The Penthouse, Hunstanton
With a sea view from the bedroom, top notch mod cons and miles of coastline on your doorstep - The Penthouse in Hunstanton is the perfect escape for two.
There’s nothing quite like a sea breeze to blow the cobwebs away (even during Storm Ciara!), so when Muddy Norfolk offered me (ex Muddy Northants) – a trip to your lovely county, I bit her hand off. Living in a landlocked county has me craving long costal walks and a sea view from the bedroom and The Penthouse offered it all…
Situated in the Victorian town of Hunstanton, this luxury seaside apartment c/o Norfolk Cottages is the perfect place to enjoy sea views and truly amazing twilight sunsets (I always thought Northamptonshire had amazing sunsets, but you guys have some gob smackers). The Penthouse is a minute walk to the beach, pubs and shops, so you can make most of the fresh air and what Hunstanton has to offer (more of which below). In fact, it’s 0.1 miles to the beach and 0.2 miles to a pub – pretty much as close as you can get really!
Pulling up in front of The Penthouse to a hassle-free car park space and a welcome by the lovely owners was a great start to the mini break. It’s a couple of flights of stairs up to the top floor (the clue is in the name), so be mindful when you’re packing. It’s a converted Victorian house but you wouldn’t know when you’re inside as everything looks brand spanking new! The Penthouse has been decorated to top-notch standards with all of the mod cons you’d want to actually live there (and we were sorely tempted to).
It boasts spacious living with a faux-flame, mood enhancing fire to combat the cool sea breeze and a super modern kitchen with breakfast bar and all the ‘mod-cons’ (Plus One took notes on all of the things he wanted to change in our kitchen, tch)! The clawfoot slipper bath is a great way to relax after a day of exploring the beautiful coastline and there’s a lovely velvet pink window seat in the inner hallway which is perfect for a quick Instagram snap!
The lounge is a decent size with sofas for the both of you, but most importantly, you can see the sea from the window (the owners left some binoculars out which Plus One hogged for the duration)! The finish on everything within the apartment is superb and I would have sung it’s praises even without the owners leaving us fresh flowers, coffee AND Prosecco! It really is perfect for couples wanting a romantic weekend away; so much so, we even stayed in the first night (unheard of) and binge watched The Stranger while quaffing afore mentioned Prosecco!
The master bedroom comes complete with king size bed, sumptuous mattress and crisp cotton linens. The decor is tasteful with mostly pale colours and hints of magenta – it’s simple yet effective. It feels like a home away from home with a great size, comfy bed and plenty of cupboard space. Oh, and more views of the sea!
OUT & ABOUT
Hunstanton is loved by many but doesn’t have the gentrified charms that some of the other Norfolk coastal towns have (not necessarily a bad thing). Plus we spent an hour on the beach with our seeing another soul – wildly romantic during the storm! There’s still loads to do, and The Penthouse is in a prime spot for either Old or New Hunstanon. For eating out head to the Orange Tree in Thornham or the White Horse in Brancaster, or go full seaside holiday mode with fish and chips from East Coast Gelato. Norfolk Deli will set you up for the day with a great breakfast but we decided to make our own followed by some buttery croissants and fresh coffee that the owners had left!
Burnham Market is worth a visit with No.29 serving up the drinks and Collen & Clare offering a great spot for boutique shopping. Make the most of the glorious coastline and venture to Burnham Overy Staithe for a walk to the beach, or if you fancy a pint stop, The Red Lion in Stiffkey is a lovely cosy pub that’ll quench your thirst.
The storm hit epic proportions on the Sunday we visited, so we were literally forced to stay in The Lodge for Sunday lunch and two of the best cocktails we’d ever had (before the visit I scoped out Muddy Norfolk’s previous Hunstanton visits for the best travel inspo; so have a nosey at her visits to The Lodge and The Lighthouse)! The roast chicken dinner for two was super tasty and was great for lining our stomachs as the Manhattan cocktails were pretty strong!
Good for: Couples wanting a romantic weekend away with all the comforts of home.
Not for: Families – it’s a one-bedroom apartment so there’s simply not enough room. Also bear in mind there’s a couple of flights of stairs to climb to get there.
The damage: Good value for money at around £465 per week or £66 per night.