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Norfolk Broads Luxury Riverside Holiday Bungalow with Mooring on River Thurne.



Updated: 03-Nov-2016
Norfolk Broads Holiday Home on River Thurne near Potter Heigham, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England - Ideal Picturesque Location for Safely Enjoying the River-Boating, Angling, Feeding Ducks and Swans

Special deals for Easter, spring and summer available for Norfolk Broads waterfront holiday home; please email or call, we'll try to fit in with your requirements to accommodate you.Merridays is a spacious open planned three bedroom timber built bungalow, Following Merridays' full refurbishment in 2009, we continually update, decorated and maintained on an annual basis to ensure Merridays is of a high standard, so that you can enjoy high levels of comfort all year round. Again this year, we have given this lovely, luxurious home a facelift with new stylish furnishings and accessories to create a relaxing, calm atmosphere and further improve what we offer to our guests, who seem to return time after time, to enjoy all its beautiful views and comforts.

There are no roads passing in front of Merridays, only a pathway so your peaceful location is assured looking out over fields and farms in one direction and various river views in other directions. Merridays has its own river front mooring and dyke that enables mooring of boats off the river front. Guests are more than welcome to bring their own boat or hire boats from local boat yards. There is also our small row boat for you to use. Extensive decked area, gated on three sides (can be locked for children's safety) creating a large safe area for children to play. Outdoor and indoor games are available including a paddling pool.

The wrap-around furnished decking areas enable you to maximise your relaxation and enjoyment of the river and countryside. Besides the triple aspect windows, the two sets of French doors help bring the outside in or visa versa. For your convenience and enjoyment, there is a gas BBQ with everything you need, with no shortage of outdoor furniture on the decking area, with chairs provided for those wishing to fish from such an ideal spot on the riverside lawn. Alternatively, you may wish to feed the ducks and swans or just watch the boats and the world go by. Walkers will enjoy Weavers Way which runs past Merridays and stretches from Cromer to Gt Yarmouth, if you feel energetic. There are so many beautiful walks from your doorstep to enable you to catch all the wild life, no matter what time of year.

Wild life is everywhere in this area, including the numerous nearby lovely beaches, many of which are unspoilt and seemingly only known by the locals. Seals are commonly seen along these beaches and depending on the time of year, their pups draw much attention. The beaches of Horsey, Winterton, Sea Palling, Caister and Hemsby are all between 5 and 8 miles away. Norwich and Great Yarmouth are within easy reach. A 'Park and Ride' from Postwick is available into Norwich, which makes the visit to the historic castle, shopping and activities trouble free. There is a train service from Acle (8 miles away) to Norwich and Gt. Yarmouth.

There is an abundance of activities to suit all tastes and ages in this area; the National Trust properties are well worth visiting too as are all the little nooks and crannies that are to be found on the broads. We ensure there is always plenty of holiday and tourist information at Merridays for your convenience.

All in all, Merridays is a home from home, with so much more provided than the usual holiday home; Merridays was originally designed, furnished and equipped as our family holiday home.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My name is Joan; I am 68 years young. I love meeting people and through letting have met some wonderful couples and families from all over the UK and different parts of the world.

Having taught for over 35 years, I am now semi-retired (teaching part-time) but always busy, being out & about enjoying life, whether it be in Essex or Norfolk.

I have really enjoyed renovating both properties being very proud and pleased with the results. They are both distinctive in their own special ways.

My family live near me and I am very much involved in their lives especially my grandsons. We have enjoyed many wonderful times at Merridays, a beautiful holiday home in Norfolk (Ref. E2801)

My daughter Vicky helps me with all the 'letting administration & running of the 'Butterfly' and 'Merri

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Guestbook comments from the owner

19.4.14 Munnings family, Billericay -Joan & Vicky you have gone above & beyond what we would expect to have provided in this beautiful waterfront cottage. A big thank you for all the friendly contact when booking right through to arrival. We all loved it here...the renovations at Merridays are fantastic-we are so pleased you have shared the dream by renting out.

24.5.14 Betty & Norman, Hull -This is a lovely home. We have stayed in Norfolk 3 times before & this is by far the best...thank you Joan for making sure everything was clean & ready for us. Overall a fantastic holiday!

10.6.14 Rona & Brian, Lyme Regis, Gary & Gloria, Gravesend -We wanted peace and quiet...at the water's edge,...wonderful location...marvellous lodge...feed the swans, throw crumbs to the ducks-all these things we have here, we cannot believe our luck. Very relaxed now. We'd love to come again

11.7.14 Butterfield family, Cheltenham -Lovely setting. Lovely cottage. Would be happy to come back for a second time. Seen marsh terrier..kestral..great white egret, harriers, avocet, seen lots of birds never seen before. Boys enjoyed fishing.-lots of bream.

19.7.14 Ian, Debbie & family-Our 3rd stay -each one just gets better! Simply the most wonderful location...everything we could possibly need is here! Thank you once again Joan & Vicky for ensuring everything was perfect, the travel cot and high chair were of the highest quality. We found a new pub on the edge of Ormsby Broad - the Boatyard was lovely...had a chauffeured boat trip on the Rollesby Broad...we all love it here. We'll be back for our 4th stay.

26.7.14 Diane & David, Leeds-We love being here, it's so peaceful here!(even with the kids!) We were worried our 1 year old twins would escape but the padlock-able gates put a stop to that! We spent a lot of time in Gt. Yarmouth and Sea Palling which was glorious & even visited Pettitt's Animal Park...lots to do for the kids from 12 years downwards. We would love to come back next year!!!! THANK SO MUCH!

9.8.14 Green family, Coventry-Our 2nd holiday which once again has been excellent. I'm so glad that we booked for 2 weeks this time as a week seems to fly by. I love staying here...has everything my family and I could need. We visited Wroxham Miniature World which my 2 young boys thoroughly enjoyed...went to Blickling Hall where we enjoyed a country walk and did some fishing...enjoyed a relaxing holiday and will definitely be returning again in the future ..in your beautiful home.

29.8.14 Tania & Terry, Derby-Our 4th visit in 2 years & we can't get enough of your beautiful home. It's amazing & we never want to leave. We never have to worry about bringing anything but our suitcases, food... roll on the next 2 holidays here.

31.3.15 Hibell family, Essex-We are having a wonderful time in your cosy retreat. When we can tear ourselves away...enjoyed Norwich Castle, kite flying, cricket & roller skating at Gt. Yarmouth. Everyday we wake to see the river, it is lovely.
Feb 2011
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


A lovely relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I went to merridays last year. We have been to potter heigham a number of times and always said how nice it would be to stay in one of the water side cottages. As it was my husbands 50th and his passion is fishing, we decided that merridays was the perfect place to stay. I contacted Joan and her daughter Vicky asking if they would mind putting up a few 50th birthday banners for me if I sent them on. They were more than happy to do this...in fact they asked for some balloons too! They were there to greet us on arrival and were very welcoming.

The accommodation is stunning. Very modern, with everything that you could possibility need during your stay plus more. It was like home from home, can't fault it!

We hired a boat from the local boat yard at a greatly discounted rate for the whole week. We were able to moor this in the private mooring to the side of the accomadation. We used this to travel too and from the shops at potter heigham as well as numerous fishing trips.

There is a lovely waterside lawn which is part of the property, a great place to fish off (while I was making the most of the lovely decking!) we saw some beautiful sunsets too. Bearing in mind it was the end of October, we were really lucky with the weather.

We would love to go back again some time, thank you Joan and Vicky for letting us stay in your beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, it was absolutely no problem in putting a few bannrs up,. We like our guests to feel at home. We would love to see you again in the new future and so pleased you enjoyed our home.
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Back Again!!

  • 5 of 5

Another relaxing stay in this immaculate well equipped holiday home. Joan has thought of every detail in furnishing Merridays. Would recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful escape set in beautiful surroundings. Made good use of the gas bbq in the late summer sun !!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nice to have you back again and so pleased that you had some sunshine. Hopefully see you again in 2016!! Thank you for you kind comments Vicky & Joan
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I with my Mum had a short stay for 3 nights in this very well equipped holiday bungalow. The setting was perfect & is very well located to get to other parts of the Broads, to the coast or to Norwich. I would highly recommend Merridays owing to the facilities within the bungalow, its cleanliness, the added extras (such as milk, biscuits, fruit etc. waiting for you when we arrived) and location just South of Potter Heigham bridge. Joan & Vicky went out of their way to make us feel welcome & were very efficient with the booking administration both before & after our stay.

A great place to stay :)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Little Piece Of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Third time back at this beautiful riverside cottage, after a break of three years due to our moving home. It is difficult to find enough superlatives to describe this property, you really do have to stay there - you won't be disappointed! everything in the description of this property is absolutely accurate.

The location is to die for. Weather permitting you could just sit on the decking for a week just watching the activity on the river, whether it be the passing boats or the wildlife. No noise from passing cars, and for wildlife lovers, look out for barn owls in the fields on the opposite side of the bungalow to the river ( we saw three at one time during our stay).

A 10-15 minute walk along the riverside path takes you to potter Heigham, lovely little village where you can hire a variety of day boats which can be moored at Merridays. There is a huge store which stocks all manner of items, and shops where you can eat and again enjoy beautiful views.

The bungalow has been extensively modernised by Joan and Vicky ( and family - do look at the photographs of 'before' ). It is particularly comfortable and is equipped with every convenience imaginable, and is beautifully maintained, and has been spotlessly clean every time we have visited. Athough right on the river Joan and Vicky have ensured young children are safe with the enclosed lockable decking. I would thoroughly recommend this holiday let, whether you are into fishing, boats or generally just enjoy the countryside and wildlife. Joan and Vicky are a pleasure to liaise with and we will certainly be back again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melvin for you lovely review, we hope to see you again (when you need a rest from the Spanish sun and need to do some fishing). You and your family are more than welcome at Merridays
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Relaxing sorroundings

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place and settings , very well equipped and thought out , A credit to Joan and Vicky. Stayed twice and will be back for a third visit .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and you're more than welcome to visit for a 3rd visit.
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"Merridays Indeed!"

  • 5 of 5

A modern, stylish & comfortable bungalow in an idyllic setting. Merridays truly is a well equipped home from home. Lovely walks to be had all around, a perfect base to explore all the broads has to offer or just sit on the spacious decked area watching the boats go by!!Thanks again Joan.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments, Joan and I appreciate them very much. Yes, the decking is great to sit on and watch the ducks and boats go by (possibly with a glass of wine in hand) Hope to see you again in the future
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From the Owner

John & I discovered this tranquil spot in 2005. We fell in love with this area along the River Thurne. We bought Merridays; John could never wait to set his fishing rods up; we'd both sit back & enjoy this lovely spot, the beautiful river views & countryside with no traffic noise. With a triple aspect in the open-plan lounge/diner and kitchen, you can enjoy beautiful views of Norfolk countryside in one direction, but being on the bend of the river, you'll have excellent views of the River Thurne in both directions - just beautiful and uplifting all times of the year. Merridays was a lovely 1930's bungalow but we felt she needed a complete renovation to make it an ideal all year round holiday home. Sadly, John died in 2007 but with my family, I continued with the plans. We've enjoyed so many wonderful times, family holidays & celebrations all through the year. My grandsons love it all, playing on the decking, the river, nearby beaches, walks. I enjoy sitting back, a G & T, watching the world go by. With so much to see, do or not do, everyone always love coming to Merridays

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Norwich at 19 Miles Nearest Barpub : Potter Heigham at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Reedham Ferry at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Acle at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : A47 at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Potter Heigham at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Winterton at 4 Miles Car: necessary

Coast/Beach :On Norfolk Broads. Winterton beach (5.5 miles);

Sea Palling (7.5 miles) lovely beach, great for children, rock pools, clean toilets and shower and café; Hemsby (5 miles) small seaside resort; Caister lovely family beach (7.5 miles); Gt Yarmouth (10 miles) large seaside resort. Cromer, old fishing port with a beach and pier

The north Norfolk coastline has remote and tranquil beaches and are noted for bird and wildlife watching.


Norwich is the closest city, 18 miles away it boasts an international airport and train station which has a direct lines to Birmingham, Liverpool and London(2hr journey) and Cambidge (45 minutes) Trains from Norwich to Gt Yarmouth run daily stopping at Acle (5 miles from Merridays) Local taxis are available

A park and ride site is 13 miles away giving a reliable, cheap and convenient way of getting to Norwich. A car would be give better access for other visits; boat hire is widely available.


Potter Heigham-15 minute stroll along the riverbank. Repps with Bastwick is a 15 minute walk. Martham, 5 miles. Stalham, 6 miles. Bewilderwood, fantastic children's wooded play area is 20 minute drive. Horning a quaint riverside village, 6.5 miles. Acle, 5.5 miles. Wroxham, 9.5 miles Caister, 7.5 miles. Fairhaven Water Gardens, 10 miles. Petits Animal Park, 13 miles. Pleasurewood Hills, 24 miles. Burgh Valley Railway, 9.5 miles. Cromer, 23 miles. Great Yarmouth, 10 miles. Norwich, 18 miles.

Further Details:

Gt Yarmouth has a Tesco, ASDA and Sainsburys. There is a market, wide variety of shops & 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 sealife centres. Norwich has a castle and cathedrals. The market and shopping areas are pedestrianised including high street shops, department stores, boutiques, banks, chemists, coffee shops, bistros, restuarants, pubs, takeaways, theatres and cinemas. 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 includig cash point. Lovely spot to have an ice cream, feed the ducks and watch the boats.

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. Martham has a small Co-op supermarket with cashpoint and takeaways

Caister has remains of a Roman fort, castle and car museum, Lidl & a small Tesco, takeaways. Horning has riverside pubs, tea shops, restuarants or take a trip on the paddle steamer. Wroxham has many shops, boat hire, riverside cafes, bistros, cashpoints. There are numerous pick you own fruit & veg farms around. Weavers Way walk stretches from Cromer to Gt Yarmouth and passes outside Merridays as it continues along to Thurne. Thurne has a country pub which can be reached walking along the riverbank. Village and local activities are advertised in the local parish magazine. Plenty of local produce is available from local farm shops. There are many golf courses in the surrounding area.

Cyclists can cycle along the quiet country lanes. Chuches, stately homes/gardens are to be found around Norfolk.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 11
22 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
rate 1
11 Mar 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
6 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
12 night minimum stay

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Prices quoted are for the holiday & not per person. A £150 deposit pw is required - only refunded in full IF we are able to rebook cancelled week/s. The 'remaining balance' payment is due 6 weeks prior to holiday along with a refundable £200 cheque as 'damage deposit' - returnable within 7 working days from departure, if Merridays is left vacuumed, clean,tidy & free from damage. IMPORTANT- Cancellation/holiday insurance is not included in any payments. You are advised to make your own arrangements for personal cover relating to the holiday and cancellation. No 'all male/female parties' under 30, unless family.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Departure time is no later than 10.00am. Arrival time 2.00pm. Some flexibility may be available, please ask.

Notes on prices:
There could be some flexibility for short breaks please contact Vicky on 01375 401143 or email your query.
Christmas and New Year bookings are available but only as a 2 week period. Prices are available on request.

At the time of booking a deposit of £150 is required. The balance is then due 6 weeks before your stay plus £200 security damage deposit, this is returned with 7 days of departure if the property is left clean, tidy and damage free. If you book with less than 6 weeks to you stay, then full payment is required at the time of booking. From 2016 the security damage deposit will increase to £200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 03-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Merridays is the ideal holiday destination in its own right. We've had guests that have arrived & stayed there for their whole holiday, having shopping delivered. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the wild life, no traffic noise; all you hear are those 'noisy' birds, ducks and swans at times with the intermittent chugging of the Broad's boats passing by your front door. Young children can play safely on the large safe gated decking area with parents perhaps just taking it easy, fishing or boating. For the more energetic, walkers can enjoy the Weaver's Way that passes our door or take the other many walks. Beautiful unspoilt beaches are very close to Merridays as are historic villages, riverside & country pubs, places to eat & of interest with always plenty of things to do &

Property Type

  • bungalow


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
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  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The large modern bathroom has a double glass screened unit with an electric shower, WC, sink with vanity unit. Heating.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) + 1 infant in a travel cot. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and river views. Bedroom 2 with double bed and river views. Bedroom 3 with bunk beds & countryside/farmland views. Ideal children's room with flat screen TV, freesat & DVD. All bedrooms are heated & have electric blankets.


  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: All bedrooms have wall mounted thermostatically controlled heating. Merridays is fully insulated and double glazed making it an ideal all year round holiday home. The main entrance is through a set of French doors into the dining area leading to the light and airy lounge. The three bedrooms lead off from the lounge as does the bathroom. There are beautiful views from all windows and French doors. A 'Welcome Pack' includes tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and milk for your arrival with a complimentary bowl of fruit. Travel cot, highchair, bed sides and buggy are all available on request. Books, DVDs, indoor/outdoor games etc. Sorry but Merridays cannot accomodate smokers or pets. Outside: Gardens are at front & rear with river frontage & extensive wrap around decked area, accessible from two sets of French doors in the lounge a dining area. A gas barbecue & tools are provided. 3 sets of outside furniture including umbrellas are arranged on the decking to add flexibility to your alfresco enjoyment; this enables you to relax and watch the boats and swans swim by from all three sides of the property. Outdoor lighting provides illumination to extend your evening enjoyment. Anglers can fish from the riverside lawn. A two person row boat is available for you to use (life jackets supplied.) You are more than welcome to moor a boat at Merridays. The gates on the decking can be locked providing a safe area for children. Children's toys are available including a paddling pool & ride on toys. To the path side of Merridays, there is a large lawn for ball games & picnics with picturesque views. A rotary washing line with pegs is provided to the side of property for your convenience. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Beds are made up for your arrival. Bedlinen, towels, and tea towels are provided. Towels are for use in the bungalow only. Merridays will be cleaned before guests arrive. A change of bedlinen is provided for stays of more than 1 week. Other: Dining area has French doors (main entrance that lead to the side of the property. Dining table seats 6 comfortably and can extend. Views of the river. Ipod docking station. Heating available.

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