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Top places to live in Norfolk Burnham Market

Remember the Stella Artois campaign 'Reassuringly expensive'? There's a reason Burnham Market's nicknamed Chelsea-on-Sea and it's not because of iced buns. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?  

Surrounded by world class beaches, walks, stately homes and fab food and drink, Burnham Market is perfectly placed for the poshest end of the north Norfolk Coast and chock-a-block with Muddy Award finalist indie shops and restaurants. Avoid the raging debate about second home owners sucking the soul out of local communities by moving here for good. Why wouldn’t you?

EAT

You’re spoilt for choice, but here’s a handful of Muddy favourites for starters…On the green is The Hoste Arms, great modern British restaurant and cosy pub with an inglenook fireplace perfect for winter afternoons with a glass of red. Er…make that a bottle. NoTwenty9‘s uber glam with a pretty courtyard for sparkly summer evening drinks and award-winning food. Stylish open plan Socious concocts small tapas plates showcasing the best local produce (and Norfolk’s IS the best!). You’re 5 minutes from The Duck Inn, Stanhoe where a certain Mr Giles Coren said he ‘had nowhere to go for superlatives…the food here was properly good.’ 5 mins in the other direction is The White Horse, Brancaster, with its stunning Marshside Bar – worthy winner of Best Destination Pub in the 2021 Muddy Awards. And we have a soft spot for Tilly’s Café – scrummy cakes and home-cooked food. You’re welcome.

SHOP

You’ll be falling over indie shops, delis and galleries. Fashionistas love the local branch of Primrose Hill fave Anna for easy living, flattering frocks. Gilly’s is good too and The Hat Shop has an enormous multi-room selection of headgear from Peaky Blinder caps, top hats and bowlers to super chic Panamas. Boudicca Design makes delectable bespoke fragrances and candles (Samphire & Sage is divine), while all your eco-friendly children’s gifts are sorted at Little Sunshine Toys whose gorgeous brands include Maileg, Moulin Roti and beautiful local Norfolk Rocking Horses. Pampered pooches will love Eric & Dolly’s for fabulous fur baby accessories (dog perfume anyone?). And it’s foodie heaven. Artisan bakery NoThirty3 is stocked by the talented pastry chefs from NoTwenty9 and pescatarians are completely hooked at Gurney’s, selling the best, freshest local fish from a photogenic old shop. Stunning Creake Abbey with its monthly Farmers’ Market and courtyard of brilliant indie shops is just 2 miles away, as is Dalegate Market with indies, pop-ups and fantastic Christmas and Spring markets.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

You’re a walk away from 45 miles of stunning coastline. Go slow with a 6 mile cycle ride to Wells next the Sea where the beach is edged with fragrant pines and pretty candy coloured huts you can hire by the day from The Happy Huts. In town you’ll find indie shops, restaurants, pubs and the deliciously Instagrammable Swirl. You’ll need more than a day to explore historic maritime Kings Lynn, once one of Europe’s most prominent ports. Famed for its stunning stripy cliffs, Hunstanton is great for an old fashioned day at the seaside, one of the few places on the east coast you can watch the sunset and it has a world-class golf club for keen swingers. There are watersports all along the coast including jet skiing, paddle boarding and sailing. A trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point is a must. Majestic Holkham is famed for outdoor theatre, food festivals, glorious grounds and one of the world’s most breathtaking sweeps of sea, sand and sky. The beautiful Sandringham Estate with its splendid gardens is 25 mins by car. And look out for the annual Wighton scarecrow festival – a classic Nor-folk blend of humorous and downright terrifying.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

An eye-watering £721,540. On average, terraced properties sell for £471,625, semi-detached £662,000 and detached £851,276.

HOT PROPERTY

This 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom property with a sun trap garden in the centre of Burnham Market is on the market for £1.1m with Sowerbys.

SCHOOLS

Gresham’s in Holt, Langley in Taverham offer boarding and Wymondham College is a highly sought-after state boarding school. Glebe House in Hunstanton is a prep school with boarding from 7-13. State options are Burnham Market Primary School (Ofsted Good), slightly outside the village centre which takes part in regular community events in the surrounding area. It’s in the catchment for Alderman Peel High School (Ofsted Good) in nearby Wells next the Sea.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Burnham Market was the scene of Norfolk’s most notorious murders. Don’t worry, they were back in 1835 when Frances Billing and Catherine Frary bought arsenic from the unsuspecting pharmacist and bumped off three people, before being caught and hanged in front of a crowd of 20,000. Pre-Netflix, obvs.

COMMUTE

It’s a good three-hour drive from London, around two from Cambridge and just over an hour from Norwich. Kings Lynn, with a direct train line to London Kings Cross, is a 45 minute drive. Let’s face it, this isn’t exactly the commuter belt.

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