Come and enjoy unspoiled countryside, miles of fantastic beaches and the huge skies of North West Norfolk.
We are pleased that Nigel Summerley in the Sunday Telegraph agrees with us that Brancaster beach is "better than anything in Portugal or Greece". Our original farm cottages have been carefully renovated and are set in a stunning location on gently rolling farmland, literally minutes from the beach. The cottages offer a real haven, with the beds made up and fires laid in the winter, ready for your arrival. Everything is included in one cost: heating, television and video, electricity, firewood, towels and linen, microwave ovens, cots (please request in advance), stair-gates,high chairsand radio/cassette players, pay telephones, barbecues, several houses also have dishwashers. We are also happy to accommodate well behaved pets.
Scenic North West Norfolk offers beautiful unspoilt countryside, long sandy beaches, famous nature reservesand above all, a real chance to get away from it all and relax.
Yet the charming town of Burnham Market is on the doorstep and throughout the countryside you will find cosy pubs, antique shops, local markets and of course Sandringham House, Holkham and Houghton Halls and the King's Lynn Festival during the summer, and so much more. Thompson Brancaster Farms holiday homes are the ideal base from which to explore all that North West Norfolk has to offer. Alternatively you can just wind down on the beach or by the barbecue in summer or relax by the fireside in your cottage in the winter.
This cottage is deceptively spacious, set down in around the hills of Sussex Farm. The bedroom configuration suited us perfectly, and having a bathroom on each floor was also a great benefit. Well-fitted kitchen, clean, with lovely cosy lounge and log fire, it was very homely and inviting. Plenty of lawn space for the children to run about too, and lovely walks over the fields to admire the surrounding land and sunset. Easy access to Burnham Market town and the coast, would highly recommend.
The location cannot be faulted. One of several cottages on a private estate, it provides an excellent place for both 'free range children and chickens' - both can roam in safety. Just 2 miles by bike from Burnham Market, it was perfect for the cycling holiday nine of us had planned.
There were problems however. The first couple to arrive were faced with a waterfall from a gutter and a very active wasps' nest. Both of these had been reported by the previous tenants (written in the visitors' book) but caretaking staff had to be chivvied to deal with them. When the two problems were resolved, we started our holiday. There were other issues, none of them particularly serious, but all of them irritating; a filthy freezer compartment; lights not working; a patio door that could not be opened; showers that provided a dribble - though the water was plenty hot enough; an Inoperative DVD plaer, and a TV which combined very poor reception with the wrong remote.
The carpets were well past their best, and the furnishings were tired.
Eventually, when the caretaker could be located, the oven door and the faulty lights were fixed, and Craig, the hired man did his best. The owners really need to look at maintaining what is potentially a stunning property.
Brancaster Beach is well worth the £3,50 parking charge, Titchwell Bird Reserve is excellent, Holkham Hall is a fine example of how to make a country estate available to the public. The cafe at Burnham Deepdale is worth a stop each time you pass. The two restaurants we used were somewhat disappoointing, so I won't name tham.
Despite all of the above we had a wonderful week. The problems with the cottage were all easily remidiable, and had been noted by many previous tenants - perhaps the Visitors' Book is not read by the owners.
If the issues I've mentioned were dealt with, I would be happy to return.