This 300 year-old thatched house on the edge of Hickling Broad on the northern rivers of the Norfolk Broads. It still retains the charm and many of the features with some low doors, ceilings and staircase.
The hallway in Watersedge which has wicker chairs and a lovely old mule chest, leads into the dining room which seats 9 people with its own door leading to the garden.
The kitchen has a fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and electric oven, plenty of cutlery and plate including pots and pans.
There is a utility room with a fridge /freezer a washing machine. Through the utility room you reach the downstairs bathroom with shower, wash basin and wc.
The sitting room which is bathed in light from a large window that overlooks Hickling Broad and the garden. It has a TV - DVD, sofa, comfy chairs for you to relax and enjoy the view. G
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, the fourth is accessed from the third room.
Bedroom 1 the master bedroom has a large double bed, chest of draws, wardrobe and stunning views across the broad.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed and single bed, a wardrobe, chest of draws, original features and superb views across the broad.
Bedroom 3 has 2 single beds accessed via a narrow low entrance and has sloping ceilings.
Bedroom 4 can be accessed via its own 300 year old stair case, or through the previous bedroom. There are two single beds, storage, the old original fire place and superb views across the broad.
Hickling Broad is a National Nature Reserve, with bird-watching and lovely walks on the doorstep. Rowing-boat, table-tennis, push bikes, garden furniture in south-facing garden overlooking Hickling Broad are included.
The largest of the Broads, Hickling is situated on the Upper Thurne river system, which holds a significant percentage of the UK population of Common Crane as well as important breeding numbers of Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and Cetti’s Warbler. In winter large numbers of Marsh Harriers roost in the reedbed north east of Stubb Mill; Merlin and Hen Harrier are also regular visitors.
We often see Barn Owls at dusk patrolling the reed beds for prey and you may see Kingfishers if you are lucky. Interesting mammals include the introduced Chinese Water Deer, Red deer and hard-to-see Otters, all of which have been seen from the property. Egyptian Geese
Among the many insects are two iconic local specialities – the swallowtail butterfly and the Norfolk hawker dragonfly – though many equally rare, albeit lesser-known, invertebrates also occur. Plants are well-represented, with the important milk parsley: the larval food plant of the swallowtail.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s visitors centre on Hickling Broad is a year-round haven for wildlife. It is easy to spend a day walking around its trails or, in summer, gently whiling away a couple of hours taking in the Broad’s hidden corners on one of NWT’s electric boat tours.
So whatever type of holiday you are after, Watersedge fits the bill and that is why we love it so much.
We hope you have a brilliant holiday and enjoy it as much as we do.
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