The small North Norfolk Village of Stanhoe is everybody’s idea of the archetypal English village, with a duck pond at its heart, a traditional pub (The Duck Inn) and some architecturally distinguished houses built from traditional materials of flint, brick and chalk. Many of these are holiday homes welcoming visitors all year round. Stanhoe lies not far from the East coast near the attractive resort of Visit Wells-Next-the-Sea, known locally as just Wells, with its peaceful beach lined with quirky beach huts and the colourful harbour.
The Reading Room, as Stanhoe’s Village Hall is known, also doubles as a cinema; The Stanhoe Village Screen. Take in a film and then head to the pub for drinks afterwards before walking home to your holiday cottage. The Duck Inn is a family-run pub and restaurant where the best of tasty local produce is a feature of its menu.
The nearest towns are Fakenham and Lings Lynn, both meriting sufficient historic appeal and sights to merit day trips. The closest city is Norwich, a marvellous historic city with many heritage sites and interesting museums, shops and galleries to visit. There is also a vintage market place, with brightly coloured stalls filled with local produce and arts and crafts for you to buy and sample.
There are some fine National Trust properties in Norfolk within an easy drive of Stanhoe. These include the impressive Blickling Hall, a Jacobean manor house once the home of the Boleyn family, Felbrigg Hall with its beautiful gardens and grounds, Oxburgh Hall, a moated manor house near Swaffham and the Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the North Norfolk coast. Other nearby towns and village worth exploring include the coastal resort of Hunstanton and Burnham Market. The latter is a large reputed to be the location for Norfolk’s best restaurants as well as a mix of trendy and traditional shops.