Child friendly holiday cottage for family holidays in norfolk
“We had a wonderful family time in this perfect hideaway”
“Lovely cottage and fantastic facilities for the children (aged 3 + 5)"
“We have had a fantastic time and would love to come again” Toby aged 8
At Cranmer we offer self catering luxury holiday cottages perfect for family holidays in norfolk. Our holiday cottages provide a perfect base for family cycling holidays and family birdwatching & nature spotting holidays.
As parents ourselves we aim to take some of the worry out of going on holiday with little ones. From our toddler and child friendly facilities and babysitting service, to giving the cook a rest with bespoke catering and home cooked freezer meals and picnic hampers delivered to your holiday cottage. Baby friendly extras available at Cranmer Country Cottages
The holiday cottages are all on one level with no sign of dangerous stairs, spacious open plan living areas mean that little ones are often within view even when preparing meals. Styling is contemporary, simple as well as practical and child friendly; from sofas with removable covers to the collection of cheerful art gallery posters around the walls. Please note the new Cranmer Eco barns have eco friendly underfloor heating & solid luxury travertine and slate floors.
Outside there’s a large, safe fenced play paddock visible from all cottages. The 2 acre grassed area includes outdoor activity equipment and a timber playhouse with plenty of space for families to run about, fly kites and kick balls. The cottages each have private terraces for family holiday barbeques. Woodpecker has its own garden with a view over the paddock.
We have taken a modern approach to self catering with emphasis on stress free family living even with toddlers in tow!
Please note: The new Eco Barns have very beautiful heated travertine tiled floors with rugs. Owl Wagtail Tern Swallow & woodpecker have laminate or bamboo floors with the exception of the bathrooms which are tiled or are fitted with non-slip safety floor in the case of Tern, providing a less harsh landing for stumbling tots.
Child friendly Facilities:
Nursery equipment including cots, high chairs, baby baths, changing mats, night lights and baby monitors. In addition to the standard fridge freezer, microwave, cooker and dishwasher there are children’s utensils in all cottages and steam steriliser and blender available on request.
The games room has table tennis, pool and darts and boasts a good selection of DVDs, toys and bedtime story books with a payphone for emergencies if a mobile doesn’t work. For parents who need to keep in touch with work the games room and most cottages receive free broadband internet access.
Our well appointed luxurious indoor heated swimming pool has spacious warm changing rooms and non slip safety tiled pool side and easy entry shallow steps. The pool hall air temperature is maintained at one degree above the water temperature so splashing infants won’t catch a chill. The water quality is rigorously maintained with an automatic dosing system and salt electrolysis purification keeps chlorination to a minimum. Swimming tuition for tots upwards can be arranged.
For older children and parents we have two all weather outdoor tennis courts with a sitting area to park prams and buggies.
Our child friendly holiday cottages are ideally placed for the wonderful beach at Holkham Bay as featured in Shakespeare in Love and also Wells beach as featured in Stephen Fry’s Kingdom. Both beaches boast golden sand, shady pinewoods and sheltered sand dunes they are both within a 15 minute drive from here. Brancaster beach is also popular with young families as the tide does not retreat quite so far and parking is immediately close by.
Local fun for family holidays
Kids love the local steam railway www.nnrailway.co.uk , another favourite for a fun packed day out is the dinosaur park www.dinosauradventure.co.uk, there are also plenty of wildlife centres, Snettisham Park is a favourite and for older children there is a woodland high ropes adventure course at nearby Weasenham, age 10 and up www.extremeadventure.co.uk. There is an aquarium in Hunstanton and Gressenhall offers a fascinating journey through the story of rural Norfolk. A little further a field is the new Bewilderwood for ages 1 and up, an enjoyable day out is promised, this enchanted world can be found close to the broads at Hoveton, www.bewilderwood.co.uk For those who enjoy something a little more artistic Doolepots in Holt is a ceramic café offering an opportunity to sit quietly and customise a mug, plate or keepsake to remember your holiday by. There are also several National Trust properties nearby with excellent child friendly cafes and history trails for young and old www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Alternatively when the weather is good and the quays are quieter, usually early July and September, children enjoy gilly crabbing at Burnham Overy Staithe and Wells or a seal spotting trip by boat from Morston or Blakeney. Follow this up with traditional freshly cooked fish and chips on Wells quay.
Family Cycling Holidays in Norfolk
With its quiet country lanes and gently undulating landscape, Norfolk is ideal for cycling. From our holiday cottages you can cycle along the old Roman Road to the beach at Holkham bay. Apart from crossing one main road the rest is quiet back roads and lanes until you come to Holkham deer park. Take a picnic and discover the countryside. We can arrange bicycle hire for the whole family and have the bikes delivered to site for your arrival, including bike locks, helmets, tag-alongs and children’s seats.
There are plenty of places to eat and we have a good child friendly pub nearby. Whether you want a quick bite before bedtime locally or decide to book a babysitter and watch the sun go down over the Marsh at the White Horse in Brancaster. Its all within easy reach, the choice is yours.