Home Farm Blog: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

June Availability and Last Minute Offers

Okay, so the weather hasn’t exactly given us much to shout about over the past few weeks, but it hasn’t stopped our guests enjoying and exploring North Norfolk during their stay. Although the weather has been cloudy and unseasonably cooler than it should be, there are still lots of places to visit, beaches to explore and things to do in and around North Norfolk. 
Even though the weather hasn't been the best, did you know that the East of England is famous for being the driest region in the UK? Visiting this area means you'll have lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy the rugged beaches and gorgeous countryside, as well as being able to stroll around the great independent shops our seaside and market towns have to offer. 
If you’re planning a ‘staycation’ check out our availability for this June and take advantage of some of our last minute offers!
Owl Cottage sleeps 4 people over two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a beautiful brass double bed with enough room for a babies travel cot or Z bed, bedroom two has two single beds. The main bathroom has a bath and over bath shower. The living area offers a spacious open plan kitchen/ dining and lounge area with french doors leading to a private patio area.
CURRENT AVAILABILITY: 31st May – 7th June.
31st May – 7th June: £595
31st May – 3rd June: £450
3rd – 7th June: £595
Coot Cottage is our smallest cottage that sleeps 2 people, so it’s the perfect retreat for couples or a young family  with a baby. This 5 star cottage has beautiful open beams throughout and boasts a stunning open plan living room/ dining area, master bedroom and bathroom with a walk in shower. 
14th – 17th June: £350.00
Wagtail Cottage sleeps 4 people over two bedrooms. The master bedroom compromises a large, comfortable king size bed whilst the second bedroom includes two single beds. The spacious bathroom has a bath and over bath shower and the cottage itself offers a large open plan kitchen/ dining and living area.  Both the living area and master bedroom give access to an outside patio area which overlooks a communal garden and children’s play area.
3rd – 7th     June: £500
 7th – 10th June: £550
10th – 14th June: £600
7th – 14th June: £795
Tern Cottage sleeps up to 4 people over two bedrooms. The spacious master bedroom has a king sized bed plus space for a travel whilst the second bedroom has two single beds plus space for a Z bed. The bathroom has been designed as a wet room and the spacious open plan kitchen/ dining and living room has access to both the courtyards at the front of the cottage and gardens at the rear. It also has it’s own private patio area which overlooks the communal gardens and children’s play area.
3rd – 7th June: £500
Swallow cottage sleeps up to 6 people over 3 bedrooms. There are two double bedrooms, both with king sized beds. The master bedroom also has room for a travel cot. The third bedroom has two single beds, which can be zipped together to provide a queen sized bed.  The bathroom has a bath and separate walk in shower. The living area is open plan and the kitchen boasts a gas cooker and Rayburn. The dining area can comfortably seat between 8 – 10 people and the cottage has access to a private patio area.
31st May – 5th June (5 Day Special Offer!): £750
15th – 20th June (5 Day Special Offer!): £750

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Woodpecker Cottage sleeps up to 5 people over 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom has a comfortable king sized bed and en-suite shower room, along with access to a small private patio area. Bedroom two includes two single beds, whilst bedroom three has one single bed, plus space for a cot. The master bathroom has a bath, wc and washbasin. The open plan kitchen/ dining and living area leads out to a private fenced garden, which overlooks the communal garden area.
31st May – 3rd June: £550
31st May – 7th June: £645
3rd– 7th June: £595.00
21st – 28th June & 28th June – 5th July: £995.00

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During your stay, you have access to enjoy our luxury indoor heated swimming pool, family games room, children’s outdoor play area and extensive countryside grounds. We are a family friendly and can supply travel cots, high chairs, changing mats, monitors, blenders and other items. Visit our family friendly pages for more details of our services. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Seasonal Recipe - Risotto with Cromer Crab & Asparagus

We are big fans of local, seasonal food and at the moment, you can't go too far without seeing fresh, local asparagus for sale throughout North Norfolk. We are also very lucky to have an abundance of locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish that's available to buy from several good food outlets and Norfolk's famous Cromer Crab is now coming into season too.
These two great ingredients work really well together in the following recipe: 
Risotto with Cromer Crab & Asparagus
Ingredients (serves 2 people)
1 lemon, cut into wedges for garnish
500ml Fish Stock
250g Seasonal Asparagus
Olive Oil
1 Small Onion
150g Risotto Rice
150ml Dry White Wine
1 Dressed Cromer Crab
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1.               Place stock in the pan and bring to the boil. Remove the woody ends from the asparagus, add the spears to the stock and cook for 4-5 minutes, until just tender. Remove cooked asparagus from the stock & keep warm and make sure you keep stock to cook the risotto rice. 
2.              Add a small amount of olive oil to the base of a medium saucepan with the then add the onion and fry, stirring until just soft. Add the risotto rice and cook for a further 2 minutes. Pour in the wine and continue cooking until the liquid is absorbed.
3.              Add a ladleful of stock to the rice and stir until absorbed. Continue adding the stock in this way, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. (This should take about 15 minutes in total).
Finally, add the cooked asparagus, reserving a few spears to place on top of the dish and stir in the crab meat. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes until crab is heated through. Season to taste, top with the extra spears, then serve immediately, garnished with the parsley and the lemon wedges.
Source: Recipe taken from www.waitrose.com

Thursday, May 9, 2013

What's On in May

Norfolk has started to buzz with a range of different events and activities this May and we wanted to share some of the exciting things happening so you don’t miss out! 
Remember, if you'd like to attend any of these events, we still have some limited availability in our cottages throughout May and are currently offering a 10% discount* for all breaks booked and taken this month. Simply check out our availability on our website and use the following discount code when booking your break online: QP1T7

Norfolk & Norwich Festival
WHEN: 10th – 26th May
WHERE: Throughout Norfolk
The Festival is one of the oldest surviving arts festivals in the UK, which dates back to 1772 when a fund-raising concert was held at Norwich Cathedral. This international arts festival for the East of England offers a packed programme of events throughout Norfolk ranging from music, dance, visual arts and much more.
To discover more about the festival and to find out what's happing in your area visit http://www.nnfestival.org.uk

Houghton Revisited
WHEN: 17th May – 29th September
WHERE: Houghton  Hall, Nr King’s Lynn
The magnificent art collection of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, will return to it’s original setting of Houghton Hall for the first time in 200 years.
The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view one of the most famous art collections of eighteenth-century Europe and includes masterpieces from Van Dyck, Poussin, Albani, Rubens, Rembrant, Velazquez & Murillo.
Full details of the exhibition can be found at http://www.houghtonrevisited.com

Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival
WHEN: 17th - 19th May
WHERE: Cromer & Sheringham
Now in it’s 4th Year, the Crab & Lobster Festival is a celebration of two lovely coastal towns, Cromer & Sheringham.
The festival raises money for local charities and offers a packed programme of activities over the weekend.
Full details can be found at http://www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios
WHEN: 25th May – 9th June
WHERE: Throughout Norfolk
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios gives you the opportunity to see new art, meet artists and buy original artworks from the artists themselves.
There are over 450 artists involved with 231 locations dotted throughout the county where you can view their work.
Full details, including the artists involved and the exhibition locations can be found at http://www.nnopenstudios.org.uk

Fairy Fair 2013
WHEN: 27th - 27th May
WHERE: Holt Hall
The Fairy Fair returns to the grounds of Holt Hall, North Norfolk this May. There will be lots of magical activities and workshops, great live music, walkabout performers, entertaining shows and storytelling taking place over the two days. Plus you can discover walks through the grounds, browse the craft stalls and eat and drink at the many refreshment outlets.
The Fair offers the same attractions on both days and is open from 10am - 5pm. It is suitable for families with children from 3yrs and up. Tickets are £7.50 per person (under 3s go free and do not need a ticket) and must be booked online by visiting http://fairylandtrust.org/fairyfair13.html
Gruffalo Day
WHEN: 27th May
WHERE: Pine woods, Wells next the Sea 
May the 27th is our Gruffalo Day,
Walk through the pine woods, visit us on the way.
You can come and go as much as you please,
We’ll be there all day having fun in the trees!
Full details including prices and times can be found at http://www.holkham.co.uk/html/GruffaloDayEventsHolkhamHallandEstate-NorthNorfolkEngland.html
Beach Discovery Day
WHEN: 31st May
WHERE: Wells next the Sea
Join the Holkham Estate education team for some hands on, fun family activities exploring the wildlife you can find on the National Nature Reserve.
During the morning session you will learn about the different shell life and get the opportunity to do some seaside crafts by making flying fish and fish hats. In the afternoon there will be a scavenger hunt to discover what creatures make the beach its home, plus you will be able to collect some beach goodies to make shell mobiles and star fish badges.
Full details can be found at http://www.holkham.co.uk/html/beach_discovery_days.html 

*T's & C's
Offer is only available for breaks booked and taken in May 2013 & is only available to customers booking directly online, no agencies. We have limited availability and offer is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Great Offers

Happy Bank Holiday Monday! The sun is shining in North Norfolk and the weather is certainly giving us something to smile about. We'd like to make you smile by offering a whopping 10% discount* for all breaks booked and taken in May. Simply check out our availability on our website and use the following discount code when booking your break online: QP1T7
In addition to these great offers, we are running a special deal in our Swallow cottage where your break will only cost £750 over the following dates: 31st May - 5th June, 15th June -  20th June & 1st July - 5th July. To take advantage of this great deal, simply visit our website and book your break online.

We hope to welcome to you to Cranmer Cottages very soon! 

*T's & C's
Offer is only available for breaks booked and taken in May 2013 & is only available to customers booking directly online, no agencies. We have limited availability and offer is available on a first come, first serve basis.


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