Here at Hall Farm Cottages we are more than aware that Winter can be a drag but it seems to be the only season where the (already amazing) castles of Norfolk become exceedingly enchanting and rather frozen-esque.
Now we don’t know about you but we love a good fairytale and where better to relish in fantasy than at an actual castle? And although the UK is rich with royal history there is nowhere with a résumé quite like Norfolk. So with that in mind we compiled a list of the lushest castles this side of town.
Built under the instructions of William the Conqueror Norwich Castle is as uncomplicated as it is remarkable. Designed to house the royals and serve as a secure fort in the aftermath of the Norman conquest the stunning structure not only dominates the city skyline but is also host to a fabulous museum and art collection. You can explore the dungeons, battlements and even see the death masks from the castle’s short stint as a prison.
And with the plans recently unveiled by Norwich BID to use the castle as a canvas for a show-stopping light display in the lead up to Christmas you can be sure you will be in for a spell binding time.
Castle Rising Castle
If there was ever a fairytale story behind a real life castle that is sure to give you the feels it’s Castle Rising Castle in King’s Lynn. Made as a gift for his new bride, William d’Albini had the monument erected in 1138 in an ode to their love.
Castle Rising also happens to be one of the largest most well preserved luxury castles still around for us to see today. Surrounded by a stunning 20 acres of greenery the palace was also where Queen Isabella was exiled to after being accused of murdering her husband Edward II.
Hidden deep within the Norfolk countryside sits the magnificent ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle. The remains of the stately manor stand as a testament to the rise and fall of a prominent Norfolk family, the Heydons. The ambitious family built and enlarged the castle over the course of 200 years and then finally abandoned it completely in 1920.
Despite being in ruins the former castle is a hot spot for picnicking, visiting the lake or taking a walk through history with the boards dotted around the castle that tell the tale of the castle.
And after a fun filled day what could you possibly want more than to relax in a cosy cottage with a warm cup of cocoa? That is where we come in, here at Hall Farm Cottages we strive to give you the finest experience when you are looking for holiday cottages in Norfolk. With a picturesque countryside back drop to look over whilst you curl up with a good book in front of the fire and vast waterways our cottages will not disappoint. So pick up the phone and give us a call on 01692 630385 to book your stay today.