Watercolour by Rory Brown
Watersedge Past and Present
This 300 year old thatched cottage once said to have been used by smugglers, sits on the edge of Hickling Broad, with its own private dyke where the smugglers would have off loaded their ill-gotten gains. Watersedge was once a single cottage standing alone along Hill Common, you can imagine misty nights and mornings when quiet rowing boats would have moored up at the jetty. Then some 100 years later a second cottage was added next door, in 1945 the cottages were joined together and a new extension was built with sitting room, master bedroom, bathroom and main staircase. Watersedge was brought by Jenny’s Grandfather in 1960 and passed down the family line, since 2014 it has been owned by Jenny and her husband Phil. In 2014 they undertook some much needed modernisation and installed external insulation, plus an air source heat pump system to provide heating and plenty of hot water. Bathrooms and the toilets were modernised and a new bath/shower installed in the upstairs one. Wi-Fi has been installed and is free of charge for guests to use.
Watersedge still retains the charm of Norfolk past with some low doors and ceilings with a delightful mix of old and new. Both the original cottages still have their steep twisting staircases to the rooms above. It has the old bread oven still in situ and the original old fire place upstairs in the oldest cottage.
When you arrive at Watersedge you enter into the hall that has wicker chairs and a lovely old mule chest. Plenty of room to unload your luggage. This room then leads through a small passage way into the dinning room which seats 9 people and has exceptional views over Hickling Broad with its own door leading to the garden. Leading off the dinning room is the kitchen which has a fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and electric oven, plenty of pots and pans plus cutlery, plates, glasses and mugs. Also off the dinning room is the utility room fitted with a fridge/freezer, a washing machine and sink. Through the utility room you reach the downstairs bathroom (shower, wash basin and wc).
From the entrance hall a low door way takes you through to the main modern stair case and then onto the sitting room which is a wonderful light room with a large window over looking the front garden and the broad. It has a TV - DVD, sofa, comfy chairs for you to relax and enjoy the view.
Going upstairs you will find a landing with 4 bedrooms, a bathroom with a bath/shower, and a separate toilet. Bedroom 4 is accessed through the original low and narrow passageway, bedroom 3 is accessed through bedroom 4 but also has it's own original winding stair case from the dinning room.
Bedroom 1 the master bedroom has a large double bed, chest of draws, wardrobe and a large picture window gives stunning views across the broad.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed and single bed, a wardrobe, chest of draws, original features and superb views across the broad.
Bedroom 3 is accessed from the dinning room via its own 300 year old stair case, this room has 2 single beds, storage and the old original fire place and superb views across the broad.
Bedroom 4 has 2 single beds accessed via a narrow low passage and has slopping ceilings.
Outside a south facing garden has amazing views over the broad, a summer house equipped with chairs and garden games, table tennis is set up in the garage. There is a rowing boat in our dyke for you to use, please make sure you wear life jackets when on or around the water. There are bicycles for you to use but if you are a keen cyclist please bring your own or hire them.
Staying at Watersedge is like walking through history, with the very old next to the very new. We have a state of the art air source central heating which keeps the house wonderfully warm in the winter. Modern bathrooms and comfy beds. Watersedge is a very special place, a wonderful retreat where you can relax and enjoy lazy days. But it is also terrific fun you can hire paddle boards, canoes, and motor launches near by or enjoy local walks along the quiet lanes, nature reserves or the beach. There are castles and museums in Norwich, and fun to be had at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.
So whatever type of holiday you are after, Watersedge fits the bill and that is why we love it so much.
We hope you have a brilliant holiday and enjoy it as much as we do.
Jenny and Phil