Plan the perfect coastal weekend in North Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 11:40 11 September 2019 | UPDATED: 16:12 11 September 2019
North Norfolk is known for its big open skies, unspoilt coastline and cosy places to stay, eat and drink. We met the team at Titchwell Manor for advice on planning the perfect weekend break on the North Norfolk coast
What to do
- See some of Norfolk's best wildlife. From taking a boat trip to sea England's largest seal colony at Blakeney Point, observing the deer at Holkham Hall or bird watching at Titchwell Marsh, there are many opportunities to experience some fascinating fauna in North Norfolk.
- Walk the beautiful Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail which spans nearly 130 miles in total, and takes in almost the entire Norfolk Coast including North Norfolk's secluded beaches. With many short walks criss-crossing the trail, on this trail you are sure to find a stimulating route. There's a great 4.5-mile circular walk through Brancaster, Titchwell and Titchwell Marsh which can be found on the Norfolk County Council website. Make sure to bring your dog along for long beach walks!
- Shopping in North Norfolk. There are plenty of pretty boutique shops, delicatessens and artisan makers in the small towns of North Norfolk. Wander through Burnham Market and stumble upon Burnham Market Stores for some groceries, Hamilton Antiques for a hidden gem or the rustic Gurney's Fish Shop for fresh Norfolk seafood to take back home with you.
Where to stay
For a refreshing short break, escape to Titchwell Manor. This North Norfolk hotel strikes the perfect balance between luxury and comfort. There are 26 individually-decorated bedrooms ranging in size with nods to the nautical. Two of the signature rooms have hot tubs, and many have coffee machines and mini bars.
Eight of the rooms are dog-friendly, so comfort awaits you and your pooch after a long ramble along the beach. General Manager Andrew McPherson adds "four of the rooms have access straight onto a meadow with patio doors opening out. Guests love sitting out there in the morning with a coffee". Dogs are greeted on arrival with dog bed, towel, biscuits and walking map.
Where to eat and drink
Titchwell's restaurant and bar serve a menu of seasonally changing dishes that make the most of Norfolk produce which is sometimes even foraged in the local area. Enjoy the modern European menu in the casual bar area with your dog by your feet, or the formal conservatory restaurant that overlooks the garden.
Head Chef Christopher Mann explains, "At the bar end, we can open up the terrace doors in the summer and there is also a snack board so guests can enjoy local oysters and more al fresco."
Titchwell Manor: the perfect base to explore the North Norfolk coast
Titchwell Manor is conveniently located near to lots of landmarks and attractions that make Norfolk such a great spot for a weekend away including stately homes, historical windmills, nature reserves, small market towns, railway trips and lavender fields.
The family run hotel is a local gem, as chef/owner Eric Snaith sums up: "It's about giving people a really relaxed experience with comfortable bedrooms, a touch of luxury, attention to detail and some really good food, drink and customer service."