My 73-year old (very active) mother and I take a mom/daughter trip to England annually,and have just recently returned from a lovely visit to Suffolk and the Rutland Water area. Not being content to sit back and simply reflect on our holiday, we tend to immediately jump right back into planning the next one, so here I am. Having visited Suffolk (and loving it), I'm compelled to look into seeing Norfolk next. That's where I'd like input from you fine fine folks as to where you'd recommend we stay.
We have always had a car in previous areas of the country (Cotswolds, Cornwall, Suffolk, Rutland), but that's not because I love to drive in England -- it's been a matter of necessity if we wanted to see outlying towns and villages. Mostly what we love to do is to just soak up the local atmosphere. Stroll through the markets, visit the tea shops and pubs and churches and actually "rub shoulders with" and get to know the locals. We've also enjoyed visiting historical sites, but for the most part the charm for us is not so much in visiting tourist attractions, but in immersing ourselves in local life. I am wondering if it's feasible to think about just taking the train from London to a Norfolk coastal town and then depending on train service (I understand there's a steam train in the Sheringham area which looks like great fun too) or the odd taxi to get us around. Our car rental cost for our last 2-week trip was a bit on the astronomical side, so if at all possible to get away with not renting one, I'd sure like to give it a try. What are your thoughts?
I've been looking at self-catering cottages in Sheringham, Cromer, Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton, but am open to other suggestions. We love charming, character-filled 2-bedroom cottages that also have all the mod cons, and there seem to be plenty to choose from in the areas I've researched thus far.
Any recommendations are welcomed at this point, as we're just starting to look at Norfolk as a destination for our next holiday!