The village of Overstrand lies on the north Norfolk coast, two miles east of Cromer. Its vast, sandy beach is backed by low, grassy cliffs and divided by wooden groynes which jut into the North Sea. A steep path descends from the clifftop to the shore, where there is no shortage of space for buildings sandcastles, swimming or walks towards Cromer or Mundesley. Overstrand started life as a fishing village, and boats can still be seen, coming ashore with fresh crab and lobster at the end of the day. Cliff Top Café is a great spot for coffee or ice-cream, with beautiful views along the coast.
Most holiday cottages in Overstrand are a short stroll from the beach, in the village centre. Overstrand Stores and Post Office sells all the essentials for a day by the sea, and the White Horse is a welcoming inn, serving local ales and classic pub food. Overstrand is known for its extravagant architecture, including many beautiful flint homes which were built as accommodation for wealthy holidaymakers. You can’t miss The Sea Marge, an Edwardian mansion, built in 1908 for a London banker, in the middle of the village. Exploring from your holiday cottage in Overstrand, you will notice black and white timber terraces and art deco homes, many of which have impressive gardens overlooking the sea. At the edge of the village, the church of St Martin dates back to reign of King Henry IV, with exquisite stained-glass windows.
The walk to Cromer is popular with visitors on self-catering holidays in Overstrand. A footpath meanders over the cliffs, passing Cromer Lighthouse before arriving in the town, where a graceful promenade overlooks a sandy beach with a Victorian pleasure pier and a maze of rockpools. There is a small children’s theme park on the seafront, and a variety of family-run cafes and shops in the village centre, overlooking the beach.