• Norfolk Countryside

A Rural Country Retreat in North Norfolk

Cranmer Country Cottages is a good central base for experiencing Norfolk’s wide open spaces with bracing walks, cycling on local quiet lanes, bird watching on the wild Norfolk marshes and sampling some of the best local Norfolk pubs and restaurants.

As well hitting the nearby beaches, don’t miss out on the many other beauty spots to be found in the local Norfolk countryside.

Cranmer Country Cottages lies on the border between North and West Norfolk and within easy reach of 280 sq miles of land designated an Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. More than 96% of Norfolk is rural and much of the countryside is set aside for agriculture, woodland, forestry or just left open. That is why there just seems to be so much space and it is easy to escape the crowds even in the height of summer.

We help sustain the wonderful natural Norfolk landscape via our commitment to save energy, preserve the environment and help fight climate change. Our recently converted 5 star ‘eco barns’ use energy only from carbon neutral sources.

We are close to the coast at Wells-Next-the-Sea and the Norfolk Coastal Path making us an ideal location for a relaxing and inspiring walking and cycling holiday at anytime of year. 

On your bike

The Norfolk countryside is perfect for cycling although you may find that it’s not as flat as you first thought. We have a safe storage barn for bikes and a drying space for wet weather gear. We provide a selection of route maps. If you don’t want to bring your own bike, cycle hire is available locally.

More about cycling >

On foot 

Experience nature’s environmental gym. Discover Norfolk from a different perspective and unwind with therapeutic marsh, beach or pinewoods walks. We have the Holkham estate close by offering a number of walking routes to suit all ages and abilities. Walkers can explore the numerous nature reserves or SSIs mentioned.

  • 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.

    Joanne Sharp
  • 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
  • Self-catering just got a seriously stylish upgrade

    Marie Claire Magazine
  • 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.

    Enjoy North Norfolk Website
  • I can’t think of another five-star self-catering accommodation in the UK that is as green as Cranmer

    Richard Hammond – Green travel correspondent
  • 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!
  • 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.

    Jeanette and Ian Sumler- Hutchinson
  • 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.

    Jeanette and Ian Sumler- Hutchinson
  • 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
  • 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.

    Mark and Jo
  • 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
  • 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.

    Myra Quick
  • 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…...

    Enjoy North Norfolk
  • 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.

    Owl cottage guest
  • 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
  • We had a brilliant holiday – thanks for providing us with everything we needed.

    Garden House, August 2015
  • An excellent example of how a luxurious accommodation can attempt to be carbon neutral

    Richard Hammond, Green travel correspondent
  • 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
  • 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!

    Alan & Jenny Suffolk