The cottage is a traditional timber bungalow on the River Thurne, with 30 metre river frontage. There is a gas BBQ, patio heater and garden furniture. At the rear of the cottage there is a large wildlife reserve with unspoilt rural views and great opportunities for bird watching. Fishing is excellent from the front garden. The cottage is most easily accessed by boat and the owners will transport you and your luggage across the river on your arrival and departure. Note that to reach your car you will need to cross the river each time! Boats can be hired nearby for you explore the unique waterways of the Broads, or for shopping and trips to the local pubs. A rowing boat is provided for your use as well as a 3 man canoe and 3 adult bikes. Great country lanes for easy and safe cycling and walking. The cottage is well equipped with central heating and wood burning stove. Lively boating scene in the day, complete peace and tranquillity in the evenings
This is our 6th year at Leaside. We missed last year, but were able to return this year. We now appreciate even more than usual what a great place it is.
From the very start it was good even though we had a thunder and lightning storm. Before the storm struck we were able to see, directly outside the rear sitting room window, a Tawny Owl with his catch in his mouth. Throughout the rest of the week we were delighted to see a barn owl searching the field at the back of the house for dinner. There were also Marsh Harriers on the telephone poles along with a collection of wrens, tits, finches and an enormous rookery in the field on the opposite riverbank.
The fishing from the bank outside the house was marvellous, non stop bites with a variety of roach, bream, perch. Everything that you could possibly want is at hand at Leaside. Hopefully we shall be back again next year for some more enjoyment.
We had a lovely stay the place was home from home everything you would ever need didn't want to leave wish we had booked for longer ,and Laura who looks after the property couldn't of been more helpful a great credit to the owners will definitely be going back .
We had a great time staying at this property over Easter holiday. The cottage was well equipped with all the mod cons & felt very homely. Our son loves having a bike to use & our daughter just loves the ducks. We did some lovely walks when it was dry and used the variety of board games & read the variety of books available when it was raining. Looking forward to come here again soon. 5 star for the location & for the cottage.
Absolutely one of the best, most relaxing holidays we have had for ages. Not only have Mick and Maureen got the most beautiful location, but they have literally thought of everything - it is like a home from home. The boat and canoe are fantastic, my 5 year old even had to have her lunch on the boat! The wildlife was never ending swans, ducks and a barn owl all came to visit to name just a few. Every morning Mr Duck made sure he came to see us, can't think why! Lots of relaxing days sitting watching the boats go by, but also very handy for Africa Alive, Pleasurewood Hills, Yarmouth beach and the dog races. Thank you for just what we needed, it was a joy to stay and play!
P.S. The window seats were also a big hit for those lazy days reading "Wind in the Willows"!
We stayed for 2 weeks in July & loved every day . The cottage has everything you could possibly want & need . The boat & canoe were well used & enjoyed ! The fishing from the garden was good especially towards the evening when the passing boats ceased . Walking to the village was interesting & we saw lots of unusual birds on the way as well . The evening sky's were magical ! Having to use the boat to get to the car was an experience . We have been coming to the Broads for several years now & this is definitely one of the best cottages we have stayed in so far . So much so that we are trying to sort out coming back next year !
3 Generations of my family from teenagers to over 60's stayed at this lovely cottage. There was something for everyone from laid back fishing from the front lawn to scenic walks to the local ammenties at Potter Heigham offering fish and chips by the river, pub, gift shop and fabulous indoor centre selling everything from basic ammenties to being able to furnish a whole house!
The cottage was well kitted out. The owners Mick and Maureen had thought of everything you could possible need from pots and pans right down to needle and thread.
We used the sturdy boat that was supplied with the cottage to access our cars and drove to the local Tescos in Stalham, but to be honest if we'd discovered the indoor centre earlier we would have got most of our food items from there. The gift shop, by the way, sells delicious ice- cream!.
We spent one day visiting nearby Cromer which was about 20-25 mins drive away and has lovely views from the pier. We also hired a boat from MayCraft midweek and pootled down to Hickling Broad (about 1 Hour and 15 mins by boat) which the two teenage girls took turns at the wheel which they loved, and moored at the lovely riverside pub for a refreshing drink, it also serves food upto 2:30pm and a slot after 5:30pm. (as of July 2012) All this is personal choice however, just being away from the hustle of city life to this tranquil cottage was more than enough for me.
Overall a holiday i'd definitely recommend!!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
For rental over Easter and Christmas and half term holidays please contact owner
Please note there is a £50 refundable breakage deposit
Payment by cheque 6 weeks before holiday starts
The property is within walking distance to village shops and pubs, easy boating to Broads attractions, a 20 minute drive to blue flag beaches,Great Yarmouth seaside resort and half an hour to Historic Norwich with its great shops and restaurants. One of the oldest of a string of chalets along the river, accessed principally by boat and surrounded by farmland and nature reserve, wonderful wildlife and fishing, also great cycling country. Day boats can hired on a day or weekly basis,as can traditional wooden sailing boats. Very peaceful situation but still wonderful for family holidays, with lots of local attractions.
Other Activities: jet -skiing