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On the Map: Twelve of the Best Unusual Stays in Norfolk

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Published 08/03/2020 On the Map: Twelve of the Best Unusual Stays in Norfolk


Boasting a little something for everyone, Norfolk is a treasure-trove of holiday delights.

Nestled on England's mid-east coast, there are over 90 miles of unspoilt, windswept coastline to discover, not to mention the completely unique Broads National Park.  

The city of Norwich oozes culture and heritage, and there are plenty of traditional seaside resorts to down fish and chip suppers at. Oh, and nature lovers will enjoy rambling through the magical forests and heathland!

Naturally, if you're visiting somewhere as unique as Norfolk, you'll need a place to stay that's just as charming and unusual. So why not browse our list of some of the very best?

Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: The Signal Box | Melton Constable

Aylsham Windmill

Aylsham Windmill

A luxury holiday home for six in a former working flourmill, built in 1826 and modernised to welcome guests to enjoy Norfolk's many attractions.  A former working flour mill built in 1826, Aylsham Windmill is now a luxury holiday home for six, close to the Norfolk Broads, Norwich and the wild North Sea coast. It makes for an interesting place to stay: a step back in time with a hefty…

West Lexham Treehouses and Glamping

West Lexham Treehouses and Glamping

An enchanting Norfolk glamping holiday retreat offering fairytale treehouses and bell tents.   For a touch of magic, how about a stay in an utterly charming tree house or bell tent, adorned with fairy lights and lanterns, and nestled in the Norfolk woodland? Tempted...? A small, boutique glamping site, West Lexham has developed an outstanding reputation for unique accommodation and…

Round the Woods

Round the Woods

Come and unwind with luxury eco-friendly glamping, set in 18 beautifully serene acres of Norfolk countryside. If you're looking for a fresh escape from stale everyday life, take a wander Round The Woods - wildlife and wildflower-strewn woods to be exact - with two lovingly handcrafted yurts set in charming Norfolk countryside. Recently featured on BBC's 'Gone Fishing', i's not…

Appleton Water Tower

Appleton Water Tower

This magnificent Victorian water tower was built to service the royal estate of Sandringham back in 1877,  today it remains an extraordinary structural feat with remarkable 360 degree views. Topped with a 32,000 gallon cast iron tank, this free-standing and distinctive masterpiece of architecture was fully functioning until restoration began in 1976, transforming it into one of the most…

The Cabin at Bliss Blakeney

The Cabin at Bliss Blakeney

The Cabin at Bliss Blakeney is a very special hideaway on the North Norfolk coast, where indulgence and style go hand in hand to create the most heavenly of stays. Bliss Blakeney is an utterly incredible home built around a central courtyard. It sits in its own 16 acres of beautiful coastal land, just moments from the Norfolk Coast Path and in easy reach of the most stunning parts of the…

The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck is a former 19th century boat, uniquely transformed into a luxurious Heacham haven ideal for seaside family holidays. Perfectly positioned behind scenic sand dunes at Heacham South Beach and overlooking the Snettisham RSPB Reserve, The Wild Duck is no ordinary dog-friendly holiday haven. Originally bespoke-constructed all the way back in 1878, in the 21st century you'll find…

Backwater

Backwater

A timber framed, architect-designed scenic haven that provides total immersion in the serene beauty of the Norfolk Broads. Backwater's peaceful and exceptionally scenic position in Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads, means the first thing you can expect from your stay is outstanding views from just about every angle. Beautifully located on a private lagoon and gently raised above…

Tin Can Camping

Tin Can Camping

A gleaming slice of retro Americana, blissfully tucked away in a wild and wonderful woodland corner of South Norfolk.The perfect rural base for exploring all the beauty of the Norfolk Broads (not to mention a gorgeous selection of beaches!), Tin Can Camping is a soothing woodland spot that's home to four authentic American trailers.You'll find each trailer lovingly packed with creature comforts,…

Wee Retreat

Wee Retreat

An incredible transformation of a former Victorian toilet block, into a stylish holiday home with spectacular Norfolk sea views.The story behind Wee Retreat is endearingly unique.  Formerly a dilapidated Victorian toilet block on North Norfolk's Sheringham seafront, the building was purchased by a local builder, who then proceeded to transform it into a stunning and contemporary holiday home,…

The Signal Box

The Signal Box

A romantic and historic bolt hole for two, set amongst peaceful Norfolk countryside that feels blissfully remote from daily life.Dating back to 1900, The Signal Box was moved from its original home at Wymondham station a century later, then transformed into an immaculate rural haven for two.  Surrounded by winding lanes and timeless, tranquil Norfolk countryside, you'll feel worlds away from…

Chaucer Barn Eco Lodges

Chaucer Barn Eco Lodges

Five luxurious wooden hideaways, sumptuously nestled in the woods on the edge of a wildlife-steeped Norfolk valley.You'll find Chaucer Barn Eco Lodges surrounded by woodland on a 30-acre estate, near the enchanting North Norfolk village of Gresham.  The farm, originally bought by the famed poet Geoffrey Chaucer for his son, way back in the 14th century, is nestled in a soothing valley…

Norwich Roundhouse & Yurt

Norwich Roundhouse & Yurt

Step blissfully back in time, with a stay in a thatched Iron Age retreat and a quirky bedroom yurt, nestled in rural Norfolk.Privately secluded in an unspoilt meadow that feels like a deliciously well-kept secret, the Norwich Roundhouse & Yurt is the perfect off-grid couples' retreat.Simply marvel at the natural wildlife, the changing of the seasons, and that vast sky overhead, as you light…

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