Cottage Weekend Breaks

Our self-catering luxury holiday cottages & Eco Barns provide an ideal base for a peaceful weekend breaks or midweek break. North Norfolk has plenty to discover at any time of the year, from birdwatching, cycling, fishing and canoeing to discovering fabulous local gourmet foods, beer and wine. Our cottages and converted barns are ideal for quick getaway to the North Norfolk coast and are within easy reach of London and the home counties. The renowned nature reserves of Scolt Head, RSPB Titchwell, Brancaster and Cley and also the pine woods and dunes at Holkham and Wells-Next-The-Sea are open year- round offering beautiful peaceful expansive open spaces to explore and experience the natural world. 

3 of our holiday cottages have wood burning stoves for cosy winter weekend breaks spent walking or cycling.  End Cottage sleeps up to 8, Wagtail cottage sleeps 4 and Swallow Cottage sleeps 5.

Our luxury heated indoor swimming pool is open, whatever the weather, all year round.

We offer short breaks of 2, 3 or 4 nights throughout the year in our holiday cottages and Eco barns except for the following dates;

Easter week(Friday to Friday only depending on Easter hols dates)

Whitsun Bank Holiday Week (Friday to Friday only)

Main Summer Holidays July and August (Friday to Friday only)

October Half Term (Friday to Friday only)
Christmas and New Year (weekly let or min 5 nights unless advised otherwise)

Throughout the remaining year our weekly 7- night stays are
Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday

Weekend Short Breaks
Friday arrival 4pm departing 10 am Monday (ex Covid) – 3 -night stay
Friday arrival 4pm departing midday Sunday – 2-night stay

Midweek Breaks
Monday arrival 4 pm departing 10 am Thursday or Friday – 3 or 4 night stay.

NB: Out of season if we do not have a booking leaving or arriving immediately before your stay, we may be able to offer you an earlier/later arrival/departure time. Early arrival is from 2.00pm onwards and will be confirmed in writing 2-weeks in advance of your stay. – subject to availability. Latest check out would be 11.00am

Last minute bookings are taken at short notice subject to availability.
Please call or email us direct for any day to any day during low season.

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Shopping in nearby Holt and Burnham Market offers everything from antiques, interiors and fashion from Vogue-listed Anna’s in Burnham Market. There is a wealth of pubs and restaurants for lunch and dinner so you don’t have to worry about catering during your short break.

Out of season the countryside and towns in North Norfolk are quieter, the beaches deserted, pubs and restaurants are not as booked and we tend to be less busy. You may well find that you have the pool and tennis courts to yourselves during out of season short breaks.

For a special occasion gourmet weekend why not book a good local restaurant. This may take some advance planning especially if you have the excellent Galton Blackiston’s Michelin starred Morston Hall in mind. There are also several good restaurants not too far from here: The Victoria at Holkham, The White Horse at Brancaster and the Hoste Arms at Burnham Market.

For gourmet cooks on a weekend self catering break, Norfolk has a wealth of good local produce from organically grown fruit and vegetables, locally grazed meats, locally caught fish and seafood, handmade Norfolk cheeses and handmade chocolates. Our cottage kitchens are very well equipped with both a Rayburn and gas cooker in two of our cottages. You can pre-order delicacies before you come or just enjoy seeking out the specialist shops when you arrive.

Spring Breaks

Recover from the frantic festive season when Norfolk is quiet and the weekenders have left. Enjoy invigorating beach or sheltered woodland walks or be energetic and take a half hour cycle ride from Cranmer to Holkham Park and the beach on back roads. Recharge your batteries at the Queen Victoria pub/restaurant. (Bicycles can be hired for the weekend – please enquire at time of booking.)

  • Take a Snowdrop Walk around the nearby grounds of Walsingham Abbey and museum (Feb/March).  tel: 01328 820259
  • Birdwtching at the local Owl & Hawk Trust at Sculthorpe
  • Custom built bird watching tours – Richard Foss. Tel: 01263 732350
  • Horse racing at Fakenham – Tel: 01328 862388
  • Small children may enjoy observing lambing at Snettisham Park Tel: 01485 542425
  • Events at Pensthorpe Wildlife Park – Tel: 01328 851465
  • Indoor horse riding at Blackborough End Equestrian Centre Tel:  01553 841212

Valentine’s Day Holidays

Flowers and champagne and breakfast hamper can be pre-organised for a special Valentine’s Day short break. Book a local beauty spa or restaurant for dinner, alternatively snuggle up in front of the wood burner and order home cooked food from one of the local delicatessens or even hire a caterer.

Mother’s Day Holidays

Treat mum to shopping in Burnham Market or Holt (Saturday) with lunch in the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market or Byfords in Holt, or lunch with a view over the marshes at the White Horse in Brancaster. Alternatively book a massage or reflexology on site or book a spa experience (subject to availability & must be booked beforehand).

Father’s Day Holiday and Golfing Holidays

We can organise golf teaching weekends in conjunction with Colin Williams PGA teaching professional at the local Fakenham Golf Club, 10 minutes from Cranmer. The golf school is an Explanar Swing Training System Centre designed to help the golfer, of any standard, achieve better results – faster. Golf Club visitor tickets are available for individual day and weekend memberships. (Available all year, but must be booked in advance.)

Special interest Breaks

Cookery & photography workshops

Book a group of our cottages with the Green Room for presentations tutorials and gatherings.  Contact us for further details of our bespoke group bookings.

Our communicating cottages provide spacious group accommodation with plenty of space to relax and dine together at the end of a day of group activities.

Read what people say about us

  • We wanted somewhere with excellent facilities within reasonable driving/cycling distance of North Norfolk Coast for a party of 10 with age ranges from 75 down to 4. Cranmer delivered on this very well with the swimming pool, games room, tennis courts and playing field and plenty of light/space indoors for cooking, eating, sleeping and relaxing and opportunities for the three small groups within the family to join or remain separate as circumstances required.

  • Lovely pool with jet stream, great child’s activity room, fantastic tennis court and even a safe kids outdoor play area. Great home from home accommodation.

  • We found End Cottage to be spacious and comfortable.

  • We had a wonderful stay! Very comfortable and clean house, and fantastic play area right outside the back door. We really enjoyed the private use of the excellent swimming pool. The games room was also very welcome on rainy days.

  • The facilities were fantastic; a large swimming pool, an expansive lawn to run around on and the owners had thought of everything a family might need whilst self catering on holiday.

  • We enjoyed a multi generational holiday in Swallow cottage during August 2021. The property was very clean and stylishly furnished. The information received prior to our holiday was extensive and helpful in making plans and helped us feel as though the holiday had started a few days early.

  • This was our fourth visit to Cranmer. Every visit we have been impressed by the outstanding quality of accommodation, and the hard work that goes in behind the scenes by the Cranmer team to make guests feel welcomed.

  • We look forward to booking again for next year; our young sons have already been asking when we can go back! Many thanks to Lynne, John & the Cranmer team for another wonderful holiday.

  • This was our fourth visit to Cranmer. Every visit we have been impressed by the outstanding quality of accommodation, and the hard work that goes in behind the scenes by the Cranmer team to make guests feel welcomed. Cranmer is a very peaceful, pretty, relaxing place to stay with excellent facilities. We look forward to booking again for next year; our young sons have already been asking when we can go back! Many thanks to Lynne, John & the Cranmer team for another wonderful holiday.

  • Thanks for a fantastic holiday. We have all really enjoyed Norfolk, Swallow cottage and the facilities at Cranmer. You really have thought of everything a family may need on holiday which is wonderful (and very very impressive!!)

  • We stayed in Swallow which forms part of a row of barn conversions looking out onto a large open field in the beautiful Norfolk countryside close to the North Norfolk Coast. Swallow a self-catering cottage with three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and open plan living all on one floor is spacious, with modern farm house features and very comfortable furniture.

  • The amazing indoor swimming pool within one of the converted barns looks out onto open fields and is a delightful pool for all the family. We swam in the pool everyday, sometimes twice a day, most days having the pool to ourselves.

  • Plenty to keep the children entertained and over all very comfy place to stay. Only a short drive from wells next the sea for a day trip out too. Highly recommend for somewhere to stay in Norfolk.

  • The Eco Barn was a lovely place to stay we were pleasantly surprised the Garden House and Avocet were actually connected not just 2 buildings next to each other which was great for our stay. Plenty to keep the children entertained and over all very comfy place to stay. Only a short drive from wells next the sea for a day trip out too. Highly recommend for somewhere to stay in Norfolk.

  • Came across this hidden gem by accident and would like to keep it our secret ! However so pleased they are doing well. A lot of care and detail has gone into the renovation of these barns including a fab swimming pool and an essential games room for kids.

  • We loved our stay here with our sons and friends. The accommodation worked perfectly for us all. The games room and pool were a fab addition and meant you had options on site rather than going out. We would book again in the future

  • Spotless, well appointed, great facilities. Our little boy loved the huge garden to play in. Highly recommended we’ll be back.

  • Very good arrangements for a family group holiday. Excellent that the swimming pool,was kept in operation with a very well organized schedule.

  • Lynne and John are superb hosts and the cottages are well designed and thoughtfully equipped. Due to Covid a few things had to be different from usual but they went above and beyond to ensure everyone got a safe holiday and a turn in the pool!

  • We have stayed at Cranmer every year for 10 years and have stayed in most of the cottages… Woodpecker is a smaller cottage but well equipped and comfortable with a handy extra bedroom. The water pressure and temperature was excellent so important after a rainy day at the beach. We ate in this year far more than usual and found the kitchen and appliances very easy.

  • We have stayed at Cranmer every year for 10 years and have stayed in most of the cottages. Lynne and John are superb hosts and the cottages are well designed and thoughtfully equipped.

  • Another excellent stay at Cranmer that even Covid could not spoil!

  • We have just returned from a great weekends stay at Cranmer Cottages. Garden House was brilliant, very spacious with high quality decor, and very clean. The large garden area to the rear of the cottages is great for kids to play, and the pool was lovely. We will definitely be booking again.

  • We had a lovely time at Cranmer. Customer service is amazing and we treasured the swimming pool and game rooms.

  • Thank you very much, we had a great time. We loved the cottage and the pool. When do you have vacancies in Sept 2021 please?

  • Just wanted to let you know we’ve left this morning – thanks for such a lovely stay it was fab.

  • Thank you very much. It was our second stay with you guys and was very enjoyable. Couldn’t have asked for more. looking forward to staying with you guys again in the future.

  • Thank you very much for the accommodation at End Cottage this weekend. The cottage is beautiful and we very much enjoyed our stay. The pool was such a huge bonus and our little ones, who have been unable to swim much over this last year derives a lot of benefit. I very much we will be able to visit you again as it really was the perfect spot.

  • We had the most wonderful stay at Cranmer Cottages. Set in the most stunning location with rolling countryside it really was a little slice of heaven. We will definitely be returning for another stay in the near future. Thank you all very much.

  • Thank you for the most wonderful stay at Wagtail last week. It was lovely to meet some of you to put faces to names and of course it was great to have such a fantastic base on some of those typically wet British days so we could still enjoy our time together.

  • 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
  • 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.

    Joanne Sharp
  • 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

    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 – 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
  • 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
  • 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!

  • 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