Born and raised in Herts, a leafy commuter belt county with a dad that worked in the big city, London. Holidays were always self catering in the UK; we ventured some years to places such as the Lake District, Scotland, Wales and overseas to……the Isle of Wight! Most years though, we went to Norfolk, and more specifically Bacton, in Norfolk. The first members of my family to visit were my grandparents, so we are now on generation number four and have clocked up well over 70 years of visits!
We rented from the same lady, Mrs Cox, for many years. She lived in a lovely cottage locally and along with her husband, owned and managed many properties in the village. Over the years we stayed in several different properties. My abiding memory when I was very young was of not wanting to visit the outside toilet in the middle of the night and strip washing at the kitchen sink due to the lack of a bathroom. How times have changed!
Every summer, we trekked to Norfolk to enjoy the beautiful beaches just yards from our doorstep. Hours were spent digging a huge hole, large enough to shelter the family, with windbreaks surrounding it. Donning a swimsuit and dashing into the water, braving the cold of the North Sea. Walking for miles beachcombing, finding beautiful stones and sometimes my beloved rolled amber!
In our latter years, we ended up at a property in Newlands Estate, owned by a lady in a neighbouring town. Mrs Cox had long since retired and sold all her properties before her death. When that came up for sale, a member of the family purchased it, and so the family holidays continued. I had a hankering to own a little piece of Norfolk myself, but circumstances just weren’t right.
In 2009, on our usual summer holiday we walked along Mill Lane, past Rainbows End Park. Outside was a sign advertising newly refurbished properties for sale. The park consisted of 56 properties built in the 1960’s but all gradually being brought up to modern day standards. We ventured in to look at the show home and liked what we saw. Back home I crunched numbers and persuaded the family that I could manage a holiday home business from a distance. Several visits later, after staying in one as a trial, we bit the bullet and Beachscape came into being. I hope you enjoy staying in it as much as we do. 🙂