Self Catering Norfolk – your Self Catering Holiday to Norfolk

Lots of families this year are opting to stay in the UK for their holidays, and who can blame them?  With illness, war and the dreaded Brexit I think we are a little weary.  We have the most diverse, wonderful, historical, beautiful, country to live in and what better way to explore it than to rent a self catering cottage.

Norfolk is an amazing place to visit for a self catering holiday, it has everything.  It boasts the driest weather in the UK, it has an incredible coastline, cliffs to salt marsh to sandy family beach to stony wild surfing beach. Ancient woodlands and National Trust properties abound and our restaurants and pubs are second to none in providing local and artisan foods.

The salt marshes are a haven for wild life and a secret and wild wilderness ready to explore.

Here at Crabpot Cottages we have a wealth of experience in providing the perfect self catering holiday to Norfolk.  We do not set out to have hundreds of properties, we don’t believe for one minute that someone who has never been to the property and is sitting in a call centre miles away, can offer you the best advice.  We live locally, and know the place inside out!

So what to expect from your self catering cottage?  Well for a start you have to understand this is not a hotel experience you are buying.  There probably won’t be a choice of different pillows, or bathrobes (though some cottages do provide these), there won’t be an inexhaustible supply of loo rolls, or maybe toiletries (though, again, some properties do offer these).  

What you can expect from a Crabpot Cottage is a beautifully presented property, well maintained and looked after, a safe environment for your holiday and advice on what to do in the area.  Our reviews often say ‘the property was so clean’  Whilst this is a great review, surely you should take it as read, the the property you have spent your hard earned money on, will be clean!   Larger companies do not have the capabilities to inspect houses on a regular basis, we can do this.   A welcome pack will be left for you, sometimes wine or local produce and there will be facilities to make a cup of tea or coffee.  

Having a holiday in a self catering property gives you the freedom to come and go as you please, cook when you want and enjoy the area on a much more personal level.  You are after all staying in someones house.  If you have children you can relax in the evenings when they have gone to bed, sit in the garden and enjoy a glass of wine or a BBQ.

The Lobsterpot Holiday cottage Overstrand

The Lobsterpot Holiday cottage Overstrand

More and more people are choosing a self catering holiday to Norfolk,  and if you are considering it, check our properties out knowing you can book with confidence that we have been there! Our slogan is Holiday Like a Local, and we will help you get the most from your Norfolk self catering holiday.


Owning a Holiday Cottage in Norfolk

Many people dream of owning their own little holiday cottage in Norfolk

To have the freedom of just getting in your car on a Friday night and leaving the rat race behind you to relax and walk on a windswept beach.  North Norfolk has become a real hot spot for holiday cottage ownership giving birth to a whole new era of Tourism.   I guess you can really call it a Cottage Industry.  

Cockle Cottage in Cromer

Cockle Cottage in Cromer

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Holiday Cottages in Sheringham

Since opening our new office in the perfect seaside town of Sheringham this March we have expanded our portfolio of very special hand picked holiday cottages in Sheringham and the surrounding area.  

Crabpot Cottages is not about having hundreds of properties on our website for you to wade through, cross your fingers and take a chance on, each house is personally checked by us before we begin to market it and we only pick houses we would like to stay in ourselves.  

That’s what makes us different.  We really can give you the personal touch.  We do not have a call centre, we not not charge booking fees and we do not over exaggerate any of our houses  We want you to be over whelmed not underwhelmed when you walk in.  

Holiday Cottages in Sheringham

Holiday Cottages in Sheringham

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Bird Watching Holidays in Norfolk

November in Norfolk is just so special.  It marks the beginning of the extraordinary natural phenomenon that is the annual bird migration. If you are looking for  bird watching holidays in Norfolk, you have come to the right place.

The first day I hear the honking of the geese overhead makes my heart soar.  It means, Autumn, log fires, misty dark evenings, deserted beaches, colourful woodland walks and fabulous lunches in our local pub by the fire.

The View from the sitting room at St Nicholas Cottage, overlooking the salt marsh and sea

The View from the sitting room at St Nicholas Cottage, overlooking the salt marsh and sea

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Super Norfolk Summer Staycation

Overstrand Beach

Well what can we say about this summer? It was perfect for a Staycation.  What a few weeks we had.  My brown toes are just starting to fade but the memories are made.

We can’t go away on holiday, for obvious reasons in the summer, so we decided to have a Staycation.  I have lived in Norfolk all my life but we found so many fabulous things to do we had never done before.  

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Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages Norfolk

Norfolk has got to be one of the most Dog Friendly counties you can find.  Most pubs are pretty good about letting your canine friend in to help you sup a pint of Nelsons Revenge.  Some beaches do have restrictions on in the summer months but normally it is only for a small part of the beach.  

You still have miles and miles of sand to run on! And the other great news is that many of our cottages are also dog friendly.  So if you are looking for dog friendly holiday cottages Norfolk, you have come to the right place.

Probably our favourite Dog Friendly pub in the area we live in is The Gunton Arms, this truly is a destination place to come and has a real buzz about it.  to read more see our Blog all about it! Gilbert and George and a Rather Good Steak

The Gunton Arms

Another firm favourite is The Vernon Arms, at Southrepps.  Dave Rowntree the drummer from Blur frequents this place so it must be good!  The food is honest, the service great and it is a proper pub. Read more…

Self Catering holidays in Norfolk – Staycation!

This year my husband had a BIG birthday.  You get to a point in your life when you slightly panic about things you haven’t done.  Like go to India or climb Kilimanjaro. I spent months dropping hints and surreptitiously asking him how he might like to mark this momentous occasion.  He is pretty easy to please but I wanted something REALLY special.  Vegas?  New York?  or The Caribbean?  

I was getting no where, he would not commit to anything at all.  Then it occurred to me that all he really wanted was time, time to spend with family, time to relax and time to spend time, if you get my drift!  

We have been working hard on our business and realised that although we book lots of other people self catering holidays, we have not had one ourselves for a long time. So a self catering holiday in Norfolk it was!

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Cromer Crabs and Lobsters

Everyone has heard of the famous Cromer Crabs.  They are valued and prized amongst chefs all over the UK.

What makes Cromer Crabs special?  The key is the relatively shallow chalky waters off the beaches of Cromer and Sheringham, the crabs live on the chalk reef filtering in the clean and unmuddied waters giving them a sweeter and unique flavour.

Cromer Crabs have been a staple in the region for centuries.  Crabbing is still done the traditional way with pots, being carried out to sea on the little crabbing boats, you can see them bobbing up and down with the bright flags on the top so they can be found!  

It is a hands on process with each crab pot being emptied by hand,  That way the fishermen can check the size of the crabs, throwing any back that are too small to fight another day.  The fishermen boil the crabs and dress them on the shore or in a few small local fish shops.  Its a real skill to dress a crab!

The crabbing industry is vital to Cromer and Sheringham and although not as busy as in days gone by, the sight of the boats and tractors used to haul the boats off the beach is a welcome sight.   Read more…

It’s All Happening in Cromer

 So in June we went to our first Happening! And it Happened in Cromer. At Cromer Beach.

A Happening is a performance, event, or situation  considered art, usually as performance art. The term was first used by Allan Kaprow during the 1950s to describe a range of art-related events, often spontaneous.  To outsiders they may appear random or just plain daft but always thought provoking

The Cromer  performance was a re-enactment of a 1967 happening and was directed by arts writer and academic Sarah Lowndes, who has recently moved to Norfolk with her husband, Turner Prize winning artist Richard Wright

The Sea Concert (The Panoramic Sea Happening) by Tadeusz Kantor was first staged at Osieki on the Polish coast, with conceptual artist Edward Krasiski, who also dressed in a black tailcoat and conducted the waves from a stepladder while being watched by spectators in deckchairs from Cromer beach.

So we wandered along the beach feeling a little self conscious to be honest.  But soon we were joined by a lot more people.  Some deck chairs were unfolded and lined up, flapping in the wind and a podium was dragged into the sea.  As the tide lapped up against the podium our conductor arrived, looking respendent in black tail coat, carrying a baton.  Everyone watched as he climbed the steps and began conducting the sea!  

Children splashed about in the waves and people sat having a drink in the deck chairs watching.  It was all very exciting and….well different!  Definitely Not Normal for Norfolk.

Stairway to Heaven

Worstead Village in Norfolk has aways fascinated me.  It is the home of the original Worsted fabric. a strong woollen cloth,  woven here by the Flemish settlers who settled here in medieval times.

Some of the prosperous Merchants houses still survive today as do some of the original weavers cottages, with their large rooms, big enough to house the 12 foot looms of their trade.  Weaving ceased here in the late 1880s when the large commercial clattering mills of the industrial North took over the once peaceful trade of weaving.  Plentiful supplies of coal fuelled the huge weaving sheds, taking the production of cloth to another level.


At the centre of Worsted village is the church. It is enormous.  An impressive building with wonderful huge windows.  I sat for ages inside watching the beautiful changing light from all sides.   It was quite magical.  A lot of the Victorian pews have been taken out so the sense of space is enchanting.  I don’t know anything about church interiors but this one just sung to me.  The paintings on the screens, the gargoyles and the most incredibly long ladder I have ever seen.  It truly looks like a stairway to heaven.

I guess it is for cleaning the massive windows, and it looks as if it has been there a long time.  

Each year Worsted hosts a village festival which is very well attended.  It showcases many rural past times plus lots of good food and music.  This year it is on the  29/30th July and is well worth a visit.

There is a village trail you can follow which allows a glimpse into the village’s historical past.   The village pub with it’s enigmatic name The White Lady serves great food and prides itself on serving well kept beers and ales.  Worth a stop off for lunch!