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A new kind of estate agency launches in Norfolk: Transforming the holiday homes sales market

April 30, 2019



A new kind of estate agency has been launched in Norfolk today, 2nd April at Holkham Studios, Holkham Park.


The brainchild of Norfolk business woman, Hetti Simpson, Big Skies Estates Ltd is the first estate agency in Norfolk which is focused on marketing homes on the North Norfolk coast as both residential and holiday let investment opportunities. 


Offering a different kind of service to both sellers and buyers, Big Skies is also launching a unique property finding service for buyers, which explores potential investment opportunities outside of their own portfolio.


To say that Hetti Simpson, having recently returned from living in France with her family for the past year, has experience creating a successful business in the face of adversity would be an understatement.


Back in 2009 she founded holiday lettings agency, Norfolk Hideaways – in the depths of the recession. Hetti built the Burnham Deepdale and Wells-next-the-Sea based business from 6 holiday homes to over 300 properties by the time she sold it in 2016, with the business enjoying up to 28% business growth year on year and scooping the coveted ‘Small Business of the Year Award 2015’ at the EDP Business Awards.


Today, with the residential market slowing due to Brexit-based uncertainty and diminished consumer confidence, it could be said that she’s facing a similarly challenging backdrop.


Whilst some entrepreneurs might delay – or avoid launching altogether - in light of these prevailing market conditions, Hetti’s confidence is resolute.


“Admittedly some might say launching a business against such a backdrop is utterly bonkers, but I strongly believe that there is a real need for the service we offer, particularly on the North Norfolk coast.   Big Skies will fill what has been, until now, a gap in the housing and holiday lettings market and that my previous experience puts us in an ideal position to be able to provide unique knowledge and insight to both sellers and buyers.” she says.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but it was always at the back of my mind to create a different kind of estate agency using my local knowledge and experience in holiday let investments and I guess there’s not much I don’t know about Norfolk holiday cottages!


“Our aim is to focus on coastal properties and marketing them as both residential and investment opportunities, including marketing properties with an indicator of potential or actual holiday let income and occupation levels.  I know from experience how many prospective buyers on our beautiful coast are interested in knowing how much their property could potentially generate for them if they choose to holiday let it.  For some it is an essential part of the buying process.”


Big Skies Property Finder Service will be a unique and accessible property finding service for buyers, with Hetti looking through other portfolios and doing all the numbers and viewings.


Here’s what makes Big Skies Estates Ltd different to the traditional residential or commercial estate agency:

Big Skies Estates USP’s

  • Marketing every property to the widest possible audience, with income generation potential figures should it become a holiday let.

  • Big Skies Property Finder Service - offering investment buyers a unique finding service encompassing properties outside the Big Skies portfolio.

What do we do differently for sellers?

  • Marketing coastal properties with an indicator of potential or actual holiday let income and occupation levels

  • Marketing existing holiday cottage businesses effectively for potential investors

  • Liaising with holiday letting agencies to arrange viewings where necessary

  • For properties not permanently occupied - ensuring the house is presented at its best for every viewing

  • Accompanied viewings by someone who really knows about your house

  • Tips on making your property look its best for sale

  • Organising cleaning/gardening/window cleaning if necessary, if you are not based locally

What we do differently for buyers?

  • Help with understanding the potential ROI of a second home purchase if you may like to holiday let it

  • We work alongside local holiday letting agents

  • Advising on the best property to choose for personal requirements and budget

  • Big Skies Property Finder Service - a unique service.  If we don't have the perfect property on our books, we can help you find it elsewhere

  • Advise on how to make your Norfolk Home the best holiday cottage it can be once you own it

  • Help with interior design tips, local architects, local builders etc if you need to do work

For more information on Big Skies Estates Ltd T. 01485 524254 or e-mail

Big Skies Estates Ltd office can be found at 17, Holkham Studios, Longlands, Holkham Park NR23 1AB.

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