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The Boat House

A beautiful hidden gem in the heart of The Broads

The Boat House is a unique space which sleeps 2 in one bedroom/sitting room. Dog friendly.

With beautiful views over the Broad to the front and across to the fields and the church at the rear, the Boat House is fully centrally heated and completely renovated last year. There is also a wonderfully sunny patio where you can relax after a busy day exploring the area.

The accommodation comprises of one large room upstairs which has a comfortable kingsize platform bed . This room also has two armchairs and a TV with a large inbuilt desk set under a window which looks out towards the Broad and the moored boats.

This is a wonderful space for the budding writer or for enjoying breakfast. The original staircase (fairly steep) leads down to the kitchenette (please note no oven) and wetroom. The wetroom has underfloor heating. Hot tub hire also available.


Ranworth is a beautiful village in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. There is a nature reserve in the village which has a thatched visitor centre on stilts at the end of a boardwalk which overlooks Ranworth Broad. From here you can take wildlife trips on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust boat. There is a huge array of birds and wildlife to observe and listen to here and the rare swallowtail butterfly can often be seen in the garden.

Ranworth church which you can see from the property, is known as the ‘Cathedral of the Broads’. Climb up to the top of the tower and enjoy wonderful views of the village and views all the way across to the coast. The church is known for it’s beautiful rood screen and antiphoner and is well worth a visit. There is also a cafe here.

A few minutes walk from the accommodation is the staithe which is host to the many boats which visit the village.

Here you will find a pub, shop (closed from November until March) and cafe. It’s a great spot to have a meal or a drink and watch the world go by.

There are walks in the area and you may also like to visit the nearby Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens, which comprises of 53 hectares (131 acres) of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham.

Amongst the many things that make living here special, are waking up to the sunshine with the mist hanging over the broad (with the boom of the bittern in the distance if you are lucky!), listening to the owls hooting late at night and drifting along the river on a boat.

There is so much to see and do here not only in the village but also in the rest of the Broads. We are also close to many beaches. Winterton beach is a favourite both with locals and our guests and Horsey Gap has the most wonderful thriving seal colony, well worth a visit. There is cafe right on the beach and a cosy pub in the village of Winterton.

Norwich is only half an hour away with it’s wonderful shops and museums.

Wroxham is 15 minutes away where you can hire a boat to explore the waterways and there are fishing jetties on the River Bure, about 10 minutes drive away. Imagine Spa in Blofield Heath has a range of relaxing treatments available too, again only 10 minutes away!

There is also ‘The Fur and Feather’ pub with its own brewery in Woodbastwick which serves meals and is just over a mile away. The apartment is dog friendly, we accept one well behaved dog.

HOT TUB RENTAL is available, please get in touch for more information.


Upstairs comprises 1 large room which has a Feather and Black bed which can be split into twin beds or made into one large double bed.

Upstairs Boat House

The original staircase (fairly steep) leads down to the kitchenette (please note no oven) and wetroom. The wetroom has underfloor heating.

Downstairs Boat House


The Boat House is in Ranworth, 10 miles north east of Norwich and is a short drive off the A47. We will send you detailed directions about how to find us nearer your arrival date.


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Changeover Day: Any day other than Sundays. Short breaks available all year. £110 per night except summer £120 per night. Dog fee: £20 per dog per stay.

Grey Seal Cottage Enquiry

Hello from Jane

My name is Jane and I was born and brought up in lovely Norfolk. I live here with my husband and children, along with a gang of dogs, chickens, guinea pigs, and rabbits. I hope you enjoy this wonderful part of the world as much as we do!

Please get in touch if you would like to enquire about booking a break with Grey Seal Holidays. I am very happy to help with enquiries about the local area and any specific requirements which will make your holiday extra memorable. We welcome dogs and are very family friendly in three of our properties. 

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Wow! A charming, high quality and very special place to stay. The attention to detail and cleanliness are exceptional. So many little touches that were very much appreciated. Lovely views of Ranworth Broad to the front, and to the Church and Alpacas to the rear; and what a treat the Alpacas are to watch from the hot tub… Our only disappointment was that we did not book more nights! Thank you Jane, so much.

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