Roughton, Cromer, Overstrand & The Area

A bird watchers and walkers paradise


Roughton village is approximately 4 miles south of Cromer (and the sea).

Made up of quiet lanes, the village has a shop, fish & chip shop (open 7 days during the summer) and a pub (The New Inn, which serves meals).

Our Cottages, Hawthorne and Rainbow Cottage are situated in Roughton.


Overstrand is a wonderfully unspoilt former fishing village in North Norfolk. Offering magnificent sea views from the cliffs, it is a bird watchers and walkers paradise. Once known as the ‘millionaires village’ – Overstrand was where the Victorians used to come to “take the sea air”. Winston Churchill himself used to holiday there and stay at the Pear Tree Cottage in the famous Londs.

You can still watch the local fishermen do as their ancestors did before them, and bring in their daily catch of fresh lobsters and crabs up the promenade.

There are some great walks from Cromer along the coastal path or beach (approx 1 1/2 miles). Golfers are well catered for too – Overstrand is just a few hundred yards from the Royal Cromer Golf Course.

Overstrand has a lovely, golden sandy beach, and we enjoy some awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets.

Cromer is just a few minutes drive away (you can also walk there if you like), and there are many interesting and beautiful places to visit along the Norfolk Coast.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Overstrand, look no further than our very own Shoal Cottage – a cosy holiday cottage, which sleeps up to 8 in Overstrand. It is also extremely conveniently located for the Cliff Top Café – ideal for a big breakfast to set you up for a day of sightseeing and fun in North Norfolk.

Cromer & Beyond

A classic seaside town, Cromer is situated on cliffs overlooking a sandy beach.

Layered in history, there is much to do, from end-of-pier shows and crabbing on the award-winning traditional Pier, to museums (the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in particular is excellent and well worth a look), amusement arcades and shops that range from souvenir shops to upmarket art shops and clothing boutiques.

Cromer has many good places to eat – The Rocket Café is excellent for lunches, while the No 1 Cromer Fish & Chips restaurant (owned by Michelin-starred Chef Galton Blackiston) is a standard above your usual ‘chippy’. There are also several pubs that serve food.

Cromer Beach is a sand and shingle ‘blue flag’ beach that is popular with bathers, surfers and fishermen alike.

On the cliffs towards Overstrand is the Royal Cromer Golf Club, which was founded in 1888 and boasts many notable former members.

One can walk from Cromer to Overstrand – a nice stroll that is always made better by finishing for refreshments in the Cliff Top Café.