Who are we?
John and I moved to North Norfolk from London in 1998. John had close family ties with Hunstanton and he spent many of his childhood holidays on the Norfolk coast. We moved from cosmopolitan Islington to this wonderful peaceful backwater to bring up our daughter in a greener and more relaxed environment.
We bought a wreck of a farmhouse with a pile of ramshackle barns and 8 acres of land. Over following years we lovingly restored the house and the barns, restoring many of the original features and recycling original materials. With the recent acquisition of the surrounding 168 acres of farmland and natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme we are restoring the landscape too.
We had very little experience of the tourism business when we first opened; I trained at the Royal college of Art as a fashion designer and John is a specialist lighting consultant lighting art galleries around the world. Our backgrounds have bought a unique edge to our business and certainly John’s engineering skills have been essential in developing our unique combination of renewable energy technologies at Home Farm.
Over the years we have developed friendships with regular guests who are keen to know what is next on the agenda for Cranmer Country Cottages. We never seek to impose ourselves on our visitors but we are available to offer first hand experience of discovering the best places to visit and experience. We deliver discreet and friendly service and someone is usually on hand to deal with life’s little emergencies. Our award winning self catering business is constantly evolving in line with our customers requirements be they baby friendly extras or locally produced food delivered to your door. We are a business that never stands still. We focus on high quality with a strong green ethos as part of our sustainable lifestyle strategy. We aim to deliver a memorable Norfolk holiday experience for all who visit and offer somewhere great to stay.
What we love about Norfolk….
We have a passion for boating so Norfolk really comes alive for us from April once the sailing season begins. However we also love the wide open sandy beaches and sultry marshland walks in the winter months. We were not birdwatchers before we settled here but with all of our hedgerow and tree planting we are continuing to notice a myriad of new visitors to the fields and gardens. Other favourites include the wonderfull autumnal tree walks held at Blicking and Sherringham. A picnic on Holkham beach is pretty hard to beat but the excitement of horse racing at Fakenham has also provided a number of memorable days out with friends. Pensthorpe and Sculthorpe Moor are also great favourites I could go on and on, best to come and see for yourself.
We are supported by a team of part time housekeepers, admin staff and contractors to ensure that our properties are kept clean and well maintained in preparation for our guests’ arrival. Reception is manned 10-4 every weekday and John and I are around during the week and at weekends when the office is closed. We are always pleased to engage with our visitors during their stay.
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Read what people say about us
Swimming pool was fabulous , games room brilliant and were greeted on a very wet dark night with a very happy and smiling host. Truly recommend this farm to stay at , close to Wells next to sea , Holkham Hall and other coastal areas. We will definitely be returning.
What a fantastic place to come and stay. we stayed in End cottage for a long weekend with two dogs so a nice secure garden was fab to have. Victoria sponge cake supplied on arrival, milk in fridge , tea and coffee all there. What more can we say.
As a shining example of green tourism in North Norfolk – Cranmer Country Cottages are proud to have been selected to feature in The Campaign to Protect Rural England
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
Self-catering just got a seriously stylish upgrade
If you’re looking for a luxury, family stay in North Norfolk, this is it. If you’re looking for a luxury, ecologically aware family stay, this is it too.
I can’t think of another five-star self-catering accommodation in the UK that is as green as Cranmer
Just a word to say how much we enjoyed our stay at the cottages – no one wanted to go home!
We have just returned from a fabulous weeks cycling based at Cranmer Country Cottages in North Norfolk from which we cycled over 300 miles on the some of the best English lanes you could hope to find. As club cyclists who have enjoyed lots of Great Britain and Europe on a bike we think Norfolk is a real gem.
There is so much more on offer. Quiet lanes linking pretty villages with duck ponds and great pubs, watch out for the wild life on the way, brown hares and barn owls don’t seem very shy as they go about their business.
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.
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!
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.
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!
We very much enjoyed our stay in the lovely warm surroundings of Woodpecker Cottage. Heated pool absolute bliss for early morning swims with the added bonus of splendid views of extensive countryside through those huge windows. Thanks for a wonderful stay, we will be back soon.
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.
We booked Garden House, Avocet & Woodpecker for a surprise birthday party for my son. It was such a brilliant weekend and I would like to thank you for recommending Susi; she was marvellous and the food was perfect. Hope to return to Cranmer Cottages in the near future and would thoroughly recommend them to everyone.
If you are looking for a luxury, family stay in North Norfolk, this is it. If you are looking for a luxury, ecologically aware family stay this is it too. A fabulous holiday with a green conscience, if you will…...
A wonderful week with plenty of memories – and amazingly enough, no rain, even some sunshine. Completely sold on Norfolk and this place – have no doubts we will be back.
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!
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
We had a brilliant holiday – thanks for providing us with everything we needed.
An excellent example of how a luxurious accommodation can attempt to be carbon neutral
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!
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
Probably the coldest week in the last 12 months; ice, snow and very cold! Nevertheless we had a good time. It was always lovely to return to the warm welcoming cottage. We experimented by cooking with the Rayburn – great fun and good results. Try it!