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Swan Dyke Cottage

Horning near Wroxham, Norfolk (Ref. 939491)



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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "The property internally is very dated and in desperate need of redecorating and some tlc."

    The upstairs toilet broke on our second day, the heating and hot water failed on our 3rd day and after repeated phone calls and messages left to the contact number supplied we had to leave a day early with no heating or not water to shower. We were also informed that the dishwasher wasn’t working via a note left on a scrap of cardboard next to a cheap bottle of fizz in the porch which we found on our second day. We would consider this property Is not fit for a holiday let in its present state and for the same money a higher standard of property could be found.

    Reviewed by KarenDec 2021

  • "Excellent holiday home!"

    The cottage was perfect for our family of five, 2 grandparents & dog! Perfectly situated in Horning for access to shops & the bigger town of Wroxham (nice shops). The paddle steamer is 5 minutes walk down the road along with three nice pubs within another 10 minutes.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2021

  • "Our stay was pleasant and though we realise that you get what you pay for, we didn't expect so many cobwebs, dust and hair in the plugholes (eugh)."

    The house was a good size for 8 people but there wasn't enough furniture or cutlery for everyone. The house smelled damp and combined with the murky windows, felt a bit like staying at someone's gran's. Location is good. Nice view of the water and near the pub. Wasn't bad, just kind of, meh.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2021

  • "There's an old saying that says you get what you pay for, and we certainly got it."

    We knew from previous reviews that the property was basic, but the overall condition of it was pretty poor. Furniture and decor need a major update, as does the very small fridge that is supposed to support 8 people but in no way shape or form is big enough for that. There was a broken light in the upstairs bathroom and water in the same room leaked onto the floor after taking a shower (despite shower curtain drawn fully across). The vacuum cleaner was next to useless, blowing out more dust than cleaned up. No double glazing but secondary glass panels are fitted throughout. The space between window and panels were not cleaned. There were weeks of dead insects in the space. The curtains in the living room fell of the wall (twice) because the fixings were so old. The boiler packed up as well, and had to have someone come out to us to reset it. On the 3rd week a lady came to change our bed linen, appearing unannounced in the garden where we were all sitting. We knew she was coming, but to appear like that, walking through the property with all our belongings inside, without ringing the doorbell to let us know and let her in, was unacceptable. The only real saving grace for this property was the garden, but even the patio area looked like it had not been maintained in quite a while. This is no reflection on Sykes but the owners (who seem reluctant to to put their hands in their pockets and properly upgrade this property) need to get a grip. They are asking for nearly £1000 a week more for the same period next year (on one website), and that quite frankly is a MASSIVE mickey take, and is just pure greed. I cannot recommend this property to anyone, and we certainly will NOT be back.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2021

  • "The location of the property is fantastic and the garden is very nice."

    The beds were very comfortable. However, we had to clean all the crockery and utensils having found food stuck between plates and on various other items. There was a pool of grease in the bottom of the cooker which I had to clean before use. There were numerous dead insects in the windowsill and the fire place area had clearly not been dusted. Bathroom floors were dirty and in need of a good clean. The curtains and rails were very difficult to operate as they were poorly fitted with some curtains not fitting the windows.

    Reviewed by Margaret SusanJul 2021

  • "The house is very tired and in need of an upgrade but location and grounds were superb,"

    Reviewed by SJun 2021

  • "We had a good week away despite the weather."

    However there are a few issues to point out. The cottage is in a lovely location, with a superb view from the cottage. The bedrooms are bright, spacious with plenty of hanging space. The kitchen is well equipped and having 2 bathrooms ideal. The place needs an upgrade generally, particularly the windows, which hadn't been cleaned. We assume we were the first guests after lockdown but the outside needed tidying up. The patio was a disgrace and anyone with kids would not have allowed them on it. The bathrooms need upgrading. The flush on one was poor and the shower head on the upstairs wouldn't always stay on.

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2021

  • "Home from home, had everything we needed."

    Would stay again if in the area.

    Reviewed by WayneDec 2020

  • "Late September."

    Wonderful location with direct garden access to the water which was ideal for our kayak. Fairly easy paddle to Hoveton Little Broad (Closed in winter). Horning is quiet but has all you are likely to need for basic provisions (great deli) and very short drive to Wroxham for the big shop. House was spacious for our party of five, warm, open fire, adequate kitchen but some minor maintenance issues which suggest an updating might be due. The garden would be a real bonus in sunnier weather! We had a very restful week.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2020

  • "Would have enjoyed the view if we could have seen through the dirty windows."

    upstairs ok but down stairs not comfy for six or eight people. needs a new fridge as the very small fridge was inadequate resulting in food going in the bin because the fridge didn,t get cold enough and the rest was left out with the fridge being so small.

    Reviewed by RogerAug 2020

  • "Great for paddle boarding and kayaking from end of garden into river!"

    Reviewed by SylviaJul 2020

  • "Nice house, lots of space for us( family of 5) and very comfortable beds and living room too!"

    Very good location, so close to Horning, which was very pretty little place on the Broads! I think the only way it could be improved is for the house ( windows etc) to be updated - it would be outstanding then! But had lovely break in a relaxing environment!

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2020

  • "The property was exceedingly well placed for Horning and Wroxham."

    The property had a few maintenance issues such as the bathroom light upstairs not working, clear glass in the upstairs bathroom window meaning ladies in the bath could be seen by all local community. The toaster that fused the rest of the house on occasions and rear double downstairs bedroom window that whistled badly when windy. Other than these issues the property was cosy and we enjoyed our trip.

    Reviewed by SimonMar 2020

  • "The cottage was in a great location and was very comfortable."

    It was a lovely setting in the back garden and had lots of facilities in the cottage. Sykes was very good at dealing with a fallen tree in the garden whilst we were away due to Storm Dennis. Thank you for your help and attention. Loads to do in the local area to keep you busy and a great spot to get out and about to those places.

    Reviewed by KarenFeb 2020

  • "Lovely quiet location"

    Reviewed by RNov 2019

  • "I have stayed there before, that’s one of the reasons I booked it again."

    The only problem I had was no batteries in the remote control for the television. So a more of an inconvenience to be honest . I would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by BarryAug 2019

  • "Whoever manages the property should check the wall lights as we found only one bulb working."

    At this time of year not a problem! We do believe its about time the two sofas in the lounge were changed as they are far from comfortable and we couldnt work out how even six people could sit in them comfortably, let alone if the house was booked for eight. We did point out last June about the sofas i.e, 2018, and having already booked for next June 2020 would like to think the owner of the house could spend some money on new lounge seating. Apart from the above everything is fine - proved by the fact that we have booked for next year!

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "We loved the position of the cottage and the views."

    The cottage was very clean and generally very well equipped with plenty of storage but it would have been helpful to have some more comfortable seating in the lounge as we had 8 adults in our group, 3 of which were elderly. We sorted this by bringing in 2 chairs from outside so we could all sit in the lounge area together. It was good to have 2 bathrooms and very helpful to our group to have 2 downstairs bedrooms. There was also plenty of private parking for the cottage, very useful as we had one wheelchair user in our group. We found the shopkeepers in the village very friendly. I would recommend this as a good holiday base in Norfolk. We enjoyed our stay very much and hope to return again to stay in the same cottage next year

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "Lovely holiday home in prime location."

    The cottage was clean, the beds were comfortable and rooms spacious, plus bathrooms and dining area were very good. Lounge area was spacious but more seating is required and new sofas please. With thanks.

    Reviewed by RitaApr 2019

  • "I did contact yourselves during our stay - the property was not like the photos ..."

    I did contact yourselves during our stay - the property was not like the photos and was run down but also not cleaned very well and had some maintenance issues

    Thank you for your feedback. As a result we have spoken to the cleaners and attended to the maintenance issues. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2019

  • "Exactly as described on website"

    Reviewed by RMar 2019

  • "Just before we went on the holiday we read a bad review about cleanliness etc."

    , sykes were very helpful & assigned an agent to our case & cottage was given an extra clean. We were 5 adults in party & I would say facilities were adequate. We had to use dishwasher twice a day to make sure enough plates etc., as we did our own cooking.Cottage is in a nice situation & we toured around & local shops about 1 mile away in village.TV is very small if you want to watch films so we didn't use TV on this holiday. Everything else was great & we had a lovely week but I feel SwanDyke cottage does need some updating but accept it would cost a lot of money to put property in order. The property is very central for broads & not far from Norwich & we went to Evensong in Norwich Cathedral. Local people were very helpful & we had an enjoyable week. Would definitely use Sykes Cottages again Jo Wright

    Reviewed by JosephineMar 2019

  • "Cottage needs updating, TV too small, needs double glazing, furniture needs replacing, settees old and tatty blankets covering them are covered in dog hair, sitting room curtains need replacing, fishing impossible, the photos of the cottage where misleading they were obviously taken many years ago."

    I always judge a cottage by asking myself one question "would I stay there again" answer definitely NO!!!

    Reviewed by RonaldMar 2019

  • "Nice position, comfortable, warm and homely accommodation."

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2018

  • "Dining room chair broken ."

    Armchair had a wobbly leg

    Reviewed by AmandaOct 2018

  • "It was like staying at grannys, a bit old fashioned but quite comfortable"

    Reviewed by GeorgeSep 2018

  • "It was very dissapointing with the river view and it was not very clean and very dated."

    Reviewed by KathleenAug 2018

  • "The holiday cottage was amazing and made are holiday perfect."

    Would definitely recommend and visit again

    Reviewed by TrevorJul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage very peaceful."

    Very clean and had everything we needed. This is the third time we have booked a cottage via Sykes and again have not been disappointed. Would recommend this property and would book again!

    Reviewed by TwylaJun 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed stay and already booked for next year."

    It is a shame that the sofas were rather shabby and not too comfortable but other than that would certainly agree this is a 3 tic cottage. Would take far too costly improvements for a 4 tic plus.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "Fantastic place ideal and wonderful surroundings great cottage"

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and fuel for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Note: There’s unfenced river frontage, children and pets to be supervised at all times
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm.

The property

This beautifully-positioned, bright and airy detached waterfront chalet is situated on the Norfolk Broads, just a short walk from the popular village of Horning.

This lovely property is in an excellent location to enjoy and explore this wonderful location.

Located in a quiet area on a private road, you will immediately enjoy the peace and tranquility on your arrival.

There is ample parking to the front of the property and the front door opens to a hallway giving access to a comfortable sitting room with dining area from where you can admire the wonderful views over the garden and down towards the water’s edge.

Doors open to a patio offering an ideal place to enjoy a morning coffee, an evening meal or just relaxing with a book whilst watching the world go by.

From the sitting room there is a separate kitchen with access to the utility room which has the benefit of an external door offering secure bike storage.

There are four spacious bedrooms, two on the ground floor and two on the first floor, with a twin and double room along with a bathroom on each floor.

Horning is a picturesque Broadland village located on the River Bure in the heart of the Norfolk Broads with village amenities such as pubs, shops, boat trips and a tea room.

Surrounding the village is wonderful countryside, woodlands and marshland with exceptional wildlife all around.

From the village you can also take a paddle boat steamer to explore the superb waterways and enjoy a drink as you go from the on-board bar.

Close by is the popular village of Wroxham with a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants; it’s also an excellent point for hiring a boat for the day and enjoying the waterways, plus just a short drive or cycle ride brings you to the wonderful Norfolk coast.

Surrounded by spectacular waterways and a perfect base for exploring Norfolk, this spacious cottage offers a delightful holiday retreat whatever the time of the year.

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About the location


Wroxham 3.5 miles; Norwich 11 miles; Great Yarmouth 17 miles.

The village of Horning is perfectly located for exploring the Norfolk Broads. Set on the River Bure, the village stretches a mile along the banks and enjoys a number of waterside properties, pubs, shops, restaurants and a popular tea room. For a fun trip out you can enjoy a double-decked paddle-steamer, a purpose built boat for the Broads, which can even be privately hired for up to 100 people. The boat also has the benefit of a bar and occasionally a live jazz on board! Horning also enjoys a summer fete, regular sailing races and many other events especially throughout the summer. A lovely location for the Broads and beyond.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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