Hunsett Mill is beautifully positioned with a large private garden on the banks of the River Ant, making it a wonderfully quiet and peaceful location. There is plenty to see just in and around the garden in the way of natural wildlife and the protected marshland all around affords frequent sightings of bitterns, marsh harriers and kingfishers. This apparent isolation however, belies the relative proximity of a huge number of things to see, do and visit just a short drive from the mill itself.

There are dozens of great walks ranging from long, empty beaches to blowy clifftops, board walks through conserved reedlands and wetlands as well as tracks along the Broads themselves. The picturesque towns of unspolit North Norfolk are less than an hour's drive and the city of Norwich itself is just half an hour away with it's shops, restaurants and theatres, as well as the famous cathedral.

Activities such as boating, golf, steam railways and adventure playgrounds are all within easy reach.

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Hunsett Mill is about 5 miles from the coast and has a number of lovely long, sandy, classic Norfolk beaches within easy driving or even biking distance.

The closest of these is Sea Palling (five miles away), a huge sandy beach with some great hide and seek rocks.

Also lovely are Winterton, with a blowy cliff top café, and Mundesley. At certain times, it is common to spot seals on the beach, playing in the shallow water.

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The property is at the end of a one-mile private lane, single track and tarmaced for all but the last few hundred feet, with the nearest neighbours a farmhouse partway down. It is easy to walk from the property along the lane and round to Stalham "Staithe", which is home to the Broads Museum, or on into Stalham village. There are dozens of lovely walks, long or short, some to or via pubs serving food and plenty along the local waterways. There are also a number of board-walks through protected Wetlands of the Broads with look outs along the way and a stunning cliff top walk along to Happisburgh Lighthouse. There are Ordnance Survey maps and various walking guides at the property.

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Sight seeing:

The Norfolk area has some great National Trust properties including Felbrigg Hall, Blickling Hall, Holkham Hall (with its gorgeous beach and a super little hotel / restaurant called the Victoria). Many of the properties have lovely grounds and gardens, particularly worth a visit is East Runton Old Vicarage.

Norwich is the regional capital and it is well worth a visit with its great shopping and large open market. It also has theatres, cinemas and a large cultural programme, castles, museums and a stunning cathedral. The old part of the city with its winding cobbled streets has some lovely boutique shops, (for ladies' clothes shopping also check out Ginger at the top of Timberhill).

Other places to visit include:

  • Holt, a magnificent and almost untouched Georgian town with many independent shops, great cafes and art galleries (45 minutes away);
  • Cromer, a classic Victorian sea side town buzzing with locals and holiday makers and boasting the famous and the "best" pier in the UK - don't miss the fish and chips and the early morning return of the crab boats bringing back their catch (30 minutes away).
  • Horning, a picturesque waterside village with boats available to hire (15 minutes away);
  • Happisburgh lighthouse with stunning cliff tops walks (15 minutes away);
  • Horsey, with its own lovely water pump windmill (15 minutes away);
  • Cley next the Sea, also with a beautiful windmill (30 minutes away);
  • Wroxham, gateway to the Broads, where every shop has the same name! (20 minutes away).

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Since the property is on the River Ant it is possible to go boating from the front garden and Barton Broad is only 20 minutes canoe up the river, which is a vast hidden lake ideal for exploring and sailing. There are numerous boat and canoe hire yards within easy reach.

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The Mill:

The property itself stands in a conservation area of special environmental interest. The bird life around the house is abundant (there are bird books provided but do bring your binoculars). Most evenings, the barn owls will come to see who is visiting and if you are an early riser, you may catch the kingfishers on the river.

There is fishing available from the long garden river frontage, so bring your rods in season, and plenty of garden for children to play in. Given its location, there is virtually zero light pollution at the mill so the sunsets over the river are fantastic, in fact the East Coast of Norfolk is one of the best spots in Britain for star gazing.

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Railway Fun:

The area is blessed with a number of steam railways which provide a great day out - kids of all ages (and actually most adults) will love them. The closest is the Bure Valley narrow gauge steam railway which runs between Wroxham and Aylsham ( Also well worth a visit is the much larger Norfolk railway, also known as the Poppy Line, which runs along a stunning coastal route from Sheringham to the Georgian town of Holt (

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Besides the boating, the railways, the numerous beaches and nice flat walks, for kids adventures there is nothing better than the amazing tree top adventure playground at Bewilderwood, very close by at Horning (, 15 minutes drive.

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Royal Cromer Golf Club and Sheringham Golf Club are classic English seaside links courses just 30 minutes away. The Marriott at Sprowston Manor offers a Parkland course 15 minutes away.

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