Beautiful Blakeney, North Norfolk
If you’re looking for somewhere to escape to for a few days, I can thoroughly recommend staying in one of the Norfolk Luxury Hotels. Norfolk is one of those lucky places that has plenty to offer without having to try too hard, thanks to its attractive coastline and fabulous green countryside which stretches for miles around. There are all sorts of North Norfolk Hotels, from rooms in people’s houses to posh B&Bs, but as you’ll probably be out and about for most of your stay, the accommodation isn’t really paramount.
The main thing is to make sure you switch off from life’s all-too-hectic pace for a while – put away your iPhone, laptop and Blackberry and switch off that SatNav and then simply set out on foot or in the car for a few miles and see where things take you. Last weekend I did just that; headed to the coast for a weekend break Norfolk way and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had my little one with me (he’s nearly three now) and so a children’s playground was of the utmost importance, together with a duck pond and somewhere to buy ice cream. Fortunately we found ourselves in Blakeney, sandwiched between Morston and Cley right on the North Norfolk coast, which offers all three and a lot more besides. Stay in North Norfolk hotels up here and you’ll be blessed with all sorts of things to do – besides the modern playground, lovely duck pond by the quay and a little ice cream booth, we enjoyed watching the people crabbing on the water’s edge and seeing the lovely boats bobbing up and down.
After a stroll and then a cup of tea and a rest at one of the tables in the quayside car park (there’s a host of mobile vans here selling everything from crab sandwiches to artwork), we had a look round the art and craft exhibition in the village hall and bought some stencils for drawing and some second-hand children’s books. This place is perfect for spending a morning or an afternoon – simply stroll around and take in the many sights or pop into the little shops, mostly aimed at tourists, for a painting, some delicious deli goods or another holiday memento.
Kerry Miller is a keen traveller who has stayed in many North Norfolk Hotels including Norfolk Luxury Hotels.