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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the Norfolk Broads

England can profess to have some of the most beautiful and tranquil waterways and the Norfolk Broads, on the English eastern coast, are a shining example. With over 200 square kilometres of navigable waterways, The Broads stretch out over two counties with most of their network extending throughout Norfolk and a few venturing into the neighbouring county of Suffolk. Boating through the waterways has been a leisurely pursuit since the late 19th century and hire boats are very popular with tourists visiting the Norfolk Broads. Read more

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52.704299, 1.463699

Sleeps 8 - A delightful cottage in the heart of the quaint riverside village of Horning, known as the Jewel of The Broads. Perfect base to explore the village and surrounding Broads. Deceivingly spacious inside with a great family feel.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.768169, 1.517009

Sleeps 6 - George house is nestled away on the Northern tip of the Norfolk Broads network in Stalham, the perfect base for your Norfolk river, country and coast holiday.A short walk from Stalham staithe for those who wish to while away the hours by the river, with a rod in hand (in season of course). Or hop in the car and see where you fancy. A 10 minute drive will take you to the coast and the family-friendly sandy beach of Sea Palling with nearby restaurants, shops, doughnut stalls and ice cream - a real mini Great Yarmouth. A little further down the coast you can visit the seals at Horsey, they tend to be around all year, however winter is the pupping season where you can see hundreds of seals on the beaches. Great Yarmouth with its famous Golden Mile of slot machines, ice cream, doughnuts, bars and restaurants is still only a 25 minute drive also. Coming inland a little a 30 minute drive or the historical city of Norwich with its lanes, market and abundance of shops for those that

Weekly price:
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6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Whispering Reeds Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 7th Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £1433"Sleep 6 in 3 double rooms, Hot tub, River access, 50MB WiFi, 2 well behaved dogs (free), 4 Smart TV's, EV charger, Wood burner free logs, Onsite fishing Day boat for hire"
52.700735, 1.466458

You won't want to go home after holidaying in this gorgeous waterfront property in the delightful village of Horning. With a private hot tub, outdoor kitchen, and a large garden that leads down to the river, Whispering Reeds Cottage is the perfect retreat for couples and families looking to explore the Norfolk Broads. Whether you are looking for a new adventure each day, or you simply want to relax in beautiful surroundings, the Norfolk Broads is a fantastic location for a holiday at any time of the year. This impressive self-catering holiday home sleeps six guests in three bedrooms and two well behaved dogs are welcome too. 

Weekly guide price:
£999 to £2200

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.535558, 1.482389

Sitting on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders, this cosy welcoming holiday cottage is located in the small market town of Loddon on the Southern edge of the Norfolk Broads. Guests can enjoy a great range of amenities on the doorstep (including pubs, cafes, shops and boat hire) and the many attractions of both Norfolk and Suffolk (including the coast) within easy driving distance.

Weekly guide price:
£300 to £480

4+2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.696660, 1.469645

Orchid Lodge is steps from the River Bure with fantastic views of the marina. The self-catering holiday cottage in Horning is ideal for couples and families who want to experience the best of the Broads, including from the water. There is loads of scope for walks and bike rides beside the river and through beautiful countryside and boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The waterfront Ferry Inn pub is within a short walk, as are shops, cafes and other amenities. Despite its conveniently central location, guests will enjoy the peace and tranquillity that can only come from being beside the water. 

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £1000
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.716539, 1.689440

This spacious Georgian holiday rental is in the lovely village of Winterton-on-Sea, one of North Norfolk's hidden gems, only a few miles from Yarmouth and about half an hour from Norwich. Church House sleeps 16 people in seven bedrooms and is only a moment's walk from the beach, pub, and village shop. Two of the rooms are perfect for families, and there is a games room and an outdoor hot tub to keep everyone happy in all weathers. It's an excellent place to host a self-catering holiday with friends and multi-generational families. 

Weekly guide price:
£3500 to £5875
Short breaks from £800 per night

16  |   7  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.635910, 1.498004

It would be hard to find a better located self-catering cottage in Norfolk than this fantastic property. Sleeping ten people in five bedrooms, it is just a few miles from the Norfolk Broads National Park, the Norfolk Coast and the historical city of Norwich. The accommodation is all on one level with guests having access to shared gardens and the private use of a heated swimming pool (May to Sept), as well as a private garden and patio with a seven-person hot tub. Country walks, sailing and fishing, leisurely cycles, days at the seaside, shopping, theatres and excellent food make this perfect for families and friends.

Weekly price:
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10  |   5  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.678530, 1.631078

Sleeping up to eight guests in comfort, this large holiday home has a hot tub for relaxing and enjoys a lovely peaceful rural setting close to both the Norfolk coastline (four miles) and the Broads with its magical waterways. Ideal for a friends reunion or family holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£1010 to £1882
Short breaks from £350 per night

8  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star Gold

52.657656, 1.543625

Cosy in the winter months and sunny and bright in the summer through the fully glazed French doors into the garden, this lovely garden holiday cottage is in the charming village of Upton in the beautiful Norfolk Broads. The one-bedroom cottage is perfect for couples and individuals who want to explore the Broads and the Norfolk coast and countryside. There is a friendly, community-owned pub and a village shop within walking distance with more amenities, including regular buses and trains to Norwich, a few miles away in Acle. Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea, Cromer and Holt are all within easy reach, with a great choice of attractions and amenities.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £695
Short breaks from £60 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.810057, 1.496576

With a social open-plan living area adorned with beams and eco friendly principles (including an electric car charging point), The Old Piggery provides an excellent self-catering base for exploring both the Norfolk countryside and coast. Beautifully presented in a country chic style, this welcoming holiday home sits on the outskirts of East Ruston village with fabulous walks straight from the front door.

Weekly guide price:
£629 to £1349

6  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.810057, 1.496576

Spacious, dog-friendly self-catering holiday properties in North Norfolk are not always easy to find, which is why Running Hare Barn is such a treat. This beautifully renovated barn sleeps up to ten people in five bedrooms and has stunning views and a wealth of character. Not only does the barn go out of its way to welcome dogs at no extra cost, but the owners provide all the things they need to feel settled including throws, towels and dog bowls, whilst maintaining a high standard of accommodation for human guests too! The location on the outskirts of East Ruston is peacefully rural yet close to dog-friendly beaches and livestock-free footpaths. It can be booked together with the neighbouring property to sleep up to 16 people.

Weekly guide price:
£987 to £2309

10  |   5  |   3+  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.491615, 1.621940

If you are searching for somewhere special for a romantic holiday in the countryside, then look no further than Partridge. This charming self-catering barn conversion offers guests 5-Star (Gold) accommodation in the heart of the Waveney Valley, with facilities including riverfront fishing from the surrounding farmland, a games barn, gym and an outdoor hot tub. Wheatacre Hall Barns are close to Beccles, The Broads and beaches like Great Yarmouth, Southwold and Lowestoft making them a perfect choice for a holiday. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£535 to £745
Short breaks from £138 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star Gold

52.491615, 1.621940

This romantic barn conversion is perfect for couples, providing a 5-Star Gold standard of luxury in a fantastic location on a working dairy and arable farm in the Waveney Valley. Pheasant is one of a collection of eight luxury Norfolk holiday cottages at Wheatacre Hall Barns, giving guests access to a wide variety of amenities that include a games barn, riverfront fishing and an outdoor hot tub. Beccles is a few miles away while Norfolk, The Broads and Great Yarmouth are all within half an hour's drive. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£535 to £745
Short breaks from £138 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star Gold

52.491615, 1.621940

Sleeping up to six guests, Snipe affords fantastic amenities for your holiday that include riverfront fishing from the surrounding farmland, a games barn, outdoor hot tub and a gym. Unsurprisingly, it is no wonder couples, families and friends all love this luxury self-catering cottage at Wheatacre Hall Barns. The location in the Waveney Valley is close to Beccles and the Norfolk Broads National Park and within easy reach of Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Southwold. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1485
Short breaks from £181 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star Gold

52.491615, 1.621940

There is space for everyone including the dog at Wheatacre Hall Barns. This collection of eight luxurious Norfolk cottages is on a family-run arable and dairy farm where guests can explore the farm and even watch the cows being milked in the parlour. Facilities include riverfront fishing from the farmland, a games room and soft play area, lots of space to play outdoors and a sheltered outdoor hot tub, all in an idyllically rural location close to Beccles and The Broads, and just half an hour from Norwich and the coast at Great Yarmouth and Southwold. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1485
Short breaks from £181 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star Gold

52.491615, 1.621940

Wheatacre Hall Barns have everything you need for an amazing family holiday. The eight luxurious barn conversions are on a family-run dairy and arable farm in the Waveney Valley, with riverfront access for fishing from the farmland, a games barn and soft play room, gym and outdoor hot tub as well as lots of space to roam and play freely. The holiday cottages sleep between two and seven people and are within walking distance of the Wheatacre White Lion pub. Beccles is just a few miles away, with Norwich, The Broads and the coast a relaxed half an hour's drive. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£810 to £1760
Short breaks from £207 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star

52.491615, 1.621940

Pack up the family and make your way to luxurious Wheatacre Hall Barns close to Beccles in the beautiful Waveney Valley. There are eight 5-Star holiday cottages on the 1,100-acre working farm, with guest amenities that include a games barn, gym, an outdoor hot tub and river frontage for fishing. Whether you are a couple escaping to the country for a quiet weekend with the dog, or you are searching for the perfect location for your annual self-catering holiday with your extended family and friends, you will love having so much space to spread out and have fun. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£810 to £1760
Short breaks from £207 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star

52.491615, 1.621940

This luxurious barn conversion is on a 1,100-acre farm in the beautiful Waveney Valley, close to Beccles and The Broads and less than half an hour from the coast. Coot has space for up to six people to sleep in three bedrooms, with the option of booking one or more of the other 5-Star Gold standard holiday cottages to accommodate groups of extended family and friends. The onsite facilities are superb and include a games room, exercise barn and an outdoor hot tub. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£810 to £1760
Short breaks from £208 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star

52.491615, 1.621940

You and your family can stay in complete comfort at Mallard Barn. This fantastic cottage is on a 1,100-acre farm in the heart of the Waveney Valley, close to the Norfolk Broads National Park and within easy reach of Norwich and the coast. There is space for seven people to sleep in three bedrooms, with an open-plan living area that has been designed and furnished with socialising in mind. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£895 to £1985
Short breaks from £215 per night

7  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star Gold

52.673433, 1.580501

An impressive collection of self-catering accommodation perfectly placed for exploring the magical waterways of the Norfolk Broads. The coastline with its wonderful beaches is nearby including popular Great Yarmouth, as well as the City of Norwich. Excellent facilities on-site include mini golf and tennis.

Weekly guide price:
£630 to £1685

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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Popular towns in and around The Norfolk Broads:

HorningNorwichWroxham

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Norfolk Broads as a Holiday Destination

The whole area consists of seven rivers and 63 broads with most being under 13 feet deep. Thirteen of The Broads are fully navigable and open to tranquilly sailing down the peaceful rivers with serene countryside views and another 3 broad's have limited sailing. Spring and summertime represent the best periods for visiting The Broads as the green and luscious countryside combined with marshland fields, springy reeds and dense woodlands offer a calm journey through one of England's most beautiful routes.

Wildlife is present throughout the whole area. Many species are unique to The Broads and this includes the swallowtail butterfly that cannot be seen anywhere else in the country, in addition to a diverse range of birdlife such as ducks, black headed gulls and greylag and Canada geese that can all be spotted along the banks. With heathlands, wetlands, woodlands and coastal areas among the landscapes present along the extensive network of waterways, The Broads give rise to various ecosystems where certain wildlife can thrive. Rarer species such as the Chinese water deer and American mink can also be visible to lucky visitors at the right time of the year.

Sitting peacefully along the well-kept banks are numerous small towns and villages that boast a traditional and old age charm, including Burgh St Peter. Ranworth is home to St Helen's Church which is also known as the 'Cathedral of the Broads' and climbing to the top of the 16th century building will yield outstanding views of the surrounding area. The ancient village of Horning is possibly one of the most picturesque Broadland villages on the River Bure or head for the livelier village of Wroxham and Hoverton, the 'Capital of the Broads with a good range of shops and riverside pubs.

Aside from water based activities, there are also numerous cycling routes with the Sustrans National Cycle Network being the biggest that passes through the area. It makes use of forest tracks, old railway routes and quiet streets to provide endless miles of safe and enjoyable cycling paths.

The Broads are not just about boating. The area offers much more with small and traditional market towns, annual festivals and nearly two hundred miles of footpaths and trails through rolling countryside. Boating down The Broads is the most popular way to navigate around the blissful Norfolk countryside and it offers endless wildlife spotting opportunities with a quiet and tranquil atmosphere. The area is superb for a relaxing and leisurely break and while it may not be as active as other tourist spots, it provides serenity and a soothing aurora.