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Unique Secluded Rural Cottage Overlooking RSPB marshes with Riverside Walks

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill


About the property

Cottage in Surlingham, Nr. Norwich, Norfolk, England - Perfect Romantic Getaway Cottage In Idyllic Rural Setting Boasting Stunning Views Over RSPB Marshes

This unique rustic little cottage adjacent to marshes bordering the River Yare is in the perfect location for those wanting to relax and unwind whatever the season. This peaceful romantic hideaway was once the home of the Marshman who tended to the cattle grazing on the marshes, and we have tried to retain its rustic charm with original brick floors and wood burning stove. The network of quiet lanes and extensive riverside footpaths (including Surlingham RSPB Reserve,Ted Ellis Reserve and the Wherryman’s way) make it the ideal spot for walking, cycling, fishing (with licence), bird watching, or just cosy nights in front of the fire on a winter's evening. A motor launch can be hired locally to explore the expanse of Norfolk Broad Waterways, plentiful with wildlife and ample opportunity to visit the many riverside inns. Nearest pub 10 minute walk! You cannot fail to be enchanted by all that Marsh Cottage and the surrounding area has to offer with nature well and truly on your doorstep. We now have a Canadian canoe that you are welcome to borrow during your stay. It is kept a 10 minute walk from the cottage where you can access the wonderful waterways leading to Surlingham Broad and the River Yare.

Mrs Pip Mitchell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

These are some of the comments left in our visitors book:

The cottage is amazing. For so many years I have looked for a little house like this in the middle of nowhere where I can find the peace and quiet that nature brings. Marsh Cottage has given me that opportunity this week, my only regret is that I didn't book two weeks so that I could enjoy it for longer.(25/08/2013)

Stunning setting and an excellent base for exploring. Loved cycling the quiet lanes, walking, visiting Norwich and Southwold, watching the barn owls at dusk. Wouldn't have dreamt of such an idyllic holiday.(08/09/2013)

Three days of heaven. Perfection. Thank you. (03/10/2013)

What a beautiful cottage in an idyllic setting. Thank you. (13/10/2013)

We absolutely LOVE this cottage and its setting. The views, the peace and tranquility made our stay as did the barn owl flying out of the barn every evening. Thank you.(23/11/13)
Jul 2013
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Norwich Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (1 Bedroom and small double sofa bed) Notes on bedrooms: 1 double bed (with electric blanket in winter months) and 1 double sofa bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes on accommodation: Marsh Cottage is at the end of a track less than half a mile long. The track can be seen in the photographs. There is parking in a grass courtyard adjacent to the cottage. The courtyard can be locked. Outside: FULLY ENCLOSED fenced garden. Patio area surrounded by lavender with wooden round table and chairs. Bbq and picnic table on higher ground with fantastic views of surrounding fields and marshes.Two wooden sun loungers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaned prior to every new arrival. Clean sheets and towels and tea towels provided at the start of every stay. Please bring beach towels and dog beds/dog towels if bringing your pet. Other: There is a lockable outbuilding for bikes/canoes etc. Mooring for a boat on the River Yare can be arranged in walking distance from the cottage.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Unique Secluded Rural Cottage Overlooking RSPB marshes with Riverside Walks
average rating of 4.92 based on 26 reviews

A fabulous cottage in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We have just had a wonderful break in Marsh cottage. The cottage is so beautiful, perfect for us and our dogs. The setting is totally perfect, on its own on the edge of a marsh with no neighbours in sight. We walked every day and read at night in front of the log burner. We had a couple of trips to the local pub The Ferry for evening meals and it was quite an adventure in the dark walking along the board walk and across a field to reach it from the cottage. The cottage was so well equipt and had everything you need for a holiday. In addition there were lots of very useful extras, oil for cooking, tin foil, washing up liquid, logs for the fire, torches for night time trips to the pub etc etc. There were also seen lovely flowers in the cottage and some delicious Brownies. It was so cosy and comfortable and the log burner and the electric wall heaters kept it really warm even during some cold February days. We are big travellers, both here and abroad, and it was one of our favourite places we have stayed, and it is only an hour from our home. We love nature and wildlife and to watch a barn owl hunting from the garden every dawn was incredible. We were very sad to leave and know that we will return. We have never gone back to a destination as we always think it will never be as good the second time, but with Marsh cottage we know that it will be.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What an amazing review! Thank you very much. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and I hope you do return and experience Marsh Cottage in the summer months as I think it really comes into its own at that time of year.
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Surfing ham Marsh

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful undiscovered by us before this trip,the cottage was very welcoming but the surrounding were wonderful.The village church the ruins of St Saviours where Ted Ellis is buried were something special and the circular walk from the church was a treat by the river leading to the pub for delicious meals.😀

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Margaret for taking the time to write a review. You were so lucky with the weather last week, beautiful sunny spring days ideal for walking your dog along the river! We are very lucky having Surlingham Ferry Pub a 10 minute walk from the cottage- fantastic riverside location, great pub food and very dog friendly too!
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  • 5 of 5

Me my partner and our little dog loved every minute of our stay, the cottage is gorgeous and the garden was perfect, really cosy and private just how we like it. You didn't want for nothing the owners have thought of everything. A vase of beautiful flowers and scrumptious homemade flapjack was waiting for us upon arrival which was very appreciated, my only disappointment was that we didn't stay long enough

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for finding the time to write this lovely review. Marsh Cottage is such a great spot to unwind and get away from it all and doggy heaven! Come back and visit us in the summer months and stay for longer next time? Many thanks, Pip.
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very peaceful and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

My grandparents originated from Surlingham and I was fortunate to have spent many holidays in the village over the years. I am always drawn back to the village, the marsh and river and was delighted that Marsh cottage was renovated for rent. We loved that it was off the main track giving an air of seclusion. The cottage was clean, comfortable and very cosy, the flowers and flapjacks on our arrival were a lovely touch. Surlingham Ferry once again provided a hearty Sunday lunch. Always lovely to buy local honey just up the track near the church, highly recommended.

Would definitely recommend a stay in the cottage.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anne for you super review. I am pleased your stay in Marsh Cottage did not disappoint, it is a very special and unique little place. I hope you come and visit us again soon.
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Nestled in Norfolk

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in October exploring the area looking for wildlife. We especially liked strolling round the reserve at dusk to watch the owl hunting.

We thoroughly enjoyed having the use of the Canadian canoe to exploring Surlinghams secret narrow broads where the bigger boats cannot go and then out onto the river Yare. The highlight was when a kingfisher flew past us at head height so close we could have touched it. Thrilling!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the Canadian canoe, it is real 'swallows and amazons' territory and a very special and unique area of the Norfolk Broads! Great that we can access it so close to the cottage. Please come and see us again!
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Peaceful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a lovely stay at the cottage last week. It was heavenly. After the stress of illness and operations we were both so tired . The weather was perfect for resting and recuperating in the garden. Batteries fully charged now ready for more treatment. We look forward to the next visit. The treats were lovely,thank you. It is nice to be greeted by fresh flowers and a nice clean cottage.

Kindest regards

Idres and Rob

P.S. Stam loves your garden for chasing his ball.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased Marsh Cottage was the tonic you both needed and I look forward to seeing you again next year!
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The cottage is an easy 40 minute drive from Norfolk’s finest coastline with sandy beaches backed with dunes and traditional seaside towns.


Marsh Cottage is 12 miles from Norwich Airport and 5 miles from Norwich Station where there are mainline services direct to Liverpool Street Station, London and other regional towns. If travelling by train please let us know and we can arrange a taxi to get you to the cottage. The cottage is at the end of a bumpy rough track less than half a mile long. It can get very wet and muddy in the winter months.


Its location is an easy 5 miles from the medieval City of Norwich with its cathedral, museums, theatres, fantastic shopping, market place, restaurants and cafes. Marsh Cottage is in an enviable position away from it all with peace and quiet in the countryside yet so close to our wonderful city of Norwich. Experience it all!


Rates & Availability

Norwich Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
May 21 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 25 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 24 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25.87

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Sunday changeover (out by 10am, in at 4.30pm)

Notes on prices:
SHORT STAYS available in LOW SEASON only. Price £70 per night. 3 nights minimum stay (Thurs/Fri/Sat/) & 4 night (Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed). Low season long term let also possible. If you would like to book Marsh Cottage for several weeks during low season please contact us for details.
Please note we do welcome pets but there will be an extra charge of £20 per pet.

We require a 25% deposit to secure the booking. Remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to holiday start date. Payment can be by cheque or online bank transfer.

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