Two bedroom mid-terraced thatched cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. 300 year old Grade 2 listed building on edge of conservation area with traditional Norfolk inglenook fireplace. Recently refurbished, and re-thatched in 2011. Set in the pretty conservation village of Martham and located opposite the medieval parish church which can be seen from the bedroom window. The small rear garden is laid to patio and lawn. Within one mile of the Broads and three miles to the beach.
Cottage in Martham, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk, England, UK - Traditional Grade 2 Listed Thatched Cottage With Inglenook Fireplace
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- Dec 13, 2018
About Richard Wightman
Helen and I worked in Norfolk in the late 1980s, and always loved the people, the slightly slower and gentler way of life, and the beauty of the area. Career and other pressures took us away from the area, but in 2005 we began to consider purchasing a holiday home. We spent four years treating visits to Norfolk as a bit of a hobby to research the areas and properties. The opportunity to purchase this cottage came our way when it was going to auction in a rather run down state. We spent the first couple of years of ownership renovating the cottage thoroughly, including a new thatched roof and an oak floor. We regularly visit the cottage as a retreat from the pressures of life, and it has worked very well for us. We trust others will enjoy it just as much as we have done. Richard Wightman
Richard Wightman purchased this Cottage in 2009
Why Richard Wightman chose Martham
It is a beautiful location in the Broads area and close to the sea. There are great walks around the village, which is itself interesting, varied, picturesque, but large enough to have "life" and actiivty.
What makes this Cottage unique
It is a quaint, traditional cottage with traditional beams, an ignlenook fireplace, and old-fashioned steep stairs. It was once part of a farmhouse dating from 1690, and still has a hand water pump in the garden which we suspect was the reason the farm was located on this site in the first place. It is close enough to the village to walk to the shops, but on the edge nearest the Broads, where you can enjoy undisturbed walks.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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Fantastic cottage highly recommend a stay here
We have had a lovely stay and the owner has been very helpful. We would highly recommend this property and would love to come back.
The cottage is quaint and amenities/facilities are very good. The cost is also perfect!
The cottage is well situated for the beach and days out.
Thank you Richard for letting us stay at the cottage.
Thank you for your kind comments.
Lovely cosy autumn stay
Had an amazing time at this quaint little cottage... lots of local beach walks and local pub fireworks display.
A lovely English cottage. Set close to a favourite beach, Winterton on Sea.
The cottage is a very quaint listed home in a very peaceful location. Lovely big fireplace, all the comforts you need for a break and a nice little garden with morning sun. Countryside great for walking and beach is awesome, unspoilt and vast. October is a great time of year to see the seals in the wild.
Thank you for your kind comments
A very cosy cottage.
An excellent base for exploring the surrounding area. The house is very tidy and well equipped. Once the fire is alight in the evening it becomes incredibly cosy. We had a bit of trouble with the kitchen hot water tap which we sorted out following the owners instructions. However, when the bath tap was running and you turn on the kitchen hot water tap the air gets sucked in to form an airlock so maybe a check valve would fix it (just advice not criticism. We really loved this cottage). As a family of four we found the cottage to be perfect for us. Our 7yrs old son loved the hatch from the kitchen to the dining area. The hob dials are so worn that it was difficult to work out out what was high or low but we sorted it. Loved the washing/dryer. Our teenager loved the wifi. No problem there. The television worked perfectly. A fun choice of dvds were available. As a family that cook every evening we found the fridge a bit small but we managed. The fireplace is a real selling point of this cottage. It is a wonderful feature. The bathroom is warm although the shower pressure is low. Having towels provided was wonderful. The bedrooms were very warm and there was a lot of bedding provided. We took an air bed for our son as our teenager wanted the other room to herself. There was a lot of space in the main bedroom to have the extra air bed. There was also spare pillows and bedding available. Hand wash was provided in the bathroom and kitchen although we had to take washing up liquid and sponges. The front door opens out onto a busy road very near a corner but we just used the backdoor to come and go. Parking in the street around the corner is also no problem at all. Communication from the owner prior to our visit was excellent so we knew what we needed to take. I would highly recommend this anyone who wishes to explore Norfolk as a perfect base.
Thank you for your detailed comments, which are fair. The fireplace is fun and bedrooms large.
Sorry we were out of washing up liquid and sponges. We do try to provide those as part of the service.
We have tried for years and two plumbers to solve the quite frequently occurring airlock in the kitchen hot water tap. We never use the bath taps at the same time ourselves, and hadn't realised there might be a connection between the two. We will investigate again when the plumber / carpenter comes to upgrade the back door this winter. Thanks for the pointer.
lovely cottage and village
had wonderful times at winterton and other coastal villages good choice of cafés and pubs, the house was cosy and plenty of room, log burner and central heating very good, bathroom floor cold despite switching on underfloor heating ! the shower is really not worth bothering with have quick bath instead, water nice and hot, big disappointment was the matress in the double bedroom, terrible backache by second night, very hard matress and higher in middle so it felt like lying on a slope. despite that i would come again hoping the matress was changed.
Ideal for a short break but stairs we're very steep and a problem for us oldies.
The cottage was cosy with everything you need. Good location and a nice 10 min walk to the village shops and pub. We did have a few problems: the toilet wouldn't flush properly we had to use buckets of water to flush away debris. The underfloor heating in the bathroom did not work. The stairs we're very steep. The one and only blanket we found needs replacing although their was extra duvets there were no covers. The kitchen needs a deep clean and smelled of grease.
Thanks for your review.
We agree that the underfloor heating is not strong, although it does work, and the heated towel rail is very good and provides sufficient heating between the two of them.
The stairs are very steep, and we make that clear in the listing. We cannot improve them as the cottage is listed.
We provide duvets of differing thicknesses, and there are more in the second bedroom and under the main bed. We'll check the cleanliness of the blanket as it is rarely used, and that might have been our oversight. Sorry about that.
The flush occasionally plays up, although that is the first time in a long time. Sorry about that.
The kitchen had a deep clean in August because somehow someone managed to get a spillage on the element of the fridge, causing everything to smell, and everything got thoroughly cleaned in order to find it! We will check that again.
A very large sandy beach at Winterton-on-Sea is three miles away. The nearest part of the Norfolk broads is less than one mile from the cottage.
Norwich is the closest city, 15 miles away. It boasts an international airport and train station which has direct trains to London (a 2 hour journey), Birmingham, and Liverpool and Cambridge (45 minutes).
Trains from Norwich to Great Yarmouth run hourly, and there is an hourly bus from Great Yarmouth to Martham.
The centre of Martham is 0.25 miles from the cottage. Great Yarmouth is the nearest large town, and is 10 miles away. The county city of Norwich is 15 miles away.
Martham has a two Co-op supermarkets with cashpoints, an excellent thatched (!) fish and chip shop, two pubs, a Chinese takeaway, and a number of other shops including a butcher and a baker. There are two boat hire locations on the Broads adjacent to Martham.
The National Trust’s Horsey wind-pump is 3 miles from the cottage.
Repps with Bastwick has a monthly farmers market (last Saturday in the month) and a pub evening in the village hall (last Friday of the month) and a large park.
Stalham has a small Tescos, chemist, cafes, takeaways, butchers, farmers market (well advertised), banks, cashpoints and swimming pool.
Acle has takeaways, post office, banks, chemist, small supermarket, riverside pub, restaurants and boat hire, taxis, cashpoints.
Potter Heigham has "Lathams", tea room, pubs, gift shop, boat hire and river trip, fish and chip shop, post office including cash point.
Great Yarmouth has large Tesco, ASDA and Sainsburys stores. There is a market, wide variety of shops and places to eat and banks. It has retail parks including a midnight Boots chemist (Mon-Sat) Horse/stock car racing, theatres and end of pier shows and sea-life centres.
Norwich has a castle and superb cathedral. The market and shopping areas are pedestrianised including high street shops, department stores, boutiques, banks, chemists, coffee shops, bistros, restaurants, pubs, takeaways, theatres and cinemas.
Caister has the remains of a Roman fort, and a castle and car museum. Horning has riverside pubs, tea shops, restaurants or take a trip on the paddle steamer.
Wroxham has many shops, boat hire, riverside cafes, bistros, cashpoints.