When staying in hotels, whether for business or pleasure, one always hopes for comfort and an element of luxury or indulgence. By choosing North Norfolk as a destination and staying in a Cley, Blakeney or Holt hotel visitors are already off to a good start as this area of the country is a stunning place to spend a trip.
So having chosen a perfect location, the next step is to make sure the hotel is just as appealing. Many hotels in Holt and nearby are set in villages or old Georgian towns amongst the gentle hustle and bustle of local everyday life. It is great staying in hotels with a story or history behind them. One such hotel is The George Hotel at Cley. The hotel dates back to 18th Century. It survived World War II bombing and the 1953 floods. In 1926 The George hosted the inaugural meeting of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust – or The Norfolk Naturalists Trust as it was called then – after their purchase of 407 acres of the nearby Cley Marshes for £5,160.
Short breaks in Norfolk can be filled with endless tourist attractions and sights to see. The stunning countryside and coast of North Norfolk has long been admired by ornithologists, artists and photographers.
Norfolk is home to the lovingly preserved North Norfolk railway. The coastal railway, also known as the Poppy Line because of the flowers that bloom along the track, operates both steam and historic diesel engines and connects the town of Sheringham to Weybourne and Holt. Further afield, there is the Bure valley railway with a steam train that tootles along the track and the restored mid-Norfolk railway also operates steam-hauled excursions.
The secret to enjoying a hotel is to indulge in all aspects on offer and make the most of the surrounding area. Hotels in Norfolk are perfect both for wildlife enthusiasts and for keen foodies as the area is thriving in nature and rich in delicious local produce.
For nature lovers North Norfolk is a perfect holiday destination. Many visitors to the area are attracted by the exceptional views and the stunningly expansive Norfolk Skies. Cley Marshes in particular tends to attract birdwatchers as North Norfolk is a very popular migration site. This coastal area is considered one of the best bird watching sites in the U.K., boasting a rich diversity of bird species, both native and migrants. Some of the common bird sightings in the area include barn owls, skylarks, Mediterranean Gulls, spoonbills, and many more. For those intrigued by nature but a novice when it comes to birdwatching, Norfolk is the ideal place to begin taking part in this peaceful activity.
Accommodation is a very important part of a trip away from home. North Norfolk is a beautiful place to stay and there are a great many reasons to visit this wonderful county. When looking for a hotel or bed and breakfast there are three main elements that contribute to a perfect stay – location, food and comfort.
A picturesque, storybook village is one description of an ideal location for an English countryside holiday. The town of Cley next the Sea on the North Norfolk Coast, with its windmill and brick and flint cottages fits well into this category. The George Hotel at Cley is one of the most welcoming and delightful hotels in the area. Thanks to the birdwatching and wildlife spotting opportunities, The George is also home to a hand written and illustrated ‘Bird Bible’ where guests can jot down their sightings.
Norfolk is extremely pretty with small market towns and chocolate box villages. It is a wonderful place for a family holiday, a romantic getaway, a weekend away or a mini break with friends. There are plenty of attractive reasons to visit this wonderful county and there are hotels in Norfolk to suit every taste and pocket.
The Norfolk Broads is the county’s handsome national park and is Britain’s largest protected wetland with 120 miles of waterways winding their way through grazing marshes, fens and woodland. The Broads are a popular destination for boating holidays, water based activities and bird watching.
The Norfolk coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches ranging from salt marshland to long white sandy beaches.The wide expanse of Holkham Beach, the theatrical appeal of Cromer, the sand dunes of Brancaster, the old fashioned charm of Mundesley and the bright lights of Great Yarmouth all offer a great base for a seaside Norfolk holiday.
There are some fantastic nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) dotted throughout the UK, which attract not only lots of visitors but various wildlife species as well. The UK is a popular destination for birdwatching with around three million people every year actively choosing to go birdwatching, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Cley Marshes Nature Reserve at Cley next-the-Sea, Norfolk is one of the most popular birdwatching sites in the whole of the UK. Its reed beds and grazing marshes serve as the perfect resting ground for migratory birds. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) has a popular visitor centre which offers excellent viewing areas as well as an excellent café which makes the perfect refreshment stop for a quick cuppa whilst ensuring your binoculars are still poised on capturing that elusive bird.
When you think of spending a short break in Norfolk, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of Blakeney’s incredible wildlife reserves, the internationally renowned Cley Marshes and staying in one of Norfolk’s hotels overlooking the long stretch of North Norfolk’s coastal path. Indeed, Norfolk is highly visited for its idyllic, natural landscape and stunning seaside views but its pretty brick and flint villages are just as amazing and perfect for exploring and mooching around.