This 300 year-old thatched house retains the charm of old Norfolk, with some low doors and ceilings. We are situated in the northern broads village of Hickling surrounded by beautiful landscape. It is ideally positioned for a quiet retreat where Norfolk wildlife is all around you.
When you arrive at Watersedge you enter into the hall that has wicker chairs and a lovely old mule chest. Plenty of room to unload your luggage.
This room then leads through a small passage way into the dinning room which seats 9 people and has exceptional views over Hickling Broad with its own door leading to the garden. Leading off the dinning room is the kitchen which has a fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and electric oven, plenty of cutlery and plate including pots and pans.
Also off the dinning room is the old kitchen now the utility room with a fridge /freezer a washing machine and retains the cupboards of yesteryear probably the height of modernisation in the 1950's complete with low ceiling. Through the utility room you reach the downstairs bathroom with shower, wash basin and wc.
From the entrance hall a low door way takes you through to the main modern stair case and then onto the sitting room which is a wonderful light room with a large window over looking the front garden and the broad. It has a TV - DVD, sofa, comfy chairs for you to relax and enjoy the view. Going upstairs you will find a landing with 3 bedrooms and a bathroom, with a 4 the bedroom accessed through bedroom 3. Bedroom 3 also has it's own original stair case from the dinning 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 slopping ceilings.
Bedroom 4 is accessed from the dinning room via its own 300 year old stair case, this room has 2 single beds, storage and 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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