Small village, big reputation
For a small, coastal village, Snettisham has a big reputation, not least as a gourmand’s getaway. Add to this a wealth of pretty period properties and it’s not surprising that many come for a weekend only to seek a more permanent place to stay.
With a primary school, GP surgery and dental practice, plus a central chemist and supermarket, plus a handy local builder’s merchant for any renovations, the village is extremely well serviced. A small retail park, Poppyfields, and The Granary, which is a treasure trove of craft, antiques and collectibles, sit on the edge of the village and are fun to explore.
Resplendent St Mary’s Church which sits on a hill behind the village centre was built in the 14th century and has an 172ft spire that was once used as a landmark for ships on The Wash, and described by architectural historian Pevsner as, “perhaps the most exciting decorated church in Norfolk’.
Follow the hill down to the village and you’ll pass the Rose and Crown pub, which has won numerous awards. Diners are spoiled for choice as Snettisham is also home to The Old Bank, which was named The Good Food Guide Best Local Restaurant in 2019 and is also listed in the Michelin Guide. For coffee, brunch or an evening of wine, nibbles and jazz, try the sister business next door, The Old Store.
Snettisham is home to a RSPB nature reserve and Wild Ken Hill, a rewilding site using regenerative farming to return the land to its natural stage. Walk or cycle the old farm path from the A149 to watch the spectacle of migratory birds soar and settle on the edge of the lagoons. Or up the adrenaline level at Snettisham Beach Sailing Club which offers paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing and dinghy sailing, alongside a vibrant social events calendar.
Whatever pace you enjoy, there can be few places as appealing as Snettisham to enjoy some of the finer things in life.