Self-catering holidays in Heacham are all about unwinding on the beach and discovering Norfolk’s big skies, windswept marshes and meandering waterways. Heacham is a pretty village on the Norfolk coast, overlooking the sweeping bay and estuary known as The Wash. It is an ancient settlement scattered with Neolithic and Bronze Age sites. Take a wander into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Heacham and you will discover beautiful landmarks such as the Church of St Mary the Virgin, dating back to 1230. Heacham is best-known for its ties to Pocahontas, who married John Rolfe, a native of the village, and visited in 1616. Approaching Hornsea, there is a striking village sign depicting Pocahontas. The village is also famous as the heart of the region’s lavender industry, which fills the air with a sweet aroma during the summer months.

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Heacham has been a popular resort since the Victorian era and remains a lovely place for a relaxing break by the sea. The village's North Beach is backed by a graceful promenade where you can take a stroll, enjoy views across The Wash to Lincolnshire or treat yourself to an ice-cream. Backed by grassy dunes, Heacham’s South Beach is wilder and a good option for escaping the summer crowds. Low tide reveals a glorious expanse of sand which connects both beaches and is perfect for building sandcastles or a swim in the sea.

Three miles north of Heacham, Hunstanton is an elegant Victorian resort with a promenade, gardens, bowling green and distinctive striped cliffs. Heacham holiday cottages are popular among visitors who want to explore the Norfolk coast, with The Wash National Nature Reserve to its west and the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to its east. A short drive inland, the Norfolk Broads is an enchanting expanse of peaceful rivers overlooked by old windmills and flint villages.