2013 has been a very busy and enjoyable year
for us at Cranmer Cottages.
|Snowfall at Cranmer in early 2013|
The early winter
months brought plenty of snow, the whole area looked picture perfect and very
arrived, we enjoyed an abundance of snowdrops, crocus, bluebells and daffodils.
The countryside was literally peppered with a good splash of colour. Guests
enjoyed the spectacular snowdrop walks at Walsingham and there were plenty of
Easter events planned locally for families to attend.
Then along came
summer and for the first time since 2006, we enjoyed record high temperatures
and long, sunny days. Our guests spent their days on nearby sandy beaches and
evenings outside playing family games in our large paddock area where children
also enjoyed our brand new play area.
The summer extended
into the early Autumn months and now we’re in mid December we’re looking
forward to the New Year ahead.
|Late Summer Sunshine Near Holkham|
We’ve got a few
exciting things to look forward to in 2014 which we’ve been planning over the
past few months.
Firstly, we are
delighted to launch our one-hour, on-site farm/ nature walk. This walk is only
available for our guests and gives an exclusive opportunity to view our
fabulous countryside and get up close and personal to the local nature. We have
even created a trail quiz to encourage our young visitors to learn more about
the great outdoors and the amazing wildlife we have.
We’ve also teamed
up with Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens who have kindly agreed to offer our
guests a discounted family ticket. For those who haven’t heard of Pensthorpe
before, it is an award winning wildlife and conservation reserve that offers
something for all ages. The reserve is bustling with birds and wildlife
throughout the year, so it’s perfect for birdwatchers and nature lovers. There
are also a lot of exciting activities and things to see for families, including
their brand new play area, Wild Rootz, which is definitely a winner with the
During January, we
will be carrying out some refurbishing work on our cottages. We’ll be sharing
details of the work we’re doing on our Facebook Page over the next few weeks, so remember to head over and ‘Like Us’ to
receive our updates.
Being an eco
friendly tourism business, we have worked very hard over the last few years to
lower our carbon footprint. On site, we already have a wind turbine and solar
panels, which heat and power some of our facilities, but we took a giant leap this
year and installed a 100kw biomass boiler. This biomass boiler now means that,
other than using a little gas for cooking, we can turn our backs to nasty
fossil fuels that we’ve previously had to use. The biomass boiler is fuelled by
recycled woodchip, which would otherwise go to landfill. We can now proudly say
that our self catering cottages are now ‘powered by nature and nurtured by us’
|Rescued Grey Seal Pup|
Finally, we’d like to make you aware of a visitor
payback scheme, which we’ve just introduced in the wake of the recent
floods that affected the seal colonies at Blakeney. We are asking all visitors
who book a break with us to make a voluntary donation of £1, which we will
match fund, to go towards the RSPCA East Winch branch. This charity is
specifically dedicated to rescuing seal pups in the area and rehabilitating
them back into the wild. Blakeney is home to large colonies of Grey and Common
seals, who breed and bring up their young throughout the year. It really is a
magnificent sight to see and one that shouldn’t be missed when you visit the
If you book your
break and would like to make a donation, simply tick the box on your booking
form which says ‘Visitor Payback Scheme’ and our online system will do the rest
for you. We will update our website with details on the progress of this scheme
over the coming months.
really does offer something for everyone. From coast to countryside,
it is brimming with quaint market towns, extraordinary wildlife, superb visitor
attractions and an indulgent selection of places to eat.
Once you visit you’ll be itching to come back. Our self-catering cottages are already
booking up fast for next summer, so if you don’t want to miss out check our availability and book your holiday now.
We’d like to take
this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout 2013 and we hope you have a
very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The team at Cranmer
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