Bittern Cottage is a semi-detached property which sleeps 4 people in one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, perfect for a small family, 2 couples or friends on a fishing trip. Situated on the River Thurne in the popular village of Potter Heigham, this is perfect base from which to enjoy your Norfolk Broads holiday. There is an open-plan living area with an electric stove for the cooler evenings. Extend the long summer days by opening the patio doors leading onto a large decking area, where you can take advantage of dining alfresco whilst enjoying the beautiful views of the River Thurne.

A complimentary one full day boat hire is included for 7 night bookings, plus 25% off additional hire - subject to availability.

Explore the beautiful Broads network with your day boat or hop in the car to explore further afield. Explore the many river navigations and nature reserves. Follow along the River Ant to How Hill Nature Reserve which is owned by the Broads Authority. Encompassing over 125 hectares you will find a mixture of wet and dry woodlands, pastures, meadows and open water. Take a stroll through the secret garden and see if you can spot the Swallowtail Butterfly, the Norfolk Broads is the only place in the UK to spot it. In the same area you will find Toad Hole Cottage Museum. Take time to visit here and see how people lived and worked the marshes in Victorian times.

Cruise further up the river and you will reach Barton Broad. Here you may see sailing yachts gracefully tacking across this wider stretch of water just like Admiral Nelson back in the 1760’s. After a busy day exploring head back to the comfort of your accommodation on the water where you can have a relaxing drink or dinner on your private decking before heading in to cosy round your electric stove in the lounge.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Ground floor twin bedroom.

Ground floor shower room with a wash basin & WC.

First floor master double bedroom.

Family bathroom - bath with shower over, wash basin & WC.


Pets are accepted - £35 each (max. 2).

Terms & Conditions

25% deposit is required on booking, balance is due 8 weeks beforehand.

Check in - 4pm & check out is 9.00am for weekly holidays.

Sorry, no smoking.

Bedding & bed linen provided.

Please bring your own towels.

Weekly breaks: Sat - Sat

Pets are accepted at £35 per pet (max 2).

Location Information

Bittern Cottage is located in a popular location on the Norfolk Broads, within easy reach of the local villages, pubs, restaurants and attractions.

The Norfolk Coast and sandy beaches are a short drive away from the property.

There are numerous family-friendly attractions in the local area, including Wroxham Barns, BeWilderwood, Bure Valley Railway and Broads Tours river trips.

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Optional Extras

  • Travel cot and highchairs available subject to availability.
  • Free day boat hire for one full day on 7 night bookings (except for 2 weeks over Christmas), plus 25% off additional hire - Subject to availability. Day boats are available from 30th March – 31st October 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday and 9am – 5pm Sunday. From 1st November – 29th March the day boats are available Monday – Friday only and are subject to availability and weather conditions at the time of hire.

Terms & Conditions

Short Breaks

Short breaks are available on all properties. Short breaks can start on either a Friday or Saturday for 3 nights or a Monday or Tuesday for 4 nights, subject to availability. During peak holiday weeks short breaks can only be booked 10 days in advance.

Cottage Arrival Times

Weekly holidays: Arrival time 4.00pm and vacated by 9.00am. Short breaks: Takeover time from 2.30pm and vacated by 9.00am.

Property Prices

A 25% deposit will be required on booking, the remainder to be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of your holiday.

*Prices advertised on our website are just the hire charge and are based on the off-peak price.

Optional Extras

Payable on Arrival

Rowing Dinghy* (available Easter to 31st Oct) £45 per week: £35 per short break

Sailing Dinghy* (available Easter to 31st Oct) £55 per week: £40 per short break

Fishing Boat* £205 per week: £108 per short break

Picnic Boat* POA

Day Boat* (available for 5 days Mon – Fri exc. July & August) £320 per week: £260 per short break

Pets (each)£35 per week or short break

Payment of Balance

Please note that the balance of hire terms and any extra charges and deposits should be paid 56 days in advance of your holiday start date unless otherwise stated on the booking confirmation. Receipts are issued to all customers.

Cancellation Protection is included in the brochure price. Cover is obligatory and is automatically provided against loss of your deposit and liability to pay the balance of hire charges if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday for certain unavoidable reasons. (Please refer to paragraph 8 on the terms and conditions).

Please Note: Due to changes in financial regulations we are no longer able to offer personal insurance cover (we recommend you arrange private cover).

Qualifying Reasons for Cancellation

  • Death, illness, bodily injury, pregnancy or childbirth providing pregnancy commences after the insurance is affected.
  • Jury service, witness call.
  • Redundancy of hirer or their partner.
  • Cancellation of arranged leave in respect of a member of HM Forces or police or unexpected occupational posting within six weeks of the commencement date of the holiday or fire, storm, flood, subsidence or malicious damage rendering the home uninhabitable.
  • Police requiring presence following a burglary or other incident at home or place of business.
  • Death, serious injury or serious illness of any member of your immediate family, fiancé(e), close business associate, partner or co-director.

  • Please see link for conditions related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Winter Holidays

    Our cottages & apartments are available for winter holidays.


    In the event that you have a problem with your cottage/apartment or the service we provide we ask that you bring this to our attention as soon as possible during your holiday to give us the opportunity to rectify the problem (see clause 13).

    Our 2020 brochure are prepared many months in advance of the holiday season to which it relates, so changes may be made to the information contained in it. If any significant changes occur before you have booked, we will endeavour to tell you at the time of booking or pass on the necessary information to you. The prices contained in the brochure are correct at the time of going to print.

    Your Contract

    1. Your Contract

    Your contract is with Herbert Woods LLP (referred to throughout as “HW”). Any contract to hire a property listed in this brochure and current supplements incorporates the conditions below and is between HW and you as “the Hirer”. The Hirer will assume responsibility for all guests who make up the party and compliance with these terms by all party members. The contract does not take effect until HW dispatch written confirmation of your booking to you.

    2. Booking

    All Correspondence will be sent to the address on the booking form. HW may refuse to accept a booking at its discretion and will not accept any booking form signed by a person less than 18 years old.

    3. Payments

    On booking you will be required to pay a booking deposit in part payment for the cost of your property. It will be refunded if your booking is not confirmed by HW. The balance of the holiday price must be received by HW no later than 56 days before the holiday start date. If booking within 56 days, full payment must be made when booking. If booking within 14 days of the start date, full payment must be made by debit or credit card. It is not normal practice to send reminders and if final payment is not received as required, HW may cancel the booking and apply charges (see paragraph 8). Travel documents will not be released until full payment has been received by HW. Post-dated cheques are unacceptable and HW may recover the cost of any bank charges or other costs incurred in handling dishonoured cheques, direct bank payments and foreign currencies.

    4. Price Guarantee

    HW guarantees that there will be no surcharges within 56 days of your departure but reserves the right to alter the price of any of its holidays before you make your booking.

    5. Hire Terms

    All hire terms are inclusive of VAT and quoted in £ sterling per property per week/short break equipped as described unless otherwise stated. As soon as the booking is confirmed by HW, the hire terms are guaranteed unless there is a change in the rate of VAT.

    6. Insurance

    Insurance against cancellation or curtailment of your holiday is mandatory and this is included in the holiday price. We also strongly recommend that you have adequate personal insurance cover for your holiday needs.

    7. Alterations by You

    If you wish to change your booking after HW has issued your confirmation, HW will do its best to help but has no obligation to make any change other than to allow you or any member of your party to transfer the booking to another party or parties, provided that written notice is received from the person who made the booking. Transfer from one property to another within this brochure will normally be possible. If HW is able to make changes, an administration fee of £35 will be charged. Please note that major changes may be treated by HW as a cancellation by you and will be subject to charges referred to in paragraph 8. Any change you wish to make to your holiday once it has been confirmed is your sole responsibility.

    8. Cancellation by You

    If you are forced to cancel your booking you must notify HW immediately by telephone and send written confirmation (signed by the hirer) to Potter Heigham and enclose your booking confirmation. The cancellation will be effective from the date HW receives written confirmation. If the reason for cancellation is within the terms of the HW cancellation protection, you will receive a refund of monies paid less the cancellation administration charge of £35. If the reason for cancellation falls outside its terms, HW will make a charge as below.

    (a) Cancellation 56 days or more prior to start date: HW will retain the initial payment only. If you have not paid the full initial payment shown in the brochure at the time of booking, you must pay the shortfall.

    (b) Cancellation less than 56 days before start date (or if HW cancels because you fail to pay the balance of the holiday price as required by paragraph 3) – you will be liable to pay the whole balance. It is not possible to make refunds for any other services booked but not used.

    Please see link for conditions related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    9. Alterations by HW

    HW reserves the right to make changes when they become unavoidable or necessary. Most changes are minor but occasionally we may have to make a major change. If we have to make a major change or cancel we will inform you as soon as possible and if there is time before your arrival, we will offer you accommodation of at least equivalent standard, in which case no compensation will be paid. If that is not possible you may choose:

    (a) A holiday of comparable standard (if available) together with a full refund of any price difference; or

    (b) A full refund of any monies you have paid less credit card surcharges. HW may at its absolute discretion refuse to hand over a property or terminate a holiday where, in the opinion of HW a person or group is likely to cause damage, distress or annoyance to other persons or property. In such an event, HW will be under no obligation to refund, compensate, or indemnify you.

    10. Cancellation by HW

    HW will not cancel your holiday within 56 days of your departure unless it has to for reasons in paragraph 9 or unless payment is not received as per paragraph 3. HW may cancel your holiday at its absolute discretion on or before the date when payment of the full holiday price becomes due. If HW cancels, they will inform you as soon as reasonably possible and you will be offered either:

    (a) A holiday of comparable standard (if available) together with a full refund of any price difference; or

    (b) A full refund of any monies you have paid. HW may at its absolute discretion refuse to hand over a property or terminate a holiday where, in the opinion of HW a person or groups likely to cause damage, distress or annoyance to other persons or property. In such an event, HW will be under no obligation to refund, compensate, or indemnify you.

    11. Important Note

    No compensation will be paid by HW where cancellation or material change arises from:

    (a) Unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond HW’s control such as war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions including flooding of waterways.

    (b) Your failure to pay the balance of the holiday price within the time stipulated.

    (c) As a result of your behaviour as set out in paragraph 10 above.

    12. Property Handover and condition

    If for any reason you are unhappy with your property on arrival you should notify HW immediately so that remedial action, if appropriate, can be taken.

    If a problem of any kind occurs during your holiday you must report it to HW immediately so that a repair can be made. You must not wait until the end of your holiday to report it. If HW is informed they will take steps to rectify the problem as quickly is practical in the circumstances.

    Apart from these obligations, HW shall not be liable in any respect for any indirect or consequential loss or damage, whether financial or otherwise, suffered as a result of such a problem. No compensation will be paid for loss of time as a result of a problem of any kind.

    13. Complaints and concerns

    If you wish to make a complaint, it is vital that you make contact with HW during your holiday. In the event that you find a problem with your boat or the service we provide, we ask that you bring this to our attention as soon as possible to give us the opportunity to investigate / rectify the problem (see clause 12) and within the holiday period. HW will not enter into communication regarding issues that have not been notified to HW during the holiday period. HW will have no liability in respect of any complaint made outside of the holiday period.

    14. Start and Finish of Your Holiday

    (a) Unless otherwise stated, the arrival time is 4.00pm on a one week hire and 2.30pm on a short break hire.

    (b) Non-arrival by mid-day on the day following start date without prior notification shall entitle HW to treat the booking as cancelled as per paragraph 8.

    (c) Unless otherwise stated you must vacate the property leaving it in a clean and tidy condition by 9am on the final day of hire. The property will be inspected and a charge will be made if it is not clean and tidy.

    15. Accidents

    You (the Hirer) are responsible for your own safety and the safety of each member of your party and you must take all reasonable care. In the case of any accident or damage to the property you must, for insurance reasons:

    (a) Immediately report these facts to Reception with full details and extent of the damage; and

    (b) On vacating the property at the end of your holiday you must inform HW of any damage or items broken.

    16. Injury or Damage to You or Your Property

    HW is not liable for death, personal injury, or loss or damage to you or your property, or any property belonging to or in the possession of the hirer or any member of the hirer’s party (including any motor cars or their contents parked at the boat yard) unless it is caused by HW’s negligence or wilful default.

    17. Party Members with Limited Mobility

    If you have any members of your party with limited mobility, you must enquire as to the suitability of the property at the time of booking. Whilst no guarantee can be given, HW will offer assistance and advice so far as is practical. If HW feel unable to properly accommodate the particular needs of the person concerned, we reserve the right to decline, cancel or amend the booking.

    18. Pets

    EOne pet is normally allowed per cottage, at an extra charge, unless otherwise stated in the individual property details.

    19. Data Protection

    In order to process your booking and ensure that your holiday runs smoothly we will need to collect and process personally identifiable information for you and all your passengers. In some instances, to ensure your safety, we may also be required to collect information regarding any physical or mental disabilities.

    We take every care to ensure that the necessary security measures are in place to protect your information. Herbert Woods will not share your information with any third parties other than where required to do so by our insurers, government agencies or by law. By making a booking you are consenting to the above. Your Data controller is Herbert Woods LLP. If you would like to request a copy of the information held on you or would like to invoke your right to be forgotten, please email us on

    20. Modifications and Descriptions

    Every effort has been made to ensure that individual property descriptions contained in the brochure are correct. However, the right is reserved to make modifications to decor and furnishings that are considered necessary. Layout plans in the brochure are for general guidance and are not to scale. Our cottages and apartments are re-furbished regularly therefore the interior colour scheme of your property may not be identical with the one shown in the brochure.

    21. Disputes

    Any dispute, difference or question which may at any time arise out of the contract or the subject matter thereof will be between the Lead Hirer and HW and shall be governed by English law and you agree that any dispute will be dealt with exclusively by the courts of England and Wales.

    Property Features

    • Situtated in the Broads Haven Marina overlooing the River Thurne.
    • Twin bedroom.
    • Shower room with wash basin & WC.
    • Open plan kitchen, living & dining area.
    • Comfortable sofas, a coffee table & electronic wood burning stove.
    • Digital Flatscreen TV/DVD player.
    • Dining table with seating for 4.
    • Fully equipped kitchen - Oven/grill with four ring hob, full size fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle.
    • Kitchens are fully stocked with all of the equipment & utensils.
    • Essentials pack provided: 1 toilet roll per toilet, dish cloth/sponge, washing-up liquid, oven gloves.
    • Patio doors leading out onto private decking by the waters edge, outdoor table & chairs provided.
    • Easy access to the river, perfect for fishing.
    • Secure outside storage suitable for bikes or fishing tackle.
    • Mooring for boat.
    • Master double bedroom.
    • Family bathroom - bath with shower over, wash basin & WC.
    • Allocated parking for 1 car.
    • Bedding & bed linen provided.
    • Please bring your own towels.
    • All heating & electricity included.
    • Electric heating.
    • Cots & highchairs available.
    • Pet friendly - £35 each per week (max. 2).
    • WIFI available.
    • Access Information

    • Parking for 1 car is available approximately 10 metres from the property entrance via a level gravel path.
    • The cottage is on 2 floors.
    • There are 4 steps up to the property entrance.
    • There is a handrail available at the front of the property.
    • There is a threshold step leading out to the decking which is all one level.
    • Fishing is available directly from the path beneath the decking into the boatyard. Follow down the steps or ramp onto the level concrete path.

    Local Fishing Information

    Broads Fishing

    Important Information

    • Fishing is available directly from the path beneath the decking into the boatyard. Follow down the steps or ramp onto the level concrete path.
    • The variety of fish on the Broads include: pike, carp, eel, bream, roach, trench, perch and rudd.
    • A fishing licence is required, this can be purchased online via the Environment Agency.
    • Fishing available during open season. Closed season is between 15th March - 15th June.

    Local Attractions

    Coltishall on the Norfolk Broads

    Local Shops - 'Lathams' department store is just across the road, there is a fresh food section, grocery section, bakery section and a cafe.

    Potter Heigham Village - There are a few pubs and restaurants in the village. There is also a Costcutter convenience store nearby, as well as a Post Office, gift shop, fishing tackle shop and a fish & chip shop.

    Pretty Norfolk Broads Villages & market towns nearby - Wroxham, Horning, Coltishall, Ludham.

    Museum of the Broads - Visit here to discover the history of the Broads. Picnic area next to the river, dog-friendly. Open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11am - 3pm.

    Cycle routes in the Norfolk Broads - There are miles of cycle routes on the Norfolk Broads to enjoy. The Three Rivers Way is a purpose-built cycle route that connects Hoveton and Horning.

    Bike Hire - Broads By Cycle offers bike hire in several pick-up and drop-off docking areas.

    Great Yarmouth - Norfolk's premier sea-side resort. There are miles of golden sandy beaches, traditional sea-side amusements, a pleasure beach with rides and adventure golf and plenty of pubs/cafes/restaurants.

    Norwich - Just under 30 minutes away.

    Wildlife - The Broads is home to a large number of species including seals, otters, water vole and chinese water deer.

    Birds - There are many rare species of bird that have made the Broads their home, including bitterns, kingfishers, grebes, marsh harriers and warblers.

    Nature Reserves - Hickling Broad, Ranworth Broad, Upton Broad and Marshes, Cockshoot Broad, Barton Broad, Martham Broad, Thorpe Marshes and Alderfen Broad.

    Family Days Out - Bewilderwood, Bure Valley Steam Railway, Fairhaven Water Garden, Hippodrome Circus, Hollywood Indoor Adventure Golf, Sea Life Centre, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Wroxham Miniature Worlds, Wroxham Barns.

    Canoe & Kayak Hire - Canoes and kayaks are available to hire in many locations on the Broads.