Brancaster, Thornham and Surrounding Area

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Holidays near Brancaster & Thornham.

The area around the iconic villages of Brancaster and Thornam is the most atmospheric part of Norfolk.  Where the sky and salt marshes meet to create a truly evocative place.  Offering an ever changing landscape that reflects the season’s moods.   Holiday cottages near Brancaster and Thornham are always in demand with visitors to the area.

However, for all its wintry solitude and summer verve, this is a cosmopolitan part of the region.  Boasting luxury shops, classy restaurants and plenty of great social events like supper clubs, festivals and more.

Interested in checking out the local beaches? You have no shortage to choose from with Brancaster, Thornham, Titchwell and Holme-next-the-Sea all nearby.

Brancaster Staithe is home to one the area’s best known hotels, The White Horse. With a wonderful first floor terrace which looks out over the marshes – just the place for a G&T.

The famous Jolly Sailors in the village is where you might catch the Sheringham Shantymen in action.

Within the  village there are several seafood outlets. Like the Staithe Smokehouse and the Fish Shed. Where you can pick up ultra fresh fruits of the sea.

For sailing enthusiasts there is the harbour and The sailing club.  Whilst tennis fans can enjoy good tennis courts at the village hall.

Next door is Brancaster, with its popular golf club and simply enormous sandy beach.

The Ship Hotel is excellent while Brancaster Village Hall and Stores, with Bar 71, is the big hearted centre of the village.  It has a post office too, plus there are tennis courts and a playing field.

Titchwell is another pretty village, with the RSPB reserve indicating that this is also great bird watching territory.

Surprisingly, for a small village there are two excellent eateries to choose from.  Firstly,  the outstanding Titchwell Manor Hotel, with new head chef Oliver Bacon-Hilton.  And secondly, Briarfields, another luxury hotel – so you won’t go hungry here!

Thornham, about halfway between Hunstanton and Burnham Market, has really bloomed in recent years and is quite the gourmet choice.

Just outside the village is the Thornham Deli, an eclectic mix of deli, home & garden store, great cafe and B&B accommodation.

A minute of so further along the coast road is Drove Orchards, with its ever-increasing offerings.

There’s a great farm shop (the homemade apple juice is first class), a lovely fashion shop, a barber and an interiors shop.   

Drove Orchards is also where you’ll find a branch of Eric’s Fish and Chips, his pizzeria in a yurt and East Coast Gelato for a sweet treat. You can have a great day here!

Alongside that there are  three other great places to eat in the village itself: The Chequers Inn, The Lifeboat Inn and The Orange Tree – all of which have comfy rooms on offer, too.

Thornham Creek is a magical place and, if you stride out over the marshes and creeks, you will reach a near deserted beach where you can easily imagine the smugglers of yesteryear at work.

Holme-next-the-Sea is in the county’s north west corner, where the North Sea meets The Wash. It’s an unspoilt, off the beaten track sort of place, which is quiet but has a lovely pub, The White Horse.

There are yet more wide sweeping sands and this is where the Bronze Age find, Seahenge, a tree circle, was discovered in 1988.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve at Holme Dunes has many hides to watch the migrating birds and it’s a special place to feel at one with nature.

Just a couple of miles inland from Holme is Ringstead, where many properties are made from the local carrstone.

With the Pedlars Way, a 46-mile long distance footpath running from Knettishall Heath in The Brecks to Holme, passing through the village, it’s a good choice for walkers.

Add in a very good village shop, packed with artisan produce, and The Gin Trap Inn which specialises in, yes, you’ve guessed it, gin!

Take a look at our cottages in this area….

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