17 quirky Norfolk staycation spots

PUBLISHED: 18:08 24 September 2020 | UPDATED: 18:12 24 September 2020

Hippersons Boat Yard has offers beautiful glamping pods alongside the River Waveney  Picture: Alan Lyall www.awlpix.com

Hippersons Boat Yard has offers beautiful glamping pods alongside the River Waveney Picture: Alan Lyall www.awlpix.com

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Looking for a Norfolk break that’s a bit quirky?

Cley Mill, a wonderful spot to enjoy the Norfolk coast. Photo: Peter Dent/iWitness24Cley Mill, a wonderful spot to enjoy the Norfolk coast. Photo: Peter Dent/iWitness24

A lighthouse: the spectacular clifftop lighthouse at Cromer has been converted into holiday accommodation available through Norfolk Hideaways. There is a one bedroom cottage with a domed bedroom ceiling and a separate three-bedroomed cottage next door. norfolkhideways.co.uk

A triumphal arch: The Holkham Lodges are gatehouses, follies and lodges on the magnificent Holkham estate. Each sleeps two people in fabulous style. Choose from a woodland folly hideaway on private Golden Gate Drive, the romantic Grade 2 listed gatehouse Palmers Lodge, and the stunning Grade 1 listed Triumphal Arch. norfolkcottages.co.uk

The Wee Retreat in Sheringham  is available for week-long stays via Norfolk Cottages. Photo: Norfolk CottagesThe Wee Retreat in Sheringham is available for week-long stays via Norfolk Cottages. Photo: Norfolk Cottages

A toilet: No, we’re not taking the pee! The Wee House is a wonderfully luxurious Sheringham seafront holiday home, with stunning sea views, which was once a Victorian toilet block. norfolkcottages.co.uk

A houseboat: Your holiday home is afloat or nestled beside the river if you choose one of the Hipperson’s Boatyard quirky houseboats or new hidden-away glamping pod, Secret Water, on the river Waveney at Beccles. Each comes with a rowing boat to help you explore. hippersons.co.uk

Handsome Vowewood Hall, near Holt, an Arts & Crafts mansion. Photo: Angela SharpeHandsome Vowewood Hall, near Holt, an Arts & Crafts mansion. Photo: Angela Sharpe

A treehouse: try sleeping high in the branches of a tree – but safely cocooned in one of six luxury treehouses at West Lexham estate, near King’s Lynn. westlexham.org

A windmill: the tower of Cley mill has been turned into a circular sitting room and cosy dining room on the ground floor and then a series of wonderful bedrooms with views over the marshes and sea. Right at the top is the Wheel Room with panoramic views from four windows, a four-poster bed and a shower room up a ladder at the very top of the mill. cleywindmill.co.uk

Appleton Water Tower, Sandringham. Photo: Landmark TrustAppleton Water Tower, Sandringham. Photo: Landmark Trust

An RAF control tower: The Control Tower, at Egmere, near Wells is converted from a 1940s air control building. It has been transformed into a modernist masterpiece, run as a vegetarian bed and breakfast. controltowerstays.com

A water tower: Appleton Water Tower, near regal residence Sandringham, has lofty lodgings fit for a king or queen. landmarktrust.org.uk

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A mansion: Voewood, near Holt, is one of the great Arts and Crafts houses of England, and the entire stunning butterfly-shaped house and its glorious gardens can be hired, with rooms for up to 42 people. voewood.com

A railway station: No trains have arrived since 1969, but guests can stay at the Old Station, Heacham, in the original waiting rooms and a railway carriage. oldstationheacham.com

A railway carriage: A railway carriage is standing at its own platform in Burnham Market has been converted into a luxurious bedroom as part of the Norfolk institution which is the The Hoste, just a 10 minute walk away. thehoste.com

Cool camping: Deepdale Camping at Burnham Deepdale has pitches for tents, campervans, motorhomes and trailer tents, plus a backpackers’ hostel, rooms and dormitories. deepdalebackpackers.co.uk

Alongside alpacas: at Ling’s Meadow, Hepworth, near Diss, a herd of alpacas lives close to the shepherd’s huts and bell tents. lingsmeadow.co.uk

A wilderness: wild camp and canoe at Alderfen Marshes, Surlingham. Hire equipment, fire pit and a canoe to paddle through the labyrinth of waterways. go-moco.co.uk

A chapel: Flitcham Methodist Chapel is a three-bedroom holiday home, with games room, on the Sandringham estate. sykescottages.co.uk

A church: Church camping, or champing, is a wonderful way to experience the soaring Gothic architecture of Booton church, near Reepham. champing.co.uk

A shepherd’s hut: Wheeled huts for lambing time have become idyllic accommodation. The English Shepherds Hut Company, of Rackheath, has made the UK’s biggest hut, with luxury bathroom, for Top Farm near Aylsham. Its huts also star at Wild With Nature glamping near Attleborough. top-farm.info / wildwithnature.co.uk

Please check with each venue for availability and for up-to-date booking information.

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