Winter is a wonderful time to be at the coast. Our tasteful dog friendly chalet, Seascape is warm and cosy, centrally heated with all home comforts including BT broadband to keep in touch with the outside world.
The deserted beach is on your doorstep – no need to take the car, you can walk for miles to Mundesley, and beyond or South to Happisburgh. Good beer and dog friendly pubs at both destinations or warm up in front of the fire and enjoy a pub lunch.
Seascape is a great base for exploring the Norfolk coast – both Blickling and Felbrigg Halls are a short drive away, Sheringham and Holt Park, Bacton Woods just up the road (a doggie paradise!) or lovely Cromer and Mundesley to explore. Fancy some shopping? You can catch the train to Norwich from nearby North Walsham and our explore this beautiful city or enjoy the designer shops in nearby Holt.
The village of Bacton is served by a great fish and chip shop and Chinese takeaway, so you can cosy up and enjoy our massive library of dvds in the evening. Seascape is stocked with games and books so plenty to keep you amused and to while away the time…
We can sleep up to 4 people in two rooms, 1 double and 2 single beds. Two dogs are very welcome – the village has a fantastic cafe that is very dog friendly, a great place to enjoy a full English brekkie before your walk with the hounds.
January and February reduced prices – Fri to Fri or Mon to Mon breaks, just £325, 4 night breaks – Monday to Friday and 3 night weekend breaks Friday to Monday now just £200.
Why not check our availability on the website to find a date that suits you to blow away the cobwebs on the beach!
We hope to see you soon….
I love this time of the year! Decorating the chalet for Christmas kicks off the festive season for me each December and allows me to get just a little creative. Strangely it was 16 degrees outside today so very unseasonal!
The Seascape tree always has a coastal theme, with the addition this year of lovely little wooden beach huts to join the seagulls and shells who have adorned the tree for the last few years. Christmas DVDs are in pride of place and we are nearly ready – a few more bits to put in place, but I think our Christmas and New Year guests will be happy!
Although we have miles of beaches on our doorstep, it is nice to explore the local area and Winterton beach is well worth the short drive down the coast from Seascape. A very popular beach for dog walkers with miles of unbroken beach backed by the dunes….. I have lots of memories of Winterton, at High School in Great Yarmouth we had an annual sponsored walk 16 mile round trip walking along the beach GY to Winterton, turn round and walk back. Walking on the dunes is not easy and it seemed to go on forever as a teenager, although I recall lots of larking around on the way….. Many years ago I lived quite close to Winterton and it was wonderful to be able to jump in the car after work to walk on the beach and enjoy the light evenings in summer.
So now Mark and I return as dog walkers ! Roo, our rescue dog has been living with us since May. She is a Spanish podenco, a breed bred for hunting, but was found as a stray living rough in a cave on wasteland in Spain with her litter. Roo was so nervous of people I am told it took two weeks for her Spanish rescuers to get her trust so that she could be taken in. The good news is that her pups were homed and eventually our lovely girl found her way to us via an amazing Norwich based charity who work alongside Spanish dog charities rehoming these delightful dogs all over the world. Have a look at their site www.supersighthounds.co.uk and have your heart broken. Lexy, the founder, is so passionate about her dogs and her enthusiasm and energy for this cause is beyond belief.
Roo is still nervous with new people, but her confidence is coming on leaps and bounds. She is a joyful dog, a real clown and she is well and truly under our skin! The beach is the only place we can confidently let her off the lead as she certainly hasn’t lost her old hunting instincts! Podencos are the same family as greyhounds, and boy can you see that when she is at full pelt on the beach ! So yesterday was a happy day on the beach in the weak winter sun, with the added bonus of cake at the Dunes cafe (well dog walking does burn a lot of calories) but best of all, a FULL rainbow as we were leaving……. And for you dog lovers (so many of our guests are!) here is my Roo’s story in pictures…
The delightfully named Rocky Bottoms is now re-opening for the Spring! On the coast road at West Runton, just past Cromer (about a 25 min drive from Seascape). We cannot recommend it enough – the freshest seafood, including locally caught crabs and lobsters (you cannot stay on the Norfolk coast without trying a Cromer crab!) A lovely, relaxed, holiday, beach shack vibe. We visited in Autumn last year for an impromptu lunch, enjoying fresh mussels and salmon sandwiches. They are not licensed, but you can take your own alcohol for a small cover charge…. Our visit was too cold and wet to sit outside, but the outside seating area is lovely, with amazing views out to sea – can’t wait to return on a sunny day. This is one place not to be missed…
Another of our regular haunts and well worth a drive is The Walpole Arms at Itteringham – a stones throw from the Blicking Estate. A lovely traditional 16th century pub serving great food – always popular and buzzy. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015. We can certainly vouch for the Sunday lunch, but do book ahead. It is worth combining your visit with a walk around the lovely Blickling Estate or visit Blickling Hall.
A lovely walk to Happisburgh – along the sea wall to Walcott, picking up through the coastline village and then across the cliff top via the newly signed posted Norfolk coastal path – wonderful views of the lighthouse both ways. Just past Happisburgh is Cart Gap with the great Smallsticks café, or stop off at the pub in Happisburgh, very dog friendly and great beers !
A bonus during our walk back, can’t guarantee this though, a beautiful kingfisher playing with the seabirds on the sea wall at Walcott !!
Earlier in the blog I posted some photos of East Ruston garden in the Spring. I returned to visit the garden last weekend to see it in a different season. It was a gorgeous weekend, with very few people around, so a lovely time to mooch round, soak up the Autumn sunshine and take a few snaps….. and have a lovely piece of cake and tea sitting outside!
The garden is open from late March through to 25 October on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Do check their website for specific dates! If you are a keen gardener, do not miss the chance for a visit – less than 5 mins drive away and a lovely afternoon out….
We love the timeless and classic appeal of Cromer, just a short and scenic drive around the coast from Seascape.
A real family resort, with something for everyone – we spent a lovely family day there yesterday with several generations celebrating a 70th birthday.
Stunning beaches, lovely cafes, a couple of amusement arcades for the young ones and the iconic Cromer pier with it’s wonderful Pavilion theatre.
We started our day with afternoon tea in the garden at The Grove on the Overstrand Road – a little oasis just outside of the town. £10.95 per person gets you a fantastic formal tea, we enjoyed sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, Victoria sponge, meringues and profiteroles !!
After a serious sugar rush, we took the lovely path through the back of their site passing through the wonderfully named Happy Valley, which gives you great views approaching the pier and main beach.
The afternoon was spent enjoying the fabulous end of the pier show Seaside Special. Our party ranged from ages 10 to 73, but everyone enjoyed the highly polished and professional show….. A great way to spend some time if not such a nice day/evening to enjoy the outside.
and finally, our day ended at Upstairs at No 1 Cromer, Galton Blackiston’s bistro fish and chip restaurant overlooking the sea. Wonderful fish and chips and we had hoped for a lovely sunset (for which Cromer is the best!), sadly despite no clouds all day, about 7.30 a few popped up to block the sight of the sun setting. Oh well, it means we have to go back again….
Sandringham hosts a wonderful annual flower festival at the end of July each year. I enjoyed a trip with my sister this year and was amazed how much was going on !
In addition to the lovely show gardens and nursery stands, loads of general stalls and crafts and a central ring with an ongoing programme over the day. The air display late afternoon was magnificent…
The show is attended by HRH Prince Charles and Camilla and, completely by chance, Sue and I managed to secure ourselves pole position next to the press photographers opposite East Anglian Air Ambulance stand (where William is now working). We were so excited to shake hands with the royals as they passed !
If you are interested in gardens and plants this is a “must do” occasion, I will certainly be heading back next year….
Sandringham is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, the house is open to the public, lovely walks around the grounds and park and a great tea room.
There are many things we can guarantee about Seascape, but unfortunately the British weather is not one of them……
But don’t despair, there’s plenty to do in Norfolk even when it is not a sunny beach day!
Something fun and a little bit different for the kids (and adults!) in Norwich this summer from 21 June to 5 September – the Gogo Dragon Trail. An interactive arts sculpture trail of 84 dragon sculptures spread throughout and around the city. A free activity, although you may wear your shoe leather out as they cover a fair distance, and a brilliant way to see the main sites of Norwich on foot.
Norwich is a 40 min drive from Seascape or, easier still, pick up the regular train from North Walsham to Norwich (a 25 min train ride – meet your first dragon Bittern and Wherry outside the station).
Have a look at the informative website www.gogodragons.co.uk where you can download the trail map ! Do send us a photo if you get to see them …. As a taster, the photo above is Clang, who is temporarily guarding the green outside my office in the city centre, and below is one of my favourites, Horatio who you can find on Fye Bridge.