Good Holiday Cottages Guide

East Anglian Holiday Cottages

The massive popularity of self catering in Norfolk and Suffolk is altering
the character of those counties slightly: people's second holiday homes
often turn into commercially available holiday cottages. East Anglia as a whole is off the beaten track, which is a big part of its appeal.

Readers of The Good Holiday Cottage Guide report that holiday cottages East Anglia style tend to be near the sea, cottagey in the old sense, very suitable for family self catering. There are 'bucket-and-spade' family resorts with end-of-the-pier shows, remote castles, National Trust houses, the North Norfolk steam railway (with links to regional rail services): just some elements that make East Anglian self catering so special. A maximum of three hours' drive from London or about two hours by train brings one to the best of the East Anglian holiday cottages featured in the guide and on this website. From Scotland, it takes about four hours, from the Midlands perhaps two.

Roofs are thatched with Norfolk reed that lasts up to about 80 years. Churches that are the size of cathedrals dominate the skyline, meandering rivers are the haunt of wildfowl, country mansions attract connoisseurs rather than hordes. Even if you are staying in holiday houses near the coast, do visit Norwich: the cathedral, the castle, the open-air market.

Even while you are staying in holiday cottages East Anglia offers so many different holiday options: you can for example hire a boat on the Broads by the hour or the day. To the west lie the prosperous farms of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, underrated counties of golden limestone villages and elegant churches. To the north are the Lincolnshire Wolds and the haunting, flat fenland, and well into Lincolnshire are some of the finest sandy beaches in England, where without exaggeration you can be virtually alone during a sunny Bank Holiday.

East Anglia map

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