Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our regular guests and all those that have or maybe have not stayed with us at Bridge Cottages before but have found our website and maybe thinking of booking a short break of holiday in North Norfolk.

We are in the throes of getting the cottages ready for the 2016 season. New windows have recently been fitted to the front of no.4 and we are in the midst of installing a new tiled floor in the kitchen and downstairs loo at no.3.

We have had guests and friends and family staying in the cottages over the Christmas period and with time off ourselves we have joined them on walks down to the Dun Cow at Salthouse for an excellent lunch and also enjoyed walks around Sheringham Park (including a coffee in lovely sunshine on the platform at Weybourne Station) , Blickling Park and along the beach at Overstrand.

We have been lucky to escape the worst of the recent weather but as the picture taken in Blickling Park of Sue and our new assistant Ted below proves we have not entirely missed out on the wind and rain.

Best wishes and hope to see you in 2016

Paul & Sue (and Ted!)

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Wi-Fi arrives at Bridge Cottages


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Our first guests of the season have arrived and thank’s to Sue’s hard work with paint brush and an assortment of cleaning products the cottages are looking very well. To celebrate the start of a new season and move Bridge Cottages into the 21st century we have installed wi-fi which is now available for our guests to use in both cottages free of any additional charge.

We’re all going on our summer holidays!

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Firstly a belated happy new year to all of our guests past and present and also those who are reading this post and may be thinking of booking their summer holidays in North Norfolk and staying at Bridge Cottages.

Thanks also to our regular visitor Phil G for supplying this great picture of Standard 4MT 76084 in full steam between Sheringham and Weybourne during last years late summer gala on the North Norfolk Railway.

The picture captures a typical summer’s day in North Norfolk. The clear blue sky, Mediterranean blue sea, gentle(ish) breeze making the ideal destination for a summer holiday!

We look forward to greeting old and new guests alike during 2015.

Paul & Sue

The Birds and Bees

dscf0701We are now well into our eighth season at Bridge Cottages. Bookings for this year have been very good with many of our regulars returning including a number who have visited at least once each year since we started back in 2006.

Since our last Blog entry at the end of 2012 (how time flies) we have continued to endeavour to keep the cottages well maintained. A new central heating boiler has been installed at no.4. The sash windows in no.3 have all been repaired or replaced and also draught proofed. Sue was also busy with her paint brush over the winter months.
On the wildlife front the the recent highlights have been the increased number of sightings of red kites locally. At Bridge Cottages a pair of nuthatches are nesting in the old acacia tree in our next door neighbours front garden and there is a tree bumblebee nest under the decking surrounding the pine trees at the bottom of no.4’s garden.
Guests have spoken well of meals they have enjoyed at the Wiveton Bell. Byfords in Holt remains a firm favourite with all. We like the Dun Cow at Salthouse which has been transformed since new owners took over a couple of years ago. Great food and the best view from a pub garden anywhere along the coast. The Wiveton Hall Cafe is also blessed with lovely views and scrumptious cakes!
The weather has also been very kind so far this spring and everything looks set for a perfect summer in North Norfolk.

Winter Ramblings

DSCF0678A week off work to catch up with the winter maintenance at the cottages and to get the gardens in order for next spring. Also managed to find time to join Bernard Bishop the warden at the NWT’s Cley Marshes reserve on his regular Wednesday morning ramble. A fascinating (but chilly) couple of hours learning about the management of the reserve. The scrapes, reed beds and grazing marshes all look so natural but a vast amount of time, effort and money is spent on the management of each habitat to ensure that they provide the perfect environment for bittern, avocet, marsh harrier, lapwing et al. During our ramble we were lucky to view marsh harrier, peregrine falcon and a ring tail hen harrier sending the assorted ducks, geese and waders into flight. Bernard Bishop will be featured on this coming Sunday’s Countryfile programme. We also ended the week with a celebratory lunch at our current favourite hostelry, the Saracens Head at Wolterton, and by taking one of our favourite rambles from Upper Sheringham, through Sheringham Park down to Weybourne Station on the North Norfolk Railway. A ‘Santa Special’ was on the platform making a very festive scene to accompany our coffees and mince pies purchased from the station buffet. Our spring and summer bookings for 2013 are looking good but we still have plenty of availability in the new year for those tempted to enjoy a winter break in North Norfolk. Finally merry Xmas and a happy new year to all our regular (and future!) guests.