sandringham house, lawn, daffodils, spring, marc le penn
Never be afraid to be a poppy in a field of daffodils. Photo: Mark Alexander

I’m back from a wonderful break in North Norfolk. What started as an impulse decision to escape the Town Fair, turned into one of the best holidays I’ve had as a single man. Both the location and accommodation were perfect and idyllic – in the country surrounded by woodlands, farm fields and glorious weather. The sun never stopped shining and it felt like summer, even though it was March/April.

I spent some of my time working (proofing my book) and entertaining a friend for a couple of days but the rest of the time I had to myself. I revisited some of my favourite places, discovered some new ones, ate out and enjoyed myself. So much so that I didn’t want to leave.

I went on a few missions with my camera to photograph the boats and a couple of windmills. I even visited a couple of stately homes and became a member of the National Trust.

It was nice to explore the area around Cromer too, although I never made it to the town itself. The fact that I chose a couple of weeks before Easter meant that my stay was unspoilt by crowds of tourists and holidaymakers. I was able to take my time and appreciate the places that I visited without having to fight my way through crowds.

Windmills in North Norfolk

Tower Windmill, Burnham Overy Staithe, North Norfolk
Tower Windmill in Burnham Overy Staithe, North Norfolk. Photo: Mark Alexander

My favourite building is a windmill – not sure why but it is, so you can imagine my excitement seeing Cley Windmill (Cley-next-the-sea) and the Tower Windmill at Burnham Overy Staithe. Both impressive buildings and available to rent out as holiday accommodation – something to consider for my next stay.

Boats in North Norfolk

I went for a long walk at Blakeney and then on to Burnham Overy Staithe to photograph the boats.

Stately homes in North Norfolk

Felbrigg Hall, daffodils, spring, marc le penn
Felbrigg Hall grounds with daffodils in the spring. Photo: Mark Alexander

I had to stop at Felbrigg Hall as it was so near to where I was staying. It was a good place to visit and not busy at all. It inspired me to join the National Trust and make an effort to visit as many of their properties as I can in the coming year.

Sandringham House, daffodils, spring, marc le penn
Sandringham House grounds with daffodils in the spring. Photo: Mark Alexander

On my way back, I stopped at Sandringham House and WOW. Even though the house itself was closed to the public, the weather was lovely and it made my visit a very pleasant experience. Must go back when the house is open and the flowers in bloom.

My favourite place to eat was the Gunton Arms (link here). Good food (and good portions of it too!), cooked right before your eyes by the resident chef. Having a meal there is an experience which will make your visit to North Norfolk even more special.

I am already planning my next break in North Norfolk. Keep an eye on my social media channels for updates on my latest travels.


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