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There is nothing more relaxing than spending the day perched on the bank of a riverside. Whether you choose to read that book that you have been meaning to read months, or while the day away with loved ones, or simply watch the waterways wildlife, being next to the river has an incredibly calming effect. But, I’m sure that you know this already, or you wouldn’t be here.

Our latest tour is of a Windmill converted to a holiday cottage in Horning on the Norfolk Broads. And this really is the ideal place to relax and while away these days.

As with the original wind pumps design, the octagonal shape, amazing tower, cap,  fantail and of course, the all-important sails are all retained. The windmills timber beams and structural supports still run throughout, which all adds to the character of this beautiful cottage.

The open plan living and dining area feature large deep windows, to offer a full and lovely view of the River Bure.

View from the Windmill riverside - Norfolk Broads

View from the Windmill riverside – Norfolk Broads

There are 2 twin seat sofas, a TV, DVD player and small music system and a couple of small tables. In the central dining area, you have a dining table that will comfortably seat 4.

The kitchen is well kitted out and has all the amenities that you would expect including stove and oven, microwave, washing machine, pots, pans, cutlery, cups and glasses.

But with a number of good local restaurants, cafes and pubs, all within walking distance, you may just want to use the kitchen for making a midday sandwich and a cuppa. Either way, you should have everything you need.

The first bedroom has a double bed with a large set of drawers and one of those timber supports that I mentioned earlier. You also have a further set of drawers and a handy table mirror.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 both have a single bed with bedside drawers and a small clothes hanging area as the rooms are neither big enough or even the right shape for a wardrobe. But for me, it just adds to the charm of the cottage.

As well as the obvious toilet and basin, the bathroom is equipped with a nice heated towel rail which is always helpful. And it also has a good sized bath and shower.

There is also heating throughout making it a great cottage to hire all year round.

There is an approximate 25-metre walk from your allocated parking space, down a short passage and along a mooring to reach the property. But this means that you are away from the road, which is always a bonus.

Now, as beautiful as the inside of this cottage is, it’s all about the riverside location. And with its enclosed lawns and barbecue area, I’m sure that you will want to spend your days relaxing beside the river admiring the view and watching the wildlife and the boats go by.

And if you’re heading to the Norfolk Broads, make sure that you enjoy, relax and be safe. 

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