THE YEAR OF THE STAYCATION: VISITING NORTH NORFOLK

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Hello again! Long time no post – again! What an interesting year we have had, certainly not the year anyone had been expecting! Travel is a huge part of my life and it is my career too so 2020 has certainly turned the world as I (we) know it on its head but us British are the best at adapting and overcoming right?

So, 2020 officially became the year of the staycation, and having missed out on a honeymoon this year which we had planned to do for our first wedding anniversary, we jumped on the trend and headed to the sunny Norfolk coast!

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As usual, we crammed a lot into our 2 days away – I’ll fill you in on where we stayed and where we visited!

Leaving Rutland early on the morning of our Anniversary after opening our thoughtful cards and gifts from loved ones, we headed straight for Old Hunstanton Beach for a walk. We were expecting typical British beach weather and kept waiting for the hair-frizzing drizzle to arrive but we were unbelievably lucky and were blessed with perfect blue skies.

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The beach is absolutely huge, and like it’s neighbour Holkham, has plenty of space to roam for humans and dogs alike! We saw at least 50 dogs during our hour of walking and it just reinforced how we (mostly me) would like one of our own, but that’s another story…

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We were getting hungry, so we stopped at pretty Wells-Next-The-Sea for a spot of lunch. Forgetting it was the last day of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, it was very busy and we struggled to find somewhere without a ridiculous queue, but enjoyed some baguettes in a cafe before heading back on the road to search for a quieter place to visit.

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Next up was Holt, somewhere we visited together last January just after we got engaged. It was nice to go back and have a wander.

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Our final destination for the day was the tiny village of Wellingham, where we stayed at Manor House Farm – a beautiful countryside B&B surrounded by impressively manicured gardens. Manor House Farm is also one of the first winners of Channel 4’s Four in a Bed!

Manor House Farm B&B Treelined walkway Beautiful garden Courtyard garden

After a delicious breakfast prepared by our host Libby, we (reluctantly) checked out and hit the road again.

Morning view Country house

Farmhouse breakfast

Country garden

Climbing rose

Agapanthus

Country house

Our first stop was Potter Heigham on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. From here we did a short walk to enjoy some lovely views before jumping back in the car and driving back on ourselves through Ludham, stopping for lunch in Horning and then stopping at Wroxham in the heart of the Broads.

Norfolk broads

We had pre-booked a 2 hour boat tour with Broads Tours and had a great time. You can’t quite experience the beauty of the broads without seeing them from the water. There were plenty of amazing properties for us to gaze at too!

Norfolk broads

Norfolk broads

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Afternoon tea

Wanting to make the absolute most of our time away, and the continuing sunshine, we made a final stop at Coltishall for another short walk before driving back home and admiring a beautiful sunset.

Sunset

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3 Comments

  1. September 9, 2020 / 12:51 pm

    Sounds lovely we have visited most of those places Amy.

    • amybetharcher
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      September 9, 2020 / 1:04 pm

      Thank you! We had such a lovely time and were so lucky with the weather! Hope to see you soon x

  2. Anita MIL
    September 11, 2020 / 10:51 pm

    Fantastic photos. What fab weather you had too 👌xxx

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