A beautiful romantic bolthole for two, ideally situated in this pretty coastal village, in a peaceful off-road location. Detached, with a pretty garden and overlooking the marshes and the NWT Redmarsh Nature Reserve, it is perfect for lovebirds and birdwatcher’s alike, who want to be in beautifully quiet location close to the beach. Full of character, this is a wonderful getaway whatever time of the year. Sensitively restored, it won a Mayor’s Special Award in 2005. The owners maintain and care for the cottage themselves, so it is well-loved and beautifully kept which is testament to its Visit England 4 star gold award.
Reputed to be the oldest property located on the historic Peddar’s Way, Hope Cottage is a very pretty brick and flint and weather-boarded Norfolk ‘single-dweller’ cottage dating back to 1680. It is undoubtedly one of the most perfect hideaway cottages for those looking to escape from the outside world, yet is in easy walking distance of the beach and the village pub. From the cottage there is direct access to the Peddar’s Way and North Norfolk Coastal Path. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust Holme Dunes and the sandy beach are both right on your doorstep too. So if you love getting back to nature and enjoy watching bird and wildlife, you will adore this place. The wildlife opportunities are all around. Keep your eyes peeled for dragonflies, barn owls, kestrels, marsh harriers, grazine pink-footed geese and snow buntings in the winter. The south-west facing garden provides views across the marshes towards the sea and features a small pond with an old-fashioned traditional outside loo ‘The Retreat’, although of course you do have one inside too! Enjoy romantic afternoons in the garden which surround the cottage or daydream your day away curled up in the garden room with the bi-fold doors which open to the garden.
Bring your bikes and you explore the quiet local lanes, or head over to the famous Links Golf Course at Old Hunstanton where you have wonderful views of the coast as you play.
There is off-road parking for two cars.
The garden is mainly laid to lawn with some gravel and there is a paved terrace and garden furniture, along with a beautiful summer house to enjoy the seclusion afforded by the unique location backing onto the marshes. At night the garden is lit up and there is a facility to stand a charcoal disposable barbecue. There is also a fully-operational outside WC.
Please note: The garden is fenced and is fully-enclosed for dogs, but dogs should be supervised as the owners cannot guarantee that the garden is totally secure.
Access to the property is via a quiet single-track lane.
Tassimo coffee pods, logs and charcoal are not provided.
The owners of the property also own a beach hut on Old Hunstanton beach which is about a 20-minute walk from Hope Cottage which is available as an extra-cost option when booking.
Dogs are welcome at Hope Cottage at a cost of £50 per dog but are restricted to the downstairs of the property and should not be left unattended.
A highchair, travel cot and wheelchair is available on request for a small hire charge of £10 per item.
If you do need to keep in touch there is WiFi and a Vodaphone signal booster too to improve mobile phone reception.
The owners of Hope Cottage also have a beach hut on Old Hunstanton beach called Soggy Dollar, which can be booked from Saturday for six days for £225 in conjunction with this property. Please enquire for availability.
Explore the area
Holme-next-the-Sea is a great location for a short break or holiday.
Head to Holme beach, only a fifteen minute walk away from the cottage, across the golf course and over the dunes.
For the more energetic, walk west to Old Hunstanton beach or east to Thornham with its harbour and fabulous eateries, fish and chip shop, cafe/deli's and farm shop.
With so many beautiful beaches and characterful coastal villages to enjoy along this lovely stretch of North Norfolk, you will be spoilt for choice on what to do and where to go. The adventurous among you may wish to cycle the quiet lanes or jump in the car and head to HM The Queen's Sandringham Estate or the RSPB Nature Reserves at Titchwell and Snettisham. Holkham Hall and beach are a must-visit as is Wells-next-the-Sea with its fabulous beach huts and sand that goes on for miles, plus of course you can try your hand at gillying or 'crabbing' from the harbour wall.
Burnham Market with its trendy shops, galleries and boutiques is a short driveway as is Lord Nelson's birthplace at Burnham Thorpe.
The stately homes of Blickling and Felbrigg and Houghton Hall are great for a day trip too.
The White Horse pub in the village serves home-cooked food and it has a beer garden, so great in the summer for a cold beer or chilled glass of wine.
Head to the nearby Gin Trap Inn if you feel the need to sample of one of their hundred gins, or walk or drive to Eric's Fish and Chips or Shuck's in the Yurt at Drove Orchards where you can enjoy fabulous rustic award-winning food. Thornham Deli is a must too, for the probably the best breakfast and coffee along the coast.