Oyster House Bed and Breakfast Norfolk

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Richard Long exhibition at Houghton Hall

Close to Houghton Hall for the new Richard Long exhibition. En suite rooms available from £75 per room per night including award winning breakfast.  Please ring Veronica on 01485 528327 or 0776 9564888 to reserve your room.

 

North Norfolk Coast Burnham Market & Sandringham

Oyster House is an excellent base from which to visit the North Norfolk Coast. Famous for its big skys and sandy beaches it is the perfect place for a spring break.  En suite rooms availalbe from £75 per night including award winning breakfast using locally produced ingredients. Please phone Veronica on 0776 9564888 to book.

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Things to Do

Oyster House is conveniently positioned to see and explore all that North Norfolk has to offer. The local area, while perhaps less well-known than the nearby coastal villages, is predominantly farming country but is distinctive and atttractive in its own way. And Oyster House's good road connections mean its a relatively short ride to a huge array of visitor attractions and activities for every taste...

Castle Rising
Castle Rising

Oxburgh Hall
Oxburgh Hall

The North Norfolk Coast

From the edge of the Wash up round to Cromer, North Norfolk's coastline boasts some stunning open sandy beaches as well as miles of unspoilt saltmarshes and creeks. Dotted along its length are tiny villages and harbours, some with splendid buildings that tell of a more prosperous age. Our nearest beach is around 20 minutes drive at Brancaster.

Historic Houses and Estates

The magnificent Houghton Hall and its stunning gardens and deer park is more or less on our doorstep and we are only a short hop from the splendour of the Royal Estate at Sandringham. A short car ride will also take you the historic Holkham Hall just outside Wells or further into Norfolk to Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall... but alongside these big name estates, visitors shouldn't miss the remarkably unspoilt and original 15C moated manor house at Oxburgh Hall or nearby 12C Castle Rising, one of the best-surviving keeps and earthworks of its time anywhere in the UK.

Castle Acre, with both its ruined castle and priory, is also a good day out... the village is pretty too and has range of pubs and restuarants. Near the coast, there's the ruins of Binham Priory and, further off the beaten track, superbly complete bronze-age earthworks at Warham Camp. Nearby Kings Lynn rather hides its heritage as a once great maritime centre but it's there for those who care to look and an afternoon or full day exploring will unearth some real treasures.

The Peddars Way
Peddars Way Path

Walking

North Norfolk is cross-crossed with many beautiful and interesting walks. Oyster House is just over three miles from the Peddars Way long distance path which follows the almost straight 46 mile route of a former Roman Road in remarkable isolation from south of Thetford up to the coast at Holme next the Sea. The Peddars Way meets up with the Norfolk Coast path, providing 44 miles of surprisingly varied and beautiful walking from Hunstanton to Cromer. However, you don't have to be a serious walker to enjoy the area... there are numerous small paths and circular walks and you can just dip into a short section of one of the longer paths. The coast path in particular is well served by the Coasthopper bus service and it's quite feasible to walk as little or as much as you fancy and then hop the bus back to your starting point. If you just fancy a stroll from your room, there's some nice paths around Oyster House and the village... please ask for a leaflet.

Cycling

This is a lovely area to explore by bike... it's easy to find quiet lanes and tracks away from traffic and there are several way-marked long distance routes if you don't want to just go off in your own direction. Bikes can be hired locally for the day or a few hours or we can accommodate them if you bring them with you.

Bird watching

Norfolk is a mecca for birdwatchers, with rare inland species mingling with sea birds and a shifting population of visiting and over-wintering species. The well-known reserves at Titchwell, Holme and Cley marshes are all within half an hour, as are the waterfowl gardens at Pensthorpe, the home of the Springwatch TV series for the past three years, but the area has many hides and hotspots all within easy reach of West Rudham.

Other attractions

Seal trip boat
Seal watching at Blakeney

North Norfolk Railway
North Norfolk Railway

For family days-out, try the Thursford collection of fairground organs and rides, the military museum at Muckleburgh, the Dinosaur Park at Lenwade or, for the very active and at least mildy brave, the superb Extreeme adventure high-ropes course. The area has several golf courses, swimming pools and sports facilities. Sailing tuition (and on occasions boat hire) is available at Brancaster, Wells-next-the-Sea and Blakeney. Trips out to see the seals from Morston or Blakeney quay have long been a 'must do' for visitors but these days the more adventurous can also try their hand at sea angling from Wells or Brancaster.

Towns and shopping

The city of Norwich is around an hour's drive away and offers ample opportunity for retail therapy with a wide range of independent shops as well as more usual chains, along with a vibrant theatre, cinema, arts and music scene. More locally, Fakenham is well known for its regular antiques and home auctions as well as its traditional market and, more recently, an excellent once-a-month farmer's market featuring local produce. For gifts, clothes, arts and more exotic shopping, both Burnham Market and the Georgian market town of Holt are popular.