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Holiday Cottages: The best way to stay in Norfolk?

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With Summer holidays in full swing and Norfolk being one of the UK's prime destinations for many holiday goers we caught up with Sam Thomas at Norfolk Cottages to find out why renting a Norfolk cottage is such a popular choice with so many people.

Norfolk Cottages is a family run business and has been going 27 years, still being owned by the same family who set it up from their kitchen table in the small North Norfolk town of Reepham!

What are the advantages of renting a cottage in Norfolk instead of just staying in a Hotel?

Quite often we are catering for groups who come with family members - Parents, Grandparents and children, as well as groups of friends who like the feeling of having a "Home away from Home" which you don’t get in a hotel.

We've got quite a range of different properties based all over the county in some fantastic locations; some properties have just one bedroom, some have ten bedrooms and everywhere in between.

Possibly one of the strangest is a property called "Wee Retreat" which used to be public conveniences, it's right on the beach at Sheringham.

It's fully booked all year round (it's quite compact property) - but being right on the beach has got fantastic views and people love staying in it!

Many of our properties allow dogs, have gardens, parking - some even have hot tubs, swimming pools, games room and barbecues!

In addition if you break down the price, for a larger parties of people the per-night price, compared to a hotel with a similar level of services. often works out cheaper.

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Which parts of Norfolk are most popular for your customers and why?

North Norfolk is by far the most popular area for us, certainly Wells-next-the-sea is the most popular town for our customers with the next most popular being the Norfolk Broads.

Both of these location’s are well known to those living outside of Norfolk, so we try to build awareness that there's a lot more to Norfolk than just the North Norfolk Coast.

Much like if I I were to visit Cornwall I’d be aware of St. Ives and Padstow, but wouldn’t know anything about the other beautiful towns and villages they have unless someone with local knowledge told me about them.

For example, I really liked to go to Hunstanton as a child - they have a beautiful beach, funfair amusements and beautiful sunsets over the sea.

What, in your opinion, are the 3 best reasons for taking a break in Norfolk?

When people go on holiday I think they probably look for good weather, Norfolk is the driest county in the UK - compared to the rest of the country we do have fantastic weather!

Although it does have a slower pace of life (which is an active selling point for many), there’s a lot to do in Norfolk, from some fantastic places to eat and drink, beautiful countryside and coastal walks and the superb medieval city of Norwich which, even though I’ve spent time in lots of UK cities, Norwich is by far my favorite.

In practical terms Norfolk has great transport links so people don't have to rely on their car; train links to London and local bus services a good so you can get around fairly easily.

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By Alastair Baker at 30 Jul 2019, 00:00 AM