Hotels and Holiday Cottages in Blakeney

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The White Horse Hotel & Restaurant Address: High St, Holt, tel:01263 740574

Manor Hotel Address: , Holt, tel:01263 740376

The Blakeney Hotel Address: The Quay, Holt, tel:01263 740797

The George Hotel Address: High St, Holt, tel:01263 740652

Morston Hall Hotel Address: The Street, Holt, tel:01263 741041

The Pheasant Hotel Address: Weybourne Rd, Holt, tel:01263 588382

Byfords Cafe Deli & Posh B & B Address: 1-3 Shirehall Plain, Holt, tel:01263 711400

The Feathers Hotel Address: 6 Market Place, Holt, tel:01263 712318


Tourist information

Just over 20 miles north west of Norwich, until the early 20th century the quiet coastal village of Blakeney was a prosperous commercial seaport. Today, like many of its neighbouring coastal villages, Blakeney's picturesque harbour has long-since silted up, permitting only small vessels and pleasure craft to sail out to Blakeney Point and beyond, into the North Sea.

Nestled on the North Norfolk Coastal Path, between Morston and Cley Next The Sea, Blakeney was recorded in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book (1086) as 'Esnuterle', which later became 'Snitterley'. Only by 1240 did the village get its present name. As is shown by the presence of its church and Guildhall, Blakeney soon developed into an important fishing centre, with ships making annual voyages to Iceland. North Sea trade was based on the export of cereals, particularly malt and barley, and the import of a wide variety of goods including coal, iron, timber and roofing tiles.

Adjacent to the quayside, the Guildhall and its 14th-century brick-vaulted undercroft may have been built for a wealthy local fish merchant, before becoming the home of the local fish merchants guild. Blakeney Guildhall is now under the care of English Heritage. Meanwhile, Blakeney Tower Windmill, built in 1769 to grind grain, and situated on Friar Farm, to the east of the village, is now owned by the National Trust.

Dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of fisherman, Blakeney church is a fine example of Early English architecture, and its grand scale demonstrates the economic prosperity which Blakeney once enjoyed. In contrast to the splendour of its wide and 104 foot tall main tower, its thin, eastern tower, once used as a lighthouse to guide ships into the harbour, still casts an eerie light after dusk.

Blakeney is famous for being one of the few places in the country where ball lightning has been witnessed - striking the gable end of a roof on the quayside during a particularly violent evening storm.

Modern Blakeney now relies on the tourist market, with Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve, a National Trust property, attracting visitors with daily trips out across Blakeney Pit, to view the numerous varieties of birds and the justly-famous colony of common and grey seals. Blakeney Point is a paradise for all types of wildlife, and the three and a half mile long spit of sand and shingle is particularly known for its colonies of breeding terns and for the selection of migrant birds during the Summer months.

To the east of the car park on the Quay, which often floods with a high tide, the freshwater marsh and reed beds of Blakeney Freshes are noted for breeding waders and wintering ducks and geese, whilst barn owls have been spotted at dusk, swooping over the marshes. Overlooking the Freshes, the scrub and grassland of Friary Hills provides a quiet location for a contemplative walk.

The village is well-served for local food, with pubs, hotels, cafes and delis all close at hand. The Blakeney White Horse pub offers an exceptional menu, much of it sourced from local suppliers. Even the beer is local, with Yetmans and Adnams both on sale. The quayside Moorings tea room and restaurant offers both high teas and main meals, with delicious scones a popular choice.

Range further afield to sample the delights of the award-winning Morston Hall, the George pub and Picnic Fayre Deli at Cley, and Cookies Crab Shop and the Dun Cow (both at Salthouse).


Nearest airports

Norwich
22.3m

Cambridge
62.5m

Humberside
70.7m


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