shrimp in Cromer
Named for its diminutive proportions and in honour of a local Lifeboatman, ’shrimp’ is the perfect bolthole in a great location. Nestled in a row of Georgian painted cottages, its marshmallow exterior belies a relaxed, beach house interior. Cute and compact, with lovely natural light, it provides the perfect base for two with a super squishy King size Bed that can also be configured as two singles - just let us know your preference on booking.
Inside, the house reflects Shrimp’s beach location with a nod to the end of the Pier and the Surf culture that's grown up along the chalk reef between East Runton and Mundesley. Retaining original oiled timber floors, conservation roof lights and generous windows with bespoke wooden shutters, our tiny fisherman’s cottage sleeps just two in the ‘Upper Circle’. The plaster finish wet room with brick slip floor is reached via the original reed and bead timber door from the bedroom and has an overhead rain shower fed by a generous hot water supply. (Please note, there is no ground floor loo)
On the ground floor, a traditional, painted DeVol kitchen incorporates a handy little window seat where you can perch with a mug of tea and watch the world go by. Essential appliances are integrated and double doors to the laundry cupboard reveal a washer dryer, ironing board, hoover and even a rack for wellies.
The open plan living space extends to incorporate a convenient built in bench seat with table for dining or working and then on to the bright, comfortable seating area with smart TV. Winding stairs lead to the first floor and French doors to the courtyard garden.
A Hive operated, environmentally friendly electric boiler powers the central heating and hot water supply. For extra toastiness, there’s a no fuss, one button control, Everhot cast iron electric stove to warm toes & more when needed.
1 Bedroom (King size or Twin) & 1 shower room
Large glazed french windows lead out onto the walled courtyard garden with exterior lighting and mini outdoor wood burner. There is space to sit, eat, read, & chat - extra blankets and cushions can be brought outdoors on cooler nights. For surfers and wild swimmers, you’ll also find room outside to store your board and a line to hang your wetsuit out to dry.
Shrimp is walking distance from the train station and is situated pretty much opposite the Meadow car park, complete with EV charging points. Weekly, weekend, day and hourly tickets can all be purchased from the machine on arrival. Free on street parking is also available nearby - you just need to be patient to find a space at busy times of the year and once you've checked in, there really is no need to drive!
In spite of its size, Shrimp offers comfort and cosiness whatever the British weather and its central location means you can reach the beach at a moments notice. According to Jane Austen’s Emma, Cromer is after all ‘the best of all the sea-bathing places’!
Sheringham - Blue Flag Status - Wild Swimmers (also at Cromer but I think the 'Bluetits' swim from Sheringham)
West Runton - Blue Flag Status - for Rock Pooling and Fossil Hunters - home of the Steppe Mammoth
East Runton - Blue Flag Status - Surfers
Cromer - Blue Flag Status, Sand and shingle, Beach Huts, Bucket & Spade, Swimmers and Surfers
Trimmingham - Secluded, popular with dog walkers and anglers
Overstrand - Much quieter than Cromer, wide and sandy at low tide - no lifeguard service
Mundesley - Blue Flag Status - safe swimming at low tide, surf and golden sand
Shrimp's fabulous kitchen makes cooking at home an absolute pleasure but if you want to go out, cafes, bars, restaurants and delis are all just around the corner. Pick up your morning paper from the Tobacconist at the end of the street, take a stroll along the seafront and stop at North Sea Coffee for the ultimate brew with a view!
Lizzies - Fruit and Veg
The Craft Bakery - Bread, Cakes and Pastries
Beast to block - Butchers with a side order of booze!
West Street Deli - everyday deliciousness
The Tobacconist Crossways News - Daily Papers, weekly titles and monthly periodicals
Favourite places to eat & drink:
North Sea Coffee - best coffee, biggest smiles!
The Gangway - Cocktails and so much more... and cocktails!
Number 1 - Fish and Chips - run by the owner of Michelin starred Morston Hall
Mary Janes - Fish & Chips - old skool
The Rocket House Cafe - great raised balcony for a glass of wine and a bowl of fries
Huckleberries - owned by the Craft Bakery so pretty much a never ending supply of cake.
Hatters Tearooms - comfy chairs and big windows for people watching
The Red Lion - perfect pub for a sneaky pint and a game of darts
Tesco (by train to Sheringham)
If you exhaust the local amenities or want to make return visits, Shrimp is just a short walk from the railway station where you can take the train on the Bittern Line to Norwich via Wroxham and the Norfolk Broads. The bus stop is around the corner & you can jump on the Coast Hopper to explore the delights of the North Norfolk Coast via Blakeney, Stiffkey, Wells & beyond - all the way to Kings Lynn!
Decorative, Vintage and Antique:
Roost - Fabulous Flowers & Plants
The Gallery Church Street - Fine and Decorative Art
Crop Norfolk @ The Gallery Church Street - Homeware & Clothing
Leanda Jaine - Illustrators Studio
Garden Centre Overstrand - Christmas Trees and more
Bookworms - antiquarian bookseller
Much Binding - first editions & out-of-print books
Harbords Artisan Vintage Emporium
Beatniks of Cromer - Retro Clothing
Cromer Soul Club - Periodic Northern Soul nights
North Sea Nights - Selected Summer Evenings a tipple and tunes on the Prom
West Street Deli - Friday night is Pizza Night
Entertainment & Events:
Henry Blogg Museum
Pavillion Theatre - famous for its end of the pier show
Cromer Carnival & Parade - 50 year old event
Crab & Lobster Festival - May
Cromer 1960’s weekend - March
Sheringham 1940’s weekend
Folk on the Pier Festival - May
Star gazing Events at Kelling Heath
Norfolk Churches annual Cycle Ride
Exercise wise, whether you're looking for a walk or a work out, take your pick - sign up in summer for early morning yoga on the pier or take part in the North Norfolk Beach Runners Fun Run & Boxing Day dip.
Glide Surf School
Cromer Tennis Club
Royal Cromer Golf Course
Yoga on The Pier
Norfolk Coast Cycleway - from King’s Lynn to Cromer & Cromer to Great Yarmouth
Cromer Beach Runners
Park Run at Sheringham Park and Blickling Hall below
National Trust Properties:
Cliff top Coast Path & The Peddars Way
The Weavers Way - Between Cromer & Great Yarmouth
East Runton (1 mile away)
Overstrand (2 miles away)
West Runton (2 miles away)
Northrepps (2 miles away)
£100 - £200 per day
£775 - £1260 per week