosettes, the award-winning restaurant at The Grove offers one of Norfolk’s most sought after dining experiences. Inspired by locally sourced ingredients that change with the seasons, the mouth-watering menus here are well worth sampling.
Where to stay: The five star Stable Cottage At Luxurious Cottages is perfect for your Cromer holiday. Boasting stylish en-suite bathrooms, luxury oak floors the cottage is located in East Runton and a short hop away from Cromer town centre.
Blakeney is a designated area of natural beauty and it is easy to see why. This coastal town in Norfolk is full of character and charm. A nature lover's heaven, this part of Norfolk is home to large Seal colonies at Blakeney Point. Beans Boats have decades of experience operating in Blakeney Harbour, allowing you to take a closer look at the seals as well as the hundreds of migrating birds that visit the area.
The village itself has a fascinating history of fishing, piracy and smuggling. Life goes at an easier pace today with crabbing off the quay a popular children’s pastime. There is a good range of walks to enjoy and wonderful scenery to embrace. Foodies and particularly lovers of shellfish will love the choice of dining pubs and restaurants. Blakeney House offers everything from an ever-changing dinner menu sourcing the freshest local ingredients available to delicious afternoon teas.
Where to stay: Loke Cottage is a 19th century cottage with original timber beams located in the village of Bessingham near Blakeney. The cottage has a beautiful garden to enjoy in summer and a cosy wood burner for the colder months.
Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the most quintessential seaside towns anywhere in England. Recognised for its brightly coloured beach huts and vibrant harbour the town is one of the most popular on the North Norfolk coast. The beautiful beach, as well as the safe and family friendly atmosphere are just two of the reasons Wells has retained its draw as are the historic streets with shops and restaurants. This is an English seaside town at its finest.
You must sample the famous fish and chips when staying or visiting Wells - once enjoyed they are not to be forgotten! Platten's Fish & Chips have been serving delicious fish and chips with stunning views over the harbour since the 1960’s.
Where to stay: Discreetly located near the village of Thursford, Thursford Castle boasts stunning modern architecture that has been renovated to a very high standard.
Forget “Kiss me quick” hats and fairground rides, Winterton-on-Sea is a quiet and peaceful coastal escape in Norfolk. This gorgeous seaside village is the perfect coastal destination in Norfolk for those looking to escape for a special break or family holiday. There is a beautiful unspoilt beach to enjoy, wonderful walks and a charming friendly atmosphere.
Where to stay: Church Farm has lots of things to keep everyone entertained boasting a games room, full-size pool table, dart board, table tennis table and hot tub! This refurbished Georgian farmhouse sleeps up to 16 and is the ideal base to explore the North Norfolk coast.
Navigate over 125 miles of beautiful waterways through the beautiful Norfolk countryside. Ever popular, The Norfolk Broads, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and haven for wildlife, have been helping visitors make memories for centuries. Without a doubt the best way to see the Broads is by boat. Norfolk Broads Direct offers a wide selection of luxury cruisers for 2-9 people to enjoy a fantastic holiday on the water.
Boating is not the only way to explore the Broads. There are a multitude of cycle and walking tracks for you to explore and a great choice of places to stop off for refreshment. It's probably no surprise that The Norfolk Broads are. Historic towns and villages to explore when visiting the Broads include: Wroxham, Beccles and Horning.
If the weather isn’t great, why not check out Wroxham Miniature Worlds - The largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK, with exhibits such as Japanese Railway Layout, Little Brick World, Vintage Toy World plus many more.
Aylsham makes the perfect location from which to explore much of Norfolk. Delightfully situated on the River Bure in north Norfolk, both Norwich and the Norfolk Broads are within easy reach as is the beautiful North Norfolk coast. This quaint market town is a joy to walk through and has historic buildings and architecture to admire.
You can also jump on board Bure Valley Railway here and experience a nostalgic trip along Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway. Powered by steam, the 18 mile route takes in some truly stunning scenery before reaching Wroxham in the heart of the Broads.
Where to stay: For a unique self catering experience book a stay at Aylsham Windmill. The former flour mill is now luxury accommodation for up to 6 guests and is the perfect location for a relaxing stay in North Norfolk.
Fakenham is another vibrant market town which is well placed to explore the area. Once one of the main livestock markets, the town still has a regular market each Thursday. There is plenty to see and do in the town and for fans of National Hunt racing there is the ever popular Fakenham Racecourse which hosts regular meetings.
Pensthorpe is the perfect destination for an action-packed day out for the whole family. Explore magical gardens, take a trail through the nature reserve, and get up close with the furry and feathered inhabitants! There are indoor and outdoor play areas, off-road bike rides, and lots more adventure to be had.
Where to stay: Brazenhall Barn is 5 star gold award winning property situated in rural Norfolk countryside. Sleeping up to 14 in 7 en suite bedrooms, the barn has a games room and is an ideal base to explore the surrounding area. Larger parties can also rent Brazenhall Lodge and with both properties sleeping a combines 20 persons.
Holt is possibly one of the prettiest towns in the whole of Norfolk. Think Norfolk town and you are very likely to picture Holt. Flint stone buildings, bustling market, art galleries, quaint coffee houses, antique shops and boutiques make Holt particularly popular. The Georgian architecture seen today is the result of the great fire of 1708 after which Holt had to be rebuilt. The Holt Owl Trail is a circular guided route around the town which provides fascinating insights and hidden places to explore on the way.
Just a 20 minute drive to Cromer and surrounded by glorious Norfolk countryside makes Holt a great base for your next holiday or Norfolk break.
Where to stay: With stunning rural views, Harold’s Barn is our choice of where to stay near Holt. This beautifully finished property offers spacious accommodation ideal for family or friends.
Brancaster is a beautiful fishing village on the north Norfolk coast. With arguably the best beach in the whole of Norfolk, Brancaster is ever popular. The beach is largely dog friendly with a limited no dogs area in the summer months. Endless walks, beachcombing, kite flying and kite surfing are popular pastimes here.
Brancaster is perfectly situated on the Norfolk Coast Path and is made up of two villages, Brancaster Staithe and Brancaster. When staying here we suggest a visit to The White Horse Inn gloriously situated on the marshland coastline. The award-winning restaurant makes the most of shellfish from our village fisherman.
Perfect for a romantic break or family holiday we highly recommend Brancaster as a top Norfolk coast destination.
Where to stay: OK, so the Hidden Hut is a short drive from Brancaster but we had to give this a mention! This idyllic and luxurious shepherd's hut is the definition of romantic break. Cosy up in front of the wood burner or whip up a romantic meal in the outside pizza oven.
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