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North Norfolk – A Fabulous 3-Night Stay at The White House

the white house Burnham market

If you are looking for North Norfolk accommodation in or around Burnham Market, then I have just the place for you! In early March, we had the absolute pleasure of staying at The White House which is set in a stunning location midway between the North Norfolk Coast hotspots of Brancaster Beach and Burnham Market.

This luxury flint-and-white Georgian mansion has 12 rooms, serving breakfast every day and the restaurant, Acre at the White House, is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. They also offer a ‘White House Classics’ menu the rest of the week at 7 pm.

The Drive to North Norfolk

four different images of Cambridge

We set off early on Friday morning for the 4-hour drive and decided to stop off at Cambridge quickly as we had never been to the University city before. We had about an hour to wander around the blossom-filled streets and grab a quick bit of lunch before we headed off to North Norfolk.

Arriving at The White House, North Norfolk

the white house living room with fire lit and red walls
The White House, hotel, B&B, Norfolk

After around an hour of panic, we realised we were running out of fuel (jazz hands spring to mind when it comes to The Boyden holiday prep!) and couldn’t find any petrol stations that had diesel because North Norfolk really is the back and beyond, we made it to The White House just as it was starting to get dark. Thankfully we were greeted warmly by a member of staff and a cosy fire.

The kids needed to stretch their legs so we had a quick wander around the accommodation and were immediately transported to a place of warmth and tranquillity. The lounge is decorated in beautifully rich colours with large and cosy oversized sofas that are wrapped around a wood burner.

big double doors leading into a living room with red walls, a large fireplace and TV

The wood burner had been lit and even though the lounge has extremely high ceilings and huge sash windows overlooking the grounds, it made the room feel inviting and homely. The lounge also displays some wonderful pieces of art by local artists which I thought was a wonderful and thoughtful touch.

4 pictures of red living room in a luxury hotel
Beautiful and cosy decor
a large living room with vintage decor in a luxury hotel

Leading from the lounge is another generous-sized room with a large table which is perfect for big gatherings or for families to sit around and play one of the many board games that are dotted around the room.

a bar with a fridge and shelves with glasses
The honesty bar at The White House

In here you’ll find some more invitingly comfy loaf sofas where you can unwind with a book and admire the aspect looking out towards the garden and grounds. They also have a well-stocked honesty bar with nibbles, wine, beer and soft drinks for the kids.

some polaroid photos of a bar, seating area and cozy green sofa

Our Room for the Weekend

a large king size bed with lots of cushions and wall lights
a bedroom painted in grey with fireplace

After grabbing a well-deserved G&T from the honesty bar, we headed upstairs to our room in The White House for the weekend. We stayed in Bedroom 9 which consists of a Super King size bed with an extra bed or twin beds for a family.

two beds for kids at a hotel

The room is calming and fresh, decorated in grey and white with original features like fireplaces and sash windows and can be divided with large curtains so your children can get to sleep undisturbed (or should that be us adults?).

The Bathroom

a grey bathroom with stand alone bath and grey panelling

We walked through the divided section into a smaller part of the room with wonderful views over The White House courtyard and grounds. Twin beds had been set up for the children and on the left was a very generous en-suite bathroom which was beautifully done.

Marble flooring, grey panelling and walls, vintage style sink and a painted grey roll-top bath (if you want to know how to paint your bath, click here) with a walk-in shower made this the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the windswept beaches of Norfolk.

Good Morning!

a breakfast room at the white house in north norfolk

After a comfortable night’s sleep in the luxurious super king-size bed, we woke up early, excited for our day ahead of exploring the surrounding countryside. We wandered downstairs to the contemporary and spacious dining area to have breakfast.

a breakfast room at a hotel with black and white checked flooring and glass lanterns

They had a delicious spread on the table of fruit, cereals, Danish pastries and fruit juice and a separate menu where you could order anything from bacon sandwiches to Eggs Benedict. The food was served quickly by the friendly staff and they told us the best places to explore around the local area, so we packed some fruit and off we went.

Morston and Blakeney National Nature Reserve

the lookout point at Morston and Blakeney National Nature Reserve

The first stop was Morston and the Blakeney National Nature Reserve where we were hoping to see some Seals! The scenery is stunning, you can see for miles across the reserve from the National Trust lookout point so we decided to take a walk out towards the sea.

As usual, my daughter was wearing inappropriate footwear and after getting stuck in the mud several times and the kids moaning about the damp weather, we decided to forget the boat trip to see the seals and head to Wells-Next-The-Sea instead.


wells-next-the-sea waterfront with it famous suspended building

Wells-Next-The-Sea is a small seaside town situated around a harbour and only a 15-minute drive from The White House. It is famous for its iconic overhanging harbour gantry and crab fishing in the town which is dotted with ice cream parlours and fish and chip shops.

fishing vessel in wells-next-the-sea

It has an award-winning expansive beach which is dotted with wonderfully colourful beach huts. We grabbed some fish and chips and took a walk along the harbour where we did a bit of crab fishing and admired the quaint seaside cottages dotted along the seafront.

The Beach

the colourful beach huts at wells-next-the-sea

We then headed down to the beach so my daughter could cry for an hour because she had some sand in her shoes. It’s a beach little one, take your shoes off and enjoy it (being Cornish, I often question if my daughter is actually mine? Haha).

a collection of polaroid pictures showcasing Wells-next-the-sea beach

The beach at Wells-next-the-Sea is a picturesque and serene stretch of coastline. It is renowned for its vast expanses of soft, golden sands framed by a backdrop of lush pine woodlands, this beach offers a tranquil escape into nature.

As you step onto the beach, you’re greeted by the iconic, brightly coloured beach huts that line the shore, each with its own unique charm, adding a vibrant splash of colour to the landscape.

a beach cafe with lots of hanging lanterns

The beach also has a fantastic café and toilets and even on a cold and brisk Saturday afternoon in March, it was thriving.

In the evening, we headed to the White Horse in Brancaster Straithe for dinner. One of the main reasons we want to head back to North Norfolk is so we can go to the White Horse during the day and eat on the veranda. It was pitch black when we were there but you could sense that the views would be amazing.

the White Horse in Brancaster Straithe
The White Horse in Brancaster Straithe

Burnham Market

twenty9 restaurant in Burnham Market

The next morning, filling ourselves up with fruit, plenty of freshly made coffee and a full fry-up, we headed into the nearest town of Burnham Market. It has a wonderful high street that is lively but traditional and has a stream running right through the centre of the village, over the road and through the green which amused me greatly.

a stream running through a green of a village

There are some fabulous independent shops, a traditional post office and butchers, several trendy restaurants and pubs and even its own home interior shop!

Burnham market high street

Holkham Estate and Beach

a selection of polaroids of the beach at Holkham and wooden paths and pine trees

Finally, before we sadly had to head back home to Sussex, we had to visit Holkham estate and beach. So many people from the area had recommended it and it didn’t disappoint.

holkham beach
Sand dunes at Holkham Beach

The landscape is stunning with pine forests, nature trails and endless beaches covered with dunes. The whole area is a designated nature reserve and you can see that the Holkham Estate really puts the beautifully bio-diverse environment before tourism!

a girl looking out over sand dunes and at the sea
My daughter wishing she could be on a pony instead
The cafe and information point at The Lookout
The cafe and information point at The Lookout
a view over a nature reserve
Views across the nature reserve, perfect for watching wildlife

We adored North Norfolk and it is somewhere we will definitely go back to again. The beaches, villages and countryside are imposing, dramatic, beautiful and unspoilt and being a proud Cornish woman, I’d say they could even rival that of my favourite county (Kernow to those of you in the know!)

And if you’re looking for North Norfolk accommodation, you’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere better than The White House.

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