The Old Print Shop, Holt
When the first snow of winter begins to fall, there’s nothing like a cosy cottage stay to warm the cockles. It doesn't come much cosier that this cute little love nest.
January can feel like a long and dark month. To counter this doom and gloom, I start planning lots of fun things things to look forward to across the year and first on my list – cosy cottage breaks.
Travel is good for the soul but you don’t always have to visit exotic sun kissed places to achieve that inner happiness that comes with being away from the day to day routine. Sometimes just a short break from the norm, somewhere lovely (that doesn’t have an endless DIY do list attached), can do the trick.
Last weekend we travelled 40 minutes up the road from Norwich to the market town of Holt on the North Norfolk Coast and stayed in ‘The Old Print Shop’, located on a quiet back street a stone’s throw from the centre of town, it couldn’t be more convenient.
A simple and quaint looking building from the outside, as soon as you open the door you can see the time and love that has gone into making the place as comfortable as possible. The small touches are important – I loved the umbrellas that you can help yourself to and the retro glass jars filled with sweets – take a brown paper bag and fill up! The window into the lounge is engraved with the words “The Old Print Shop” and the black and white picture on the porch wall gives you a clue to the buildings origins – just in case you hadn’t guessed!
The lounge is really comfy and spacious with Scandi-style furniture, two large sofas with cushions and pillows to snuggle down under, a bio-ethanol fire (which is easy peasy to light) and a large flat-screen TV with Netflix loaded up.
Little bits of magic are dotted everywhere: – Banksy coasters, a good selection of magazines, board games to play, tons of local information and in the bedroom, bottles of water to quench your middle of the night wine induced thirst!
Even before we took our coats off we made a beeline for the pretty hamper filled with delicious local produce. Croissants, jam and Nutella, proper French butter, Norfolk’s finest coffee, a bottle of white wine and homemade carrot cake. What more could you ask for?
The kitchen is modern and well equipped and the original brickwork provides the perfect backdrop for the copper and white colour scheme.
Upstairs you’ll find a large double room with a massive (and mega comfy) bed, statement lighting and, the piéce de rèsistance, a modern roll-top bath in the corner. Being built into the loft, this room has high ceilings and Velux windows with blinds so effective you won’t know what time of day it is.
The large wet room is super stylish.
With the wine poured, we lit the fire (simply pour the liquid that’s under the sink into the grate and light) and got started on our homemade pizzas. Snow was beginning to fall and rather than go out, we decided to enjoy the cosiness of the cottage and snuggled up on the sofas to watch movies.
The next morning I couldn’t resist a luxurious wallow in the bath using the lovely Duck Island products provided. Croissants and coffee by the fire – the perfect fuel for a day spent mooching around the pretty town of Holt.
Bakers & Larners of Holt dates back to 1770 and has that fabulous old fashioned department store feel. There are lots of great brands and I challenge you to avoid the food hall – far too tempting!
You’re perfectly situated to explore the Norfolk coast – jump on the North Norfolk steam train just outside Holt and travel to the traditional seaside town of Sheringham. In the other direction – head towards Morston and Blakeney where you can take a seal trip.