The 'Little House on the River' is a riverside holiday cottage, situated right on the bank of the River Thurne, just five minutes' walk from the ancient arched bridge at Potter Heigham. Situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, you will find a riverside pub, takeaway restaurant, shops, including fishing tackle, and boat hire. It is ideal for fishing, boating or a relaxing break. The village of Potter Heigham with its beautiful thatched, round tower church, post office and antique shop is a short walk away. The Norfolk coast, and blue flag beaches, including Sea Palling and Winterton, and the lively resort of Great Yarmouth, are 20 mins. by car with the historic city of Norwich 30 minutes away. There are many characterful pub/restaurants to be explored nearby.
The cottage's location is peaceful and idyllic, with uninterrupted views over the river to the water meadows beyond. While away your time sitting on the sun deck watching sailing boats and cruisers go by, or enjoy the sunset over the water meadows. Children can play in the treehouse (under parental supervision). Fish directly from the garden, with its 60 ft key-headed river frontage. Hire a boat, for the day or the week, to explore the rest of the Norfolk Broads, or bring your own, and moor it in the mooring dock. Have fun feeding the ducks and swans from the garden or go birdwatching across the marshes. The Hickling nature reserve, famous for swallowtail butterflies, is nearby. Take the Weavers' Way footpath from right behind the house or enjoy a network of other walks and cycle rides. There are a number of historic houses and gardens within easy reach.
All rooms in the house face south over the river. The spacious sitting room has large double doors which open right onto the river frontage and the sun deck. This is furnished with a table and chairs to enable you to dine al fresco. There is a log effect fire for cooler evenings. There is a large porch for storing outerwear and an outside WC, especially useful when fishing. A secure fisherman's hut with bait fridge (which doubles as a cycle store) completes the picture.
The cottage is 400 metres along the towpath, accessable on foot or cycle (also mobility scooter). A free private parking space is provided.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Winterton 8 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich 20 km, Nearest railway: Acle 9 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Good sized sitting room with leather three piece suite, TV/DVD player, log burner effect electric fire, large doors opening onto garden and river. The kitchen is well equipped, with large fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. It adjoins the dining area which faces the river. There is one double and one twin bedroom, both with river views. Duvets and bed linen are supplied. There is a good sized family bathroom with corner bath and shower over. Towels are provided, but bring your own for the beach.
A selection of books, maps and travel guides are provided.
|Further details outdoors|
Spacious decked area, table and chairs. Two boat mooring dykes - one for your use (owner's boat stored in the second). Treehouse in willow tree (for children's use under parental supervision). Outside WC. Secure fishermans' shed with bait fridge.
With so much to see and do, the Little House on the River is ideal for families. However, the unfenced river frontage mean that parents must use their judgement as to whether it is suitable for their children. Because of its situation on the river, there is no direct access to the house by car. Although this adds to the peace and quiet and sense of seclusion, it does mean that cars must be parked in our private car parking space near Potter Heigham bridge and your luggage transported either by water taxi, hire boat or along the towpath (5-7 mins. walk, luggage cart provided). Use the water taxi to transport you and your luggage in style!
Norfolk has plenty to interest you all year round. The Norfolk Broads is the largest wetland area in Britain and has the equivalent status to a national park. The Broads were formed from medieval peat diggings which subsequently flooded and are a haven for wildlife, including bitterns, marsh harriers, hobbies, otters, kingfishers and the rare swallowtail butterfly. There are 200km of waterways, with six rivers and dozens of broads, all with their individual nature. Exploring by boat is the best option as most are not visible, or cannot be properly experienced, from the road. Day and weekly boat hire is available from many centres, including Potter Heigham.
Regattas and other boating events take place over the summer as well as other traditional local events, such as carnivals and fetes. The 24 hour Three Rivers Race (9-10 June in 2012) attracts crews from all over the world, and crowds of spectators watch them navigate the narrow bridges, especially at Potter Heigham!
The Norfolk Broads, at 300 square kilometers, are one of Britain's best known fishing areas, and the Broads Fisheries are continually working to improve facilites for anglers. Fish species include Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench, Pike and Perch. You can fish all week free of charge from the Little House, as long as you have a rod licence (available from Potter Heigham Post Office, or in advance - online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence or telephone 0844 800 5386). In addition, the upper Thurne reaches are easily accessible from the Little House by boat. This area is famous for its record pike catches, together with specimen rudd from the reed margins near Martham Broad.
Note that the closed season for coarse fishing is 15 March - 15 June.
The Broads reach the sea at Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, two busy seaside towns with something for everyone. Travelling north up the coast there are a range of different seaside resorts, including dunes and nature reserves (Winterton), blue flag beach with offshore reefs ideal for water sports (Sea Palling) crumbling cliffs and landmark lighthouse (Happisburgh) and classic Victorian seaside and crabs (Cromer).
The historic city of Norwich is the 'capital' of Norfolk, with its 900 year old Cathedral, Norman castle, museums, theatres, market place and superb shopping centres.
Farm shops and farmers' markets are a feature of everyday life, with small scale farms preserving rare breed herds, native fruit varieties and micro breweries making local beers and ciders.
There are so many things to see and do locally, but to give a few examples:
Bewilderwood - fifty acres of wild outdoor adventure, with treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, boat trips, marsh walks and a good cafe.
Wroxham Barns Craft Centre - Craft workshops, children's fun fair and farm
Waxham Barn, vast 16th century barn open to the public
Horsey windpump, National trust owned, where the Broads come closest to the sea.
Stalham - Museum of the Broads.
Hoveton Hall Gardens - beautiful woodland and walled gardens, woodland and lakeside walks.
Fairhaven Water Gardens, South Walsham - visit in June to see the vast expanse of candelabra primulas.
East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, near Stalham - exciting, eclectic; come away with new ideas for you own patch, plus some rare and unusual plants from the plant sales area.
The nearby City of Norwich has a splendid Romanesque Cathedral with the second highest spire and largest monastic cloisters in England. Guided tours are available from June to October.
City of Norwich Aviation Museum in Horsham St Faith, near the airport, 5 miles from Wroxham, the museum features many historic aircraft including the Vulcan Bomber plus many aircraft which flew from the numerous Norfolk airfields during the second world war.
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery - a superb collection of paintings of the Norwich School, plus archeology, natural history and geology.
Blickling Hall - Magnificent Jacobean house with garden and park. Famed for its long gallery, fine tapestries, paintings and rare books. Parkland and lakeside walks.
Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre - all kinds of sea creatures, from sharks to stingrays, otters to octopus, tropical fish to turtles.
Somerleyton House - originally a Jacobean manor remodelled in 1844 into the fine example of an early Victorian Hall in the Anglo-Italian style.
Potter Heigham is one of the major boating centres on the Norfolk Broads, with many boating holidays or day trips starting from here. The medieval bridge gives access to the Upper Thurne, Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere, but only for smaller craft; larger boats, if they can get through at all, have to wait for low tide and seek the help of a bridge pilot! This makes the upper reaches beyond the bridge, where the Little House is situated, quieter than some parts of the river.
The Broadshaven Tavern is situated near the medieval bridge, with its garden overlooking the river. There is another pub called the Falgate on the road to Ludham. There are two cafes where you can sit outside in the summer, a fish and chip shop, a takeaway and a gift shop/newsagent. To many, shopping in Potter Heigham means one thing - Lathams, a famous Norfolk discount store! They stock items from clothes, toys, household and pet items and even a have garden centre. There is also a very well stocked fishing tackle store with everything you might need for your fishing.
The Weavers Way passes through Potter Heigham and is a good place to join the network of paths in the area. Along the path you will find bungalows, unique in that they are about the only place on the Norfolk Broads where the Broads Authority has allowed building directly on the riverbank. They are only accessible by the footpath behind or by boat. The Little House on the River is one of these.