Two stunning seaside inns in East Anglia, on the North Norfolk and Suffolk coasts. Stay at one or stay at both. This pair provides perfect bases for exploring the surrounding area. Driving time between the inns is 1 hour 47 minutes.
Pairing notes: Family Friendly, Dog Friendly, Market Town, Country, Coastal
A relaxed seaside feel, menus brimming with local produce, summer pizzas and nineteen comfortable rooms draw a discerning crowd to this spruced-up old inn.
The Globe Inn is an old coaching inn that overlooks a pretty, leafy Georgian square known as The Buttlands, just inland from the quay in the quaint seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea. It remains delightfully informal and pubby despite being spruced up and extended in recent years.
Stylish inn on the coast path and a short stroll from the beach. Come for locally caught fish, quirky boutique rooms and fabulous ales.
Just two minutes' stroll from a stunning shingle beach, The Ship at Dunwich is a well-loved, iconic old smugglers' inn overlooking the salt marshes and sea. Once a medieval port, the quaint coastal hamlet of Dunwich is now surrounded by nature reserves and marshland - making it a perfect seaside escape.
The breathtaking North Norfolk coastline offers enormous scope for all kinds of walking. One of the most popular haunts of walkers is the region's remote Holkham Beach - it's just the place to enjoy wild beauty and stunning wide skies. If you enjoy sampling long-distance paths, however, try the 93-mile Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast Path, which offers a great blend of pastoral Norfolk hinterland and magnificent coastal scenery.
Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPB's most visited reserves. Follow several nature trails to spot ducks, waders, geese and seabirds. There are also avocets and terns, bitterns and marsh harriers and a visitor centre, where you can learn more about your surroundings.
Built during the 17th century, Blickling Hall is one of Britain's finest Jacobean houses, reputedly the birthplace of Anne Boleyn. One of its greatest features is the magnificent Long Gallery, which includes the National Trust's most important collection of rare books. There's also a secret garden and woodland dell.
Whether you are an experienced birdwatcher or simply eager to get close to nature, build in some time to visit RSPB Minsmere, a nature reserve on the Suffolk Coast with plenty of accessible wildlife. Owned and managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, is a 2,500 acre site of wetland, woodland and coast that's home to some of the UK's rarest and most beautiful wildlife.
The charming Suffolk seaside town of Southwold is well worth a visit, best known for its beach huts, historic pier and iconic lighthouse. A horse-drawn dray is still used through the streets and there is always a faint whiff of malt from the Adnam's Brewery mixed in with the sea-salty air. The Brewery is open to the public on specific dates - check ahead of time and go along for a tour.