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Cottage in Martham, Norfolk, England

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Martham, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk, England, UK - Traditional Grade 2 Listed Thatched Cottage With Inglenook Fireplace

Two bedroom mid-terraced thatched cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. 300 year old Grade 2 listed building on edge of conservation area with traditional Norfolk inglenook fireplace. Recently refurbished, and re-thatched in 2011. Set in the pretty conservation village of Martham and located opposite the medieval parish church which can be seen from the bedroom window. The small rear garden is laid to patio and lawn. Within one mile of the Broads and three miles to the beach.

Richard Wightman
Member since: 2011
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fantastic little cottage full of charm and a feeling of a real home. Made to feel very welcome by various little touches placed by the owners."

"Very quaint and quirky. A lovely cottage in a beautiful area with friendly people."

"The cottage is beautiful and was a perfect base for us to explore the area."

"Martham was a great base; so much to explore."

"We had the best of stays in the wonderfully appointed cottage - beautiful countryside, many happy days out and in!"

"We enjoyed relaxing in the cottage. Thank you for the little things like salt and oil and even having the phone to receive calls on."

"We had a lovely time staying in this lovely cottage. Will defo recommend to our friends -lovely area and friendly people. Thank you!"
Dec 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Martham in Martham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No fires, BBQs, or smoking in the back garden, please, as it invalidates the insurance for the thatch.
Location Type:
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3/4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed. Bedroom 2 with option of single bed or a single bed and guest bed for child up to about age 12.
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • wind-surfing
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property will be cleaned before the arrival of guests. There should be no smoking within 100 metres of the cottage due to the fire risk to the thatch. This is an insurance condition.


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Cottage in Martham, Norfolk, England
average rating of 4.4130435 based on 47 reviews

Great base to explore the surrounding countryside.

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely little cottage, that's well equipped and full of character. It was a great place to stay for day trips out to various local attractions and scenic sights. Also having stayed in this area of the country many times over recent years, this represented tremendous value for money.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We have always tried to price at the lower end of the range because we would rather the cottage was occupied and because we know that with such an old building (over 325 years) there will always be minor quirks and complications.
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Cottage by Martham church

  • 4 of 5

We loved the cottage though the stair is very steep. The cottage is right opposite Martham church with the magnificent array of about 30 angels, two to each roof truss. There are also several walks straight out of the door, mostly starting by walking across the road and through the churchyard.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, quaint, quirky and well equipped

  • 5 of 5

When one books a cottage that is over four hundred years old, you have to accept that there will be a downstairs bathroom and the stairs themselves are liable to be quite steep. However, the compensations here far outweigh these slight inconveniences.

The kitchen is small but very well stocked. The living room is quite large but still cosy with the log burner roaring away in its inglenook setting. The dining room is ideal for four people.

The location, on the edge of town is ideal. Shops, pub and restaurants are within easy walking distance. The neighbours are obliging and friendly.

Situated at the gateway to the Broads with Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Lowestoft within an easy drive, there is always somewhere new to investigate.

In summary, we are booking again for next year. What better recommendation than that?

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments.
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A beautiful cottage with lots of charm.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Perfect location for Martham village and the broads. We enjoyed hiring a boat for the day, horse riding on the beach and visiting the local! The stairs are very steep in this property so worth considering if you are less able or have children. Radiators are also dependent on wood burning fire which meant some cold mornings - lots of electric heaters which were gratefully received, though no heating in the bathroom! A perfect getaway if you aren't bothered by mod cons and want to experience the quirky charms of a beautiful cottage with log fire.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The review is fair comment. These were literally the last guests before the bathroom and back lobby are rebuilt with underfloor heating and heated bathroom towel rail ready for late March. We should have asked our cleaners to switch on the heating before the guests arrived. Sorry about that, and we won't make that mistake again. However, the stairs will always remain steep.
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Lovely Cottage Conveniently Located

  • 4 of 5

Conveniently located cottage within walking distance of coop, pubs & takeaways. Near to local areas such as Yarmouth, Hemsby & Caister. A little chilly at this time of year & muddy using back door as the front door right onto quite busy road. Just a couple of problems with toilet flush, water in kitchen and shower presure. Also stairs very steep so not good if you have mobility problems. Would stay again good for adults visting this area of Nirfolk.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and fair comments. We are planning to refurbish the bathroom including installing additional heating and addressing the plumbing, all in late February / March 2018. The ancient, quaint staircase will remain steep as it is part of the core fabric of the cottage. We agree, and our information makes clear, that it is not suitable for those with mobility problems. Richard
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Ideally situated for the Broads and surrounding villages

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for three nights at the beginning of December. The cottage is really picturesque - quaint and very comfortably furnished. However, be aware that the rake of the stairs and the height of the risers up to the bedroom would make it difficult for anyone who is less mobile I think. The kitchen is extremely well-stocked with crockery and cooking utensils and the larder items left for our use were a nice touch. We enjoyed a nice meal one night at the King's Arms which overlooks the green. Friendly, welcoming staff and quite an extensive menu to choose from. The village is served by a couple of Co-op supermarkets so, if self catering, keeping the larder full is not a problem.

Our only issues would be with the woodburning stove. We were unable to keep it burning and, as that is what heats the radiators, we had no central heating and thus, a very cold bathroom (which is situated on the ground floor). The electric radiators kept the living and bedroom areas cosy though. This is the reason why I haven't awarded 5 stars.

All in all, a very pleasant stay and we would be happy to book again in the warmer, summer months.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback. I'm not sure why you had a problem with the wood-burning stove as the wood has had a year drying out before use. It is a fair point about the bathroom only having the wood-burning stove driven radiator for heating. We are planning to refurbish the bathroom this coming spring 2018 to include installing an electric heating system in the bathroom to solve this problem.
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Great Yarmouth
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: recommended


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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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