For a fine choice of self catering cottages on the North Norfolk coast, look no further than the lovely seaside town of Blakeney. Originating as a busy medieval port until the estuary rose preventing all but private sail boats from entering. The silting of the estuary, however, has deposited some fascinating mud flat patterns. Sand hills and marshes are left winding their way around Blakeney.

The town itself is set upon a hill leading down to the harbour which is full of colourful local boats all tied up to the promenade beside the row of beautiful old houses. Keep a keen eye out for the seals that frolic among the mud flats in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take a boat trip around the shoreline and learn about the teeming wildlife within this natural habitat.

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The Manor is a luxuriously-appointed Grade II listed rural cottage set among 1.5 acres of gorgeous gardens near Blakeney in Gloucestershire. The pet-friendly property boasts elegance, an open fire, secret doors, unique bedrooms, style, exposed beams and stone and a heated swimming pool.

Take a country stroll to Blakeney Point and have a look at the National Nature Reserve, where you can bird watch, sail or take part in conservation activities with the rest of the community.

Leaving Blakeney, the nearest city is Norwich – a vibrant city with a bright atmosphere and an eclectic mix of retail and dining. Visit the colourful market place and purchase some of the local produce or crafts – or take a wander through the large shopping centre with big and popular shopping names.

Even if you’re simply using Blakeney as a base, it’ll still provide everything you need for a perfect family holiday.