Now the summer is ebbing to a gentle end with shorter, mellow days almost upon us, I’ve been reminiscing about the summer past and have to say we were certainly blessed with warm sunshine and long, hazy days. We have welcomed lovely guests to the hotel, both loyal, returning ones and also new ones who have just discovered us and we hope they will become enthusiastic returners too.
Returning to a place has its benefits as we found once again this year, albeit with a lovely surprise in store when we arrived in Norfolk. After our annual Minorcan jaunt; that’s the one that Gerard isn’t invited along on.. just Romané, my mum and Romy’s friend Rob (a first this year and hugely successful as the boys had much more fun together than Romy would have had with just his mum and nana for company, albeit we meet up with some great holiday friends every year whilst there) bliss! We then decamp as a family, (albeit minus Gerard as he was wine tasting in California), to glorious Norfolk for a couple of weeks of dog walking, eating and relaxing. Spending time catching up with friends (who are fortunate enough to live in Holt) and generally just delighting in the North Norfolk coast. Holkham Beach and Brancaster Straithe are particular favourites and the Crab Hut at Brancaster, www.letzersseafood.co.uk/ serves the best crab and prawn baguettes for miles… it’s a must go place even if you don’t want to indulge in crossing the water and walking along the exposed sea bed whilst the tide is at its lowest and paddle in the pools of warm water. I always fall in and get soaked but that’s half the fun!
The delightful and buzzy village of Holt, the Lavender Farm at Hunstanton, Cley, Wells and all the gorgeous villages in between are pretty and provide a meandering route through a very lovely part of the county.
As in previous years, we stayed in the village of Docking and rented a cottage… but this year we were thrilled to arrive and note that the new owners, Jane Jones and family, who have created the company Naturally Norfolk, http://naturally-norfolk.com/ had completely renovated and refurbished and created a cosy, super stylish cottage with every detail thought of, even to providing a hamper for picnics which came in very handy when we went to the Last Night of the Proms in Blickling- which was a simply fab event and one that Jane herself suggested we might enjoy and indeed we did. The Spitfire and fireworks were equal highlights to the music which was stirring and moving, being in remembrance of the World War One veterans and soldiers who gave their lives. Having such a pretty and comfortable cottage to come back to each day was a joy and made an already great holiday even more special… we are already booked in for next year as Romané is returning once again to Greshams for summer camp and we are hoping to squeeze in a few shorter visits to stay in the cottage prior to the summer if hectic schedules allow… we may even convince Gerard to come with us!
Back home in the forest we have some great Autumn breaks to tempt you to visit for the first time or re-visit us again and (I can’t believe it) but we are already planning for Christmas and New Year and beyond!
Till next time and hoping to welcome you to TerraVina soon