Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
A detached property which has been re-thatched, the house has been converted and refurbished to the highest of standards with a lawned garden, which meets the water's edge where there is a private mooring available,along with a boat for guests to use. There is also a large boathouse.A hot tub completes this lovely property.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Yarmouth 26 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich 20 km, Nearest railway: Wroxham 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
7 steps to entrance.Large living/dining room with oak polished floor and patio doors leading to balcony overlooking water frontage.Well equipped kitchen with dual fuel Belling Range cooker and tiled floor.Utility room.
One double and one twin bedroom each with en-suite shower room/W.C. with steam cabin,foot massage, multi jets and radio.A further double and twin bedded room with a shared bathroom,tiled Carrere marble and double ended bath with over bath shower.
An additional double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom/W.C. with a double ended whirlpool bath and over bath shower.(This room is completely separate from the main building). All showers are power showers.
|Further details outdoors|
2 large balconies with seating for 10 people.A large brick built BBQ with additional seating area. Guests must provide their own disposable barbeque which can then be placed on the brick built barbeque. Secure parking for 5 cars.
Situated in the private mooring is a boat for guests use, this is very easy to use and can accommodate 5 passengers plus luggage.Full operating instructions are provided.
On the terrace overlooking the back garden is a superb hot tub which accommodates 6 people at a time. This can be used all year round there is also an outside shower for use in the summer months.
The property is extremely safe for children as it is all on one level and both terraces are railed and gated.
Guests must arrive at 2.30pm prompt for a boat safety briefing and must vacate the property by 10am on the day of departure. Later check out times can be arranged during low season., please inquire.
The East Anglia region
The Norfok Broads are a paradise for nature lovers and are the most important wetlands in Europe,alive with ducks,geese and swans,aswell as a host of other birdlife including spoonbills and herons.
Wroxham is known as the capital of the broads and provides a host of shops,restaurants and pubs and a lively Norfolk town atmosphere. it also has a good rail service to the nearby City of Norwich(7 miles by car).
A new pub has recently opened in a converted boat shed in walking distance of the property. Located off the Staitheway in The Avenue in the Peninsula complex.
But by far the best way to explore Wroxham and the surrounding ares is by boat,but an alternative is to cycle the many paths,the most famous being Weaver Way-a 56 mile long path which winds through the broads on its way to Cromer and Gt Yarmouth.
There is also a fantastic new woodland adventure park for children of all ages called Bewilderwood located on the edge of Wroxham.
The area is also excellent for fishing which can be enjoyed from the waters edge of the property.
For those who enjoy golf, the nearest couse can be found at Sprowston(6 miles)or the Norwich and Cromer golf course is easily accessible.
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7 Sep 2014
"Location is fantastic- but the cottage is in an awful condition."
We were really looking forward to this holiday but ended up leaving 3 days early. On arrival there was no-one there to give us keys, show us how to use the boat etc. I had spoken to the owner the day … More
Southover by coincidence had it's annual inspectin by jam mask ell area director 7 days befor and passed with flying colours as a 4 star property , I did not receive any complaint during this ladies stay , the cot is 10 months old . English country cottages did not get a complaint either , this review stems from her late arrival and my response to her awful way of speaking to people. I would not allow the boat to be used until they had a boat briefing, this is a legal requirement . The instructor has to do a 40 mile round trip and if needed to return it costs £25 I paid it in this case to be ride of talking to her , I pointed out my people are not her servants!
25 Aug 2014
"Ok but in need of a bit of tlc"
Nice place but in need of a bit of TLC and the cleaners need to do more cleaning ! Ceiling fan I one of the bed room had at least 4 mm of dust and cobwebs a 30 second flick within a duster would have … More
26 Mar 2014
"Friends annual reunion"
Southover house was an amazing place to spend our weekend together. The place was warm, well equiped, comfortable and a great sociable space. However by far the best thing about this property is its… More
16 Nov 2012
We arrived at Southover early evening and it was cold and dark outside - but, we opened the door and were hit by the warmth and charm of the house. We were a group of 9 Mums wanting to get away for a … More
23 Sep 2012
"Great place to stay , would love to return."
We had a great time as part of a large family group. The house is just as expected and was very clean. Fantastic location , sitting out on the deck with a glass of wine watching the boats go by was a … More
9 Feb 2012
"Great sociable house for groups"
We stayed at Southover for our annual girls weekend away this year. We were a group of 9, and the house provided a great sociable living space. The nice big square dining table, and three large comf… More
23 Jan 2012
"Lovely place to stay, can't wait to go back...."
Wonderful communication with the owners, very pleased with all aspects. We had a lovely week away with friends and family and would definitely recommend and return!… More
10 Jan 2012
"A great interior but the fine details are missing."
I was one of a group celebrating a birthday for 30 somethings. This was a mixed bag. The review on this site talks about a shabby interior and dodgy showers. In my experience the showers were fine and the interior was smart. We took tealight holders and fairy lights and this really helped with the atmosphere so I'd recommend doing that.
The living space is decent and the bathroom I used was spacious and clean. However, the pillow on my bed looked dirty with bits of fluff on it. Thankfully I'd brought my own pillows. The bed I slept in was really lumpy and you could feel the metal. I appreciate that to make money the owners can't spend on everything to luxury standard, but the beds were ropey. The view is great, although the pub that the boat can take you to is like a Weatherspoons but an independent brand. The food at the pub was poor although the staff were friendly. If the boat is the main attraction for you, it would be worth establishing if there are nicer pubs to stop at if you like fine food.
I can imagine this would be a great place in the sun (we went in January). The balcony is lovely with plenty of seating and wildlife. We were delighted to see a family of otters.
The kitchen seemed decent. Attractive crockery and glassware and cutlery of a high standard but little touches were missing - no hand soap, only 2/3 dishwasher tablets and not enough loo roll to get us through the weekend. For me, the small touches are important. When having fun, who wants to go and buy loo roll?
The other reviewer is correct, there is a bad smell from the drains and in the annex the drains blocked altogether. We alerted the owners but no plumber was sent in the time we visited. I didn't have direct experience with the owner but I can tell you that the locals complained and claimed that we had too many people on the boat. We had an official visit from the water people which wasn't nice. I suspect the locals rather dislike holiday makers?
The hot tub looked filthy. I wouldn't use one anyway because they are known to be unhygienic, but my companions used it and reported the sliminess of the water. Of course you will be breathing in the blocked drains while you enjoy the hot tub!
The annex would be my biggest complaint. One of our party had to sleep there and it was FREEZING. There was an electrical heater which didn't work or didn't fit the plug. I personally would have refused to sleep there as it was like camping. So for me, unless that part of the house (the annex) can be made habitable (warm and drains sorted), I'm not sure that it's fair to say that the house sleeps 10 people.
I think there are prettier places in the world to visit, but that's just personal preference. If you like the idea of a boat and a games room with a big social space, this would be good. The interior is attractive and fairly chic (slightly beach-house style with some ironic pug pictures on the wall).
I am a pretty fussy madam with an eye for detail, so it's worth bearing in mind that some of my companions didn't notice the points I'm making. It depends on how much you like your comforts.
If the owners are able to resolve the drain smell, clean the hot tub/change the water and sort out the annex or sell this as an 8 people sleeper instead, and go the extra mile by being a bit more generous with the dishwasher tablets and loo rolls, then this could be an amazing place to stay.
I would recommend it but only if you are able to negotiate any improvements the owners are able to make on the above mentioned points. If you have a mattress topper, then take it with your own pillows. Worth packing all the extras like loo roll, kitchen roll etc. And take some fairy lights for ambience.
All the other guests were very happy this lady did not make the booking a phone call would have allowed me to correct any shortage of toilet paper this lady blocked her WC with face wipes hence the drain smell maybe that's where the toilet paper went! The beds are admixture of firm and soft. I have extra heaters if needed but somebody had fiddled with heating and cut of f boat house.... I really wish I'd been called, we can react very quickly to any problems our priority is for our guests to enjoy themselves
10 Dec 2011
"Tatty and unpleasant owner."
I booked this property for a group of friends to celebrate my 50th . We planned a fancy dress cruise for one day.When we arrived the 12 seater boat pictured and described had been replaced with a smal… More
I would like to respond to this inaccurate review. In 5 years of renting our property we have never come across guests like this. They caused several hundred pounds worth of damage to the property and were extremely rude and abusive.
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