Sat Nav Postcode: NR11 8QR
On the doorstep
Primrose Farm Barns is located off a county lane in the village of Roughton. Roughton has a fish and chip shop, a shop and a pub.
The National Trust estate, Felbrigg Hall is a lovely 45 minute walk or a short car journey. It’s dog friendly and has plenty of walking routes around the estate.
Also close by is The Gunton Arms (4 miles), a wonderful gastropub with an indoor open fire set in a private estate. It’s owned by a London art dealer with his contemporary collection adorning the walls, including Tracey Emin and Damien Hurst and sculpture in the grounds. Do book well ahead.
The seaside town of Cromer is 3 miles away. With its wide promenade, it’s a great spot for taking an (often chilly!) dip, rock pooling at low tide and crabbing off the pier. Cromer Beach is a sand and shingle ‘blue flag’ beach that is popular with bathers, surfers and fishermen alike. There’s also an RNLI lifeboat station at the end of the pier, the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum, a miniature golf course, the Deep History Coast Discovery trail and a cinema. Nearby West Runton and East Runton (walkable from Cromer on the beach at low tide) are great for beachcombing and fossil collecting.
Days out and further afield
Blakeney is a charming coastal village surrounded by an amazing landscape of salt marshes, sand dunes, mud banks and a horizon stretching all the way out to sea. There are regular boat trips from nearby Morston Quay around the estuary to see seals and migrant birds.
Wells-next-the-Sea has a stunning array of colourful beach huts semi-circling a sandy beach (and has a dog friendly side) backed by pinewoods. A great lagoon forms for paddling at low tide. There’s a lovely 2 mile beach or pinewood walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Holkham beach. The Victoria Inn at Holham is a good lunch stop.
A little more up the coast, Holkham Hall is an 18th century stately home with deer park, walled garden, nature trails and play areas. Nearby is the stunning Holkham beach, a beautiful wide stretch of sand and a national nature reserve.
National Trust Blickling Estate near Aylsham features a Jacobean house, as well as formal gardens, woods and lake. There’s a café and a 17th century coaching inn, the Buckinghamshire Arms, just outside the grounds.
Hire a boat or take a tour on the Norfolk Broads. Wroxham is a good starting point.
Norwich is 19 miles away (around 40 minutes drive). Further afield, around an hour’s drive, is Sandringham, the Queens country residence set in 24 hectares of beautiful gardens. Tickets must be booked in advance. The house and gardens are closed in winter but the parkland and courtyard are open all year round.