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The Boathouse

(Ref. 949042)

Wayford, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous house in a great location."

    Very comfortable and well equipped. Really appreciated the basket of fruit, essentials, wine and fresh flowers. Loved going out on the canoes

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2023

  • "One of the best places we have stayed at."

    The boat house has everything you would need for your stay. There is a super pub/restaurant across the roads as well as farm shop and cafe. Super base to explore Norfolk. The welcome pack was amazing and even fresh flowers on arrival. If you needed anything the owner was at hand 24/7, we will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautifully presented accommodation in a super setting within the marina."

    Loved seeing the Kingfisher whilst sat out on the terrace most mornings. A real plus was the use of 2 Canadian canoes, which we made great use of most days/evenings. Our host was lovely and helpful and a pleasant surprise was the basket of goodies on our arrival which included a welcome bottle of wine, milk in the fridge and bowl of fruit. It was this attention to detail that made for a super stay plus some brilliant weather of course. The Boathouse gets a 10 from me.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2023

  • "An immaculate property in every way."

    Comfort and cleanliness very highly rated. Plenty of out door seating on the decking with swans, ducks and geese a plenty to make you smile. A helpful hamper of bread milk butter, jam and wine. Plus a large bowl of fresh fruit also fresh flowers in the lounge. Cannot not recommend high enough.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent appointed property."

    Unexpected welcome hamper very well received. The modern kitchen had everything that you could possibly need. Owner was very pleasant and her support was clearly available. Good location for visiting the Broads and the coast.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic property, located right next to the river."

    Lots of wildlife seem from the living room! Perfect base for visiting the beach (about 15 min drive) or the broads. The property was impeccably clean and tidy, well equipped, and comfortable. The owner was lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The welcome pack was excellent - thank you! The property comes with at least one canoe, which we rowed along the river. The river is very still and had little traffic which was great for a quiet trip to the Barton broad. We'll definitely be rebooking.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely accomodation, very clean and welcome pack of essentials inc."

    Bread, milk fruit and a bottle of wine much appreciated. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2021

  • "The host was fantastic."

    Fruit basket and essential on arrival. Just a fantastic location and stay.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Aug 2021

  • "Gorgeous house, clean & with everything you need."

    Lots of wildlife on the river to watch whilst sat on the decking. Lovely garden centre opposite with a great cafe. Please don't follow Sykes directions as they are incorrect. Phone Mrs Brown the owner!

    Reviewed by Bridget5.0Aug 2021

  • "Holiday cottage was amazing!"

    So clean and the attention to detail was superb! Owner couldn't be more helpful! HOWEVER Skes are incredibly rude! Stopped responding to my emails, asked a question on Facebook so you stopped me commenting! Directions for the property were incorrect! Had to call owner (who was lovely) who told me she's rang you numerous times to tell you the directions are incorrect and the road names DO NOT EXIST but you haven't changed them!!!

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you had the incorrect directions, we will confirm with the property owner and update accordingly. Thank you again for bringing this to our attention and for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Aug 2021

  • "Superb location on the waters edge ."

    House very well equipped . Easy access to surrounding area . Excellent pub / restaurant 5 minutes walk .

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Boathouse is a beautiful, well equipped, clean home from home in a quiet location."

    The owner of the property was very welcoming upon arrival with fresh fruit, flowers and a welcome hamper, providing us with useful information about the property. We enjoyed sitting on the decking overlooking the water, watching the varied wildlife. The BBQ was put to use on more than one occasion, charcoal and fire lighters provided, giving us another excuse to sit outside and watch the sun go down. The owner of the property checked that we had all that we needed and gave us ideas of places to visit, using the canoe, and even printed out cycle routes, nothing was too much trouble. Really wished we could have stayed longer at this 5 star exceptional property.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Boathouse was probably the best cottage we have ever rented."

    Well furnished, nicely decorated, very well equipped. The welcome pack was a lovely thought, as was the fresh fruit basket and the fresh flowers.

    Reviewed by Judi5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage and owner very helpful as we arrived to a major power outage in the area!"

    Your directions to the property are not very helpful - the owner provided much better ones from her website - you should use those! Otherwise all went well

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2020

  • "A fantastic cottage right on the water's edge, perfect for canoeing, paddle boarding and messing around on the river."

    The owner is clearly very proud of her properties and maintains them to an incredibly high standard, while making her holiday makers feel perfectly at home.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was immaculate, well equipped and comfortable."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2020

  • "The Boathouse was absolutely beautiful, extremely well maintained & in a fantastic location."

    We loved to sit out on the deck overlooking the water and watch the wildlife & the sunset each evening. Alice the owner could not have been nicer & we really loved the thoughtful welcome gifts, a food hamper, flowers & fruit. We had a really lovely holiday & would highly recommend the Boathouse to everyone.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect spotlessly clean and very well equipped."

    A generous welcome basket provided by the owner who was most charming greeting us on arrival and making sure we knew how things worked etc. The arrival instructions provided by Sykes were rubbish, leaving us somewhere in Norwich. I contacted Sykes before my journey for accurate directions. This is what I was sent by email: Following our conversation please copy and paste the coordinates, as displayed below with the comma and space, into google maps. They will clearly direct you to your destination. 52.7709108, 1.4797207 I fully agree that the directions we have provided are vague and when we manage to make contact with the property owner we will seek to update them. The coordinates as sent took me to the hotel across the road. I usually use Google street view to confirm my arrival destination, on this occasion the property was behind trees so not visible from the road. I would have been so easy to get it right but when my final instructions came it was still not corrected. I note another visitor making the same comment. If there is something wrong in arrival instructions you need to put it right. Fortunately I found the Staygb web site and was able to confirm the exact location and give our friends the directions to the property. Very disappointing to have to criticize Sykes this year after so many good experiences of well described well equipped holiday cottages. I hope that next year I will again find my holiday cottage in the Sykes listings.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Aug 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage that nestles against the broads."

    Be prepared for all manner of wildlife sightings. A pair of kingfishers were nesting opposite in the banking so that was a real treat to see them. The canoes kept us all busy and provided day's entertainment. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Corrie5.0Aug 2019

  • "Quiet location on the Broads."

    Met on arrival by owner who explained how everything worked. Basket of fresh fruit and a gift basket containing wine, butter, biscuits,tea and coffee ,olive oil and sugar and milk in the fridge were a real surprise. Everything was as new and spotless. Owners directions were excellent but those provided by Sykes were useless after getting to Wayford Bridge.

    Reviewed by Frederick David5.0Jul 2019

  • "The location was beautiful, set on a small side-cutting of the river - providing a lovely quiet stretch to make use of the canoes (which we did every day)."

    The cottage is also maintained to an exceptional standard - much more spacious than expected, high quality furnishings and appliances, and so well serviced that it seemed almost new.

    Reviewed by Edward4.7Apr 2019

  • "The Boathouse is an excellent property, well presented and very welcoming."

    We would highly recommend it for a location in the northern parts of the Norfolk Broads.

    Reviewed by Bernhard5.0Mar 2019

  • "Excellent cottage, clean and well equipped."

    Superb location, right on The Broads. Owners helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, power shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, wine fridge, fridge and freezer, (washer/dryer in cloakroom), dishwasher, Smart TV, Blu-ray
  • Superfast fibre broadband WiFi, selection of books, games
  • Central Heating and Electricity included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Wrap around decking furnished with dining tables, chairs and additional seating, paved rear courtyard with lockable shed housing loungers, umbrellas etc
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Farm shop, pub and restaurant 5 mins walk
  • Note: A rowing / sailing dinghy or one or two canoes (one canoe per two guests) are included by prior request
  • Information on Local Attractions, National trust Properties etc., are provided on arrival
  • Telephone the owner prior to your visit if you require specialist information e.g Auction Houses, Riding Schools, golf courses etc
  • Note: Due to the location and design of the Boathouse the minimum age for guests is 5 years
  • Note: please ensure bookings fall between a Friday and Friday as can't cross over
  • Note: If you are booking within 72hrs of your departures date, please call our reservations team on 01244 356666
  • Note : Full weeks only from April to November Canoes available at the Property free of charge

The property

A waterside cottage tucked away on the river Ant at Wayford Bridge.

A small hamlet near Barton broad and the villages of Wroxham, Horning and Stalham. Lovely views over the river and adjoining Marina. Comfortable interior with the addition of a wood burning stove, perfect for spending some quality time together. Spacious and comfortable bedrooms both with ensuite shower rooms, one with an added bath. Outside soak up the atmosphere from your own wrap-around decking from which you can dine, just relax or fish or enjoy your own private grassed area with seating and barbeque. These areas are only sometimes shared with Kingfishers, Heron and Geese! This generous outside space faces SW so perfect for watching the sunset whilst enjoying a glass of something to round off a perfect day. There are a host of attractions to suit everyone including a range of canoes, small and large boats are available to hire locally.

Day and Evening River excursions on a paddle steamer or even full dining on a traditional wherry.

Fishing both private lakes and River fishing.

Seal and bird sanctuaries, stately homes both National trust and private also magnificent gardens.

An abundance of walking and cycling routes exploring villages or nearby beautiful beaches. Alternatively enjoy the area from the river, there are so many options. Enterprise grade Wi-Fi service perfect for those who need to keep in touch with their business interests or just those who wish to share photos or video memories with family and friends. A well-presented cottage located at Wayford Bridge on the river Ant.

A spacious open plan layout with calming waterside views from three large French windows facing South and West which open out onto decking which wrap around the outside of the exterior. The ground floor layout has a welcoming hallway with cloakroom WC and laundry.

A spacious, comfortable and generously furnished sitting room ideal for entertaining, there is also a wood burning stove should you wish to add more atmosphere.

French doors lead out to furnished decking.

The kitchen diner with waterside views is well lit and equipped with an extendable dining table with entertaining in mind.

Upstairs one double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with power shower over, WC and basin and one twin bedded room with ensuite shower WC and basin.

Both rooms have their individual charm with solid oak flooring throughout with sumptuous rugs for added comfort.

Both bedrooms boast solar powered blackout blinds so sleep need never be an issue. There is an electric car charging pedestal next to the parking area. The Location: Wayford is situated on the river Ant near Barton Broad.

There is a Farm shop & nursery with a Bistro restaurant.

A popular local Inn, with restaurant, small grocery, and newsagent all within easy walking distance.

There are four Boatyards offering Day Boat and Canoe hire. This is a popular area for canoeing and paddleboarding.

(Take advantage of our dedicated canoe hire). There are numerous attractions, all interests are catered for including Museums, Historic Houses and beautiful gardens.

Bird and wildlife sanctuaries escorted river trips.

Located only 6 miles away are stunning beaches and a designated Seal Colony.

Nearby villages include Horning and Wroxham for additional shopping and places to eat.

Wonderful coastal villages and towns like Cromer and Sheringham offering Theatre, Art Galleries and a steam Railway. Within only half a mile from the property is a coastal road which follows a scenic route through coastal villages offering an abundance of pubs and restaurants or places to stop and picnic. The area offers so much to see and do, a week will never be enough!

Wroxham 6 miles; Gt Yarmouth 17 miles; Holt 19 Miles; North Walsham 7 Miles and Norwich 13 Miles are some of the nearby towns.

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About the location


Wroxham 6 miles; Norwich 13 miles; Gt. Yarmouth 17 miles

Wayford is situated on the river Ant near Barton Broad. There is a large Farm Shop and Nursery, A bistro style restaurant / coffee shop, a pub and restaurant, small grocery and newsagent and a petrol station. In addition to four Boatyards, offering Day Boat and canoe hire. This is a very popular location for canoeing also leading to the Dilham Canal. There are numerous attractions nearby including the Museum of the Broads, the Radar Museum, famous historic houses and beautiful gardens. There are so many places to eat and shop, not only in Wayford but in nearby Horning and Wroxham, which also boasts boat trips and the Bure Valley Steam Railway. Wayford is located only 6 miles from the coast and stunning beaches. There is a coast road which follows the scenic route through coastal villages offering an abundance of pubs and restaurants or places to stop and picnic before arriving at Cromer and Sheringham with its museums, theatre and steam railway. The area offers so much to see and do, a week will never be enough!

Note: Due to the location and design of the cottages, the minimum age for guests is 5 years.
Note: please ensure bookings fall between a Friday and Friday as can't cross over.
Note : Full weeks only from April to November