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River Thurne, Norfolk Broads
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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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52.589414, 1.433759

With a high degree of comfort and style, this luxurious self-catering holiday cottage is ideally located in the heart of the Norfolk Broads in the village of Rockland St Mary, with village pub and nature reserves within walking distance. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£370 to £730

4+2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

52.589414, 1.433759

Situated in the Southern Broads in the pretty Norfolk village of Rockland St Mary, The Barn is nicely presented throughout and ideally placed just a short stroll from the village pub and mooring area for leisure boats. With a nature reserve within walking distance, this is an ideal base for anyone who wants to explore the magical waterways of the Norfolk Broads as well as those who enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and exploring. Norwich City and also the coast are within easy driving distance. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£295 to £700
Short breaks from £70 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

52.589414, 1.433759

Sitting in the Broadland village of Rockland St Mary, this dog-friendly cottage is beautifully presented throughout and ideally placed just a short walk from the village pub serving food, and mooring area for leisure boats. Bring your kayak away to explore the waterways, or your bike to enjoy the country lanes. There are also lovely walks, excellent bird watching with a nature reserve within walking distance, and an abundance of attractions including Norwich City and the glorious beaches of the Norfolk Coast. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£340 to £700
Short breaks from £60 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

52.589414, 1.433759

With a high degree of comfort and style throughout, this luxurious holiday cottage is ideally located in the heart of the Norfolk Broads in the village of Rockland St Mary with village pub and nature reserves within walking distance. A great holiday choice for those who enjoy walking, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking or exploring with plenty of attractions including Norwich City and also the Norfolk coast within easy reach. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£370 to £730

4+2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

52.708417, 1.404771

Whether you want to simply relax by the river or get out and about exploring the magical waterways and Norfolk's many attractions, this comfortable holiday home is a perfect choice. Enjoy a waterside position in the popular Broadland village of Wroxham with pubs, restaurants and shops a short stroll away.

Weekly guide price:
£305 to £795
Short breaks from £43 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.708417, 1.406960

A stylish riverside holiday cottage in an enviable position in the very heart of the Norfolk Broads sitting right on the river bank. With miles of magical waterways to explore and just ten miles from the Norfolk coastline and the City of Norwich, Sandringham Cottage is a perfect base from which to explore Norfolk.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £1150

4  |   2  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.678530, 1.631078

Perfect for couples (one or two) and families, Little Broad Cottage nestles amongst tranquil countryside and has three of the Norfolk Broads largest yet less touristy, quieter Broads close by. Norfolk's stunning beaches and wildlife on the coast are also just four miles away for lazy days by the sea. Perfect for those who enjoy being by the water, you can spend your days relaxing by the sea or exploring the magical waterways of the Norfolk Broads with plenty of attractions within easy reach. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£313 to £707
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

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:
£622 to £1408
Short breaks from £209 per night

8  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star Gold

Orchid Lodge

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 30th Oct 2021 for 7 nights, £475Save £25"Fancy a week fishing from your decking or just relaxing in the Norfolk Broads? Waterside cottage sleeps 4 in the picturesque village of Horning. Heating, unlimited WiFi and Netflix included."
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

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.708248, 1.406352

Sitting alongside the River Bure, right in the very heart of Wroxham the 'capital of the Norfolk Broads', Marchesi Cottage provides the perfect mix of modern and cosy self catering. Spend your days exploring the waterways, relaxing beside the river, cycling and walking, or exploring the areas many attractions with the coast and city of Norwich within easy reach.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1050
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.673433, 1.580501

A choice of holiday accommodation in a great location for exploring the Norfolk Broads with its network of lakes and waterways. The beautiful Norfolk coastline with its lovely beaches is also nearby. Superb on-site facilities including tennis, mini golf, cycle hire and restaurant make this a perfect choice for families.

Weekly guide price:
£545 to £1315

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

52.707898, 1.512251

Situated on a peaceful former working farm just ten minutes' walk from the centre of Ludham, Limes Farm Cottage is perfect for families and couples who want the best of the Broads and beautiful Norfolk beaches. Start your day in the large, sunny family kitchen and finish it with a barbeque or picnic in the orchard or with a drink at one of two friendly pubs, The Dog and The Kings Arm, both of which are within walking distance. Nearby, there are miles of waterways to explore by boat or canoe and ample walking and cycling opportunities. The owners are happy to provide secure bike storage, and it is possible to arrange for hire bikes to be delivered to your door. Wroxham, Sea Palling, Great Yarmouth and Norwich are all within easy reach either by car or bus from Ludham, and there are numerous picturesque villages to discover by road and water. The Broads are renowned for the diversity of bird and wildlife, and there is always something wonderful to look at whether it's an ocean view or th

Weekly guide price:
£620 to £1140
Short breaks from £155 per night

2-4  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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:
£531 to £1199

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:
£850 to £2090

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:
£485 to £680
Short breaks from £125 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:
£485 to £680
Short breaks from £125 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:
£630 to £1345
Short breaks from £165 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:
£630 to £1345
Short breaks from £165 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:
£735 to £1595
Short breaks from £188 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star

Need more inspiration?

Popular towns in and around The Norfolk Broads:

NorwichWroxham

Some local suggestions:

Dog friendly Norfolk Broads cottages

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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. 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.