Holiday Cottages in Cambridge & East Anglia - a Guide to Holidays in East England

Regional Guide to Cambridge and East Anglia, Eastern England

Eastern England is rural Britain at its best with vast fertile flatlands of East Anglia providing the beautiful landscape that has inspired great British painters including Constable and Gainsborough.

Of course, millions of people flock to the east of England every year to enjoy a holiday on or near the Norfolk Broads, the Cambridge Fens, the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Suffolk coast every year.

East Anglia and Eastern England Cottage Holiday Guide

Although less populated than most regions in Britain, the east of England has diverse cities, from the seat of learning that is Cambridge, with its historic university, to the cosmopolitan Norwich with its medieval Castle and Cathedral. There are also many pretty market towns and villages which echo the affluence that brought the region to great wealth in medieval times when the wool and weaving industries were at their most important.

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Tourism now plays an important part in Eastern England's economy, with the East Anglian coastline having many popular traditional seaside resorts including Great Yarmouth, with its famous Pleasure Beach, Lowestoft and Hunstanton. However, between these resorts you will find miles of open and untouched coastline to explore, a must for bird watchers, and some lovely fishing villages.

peaceful and relaxing waterways of the Norfolk Broads that meander their way through the county

Head in-land and you will find the peaceful and relaxing waterways of the Norfolk Broads that meander their way through the county and are the focus for thousands of family boat holidays and river boat cruises each year.

Through out the region you will find picturesque villages that are full of historical character and charm from the timber framed avenues of Lavenham in Suffolk to to the cobbled street of Lincoln. Or if you want to follow in the footsteps of those famous painters, try Sudbury where Gainsborough was born and East Bergholt the birthplace of Constable.

 

Seeing the East Anglia and Eastern England at its Finest

The great cities and towns of the East of England are great to visit all year round with plenty to keep you entertained. Not surprisingly the seaside resorts and the Norfolk Broads are seen at their most vibrant best between April and October.

During the school summer holidays the waterways of the Broads do get very busy and so if you are wanting a little more peace on the water it is best to avoid late July and August.

 

Top of your Eastern England Holiday Itinerary

There is no shortage of things to see and do in the east of England so here are a few things that should be on every holiday itinerary.

  • Exploring the University town of Cambridge – how about taking to the river in a punt
  • Medieval sightseeing at Norwich castle and cathedral
  • A cruise on the Norfolk Broads
  • Visit the home of horse racing at Newmarket - a visit to the National Stud is a great family day out
  • stroll up the historic Southwold Pier or have family fun at the Skegness Pier
  • Enjoy a relaxing stroll up the historic Southwold Pier or have family fun at the Skegness Pier
  • Visit Lincoln’s cobbled streets and its iconic Cathedral
  • Check out the views on a walk on the Suffolk coastal path
  • Spend a day exploring the Norfolk retreat of HM The Queen - the Sandringham Estate

 

Whether you are looking for wildlife and zoos, theme parks and excitement or simply gardens and castles to visit you will find it in the south west. Check out our East England activities and attraction guide.

Check out our activities and attractions guides to Cambridgeshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

 

Cycling in the Cambridge and East Anglia region

Cycling in East Anglia is a very leisurely activity not least because the landscape is so flat. If you can keep the wind behind you it is even possible to freewheel for miles at a time so perfect for a family outing! In addition to being very flat, the East Anglian region has a multitude of quiet lanes and roads for you to cycle along making it generally a safer place to cycle. However if you are in the Essex part of the region you will need to choose your route more carefully as there is more traffic.

In terms of where to head, take your pick of the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline and around the Fens for the best views and enjoyable rides. If you are looking for something more energetic then we would recommend heading to Thetford Forest in Norfolk where you can find some really good off road cycling.

You can find lots more great cycle trails to cycle via the Sustrans website.

 

Walking in East Anglia and Eastern England

For the serious hikers and ramblers East Anglia and Eastern England is not usually a top holiday destination - afterall their is not a peak or climb in sight. However, for those who enjoy a relaxing stroll in beautiful countryside or along the coast the east of England is perfect.

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path offers fishing villages, and coastal marshes to a Roman Road

To enjoy the Suffolk Coast then you can explore the coastline between Felixstowe and Lowestoft on the Suffolk Coast Path. It is a 50 mile path but there are plenty o fplaces to join and leave it so that you can do as much as you like with popular points around Southwold, Aldeburgh and Dunwich.

If you are further north in East Anglia the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path that runs from Thetford area to Cromer on the coast. This great route enables you to move from Roman road to coastal marshes and fishing villages. Again, this is great for alonger holidays but for day trips there are plenty of places to join and enjoy on shorter walks.

 

Blue Flag beaches in East Anglian and East England

If you are looking for a clean and safe beach for family or friends then it is worth looking out for the Blue Flag beaches (reviewed annually against tough standards, only the best beaches get the Blue Flag Award). The east of England has a great selection of Blue Flag beaches in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex all having beaches with the Awards. Some good locations for beach holiday include Hunstanton, Cromer and Sherringham in Norfolk, Lowestoft and Southwold in Suffolk and Shoebury, Brightlingsea and Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. Check out our Blue Flag beach list.

 

 

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Otter Lodge in Diss, Norfolk, East England

Otter Lodge, Diss

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Otter Lodge self catering accommodation in Diss, Norfolk sleeps 6. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays . Otter Lodge does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Otter Lodge start from £249 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Otter Lodge

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly

Beech End in Plumstead, Norfolk, East England

Beech End, Plumstead

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Beech End self catering accommodation in Plumstead, Norfolk sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Beech End is close to the beach. Beech End does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Beech End start from £397 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Beech End


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Waters Edge in Pentney, Norfolk, East England

Waters Edge, Pentney

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Waters Edge self catering accommodation in Pentney, Norfolk sleeps 12. This 5 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached Hot Tub . Activities close by include fishing . Prices at Waters Edge start from £961 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Waters Edge

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 10 or more Fishing close by Hot tub Easy walking close by

Bracken Lodge in Holt, Norfolk, East England

Bracken Lodge, Holt

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Bracken Lodge self catering accommodation in Holt, Norfolk sleeps 6. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays . Bracken Lodge is close to the beach. Activities close by include golf fishing . Bracken Lodge does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Bracken Lodge start from £251 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Bracken Lodge

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 6 Close to the Beach Pet friendly Fishing close by Golf close by

Field Cottage in Sudbourne, Suffolk, East England

Field Cottage, Sudbourne

Self catering in SuffolkEast England

Field Cottage self catering accommodation in Sudbourne, Suffolk sleeps 7. This 4 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Open Fire/woodburner . Field Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Field Cottage start from £510 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Field Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Field Cottage

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Open fire or wood burner Field Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

Pear Tree Cottage in Wickmere, Norfolk, East England

Pear Tree Cottage, Wickmere

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Pear Tree Cottage self catering accommodation in Wickmere, Norfolk sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Pear Tree Cottage is close to the beach. Prices at Pear Tree Cottage start from £326 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Pear Tree Cottage


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Internet WIFI available Ideal for a romantic break Open fire or wood burner

Pine View in Cromer, Norfolk, East England

Pine View, Cromer

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Pine View self catering accommodation in Cromer, Norfolk sleeps 5. This 2 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . Pine View is close to the beach. Prices at Pine View start from £411 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Pine View

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach

Purlin Barn in Runcton Holme, Norfolk, East England

Purlin Barn, Runcton Holme

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Purlin Barn self catering accommodation in Runcton Holme, Norfolk sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Swimming Pool Hot Tub . Activities close by include fishing . Prices at Purlin Barn start from £510 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Purlin Barn customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Purlin Barn

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 6 Indoor pool Fishing close by Hot tub Luxury self catering Purlin Barn Customer Feedback and Reviews

Old Hall Farmhouse in St Nicholas, Norfolk, East England

Old Hall Farmhouse, St Nicholas

Self catering in NorfolkEast England

Old Hall Farmhouse in East England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 9. This 4 bedroom luxury Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Detached Swimming Pool . It also has Internet access. Prices at Old Hall Farmhouse start from £1004 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Old Hall Farmhouse customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Old Hall Farmhouse


Sleeps 8 Indoor pool Internet WIFI available Games room Luxury self catering Old Hall Farmhouse Customer Feedback and Reviews

Manor Cottage in Timberland, Lincolnshire, East England

Manor Cottage, Timberland

Self catering in LincolnshireEast England

Manor Cottage self catering accommodation in Timberland, Lincolnshire sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . Manor Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Manor Cottage start from £319 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Manor Cottage customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Manor Cottage

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Manor Cottage Customer Feedback and Reviews

 

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