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An 18th Century Rectory With River Frontage set in 2 acres of private gardens

Bedrooms 7
Space 4,256 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Norwich, Norfolk, England - Amazingly Peaceful Location Within 12 Minutes Drive Of Norwich City Centre

Many of our visitors never leave the Old Rectory once they have arrived.

Outside in large private garden (2 acres)

Canadian canoe/Kayaks with wetsuits/wetshoses can be

used to explore the River Yare whenever you like. Or just have a wild swim along the river itself.

Two different woods for den making including a secret swing

Private terrace with seating for 14/BBQ and views across the Yare valley - perfect for relaxing at sunset

Strategically placed seating to make to most of sunspots.

Crocket lawn and a range of other outside games.

Off road walks within a couple minutes from the house across Earlham Park, UEA campus/broad, Bowthorpe marshes/Yare valley walk


Fully equiped kitchen as we both love to cook.

Dining room easily sits 14 with large woodburner for cosy winter nights

Large south facing sitting room again with an open fire with ample seating.

Very large conservatory for relaxing or eating.

Well equipped games room with table tennis and table football and numerous toys. Sofa for spectators.

Music room/study for jamming or teenagers can have a quiet space if they need to study.

All rooms have interesting art which even if you don't like it promotes a lot of discussion.

This substantial Queen Anne property is situated in 12 minutes from Norwich, with easy access to the medieval city centre, with its magnificent Cathedrals, 12 century Castle, which hosts a great museum for rainy days. Wonderful beaches 40 minutes away such as Winterton has a beautiful sandy and unspoiled Norfolk beach. Where the dunes are so peaceful that the Tern colony has moved here in recent years. Parking and a cafe is available right next to the beach. The North Norfolk Coast is one hours drive.

More Details

Mia Potter
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everyone loved Norfolk and the weather was great. We did everything

from a day on the beach at Winterton, cruising on a paddle steamer on

the river visiting Norwich Cathedral and a visit to the Sainsbury

Centre and the Paul Nash exhibition. Thanks again.
Aug 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Norwich in Norwich

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4256 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Please note that this bathroom does not have a toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 1 with WC and roll top bath/shower is next to Bedroom 2 Bathroom 2 with roll top bath and large shower is en-suite to Bedroom 5 Bathroom 3 with bath and basin Additional WC and basin across the landing
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with queen size bed Bedroom 2 with double bed adjoins bathroom Bedroom 3 with single bed Bedroom 4 with double bed with adjoining bathroom and toilet Bedroom 5 with double bed and en-suite bathroom On the second floor Bedroom 6 with three single beds Bedroom 7 with twin beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: WiFi internet access. Central heating. Pets are accepted. Outside: The garden is divided into three parts each with their own character; a walled garden with fruit trees and soft fruits, the main back garden with 100 yards of river frontage and a wooded area. The river is no more than three feet deep and can be canoed in. The front garden has the remnants of a log fallen tree and the woods give lots of possibilities for building dens. Utility Room: The washing machine and tumble dryer are in a laundry room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels included. Property cleaned and linen changed weekly. Other: The large conservatory has a Balinese day bed ideal for watching the wildlife in the garden. Also contains table football and some toys for our younger visitors. Many outside toys/sports equipment is available including canoes and life jackets.


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An 18th Century Rectory With River Frontage set in 2 acres of private gardens
average rating of 4.882353 based on 19 reviews

Great place, with bags of character.

  • 5 of 5

This was - we think - our fifth annual visit, and it gets better every year. It's now a popular, familiar backdrop for our huge family gatherings, and the house suits all three generations - huge, but with quiet corners for everyone. Ping pong and dressing up indoors if it's wet outside, and the garden and stream waiting outside for when the kids need to run off steam. A dinner table long enough for everyone, and then we can all exchange gifts by a roaring fire. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Character and charm

  • 5 of 5

We have now stayed at The Rectory twice, and absolutely love staying here.The rooms are generous, facilities numerous, and it is always very clean and tidy. Mia responds to any queries quickly, and makes you feel welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful and well-equipped house

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for a family weekend to celebrate my mum's 60th birthday. In all there were 10 adults and 3 children.

The house is very characterful and there was plenty of space for everyone. It is the owner's home and so is very well equipped - it doesn't feel like a holiday rental at all. It is nicely decorated and there is lots of art on the walls and there are lots of books, dvds, and toys for children

We had a lovely time together and made good use of the log fires, table tennis, musical instruments and canoes.

Everyone agreed that it was a perfect location - so much so that, other than a short walk on the Saturday morning, we didn't really need to leave the house and garden at all!

Thanks very much


  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely house for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

This 300-year-old house provided plenty of space and interest for a family holiday, with three families of four, children ranging in age from 11 to 17. All the children and adults enjoyed the kayaks and canoe on the river, and also table tennis, badminton and table football and the huge garden. Plenty of equipment was available for all the activities. It all made for a very enjoyable week.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Special house for a special 50th b'day weekendr.

  • 5 of 5


Thank you so much for the use of your beautiful, intriguing home for my Rozi's 50th. We had the most amazing time, celebrating with our wonderful family and friends. In particular enjoying time on the water, playing table tennis, 'Kubb' on the lawn and sharing good food, drink and laughter.

Fabulous weekend away.

Many thanks for a great time.


  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and gardens

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property this was! We were an extended family group of twelve, with ages ranging from 8 to 78, and this was an ideal place to stay. Most of us didn't leave the Rectory for the long weekend, as there was so much to do there:

*playing in the huge gardens- the "secret" den was a particular hit, but there was also a large teepee, badminton, and a swing

*swimming and canoeing in the very clean and beautiful River Yare at the bottom of the garden- which some of us did every day. It is shallow so suitable even for smaller swimmers who are less confident. We also brought our own inflatable dinghy which was a huge hit.

*sitting in the lovely conservatory, on the deck or a peaceful spot in the garden with a book and a cold drink

*several BBQs

*a very well equipped games room with table tennis and musical instruments (drums not so popular at the crack of dawn)

The house is quirky and stylish with everything you could need. There are beautiful period features alongside some lovely Hindu artefacts (Ganesh inspired?) and modern art. It was a real home from home.

The two rooms in the attic are great for kids- but the steps might be a little steep for little ones. There are plenty of bathrooms for such a large family group.

In terms of activities, some of the group visited the excellent museum at the local university, and others went into Norwich city centre. But mostly we stayed at the house. For the sporty, there are several picturesque running routes through the campus, and we saw lots of bunnies and a very statuesque heron!

We have visited lots of properties in this big family group over the years, and The Rectory is definitely the best we've been to. Mia and family were friendly and helpful, with prompt communication. We shall be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts
Car: necessary


12 min. drive from the city centre with shopping centres, interesting independent shops, bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas. 5 min. walk to the University/Research Park


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Norwich, East of England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Remaining Summer
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year 2018/19
20 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
Non-refundable deposit of 25% of full holiday cost and a £300 refundable security deposit, payable at the time of booking. Balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Payment in pounds sterling by bank transfer (details on request).

Changeover Day:
Usually Saturday to Saturday. Arrival time 4.00 pm. Departure time 11.00 am. Any other requirements please contact us.

Notes on prices:
For bank holiday weekends please enquire
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. They include everything such as heating, electricity and cleaning etc etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.