The Surrounding Area

The area surrounding Bessingham Manor.

Bessingham Manor is accessed by its own brick and flint tower being the entrance to a long drive off a little rural single track lane on the edge of the tiny village of Bessingham in “deepest darkest North Norfolk” and lies approximately 5 miles equidistant from Sheringham, Holt and Cromer (ten minute drive) and 20 miles north of the historic city of Norwich (30 minutes).

The Norfolk Broads.Bessingham Manor is an excellent location from which to explore the wider county, including the North Norfolk Heritage Coast (a designated area of outstanding natural beauty) and the Norfolk Broads.

Bessingham Manor itself sits in a conservation area and the immediate area around Bessingham is somewhat of a rural idyll, offering breathtaking views of quiet undulating countryside and big, star-filled night skies. It is off the beaten track, away from the normal tourist area but is a short drive from the bustling seaside town of Sheringham (with its independent shops and a Steam Railway) and Cromer, famous for its Crabs, Lobsters and of course it’s pier.

The fashionable Georgian market town of a Holt is also a short drive away with its many boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and even an independent department store!

West Runton beach on the Norfolk Coast. Image: Pollywiggle.The North Norfolk Heritage Coast has an enormous wealth of culture and things to see and do, from watching the fishing boats sailing from the small port in Wells-next-the-Sea out to sea to crabbing on the Quay (a must for the children) or boat trips from Morston to Blakeney Point to see the Seal Colony. Enjoy sunbathing, building sand castles or swimming on a sandy beach, going for a scenic coastal walk, exploring thousands of acres of salt marsh and paddling in the sandy creeks. Picnic by the sea dunes, or go collecting sea shells or fossil hunting by the nearby sea cliffs. There is a huge diversity of activities including sailing, horse riding, fishing, playing golf or birdwatching and more.

Alternatively one could simply relax at the Manor, soaking up the tranquil atmosphere, reading a book or enjoying a glass of wine outside in the grounds whilst experiencing the local wildlife, which includes our own resident Barn Owl (often seen during daylight) to many other birds species to the odd Deer grazing the lawns.

There is a plethora of fantastic places to eat from posh restaurants to countless Gastro pubs dotted around the picturesque brick and flint villages, or one could have fish and chips on Cromer Pier and a pint of Wherry in our nearby friendly local!