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The best self-catering accommodation in Norfolk

From 16th century cottages to vintage chalets.

North Norfolk Coast

Albert’s Cottage


Located close to the quay of this north Norfolk coastal town, this 200-year-old fisherman’s cottage has exposed two comfortable double bedrooms with iron bedsteads. 

Bagthorpe Treehouse

Bagthorpe Hall, near Burnham Market

Rather more luxurious than it sounds, this comfortable wooden cabin with a veranda is perched beneath an oak in the grounds of Bagthorpe Hall. With a king-size four-poster, two single bunks and a large copper bathtub, the treehouse sleeps four.

Cliff Cottage


Two minutes from the seafront, this bright cottage has a nautical theme with sea charts and photographs of fishermen on the walls. Sleeping four in upstairs double and downstairs twin rooms, the living room opens out on to a sunlit courtyard garden.

Little Orchard


This chalet-style cottage sleeping six is located well away from the busy coast road but conveniently close to the village centre. 

The Maltings

Brancaster Staithe

An eco-friendly house with stunning views over the salt marsh and harbour, this has an open plan, split-level living area inside and a patio garden to the rear. Sleeping six, there are two en-suite bedrooms plus a ‘den’ in the eaves of the attic that is ideal for teenagers or adults who aren’t afraid of climbing a ladder to reach it.

The Music Room


As its name suggests, this property was once used as a music studio for teaching. A fully functioning pipe organ is still in place and there’s also a piano. Sleeps two.

Sea View Barn


This barn conversion on the north Norfolk coast has uninterrupted sea views from most of its rooms. This spacious property has five en-suite bedrooms, four separate seating areas and two wood-burning stoves. The location is perfect for birders and walkers, being just minutes away from the Titchwell RSPB bird reserve.

North Central Norfolk

Fox Cottage

South Creake

Fox Cottage boasts an eclectic, Romany caravan-style interior decorated with vintage artefacts. Sleeping four, it has a wood burner for cold nights. 

Garden Cottage

Manor House Farm, Wellingham, King’s Lynn, PE32 2TH

Convenient for the northwest Norfolk coast, and close to the market town of Fakenham, this property sleeping two is part of a converted barn on an award-winning conservation farm. The cottage has a four-poster bed and is equipped with a wood burning stove for chilly evenings.

Norfolk Courtyard

Westfield Farm, Foxley Road, Foulsham, NR20 5RH

Norfolk Courtyard, halfway between Aylsham and Fakenham, has two self-catering cottages to rent on a weekly basis: Stockman’s and Beekeeper’s cottages, both sleeping two to four. In the low season both are available for short breaks – a minimum of three nights. 

Northwest Norfolk and the Wash

The Summerhouse


This vintage chalet is situated on a privately owned site just ten minutes from the beach at Heacham. Sleeping four, it is traditionally furnished and has carefully chosen vintage bits and bobs to create a seaside feel. 

Norwich and the Yare Valley

Wellington Apartments

60 St Faith’s Lane, Norwich, NR1 1NN

Located in a historic part of the city close to the cathedral and railway station, there are one- and two-bed apartments available here as well as a more compact studio suitable for two. All apartments come with a fully equipped bathroom and kitchen.

The Waveney Valley

The Old Bike Shop

Brockdish (near Harleston)

In a small converted workshop with a lean-to conservatory, this cosy retreat is ideal for couple wishing to explore the Waveney Valley. In addition to exposed beams, tiled floor and a wood burner, there are also modern facilities like a DVD player, dishwasher, gas hob and electric oven.  


Garden House

Northwold, IP26 5NF

This property, which dates back to the 16th or 17th century, is located in an attractive village on the Brecks-Fens border. Although equipped with all the necessary mod-cons, Garden House retains lots of period charm with features like exposed brickwork and beams, wooden worktops and tile floors. At the back of the house is a fully enclosed walled garden.

Honey Pots

Foulden (near Oxborough), IP26 5AR

In a small village south of Swaffham, close to Oxborough, this renovated three-bedroom cottage has two sitting rooms, both with wood burner, and a spacious well-equipped kitchen. In addition to a garden with patio and barbecue area, there are 11 acres of grounds with woodland to wander in.

More information

For more information, see Laurence Mitchell’s guide to Norfolk: