Cottage in Martham, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk, England, UK - Traditional Grade 2 Listed Thatched Cottage With Inglenook Fireplace
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.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - Yes, but beware steep stairs for children under 5.Yes, but beware steep stairs for children under 5.
Pets allowed - Dogs are welcome, but must be kept downstairs.Dogs are welcome, but must be kept downstairs.
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Comfortable, quirky, cosy and delightful.
Our only disappointment is that we had to leave half way through due to the coronavirus lock down - we had to run for home.
Thank you for your kind comments. Will be in touch about making up for your foreshortened stay.
It was great!
14 to 21-03-2020.
Whilst we were there, the news came out that we should self isolate at our age and with diabetes. This also meant local pubs, cafes etc. were to close. However being in this cosy cottage it was certainly no problem.
We we’re able to go out in the car and parked in the village to get food from the butcher and co-op of which their are two. We still had a drive down to Walcott, had fish and chips and a coffee from the Kingfisher Cafe through the window.
The cottage is very old and quaint with timber work and white infill. We had the pleasure of being the first on new carpets to the stairs and the large bedrooms. All in all it was a excellent stay and in our normal situation we would return!
Many thanks to the owners, and good health to us all!
Thank you for your kind and fair comments.
Glad the new carpets worked well. We did our best to move the fluff!
A really lovely quirky cottage. Very clean and comfortable. Lots of local info. Easy access to shops and pubs for food.
Thank you for your kind comments. Absolutely lovely people. You don't need to clean after yourselves. We have cleaners who look after that!
What more could you ask for?
A very cosy little cottage in a lively village, close to the sea and a beautiful nature reserve.
Recent 4 night stay
Superb cosy cottage. Very well equipped and well presented, lovely enclosed garden for dogs and excellent location for beautiful beaches and walks along the broads.
Thank you for your kind comments. Please come again!
very central to all the places you can visit with a dog
Helpful owner. Lovely place would recommend. Although on the road no problem with traffic noise. Nice little garden for the dog to go out in first thing in the morning. Thank you again
Barry was a brilliant guest. A joy to have to stay. There was a problem with the kettle, and he very kindly resolved it. Please come back again!
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.
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.
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.
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.