The SpaceCoot Cottage steeped with history and is ideally located for family holidays. Accessed via a long private drive with river access to the Bure just outside Wroxham.
It is a semi-detached building that was built in the 1600's that was part of a working farm that served the Estate. It is surrounded by true beauty and wilderness with reed marshes and alder stands all round and truly is a unique location for a wonderful family holiday. It's south facing terrace allows you to connect with nature and enjoy the space, natural beauty and uniqueness.
Coot Cottage accommodates 8 in 4 King size rooms and also we can offer an additional 2 Zed Beds as required. One bedroom is accessed through another, ideal for families. All linen and towels are 400TC Egyptian cotton.
Available for 3 and 7+ night bookings - 2 night stays available upon request (generally less than 7 days before start date). In high season periods we do require a minimum of 4 night stays - but please enquire.
Coot cottage has a terrace & garden area to the rear, all south facing, and more garden space to the right hand side which the lounge and kitchen look out over.
In addition there is a 300ft dyke just off the main river course with moorings where we can organise boat trips on one of our vintage wooden cruisers.
Ideally located for trips out on the waterways with Coot & Country and their vintage gentlemen's cruisers, exploring local beaches, private fishing available on the estate and just perfect for relaxation all round. Guest AccessGuests have private use of the cottage, the 1 acre+ garden space, walks around the adjacent private land.
There is ample parking for 5 cars+ with a large graveled front space.
We also offer exclusive skippered day hire on our beautifully restored vintage cruisers with tailored packages available. We can accommodate for special occasions, evening or day cruises with canapés and matched wines or picnic hampers. Interaction with GuestsWe will personally attend to our guests needs and provide a tailored service to deliver a unique and wonderful holiday experience. The NeighborhoodThe area has it all, wonderful landscapes, walks on endless beaches, cycling, canoeing, private fishing, BeWilderwood family adventure park on your doorstep and of course the 200km of idyllic waterways to explore on a stunning vintage cruiser.
Plenty of outside parking with a large gravel parking area, enough room for 3-4 cars.
A large south facing terrace, perfect for alfresco dinning on those hot summer evenings.
The garden is a truly unique blend of cultivated and wild space, with access to a 300ft private dyke where you can take one of our vintage cruisers out for hire (or moor your own), a wild private water for messing around on and masses of trees and wildlife. There is plenty of space for either admiring or relaxing in or kicking a ball about with the children. Goal post provided!
The gravelled drive is perfect for those boules fans - get the red wine out and get the competition on!
From late spring onwards pick your own home grown salad and veg from your very own stocked and managed vegetable garden (season dependent).
We have an exclusive association with BeWILDerwood for our guests and can offer special packages - see current offers on our Coot and Country website.
Walking distance to local shops and amenities. Two minutes drive from Hoveton train station with connections to Norwich and London 2.5 hours away. Any transport needs can be catered for.
Private drivers available for exploration by car and skippers available for our vintage cruisers.
Thing's to do
For children up to 12:
BeWILDerwood is a little over a mile away, between Hoveton and Horning:
BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses where parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes for a fabulous and brilliantly exciting day out for the whole family.
Wroxham Barns offers sightly more traditional fun: there is a petting zoo, numerous stalls and shops and a mini fun fair and mini golf.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is a nicely designed zoo where the animals are kept in well designed, spacious enclosure (or they used to be anyway - I haven't been for a few years).
Lenwade dinosaur park:
There is also the funfair and seafront at Great Yarmouth.
You can hire bicycles at bewilderwood
Canoeing is also possible (the upper reaches of the Bure are lovely.
Kayaks can also be hired at Sea Palling
There is also a Go Ape at Thetford
There are loads of great walks. The Weavers Way has some lovely walks, the sections around North Walsham are within easy distance.
There is a footpath running alongside the river Bure from Belaugh up to Aylsham - all lovely. There is a lovely, shorter walk between Belaugh and Coltishall - park near the church at Belaugh, wander down to the river and you will pick up the footpath signs.
There are great walks on the north norfolk coast - Holkham Beach, Blakeney Point (although it's miles of shingle beach so beware), Wells next the Sea.
There are also much nearer coastal Walks at Sea Palling, Waxham and Winterton on Sea.
There are terrific walks at Holkham, Blickling and Felbrigg - all national trust houses
Things to see
Norfolk has a stunning selection of Medieval Churches, too many to name here, but St Michael's, Barton Turf and Ranworth both have wondeful rood screeens. Salle and Worstead make the jaw drop with their scale and Hautbois (pronounced Hubbis) St Theobald is a combines both splendidly evocative ruin with a round tower on an ancient sire by the banks of the Bure.
Norwich of course has its cathedral and the remnants of one of the great medieval town centres of Europe destroyed in the so called Baedeker raids at the start of WW2, but Tombland, the collection of streets opposite the main gate to the cathedral is still charming and has a decent selection of junk and antique shops making it well worth a visit.
The Castle is also well worth a visit on a rainy day - there are some terrific interactive exhibits for children and a an art gallery with some wonderful Cotman's and other artists of the Norwich school.
For those who want something more modern, the Sainsbury Centre is probably your best bet.
The three great stately homes of Norfolk, Blickling, Houghton and Holkham are all worth a visit. Blickling is by far the closest and although the interior doesn't quite live up to the magnificence of the exterior (too many of the contents have been sold) it has lovely gardens and park and the Buckinghamshire Arms just in front of it does decent food.
Houghton and Holkham are both wonderful, Houghton though is not a national trust property so be careful about opening times. They are both an hour or so away.
The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden are worth a visit have a very good collection of wetland plants and makes for a pleasant forty minute wander.
Finally, St Benet's Abbey,which although it is slightly underwhelming as a ruin is still beautiful and makes for
a very pleasant walk down from Horning. It was one of the greatest abbeys of medieval England and the only one not to be closed down by Henry VIII during the dissolution of the monasteries. It gives a good sight of the broads landscape - a landscape that was in large part created by the monks of the abbey.
Shopping and Eating
You will have noticed Roys on your way through Hoveton (although, for obvious reasons, it calls itself Roys of Wroxham, Wroxham is in fact the village on the other side of the Bure, which is Hoveton!
Roys is 'the world's largest village store' - it has a not bad supermarket, a department store (with a pharmacy), garden centre, clothes boutique, children's clothing shop, DIY and toy shop.
For those that want even more of bargain than what Roys has to offer Lathams at Potter Heigham offers a unique insight into the bargain hungry attitudes of the Norfolk shopper. But Roys will be able to et all of your basic needs pretty well.
Norwich of course has the usual range of malls and shops.
Wroxham also has a fishing shop ((website hidden))
For better quality food there is a Waitrose at North Walsham fifteen minutes away. Coltishall also has a good selection of shops. Hewitt's a is a good, old fashioned butchers. There is a slightly eccentric greengrocers next to the chemists who if you are lucky will sell you punts of delicious wild Norfolk mushrooms. Just along from that is A Piece of Cake which does excellent cakes and a decent cup of coffee. Over the bridge towards Norwich there is Farm to Fork to Fish which has good fish and meat (pricier than Mr Hewitt) and excellent bread from the Pye Bakery in Norwich and a selection of cheeses etc. There is also a little deli in Horning /the-galley which has some lovely delights - have their warm scotch eggs - they are scrumptuous.
Norfolk is something of a culinary desert. The only really good restaurant is Morston Hall, but that's an hour away. Other than that, the Saracen's head is well worth finding - it is in the middle of nowhere and there is a lovely walk in the park at Mannington just by it).
The Bure River Cottage Restaurant is a very good fish restaurant, if a little spartan. The Recruiting Sergeant in Horstead, the Black Boys inn (sic) at Aylsham and the Buckinghamshire Arms by Blickling are all run by the same group and offer, good quality ingredients and hearty portions cooked well. Getting AroundIf you've done the right thing and decided to leave the car behind, there is plenty of easy access to public transport or arranged transport with ourselves.
Hoveton and Wroxham train station is about a 5 min walk! Other Things to NoteAll linen is 300 thread count Egyptian cotton, sumptuous feather and down duvets and pillows (synthetic can be provided if preferred) and every room is provided with Egyptian cotton 650gsm towel sets.
A welcome package is provided with every booking on arrival which includes a selection of local goodies and necessities.