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With the next school holiday looming, it’s time to start planning your family getaway. Norfolk is a fantastic destination all year around, but especially at this time of year. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you and chosen some of our best family-friendly cottages in the area so that all you need to do is pick your favourite and get packing! Whether you’re travelling with young children, teenagers or extended family and friends, you’ll find a fantastic selection of properties in our collection!
The best cottages in Norfolk for young families
Flop, Bacton, sleeps 4 + 1 dog
This beachside bungalow is fantastic for families, with plenty of homely touches and attractions for the kids. Head to Amazonia Zoo or BeWILDerwood Park, the seaside resorts or the Broads and you’ll find plenty to do each day. Then, head back to the open-plan living space to relax by the wood burner and watch the sunset over Bacton beach. For those travelling with more than four, the adjoining property Flip can also be booked to accommodate up to eight guests.
“Flop is a beautifully presented cottage in a stunning seafront location with fabulous views from the lounge and bedroom of the sea - just 20 yards away. You can listen to the relaxing sound of the waves from inside the cottage. We really enjoyed our stay.” - Ian
This former coach house is a characterful house in a quiet, rural location, perfect for exploring the coast and the Broads. Enjoy day trips on the boats, the traditional seaside experience at Cromer or head to one of the many family attractions: there’s no shortage of things to do on a stay here. Plus, the peaceful garden is a wonderful place to relax when the weather is fine.
“A superb location and a beautiful converted stable into a lovely cottage. There was room for the three of us and our dog and the walled garden was invaluable to allow the dog in and out of the house. The cottage was very well presented with everything necessary to make our holiday very comfortable.” - Helen
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The best cottages in Norfolk for teenagers
Ebony Barn, Mundesley, sleeps 6 + 2 dogs
Indulge in a little bit of luxury by the coast on a stay at Ebony Barn. Located on the outskirts of Mundesley Holiday Village, you can make the most of the communal games room and gym facilities, before heading back to the private terrace and beautifully styled barn. The local shop, pub and beach are all within walking distance for those who wish to spend a few days without the car, while the Broads are just 15 miles away when you want to get out a little further.
“Clean warm and comfortable cottage in a great location. We all enjoyed using the games room too.” - Maxine
Old Forge, Tattersett, sleeps 4 + 2 dogs
Here you’ll find the perfect balance of traditional features and modern luxuries. It’s a period barn conversion that will please all ages, with a shared games room featuring a pool table and table tennis, patio area perfect for a glass of wine and just a 12-mile trip to the Norfolk coast! Adventures are never too far away on a stay at Old Forge.
“We couldn't have asked for more. The cottage was clean and well equipped. The games room was excellent, and we took full advantage. There are very few places that you can go and have free access to all. Location was excellent, close to the North Norfolk Coast. Hunstanton, Burnham's, Holkham and Wells next the Sea.” - Paul
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The best cottages in Norfolk for large families
Dove Barn, Garboldisham, sleeps 8
Large families and friends travelling together will love everything about a stay at this barn conversion. The light, bright and spacious interiors paired with the secluded location mean that this is an ideal holiday home. Days can be spent enjoying the large enclosed garden, the countryside views and this area of East Anglia.
“This was a wonderful holiday home. We had 2 toddlers and 2 babies, and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The property is very clean which was wonderful. The outside area was large, and it was wonderful to allow the children to play outdoors whilst we were indoors. Thoroughly recommend this home for families.” - Sarah
Victoria House, Sedgeford, sleeps 10 + 1 dog
Set in a pretty rural village, this is an excellent holiday home for a family ready to explore Norfolk’s beautiful countryside and stunning beaches whatever the weather. The outdoor area is fantastic for the warmer months, while the drawing room equipped with a wood burner stove is great for spending quality time as a family during the autumn and winter.
“What a wonderful stay! The house is so comfy - beautiful beds (so comfy!), the kitchen is brilliant, and it is perfect for families. Loads to do in the local area - found excellent crabs, soft play, fresh bread, beaches, pubs, playgrounds and walks. A perfect family home for a perfect family holiday.” – Hal & Annabel
These are just a few highlights from our collection but be sure to take a look at our full collection of family-friendly cottages for your half-term getaways, including dog-friendly properties!