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Accommodation

The Bittern Line passes through some of the best scenery in Norfolk and visitors will need to stay for more than just a one day visit to appreciate the very best North Norfolk has to offer.

While we cannot make any specific recommendations, below is a list of local accommodation from the B&B's, Guest Houses, small Hotels to magnificent luxury. We aim to offer visitors value for money, and the establishments listed kindly offer discounts to Bittern Line train ticket holders, where bookings are made in advance. Please state when booking that you will be arriving by train to claim your discount and some hotels will collect you from the station.

If you would like to use any of the places listed please be sure to book in advance and let the accommodation provider know you are seeking a train ticket holder discount. We would like you to mention the Bittern Line web site as well, but we will leave this to your discretion.

In the event of any difficulties, please contact the Partnership at info@bitternline.com or write to us at: The Bittern Line Partnership c/o PTU County Hall Norwich NR1 2SG.

As Norwich is a major tourist destination we refer visitors to see www.visitnorwich.co.uk for details on a wide range of available accommodation. Click on the destinations below for more information.

Holidaycottages.co.uk

We have over 70 self-catering cottages across Norfolk in coastal, rural and central locations, all of which are perfect for families, couples and groups. All of our properties have been personally inspected by dedicated property managers to ensure a high standard of accommodation. We offer everything from modern barn conversions to traditional farmhouses and chocolate-box cottages in quaint Norfolk villages. Some of our properties offer facilities such as hot tubs, swimming pools and on-site games rooms, all of which add that little bit extra to the holiday cottage experience.

 Salhouse

An attractive small village with an active local community, it has the benefit of the nearby Salhouse Broad one of the quieter less commercialised stretches of water in this famous area. There is no accommodation in the village itself as Hoveton & Wroxham are only 3 miles away. Please visit: www.salhousevillage.org.uk

 Hoveton & Wroxham

Gateway to the Northern Norfolk Broads and a haven for the cruising boats during the high season. These two small villages have lots of attractions, you can hire day boats (or book ahead for one or two weeks boat hire), hire cycle and the Bure Valley Railway are some of the attractions that offer discounts to Bittern Line train ticket holders.

There is Plenty of accommodation available ranging from small B & Bs, Guest Houses and self catering to some very nice hotels.

The Hotel Wroxham

Overlooking the River Bure, the Wroxham Hotel is an 18-room establishment offering one of the best restaurant experiences in the region, the "Waterside Terrace Bar and Restaurant", where guests can enjoy a wide range of menus with views for miles across the Norfolk Broads.

Situated just 500 yards from the railway station in the centre of Wroxham and the Hotel offers a 10% discount to Bittern Line ticket holders.

For details of The Hotel please see www.arlingtonhotelgroup.co.uk
or write to Hotel Wroxham The Bridge Wroxham NR12 8AJ
Telephone: 01603 782061 Facsimile: 01603 784279

Please do not forget to book in advance to claim your discount
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The Wroxham Park Lodge Guest House

A home from home environment in a beautiful garden setting. Nearby are Wroxham Broad and Hoveton Great Broad. The Guest House offers Bittern Line ticket holders a 5% discount in the high peak and 10% discount off peak. Telephone 01603 782991. For details please e mail to parklodge@computer-assist.net or visit www.wroxhamparklodge.com.

The best time to visit Hoveton and Wroxham is during the quiet winter season (Norfolk is the second driest County in England!), when the tourists have gone and villages settle down to a peaceful waterside escape, ideal for the many walks on offer around the broads.


The Old Railway Station Bed & Breakfast Coltishall near Hoveton & Wroxham

The Old Railway station at Coltishall was built for the East Norfolk Railway Company that opened the line from Norwich in 1880. The station building was in continuous use until British Rail ceased passenger traffic in the 1950s, however, freight traffic continued until 1982. The old track was later removed but a new, 15-inch, narrow gauge track was laid in 1990 when The Bure Valley Railway opened. This popular seasonal attraction with trains running between Wroxham and Aylsham has brought the old Victorian station back to life and staying here is really special.

You can get to Coltishall by catching the Bure Valley Railway train from Wroxham which connects with the Bittern Line train service from Norwich.
For train times on the Bure Valley Railway please call 01263 733858 or on their web site at www.bvrw.co.uk.

The Old Railway Station Bed & Breakfast

The Old Railway Station B&B offers a discount on a double room when you book for four nights or more during the high season, for details of the Old Railway Station and rates please visit www.theoldrailwaystation.co.uk.

 Worstead

Aptly named, The Old Chapel, with exposed beamed ceiling, large stained glass window and open gallery bedroom, is detached, but next to the owners home, within the village centre. For details please call 01692 536005.

The White Lady

North Norfolk and Broadland Bed and Breakfast holiday accommodation at WORSTEAD WHITE LADY PUB AND GUEST HOUSE is now availible. All our rooms are en suite and spacious they have great views over our great historic village and country side. We are only a short distance from the sandy beachs of the coast and the beauty of the broadlands.

Discounts for Bittern Line ticket holders at The White Lady Worstead, a short walk from the station offering B&B, Great Ales and fantastic meals.

The White Lady

Both of the above offer discounts to Bittern Line Train ticket holders if you book in advance.

 North Walsham
Chimneys Guesthouse

Jenny and her family extend a very warm welcome at her country guest house close to the centre of North Walsham. Tradition, old-fashioned good service, the highest of standards and the desire to create a home from home and relaxed atmosphere are their sole aims. Born and bred in Norfolk and proud of their county, they have extensive knowledge of the local area and amenities that they will be most happy to share at 51, Cromer Road, North Walsham, Norfolk NR28 0HB For details please call 01692 406172 or visit www.chimneysbb.co.uk.

Scarborough Hill Hotel

The historic Scarborough Hill Hotel in North Walsham is one of the superb Norfolk hotels from which to visit the delights of East Anglia.

The atmosphere inside "The Hill" is one of luxurious warmth, with the entire ground floor of the hotel given over to your use and pleasure...from the large tiled front hall through to the delightful bar and lounge areas, each with a roaring open fire. The hotel is some way from the station, so please call the hotel and advise them you are arriving by train. Please call 01692 402151 or visit: www.arlingtonhotelgroup.co.uk.

A 10% discount is available at both of the above when booked in advance, please let them know you are arriving by the Bittern Line and ask for your rail ticket discount when paying.
You may be asked for your train ticket number.

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 Gunton

Home to the Norfolk Quiet Lanes scheme, where local country roads are used as footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways. There is no village of Gunton as the name derives from nearby Gunton Park. The nearest village is 2 miles away at Thorpe Market.

 Roughton Road

On the outskirts of Cromer this station mainly serves the southern residential area of Cromer.

It is the nearest station to The National Trust at Felbrigg Hall. The National Trust has accommodation available at certain locations for details please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

 Cromer
Cliftonville Hotel

The Cliftonville Hotel built in 1894 was designed by Augustus Scott a local architect who is said to have been inspired by the design of a hotel in Clifton hence the name of the hotel. Extended in 1898 the new architect was on George John Skipper of Norwich. Skippers design was much freer than that of Scott's. Using decorative stained glass, terracotta panels depicting plants and birds. This spectacular location is short walk from Cromer station. We offer those arriving by train off the Bittern Line, an advance booking discount, please contact us and let us know your needs. We are located on Runton Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9AS
Phone: 01263 512543, Fax: 01263 515700

Cromer Cottages

Welcome to Cromer on the stunning North Norfolk coast , home of the Cromer Crab, a local delicacy truly worth travelling for. Buy fresh from the fish stalls for sumptuous suppers in your Cromer cottage, dangle a net over the pier, or sample all kinds of dishes in the many pubs and restaurants. Stay in August for the Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival, a crustacean celebration of art, music and comedy featuring the 'Crustacean Crawl' of giant crabs and lobsters!

But there's more to Cromer than crabs. This picturesque Norfolk town is blessed with striking Victorian architecture, an award-winning, sandy beach and lots of interesting shops. For amazing coastal views, wander the cliff-top, flower-filled gardens, or climb the 172 steps to the magnificent medieval church with its lofty tower.

Cromer Cottages

We are in very easy reach by train and by local bus services all from London and the Midlands by changing on to the scenic Bittern Line at Norwich. Make yours a real holiday and leave the car at home to avoid the stress.

Book a Cromer cottage for fantastic entertainment

Cromer is proud to host the last remaining, end-of-pier show in England and the Pavilion Theatre puts on all sorts of variety shows, including the summertime Seaside Special. Book a Cromer cottage in August and along with giant crabs and lobsters look out for the Cromer Carnival, with fly-pasts, floats and fancy dress.

Unravel local history, geology and archaeology at the Cromer Museum, showcasing a collection of fossils including the West Runton Elephant, an extraordinary relic found in Ice Age cliffs. Learn about Henry Blogg's heroic work at the RNLI Museum. Or head out just a couple of miles to Felbrigg Hall, a splendid National Trust estate perfect for whiling away a few hours. Just a few reasons to book a Cromer cottage!

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 West Runton
The Links Country Park Hotel and Golf Club

Welcome to the Links Country Park Hotel and Golf Course West Runton - The place to stay the place to play

200 yards from West Runton Railway Station, on the Bittern Line, is the Links Country Park Hotel and Golf Course. An ideal meeting point and a great place to enjoy the North Norfolk sunshine is the 'Fairways Club' open every day from 10am. Open to everyone Fairways offers a large menu from noon until late evening, choose a light snack or something from the daily specials board.

If you enjoy fine dining then a visit to the Links Restaurant is for you. Using local produce wherever possible and as you might expect with a restaurant so close to the sea a wide choice local fish and Cromer Crabs dishes, the restaurant also offers a range of meat and vegetarian options. The Links has gained a fine reputation for great food and has a wine list to match, with wines from around the world and choices to complement every dish and to suit every pocket to make the meal complete.

'The Links' has plenty of room options to choose, from singles, twins and doubles, to large family rooms and accommodation that is even dog friendly and with a fantastic discount available for Bittern Line customers who pre-book, its yet another reason to choose the train, and with free use of the hotels sauna solarium and indoor heated swimming pool there are even more reasons.

The nine-hole golf course offers some exciting golf and splendid views as far as Blakeney. Friendly 'Golf Pro' Nic Catchpole is always on had to offer advice and assistance and can even sell you a new putter from the well-stocked golf shop. Please advise the Hotel when you are due to arrive by train and they will try to assist with your luggage. So next time you travel on the Bittern Line, make West Runton your first stop and come and see what the Links Hotel has to offer.... Perfect for you, your family and friends.

The Links Country Park

The Links Country Park Hotel and Golf Club
West Runton, Cromer
Norfolk NR27 9QH
Telephone: 01263 838383
e-mail: sales@links-hotel.co.uk
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The Links Hotel, has had inspiration for creative minds in the past. It is known that in 1901 following a conversation with a local, about a famous local ghost dog called Black Shuck, which haunts the coast hereabouts, Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a letter, whilst staying at the hotel, saying he had an idea for 'a real creeper'. Following his visit, Doyle and friend Bertram Fletcher Watson did further research of a similar story in Dartmoor and 'Hound of the Baskervilles' was born. Initially serialised in The Strand magazine, it was then released as a book the following year.

 Sheringham

The jewel on the Norfolk Coast. This resort has so much to see and do that a short stay is too short, you'll need a longer break to explore all on offer. From superb beaches, fantastic cliff top views, a shoppers paradise, steam trains, an excellent local Theatre (The Little Theatre) and all within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Walnut House

Walnut House bed and breakfast enjoys a quiet and secluded setting, approx. 5 to 10 minutes walk to the town centre and 15 minutes walk to the beach and to the woods. They are proud of their high standards and a commitment to making your stay pleasurable. Walnut House offers a 10% discount to guests arriving by train on the Bittern Line so please book in advance and let them know when you will be coming by train.

Your hosts are Mary & Roger Youngs
8 Heath Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR25 8JH
Telephone:01263 825305
Mobile: 07799 887626
Web: http://www.walnuthouse-sheringham.co.uk

Myrtle House

At Myrtle House B &B, all guests will find a warm welcome where we successfully blend the luxury and comfort of a good bed & breakfast venue with the warm, friendly and personal atmosphere only achieved in a family home. You have access to your room at all times and we are available most of the time should you need help or information. We offer a 5% discount to anyone arriving on the Bittern Line when they pre book. We can also offer to collect them from the train station at a time to be agreed. Find out more by contacting us at:

Myrtle House B & B
27 -29 Nelson Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8BU
Telephone: 01263 823889
Email:enquiries@myrtlehouse-sheringham.co.uk

Myrtle House

The information on these pages is supplied in good faith by the Bittern Line Partnership and are dated February 2007, please check all details when booking. To be valid, the rail ticket must be dated on the day that you arrive. One valid rail ticket required per visitor to obtain the discount offered. All accommodation providers reserve the right to refuse entry, discount or to change the level of discount offered.