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Cygnus Boathouse

South Walsham, Norfolk (Ref. 942219)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Lot of clutter in the boathouse with most of the storage space taken up by the owners property locked in cupboards."

    Only 3 draw chest of draws available for 2 guests and a small clothes rack with coat hangers not suitable for trousers. No working WiFi. The view however is spectacular, Kitchen & Bathroom adequate (bring your own soap etc). Despite shortcomings we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2022

  • "Perfect location."

    Inside and the structure of the boat house needs slot of TLC.

    Reviewed by RobApr 2022

  • "It basically needs knocking down ."

    One drop of rain and we would have left there and then but we looked on it as a survival/camping trip.

    Reviewed by robinApr 2022

  • "Worst holiday I have ever had only stayed 1 night but I have already told you this ."

    I asked you for a refund but you said the owner was not willing to give one only 3 days at some other time . The owner as phoned me and said you did (Sykes ) not ask for a refund so she is going to give me a refund now that she knows I want one . If this is how you treat your costumers it’s a wonder you have any .

    Reviewed by RaymondFeb 2022

  • "The boathouse was very comfortable."

    Everything that I needed was supplied. Beautiful views over the broad. Peaceful and quiet.

    Reviewed by DawnJan 2022

  • "Outstanding views, the property need some urgent work, foul smell from shower drain when in the shower, drain pipe under sink is leaking."

    The heater spur socket is broken. The property garden and path floods once a day at high tide, you need to bring boots, it also has some foul water in it next to the path at the back of the property. The local shop as described does not exist and both pubs in South Walsham are closed down. The bed and linen can do with an upgrade. It's a shame because the location and views from the property are Outstanding, for that alone I would return. Access and turning for a large vehicle could be tricky.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "It's everything it says."

    The pictures you see is what you get.The view is a amazing.Fishing very good. So peaceful you can't help but chill out.We have been four times now.and will go again..It's a little treasure.

    Reviewed by VeronicaOct 2021

  • "Have contacted you with a detailed complaint regarding the property and awaiting a resonse"

    Reviewed by YvonneSep 2021

  • "Ideally suited to a couple."

    Well worth the views and peace. Would return.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "The boathouse is a delightful survivor from a bygone age , the position overlooking the Broad is beautiful and very secluded ."

    Yes there is a slight smell from the septic tank and the facilities are basic and a little jaded , but this in keeping with the era in which it was conceived and built and provides a very welcome retreat from contemporary ideas of a waterside bolt hole .Perhaps it should occupy a special category of ‘ Heritage’ holiday property that doesn't conform to modern ideas and standards. I hope it remains available and hopefully at the fair rental price that we paid .

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "There was a smell of drains in the bathroom."

    Nothing disturbing but other people might make a fuss.

    Reviewed by JosienMay 2021

  • "Wonderful location"

    Reviewed by RAug 2020

  • "Stayed here from 19/10/19 lovely quiet location views across the mere wonderful."

    Accommodation bed nice and comfortable, cooking facilities fine for basic dishes. Garden gets water logged on high tide so Fishing was restricted, putting a raised walkway from parking, down side of boathouse and front of garden would be a big improvement. Overall I enjoyed my stay. JohnB

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2019

  • "The bathroom is bordering on unhygienic due to the smell from the cesspit when the shower is running."

    Your feet also get wet if you stand near the drain in the shower even before it starts running. The stairs up to the boathouse need some attention. The boards at the entrance to the drive are very slippery on walking across them. Having said all that, it is a boathouse but overpriced particularly at this time of year. I imagine in the Summer it can be so much better although reading the comments in the guestbook it would appear that the shower is always the same ???

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2019

  • "Lovely surroundings and area wildlife and fishing excellent ,boathouse needs refurbishing very tired looking stairs need work /repairs bathroom outdated smell coming up from cess pit in shower pipe in general place needs work done on it ."

    Shame as a perfect location

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • "The location is perfect for a peaceful and relaxing break"

    Reviewed by VanessaJul 2019

  • "The fishing and view were very good."

    As for the accommodation it needs a lot of TLC.

    Reviewed by GaryJul 2019

  • "Holiday was very enjoyable and very relaxing"

    Reviewed by JenniferDec 2018

  • "Location awesome superb fishing would come again very peaceful break ..."

    Location awesome superb fishing would come again very peaceful break unfortunately the bed was appallingly uncomfortable sorting this out would go a long way to improving this place

    Reviewed by ShaunOct 2018

  • "On the whole,description in brochure was adequate,but the accommodation left a lot to be desired."

    The bed was very uncomfortable,as were the armchairs. The soft furnishings,cushions etc.were worn out & threadbare to the point of having large holes in them. The kitchen area was unsatisfactory as regards work space,& the cooker inappropriately positioned. Carpet had large holes,concealed by rugs. Entrance stairway,whilst no doubt meeting building regs,was rough & ready at best,& gave the impression of being unfinished,with one side open to the water & steep. Very awkward to unlock top door,from the stairs,if holding anything. The outer entrance door is a very poor fit & blows open in wind,& rattles constantly. There is no garden furniture at all,which negates the admittedly lovely view of the broad. Not withstanding the foregoing,the property is in a beautiful position & is capable of being a perfect holiday let,but badly needs renovation,& a lot of TLC. Certainly not a property to which we shall be returning.

    Reviewed by GregorySep 2018

  • "Hi was at the boat house last year, Had a wonderful time, So decided that we would have two weeks this year, which we have just returned home from, wonderful again, If you fish do so at night as bream fishing is a dream, Corn, Worm, meat, cage feeder bread crumb, We will be back."

    Thank you. Will.

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2018

  • "Cygnus Boathouse is ideally located for exploring the Broads and wider Norfolk area."

    It's position allows glorious views of south walsham broad, however, theses are somewhat obscured by the branches of a large willow tree on the right. Whilst Cygnus was clean, I wouldn't describe it as comfortable, the sofabed is the most uncomfortable thing we have ever slept on. We had to buy airbeds to be able to sleep without feeling every spring in the, very thin, mattress. The furnishings and facilities are tired and shabby, the whole place could do with a complete update and refurbishment, the shower needs some mould treatment to remove the black from round the bottom. The parking area should be for two cars, however, half the area is taken up by a boat, meaning you can't turn your car round. This makes entering and leaving very difficult as there is insufficient space behind the entrance to reverse straight out without encroaching on someone's drive, which there are strict instructions not to do We enjoyed the area but wouldn't return to Cygnus Boathouse as it was not to the standard we expect of a holiday let.

    Reviewed by LynnJul 2018

  • "We had 2 weeks of glorious weather in a beautiful area and for that we enjoyed our holiday."

    The fishing was brilliant catching bream early morning, roach, rud and perch. ( some outside storage would have been appreciated for fishing gear). Walks and boating excellent. We know the area well and had seen the boathouse from the outside so we did not expect luxury accommodation and was prepared to accept it for what it was --a boathouse with fantastic views from the French window and balcony. There were lots of good reviews in the visitors book and for many people that's their prerogative. .However, for us there were some issues within the boathouse that were not up to a good standard. + Although generally clean including all the bed linen and cutlery -( frying pans needed replacing.) + The carpet was old and well worn . Some of the soft furnishings eg cushions were worn and torn. * The shower unit was in need of retiling. +The sofa bed for us was just ok. The mattress by no means of good quality. + We appreciated and respected the quaintness and age of all the furniture but storage for guests was limited to a rickety clothes rail to hang our clothes and one rickety chest of drawers (all other storage was locked presumably for the personal possessions of the owner) + To use the cooking and catering facilities in the cramped kitchen area needed a bit of planning and initiative!!! To use the table top cooker you could not use both the oven and 2 hobs at the same time. However I did manage( with a bit of juggling) to cook several nice meals. The bottom shelf in the fridge door was broken/missing so unable to store anything other than small bottles without laying them down on shelves. + The balcony was in need of some attention. + There was an unpleasant smell from the cesspit We probably wouldn't have even filled in this review and would have overlooked all the negatives if it wasn't for the following- + We arrived on the sat and noticed the venetian blind did not pull e up properly ( ?cord broken) and by the Mon the blind had broken altogether and wouldn't pull up at all. We reported it to steven. (Sykes agent) who came over the next day at (9.am). Good we thought -- he was unable to fix himself---. Thurs- someone came to repair. Had to get some parts ( new string!!!!!!)-going to do it fri -did not come -- - then Mon --did not come. Eventually Tuesday it was repaired Hooray. We were 8 days unable to pull up the blind and enjoy the views, unable to walk out on to balcony without steadily manoeuvring around the blind and unable to enjoy any breeze that come our way in the heat wave. Steven did bring us a fan on the Sunday morning. We were very patient and tried no to let this spoil our holiday but since coming home I have been reflecting on the 2 week stay and paying over £900 mainly for the position and views to have it spoilt for over half that time .

    Reviewed by CJun 2018

  • "Accommodation 'rustic' and a bit basic, location and views from balcony superb."

    I would book again.

    Reviewed by RogerJun 2018

  • "Clean comfortable but ever so slightly tired."

    Could do with an update particularly the balcony area. However nothing to stop us booking again.

    Reviewed by JeffMay 2018

  • "Wonderful holiday in a super boathouse on the South Walsham Broad."

    Lovely views. If you like watching wildlife, it is in abundance. Would definitely revisit.

    Reviewed by BonnieApr 2018

  • "Sofa bed could do with updating"

    Reviewed by GrahamMar 2018

  • "Overall pleasant stay."

    The sofa bed was the tricky bit. We couldn’t fold it throughout our stay. Not very comfortable if you have a bad back.

    Reviewed by SonuFeb 2018

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  • All first floor
  • Open plan studio accommodation with 1 double bed, kitchen and living area
  • Shower room, shower, basin and WC.
  • Electric heating
  • Worktop hob, microwave, fridge, CD, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 8-10 Stairs to access entrance
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Balcony with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 6 mins walk, pub 1 mile
  • Please note: The access to the Boathouse is up a flight of fairly steep stair's so we would not recommend this property to anyone with any mobility issue's

The property

This delightfully-presented first floor boathouse offers studio style accommodation and balcony set next to stunning surroundings of The Weirs lake and the South Walsham Broads.

All first floor, this charming property provides a fantastic base for a relaxing break.

A single door presents a stairway from the ground floor to the first floor with views of the lake below.

The stairs continue to an open plan living area.

The living area has a double bed, table and two chairs with a fantastic view of the South Walsham Broad through its vast windows and glass doors at the end of the living room.

The living area pairs with the kitchen, electric hobs, microwave, toaster, fridge and ice box.

The back of the property leads onto the shower room, with shower, heating, basin and WC.

Outside guests can experience the peace and tranquillity of the area on their very own balcony furnished with two chairs and table, ideal for meals with glorious views, or simply a place to watch the abundance of wildlife and sail boats go by.

The South Walsham Broads are perfect for pike and coarse during the fishing season (16 June through to 15th March).

The intimate village of South Walsham is nearby and offers a gastro pub, The Ship Inn, serving local food.

Also why not spend a day out walking through The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens, set just a mile from the property, along with fine sandy beaches a 20 minute drive away.

Whether it's a romantic getaway or simply looking for somewhere new to take the boat fishing, this location is to be enjoyed any time of the year.

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About the location


Norwich 9.5 miles.

The peaceful broadland village of South Walsham boasts some of the finest views in Britain and hosts the well-known local broads. The village consists of beautiful cobblestones and Tudor houses, some now home to independent shops. Country paths lead around boatyards and along the Fleet Dyke bank, offering stunning views over the River Bure and river Thurne. Nearby, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden comprises 131 acres of beautiful woodland, water gardens in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Norwich also offers art galleries, museums, theatres and cinemas, as well as beautiful parks and gardens.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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