September coastal treasure - Blakeney
Blakeney is our September coastal treasure.
Situated on the gorgeous north Norfolk coast, half way between Morston and Cley-next-the-Sea, Blakeney is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The wonderful coastal village used to be a medieval commercial port, used for transporting spices and cloths. However, today the estuary offers stunning, uninterrupted views of the marshes. The four mile long sandspit of Blakeney Point protects Blakeney Harbour and the enchanting saltmarshes, providing the ideal habitat for the array of wildlife.
Blakeney National Nature Reserve lies at the heart of the village. With breathtaking open marshes stretching for a mile towards the sea, Blakeney is a magical place for walking, bird watching and seal spotting. A 5-mile path runs between Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea, guiding you through the surrounding marshes and dramatic landscape. When embarking on a walk at Blakeney, be sure to bring your binoculars to spot the fascinating wildlife and a camera to photograph the awe-inspiring landscape. Make sure to research the tide times before your walk – at a high tide, the car park situated at the base of the marshes gets flooded.
As well as gorgeous landscapes and open skies, the village also boasts pretty flint cottages, cute cafes, art galleries and delicious pubs. When visiting Blakeney, highlights include enjoying a spot of lunch from Blakeney Delicatessen, grabbing a hot drink from Grey Seal Coffee, and enjoying an evening meal at Kings Arms Blakeney. The Flint Gallery is a wonderful place to visit; a lot of the showcased artwork is created in response to north Norfolk’s gorgeous landscape.
When taking a trip to Blakeney, a boat trip to spot the seals in their natural habitat is a must. From the Blakeney harbour, you can take a boat trip to Blakeney Point where you will see the welcoming, fascinating seals colonies in the National Nature Reserve, managed by the National Trust. Blakeney Point is the ideal breeding site for grey seals and their pups, which are born from November through to early January. The seal colony in Blakeney is the largest in England, with over 2,000 seal pups born every year. Seal trip providers include Beans Boat Trips, Bishop’s Boats, Temples Seal Trips and Ptarmigan Blakeney Point Seal Trips.
Sleeping two, this boutique apartment is located in Wells-next-the-Sea, just eight miles from Blakeney. All on ground floor level, the former fisherman’s cottage in Brig Square has been converted into great accommodation.
This beautiful barn sleeps two and provides a perfect romantic retreat or coastal getaway with your salty sea dog. Located in Langham, Simon’s Barn is only two miles from Blakeney. Enjoy the characterful Norfolk barn with its feature brick and flint walls and beams.
Sleeping two, this tucked away single storey flint cottage is ideal for a romantic retreat for two. Poppy Cottage is located in Stiffkey, just four miles from Blakeney. This charming coastal bolt hole is perfectly placed on the wonderful north Norfolk coast.
David’s Barn is a spacious and light characterful barn full of all the comfort of home and lots of added luxuries too. Sleeping four and welcoming two dogs, this barn is ideal for all the family. Located in Langham, David’s Barn is only two miles from Blakeney.
Avocet Barn is a superb retreat for families in search of a relaxing, idyllic spot. Located in the pretty village of Binham, this wonderful barn is just four miles from Blakeney. Avocent Barn sleeps eight and welcomes two dogs.
Sleeping eight, this remarkable 16th Century merchant’s house is filled with character and charm. Every room is unique and stylishly furnished, offering a luxurious getaway to the north Norfolk coast. Located in Wells-next-the-Sea, St Michael’s Cottage is only eight miles from Blakeney.
Located in Field Dalling, this luxurious 18th Century brick and flint barn is only four miles from Blakeney. Sleeping nine and welcoming one dog, Blue Tile Farm Barn is ideal for larger gatherings or special occasions. This barn really has the wow factor, incorporating many desirable design elements.
Sleeping ten, Langham Lodge is an impressive detached house with a stunning extension and modern furnishings. The brick and flint exterior continues into the large sitting room with a feature wall of Norfolk flint. Located in Langham, Langham Lodge is only two miles from Blakeney.