The Village of Overstrand in Norfolk

Overstrand Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the seaside village of Overstrand located on the North Norfolk Coast. There's something about the village of Overstrand that brings the term 'suburbia' to ones mind.  Bungalows with neat colourful gardens, flank the main road, whilst deeper into the village you will find very little traffic.

Back in its past Overstrand was once a fishing village and this tradition still continues but on a much smaller scale. The village was popularised by Clement Scott, a Daily Telegraph and Morning Post writer, who coined the term Poppyland, because of the many wild red poppies which grew in the grass and wheat fields along the hedgerows and on the cliffs. His romantic tales about the area drew the rich and famous and the village became known as the Village of Millionaires.  

Nowadays the village has slipped back into anonymity and takes the form of a quiet holiday resort with good sandy beaches, though please note there is a steep causeway down to the beach, which may not suit all legs!

Golfers are well catered for with the Royal Cromer Golf Course close by. Overstrand has a village stores, post office, a traditional village pub/inn with a first class restaurant, a deli and a restaurant with a sea view at the Sea Marge Hotel and on the cliff sits the Cliff Top Cafe, which serves good food all day.

For a busier seaside resort visit Cromer some two miles down the road,  where you will find a cinema, museum, squash and tennis courts, pitch and putt and of course the famous end of pier show at Cromer Pier, as well as a larger range of shops for retail therapy.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Wildlife Parks and Nature Reserves - Click the What to do Link. Overstrand was known as the Village of Millionaires and was the favourite watering hole of the rich and famous many of whom built huge elaborate second homes here. No less than six millionaires had houses in the village. The Pleasaunce was commissioned by Lord and Lady Battersea (she was a Rothschild), the house was designed by Edwin Lutyens and the grounds designed by Gertrude Jekyll.
It is now a Christian Fellowship Holiday Home. Overstrand Hall was designed for Lord and Lady Hillingdon.
The Sea Marge a large mock-Tudor style building and now a hotel and restaurant was designed by Arthur Bloomfield for Sir Edgar Speye. A Banker who helped fund the original London Underground, yet who was deported during the First World War because of his German connections. Even Winston Churchill’s father owned a house in the village called Pear Tree Cottage.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Holiday Accommodation - Click the Accommodation Link.s. The distinguished architect Sir Edwin Lutyen Methodist Church. It is thought to be the only non-conformist church he designed. A strange plain brick lower floor and a flint and glass clerestory above.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Wildlife Parks and Nature Reserves - Click the What to do Link. In Anglo Saxon times Overstrand was called Ox Strand. Overstrand means ‘ above the beach’.

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