Local attractions

Stanhoe is in an ideal position for visiting the beaches and salt marshes of the north Norfolk coast, which are popular with families, birders and walkers. Holkham beach has a lovely combination of miles of sand and dunes backed by shady pine woods, with hides for watching the geese that overwinter on this stretch of coast.

You can sail at Brancaster Staithe or Burnham Overy Staithe, take trips to see the seals at Scolt Head, crab at Wells quay, visit stately homes and lovely churches, explore nature reserves and relax in more than a few decent pubs and restaurants. Burnham Market is a popular destination, and the coast road has lots of places to buy fish and seafood straight off local boats. There's horseracing and farmers' markets at Fakenham, and Wells still has a sixties feel with buckets and spades and candyfloss. The coast attracts artists and photographers too and there are plenty of exhibitions and galleries to browse.

Or you can relax at the cottage. Stanhoe is a quiet village with a pub, a church and a children's playground. There are two duck ponds and we get ducks and moorhens in the garden - lovely in the spring when they bring in their young.

There are plenty of events throughout the year, so once you know the dates of your visit check out the local newspaper sites or see our Links page to find out if you'll catch the poetry festival at Wells, a concert at Holkham Hall or one of the local village open garden days.