At Cranmer Country Cottages 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. We offer toddler and child friendly facilities and a 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 are available.

The holiday cottages are all on one level with no dangerous stairs; spacious open plan living areas mean that little ones can be within view even when preparing meals. Styling is contemporary; simple as well as practical and child friendly.  Please note the 5* eco barns have eco-friendly underfloor heating and solid travertine and slate floors.

Outside there’s a large, safe fenced play paddock visible from all cottages (except Coot). The two acre grassed area has 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 barbecues. Woodpecker has its own garden with a gate to 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 eco barns have very beautiful heated travertine tiled floors with rugs. Owl, Wagtail, Tern, Swallow & Woodpecker have laminate or bamboo floors apart from 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.

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Child Friendly Facilities

Nursery equipment includes 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.

The games room has table tennis, pool and darts and a library of DVDs, toys and bedtime story books  For parents who need to keep in touch with work, the games room and most cottages receive free broadband access.

Our well appointed luxurious indoor heated swimming pool has spacious warm changing rooms, 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.

Local fun for family holidays

Nearby Pensthorpe nature reserve offer plenty for families to experience and explore including bug walks, den building and the WildRootz adventure play areas with both indoor and outdoor facilities.

Kids love the local steam railway Another favourite for a fun packed day out is the dinosaur park  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 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. This enchanted world can be found close to the broads at Hoveton 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 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-Next-The-Sea 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 Friendly Beaches

Our family friendly holiday cottages are ideally placed for the wonderful beaches at Holkham and Wells-Next-The-Sea. Both beaches boast golden sand, shady pinewoods and sheltered sand dunes and are within a 15 minute drive. Brancaster beach is also popular with young families as parking is next to the beach.

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. Take a picnic and discover the countryside. You can arrange to have the bikes delivered to site for your arrival, including bike locks, helmets, tag-alongs and children’s seats. More about cycling >

Babysitting service

We offer a baby sitting service subject to booking in advance and availability.  When a babysitter has been booked we ask you to complete an information form with details of any medication, set routines and details of how you may be contacted in an emergency. The babysitter reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee if the services is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.

To enquire about baby sitting services during you holiday at Cranmer Country Cottages please contact

Read what people say about us

  • We had a wonderful family time in this perfect hideaway

    Cottage guest
  • Lovely cottage and fantastic facilities for the children (aged 3 + 5)

    Cottage Guest
  • We have had a fantastic time and would love to come again

    Toby aged 8
  • Just a word to say how much we enjoyed our stay at the cottages – no one wanted to go home!

    Dave & Wendy Hardaway – and the family!
  • The two cottages were booked as a surprise for my 60th birthday, and what a surprise. I could not have hoped for a more fantastic celebration. We all enjoyed a brisk walk in Wells-next-the Sea, lunch in a local pub followed by a swim in the great pool here. The cottages are so well equipped, everything has been well thought out. I would recommend the cottages to any group wanting something special! Very relaxing time had by all.

    The Reeves family
  • Wonderful to come back to such a peaceful place, fresh air and beauty. It was very snowy while we were here and although very cold still fantastic. We loved the touch of the welcoming tea tray and fresh flowers – felt very personal. A wonderful haven!

    Worthington family
  • Our first winter stay and it was even better than we had hoped for! A beautiful place to relax in comfort, fill your lungs with fresh air and spend some time with the most hospitable owners, Lynne and John, who have become friends over the eight years we have been visiting. Thank you.

    Jones Family, January
  • Another great Christmas in Tern, Swallow and Woodpecker Cottages. All very welcoming, warm and comfortable – everything we could need. Our Christmas dinner cooked in the Rayburn. All fantastic yet again!

    The Irving Family
  • First Class Accommodation – highly recommended. We have stayed in 3 properties and would not hesitate in recommended them. We take our 2 small children (under 4) and often take my mother-in-law (for babysitting) and we particularly like in heated, indoor, salt water pool and huge fenced off play area which each property backs onto. Compared with other accommodation we have staying in, these are the best by a long shot.

    The Wrench family
  • Just wanted to say thanks for the Easter egg – what a lovely welcome surprise! We have had a wonderful stay and Coot cottage worked so well for us with Harry – you really do think of everything!

    Eleanor Denton
  • Our family love visiting Cranmer Country Cottages and we have returned for the past 4 years. We all feel like its ‘home from home’ and are always made to feel so welcome by the wonderful staff. The children particularly love the yummy handmade chocolates on arrival and they are so excited to jump straight in the pool after our long journey from Hampshire. It is so worth the drive! It is brilliantly located for fantastic family days out and long strolls on amazing beaches. We have so many lovely memories

    The Bensons – Hampshire
  • I really loved Norfolk. The cottage is so so so great and the pool was the best. Everyone absolutely loved it – we thought we should have stayed a whole week. I wish I could stay forever. Bye Bye!

    Isla aged 7
  • We have just been here for three nights but so wish we were able to stay a week! Thank you so much and we wish you every success with this venture which is truly excellent

    Mallinson family Norfolk