Hunsett Mill
Stalham, Norfolk
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locality

Nestled on the
banks of Norfolk’s
River Ant, at the
heart of the Broads
National Park
Set in a secluded spot on the banks
of the River Ant, Hunsett Mill is a
beautiful millkeeper’s cottage sensitively
restored and extended to create
an award-winning 5-bedroom property
perfect for memorable holidays.
      The mill cottage sits next to the
windmill itself, a historic grade II-listed
water-pumping mill recently restored
by one of the country’s last professional
millwrights. Together the cottage and
the mill comprise one of Norfolk’s most
photographed images.

location

Located in the heart of the Norfolk Broads
National Park, Hunsett Mill's tranquil
setting is complemented by easy access to
nearby Stalham village, where you’ll
find a large supermarket and a full range
of local shops, including a butchers
and several fresh food farm shops. There is
also a Waitrose supermarket that offers
a delivery service in nearby North Walsham.

Distances by car:
— 30 minutes from Norwich
— 2.5 hours from London
— 2 hours from Stansted Airport
— 10 minutes to the beach

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local attractions

Despite its secluded location, there is
a wealth of things to see and do in
and around the property, or just a short
drive away, including:

— Wildlife
— Stargazing & Fishing
— Beaches
— Walking & Cycling
— Sightseeing
— Food & Drink
— Boating
— Railways
— Activities for Children
— Golf

wildlife

The property and its garden stand in an
area of special environmental interest,
so the wildlife around the house is abundant.
The protected marshland affords sightings
of extraordinary local birds including bitterns
and marsh harriers (remember to pack your
binoculars) and even the occasional otter.
Most evenings, the barn owl will come to see
who is visiting and early risers can glimpse
the bright blue flash of a kingfisher.

Stargazing & Fishing

There is fishing available from the long
garden river frontage so bring your rods
in season, and there is plenty of garden
space for children to play in, complete with
its own private boardwalk. Given its
remote location, there is zero light pollution
at the property, so sunsets over the river
are fantastic, as is stargazing.

Beaches

Hunsett Mill is five miles from the coast
and has a number of wonderful,
expansive sandy beaches within easy
driving or cycling distance. The closest
of these are Sea Palling, Waxham, or
Horsey Gap, where at certain times
you can spot seals on the beach or playing
in the shallow water.
      Also of note are Winterton, with its
clifftop café, and Mundesley. A little
further up the coast, Holkham is a must.
Crabbing from Cromer Pier is fun for
children of all ages, and boat trips to see
the seal colonies can be taken from
Blakeney harbour.

Walking & cycling

There are dozens of great walks nearby,
from long, empty beaches and windy
clifftops through to boardwalks over
conserved wetlands and tracks along the
Broads themselves. Hunsett Mill
is at the end of a one-mile private lane,
which leads on to Stalham “Staithe”—
home of the Broads Museum—or on
into Stalham village. There is a variety of
walking guides at the Mill.
      Being a particularly flat county, Norfolk
is also perfect for cycling. The Mill
provides the perfect starting point for scenic
rides for cyclists of all abilities.

Sightseeing

The Norfolk area is home to some noted
National Trust properties, including
Felbrigg Hall, Blickling Hall and Holkham
Hall. East Runton Old Vicarage Gardens
is also well worth a visit in season.
Norwich is the regional capital and makes
for a fine day out, with its eclectic
boutiques and large open market. It also
boasts a stunning Norman cathedral
and castle, as well as theatres, cinemas
and museums. The old part of the city
around Tombland and Elm Hill—with
its winding cobbled streets—is the perfect
place to unearth gems in its handful of
antique and bookshops.

Towns & villages

Holt   (45 minutes away)
A magnificent and almost untouched
Georgian town with many independent shops,
great cafes and art galleries

Cromer   (30 minutes away)
A classic Victorian seaside town buzzing
with locals and holidaymakers and boasting
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

Horning   (15 minutes away)
A picturesque waterside village with boats
available to hire
 
 
 
Happisburgh lighthouse   (15 minutes away)
For stunning cliff tops walks

Horsey   (15 minutes away)
With its own lovely water pump windmill

Cley next the Sea   (30 minutes away)
Also with a beautiful windmill

Wroxham   (20 minutes away)
Gateway to the Broads; where every shop
has the same name!

Food & Drink

Situated in an agricultural county surrounded
by the sea, fresh local produce is available from
farm shops and fishmongers close by, and
can also be enjoyed in the numerous local pubs,
cafés and restaurants, which include:

— The Gunton Arms at Thorpe Market
— The Swan at Ingham
— The Kings Head at Coltishall
— The Waterside at Rollesby
— The Mermaid’s Slipper at Stalham Staithe
— Waxham Barn

A full catering service can also be provided at
the property on request.

Boating

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

Railways

The area is home to 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.

Activities for Children

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, only 15 minutes’
drive away at Horning.

Golf

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.