December’s hidden gem – Holme-next-the-Sea
Holme-next-the-Sea is our December hidden gem. The small village of Holme-next-the-Sea sits on the beautiful north-west Norfolk coast, three miles from Hunstanton and two miles from Thornham. Holme-next-the-Sea sits on the northern end of Peddars Way, with lots of walking and cycling opportunities nearby. The village is located within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it’s clear to see why, with two gorgeous beaches running alongside the village; one beach at the end of the beach road and one is a little further east which runs alongside the Holme Dunes Nature Reserve. The beautiful wide sandy beach is where ‘Seahenge’ was discovered in 1998 - the 4000-year-old 55 oak timber posts are now on display in a museum in Kings Lynn.
The Holme Dunes Nature Reserve offers various delightful coastal walks through the varied habitats of the reserve including a Corsican Pine. The dunes are home to migrating birds as well as other wildlife, such as natterjack toads, butterflies and dragonflies. The well-known RSPB Titchwell Reserve is just four miles away and offers picturesque reedbeds and shallow lagoons, which are home to avocets, bearded tits and marsh harriers.
The traditional seaside town of Hunstanton is only three miles away and offers a range of family fun with its promenade, fairground rides, oasis swimming pool and Sealife centre.
There are plenty of options to eat out in this area of the county; The White Horse, located within the small village, is a real family and dog friendly pub with an excellent beer garden to enjoy the summer sun in. For a more contemporary feel, why not travel a little further and head to The Orange Tree in Thornham - this award-winning pub serves delicious meals using the best locally sourced ingredients.
This luxurious semi-detached bungalow is situated on the eastern edge of the village and sleeps four and welcomes two dogs. Waxwings has been sympathetically modernised and now offers a very well equipped, spacious and comfortable holiday retreat.
Sleeping five, The Coach House sits in the grounds of the owner’s 1700s period property which was built for the uncle of Horatio Nelson. This spacious holiday home has been beautifully restored and now offers comfortable, stylish accommodation.
Sleeping eight and welcoming three dogs, this 300-year-old cottage is ideal for a family retreat to the Norfolk coast. This wonderful cottage, complete with a separate annex, boasts a large enclosed garden which can be enjoyed throughout the year.