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.
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Cottage in Martham, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk, England, UK - Traditional Grade 2 Listed Thatched Cottage With Inglenook Fireplace
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- Aug 14, 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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great base to explore the surrounding countryside.
This is a lovely little cottage, that's well equipped and full of character. It was a great place to stay for day trips out to various local attractions and scenic sights. Also having stayed in this area of the country many times over recent years, this represented tremendous value for money.
Thank you for your kind comments. We have always tried to price at the lower end of the range because we would rather the cottage was occupied and because we know that with such an old building (over 325 years) there will always be minor quirks and complications.
Lovely cozy cottage with all the home comforts...
Amazing location in a little village and a short drive away to some fantastic beaches
An extremely well equipped cottage in a fantastic location, ideal for visiting the coast and the broads. Very clean and comfortable with everything you could possibly require for a self catering holiday. No problems whatsoever with anything. Owner very quick to respond and very accommodating with any requests. Lovely village with well stocked Co-op, 2 pubs and various take aways. Parking, although not outside the property but on a neighbouring road was never a problem and I felt safe to leave my car there. Would thoroughly recommend.
Cottage by Martham church
We loved the cottage though the stair is very steep. The cottage is right opposite Martham church with the magnificent array of about 30 angels, two to each roof truss. There are also several walks straight out of the door, mostly starting by walking across the road and through the churchyard.
Charming, quaint, quirky and well equipped
When one books a cottage that is over four hundred years old, you have to accept that there will be a downstairs bathroom and the stairs themselves are liable to be quite steep. However, the compensations here far outweigh these slight inconveniences.
The kitchen is small but very well stocked. The living room is quite large but still cosy with the log burner roaring away in its inglenook setting. The dining room is ideal for four people.
The location, on the edge of town is ideal. Shops, pub and restaurants are within easy walking distance. The neighbours are obliging and friendly.
Situated at the gateway to the Broads with Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Lowestoft within an easy drive, there is always somewhere new to investigate.
In summary, we are booking again for next year. What better recommendation than that?
Thank you for your kind comments.
A beautiful cottage with lots of charm.
We really enjoyed our stay. Perfect location for Martham village and the broads. We enjoyed hiring a boat for the day, horse riding on the beach and visiting the local! The stairs are very steep in this property so worth considering if you are less able or have children. Radiators are also dependent on wood burning fire which meant some cold mornings - lots of electric heaters which were gratefully received, though no heating in the bathroom! A perfect getaway if you aren't bothered by mod cons and want to experience the quirky charms of a beautiful cottage with log fire.
The review is fair comment. These were literally the last guests before the bathroom and back lobby are rebuilt with underfloor heating and heated bathroom towel rail ready for late March. We should have asked our cleaners to switch on the heating before the guests arrived. Sorry about that, and we won't make that mistake again. However, the stairs will always remain steep.
Coast/Beach: 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. Travel: 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. Distances: 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. Further Details: 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.