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Unique Secluded Rural Cottage Overlooking RSPB marshes with Riverside Walks

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Cottage in Surlingham, Nr. Norwich, Norfolk, England - Perfect Romantic Getaway Cottage In Idyllic Rural Setting Boasting Stunning Views Over RSPB Marshes

This unique rustic little cottage adjacent to marshes bordering the River Yare is in the perfect location for those wanting to relax and unwind whatever the season. This peaceful romantic hideaway was once the home of the Marshman who tended to the cattle grazing on the marshes, and we have tried to retain its rustic charm with original brick floors and wood burning stove. The network of quiet lanes and extensive riverside footpaths (including Surlingham RSPB Reserve,Ted Ellis Reserve and the Wherryman’s way) make it the ideal spot for walking, cycling, fishing (with licence), bird watching, or just cosy nights in front of the fire on a winter's evening. A motor launch can be hired locally to explore the expanse of Norfolk Broad Waterways, plentiful with wildlife and ample opportunity to visit the many riverside inns. Nearest pub 10 minute walk! You cannot fail to be enchanted by all that Marsh Cottage and the surrounding area has to offer with nature well and truly on your doorstep. We now have a Canadian canoe that you are welcome to borrow during your stay. It is kept a 10 minute walk from the cottage where you can access the wonderful waterways leading to Surlingham Broad and the River Yare.

Mrs Pip Mitchell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

These are some of the comments left in our visitors book:

The cottage is amazing. For so many years I have looked for a little house like this in the middle of nowhere where I can find the peace and quiet that nature brings. Marsh Cottage has given me that opportunity this week, my only regret is that I didn't book two weeks so that I could enjoy it for longer.(25/08/2013)

Stunning setting and an excellent base for exploring. Loved cycling the quiet lanes, walking, visiting Norwich and Southwold, watching the barn owls at dusk. Wouldn't have dreamt of such an idyllic holiday.(08/09/2013)

Three days of heaven. Perfection. Thank you. (03/10/2013)

What a beautiful cottage in an idyllic setting. Thank you. (13/10/2013)

We absolutely LOVE this cottage and its setting. The views, the peace and tranquility made our stay as did the barn owl flying out of the barn every evening. Thank you.(23/11/13)
Jul 2013
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)


A fabulous cottage in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We have just had a wonderful break in Marsh cottage. The cottage is so beautiful, perfect for us and our dogs. The setting is totally perfect, on its own on the edge of a marsh with no neighbours in sight. We walked every day and read at night in front of the log burner. We had a couple of trips to the local pub The Ferry for evening meals and it was quite an adventure in the dark walking along the board walk and across a field to reach it from the cottage. The cottage was so well equipt and had everything you need for a holiday. In addition there were lots of very useful extras, oil for cooking, tin foil, washing up liquid, logs for the fire, torches for night time trips to the pub etc etc. There were also seen lovely flowers in the cottage and some delicious Brownies. It was so cosy and comfortable and the log burner and the electric wall heaters kept it really warm even during some cold February days. We are big travellers, both here and abroad, and it was one of our favourite places we have stayed, and it is only an hour from our home. We love nature and wildlife and to watch a barn owl hunting from the garden every dawn was incredible. We were very sad to leave and know that we will return. We have never gone back to a destination as we always think it will never be as good the second time, but with Marsh cottage we know that it will be.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What an amazing review! Thank you very much. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and I hope you do return and experience Marsh Cottage in the summer months as I think it really comes into its own at that time of year.
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Nestled in Norfolk

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in October exploring the area looking for wildlife. We especially liked strolling round the reserve at dusk to watch the owl hunting.

We thoroughly enjoyed having the use of the Canadian canoe to exploring Surlinghams secret narrow broads where the bigger boats cannot go and then out onto the river Yare. The highlight was when a kingfisher flew past us at head height so close we could have touched it. Thrilling!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the Canadian canoe, it is real 'swallows and amazons' territory and a very special and unique area of the Norfolk Broads! Great that we can access it so close to the cottage. Please come and see us again!
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Peaceful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a lovely stay at the cottage last week. It was heavenly. After the stress of illness and operations we were both so tired . The weather was perfect for resting and recuperating in the garden. Batteries fully charged now ready for more treatment. We look forward to the next visit. The treats were lovely,thank you. It is nice to be greeted by fresh flowers and a nice clean cottage.

Kindest regards

Idres and Rob

P.S. Stam loves your garden for chasing his ball.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased Marsh Cottage was the tonic you both needed and I look forward to seeing you again next year!
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A truly relaxing experience.

  • 5 of 5

Arrived for a four night stay at Marsh Cottage. Seeing the cottage for the first time as we drove along the track just takes your breath away, nestled between the marshes and the cows in the next field with nothing but the sounds of the wildlife suddenly all stresses dissapear. The cottage exceeds expectations, every thing is very comfortable and welcoming. We had a cold snap while here but woke to a warm cosy house and the wood burner kept everywhere warm. This place is a special find and I would highly recommend a stay here. The walks around the cottage are lovely and you can turn right onto the boardwalk, hop over a couple of styles and be at the Ferry Inn within 10 minutes. Food and hospitality at the pub are top notch. Loved this place so much that we are returning in the autumn.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a fantastic review, thank you very much. I am glad you stayed snug and warm down there with the wood burner.
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The perfect getaway with or without a car.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Norwich by train then took a short taxi ride to the property. The property was clean, comfortable, spacious and welcoming and situated in the perfect plot opposite the nature reserve. The house was well maintained as was the garden that surrounds the property which has great views of the countryside and nature reserve. In a very peaceful position but only a short walk to the nearest pub. There are many good walks for all abilities. The village has 2 pubs that serve food and a small shop and good bus service to Norwich Mon- Sat. Am hoping to return next year. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. I am delighted you highlighted that you do not necessarily need a car to enjoy Marsh Cottage as pubs and shop in walking distance! Delighted that you are hoping to return next summer.
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West Deeping

Wonderful experience again

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at Pip's unique cottage, and although almost twelve months had past it felt that we had only left the previous week. The cottage had retained its clean, unspoilt character even though its obviously becoming very popular.

It really is difficult to explain the cottage can be such a wonderful retreat when on the map it appears so close to Norwich. There is no light pollution or traffic noise, in fact the only noise you will hear is from the wildlife and the odd passing boat on the River in the distance.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. Marsh Cottage is unique being in the countryside but only 15 minutes from the beautiful city of Norwich. So pleased you want to return again next year.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 Jan 2017 - 5 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Mar 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
21 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Aug 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
24 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Sunday changeover (out by 10am, in at 4.30pm)

Notes on prices:
SHORT STAYS available in LOW SEASON only. Price £70 per night. 3 nights minimum stay (Thurs/Fri/Sat/) & 4 night (Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed). Low season long term let also possible. If you would like to book Marsh Cottage for several weeks during low season please contact us for details.
Please note we do welcome pets but there will be an extra charge of £20 per pet.

We require a 25% deposit to secure the booking. Remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to holiday start date. Payment can be by cheque or online bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Norwich in East of England

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Basic bathroom with shower, wash basin, heated towel rail and loo.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 double bed (with electric blanket in winter months) and 1 double sofa bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Notes on accommodation: Marsh Cottage is at the end of a track less than half a mile long. The track can be seen in the photographs. There is parking in a grass courtyard adjacent to the cottage. The courtyard can be locked. Outside: FULLY ENCLOSED fenced garden. Patio area surrounded by lavender with wooden round table and chairs. Bbq and picnic table on higher ground with fantastic views of surrounding fields and marshes.Two wooden sun loungers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaned prior to every new arrival. Clean sheets and towels and tea towels provided at the start of every stay. Please bring beach towels and dog beds/dog towels if bringing your pet. Other: There is a lockable outbuilding for bikes/canoes etc. Mooring for a boat on the River Yare can be arranged in walking distance from the cottage.

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