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Norfolk Coastal Cottages


Rural, independent holiday cottage getaways
and self catering holiday cottages in the UK

Our Coastal Cottages

Experience the allure of Norfolk with our carefully curated selection of Coastal Cottages.

Nestled within the tranquil coastal settings, our two barn conversions offer a unique charm and comfort for your retreat. mYminiBreak invites you to explore our coastal cottages, each thoughtfully designed to provide a cozy haven just a 3 minute walk from the beach. Embrace the serene landscapes of Norfolk and treat yourself to a revitalizing escape personalized to your desires.

About Norfolk Coastal Cottages

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with our Norfolk Coastal Cottages, offering a charming retreat amidst the unspoiled beauty of Norfolk's pristine coastline. Nestled in secluded settings, our holiday homes boast breathtaking views and easy access to scenic attractions, including miles of untouched coastline. Whether you seek a romantic hideaway or a family adventure, our cottages provide the perfect backdrop for your vacation.

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the Norfolk Coastline, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and protected from development by law. Here, you'll find serenity amidst the sparse coastal landscape, allowing you to fully appreciate the untouched wilderness.

At mYminiBreak, we offer a variety of ways to enjoy your stay in our Norfolk Beach cottages. Take leisurely strolls along the shore, unwind on our picturesque patios or decks overlooking the sea, or indulge in fishing expeditions. For the more adventurous, explore the local countryside on foot or horseback. A plethora of outdoor activities awaits, from golfing and biking to horse riding and water sports like sailing and windsurfing. With an abundance of experiences to discover, boredom is never an option at our secluded rental cottages!

Escape to our Norfolk Coastal Cottages for a charming retreat amidst pristine coastline. Enjoy breathtaking views and easy access to scenic attractions. Whether for romance or family fun, our cottages offer the perfect vacation backdrop.

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Norfolk's Coastline, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore leisurely strolls, fishing expeditions, or adventurous activities like golfing and water sports. With so much to do, boredom is never an option at our secluded rental cottages!

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Self Catering Holiday Cottages Along the Norfolk Coast

Looking for a cozy self-catered holiday cottage on the Norfolk coast? Look no further than Norfolk Coastal Cottages! Nestled amidst stunning coastline and charming seaside towns, our cottages offer the ideal escape to unwind and recharge. Discover your perfect rental property from our handpicked collection today!

Located in Heacham, just moments from the beach, our Norfolk holiday accommodations guarantee comfort and relaxation. Each cottage boasts a spacious living room, complete with plush sofas and a TV/DVD player. The well-equipped kitchen includes all the essentials for convenient meal preparation, while the dining area sets the scene for enjoyable gatherings.

With two or three bedrooms accommodating up to six guests, our cottages provide ample space and storage. Outside, a furnished garden awaits, perfect for soaking up the sun's rays. Plus, enjoy the convenience of off-road parking during your stay.

Explore the dog-friendly Norfolk coastline, where sandy shores and scenic walks await just a short distance from your doorstep. Heacham itself offers a delightful array of amenities, from quaint shops to inviting eateries. Nearby Hunstanton promises further excitement with its diverse attractions. There's plenty to do and see and great places to eat and drink!

Upon arrival, you'll be warmly greeted by the owner, who will acquaint you with your Norfolk haven and ensure all your needs are met.

Don't wait—start planning your Norfolk getaway with us today! Discover the perfect coastal retreat for your family amidst our selection of Norfolk Coastal Cottages.

Discover cozy self-catered holiday cottages with mYminiBreak! Nestled along the stunning Norfolk coast, our accommodations in Heacham offer comfort and relaxation. With spacious living areas, well-equipped kitchens, and two or three bedrooms, our cottages accommodate up to six guests.

Enjoy off-road parking and a furnished garden. Explore the dog-friendly coastline and nearby attractions. There's plenty to do and see and great places to eat and drink!

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Our charming Norfolk Coastal Holiday Cottages
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Nestled near Heacham, Norfolk Coastal Cottages offer easy access to the iconic North Norfolk coastline. Explore Heacham amenities and attractions before heading just 4 miles to Hunstanton for classic seaside fun.

Nearby towns like Kings Lynn and Cromer beckon with their own charms. Our cottages ensure comfort year-round, whether you're soaking up summer activities or enjoying the off-season tranquility. Experience Norfolk's allure with us!

Nestled in the picturesque Georgian village of Heacham, this charming cottage offers captivating views of open fields and the coastline, with the beach just a three-minute stroll away. Its pet-friendly policy ensures furry friends are welcome year-round, adding to the allure of this serene retreat.

Step inside to discover a meticulously restored haven, boasting original features such as a cozy window seat in the master bedroom overlooking the sprawling farmland. The south-facing garden provides a tranquil oasis, perfect for relaxation and al fresco dining.

With check-in available from Friday to Monday, seize the opportunity to indulge in a memorable weekend getaway. Embrace the Friday feeling and embark on a rejuvenating escape to this idyllic hideaway.

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Norfolk Coastal Cottages: The Old Barn
Open Plan Living
Open plan lounge for spacious relaxation
Norfolk Coastal Cottages: The old barn Bedroom
Master Bedroom
Cosy beds in the master bedroom
Norfolk Coastal Cottages: The Old Barn Outside
Outside View
The Old Barn, rustic and comfortable
Norfolk Coastal Cottages: The Old Barn + Churnery
The Bedroom
An annex for extra space
Norfolk Coastal Cottages: The old barn+ Churnery Bedroom
Outside Seating
Enjoy the outdoors outside the Churnery

Perched along the breathtaking North Norfolk Coast, this self-catering holiday cottage beckons with its proximity to a vast expanse of untouched sandy beaches. Tucked away at the corner of Quayside, it serves as an ideal launchpad for exploring the surrounding wonders. Complete with its own enclosed garden, the cottage boasts a kitchen conveniently nestled alongside the utility room and pantry.

Dating back to the 12th century, this Norfolk gem extends a warm invitation to guests throughout the year. Offering a secluded sanctuary in the heart of Norfolk, it promises an unforgettable escape.

Don't leave your furry companion behind—bring them along for a seaside adventure! Our family-friendly cottages are available for exclusive self-catering stays, making them an ideal choice for dog-friendly beach holidays. With six bedrooms and a spacious kitchen, this retreat caters to larger groups seeking comfort and luxury, yet remains equally enchanting for smaller families or couples yearning for seaside bliss.

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Introducing The Dairy, our newest addition for 2023, a two-storey self-catering retreat on the Norfolk Coast. Formerly a cowshed, it's now a cozy space for beach getaways. Enjoy modern amenities, a BBQ patio, and comfy living. Step outside to panoramic views of open fields. Inside, unwind in the living room with plush sofas and streaming services.

The fully equipped kitchen and dining area cater to culinary adventures. Downstairs, find a convenient toilet with a shower. Upstairs, discover another bathroom and three inviting bedrooms. A spacious master, bunk beds for kids, and an extra single room offer flexibility. Perfect for families seeking a seaside retreat with modern comforts!

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Self-catering cottage The Dairy from the outside
Outside Space
The Dairy - a lovingly restored cow shed
The Dairy dining room and living room
The Lounge Room
Space to relax in the dairy
Master Bedroom
The Dairy offers a spacious bedroom
Bunk Beds
Offering a great space for the kids during your stay

Dog-Friendly Norfolk Coast Holiday Cottages in the UK

Seeking dog-friendly accommodation in Norfolk? Look no further! Norfolk's breathtaking coastline offers a plethora of options for you and your furry companion. From charming beachside cottages to snug countryside hideaways, there's something to suit every taste and budget. Whether it's a romantic escape or a fun-filled family adventure, Norfolk delivers.

Explore Norfolk's West & North coastline, an idyllic haven for canine companions. With invigorating sea breezes, picturesque woodland trails, and endless sandy shores, Norfolk promises delights for every dog. Join us at mYminiBreak and discover life from a pup's perspective!

Stretching from Hunstanton to Sea Palling, the Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Here, you'll find miles of dog-friendly beaches and vast open spaces, providing ample opportunities for your four-legged friend to frolic and roam.

Our Coastal Cottages Reviews

10/10 pitchup review from Rose that says "Had a lovely 2 night stay with my mum in the converted self catering barn.  We stayed 17-19 March 22. Even the dog was catered for with dog treats and  bowls ready. Friendly host, warm welcome . Barn was lovely and clean.  Nothing was too much trouble. The dog couldnt believe its eyes when the  chickens wandered into the yard! Would definitely recommend and would  love to visit again. THANK YOU"

"Even the dog was catered for with dog treats and bowls ready"

5 star Airbnb review from Jodie that says "We had a great time staying at The Old Barn. The location is fantastic,  within a couple of minutes' walk to Heacham's beautiful beaches, and  the cottage is homely and has everything you might need. Nigel and  Carol were quick to help with any queries. We would definitely stay again"

"Within a couple of minutes' walk to Heacham's beautiful beaches"

Tripadvisor review from SFC. that says "We have just spent a long weekend here. We turned up early, knowing  we could park the car there and walk to the beach. It was 28 degrees  when we arrived and the beach, which is a 5 minute walk. The owners were  so friendly and kind, as well as giving us our space to enjoy The Old Barn.  It is clean and well looked after. A great space for a family. Having 1 double  and one single room, with a pull out bed. The beds were comfortable and  clean. There were some really nice touches of fresh fruit, milk in the  fridge and tea/ground coffee, so you can start relaxing, as soon as  you are there. There are lots of shops around and places to eat. It’s  great accommodation and would stay again. A great break!"

"It’s great accommodation and would stay again. A great break!"

Five star review from Callum on Google Reviews that says "Amazing place! So calm and relaxing deffo will be returning next year.  We stopped in the old wood shed that had been converted was stunning,  the bed was sooooo comfy. Nigel the owner a lovely man very busy but  always finds time to chat to you. The lady that sorted the breakfast  ( I’m guessing mrs Nigel was lovely too. Place so clean and well kept.  The breakfast area was spotless really is 5 star rating. Can honestly  say was a dream place. Thank you The Nelson’s"

"Amazing place! So calm and relaxing deffo will be returning next year"

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Explore Norfolk with mYminiBreak

The Norfolk Coast has been a popular vacation destination for centuries, but with so many great places to visit, choosing just one can be a challenge. We’ve put together our top five North Norfolk Coast tucked-away treasures that you don’t want to miss when planning your trip to this lovely part of the world.

The coastline, which stretches for over 100 miles, is home to quaint villages, picturesque beaches, and historic landmarks. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, and bird watching. The Norfolk Coast is also known for its delicious seafood restaurants like The White Horse located in Brancaster Staithe, and The Kings Head at Blakeney.

In 2019, the Norfolk Coast was voted one of the best places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times. The paper's annual Best Places to Live guide helps people identify the best locations to buy a home and enjoy life in Britain. It takes into account factors including quality of life, jobs, schools, community spirit and local amenities. The Norfolk Coast was praised for its "unspoiled coastline", "quaint villages" and "truly idyllic setting".

Explore the timeless allure of the Norfolk Coast with our top five tucked-away treasures. Stretching over 100 miles, this coastline boasts quaint villages, picturesque beaches, and historic landmarks. Enjoy activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and bird watching.

Indulge in delicious seafood at spots like The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe and The Kings Head in Blakeney. Voted one of the UK's best places to live in 2019 by The Sunday Times, the Norfolk Coast offers an unspoiled landscape, charming villages, and an idyllic setting for a memorable trip.

Winterton stands out as Norfolk's sole sea resort directly facing the North Sea, boasting its own pristine beach. This charming county town has been a beloved holiday spot since Victorian times, offering idyllic opportunities for leisurely strolls along scenic sand dunes, browsing through quaint shops, or simply unwinding seaside with a good read or coffee among friends.

During winter, keep your eyes peeled for the grey and harbor seals that frequent our Norfolk Coast. Nestled amidst the sand dunes, they find solace to nurture their young before embarking on their summer adventures, leaving the dunes for us to explore. Remember to maintain a safe distance and leash your dogs when observing these majestic creatures.

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Winterton-on-Sea beach

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a seal on Winterton-on-Sea Beach

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Hunstantons Iconic Red, White and Orange Cliff - Norfolk Coastal Cottages
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Hunstanton Beach with amusements in the Background
Hunstanton Beach - Norfolk Coastal Cottages

Hunstanton, much like Winterton, has been a hub of activity for centuries. Remarkably, nearly 700 years ago, the renowned poet Geoffrey Chaucer immortalized Hunstanton in his epic poem "The Canterbury Tales"! Today, visitors flock to this coastal gem for its expansive beaches bordered by rugged cliffs and its rich historical sites, including the Old Hunstanton Chapel and The Red Mount Chapel, constructed in 1585 using flintstone from nearby Holme-next-the-Sea.

Strolling along the beach in summer, you'll encounter traditional confectionary traders, ice cream vans, and fish & chip vendors, adding to the vibrant seaside atmosphere. Children delight in pony rides along the sand and excursions on The Wash Monster, offering glimpses of seals frolicking in the North Sea.

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Nestled just 10 miles north of Cromer, Sheringham stands as a delightful coastal gem along the North Norfolk shoreline. This picturesque town is steeped in history and boasts a vibrant fishing heritage that permeates its every nook and cranny. Its sandy beaches, embraced by rugged cliffs, offer a serene escape for visitors seeking tranquility and natural beauty.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Sheringham offers an abundance of recreational activities to enjoy amidst its stunning coastal surroundings. From leisurely coastal walks along the Norfolk Coast Path to exhilarating water sports adventures in the North Sea, there's no shortage of ways to embrace the great outdoors and soak up the invigorating sea air.

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Sheringham's Beach at Sunset
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Sheringham Beach from a view
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Beach Huts on Wells-Next-The-Sea Beach
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Wells-next-the-Sea Beach
Wells-Next-The-Sea Sunset over sea - Norfolk Coastal Cottages

Nestled along the Norfolk Coast, Wells stands out as a quintessential seaside haven, unrivaled in its picturesque charm and unhurried pace. Here, vibrant beach houses dot the landscape, lining the expansive stretch of golden sands that stretch from the iconic striped red and white Holkham Hall inlets to the tranquil expanse of Stiffkey salt marshes.

With its stunning vistas, serene atmosphere, and wealth of activities to enjoy, Wells promises an unforgettable coastal retreat for visitors of all ages. So whether you're craving relaxation by the sea or seeking adventure amidst nature's bounty, Wells invites you to discover the beauty and tranquility of this hidden gem along the Norfolk Coast.

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Nestled within the heart of Norfolk lies one of its most enchanting treasures: the majestic Holkham Hall. Spread across an expansive 25,000 acres of immaculate parkland teeming with deer herds, this breathtaking Palladian mansion stands as a testament to timeless elegance and grandeur. Constructed between 1734 and 1764, Holkham Hall remains the cherished residence of the Earl of Leicester's family, extending a warm welcome to visitors from near and far throughout the year, eager to share in its splendor.

Be sure to wander through the picturesque villages nestled along Holkham Estate's tranquil lakeshores, where charming thatched cottages dot the landscape, adding to the idyllic charm of this hidden oasis.

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Holkham Hall from above
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Holkham Hall with Dears
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The Different Types Of Cottages Found On The North Norfolk Coast

There are a variety of cottages found on the North Norfolk Coast, from traditional thatched roof cottages to more modern styles. Many of the cottages are located in picturesque villages and offer stunning views of the coastline. At Norfolk Coastal Cottages we offer a variety of accommodation options, from Chalet and Dog Friendly self-catering Cottages to bed and breakfast accommodation.

Some common cottage types include:

Thatched cottages: These cottages often have traditional features such as exposed beams, low ceilings, and small windows. They are typically found in rural areas.

Chalet cottages: A type of cottage which is typically built from wood, with a sloping roofline and large windows. Chalet cottages are often found in mountainous regions or near ski resorts.

Coastal cottages: As the name suggests, these types of cottages are usually located on or near the coast. They tend to be small and compact, making them ideal for holidays by the sea.

Seaside self-catering cottages: These cottages are often located near the beach and have features such as large windows to enjoy the view, a porch or deck for relaxing, and easy access to the beach.

Holiday cottages: These cottages are usually rented out by the week or month and are furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay. They can be found in both rural and seaside locations.

What are the pros and cons of self-catering accommodation?

At mYminiBreak, we understand the importance of weighing the pros and cons before deciding on a self-catering holiday. Here's a breakdown of key factors to consider:

Self-catering can be pricey, particularly for larger groups, factoring in accommodation costs, meals, and household expenses like laundry. However, over longer stays, the flexibility and potential for bulk purchases often make it more economical compared to hotel stays, which can rack up expenses with additional activities and dining options.

Opting for self-catering provides unparalleled independence and privacy, ideal for those craving personal space or seeking a peaceful retreat. Families, especially with young children, appreciate the freedom to unwind at their own pace. Yet, hotels offer abundant social and recreational opportunities, such as kids' clubs, catering to those eager to explore and mingle.

When it comes to dining, self-catering usually offers better value, with fully equipped kitchens enabling guests to prepare meals at their convenience. Conversely, hotels typically provide limited dining options, often restricted to breakfast or half-board packages. While self-catering demands effort, it affords the flexibility to dine in or out, catering to varied preferences.

Addressing concerns, self-catering properties may encounter delays in resolving issues like appliance malfunctions, particularly if owners are distant. Hotels, on the other hand, offer immediate assistance, providing peace of mind to guests.

Self-catering excels for families and larger groups, offering ample space, although exceptions exist, notably in city center apartments. For solo travelers or couples, hotel holidays may present better overall value.

Self-Catering cottages FAQ

What time is Check-in and Check-Out?

Our standard check-in and check-out times are as follows:

  • Check-in = from 5:00 pm
  • Check-out = before 11:00 am
Can I arrive early?

Yes, this is absolutely fine. If you would like an early arrival prior to the standard check-in/set up times (4 pm for campsites, 5 pm for cabins) you are welcome to select the “Early Arrival Options” when booking. If you have already booked and want to request an early arrival now simply log into your Booking Hub via your Booking Email and make alterations to your current booking regarding your early arrival time.

Can I check-out later?

If you'd like a late departure (after 11 am) you can choose the "Late Departure and Packing Up" or "Late Departure (Parking Only)" option upon booking. If you've already booked you can easily amend this by going to your Booking Hub via your Booking Email, picking the booking up and amending your booking to include a late departure.

Are the cottages dog friendly?

Yes! Our dog-friendly cottages have beds for two people. There is plenty of outdoor space for dogs to run around. Dogs and owners can enjoy a walk on the beach. Our Beach at Heacham is Dog friendly and is a 3-minute walk from our Self Catering cottages.

Do I need to do a full clean on departure?

All of our cottages are thoroughly cleaned before the next guests arrive, but we ask that you leave the property tidy before you leave.

What type of self-catering accommodation would suit your needs?

Types of Holiday Lets

There are many different types of self-catering accommodation available these days, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something that suits your needs. The main options include:

Private villas – usually located in sunny destinations like Spain and Portugal; tend to be large properties with plenty of space inside and out (usually including at least one pool!). Can cost anything from £300 per night upwards depending on location/size etc., although it’s worth shopping around online before booking anything. Remember that some villas charge extra per person above a certain number (e.g. 2 adults + 4 children) while others may offer discounts for longer stays (e.g. a month or more).

Hot tub holidays – these can be quite popular in winter (especially around Christmas and New Year) as they offer a unique way to relax after a long day of exploring the local area! Some properties come with an outdoor hot tub that guests can use for free, while others charge an extra fee for this facility (usually £20-£40 per night). You should check if there are any age restrictions before booking though as some places only allow adults over the age of 21 to use them.

Holiday cottages – usually located in rural areas like the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales; tend to be small properties with one or two bedrooms but sometimes have larger family-sized options too. Can cost anything from £200 per night upwards depending on location/size etc., although it’s worth shopping around online before booking anything. Remember that some cottages charge extra per person above a certain number (e.g. 2 adults + 4 children) while others may offer discounts for longer stays (e.g. a month or more).

Ski chalets – often located in mountain resorts like France, Switzerland and Austria; tend to be large properties with plenty of space inside and out (usually including at least one pool!). Can cost anything from £600 per night upwards depending on location/size etc., although it’s worth shopping around online before booking anything. Remember that some chalets charge extra per person above a certain number (e.g. 2 adults + 4 children) while others may offer discounts for longer stays (e.g. a month or more).

City apartments – these can be quite popular in places like London, Paris and New York; tend to be small properties with one or two bedrooms but sometimes have larger family-sized options too. Can cost anything from £300 per night upwards depending on location/size etc., although it’s worth shopping around online before booking anything. Remember that some apartments charge extra per person above a certain number (e.g. 2 adults + 4 children) while others may offer discounts for longer stays (e.g. a month or more).

How easy is it to find a holiday let that meets all your requirements?

Finding the Right Holiday Let

There are many different websites where you can find self-catering accommodation, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something that meets all your requirements:

Airbnb – this website has become quite popular in recent years as it offers an easy way to find and book private accommodation all over the world. You can search for properties in your chosen destination using various criteria (e.g. price, number of bedrooms etc.), which makes it very easy to find something that suits your needs. Once you’ve found a place you like, you can contact the owner directly to arrange a booking – although it’s worth reading the reviews first to make sure that other guests have had a good experience there too!

HomeAway – this website is quite similar to Airbnb but offers a slightly different selection of properties, so it’s definitely worth checking both before making any decisions. One key difference is that HomeAway allows you to search for specific types of self-catering accommodation (e.g. apartments, chalets etc.), which can be very useful if you know exactly what kind of place you want to stay in!

Owners Direct – this website specialises in private holiday rentals and has an extensive selection of properties all over the world, so it should be fairly easy to find something that meets your needs regardless of where you’re going! As with the other websites mentioned above, it’s always worth reading the reviews before making any decisions as they can give you a good idea of what to expect from each place.

TripAdvisor – this website is probably best known for its hotel reviews but it also has a section dedicated to self-catering accommodation, which can be very useful if you’re struggling to make a decision! You can use the ‘Price’ and ‘Property Type’ filters to narrow down your search and there are also plenty of user-generated reviews for each place, which can be very helpful when trying to choose between different options.

Our Nature Saving Pledge

Keep the Norfolk Coast clean

A self-catering holiday is all about spending time with your loved ones and reconnecting with nature. And we want nothing more than to share this wonderful part of Norfolk with you and all that nature has to enjoy.

Here at Norfolk Coastal Cottages, we are committed to respecting the countryside and keeping it clean. We operate under and encourage a leave-no-trace ethos to all our guests, which means that when visiting the countryside you leave no trace of your visit to our Norfolk Coast and leave it exactly in the state it was when you arrived. It's this way of thinking that we hope to imprint on all who pass through our corner of the world which will help to ensure the protection of our precious countryside and the wildlife that live here.

The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code is supported by Natural England.

Protect The Environment

  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and insight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
  • Enjoy The Outdoors
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be Considerate of others
  • Respect Farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp on durable ground
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Minimise the effects of fire
The Seashore Code

Show Respect For Seashore Creatures

Seashore creatures are fascinating and have found special ways of living in their environment. They have to adapt to survive the rigours of wave-action, exposure and predation. Some have shells for protection, but many need to hide under rocks, seaweed or in the sand.

Exploring The Seashore Is Fun, But Please Remember:

  • Leave animals where you find them.
  • Take care when touching soft-bodied animals - they are very delicate.
  • Carefully lift and replace any rocks you may have moved - there are animals underneath which need them for shelter.
  • Leave attached seaweed in place - there is plenty lying loose on the strand line.
  • Do not trample through rock pools.

Take Photos, Not Living Animals

  • Shells come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Many still contain living animals, even if they do look 'dead'. If you want to collect shells, please make sure they are empty before taking them home.

If you want to buy a souvenir:

  • Buy a photograph, book or poster of colourful marine creatures rather than shells, coral, starfish and urchins or other 'marine curios'. Remember 'curios' would almost certainly have been alive, when collected. If we don't buy them, the shops won't sell them.

Avoid Disturbing Wildlife

You can see many animals at their best when they are behaving naturally. This is true for animals such as seals, otters and seabirds, as well as rock pool animals. To avoid disturbing wildlife:

  • It is best to watch from a distance, through binoculars if possible, especially if the animals are nesting, or pupping in the case of seals.
  • Keep your dog clear of birds and other animals.
  • Remember, it is now illegal to disturb or harass many species of birds and animals.

Take Your Rubbish Home With You

Beach rubbish is unsightly and can be dangerous to sea creatures. Much of the litter on our shores comes from tourists, shipping, fishing vessels and sewage outfalls. You can help to reduce this problem when visiting the coast:

  • Take your rubbish home - burying it is no solution.
  • Keep your dog from fouling the beach.
  • Report canisters or drums that may be washed up on the beach, but do not touch them.
  • Take part in BeachWatch - the annual beach clean and survey organised by the Marine Conservation Society, or Adopt-a-Beach - a regular survey of beach litter.
  • Bag It and Bin It, Please Don't Flush It - bag and bin all plastic bathroom waste such as cotton bud sticks.

Watch Where You Go

Beaches and sand dunes are prone to erosion and easily damaged by people and vehicles. To help protect the coast:

  • Keep to established paths and dune boardwalks.
  • Park in designated car parks and keep access to footpaths clear.
  • Do not use beaches or dunes for scrambling motorcycles or other 'off-road' vehicles.
  • If you dig holes in the beach, please fill them up again.
  • Leave pebbles and rocks on the beach rather than collect them for your garden.

Be Careful!

All cliffs are unstable and potentially dangerous, yet they are an impressive sight and from the cliff top it is possible to enjoy a panoramic view of the coastline. Cliffs also provide a very specialised habitat for the plants and animals that live on them.

Take Care Near Cliffs:

  • Remember that it is dangerous to climb up or go near the top or bottom of a cliff.
  • Please don't throw or push anything over the edge of cliffs. As well as being dangerous, it can increase the rate of cliff erosion and kill or disturb wildlife.
  • Play safe on the beach too: Check tide times to avoid being cut off. Keep away from soft sand and mud - it is easy to get stuck!
Norfolk Coastal Cottages

Our coastal cottages, The Old Barn & The Dairy, are purpose-designed for families, providing space, comfort, and convenience for families looking for a holiday to the Norfolk Coast

Norfolk Coast B&B Cottages & Camping LLP - OC401422
Registered Address: 82A James Carter Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7DE

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday - 9am to 5pm
Online Bookings:
Monday to Sunday - 24hr
Monday to Sunday - 2pm to 8pm
Self Check-In:
Monday to Sunday - 8pm to Midnight

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