Norfolk Wildlife Trust and RSPB Reserves

Norfolk Wildlife Trust and RSPB Reserves

 

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside, Barn Owl, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Kestrel, and Wren (known collectively as Boundary Stables) are wheelchair accessible, with facilities for visitors with limited mobility.

 

Many of our guests return year after year to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Norfolk countryside. Much of the Norfolk coast lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and several areas are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Norfolk is generally considered to be the UK’s bird-watching capital.

 

With extensive diversity in natural habitat, the Norfolk countryside supports a wide range of flora and fauna. Blakeney Freshes, for example, is a haven for the endangered European eel, a fish that migrates to Europe from the Sargasso Sea, and then begins the long journey back again when it reaches sexual maturity. The pied avocet, a bird that was at one time extinct in the UK, thrives in Norfolk more than anywhere else in Britain.

 

Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) – “where the future of wildlife is protected and enhanced through sympathetic management” – was the pioneer of UK wildlife trusts. Founded in 1926 by a group of environmentalists with ideas ahead of their time, the NWT’s first reserve was Cley Marshes, with the intention that it would be held “in perpetuality as a bird breeding sanctuary”.

 

The Cley Marshes reserve (NR25 7SA), consisting of grazing marsh, saline lagoons, shingle beach, and reedbeds, supports large numbers of migrating waders, including the pied avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) – emblem of the RSPB and symbol of conservation success. Cley Marshes, a designated SSSI, is one of the best places in the country to see this black-and-white beauty.

 

NWT’s Hickling Broad is less than seven miles from Happisburgh. Hickling Broad is a shallow, brackish body of water, whose large reed-bed supports a wide range of flora. The marsh harrier and the bittern can be seen all year round at Hickling Broad.

 

Please note that when visiting a Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve, the NWT’s No Dogs policy means that dogs are restricted to certain areas and footpaths.

 

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) was founded in 1889 as the Plumage League. The main focus of this group was a campaign against the slaughter of birds for their feathers. The society, which became the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1904.

 

RSPB Strumpshaw Fen (NR13 4HS) is only about 20 miles from Happisburgh. Disabled access is limited, but full details are given on the website. At Strumpshaw, visitors have a good chance of spotting marsh harriers, bitterns, and kingfishers.

 

RSBP Snettisham (PE31 7RA), an area of tidal mudflats, saltmarsh, and shingle beach, is home to thousands of wading birds. Although not all of the trails are suitable for visitors with limited mobility, several of the observation hides are specially adapted for wheelchair users. Well-behaved dogs, on leads, are welcome.

 

In the reedbeds, saltmarsh, and freshwater lagoons of RSPB Titchwell Marsh (PE31 8BB), you’re sure to see the avocet. Much of Titchwell Marsh is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs; disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities are available.

 

At Boundary Stables, we welcome dogs and other pets at no extra charge.

Visitantes Europeos en Boundary Stables casasde vacaciones

A los británicos nos encanta visitar otros países europeos, sumergiéndonos durante una semana o dos en la cultura de una nación anfitriona. No es sorprendente que muchos de nuestros vecinos europeos compartan esta pasión por los viajes, y desean experimentar las variadas culturas y paisajes de una nación insular que se ha separado físicamente del continente principal durante solo 8,000 años. Norfolk, en particular, tiene mucho que ofrecer a los turistas del extranjero.

La estrecha franja de agua que nos separa de nuestros vecinos de ninguna manera ha aislado al Reino Unido históricamente. Nuestro idioma es una rica mezcla evolutiva de idiomas europeos más antiguos; los vikingos nos enseñaron los ideales de la ley y la democracia; de los romanos, heredamos la infraestructura de la civilización moderna; y algunos de los comercios más creativos de Norfolk, como el tejido, la impresión y la pintura, se desarrollaron con la influencia de los inmigrantes holandeses y flamencos.

Norfolk puede presumir de una rica cultura artística. Los conciertos musicales, exposiciones de arte y producciones teatrales abundan en el condado, y muchos trabajos literarios son producidos por residentes de Norfolk. En Norwich, que se encuentra a solo 20 millas de Happisburgh, hay no menos de seis teatros, incluido el Norwich Arts Centre en St. Benedict’s Street, que ha sido aclamado como el “Mejor lugar pequeño de Gran Bretaña”.

Cada año, 500,000 turistas alemanes de vacaciones en el Reino Unido, y casi el 20% de estos visitantes se quedan en los centros turísticos costeros como el encantador y tranquilo pueblo de Happisburgh. Boundary Stables, un conjunto de cinco casas de vacaciones de una planta en Happisburgh, en la costa de Norfolk, es el lugar perfecto desde donde realizar excursiones a Norwich, con su castillo y dos catedrales, o a la hermosa ciudad universitaria de Cambridge, aproximadamente dos horas de Drive de Boundary Stables. Nuestros huéspedes alemanes generalmente incluyen un día de viaje a Cambridge en su itinerario.

Pero no son solo los alemanes los que disfrutan explorando el patrimonio británico. Las visitas de los españoles van en aumento, y los turistas franceses, que representan el mayor grupo nacional que visita el Reino Unido, también están encantados con lo que ven. Uno de nuestros huéspedes franceses hizo la observación de que los británicos parecen totalmente cómodos con “una mezcla viva de lo viejo y lo nuevo”.

Sandringham Estate es el refugio de Norfolk de Su Majestad la Reina Isabel II, quien, en 1977 (su año del Aniversario de Plata), expresó su deseo de que Sandringham House se abriera al público. Fue el bisabuelo de la reina Isabel, el rey Eduardo VII, quien abrió por primera vez los jardines al público en 1908. El rey Jorge VI, que murió en Sandringham en 1952, dijo de su casa: “Siempre he sido tan feliz aquí, y yo amo el lugar “. Su padre, George V, que también murió allí, dijo sobre la amada casa familiar:” mi querido Sandringham, el lugar que amo más que en ningún otro lugar del mundo “.

Sandringham Estate, aproximadamente a 58 millas de Happisburgh, bien merece una visita. En los terrenos, encontrará lugares para comer, beber y comprar, y la entrada a gran parte de la propiedad es gratuita.

Hay muchas propiedades pintorescas para visitar en Norfolk. Pero si busca algo un poco menos cultivado, siempre existe el Parque Nacional Broads, una red de agua y marismas que admite una gran variedad de vida silvestre en hábitats de enorme diversidad ecológica. Los entusiastas de las aves viajan a Norfolk desde toda Europa para ver algunas de las raras aves que prosperan aquí, y el Parque Nacional Broads (conocido simplemente como The Broads) ha estado en el centro de muchos estudios biológicos y ecológicos internacionales.

Pero parece que el viejo pub británico es la verdadera estrella del espectáculo cuando se trata de impresionar a los visitantes extranjeros. Castillos y catedrales, teatros y casas señoriales, playas y reservas naturales … ¡ninguno de estos es el centro de atención cuando hay un pub a la vuelta de la esquina!

Visitatori europei alle case per le vacanze delle Boundary Stables

Visitatori europei alle case per le vacanze delle scuderie

Noi inglesi amiamo visitare altri paesi europei, immergendoci per una settimana o due nella cultura di una nazione ospitante. Non a caso, molti dei nostri vicini europei condividono questa voglia di viaggiare e sono desiderosi di sperimentare le varie culture e i paesaggi di una nazione insulare che è stata fisicamente separata dal continente per soli 8.000 anni. Norfolk, in particolare, ha molto da offrire ai turisti stranieri.

La stretta fascia d’acqua che ci divide dai nostri vicini non ha in alcun modo isolato il Regno Unito storicamente. La nostra lingua è una miscela evolutiva ricca di lingue europee più vecchie; i vichinghi ci hanno insegnato gli ideali della legge e della democrazia; dai Romani, abbiamo ereditato l’infrastruttura della civiltà moderna; e alcuni dei mestieri più creativi del Norfolk – come la tessitura, la stampa e la pittura – sono stati sviluppati con l’influenza degli immigrati olandesi e fiamminghi.

Il Norfolk può vantare una ricca cultura artistica. I concerti musicali, le mostre d’arte e le produzioni teatrali sono abbondanti nella contea, e molte opere letterarie sono prodotte dai residenti di Norfolk. A Norwich, a soli 32 chilometri da Happisburgh, ci sono non meno di sei teatri, tra cui il Norwich Arts Centre in St. Benedict’s Street, che è stato definito “il miglior locale britannico”.

Ogni anno, 500.000 turisti tedeschi vanno in vacanza nel Regno Unito e quasi il 20% di questi visitatori si fermano in località balneari come il grazioso e tranquillo villaggio di Happisburgh. Boundary Stables, un gruppo di cinque cottage ad un piano a Happisburgh, sulla costa del Norfolk, è il luogo ideale da cui fare escursioni a Norwich, con il suo castello e due cattedrali, o alla bellissima città universitaria di Cambridge, circa due ore di viaggio da Boundary Stables. I nostri ospiti tedeschi di solito includono una gita di un giorno a Cambridge sul loro itinerario!

Ma non sono solo i tedeschi che amano esplorare l’eredità britannica. Le visite degli spagnoli sono in aumento e anche i turisti francesi, che rappresentano il più grande gruppo nazionale in visita nel Regno Unito, sono affascinati da ciò che vedono. Uno dei nostri ospiti francesi ha osservato che gli inglesi sembrano totalmente a proprio agio con “un vivace mix di vecchio e nuovo”.

Sandringham Estate è il ritiro di Norfolk di Sua Maestà la Regina Elisabetta II, che nel 1977 (il suo anno del Giubileo d’argento) espresse l’auspicio che Sandringham House fosse aperta al pubblico. Fu il bisnonno della regina Elisabetta, re Edoardo VII, che per primo aprì i giardini al pubblico nel 1908. Il re Giorgio VI, morto a Sandringham nel 1952, disse della sua casa: “Sono sempre stato così felice qui, e io Adoro il posto. “Suo padre, George V, che è anche morto lì, ha detto dell’amata casa di famiglia:” caro vecchio Sandringham, il posto che amo meglio di qualsiasi altra parte del mondo. ”

La proprietà di Sandringham, a circa 58 miglia da Happisburgh, merita sicuramente una visita. Nella proprietà, troverete posti dove mangiare, bere e fare shopping, e l’ingresso in gran parte della tenuta è gratuito.

Ci sono molte proprietà pittoresche da visitare a Norfolk. Ma se stai cercando qualcosa di un po ‘meno coltivato, c’è sempre il Broads National Park – una rete di acqua e paludi che supporta una grande varietà di fauna selvatica in habitat di enorme diversità ecologica. Gli appassionati di uccelli si recano nel Norfolk da tutta Europa per avvistare alcuni dei rari uccelli che prosperano qui, e il Broads National Park (noto semplicemente come The Broads) è stato al centro di molti studi biologici ed ecologici internazionali.

Ma sembra che il caro vecchio pub inglese sia il vero protagonista dello spettacolo quando si tratta di impressionare i visitatori stranieri. Castelli e cattedrali, teatri e case signorili, spiagge e riserve naturali … nessuno di questi è al centro della scena quando c’è un pub dietro l’angolo!

Visiteurs européens à Boundary Stables Holiday Cottages

Visiteurs européens à Boundary Stables Holiday Cottages

Nous avons l’amour de visiter d’autres pays européens, nous immerger pendant une semaine ou deux dans la culture d’un pays hôte. Il n’est pas surprenant que beaucoup de nos voisins européens partagent cette envie d’aventure et souhaitent découvrir les cultures et les paysages variés d’une nation insulaire qui a été physiquement séparée du continent principal pendant seulement 8 000 ans. Norfolk, en particulier, a beaucoup à offrir aux vacanciers de l’étranger.

L’étroite bande d’eau qui nous sépare de nos voisins n’a jamais isolé le Royaume-Uni historiquement. Notre langue est un riche mélange évolutif de langues européennes plus anciennes; les Vikings nous ont enseigné les idéaux du droit et de la démocratie; des Romains, nous avons hérité de l’infrastructure de la civilisation moderne; et certains des métiers les plus créatifs de Norfolk – tels que le tissage, l’imprimerie et la peinture – ont été développés avec l’influence des immigrants néerlandais et flamands.

Norfolk peut se vanter d’une riche culture artistique. Les concerts musicaux, les expositions d’art et les productions théâtrales abondent dans le comté, et de nombreuses œuvres littéraires sont produites par les résidents de Norfolk. À Norwich, à seulement 20 milles d’Happisburgh, il y a pas moins de six théâtres, dont le Norwich Arts Centre de St. Benedict’s Street, qui a été salué comme «le meilleur petit lieu de Grande-Bretagne».

Chaque année, 500 000 touristes allemands passent leurs vacances au Royaume-Uni et près de 20% de ces visiteurs séjournent dans des stations balnéaires comme le charmant et paisible village de Happisburgh. Boundary Stables, un groupe de cinq chalets de plain-pied à Happisburgh, sur la côte du Norfolk, est l’endroit idéal pour faire des excursions à Norwich, avec son château et ses deux cathédrales, ou à la belle ville universitaire de Cambridge, environ deux heures de route de Boundary Stables. Nos invités allemands incluent généralement une excursion à Cambridge sur leur itinéraire!

Mais ce ne sont pas seulement les Allemands qui aiment explorer le patrimoine britannique. Les visites des Espagnols sont en augmentation, et les vacanciers français, qui représentent le plus grand groupe national à visiter le Royaume-Uni, sont également charmés par ce qu’ils voient. Un de nos invités français a fait remarquer que les Britanniques semblent totalement à l’aise avec «un mélange vivant d’ancien et de nouveau».

Sandringham Estate est la retraite de Norfolk de Sa Majesté la reine Elizabeth II, qui, en 1977 (son année du jubilé d’argent), a exprimé le souhait que Sandringham House soit ouverte au public. Ce fut l’arrière-grand-père de la reine Elizabeth, le roi Édouard VII, qui ouvrit les jardins au public en 1908. Le roi George VI, qui mourut à Sandringham en 1952, dit de sa maison: «J’ai toujours été si heureux ici. J’adore cet endroit. »Son père, George V, qui y mourut également, dit de la maison familiale bien-aimée:« Cher vieux Sandringham, l’endroit que j’aime le mieux que partout ailleurs dans le monde.

Sandringham Estate, à environ 58 km d’Happisburgh, vaut le détour. Dans le parc, vous trouverez des endroits pour manger, boire et faire du shopping, et l’accès à une grande partie du domaine est gratuit.

Il y a beaucoup de domaines pittoresques à visiter à Norfolk. Mais si vous cherchez quelque chose d’un peu moins cultivé, il y a toujours le parc national des Broads – un réseau d’eau et de marais qui supporte une grande variété d’animaux sauvages dans des habitats d’une énorme diversité écologique. Les amateurs d’oiseaux voyagent à Norfolk de toute l’Europe pour repérer quelques-uns des rares oiseaux qui y prospèrent, et le parc national des Broads (connu simplement comme The Broads) a été au centre de nombreuses études biologiques et écologiques internationales.

Mais il semble que le cher vieux pub britannique est la véritable star du spectacle quand il s’agit d’impressionner les visiteurs étrangers. Des châteaux et des cathédrales, des théâtres et des manoirs, des plages et des réserves naturelles … aucun d’entre eux ne prend le devant de la scène quand il y a un pub au coin de la rue!

Europäische Besucher in Boundary Stables Holiday Cottages

Europäische Besucher in Boundary Stables Holiday Cottages

Wir Briten lieben es, andere europäische Länder zu besuchen und tauchen ein oder zwei Wochen in die Kultur eines Gastlandes ein. Es überrascht nicht, dass viele unserer europäischen Nachbarn dieses Fernweh teilen und die vielfältigen Kulturen und Landschaften eines Inselstaates kennenlernen wollen, der für nur 8.000 Jahre vom Hauptkontinent physisch getrennt war. Insbesondere Norfolk hat Urlaubern aus dem Ausland einiges zu bieten.

Das schmale Wasserband, das uns von unseren Nachbarn trennt, hat das Vereinigte Königreich in keinster Weise isoliert. Unsere Sprache ist eine reiche evolutionäre Mischung älterer europäischer Sprachen; die Wikinger lehrten uns die Ideale von Gesetz und Demokratie; von den Römern erbten wir die Infrastruktur der modernen Zivilisation; und einige der kreativeren Berufe in Norfolk – wie Weben, Drucken und Malen – wurden mit dem Einfluss holländischer und flämischer Einwanderer entwickelt.

Norfolk kann sich einer reichen künstlerischen Kultur rühmen. Musikalische Konzerte, Kunstausstellungen und Theateraufführungen sind in der Grafschaft reichlich vorhanden, und viele literarische Werke werden von den Einwohnern Norfolks produziert. In Norwich, das nur 32 km von Happisburgh entfernt liegt, gibt es nicht weniger als sechs Theater, darunter das Norwich Arts Centre in der St. Benedict Street, das als “Greatest Small Venue” Großbritanniens gilt.

Jedes Jahr besuchen 500.000 deutsche Touristen Großbritannien, und fast 20% dieser Besucher wohnen in Badeorten wie dem schönen, ruhigen Dorf Happisburgh. Boundary Stables, eine Ansammlung von fünf einstöckigen Ferienhäusern in Happisburgh, an der Küste von Norfolk, ist der perfekte Ort für Ausflüge nach Norwich mit seiner Burg und zwei Kathedralen oder in die schöne Universitätsstadt Cambridge, etwa zwei Stunden Fahrt von Boundary Stables. Unsere deutschen Gäste nehmen normalerweise einen Tagesausflug nach Cambridge mit auf ihre Reiseroute!

Aber nicht nur die Deutschen genießen es, das britische Erbe zu erkunden. Besuche von Spaniern sind auf dem Vormarsch, und französische Urlauber, die die größte nationale Gruppe darstellen, um Großbritannien zu besuchen, sind auch bezaubert von dem, was sie sehen. Einer unserer französischen Gäste bemerkte, dass sich die Briten mit einer “lebhaften Mischung aus Alt und Neu” absolut wohl fühlen.

Sandringham Estate ist der Rückzugsort Ihrer Majestät Königin Elizabeth II in Norfolk, die im Jahr 1977 (ihrem Silber Jubileums Jahr) wünschte, dass Sandringham House für die Öffentlichkeit geöffnet werden sollte. Es war der Urgroßvater von Königin Elisabeth, König Edward VII., der die Gärten 1908 der Öffentlichkeit öffnete. König George VI., der 1952 in Sandringham starb, sagte über sein Haus: “Ich war immer so glücklich hier und ich liebe diesen Ort. “Sein Vater, George V., der ebenfalls dort starb, sagte über das geliebte Familienheim:” Liebes altes Sandringham, der Ort, den ich am meisten liebe auf der Welt.

Sandringham Estate, ca. 58 Meilen von Happisburgh, ist einen Besuch wert. Auf dem Gelände finden Sie Plätze zum Essen, Trinken und Einkaufen und der Eintritt zu einem großen Teil des Anwesens ist kostenlos.

Es gibt viele malerische Anwesen in Norfolk zu besuchen. Aber wenn Sie nach etwas weniger Kultur suchen, gibt es immer den Broads National Park – ein Netzwerk von Wasser- und Sumpfgebieten, das eine große Vielfalt an Wildtieren in Lebensräumen von enormer ökologischer Vielfalt unterstützt. Vogelfreunde reisen aus ganz Europa nach Norfolk, um einige der seltenen Vögel zu beobachten, die hier gedeihen, und der Broads National Park (auch bekannt als The Broads) war das Zentrum vieler internationaler biologischer und ökologischer Studien.

Aber es scheint, dass der alte britische Pub der wahre Star der Show ist, wenn es darum geht, ausländische Besucher zu beeindrucken. Schlösser und Kathedralen, Theater und Herrenhäuser, Strände und Naturschutzgebiete … keiner von diesen steht im Mittelpunkt, wenn es einen Pub um die Ecke gibt!

 

 

Europese bezoekers bij Boundary Stables Holiday Cottages

Europese bezoekers bij Boundary Stables Holiday Cottages

Wij Britten houden ervan om andere Europese landen te bezoeken, zich onderdompelend een week of twee in de cultuur van een gastland. Het is niet verrassend dat veel van onze Europese buren deze reislust delen en graag de gevarieerde culturen en landschappen willen ervaren van een eilandstaat die slechts 8000 jaar fysiek gescheiden is van het belangrijkste continent. Vooral Norfolk heeft vakantiegangers uit het buitenland veel te bieden.

De smalle strook water die ons van onze buren scheidt, heeft het VK historisch gezien op geen enkele manier geïsoleerd. Onze taal is een rijke evolutionaire mix van oudere Europese talen; de Vikingen leerden ons de idealen van recht en democratie; van de Romeinen erfden we de infrastructuur van de moderne beschaving; en sommige van de meer creatieve ambachten in Norfolk – zoals weven, drukken en schilderen – werden ontwikkeld met de invloed van Nederlandse en Vlaamse immigranten.

Norfolk kan bogen op een rijke artistieke cultuur. Muzikale concerten, kunstexposities en theatrale producties zijn er in overvloed in de provincie, en veel literaire werken worden geproduceerd door inwoners van Norfolk. In Norwich, op slechts 20 mijl van Happisburgh, zijn er niet minder dan zes theaters, waaronder het kunstcentrum Norwich in St. Benedict’s Street, dat is uitgeroepen tot “de beste kleine zaal van Groot-Brittannië”.

Elk jaar bezoeken 500.000 Duitse toeristen in het VK, en bijna 20% van deze bezoekers verblijven in badplaatsen zoals het mooie, rustige dorpje Happisburgh. Boundary Stables, een cluster van vijf vakantiehuisjes met 1 verdieping in Happisburgh, aan de kust van Norfolk, is de perfecte plek om excursies te maken naar Norwich, met zijn kasteel en twee kathedralen, of naar de prachtige universiteitsstad Cambridge, ongeveer twee uur rijden van Boundary Stables. Onze Duitse gasten nemen meestal een dagtocht naar Cambridge mee op hun reis!

Maar het zijn niet alleen de Duitsers die genieten van het verkennen van Brits erfgoed. Bezoeken van Spanjaarden nemen toe en Franse vakantiegangers, die de grootste nationale groep vertegenwoordigen om het Verenigd Koninkrijk te bezoeken, zijn ook gecharmeerd van wat ze zien. Een van onze Franse gasten maakte de opmerking dat de Britten zich helemaal op hun gemak voelen met “een levendige mix van oud en nieuw”.

Sandringham Estate is de retraite van Norfolk van Hare Majesteit Koningin Elizabeth II, die in 1977 (haar Zilveren Jubileumjaar) de wens uitsprak dat Sandringham House voor het publiek moest worden geopend. Het was de overgrootvader van koningin Elizabeth, koning Edward VII, die de tuinen voor het eerst in 1908 voor het publiek opende. Koning George VI, die stierf in Sandringham in 1952, zei over zijn huis: “Ik ben hier altijd zo gelukkig geweest, en ik hou van de plaats. “Zijn vader, George V, die ook daar stierf, zei over het geliefde huisgezin:” lieve oude Sandringham, de plek waar ik van hou, beter dan ergens anders in de wereld. ”

Sandringham Estate, ongeveer 58 mijl van Happisburgh, is zeker een bezoek waard. Op het terrein vindt u plekken om te eten, drinken en winkelen. Toegang tot een groot deel van het landgoed is gratis.

Er zijn veel pittoreske landgoederen te bezoeken in Norfolk. Maar als u op zoek bent naar iets minder gecultiveerd, dan is er altijd het Broads National Park – een netwerk van water en moerasland dat een enorme verscheidenheid aan dieren in het wild ondersteunt in habitats met een enorme ecologische diversiteit. Vogelliefhebbers reizen naar Norfolk vanuit heel Europa om enkele van de zeldzame vogels te zien die hier gedijen, en het Broads National Park (bekend als The Broads) was het centrum van vele internationale biologische en ecologische studies.

Maar het lijkt erop dat de lieve, oude Britse pub de echte ster van de show is als het gaat om het imponeren van buitenlandse bezoekers. Kastelen en kathedralen, theaters en statige huizen, stranden en natuurreservaten … geen van deze staat centraal wanneer er een pub om de hoek is!

European Visitors at Boundary Stables Holiday Cottages

European Visitors at Boundary Stables Holiday Cottages

 

 

We Brits love to visit other European countries, immersing ourselves for a week or two in the culture of a host nation. Not surprisingly, many of our European neighbours share this wanderlust, and are keen to experience the varied cultures and landscapes of an island nation that has been physically separated from the main continent for a mere 8,000 years. Norfolk, in particular, has a lot to offer holidaymakers from abroad.

 

The narrow band of water that divides us from our neighbours has in no way isolated the UK historically. Our language is a rich evolutionary mixture of older European languages; the Vikings taught us the ideals of law and democracy; from the Romans, we inherited the infrastructure of modern civilisation; and some of the more creative trades in Norfolk – such as weaving, printing, and painting – were developed with the influence of Dutch and Flemish immigrants.

 

Norfolk can boast a rich artistic culture. Musical concerts, art exhibitions, and theatrical productions are plentiful in the county, and many literary works are produced by Norfolk residents. In Norwich, which is just 20 miles from Happisburgh, there are no fewer than six theatres, including the Norwich Arts Centre in St. Benedict’s Street, which has been hailed “Britain’s Best Small Venue”.

 

Each year, 500,000 German tourists holiday in the UK, and almost 20% of these visitors stay at seaside resorts like the lovely, quiet village of Happisburgh. Boundary Stables, a cluster of five one-storey holiday cottages in Happisburgh, on the Norfolk coast, is the perfect spot from which to make excursions to Norwich, with its castle and two cathedrals, or to the beautiful university city of Cambridge, approximately two hours’ drive from Boundary Stables. Our German guests usually include a day-trip to Cambridge on their itinerary!

 

But it’s not only the Germans who enjoy exploring British heritage. Visits from Spaniards are on the increase, and French holidaymakers, who represent the largest national group to visit the UK, are also charmed by what they see. One of our French guests made the observation that the British seem totally comfortable with “a lively mix of old and new”.

 

Sandringham Estate is the Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who, in 1977 (her Silver Jubilee year), expressed a wish that Sandringham House should be opened to the public. It was Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandfather, King Edward VII, who first opened the gardens to the public in 1908. King George VI, who died at Sandringham in 1952, said of his home: “I have always been so happy here, and I love the place.” His father, George V, who also died there, said of the beloved family home: “dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world.”

 

Sandringham Estate, approximately 58 miles from Happisburgh, is well worth a visit. In the grounds, you will find places to eat, drink, and shop, and entry to much of the estate is free of charge.

 

There are lots of picturesque estates to visit in Norfolk. But if you’re looking for something a little less cultivated, there’s always the Broads National Park – a network of water and marshland that supports a huge variety of wildlife in habitats of enormous ecological diversity. Bird enthusiasts travel to Norfolk from all over Europe to spot some of the rare birds that thrive here, and the Broads National Park (known simply as The Broads) has been at the centre of many international biological and ecological studies.

 

But it seems that the dear old British pub is the real star of the show when it comes to impressing foreign visitors. Castles and cathedrals, theatres and stately homes, beaches and nature reserves … none of these takes centre stage when there’s a pub around the corner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Norfolk Village of Happisburgh

The Norfolk Village of Happisburgh

 

 

Happisburgh is a small village on the east coast of Norfolk, with a long stretch of open, unspoiled beach, where there’s no restricted access for dogs. The village is known for its quirky red-and-white lighthouse, which has the distinction of being the only independently operated lighthouse in the UK. And best of all, Happisburgh is the home of Barn Owl, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Kestrel, and Wren, a quintet of comfortable one-storey holiday cottages.

 

After a severe winter storm in 1789, in which 70 sailing ships were wrecked off the Norfolk coast, killing 600 men, two lighthouses were built in Happisburgh; they came into operation on 1st January 1791. When, in 1883, one of these lighthouses was withdrawn from service and demolished, the single remaining tower was not so easily distinguishable from the tower at Winterton, approximately 12 miles away. So, the three broad bands of red were painted.

 

Just a mile away from Boundary Stables, and visible from the courtyards of Fieldfare and Kestrel, is East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, a magnificent 32-acre garden that has been lovingly developed, over many years, by the owners, Graham Robeson and Alan Gray. The garden’s microclimate is so successful, and the variety of flora so diverse, that it was among the first six gardens to be approached by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) with an invitation to be a Partnership Garden. East Ruston Old Vicarage is the only private garden to be asked by the RHS to carry out plant trials.

 

With easy access and disabled toilet facilities, a teashop offering home-cooked lunches and delicious home-made cakes, and a garden shop where you can buy plants, East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens is a lovely place to visit. Graham and Alan are very welcoming and eager to share their extensive knowledge with visitors. For RHS members, entrance to the garden is free.

 

At Cart Gap (at the southern end of Happisburgh beach), there’s the popular, dog-friendly Smallsticks Café. There’s also the dog-friendly Hill House Inn, visited by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1905, where he conceived the idea for his Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Dancing Men. This year, the Hill House Inn’s popular Summer Solstice Beer Festival will take place from Thursday 21st to Monday 25th June. This is an enjoyable family event (there is no entrance fee for children and dogs), which grows in notoriety year on year.

 

Visitors to Boundary Stables will usually get out and about, exploring Norfolk and all it has to offer. But our guests also enjoy Happisburgh itself, which really is the perfect place for a peaceful break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Country Parks Near Boundary Stables

Beautiful Country Parks Near Boundary Stables

 

Situated in Upper Sheringham, approximately 20 miles from Happisburgh, Sheringham Park is the brain child of the acclaimed landscape gardener, Humphry Repton (1752-1818). After attempts at making a living as journalist, artist, confidential secretary, dramatist, political agent, and textile merchant, Humphry Repton hit on the idea to combine his two greatest skills, sketching and gardening, and to become a landscape gardener – a term coined by Repton himself. In 1812, Humphry Repton was commissioned by Abbot and Charlotte Upcher to design their newly purchased estate, and his son, the architect John Adey Repton (1775-1860), was engaged to design their new home, Sheringham Hall.

 

Now owned and lovingly maintained by the National Trust, Sheringham Park is famous for its luscious display of rhododendrons in early summer. It was Thomas Upcher (1905-1985) who developed this stunning collection of more than 80 species of rhododendron. And it was Thomas who, in 1975, erected the Temple, which had been included in Repton’s original plans for Sheringham Park.

 

In springtime, the heady scent of bluebells fills the woodland, and the parkland is bright with buttercups; swallows, chiffchaffs, and sand martins return to take up their summer residence; frogs and toads make their way back to their ponds to breed; and adders bask in the first warmth of summer.

 

If you’re feeling energetic, we recommend the long climb to the top of the viewing tower for a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and the North Sea. From this dizzying height, you’ll see the magnificent wind farm, 11 miles out at sea, the steam railway (Poppy Line), the lush green golf course, patches of woodland, winding roads, clusters of buildings – and below you, a colourful cloud of rhododendrons.

 

You could spend all day roaming around this 1,000-acre paradise, or, if you prefer, there are four waymarked routes to follow. Many pathways are suitable for prams and wheelchairs, and there is even a free charging point for electric wheelchairs. On 15th May, 22nd May, 29th May, and 5th June (all Tuesdays), you can join Sheringham Park’s head gardener for a guided Rhododendron and Wild Garden Walk.

 

Sheringham Park has a large carpark, café, gift shop, and toilets. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept under close control.

 

Although Humphry Repton didn’t live to see all his plans materialise, he declared that Sheringham Park was his favourite work.

 

Holt Country Park, a few miles to the west of Sheringham Park, is a lovely place to visit with children. Owned and managed by North Norfolk District Council, Holt Country Park is open every day. There’s an exciting children’s play area with picnic benches nearby, a visitor centre, toilets, cheap parking, excellent disabled facilities, and five waymarked routes, which are all suitable for prams and wheelchairs. There are also wild ponies!

 

In May and June, look out for the great spotted woodpecker, and also the goldcrest, a tiny bird that weighs in at only six grams, sharing (with the firecrest) the distinction of being the UK’s smallest bird.

The really good news for our Boundary Stables visitors is that Holt Country Park is definitely a dog-friendly zone!

 

 

Market Towns in Norfolk

Market Towns in Norfolk

 

Tucked away in the quiet Norfolk countryside, a stone’s throw from a long stretch of beach and the North Sea, our five one-storey holiday cottages, known collectively as Boundary Stables, offer a holiday of fresh air, physical exercise, and tranquillity …

 

… Not quite what you’re looking for?

 

Well, the best part about this location – the tiny, unspoiled village of Happisburgh – is that everything you might want is not too far away. Norfolk is rich in stately homes, castles, abbeys, and churches; zoos and leisure parks are plentiful; there are theatres, museums, and nature reserves. Many of our guests return time and time again to Boundary Stables, and they come for more than peace and quiet.

 

There’s certainly no peace and quiet in a Norfolk town on market day. Stunning displays of high-quality fresh produce appear daily in Norfolk’s market places, as well as a huge variety of other goods – a reflection of the county’s high proportion of independent traders. If you love markets, you’ll love Norfolk.

 

If you’re staying at Boundary Stables this spring, where can you find a market on a Wednesday? Great Yarmouth, 22 miles south of Happisburgh, holds a Wednesday market in the town centre (Market Place, NR30 1LX). If you’re planning a visit to this busy seaside town, Wednesday is a good day to go.

 

And Thursday? Just seven miles from Happisburgh, North Walsham’s weekly market (Market Place, NR28 9BT) is always well attended, especially in the summer, when the market place is alive with locals and visitors.

 

During the summer months, Great Yarmouth holds a Friday market. And in Cromer, 16 miles along the coast, to the north-east, you’ll find a market in the town centre (NR27 9HN) on every first and third Friday of the month. If you fancy venturing a little further afield, why not visit the Diss Friday market (Market Place IP22 4JT), in the extreme south of the county.

 

Saturday really is market day! Every Saturday, there’s a market in Sheringham (North Norfolk Railway carpark, NR26 8RA), Great Yarmouth, and Norwich (Gentleman’s Walk, NR2 1ND).

 

On the first and third Saturday of every month, there are farmers’ markets in Aylsham and Stalham, and on the second Saturday of the month, in Acle and Diss. Hoveton Farmers’ and Producers’ Market (Stalham Road, NR12 8DU), 11 miles from Happisburgh, is held on the fourth Saturday in the month.

 

Sundays are relatively quiet as far as markets go, but if you’re around on the last Sunday of the month, North Walsham Farmers’ Market is definitely worth a visit.

 

So, what about Mondays and Tuesdays? Well, there’s always Norwich Market – a massive collection of stalls offering fresh produce, clothing, gifts, hot food and drink, flowers, bags, speciality foods, books, DVDs … the list goes on and on. You can visit Norwich market, in Gentleman’s Walk, Monday to Saturday throughout the year.

 

Most of these markets are wheelchair accessible, although car parking might sometimes be a challenge. To learn more about Boundary Stables and the many facilities we provide for visitors with restricted mobility, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.