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Potter Heigham, Norfolk (Ref. 1026693)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "We’ve had the most perfect week at Risdene."

    We been several times before but not for a while and we are so pleased we went back again. The weather was glorious so we spent a lot of time lounging in the garden, reading and watching the boats, paddle boarders and of course beautiful wildlife on the river - our highlight was seeing a kingfisher! We hired a boat from Phoenix and went out on several trips, to Thurne and Horsey Mere. Can highly recommend cycling down to Bridge Stones cafe for breakfast - we did this several times and cycling somehow made me think I’d earned the calories

    Reviewed by KellyAug 2022

  • "Fantastic holiday."

    We went here a handful of times when I was a teenager for family holidays, so I decided to go back with friends and we had the best week. Risdene is set in a beautiful location, so peaceful right on the river. The cottage itself is equipped so well with all sorts of games and books, fishing equipment, chairs, a BBQ, a rowing boat, bikes, a canoe, kayaks etc. It’s very homely too. The owners are very friendly and happy to help with any queries too. The only thing I’d say to someone who has never been would be if you plan on going and visiting lots of different places and have a lot of belongings that it’s a good idea to hire a day boat for the week. It’s a fair walk to the cottage if you have lots of bits so we have always hired a boat for the week, it adds fun to the holiday as well as being able to go and explore different places by boat. We will definitely be coming back!

    Reviewed by AbigailMay 2022

  • "Long walk from the designated car parking area especially for less able bodied."

    Reviewed by LynOct 2021

  • "I have a crawling baby and she kept getting covered in hair and dog hair from the carpet, so I don’t think it was as clean as it could be."

    Needed a bigger fridge/freezer for a weeks stay, and found it a bit dated and cluttered. On the whole had a very enjoyable stay, lots of fishing, well equipped kitchen and comfy beds. And home made marmalade was a very nice touch

    Reviewed by HayleyAug 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Risdene"

    Reviewed by JasonJul 2021

  • "A super location ."

    .. Very rural and the advice to have wellies was very much appreciated. The cottage has pretty much everything you need with lots and lots of games and books and a keyboard for the musically minded, which we really enjoyed playing some Christmas carols on!! We felt very at home - it was like visiting a favourite relative's place as very homely with many personal touches. The various boats provided hours of fun and the fishing from the end of the garden was fantastic. Collecting Sunday lunch by kayak from a local restaurant was great fun!! Potter Heigham is a lovely village with great cafes for meals and coffee/cake! All in all a great location to getaway from it all.

    Reviewed by ChristinaDec 2020

  • "The Risdene is beautiful."

    There's so much you can do without actually leaving the cottage as well. From indoor games to canoeing and outdoor garden games. It's unreal! The walk to get there is long (around 15/20 mins) on a narrow path but well worth it. We managed to get up with a pushchair, suitcases and mobility scooter perfectly fine. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by CallumSep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time everyone was friendly the accommodation though not listed as suitable for disabled was mostly ok except I couldn't use the shower I think there was a garden chair provided but we didn't want to damage the shower base without having specifically been told we could and of you couldn't use a wheelchair so not wheelchair friendly but they've tried to accommodate what I call the walking wounded lol thank you for a brilliant holiday."

    Reviewed by GlynisSep 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 3 x bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double, 2 x single
  • Ground-floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with electric fire
  • Oil central heating, electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking a 15-minute walk from the property
  • Rear veranda with furniture and front porch with furniture
  • Grassed garden with furniture and bbq
  • Lockable storage, kayak and rowing boat for use at guest's own risk
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Very steep stairs, care to be taken
  • Note: Unfenced river next to property, children to be supervised at all times
  • Note: Access path and adjacent fields can get waterlogged in bad weather, wellies advised
  • Note: Water taxi available to and from property, Saturdays only, owners will provide telephone number (must be booked ahead)
  • Note: The property is accessed on foot or by boat
  • There is an allocated parking space (available at no extra charge) in Potter Heigham at the start of the path which runs alongside the river

The property

Risdene is a cosy 3 bedroom bungalow set in beautiful countryside on the banks of the River Thurne, close to Potter Heigham in Norfolk.

It benefits from a 70'/23m river frontage, making it ideal for boating and fishing enthusiasts or those who simply wish to sit and relax watching the boats go by.

This property is accessed by boat (water taxis are available) or by a 15-20 minute walk along the river bank footpath.

A dedicated car park space near the bridge is available for your use.

Step into Risdene and you will discover comfortable chairs in the sun porch, where you can enjoy your morning coffee and admire the riverside views of passing sailing boats, ducks and swans.

It is perfect for bird watchers (books and binoculars are provided), and if you are lucky you may glimpse a kingfisher.

Otters can also be spotted!

The comfortable sitting room has a TV, DVD player and WiFi, and a large selection of books, games and jigsaw puzzles for those rainy days.

A large round table at one end affords plenty of room for the family to eat a delicious meal prepared in the modern kitchen adjoining.

You will also find a fresh bathroom on the ground floor with modern white fittings and a large sparkly shower.

Also downstairs you will find one double bedroom with peaceful views of the countryside and the mill.

A steep staircase leads you to two delightful bedrooms with a single bed in each.

Two additional children could be accommodated on camp beds in each of the upstairs bedrooms.

Risdene has a lovely south-facing garden with a picnic table and deckchairs.

There is also an undercover patio area with table and chairs and a barbecue.

You could spend your whole holiday just enjoying a spot of fishing, or going out in the rowing boat, canoe or kayaks.

Children love feeding the ducks and swans which visit daily.

Or, go further afield – you could hire a boat for a day or for the whole week and explore the delights of the Norfolk Broads.

You could also explore the local area on foot, bike (four are available for your use) or by car.

The beaches are very close – vast expanses of dune backed golden sands – with hardly any people, but where you will almost certainly see seals and their pups.

For all your local amenities, Potter Heigham village is only 15-20 minutes' walk away.

There are two pubs, a fish and chip shop and restaurant, bakery, post office and coffee shop.

The famous Lathams store caters for all your grocery needs and also has a superb fishing department selling tackle and bait.

There are often stunning sunrises and sunsets.

And before you retire to bed, go out and admire the stars and the Milky Way – a huge horizon and no streetlamps means amazing starry nights.

Risdene is the ideal waterside retreat for families and couples alike.

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About the location


Winterton-on-Sea 7.7 miles; Norwich 20.2 miles.

Potter Heigham is a pretty village resting within close reach of the River Thurne in the county of Norfolk, set just a few miles away from the glorious coastline. This large village is considered as a major boating centre on the Norflock Broads with the medieval bridge giving its visitors access to the Upper Thurne, Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere. Within the village itself you will find a superb selection of amenities, including the famous Norfolk discount store, Lathams. Here, you will also find a pub, a fish and chip shop, a Post Office and a shop for picking up the essentials. After admiring the views of the river and refuelling at the village’s pub or café, head to the coast where you will find the sandy beach of Horsey Gap and the National Trust property of Horsey Windpump. Further afield are interesting towns to explore – Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Wroxham, and attractions such as National Trust properties, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Bewilderwood, and East Ruston Vicarage Gardens and Teashop. Potter Heigham promises a picturesque escape to explore all that East Anglia has to offer.

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