Smart thinking

At the touch of a screen or even the sound of a voice, homeowners in Norfolk can light up their rooms, control their music or even open their blinds in the morning. High tech, cutting-edge solutions are becoming more and more popular both in new and old homes, as well as in holiday properties. Christie Orton, director of Norfolk Smart Homes, believes connectivity is the key to easy 21st century living, as well as to saving energy and enjoying leisure time. “After training as an electrician and running my own successful electrical contracting company for five years, I found clients were interested in …

Great Escapes

Sowerbys Holiday Cottages, North Norfolk Those thinking of taking flight for an autumn break or of booking a comfortable place to light a fire and hibernate this winter could consider the properties available through Sowerbys Holiday Cottages. Owner Andrea Sowerby points out that North Norfolk is superb at this time of year for anyone who enjoys watching wildlife, especially birds. “There is nothing quite like seeing the pink-footed geese flying overhead when they arrive here for the winter,” she says. “It really is a lovely sight.” Others worth spotting include brent geese, merlins, avocets and little egrets, as well as wintering gulls, hen harriers …