A Holiday at Boundary Stables

A Holiday at Boundary Stables

 

 

With full disabled access, off-road parking, free Wi-Fi, and unrestricted use of a luxury sauna, Boundary Stables cottages, in the coastal village of Happisburgh, are perfect for a relaxing break in the beautiful Norfolk countryside. Barn Owl, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Kestrel, and Wren are self-contained, one-storey holiday cottages, each with its own enclosed courtyard, gas barbecue, and well-equipped kitchen. We, the owners, live just across the road, and are there to welcome you and to deal with any problems during your stay. (REVIEW: “You couldn’t ask for better hosts.”)

 

Dogs are very welcome at Boundary Stables, and the surrounding area is a haven for dog walkers, with plenty of off-road footpaths through farmland and ancient woodland. Well-beaten footpaths and bridleways take you for miles along the picturesque Norfolk coast, and a long, peaceful stretch of beach, with unrestricted access for dogs, is just a few minutes’ walk from the cottages. Dogs (and children) can let off steam in the shared paddock, and the private courtyard that comes with each cottage is a safe place for dogs (and children!) to spend time outside, where you can keep an eye on them. (REVIEW: “A real doggy paradise”)

 

Each of our cottages is comfortably furnished, and well-equipped with home comforts, including colour TV, DVD player, radio/CD player, washing machine, and microwave. Goldfinch and Fieldfare also contain a dishwasher. Bed linen, towels, and all fuel/power are included in the rent, and cots and highchairs are available for very young children. (REVIEW: “The cottage was well presented and had the most equipment we have ever had.”)

 

Despite the home-from-home kitchen, you will probably want to eat out during your stay at Boundary Stables, and we are always pleased to recommend local cafés, pubs, and restaurants, such as The Hill House Inn (Happisburgh), Smallsticks Café (Cart Gap beach), Poppylands (Horsey), Kingfisher Fish Bar and The Lighthouse Inn (Walcott), The Star Inn (Lessingham), and Poppylands (Horsey).

 

In good weather, there’s nothing quite like cooking and eating outdoors. Each cottage has its own gas barbecue and outside furniture, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of an evening barbecue in your private courtyard, or perhaps a daytime picnic in the shared paddock, where dogs and children can run around to their hearts’ content.

 

A comprehensive Visitor Information Book in your cottage lists many lovely places to visit, including some of Norfolk’s nature reserves and stately homes. You will also find information about local health centres, dental surgeries, veterinary surgeries, pharmacies, supermarkets, and post offices. However, if you require more information, or if you have any queries, we’re only too pleased to help; we’re just over the road – or a phone call away.

 

REVIEW: “If we could go anywhere in the world, we’d still choose to come here.”

 

Self-Catering on the Norfolk Broads

Self-Catering on the Norfolk Broads

Norfolk is renowned for is Broads and if you’re hoping to visit, Boundary Stables has self-catering accommodation nearby (a great alternative to staying on a boat!). The Norfolk broads are a unique network of reed-fringed waterways – broads (lakes) and rivers that have remained a popular boating destination since the late 19th century.

If you are looking to hire a boat for the day, Wroxham, Potter Heigham, Stalham Staithe, Horning, Martham and Beccles all have boats for day hire but booking is advisable, especially during the busy summer season. Stalham Staithe is closest to Boundary Stables, only 4.1 miles away, where you can hire diesel or quiet electric powered boats from Moonfleet Marine charged at hourly rates. Stalham Staithe is also home to the Museum of the Broads, so you can find out more about the history of the area and even have a river trip on ‘Falcon,’ the Victorian Steam Launch.

Explore the broads in a canoe, giving you a different perspective and a better chance of seeing wildlife such as kingfishers, otters, herons and warblers. You can launch your own canoes at Wroxham, accessible from the back of Roys long-stay car-park, or there are places to hire in the town.

How about a trip on a Mississippi paddleboat to see the broads? The Southern Comfort is a wheelchair accessible, double-deck river cruiser that offers tours along the River Bure to Ranworth Broad and back, leaving from the picturesque village of Horning.

The Norfolk Broads are Britain’s largest nationally protected wetland; the RSPB owned Strumpshaw Fen Nature Reserve in the Yare Valley, is home to a vast variety of wildlife and in the winter months migratory water fowl too. There are several footpaths and boardwalks taking you through reed beds, woodland and that lead to hides. If you are very lucky you may be able to spot or hear a Bittern ‘booming.’ On several occasions we’ve seen a group of otters at the back of the reserve by the river.