Aylmerton, north Norfolk
Whilst it is true that parts of the village of Aylmerton were built in the 1920’s to house estate workers employed by the nearby Felbrigg hall, the southern area can trace its origins back to well before its first mention in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Situated in the breathtaking North Norfolk countryside Aylmerton is only a scant 2.5 miles from the popular coastal resorts of Cromer & Sheringham – quite within an easy distance for cyclists or enthusiastic walkers. Both are very pleasant seaside towns with great beaches to enjoy and a range of restaurants to try. Golfers may also be interested to hear that neighbouring West Runton has a terrific golf course, if you happen to have brought your clubs, of course!
Those looking to venture further afield may find distraction in any number of pretty villages and hamlets for which this part of the world is famous. Families can spend an entertaining day out trying their hands at crabbing in Blakeney or venturing further afield to visit the beautiful Norfolk Broads or enjoy a spot of sightseeing &/or shopping in the magnificent medieval city of Norwich.
Norfolk has several stately homes and historical sites for those interested in seeing them – The magnificent National Trust property of Felbrigg Hall, complete with it’s wonderful gardens and parks is just a stone’s throw away – guests have only to stroll down the road and pass through the quaint ‘Kissing gate’ to arrive at this breathtaking large English county house.
It’s sister stately home, Blickling Hall, is located a little further away near Aylsham but is well within an easy driving distance. Both offer a magnificent day’s distraction at any time of year: taking a tour through the opulence & architecture of the main houses, learning about the previous occupants & those who served them or simply taking a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous parklands before stopping at the teashop for some light refreshments and a taste of their delicious pastries!
For those not wanting to venture so far afield you’ll be delighted with a walk through and around the village of Aylmerton itself which is surrounded by quiet country lanes. The country church with its distinctive round tower dates back to the 15th century whilst The Lions Mouth is a local beauty spot popular with ramblers. Nearby is also the reputedly haunted ‘Shrieking pits’ which are actually medieval flint workings.
Aylmerton also boasts a fine village pub in the shape of ‘The Roman camp’, which offers friendly hospitality, excellent food and ales. Guests won’t be disappointed to enjoy an evening meal here before wandering back to the comfort of Hollybrook cottage.