The Lawns takes pride of place in the centre of Holt, famous for its Christmas Lights when the whole town is lit up during December – and also for its range of charming shops and art galleries.
Holt’s location also makes it an ideal base for exploring north Norfolk as it’s only 4 miles from the coastline (at Salthouse); head east or west to experience the full diversity of the north Norfolk coast.
The Holt Owl Trail was devised to take you on a journey through the historic Georgian town and is a great way to explore and discover exciting things to do.
On this trail you will explore Holt on foot and find out fascinating facts, interesting anecdotes and details of additional ‘looped trails’ revealing some of Holt’s hidden locations.
Cromer is a 21 minutes from The Lawns.
Cromer is a traditional seaside town, recently famed for Banksy's Great British 'Spraycation' artwork. Cromer pier which is home to a lifeboat station and Pavilion Theatre, where the UK’s only remaining traditional end of the pier variety show takes place each Summer and Winter. The pier is great example of Victorian architecture, having withstood many storms, tidal surges and even an attempt to blow it up by the Government in World War two!
Of course, Cromer crabs, a Norfolk delicacy is the best reason to take the trip out! Read more from a local Fisherman by clicking here.
A 24 minute drive from our front door, you will find Wells-next-the-Sea. The coastal town has everything you would expect from a Norfolk seaside spot, and more.
From the colourful beach huts and pinewoods, to first class crabbing spots, to our very own carnival once a year! The town itself is made up of narrow cobbled streets, old alleys and boat yards, leading down to the quayside. On the short walk from our front door down to the sea, you’ll pass an eclectic array of independent shops, delis and coffee shops. Then, of course, the quay itself offers fresh fish stalls, hot food vans and souvenir shops - for the all-important stick of rock.
When you’ve spent some time exploring the town, your natural next stop will be the beach! Take a look at the Wells Guide top ten things to do during your visit!
The quay and harbour are a hive of activity, particularly during the warmer months when the crabs and lobsters are out of hibernation. Home to a fishing fleet of crabbers and angling vessels who supply fresh fish, crab and lobster to local and regional businesses, including our kitchen!
The best place to enjoy the quay is from the sea! Take a Wells Harbour Tour with trips along the harbour taking in the boats and buildings that make the quayside what it is, pass through the salt marshes and down the beach. To join a tour, head to the pick-up point on the quay. The Sunset Tour is a favourite of ours!
You cannot visit Wells with the family in tow without doing a little crabbing off the quay! Check out the Gilly Hut where you can hire buckets and environmentally friendly crabbing supplies! Take a look at the Wells Guide crabbing guide below.
Holkham Estate is a must visit when you stay with us! From Holkham Hall, the history, stunning walled garden, park and nature reserve, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Think row boating on Holkam's mile-long lake, the Woodland Play Area for the little ones, and the Ropes Course for the slightly bigger ones!
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to tours at Holkham. There is the popular Safari on Foot, a full day adventure focusing on birds, invertebrates, wildflowers, plants, fungi and trees and their habitats. The Deer and Wildlife Safari, a whistle stop tour of the deer park on a trailer pulled by a tractor. Or something a little more niche with a Foraging Course.
Both Holkham and Wells Beach are unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand that are home to many species of flora and fauna. Holkham beach, featured in the closing scenes of Shakespeare in Love with Gwyenth Paltrow walking along the sand at low tide.
Both beaches are dog-friendly, offering hours of fun for salty sea dogs and those that love to get their paws sandy.
Blakeney is a National Trust Nature Reserve a short drive from us.
The Nature Reserve includes the Blakeney Freshes, 160 acres of freshwater grazing marsh and essential area for breeding birds and wintering wild fowl. Another area of importance for wildlife is Stiffkey Saltmarshes, think twisting, muddy creeks and beautiful landscape - the perfect spot for twitchers!
Of course, the main attraction to Blakeney Point is the country's largest grey seal colony. This amazing sight can only be viewed by boat. Take a look at the various tours you can take by clicking here.
Just a 41 minute drive from our pub and inn is the Norfolk Lavender farm - home to tranquil lavender gardens, oil distillery, national lavender collection and herb gardens.
The story of Norfolk Lavender began back in 1932 with a gift of 6 acres of land, 13,000 lavender plants and £15... Now, world famous and spread over 100 acres, this place is definitely worth a visit, if only for the highly instagram-able lavender fields back drop!
While you are there you can take a distillery tour, mooch the garden centre or enjoy tea and cake in the Lavender Lounge tearoom.