Cool holiday cottages on the Norfolk coast - Halong Junk Cruises

Cool holiday cottages on the Norfolk coast

The Long House, Cockthorpe

Exterior at night

Designed by the architects behind Glyndebourne opera house and London’s Olympic velodrome (, this deceptively simple, barn-shaped building is a paean to the region’s flint structures and marshlands. Internally, its clean, open-plan layout and enclosed spiral staircase create a church-like calm, while views from a strip of first-floor windows are a reminder of the big-sky setting. Sophisticated lighting and two courtyard gardens add to the spectacle.

View from dining room

No phone, Sleeps 10, from £1,645 aweek
Wheelchair friendly

Carrington House, Snettisham

Dining Room

Few holiday homes scream “paaaarty” as loudly as this one. But then not many listed Georgian buildings have front doors in canary yellow, jungle print wallpaper and a canopy of shocking pink pendant lamps over the dining table. Then, of course, there’s the disco room, the hot tub, the sound-proofed “leisure lounge”… You may not notice that you’re only 10 minutes’ drive from Old Hunstanton beach, and your own private beach hut.


0870 850 5468, Sleeps 18, from £3,650 for three nights
Pet friendly

Seal Cottage, Sharrington

Lavish bedroom

It is close to Holkham beach and the seal colony at Blakeney but that’s not where this place gets its name. It’s a reference to the interior colour scheme, with slate and oak floors, cotton, linen and reindeer skins echoing the sand and ink colours of the walls. One of a small collection of cottages in the grounds of a Jacobean manor house, it comes with a private terrace and a custom-built kitchen.


01263 478278, Sleeps 2, from £850 a week
No kids

Bramley, Old Hunstanton

Living area

Not every house designed in the 1970s involves disco balls and wraparound shagpile, as this sleek single storey holiday home proves. Designed by architect Robin Spence in 1971, Bramley’s windows slide back for surf-style living, while the cork-floored kitchen is simple and elegant. This is no hushed museum piece though. The space is very family friendly: there’s Tupperware in the kitchen for picnics on the beach (five minutes’ walk away), Fat Boy beanbags for lounging and spill-forgiving turquoise upholstery on an Ercol sofa.


01485 211022, Sleeps 4, from £650 a week
Wheelchair friendly

Marsh Lane Cottage, Wiveton

Dining Room

It’s a fine line between whimsical and twee but this family hideaway gets the balance right. A traditional brick-and-flint cottage with an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen downstairs, and three smart bedrooms above, it’s furnished with bright patterned rugs and throws and retro animal prints. For eating out, there’s the Wiveton Bell pub and the locavore-friendly Wiveton Hall cafe.

Twin Beds

07831 406888, Sleeps 6, from £675 a week
Pet friendly

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