The Local Area

North Norfolk is situated on the East Coast of England approximately 120 miles North East of London.  It has 45 miles of stunning coastline with Blue Flag beaches, big skies and beautiful unspoiled countryside. There are many quiet villages, the bustling Victorian town of Cromer, Mundesley's seaside experience and the historic Georgian town of Holt to explore. In this section of the website we have tried to highlight some of the attractions of the local area and have provided links to other sites so that you can find out more detail. There is so much to do in the locality we feel we have only scratched the surface ....

Norfolk's Beaches and Coastline

Norfolk has a wildly varying coastline.  There are beaches where there is sand as far as you can see, beaches bordered by pine woodlands, pebble beaches with a treasure trove of fossils and many pleasure beaches.  There are stunning cliff walks, tidal salt marshes and unique features such as Cromer Pier,  Happisburgh Lighthouse and Scolt Head.

Historic Houses

Norfolk is dotted with some of the countries finest historic houses.  Most are open to the public and many have beautiful gardens to explore.


Jump on the train from Gunton Station, it takes about 30 mins for the journey to the Fine City of Norwich.  Visit the Castle, admire the Cathedral or do some shopping – there a a few pubs and restaurants too…

Walking In Norfolk

Norfolk is fantastic for those who enjoy walking.  The Coastal Path provides some breathtaking scenery. Venture inland and there are miles of footpaths  through quiet unspoiled countryside to explore.

Aviation Heritage

Norfolk has a proud aviation heritage.  During the second world war there were many RAF Airfields scattered throughout the county.  Few remain as airfields today although there are plenty of ways to discover more about the history of aviation in the area.

Eating Out

There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in the area ranging from the Michelin Stared Morston Hall to Fish and Chips at Cromer.  Click here for a few suggestions.

Local Pubs

As you would expect there are loads of pubs to enjoy in Norfolk.  Most have managed to retain that feel of a ‘real local’ and many stock beers brewed in Norfolk and Suffolk.  We have suggested a few which are close to Burrow Cottage.

Bird Watching

Norfolk is one of the best areas for Bird-Watching in the country. You can see many rare species around the cottage and and nearby woodland.  Further afield are many famous bird watching locations.

Seal Trips

The seal colony at Blakeney Point includes both Common and Grey seals and is one of the biggest colonies in England, with around 2500 pups.

Common seals have their young between June and August, and the Greys between November and January.  It is well worth a visit.  Trips are available from Morston Quay.  Departure times vary with the tide so check out these websites for more details:

Beans Boat Trips

Temple Seal Trips

Heritage Railways

Norfolk hosts a number of interesting heritage railways.  The North Norfolk Line from Sheringham to Holt is special but there are others…

Norfolk's Gardens

The Gardens at Burrow Cottage are fantastic as can be seen in this picture.  There are also some other gardens in Norfolk which come close!

Royal Cromer Golf Course

Golf in Norfolk

Norfolk boasts a number of famous courses – why not bring you clubs and enjoy the greens and fairways.


With the sea so close to Burrow Cottage and the Norfolk Broads only a short distance away it is no surprise that there are many opportunities to try your skills at fishing.

Trimmingham Beach fishing


Cromer is a wonderful Victorian seaside holiday destination.  Perched on the very edge of the North Norfolk coast,  famous for its tasty crabs, wide open beaches and traditional pier complete with a theatre providing seaside special variety shows.   Cromer has a rich fishing heritage with a prominant lighthouse and a proud tradition of RNLI service.  It has been said that the lifeboat service is the lifeblood of the town and the Henry Blogg Museum offers a great insight into both the town and the service’s past history.

The Norfolk Broads

Norfolk is famous for the man-made Broads, a National Park with over 125 miles of navigable waterways set in beautiful countryside and scattered with charming and picturesque towns and villages.  The Broads National Park can be explored by boat on its rivers and lakes, and alongside them, on peaceful paths and cycle ways.

Norfolk's Museums

There are many museums in the locality that provide an opportunity to discover more about the area and it’s past.

Theater and Cinema

There is plenty of entertainment in the area if the weather turn against you.  The Pavilion Theater on Cromer Pier is quite unique and Norwich offers many exciting venues to enjoy.

Historic Churches

Norfolk is dotted with churches. Here are a few local to the cottage that are worth a visit.

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