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The Waiting Room

(Ref. 1026520)

Coltishall, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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58 Customer Reviews

  • "This was without a doubt the most pristine clean and comfortable cottage we have ..."

    This was without a doubt the most pristine clean and comfortable cottage we have stayed in lovely owner and generous welcome pack on arrival highly recomended

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2024

  • "The Waiting Room is spotless and warm."

    We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it. We hope to return again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2024

  • "Perfect property in excellent location Warm comfortable and cosy Good ..."

    Perfect property in excellent location Warm comfortable and cosy Good equipment and well maintained w We would recommend

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2024

  • "Very nice cottage."

    Loved the train going by. Very generous welcome gift which we thoroughly enjoyed. Quiet position with some walking beside the track if you wish. There was everything we needed in the cottage and we found some lovely pubs with good food. Beds comfortable. Also it's in a good position to travel to other holiday locations. Would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2023

  • "We thought this property was very nice."

    Very clean nicely furnished and comfortable. Good destination to travel around Norfolk. Overall a very enjoyable break.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2023

  • "The kitchen tap drips."

    Apart from this everything was lovely and a lovey place to stay. Recommend this as a place to stay away from crowds but ideal for exploring in and around Coltishall.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Aug 2023

  • "This property exceeded all our expectations!"

    Cleanliness, comfort and location were second to none. It is located next to Coltishall Bure Valley steam train station and you can watch the trains pass by. They are not loud and wouldn’t disturb you indoors. It was nice to wave to the people on the train as it passed by. If you fancy an outing without driving you can phone up and book the train and request to get on at Coltishall. It goes from Wroxham to Aylsham, but if you want a longer ride you need to go to Aylsham which is about a 30 minute trip. The property has 2 bedrooms, both tastefully decorated and very comfortable beds. The twin room has a single shelved wardrobe and a set of drawers, and the double room has a double wardrobe with drawers, a single shelved wardrobe, a set of drawers and a dressing table with drawers, enough storage for a family of four. There is a basket of toys for younger children under one of the twin beds. A bath towel and a bath sheet are provided for each person, all good quality. The lounge was comfortable with a TV and dvd player and a stack of films in the drawer, and another unit with books. The kitchen has a set of drawers full of games, and a radio/cd player. With a washer and a dishwasher, there is everything you need. The front of the property has enough space for 2 cars. The back of the property has seating for 4 people. It is approx 5 minutes drive to Horstead Mill on the River Bure. It is quite a busy spot in the summer with people on paddle boards, dinghies etc and both adults and children wild swimming. The common which is also about 5 minutes drive is a lovely spot, a huge grassy area where you can sit and watch the life on the river, have an ice cream or a drink from one of the 2 public houses. We went to The Rising Sun which was very busy and got some drinks in take away glasses and sat in the sunshine on the common watching the boats go by. Approx 35 minutes drive to Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Sheringham, and Potter Heigham and 10/15 minutes from Wroxham where you can book river trips or a rent your own boat for a day or even a couple of hours. Wonderful stay and would definitely book again if visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay very much, except that on our leaving day, mystery dog owner shouted for their pooch outside our window at the crack of dawn."

    Very clean, well appointed and comfortable property overall. Loud dripping kitchen tap was the only fly in the ointment. - Our fault we nearly ran out of toilet paper...

    Reviewed by S4.7Aug 2023

  • "Waiting Room was a very nice, comfortable place to stay."

    A good base for travelling around East Norfolk. Most people waved as the Light railway went past the garden and I think it goes with the territory to wave back to everyone. My only criticism is not with the Waiting room but whoever is responsible for maintaining the access down pavements. The overgrown pavements made walking into the village difficult. I would happily stay at The Waiting Room again if visiting that part of the country.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jun 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the Waiting Room."

    It is a lovely place to stay and in a good location.

    Reviewed by Vanessa4.7Jun 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our visit to the waiting room a beautiful little bungalow with everything we needed very clean and comfortable watching the steam train go by was an added bonus."

    There was a lovely welcome pack when we arrived and fresh milk in the fridge, I would highly recommend this place to anyone thinking of visiting Norfolk.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2023

  • "We found The Waiting Room to be more than adequate."

    All appliances and furnishings were first class and the cottage very comfortable and in a lovely position. The owner was more than helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had yet another wonderful stay at the cottage."

    You are right next to the Bure Valley narrow gauge railway and it was lovely to see the steam trains coming past. There are some beautiful walks right on your doorstep, we walked in both directions along the railway line and it was so peaceful, no traffic to contend with. We picked up the Coltishall and Belaugh Circular walk, which was a beautiful 9km walk in total. The cottage is set back from the road so it was lovely and quiet with ample room to park your car. The cottage was extremely clean and cosy. There is plenty of space for shoes and coats in the hallway, which was great for us as we came out of season and like to go walking. The welcome basket was a lovely touch. There is ample room for storage in both bedrooms (I took my 2 teenage girls with me). The furniture is modern and looks like it has never been used. I think if I went in the height of summer, my only suggestion would be for blackout curtains in the double room, as you do get lots of sunlight streaming through in the morning. The bathroom has had an update since we last stayed and has been finished to a high standard. The kitchen is very well equipped with all the utensils you need. The lounge is very cosy with beautiful furniture, it’s given me a few tips for my own house, I love the Scandi design. There are 3 excellent pubs which are an approximate 20min walk from the cottage and also a riverside cafe for sandwiches and cakes in the day. There is also a convenience store which is always well stocked. We used the board games in the evening and also read some of the books. It was great that there was an iron and board and also a hairdryer, there really wasn’t anything extra we could have asked for. I highly recommend the cottage and will definitely come again, maybe in the summer this time so we can take picnics on our walks. We didn’t want to leave, it really felt like a home from home. Thank you Emma and Terry for making out holiday as comfortable and relaxing as possible. We couldn’t have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Lynsey5.0Feb 2023

  • "The Waiting Room is a lovely cottage in an excellent location for exploring the Broads & Norfolk Coast."

    It is clean, very comfortable & quiet with everything we look for in a cottage. We would definitely look to return. Thank you Emma, it was nice to meet you on our arrival & we appreciated the welcome pack!

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Feb 2023

  • "We want to thank you and the owners Terry and Emma our stay at the Waiting room was wonderful."

    The place made our stay so enjoyable. From the first day to our last day. It was very hard to leave.

    Reviewed by Eloise5.0Jan 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location next to The Bure Valley Railway."

    The cottage represents value for money and is an ideal base for the city or the Norfolk Broads. A much appreciated welcome pack, good towels and very warm inside, given the cold damp weather. I would agree the dining chairs are awkward for children aged 4yrs (too low) but given the size of the lounge diner they fit the bill. I will definitely book again, as I have family nearby, and the trains are an added bonus.

    Thank you for your lovely review. When I receive your booking, I do not know the ages and stages of the children staying with you, so I cannot anticipate any specific needs. I can't remeber my little boy having a problem with the chair but maybe we used a travel booster seat. If you book again I do have a toddler chair and a high chair you can use if you would like to. Just let me know Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek4.7Nov 2022

  • "Ideal for exploring north Norfolk area."

    Reviewed by Neville4.7Nov 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at the waiting room."

    The cottage was clean, bright and warm with comfy beds. A couple of very minor changes could have improved the stay. The knives in the kitchen are great for eating but can't spread butter with them when making sandwiches. We also found the dining chairs, whilst they fit very well under the table, are too low a position for eating and our 4 yr old kept slipping off! The annexe is very well situated for the Bure Valley footpath and we went straight out onto this most mornings. We made good use of the village playground too. Ali spice and the Londis were an added bonus. We had a great stay and thank you for having us

    Thank you for your lovely review I'm sorry you thought the chairs were not suitable a four year old. I can't remember my little boy having a problem. Your booking info only says child and I cannot anticipate ages and stages unless you tell me. I do have a toddler chair or a highchair available, but they are not storaged on site. I have had a few coments about the knives so I bought a butter knife for spreading. Still the comments continued so I assumed it had walked and bought another. I can confirm for the duration of your stay there were 3 butter knives availale for your use. If any future guests are unsure what a butter knife looks like I can provide a photograph Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chrissy4.7Oct 2022

  • "A superb base in Coltishall, to explore the Broads area, with the added bonus of the Bure Valley Railway passing the property!"

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Oct 2022

  • "Good location."

    Ideal for exploring North Norfolk. Comfortable, practical accommodation with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.1Sep 2022

  • "Very clean and very comfortable, lovely comfy beds and nice decor."

    Nice welcome pack and the location perfect for exploring the Norfolk Broads and Coast. If we are looking to stay in the area again the Waiting Room would be our 1st choice.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2022

  • "The waiting room was certainly up to the standard we have come to expect from the many Sykes holiday homes that we have stayed at."

    Clean, comfortable and well equipped. So much to see and do in the area.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2022

  • "Perfect location and the cottage was lovely and clean."

    Very comfortable bed. We have had a super holiday thank you. The path at the side of the Bure Valley Railway is ideal for a early morning walk. Bus stop over the road, for a trip into Norwich. Excellent Sunday lunch at the Recruitment Sergeant. With regard to a previous review (Re. Butter knife) this has been resolved after a visit to Roy's of Wroxham.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had as good a stay as the weather permitted (extreme heat curtailed several outdoor activities)."

    The Waiting Room was well situated to be as cool as possible. We were well placed for both the coast and The Broads. The property was well appointed - maybe some different knives needed for spreading and small shelf in the shower would be useful.

    Reviewed by Geoff4.4Jul 2022

  • "It was a lovely cottage set in a very peaceful place."

    It had everything you needed, was spotless and had such a comfortable bed that I am now going to buy a similar mattress! We enjoyed the narrow gauge train coming by from Bure Valley Railway once per hour (10.30 am until 5.30 pm) which we could wave to from the rear patio, over the boarded fence, if we wanted, but your privacy was not invaded if you remained seated, as you were not overlooked. The village, half a mile away, had everything you needed - Fish & Chip Shop, Chinese takeaway, Indian Takeaway, Londis Store, Butcher, Garage and the Recruiting Sergeant Pub Restaurant (The meals were huge, loads of choice, slick service!) The location was great for the coastal towns & villages, the Broads and Gardens / Woodlands to visits. Probably the best cottage we have yet hired.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a very nice location."

    Very comfortable but kitchen a little cramped. Apart from breakfast we ate out. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2022

  • "Very nice location with nice surrounding area,lots to see and do,food at the local pubs are very good"

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "Well presented cottage in a very nice location."

    We can recommend the Recruiting Sergeant and Rising Sun pub/restaurants.

    Reviewed by Howard5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very nice, cosy property, perfect for 2 adults and 2 children."

    Very clean and well equipped. The Easter decorations and gift were a lovely surprise and gave a personal touch which we appreciated. The only thing I would have preferred was a smaller weight and larger size duvet on the double bed. Good location for getting out and exploring the area. The Rising Sun pub served excellent food.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Apr 2022

  • "The Waiting Room was a very comfortable cottage with the added interest of the steam railway running behind the property."

    It is in a very convenient position for visiting the coast and Broads and has useful shops and a fish and chip shop nearby. We would recommend it highly.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2022

  • "An excellent property with all the facilities you can possibly think of."

    The owners were very helpful in providing a travel cot and a high chair when requested. The rooms were clean and provided everything we needed. We would book again at this property and would recommend it to our friends!

    Reviewed by Reuben5.0Apr 2022

  • "A very clean and well equipped property in a good location."

    Comfortable and warm. Comprehensive notes and information from the owners came by email before we set off.

    Reviewed by Paul W5.0Mar 2022

  • "The Waiting Room is a very comfortable, warm little cottage."

    Perfect for relaxing after days out walking. The kitchen is very well equipped,the beds very comfortable. We really enjoyed watching the trains going past every hour on the Bure Valley Railway. There is currently some resurfacing work being done to the footpath/ cycle way which runs alongside the railway. This should be completed soon and then access to this path will be very easy from the cottage. Coltishall has all the facilities needed. Londis Store, petrol station, pharmacy and good pubs. The owner is very helpful and responds very quickly to any queries. We would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2022

  • "We really were impressed with the Waiting Room,clean and comfortable,albeit the back gate was not accessable due to the ongoing works along the Bure Valley railway,however,we tried our best to keep the carpets clean in the entrance, the welcome pack was a lovely surprise,thankyou,We would like to book another holiday for our up coming Wedding Anniversary 50years, March 25th."

    Once again many thanks,Mr.and Mrs. W.Bowen Snettisham Norfolk.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jan 2022

  • "Clean and comfortable cottage, with everything we needed and very prompt response to queries."

    Plenty of space and in a great location.

    Reviewed by Owen5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great location !"

    For walking ,biking and other outdoor activities! Would love to stay there again

    Reviewed by Lynsey4.7Oct 2021

  • "Absolutely loved staying at the Waiting Room."

    Great location to visit many places!! The accommodation is spotless and well thought out, it felt homely and welcoming

    Reviewed by Grant4.4Sep 2021

  • "The cleanliness of the property."

    Meeting the owner. The proximity of the property which is in a beautiful part of Norfolk because there is lots of places to see.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable accommodation, very well appointed."

    Would highly recommend. The Waiting Room is in a great location to visit the broads and to see the steam trains from the garden!

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2021

  • "Excellent holiday cottage."

    Placed well for exploring and visiting the Norfolk Broads

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2021

  • "It was brilliantly Covid secure and isolated beside the Station house, so the four of us felt very safe."

    it was good to see the Bure Valley railway pass by beside the annexe.

    Reviewed by Frances3.8Jul 2021

  • "Spot on, fully recommended"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is part of a beautifully converted railway station, which has retained much of its character and is bigger than photographs suggest."

    Everything is new and spotlessly clean. The beds are very comfortable. Lots of big fluffy towels. The patio seating area is a surprise, sunny and overlooking a narrow gauge steam railway line, which we were thrilled to see when a train chugged past mid morning. Emma was very accommodating, we will definitely return. Thank you Emma,.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jun 2021

  • "A bit disappointed with the "Garden" it is more of a Patio, with a high fence so was unable to look at the lovely view opposite whilst having our drinks."

    But really enjoyed seeing the very cute steam trains and waiving to the smiling children. The toilet seat needs attentions as it is askew and not very comfortable for us ladies to sit on. In a great position for getting around. All in all though, a lovely place For your vacation.

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Jun 2021

  • "Great location for exploring north Norfolk and Norwich Cottage spacious and ..."

    Great location for exploring north Norfolk and Norwich Cottage spacious and clean Village lovely with walking distance pubs A little away from main road so cottage is peaceful with green views and a big patio

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0May 2021

  • "My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at 31A Station Road."

    The accommodation was superb with the added convenience of an off road, large car parking space, right outside. It was comfortable, spacious, clean, quiet and was in the right location for us. Coltishall has a very good village general store, several takeaways, a garage, pubs and other amenities. We were able to explore the area around The Norfolk Broads and Norwich City itself easily. The North coast is within reach where you can enjoy some fantastic coastal scenery and walks. The area around Norwich Cathedral is stunning. We really appreciated the personal touch from the owner who contacted us, thank you.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect for our needs and so much nicer that the hotel we had booked into."

    Everything you would hope for with regards to facilities and a beautiful view over the steam railway and stables.

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Dec 2020

  • "House was nice and clean and well equipped."

    Idea place for a small family, my boy loved seeing the trains on the bure valley railway at the bottom of the garden.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic holiday accomodation, very clean and comfortable."

    Owners have furnished the cottage to high expectations.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Sep 2020

  • "Shower cubicle very small."

    Cottage was lovely but we thought it was to small to accommodate 4adults.

    Reviewed by Maureen4.1Sep 2020

  • "The accommodation was clean and Covid had obviously been taken into consideration."

    The welcome goodies were lovely to find and also the thoughtful bag of masks and hand sanitiser. The only reason we have slightly marked down the comfort score is because there is not enough comfortable seating for the four people this property accommodates.

    Reviewed by Shaun4.7Sep 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation, and ideally suited for touring Norfolk Broads and 30mins from Croner coast"

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation, felt like "home" as soon as we arrived."

    Great location for exploring North Norfolk with easy access to the Broads, the beaches and Norwich.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay in the cottage very much."

    It had all we needed and is a lovely place to be. The cottage is a good base and sutaibly located to explore Noffolk and the Broads.

    Reviewed by Antje5.0Aug 2020

  • "A fantastic quiet base to explore from."

    Very comfortable and clean and the Bure Valley railway and walking paths on the doorstep is an added gem in this little jewel.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jul 2020

  • "Lovely Clean cottage just adequate for our needs."

    Very pleasant helpful owner who helped with all our coronavirus queries.

    Reviewed by Carl4.4Jul 2020

  • "Absolutely fantastic little place to stay."

    Spotlessly clean throughout everything you could need at the property is there. Small garden to the rear is lovely to sit out when the weather is nice and see the Bure Valley train go by over the weekend. Really good location not far from the broads and not a massive distance if you fancy a drive to the coast which we did. Nice traffic free walk along the railway to Wroxham (just be aware of cyclists when it gets narrow in parts). I think you can also walk along the railway to Aylsham if you're after a good long walk. Shops and pubs within walking distance, a lot closer than most other places we looked to stay. Really couldn't be happier with our stay and would highly recommend it to others!

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2020

  • "Only downsize was the very cramped shower cubicle and the problem of water temp."

    not remaining constant.

    Reviewed by John4.7Mar 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric woodburning-effect fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Rear patio with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.7 miles

The property

This cosy annexe is based in the delightful riverside village of Coltishall and is backed onto the Bure Valley Railway line.

Perfectly located for exploring the superb Norfolk Broads and the East Coast of Norfolk, this annexe offers a lovely getaway for a couple or family looking to escape to the country.

Look forward to unwinding in the sitting room after a day of rambling the Norfolk outdoors, with a sumptuous corner sofa to rest on, plus an electric fire and a Smart TV for all your entertainment options.

The kitchen is equipped with all you could need for a self-catered stay, including the all-important dishwasher and washing machine.

The bedrooms have been furnished in a refreshing colour tone and include a double and twin bedded, served by a shower room where you can enjoy a refreshing shower to start your day.

Head outside and relax in the enclosed patio area while taking in the idyllic surroundings, with only the occasional passing train to disturb the peace and quiet, this is a narrow guage stream railway that only runs through the day.

Coltishall is a small village but offers the essential amenities including a number of good pubs serving food, a village shop, a butcher’s and petrol station.

Avid walkers can take advantage of the network of varied footpaths and walks in Horstead and the nearby Norfolk Broads, home to the 61 mile Weaver’s Way footpath which passes through a diverse landscape of woodland, mixed farmland and disused railway lines.

Visit the city of Norwich for all your shopping delights, along with a series of museums, parks, galleries and much more to stay occupied.

A delightful annexe to be enjoyed, any-time-of-year.

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About the location


Wroxham 4 miles; Norwich 9 miles.

The pretty Norfolk Broadland village of Coltishall is known locally as the ‘Gateway to the Broads’, where, on Coltishall Common, you can find an array of moored boats sitting along the banks of the River Bure. The banks of the River Bure are the picturesque setting of Coltishall Staithe, a large grassed area enjoying riverside pubs and restaurants, a village store/Post Office and attractive cottages. In summer, both locals and visitors enjoy relaxing picnics, feeding the ducks and playing ball games, while in winter, the local waterfowl enjoy Coltishall Staithe’s riverside tranquillity. On the outskirts of Coltishall is the summertime pick-up stop of the Bure Valley Railway, a narrow gauge steam and diesel service running between the market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, and walkers can enjoy the riverside footpath from Coltishall Lock. The local area offers a wide choice of places to visit from craft barns and beautiful gardens to National Trust properties and Redwings Horse Sanctuary, while river boat trips can also be enjoyed. With Norfolk’s beautiful and varied coastline within easy reach, this is a lovely location for discovering Norfolk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas