The traditional market town of Fakenham lies on the banks of the River Wensum, 25 miles from the city of Norwich. With its thriving market, independent shops and beautiful waterside, it is an excellent base from which to explore the county. Wandering through the pedestrianised town centre from your Fakenham holiday cottage, you will discover a variety of family-run shops and eateries. The Wisteria is a lovely café, serving good coffee, homemade cake and a variety of dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients, while the Old Forge is a renowned seafood restaurant. Self-catering holidays in Fakenham would be incomplete without a pint of ale at one of the town’s historic pubs. The Running Horse, The Limes and The Crown are all long-running favourites.
If you need a quiet break, try escaping to Teapot Cottage which is a charming little property sitting on the end of a small terrace of Norfolk Flint cottages in the tiny village of Helhoughton. Peacefully situated in the countryside but only 4 miles from the market town of Fakenham.
Owl Barn near the quaint village of Sculthorpe near Fakenham in Norfolk offers luxury upside-down accommodation for up to eight guests within a small development of farm buildings, a countryside cottage with underfloor heating, vaulted first-floor living area and four ground-floor bedrooms.
Surrounded by 200 acres of private woodland in North Norfolk, Bear’s Cottage is a grand rural cottage offering seclusion and sophistication. Located near Fakenham, the pet-friendly cottage offers wonderful grounds, traditional character, modern luxury and an open fire, plus rare peace and quiet.
Fakenham’s many historic buildings include a graceful parish church, the tower of which dominates the skyline for miles around. The town has a rich printing heritage, and printing blocks can still be seen on the surface of the marketplace. A market has been held in Fakenham since 1250, and is the place to go for the best fresh produce from the Norfolk countryside. Goods have also been traded at the Corn Hall and Flea Market for centuries. The Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is well worth a visit, featuring the country’s only remaining gasworks, complete with all the equipment needed to produce gas from coal.
Horse-racing at Fakenham Racecourse is another popular day out near Fakenham holiday cottages, while just outside the town, Pensthorpe Natural Park is home to 700 acres of riverside, woods and lakes. 10 miles north of Fakenham, the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to remote beaches, dunes, marshes and clifftop walks. A scenic drive southeast, Norwich is a beautiful city with a cathedral, a castle and some of Norfolk’s best restaurants.