UK : Mundesley, Norfolk 2016

Having already had our main vacation for the year, we were invited to join our daughter for a week down on the Norfolk coast.

Over the years we have spent many a holiday or short break in this pleasant county, but mainly in the broads area, or actually ON the broads – so this was a first for us.

Our daughter and family were staying in a lovely little cottage in Walcott and we managed to grab a last minute deal through Ketts Cottages at the Mundesley Holiday Village.

The village has been around for a while, consisting of some old style 50’s chalets in a quiet position by the beach and just outside the outskirts of Mundersley village.  But don’t let that put you off – the new owners have very cleverly refurbished the old chalets to a very high specification.    And the plans don’t stop there, with additions of large luxury mobile homes to supplement the existing chalets already underway.

The village is set in large grounds perfect for dog walkers, and just a short walk through a gate at the rear of property leads to the cliff face path which leads gently down into Mundesley village.

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The beaches are pristine and we were surprised that this has remained undiscovered by us for all these years.

Mundesley village is 5 minutes up the road, while Walcott is 5 minutes in the other direction, passing through Bacton On Sea that has a very popular fish bar – be prepared to queue.

Right outside the entrance to Mundesley Holiday Village is the fantastically preserved Stow Mill, which serves as an excellent landmark to guide you back at the end of a busy day.  You just have to visit this.

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Mundesley is a perfect base for exploring.   15 minutes drive north brings you to Cromer, and you are within minutes drive of Stalham (with a large Tesco’s ideal if you are self catering) and the northern tip of the broads.  Potter Heigham, Wroxham and all points in between are within easy reach.

We hired a day boat from Martham Ferry Boatyard and reacquainted ourselves with our passion for boating holidays – expect to see a review from a broads cruiser in the next couple of years.    There is something serene about trundling along on the broads in beautiful sunshine, nothing to stress about apart from the odd yacht that you have to negotiate with.

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While being a quiet part of the country, it is nevertheless stacked to the seams with attractions including country houses and gardens, museums and craft centres, steam railways, excellent fishing and numerous other attractions – something for everyone.

There is also an abundance of places to eat at night, beyond the Bacton Fish Bar, and one place we can heartily recommend is the Lighthouse Inn in Walcott, serving excellent and inexpensive traditional “pub grub”, and providing extremely good children’s entertainment in a large marquis to the rear.  I know our granddaughters spent many an evening with the clowns and magicians.

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We can recommend both Mundesley Holiday Village and Ketts Cottages for excellent service before and during our stay, and would have no problem with returning in the future.

Robert and Sue  stayed at Mundesley Holiday Village, Norfolk UK in September 2016; they paid  full published self catering price for the holiday and received no payment or gratuity of any kind (from any of the businesses mentioned) for this review. 

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