You know that moment when you are searching online for somewhere to take a short break and one appears that you just HAVE to go to? That’s what happened with us when we came across Dingle Cottage in Blakeney. This beautiful stone cottage leapt off the page at us and screamed “come visit me!”. We were as excited as the kids to pack our bags, pack the dog, and head into an unknown territory. Yes, I know it was only Norfolk but considering our hectic London lifestyle that revolves around social media and constant filming you have to take our word for it that limited Wi-Fi and zero phone signal is our idea of heaven!

Set down a loke in the heart of this picturesque Norfolk village, Dingle Cottage gave us the best of both worlds. Olde worlde charm met modern conveniences in a tranquil landscape only minutes from the pub; there will be more about that later. The large rooms and big, inviting beds were our bolt hole in the country for a few days and the kids were soon tearing round the spacious garden with Tilly the dog.  I also have to mention that as a chef, the kitchen was incredible, complete with a range cooker and everything i would need to cater for the family for four days, I hasten to add that I may have filmed a quick video whilst on my stay, I couldn’t help myself.

The aforementioned pub is called the White Horse and a classed  as a gastro establishment. It’s an old coaching house of the kind you expect to find hidden in these country villages.

This is one of those pubs that exudes warmth from the moment you walk in, with that old pub feel, local ales on tap and beautiful locally sourced produce. We found out they also have rooms on a bed and breakfast basis but the fact it was down the road made it more of a treat if you know what I mean. We were blessed weather wise and able to sit outside in the lovely courtyard and once the gourmet-esque palates of my wife and I had sampled the food on the first night we returned to this little gem every day to eat.  We found it comical that on a daily basis we would wear only our comfy, slouch clothing and the kids would run around in their jammies., then a quick spruce up and off to the pub we’d go. Fill our bellies, drink the local Adam’s Gin and return to our cottage to get in our comfiest pants.

Another place worthy of a mention was the deli at the bottom of the drive. It served beautiful coffee, locally sourced produce including gluten free granola, which I will write about seperately as it was incredible with virtually no sugar!. They also made caramalised red onion sausage rolls, hot from the oven and into Harry’s belly on a daily basis!.

Our crazy life revolves around the mad mad world of YouTube, so stepping away from our usual digital landscape to spend time in the real world is quite a novelty. This break did the 4 of us the world of good and even now we are back in our comfort zone we cast our minds back to the relaxing days in the Dingle. We have already decided that this is going to be our quarterly, get away holiday home!.

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