Ten cosy cottages for a romantic break to Norfolk holiday cottages

Ten cosy cottages for a romantic break to Norfolk

Julie Smith 23 December 2021

With miles of beautiful beaches backed by peaceful nature reserves, historic windmills dotted around glistening waterways and sumptuous stately homes surrounded by gently rolling countryside, Norfolk is a dream destination for a romantic getaway.

So whether you fancy travelling by steam train through the countryside, hiring a boat and exploring the Broads National Park or taking a sunlit stroll along a sandy beach, here are some of the best couple’s cottages for a romantic break to Norfolk.

Eric’s Cottage

Romantic Norfolk breaks

This pretty little property is located in the peaceful village of Whissonsett in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. Eric’s Cottage is located all on one level making it ideal for anyone with mobility issues and there are lots of nearby places to visit including Sandringham, Houghton Hall and Holkham.

  • Pay a visit to the nearby market town of Fakenham to stock up on supplies for your getaway or get fresh produce from a number of local farm shops.
  • A patio area at the front of the property is perfect for sitting and watching the world go by and comes with a BBQ that’s just right for the summer.
  • It’s just a short drive to the Norfolk Coast where you’ll find beautiful beaches and peaceful nature reserves.

Romantic Norfolk cottage

Why we love it: This bright and cheerful cottage has an idyllic location opposite a 900-year-old church in a quintessentially English chocolate box village.

The Old Sunday School and Vestry

Romantic Norfolk getaway

This coastal apartment in Cromer comes with lots of quirky style and comfortable soft furnishings so that you can cuddle up on the sofa after a stroll together on the beach. Characterful features from this historic beachfront property include original fireplaces and there’s also a sleek kitchen where you can rustle up a romantic meal for two.

  • The Old Sunday School and Vestry is less than 200 metres from the beach in Cromer and you can walk out to sea along the historic Cromer Pier which is also home to one of the few remaining end-of-the-pier theatres in the UK.
  • The romantic bedroom features a chaise longue, armchairs and a king-size bed where you can wake up to sea views from the large, curved window.
  • Other things to do include snorkelling around the Cromer Chalk Shoal Reef which is home to an array of sea life and is the biggest reef of its kind in Europe.  

Romantic Norfolk cottage

Why we love it: This wonderful historic building has a prime spot in the popular coastal town of Cromer with the Norfolk Coast Path close by. Take a walk to nearby Sheringham or head in the other direction to the postcard-pretty village of Overstrand. 

The Lodge at Heath Cottage

Romantic Norfolk cottage with a hot tub

The star of the show at this countryside retreat is a romantic wood-fired hot tub for two which is surrounded by fairy lights to give it a magical feel during darker evenings together. The open-plan living space opens straight out onto the gorgeous garden which includes a patio where you can relax and enjoy the view.

  • There’s a cosy wood-burning fire to keep you nice and cosy during colder winter nights.
  • You can take a scenic 2-mile stroll to nearby Foxley Wood which is a haven for local wildlife including a variety of species of colourful butterflies.
  • The open-plan interiors are compact but have everything you need for a glorious weekend in the Norfolk countryside.

Romantic cottage with a hot tub

Why we love it: It’s up to you whether you simply relax in the hot tub on your peaceful romantic getaway or explore the surrounding countryside on two wheels with secure bike storage available at this Norfolk holiday cottage.

Catlin Cottage Cley

Romantic cottage with a wood-burner

This former fisherman’s cottage has lots of character and charm with chunky wooden beams and an original stone fireplace complete with a roaring wood burner. Cosy rugs also give the property lots of Hygge warmth for a romantic night together. 

  • The cottage is located close to the saltmarshes in Cley where you’ll find peaceful nature reserves that are a haven for an array of seabirds.
  • You can hop aboard a boat at nearby Morston Quay and take a trip to see the famous colony of grey seals at Blakeney Point.
  • There’s a lovely garden with outdoor seating where you can make the most of the property’s gorgeous spot on the Norfolk coast.

Romantic Norfolk break

Why we love it: Catlin Cottage Cley perfectly combines characterful period features with modern comfort and style and is dog-friendly too so that four-legged friends can join you on your romantic Norfolk getaway. 

St Felix

Romantic Norfolk cottage

With a lovely spot in the pretty village of Walsingham, this cosy cottage is just right for a romantic break to Norfolk. You can take a relaxing stroll along the banks of the River Stiffkey, wander around the grounds of the ancient Walsingham Abbey which feature fields of bluebells and a packhorse bridge or take a scenic journey on the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway which will whisk you through the Norfolk countryside.

  • Stock up on supplies at the Walsingham Farm Shop for either a scenic countryside picnic or to whip up a romantic meal for two in St Felix’s well-equipped kitchen.  
  • Traditional cottage features include dark wooden ceiling beams and a classic wood burner for cosy evenings together.
  • You’ll find cafes, independent shops and handsome historic buildings on the doorstep of this lovely country cottage.

Romantic Norfolk cottage

Why we love it: You are surrounded by Norfolk countryside with a nearby stream to wander to yet the coast is just a short 5-minute drive away - it’s a romantic getaway with the best of both worlds.

Alice Cottage - Norfolk

With an enclosed garden for four-legged friends, Alice Cottage is perfect for a romantic getaway to Norfolk where dogs can come along too. It’s a traditional dog-friendly Norfolk cottage with a country kitchen and lots of period charm, including an original brick fireplace and pamment floor tiles.  

  • A mature garden is filled with pretty plants and flowers so makes an ideal place to sit outside and enjoy a morning cuppa - especially as the River Bure runs alongside the bottom of this peaceful spot.
  • It’s just a short walk to the dog-friendly village pub in North Creake where you can relax with a range of refreshments.
  • Alice Cottage is close to Burnham Market, where you’ll find 17th-century buildings, gorgeous shops and tearooms all centred around a pretty village green. The tidal marshes and nature reserves of Burnham Overy Staithe are also just a short drive or scenic walk away.

Dog-friendly romantic Norfolk cottage

Why we love it: Alice Cottage is tucked away in a tranquil Norfolk village with the sprawling and dog-friendly Holkham Hall estate close by. You’ll find scenic walks, nature reserves and beautiful beaches for a wonderfully romantic day out.   

The Old Mill Mattishall

Romantic Norfolk Broads cottage

This converted windmill is one of the most characterful places to stay in Norfolk so it’s hard to think of a better setting for an idyllic romantic break. The cosy and romantic cottage is surrounded by farmland with village shops and a pub just a short walk away.

  • The original corn mill dates back to 1857 and features a wonderful circular bedroom and chunky exposed beams.
  • Its location in the centre of Norfolk means you can easily explore the Broads National Park or spend the day in Norwich during your getaway.
  • The garden at The Old Mill includes patio furniture and a BBQ with friendly Shetland ponies in the neighbouring field to keep you company during your getaway.

Romantic Norfolk Broads cottage

Why we love it: Norfolk is known for its iconic windmills so where better to stay on a romantic break to this lovely county than in one of them, especially as The Old Mill Mattishall is surrounded by quiet country lanes if you fancy exploring the area on two wheels. 

Brundall Boathouse

Romantic Norfolk cottage by the water

You can sit and watch the boats go by on a getaway to this romantic cottage in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Brundall Boathouse is located on the banks of the River Yare with decking and outdoor furniture so you can relax and unwind to the sound of gently flower water while you enjoy an early evening drink or a spot of alfresco dining.

  • You’ll find an assortment of pubs, cafes and restaurants within walking distance of the property if you fancy eating out during your getaway.
  • The light and bright living room at Brundall Boathouse looks out over the water with French doors opening straight onto the cottage’s outdoor terrace.
  • This part of the Norfolk Broads is home to the Mid-Yare Nature Reserve which features a range of different flora and fauna and the Strumpshaw Fen where you can spot kingfishers, bitterns, marsh harriers and barn owls.

Romantic Norfolk cottage by the water

Why we love it: You can hire day boats from the nearby Brundall Bay Marina to travel along the winding waters of the Broads National Park or catch a train from nearby Brundall Station to either Norfolk or Great Yarmouth with an assortment of stops along the way.  

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The Lily Pad

Romantic Norfolk cottage with a hot tub

This secluded cabin is nestled at the side of a lake on the edge of Thetford Forest so you can get far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and spend some quality time together. The star of the show at The Lily Pad is a private sunken hot tub where you can look out over the lake with a glass of bubbly in hand for the ultimate romantic evening.  

  • There are lots of romantic walks to try from The Lily Pad including a stroll around the large lake, following the path of the nearby River Thet or woodland rambles at Thetford Forest.
  • A thatched gazebo looks out over the river and is just the right size to cuddle in together as you try to spot an array of local wildlife.
  • The open-plan cabin opens straight out to the decking area with the sunken hot tub. The dark skies and lack of light pollution here are ideal for stargazing during autumn and winter evenings.

Why we love it: The Lily Pad is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors as there are an assortment of woodland trails and cycle rides to follow through the forest. There’s also on-site fishing and a large private estate to explore.

May Cottage

Romantic break in Norfolk - coastal cottage

This romantic beach retreat has a luxurious 5-star finish with bright and airy rooms, stylish furnishings and a gorgeous garden to relax in. A free-standing bath at the property is just right for a sumptuous soak, especially as robes and slippers are provided by the owners.

  • The sandy beach at Bacton is just a short stroll from May Cottage and you can walk from here to Mundesley in one direction and Happisburgh in the other.
  • The pretty rear garden at May Cottage features a fish pond and a decked area with outdoor furniture which is perfect for romantic breaks during spring and summer.
  • Nearby Mundesley is a Blue Flag beach where you can try out a range of water sports such as surfing and stand-up paddleboarding

Romantic Norfolk cottage

Why we love it: May Cottage is a sumptuous 5-star holiday home in one of the most peaceful spots on the Norfolk coast with a beautiful unspoiled beach and scenic cliff top walks to enjoy.

Plan your romantic getaway to Norfolk

Plan your romantic break to Norfolk

If you have been inspired to visit Norfolk with your other half, this is just a small selection of the romantic cottages available where you can rest your head after days of exploring. Whether you’re looking for a cosy holiday home with a wood burner, a romantic retreat near the water or a dog-friendly property that will welcome four-legged friends, browse our full range of romantic cottages to find your perfect base.


Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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