Accommodation in Old Hunstanton
If you’re looking for accommodation in Old Hunstanton then here at Norfolk Coast Holiday Cottages we offer the choice of assorted properties.
Lay down roots for a fortnight, week or even just a few days this spring and summer in a lighthouse located just three minutes from the beach, for instance, or even an arts and crafts-inspired wooden house with a veranda. Then again, perhaps you really fancy treating yourself, family or friends this summer by booking our Lodge Cottage accommodation in Old Hunstanton, complete with personal chef and butler service.
Three of our lovely spacious and sunny properties overlook the Old Links at Hunstanton Golf Course so ideal for golf lovers.
The most popular of our accommodation in Old Hunstanton is, as you will probably expect due to its quirky nature, the Old Lighthouse.
Offering spectacular 360 degrees views of the coast and inland Old Hunstanton (as far as Skegness in Lincolnshire on a clear day), it provides the perfect backdrop for a beach holiday. This piece of prized accommodation in Old Hunstanton is also pretty Instagram-ready.
It’s worth noting though that the Lighthouse has 82 steps to the top – so perhaps not great for the elderly or young kids. Great for a group of friends though, or families with teenagers and older kids.
It sleeps up to eight people in four luxury en-suite bedrooms over two floors. There is a fully-fitted kitchen, including a range cooker, from which to enjoy cooking and eating family meals.
Our lighthouse accommodation in Old Hunstanton is also dog-friendly (provided they don’t go in the bedrooms), and has a garden and patio area if you fancy coming back down to earth every now and again.
Old Hunstanton v ‘New Hunstanton’
If you have never visited or stayed in accommodation in Old Hunstanton before then you may rightly be wondering about the history of the two Hunstantons. Why not just combine them and make one Hunstanton you may be wondering.
Old Hunstanton is the smaller location and more of a village. It dates as far back as 1272 and the building of St Edmund’s Chapel (today a ruin). Named after King Edmund, he is also responsible for creating the village.
St Mary’s Parish Church in Old Hunstanton sits in the grounds of the stunning Hunstanton Hall. This Grade I listed building dates back to 1300 when it was built by Sir Hamon Le Strange. It became derelict then hundreds of years later was restored for his ancestor Henry Le Strange in the 19th century.
Forming of New Hunstanton
It was the latter who then went on to create New Hunstanton. This was around the time when sea bathing became fashionable for Victorians and Le Strange’s admirable intention was to create a holiday haven by the sea for visitors to indulge this risqué new pastime whenever they pleased.
It was around this time too that the New Hunstanton began to be referred to as Sunny Hunny – a name that is still around today. In fact, many visitors who book our self-catering accommodation in Old Hunstanton still refer to it as such.
Le Strange’s plans only got so far as The Golden Lion Hotel in 1846. Less than two decades later though – and the same year in which Le Strange died – Great Eastern Counties Railway arrived. There was no stopping the holiday haven with such easy access available, after this – especially when son Hamon Le Strange took over the mantle. The pier was created in 1870, more hotels were built and so too were houses. Famous holidaymakers included novelists H G Wells (of War of the Worlds fame) and P G Wodehouse. Presumably they also enjoyed their time at self-catering accommodation in Old Hunstanton.
You will find when staying in accommodation in Old Hunstanton that there is no great rivalry between the two locations. Despite this, there is certainly a bit of a ‘Ying and Yang thing’ going on – Old Hunstanton being the ‘peace’ to New Hunstanton’s ‘boisterousness.’
Old Hunstanton’s attractions
Apart from the tranquillity to enjoy nature, Old Hunstanton offers holidaymakers and visitors a number of comfortable attractions. In the village itself there are two pubs, The Ancient Mariner and The Lodge. You will also find several restaurants, a craft shop and various independent boutique offerings to browse around in.
Another favourite pastime in Old Hunstanton is to sit and watch the world go by at the Esplanade Gardens. This traditional Victorian promenade garden has a crazy golf and putting green, as well as a kids’ play area and bowling green. Flower lovers can also enjoy following the colourful Horticultural Trail.
Plan your holiday in Hunstanton today
Planning on a visit or holiday to Old or New Hunstanton yourself? Then our self-catering accommodation in Old Hunstanton can be booked all year round. Simply take a look at our website where you can see which dates are still available. We look forward to meeting you this spring, summer or winter.