In April we went on our first ever holiday to Norfolk. and what a holiday it was. We were very lucky weatherwise and we had been told that Norfolk is known for its beautiful coastline, breath-taking wild landscape with pretty flint villages and stately homes, gorgeous restaurants and a dog lover’s paradise. Well what we were told was certainly not wrong! We were only here for a week so only managed to navigate some of what Norfolk had to offer with Finleyfoo in tow. And I have to say it was my favourite holiday of the year we all loved it and here is why. We stayed in a beautiful cottage in the village of Morston run by the Blakeney Cottage company who I have to say were absolutely fantastic and I cannot recommend enough, the family business with their small team are a delight, super friendly and deliver a fantastic service, and have a great selection of beautiful cottages and ours was a gem! We arrived to find a gorgeous vase of roses, bottle of wine and mint chocolates such a lovely touch! The cottage was vast as for the weekend three friends were joining us to celebrate my birthday, but they would be leaving by Monday and we would be staying on to explore this wonderful county.
For the weekend we just enjoyed the cottage, and whilst some recovered we headed out to have Sunday lunch at the Wiveton Bell which is a beautiful pub/restaurant in beautiful surroundings! Finleyfoo was welcomed with open arms, and as he is such a good boy the staff made a real fuss of him and told him personally he was welcome back any time! Amongst other things this is partly what made me fall in love with Norfolk just how dog friendly it is!
We were very lucky as the weather was mostly beautiful and surprisingly warm which just added to the beauty of the place. We were able to go to for strolls round Blakeney and its quay, we then had a fantastic day out in Wells, we didn’t go to the beach on our first visit, as the 6 mile walk we did that day was enough for old Finleyfoos joints! We did return though a couple of days later for his first ever trip to a beach! He just utterly loved it! I personally think he would move there in a second as he loved meeting all these lovely dogs, the sea which he tried tentively but he loved it, It may have been April but the sea was still freezing and well Finleyfoo is very of the attitude “mummy first” so the hiking boots only got gently wet and so did Finleyfoo as frostbite was not going to happen to me on this holiday!
We managed to try out the coastal hopper which we took Finleyfoo on, he was a bit nervous of it at first but soon got used to it, and we went to the gorgeous Burnham Market which did not disappoint! This day it was a bit cloudy with a chilly wind that morning so we went to the stunning “The Hoste” for a cup of coffee and Finleyfoo was welcomed with a beautiful silver service bowl of water! Due to no driving that day and the conservatory being so pretty and relaxing we decided to treat ourselves to a glass of Prosecco. It is a beautiful place, we shared a lovely sandwich and by the looks of other people’s food and looks like they have ab amazing spa which I certainly want to return and try. We then went off to potter around the green and all its lovely shops! We fell in love with Petney house Hat shop, Bouddica design & no 55 Town house if you love home décor you must check these two out! We sadly didn’t make it down to Mables & Barefoot Living but we so will next time!
The day we went to Holkham house sadly the weather was very cloudy and a bit of a chilly wind so you shall see the photos are a bit dull, but doesn’t I feel take away just how beautiful it is! Loved walking around there with Finleyfoo, he had a great time, specially all the new smells, they have a huge play area for children, the house itself and extensive grounds and some shops, where we found Adnams , oh well this is a treasure chest if you love wine, beer/Ale, Gin you will be happy in here! I discovered a gorgeous Magnum of Prosecco, Rose wine and lovely box set (brilliant Size) of their three different gins which are delish!
We had a fabulous meal out at The White Horse Blakeney which is very dog friendly and has a good menu. Another place we fell in love with for meals was actually just a walk from our cottage to the Anchor Inn, the staff and chefs were lovely, and the food was delish! I highly recommend here. Our cottage was facing Morston Hall, which have to say looks absolutely beautiful and dates back to 17th century. It is a country hotel which has received four rosettes and a Michelin star restaurant both ran by chef Galton Blackiston & his wife Tracy, due to Finleyfoo cannot be left we couldn’t sample the delights but I can say in the morning and evening when I would take Finleyfoo for a walk to the Morston Quay the aromas that would greet us as we walked past did make my mouth water!
Sadly we ran out of time and could not make it to lots of other places in Norfolk we would love to see, but that leaves it open for the three of us to happily return, which we will as I know we all fell in love with Norfolk! The people, the beautiful fresh air and the most gorgeous scenery and being able to enjoy it with my furry best friend just made it a holiday I will treasure forever!