Is this Norfolk’s most romantic hideaway? Plan your next staycation with a mini break at Norfolk’s most stylish cottage.
The fields of swaying reeds speed by in a flash. The villages we pass are lined with flint cottages, some grand and glass fronted, others small and cobbled, standing the test of time. The road becomes narrow and we slowly drive down a winding lane into the heart of North Norfolk’s countryside. With every minute that passes it feels as though we’re escaping further away from the troubled world and entering a secret location where only my husband and I exist.
We park directly outside Spinks Nest Cottage; a small flinted bolthole in the village of Hunworth. A cast iron table for two sits on the gravel outside and we bustle away into the cottage to escape the icy wind. Instantly, our eyes dart around taking in every colour and detail of the meticulous interiors that somehow seem effortless. The cottage is a feast for the senses.
Cute and cosy, it has a home away from home vibe. Within little time we had lit the fire, poured a gin and sat blissfully curled up in the armchairs, book in hand.
Curated to perfection, reclaimed and vintage items sit alongside rustic textures and textiles. Earthy and natural shades provide a sense of adventure. The living space is inviting with its exposed flint fireplace and log burner, cosy armchairs and reclaimed oak beams. Taking centre stage is the green dresser decorated with a decanter and glasses, dried flowers and a pheasant feathered wreath.
The wooden kitchen shelves are stacked with glassware and botanicals, and the old worn timber table calls for a homemade supper. Spinks Nest brings the outdoors in with its collection of potted plants and herbs. The kitchen itself is high spec with everything you need for a self-catered break.
The cottage has been cleverly designed to make the most of every nook. The living space is raised from the kitchen. Curtains subtly divide the lounge and bedroom area. The king size bed with its hypoallergenic wool mattress and divine linen is the kind of bed you sink into and never want to leave. Rustic ladders make for a cool alternative wardrobe.
If you’re not already sold on a staycation here, the bath will secure the deal. A cool architectural feature, the sunken micro-cement bath for two is the perfect place to spend the evening. Light the candles, pour the Champagne and simply relax amongst the bubbles.
It’s not just the eclectic interiors that set this holiday home apart from the rest, it’s those little touches too. Those you wouldn’t necessarily miss, but are appreciative to have; Jo Malone pillow mist, Aesop shower gel, a welcome gin, Nespresso machine and pantry basics.
While Norfolk’s biggest lure is its vast beaches, the countryside is also a delight to explore. Set in the village of Hunworth, Spinks Nest is a couple minutes’ walk to The Hunny Bell which serves up tasty pub grub. There are miles of footpaths which take you through fields and tiny lanes, especially great if you have your dog in tow. Explore the woodlands and spot the wildlife at Holt Country Park, which can be reached by a picturesque walk from the cottage in approximately 45 minutes.
If you can’t resist the call of Norfolk’s shores, Weybourne, Sheringham, Cley and Blakeney are within easy reach by car. This is the ideal location to hop between sleepy country villages and rustic seaside towns with their fresh fish shacks.
Spinks Nest compels you to embrace a slower pace of life. Leisurely mornings with coffee in bed, afternoon snoozing by a crackling fire and evenings drinking wine over a game of Scrabble. It’s simple living at its finest.
A romantic escape for two, the cottage is one of the few undiscovered gems of Norfolk. I felt as though I’d been given the keys to a secret hideaway for only those in the know. Though, I doubt it will stay under the radar for long, I expect they’ll soon be a waiting list for availability.
We departed relaxed and refreshed but with a feeling of sadness as we headed back to real life. This is one of those holiday rentals that you don’t want to leave, and you drive away planning your return.
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