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Just to the north of Brancaster, a brief detour away from the A149 coast road takes you to Brancaster Staithe (Staithe means wharf, or landing stage). As is the case with so much of this area, where once larger craft docked, now only shallow drafted boats can sail from the tiny and picturesque harbour. The sea still gives a living to many in the area though. Brancaster Staithe is famed for its mussels, brought from elsewhere in the Wash to fatten in the “lays” along the tidal creeks giving onto the foreshore. On the road down to the harbour there are whelk sheds too, where visitors crunch shells from that trade underfoot as they pass. Just a short ferry trip from the mainland takes visitors to Scolt Head Island, a four mile long sand bar housing a National Nature Reserve well-known for terns, oystercatchers, and ringed plovers. The village is a quaint one, with typical flint walling on many cottages, some of which have unusually long gardens, narrow streets, and the smell of the sea and the seafood ever present. To go with the seafood there is beer from the Brancaster Brewery at the Jolly Sailors pub in Brancaster Staithe, where locals will tell you Nelson learned to sail here, and where in the winter the fire will combat the chilly east winds.

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White Horse (0.22 miles)

White Horse
North Norfolk's best kept secret - award winning coastal hotel - commanding stunning views from conservatory restaurant and viewing deck terrace across tidal marshland beyond to Scolt Head Island.

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Titchwell Manor Hotel (2.31 miles)

Titchwell Manor Hotel
Located on the North Norfolk coast, Titchwell Manor has something for everyone. With a newly renovated bar and restaurant it exudes luxurious style and offers two restaurants for all residents and non-residents to choose from.

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Briarfields Hotel (2.31 miles)

Briarfields Hotel

A warm welcome awaits at The Briarfields Hotel - a selection of sympathetically converted barns and farm buildings in the village of Titchwell on the North Norfolk coast. With its cosy rooms and informal atmosphere, ... More | visit website

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Hoste Arms (2.71 miles)

Hoste Arms
The Hoste Arms is where the Great Inns of Britain first began – and this wonderful inn, overlooking the beautiful Burnham Market Green and close to the wild North Norfolk coast, continues to set the ... More | visit website
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Lifeboat Inn (3.97 miles)

Lifeboat Inn

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This lovely 16th century house has provided a warm welcome to travellers for many years. Combining historic charm with all modern comforts, relaxing views are enjoyed over open meadows ... More | visit website

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Glebe Farmhouse (5.26 miles)

Glebe Farmhouse

Situated on the outskirts of the quiet village of North Creake, North Norfolk. The farmhouse is in an ideal location to visit the Norfolk coast, Norwich and Kings Lynn or the more local villages of ... More | visit website

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Caley Hall Hotel (6.84 miles)

Caley Hall Hotel

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Caley Hall Hotel and Restaurant is set around a Manor House dating back to 1648. More recently the old farm outbuildings have been converted to provide the spacious en-suite bedrooms, ... More

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Lodge Hotel & Restaurant (6.91 miles)

Lodge Hotel & Restaurant

Situated amid quaint country cottages in the village of Old Hunstanton on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, The Lodge is just 400 yards from beautiful, quiet sandy beaches, providing the perfect environment for wonderful walks ... More | visit website

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Le Strange Arms Hotel (7.13 miles)

Le Strange Arms Hotel

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Situated on the coast in Old Hunstanton, with grounds that stretch down to the seashore to one of the finest beaches in Norfolk, the hotel offers old world charm complemented ... More | visit website

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Arch House (7.30 miles)

Arch House

Arch House, a very distinguished old house at the very entrance to Wells-next-the-sea, built around the turn of the 18th century to offer the Excise man a good vantage point over the town... (boo), but ... More | visit website

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