A lovely, peaceful second stay along with my parents. A great variety of footpaths available with walks of every length. Saw a seal eating a large fish in the river at Bureside - didn't expect that! A little further afield Ranworth Church and Wildlife Centre were well worth a visit. A peaceful break with plenty of walking. Thanks again for fizz, marmalade and biscuits. Roger and Maureen Coates Smith and Gillian Wilton (and Ebony black Labrador). 6-13 April 2024

We have really enjoyed our stay in the cottage over Xmas and New Year. Such a great place to just chill out. Cottage is very comfortable and well equipped. Weather variable but have been able to walk Weavers Way (along the river) even though there have been a lot of floods. Thank you for all the goodies - much appreciated. Sally and Steve 23/12 - 4/1/24

Fantastic cottage! Our first time here & we have loved all the features which make it so homely, including the marmalade, the prosecco and the carnations (we both worked at a carnation nursery when we were students). Churches, geese, barn owls, hares. Meals at Acle Bridge and The Lion. (Following advice about the size of the Lion's "mane" course we opted for staters and desserts). Favourite walk: Halvergate towards Berney Arms till Weavers Way meets a farm track then right to Wickhampton and then back to Halvergate on a lane. Best church: Wickhampton St Andrew. (Caroline has now visited Claxton church and the memorial to Rose Claxton at Rollesby. I have seen rushes) Philip and Caroline Rush (nee Claxton) 2-6 Nov 2023.

Another good visit along with our daughter and son in law. Everywhere very wet but we all got some good walking around Thurne and Ludham. Very good meal at The Lion but portions too big. Cottage nice and cosy and almost like home from home. Thank you. We hope to be back in the spring. Maureen and Roger Coates Smith + Ebony (black Labrador.) 22-29 Oct 2023

Once again a fantastic week in a lovely house. Love the peace and beauty of the Broads. Always lucky with the weather! Beautiful and sunny again! Boat hire from Potter Heigham, canoeing at Wroxham, pleasure beach at Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Cromer, lovely trip to Blickling Estate & recommend trip to Hillside Horse Sanctuary. Will miss the sails passing through the fields. I had an amazing week in the house and enjoyed every bit of it. Hope to come back again. I'm going to miss the beautiful countryside. -Molly age 10.  The Sexton Family 5-12 Aug 2023

Once again a tranquil 7 days in peaceful, beautiful countryside. A Joy! Ron and Sylvie 14-21 July

I really enjoyed our stay this May half term. This is our 5th year in a row we have come here. I would recommend Ross' boat ride at Horsey Mere -Sammy. I enjoyed going to Horsey mere and having a day boat trip. -Flora. The Gray family Sammy 13, Flora 10, Stephen (Dad) and Emma (Mum). 27 May-3rd June 2023

A week of walking Thurne's paths visiting old haunts. What a lovely base Lion Cottage makes; every need and comfort is catered for. The weather was bright cool and dry ideal for walking. Maureen and Roger Coates Smith, 21-28 April 2023.

Thank you for the early access to your beautiful cottage to allow us to watch the King's Coronation on TV. A lovely start to our break on the Broads. Although the weather wasn't the best, we still enjoyed walks from the doorstep along the Broad in both directions. Trip to Horsey windpump and Horsey Gap to see the seals was also worthwhile. The cottage itself is well equipped & a real home from home. Our dog enjoyed the enclosed garden. Highly recommended! Thank you. Suzanne & Steve (and Carys the dog). 6-13 May 2013.

We have both enjoyed our stay in your delightful, well equipped cottage. Lovely to be back in the Broads again. Maggie, John  & Cindy April 11-15 2023.

Thank you for the welcoming fresh vase of tulips and the little jar of marmalade. A lovely surprise. We have enjoyed the cosiness of the cottage, the walks and a day on a boat. The de Saxe family, Easter 2023 

Another wonderful time in the most homely cottage ever! It is a home from home, with a lovely relaxing environment. Every aspect of the cottage, welcome basket & facilities are amazing. We find it so hard to leave, so many memories of starlit evenings and beautiful sunlit bedroom welcoming the day. Excellent. Thank you Rosie and Richard. Kerry & Richard from Norwich plus best friend Wal from Cannes, March 21-26 2023

Another lovely stay at 'Old Lion Cottage'. A welcome pack was much appreciated and the marmalade was delicious. Winterton-on Sea a lovely beach and ideal for our dog Bonnie. Horsey Mill and walks to the beach and to see the seals. Caister-on-Sea another good beach, dog friendly and cafe at Scratby. NT Felbrigg Hall - good forest walks there and dog friendly cafe. Wroxham - Roy's department store. Kings Arms at Ludham reasonable tasty food. Ate at local Lion pub twice - good food there. Michael, Elaine and Bonnie, 12-19th Sept 2022.

What a lovely cottage! We've really enjoyed our week there - and thank you for all the little extras to make it special! Things we've enjoyed: seal spottting @ Horsey, also the wind pump and nature walk; hired an electric day boat from Phoenix and spent a day exploring the broads up to Salhouse Broad and back ...otters too!;the beach @Winterton...more seals!; Pubs: The Lion in the village, Woodfordes Brewery (Fur and Feather), The Bridge@ Acle, Swan @ Horning, Hill House Inn Happisburgh: East Runton Old Vicarage Garden. It was so nice to spend time in the cottage & garden too, we would love to return in the future. The Dangerfield Family 22-29 August 2022

We've had a wonderful weeks holiday - cottage was perfect with so many personal touches - loved the books in the bedrooms. Hired a day boat at Potter Heigham. Kids (9 and 11)loved Bewilderwood and the pleasure beach in Great Yarmouth. Blessed with the most amazing weather - loved every minute and we will definitely be back to stay at Old Lion Cottage. The Sexton family, August 2022

A lovely few days with 2 of our granddaughters, a great time. A wonderful cottage with all the amenities, very well stocked, couldn't ask for more, thank you.    Had a wonderful few days in the cottage - very cosy in a great location with a lovely pub and many beaches and attractions nearby. We really enjoyed the boating and swimming in the sea. Edris, Michael, Amelie & Freya. 18-21 August 2022

The cottage has been the perfect place to stay! Cosy, comfortable and with everything we needed. The butterflies in the garden are enchanting! The walk along the staithe in Thurne is beautiful in the evening and a lovely way to unwind after a lovely day exploring. The Lunnons, 25th-31st July 2022.

A very relaxing week in peaceful surroundings. Ron and I found your well equipped cottage really inviting and enjoyed your mature garden. So a big thank you Rosie and Richard. Sylvie Roberts and Ron White, June 2022.

What a lovely stay at such a warm, cosy cottage. Thank you Rosie and Richard for providing everything to make our stay so lovely. Hopefully we will be back again soon! Claire, Fabio, Luigi, Leli and Pickle. June 2022

Our 4th stay at Old Lion Cottage and we love it! Highlight was watching the barn owls every evening just up past the mill. Also, Hickling Broad and our usual trip on Ross's boat at Horsey. A new place to visit this year was Sheringham - lovely seaside town & Beach and a lovely last meal at Acle Bridge. Thank you Richard & Rosie, back next May (+new dog!) Emma, Steve, Sammy (12), Flora (9) 28 May-4 June 2022

What a lovely little cottage! So cosy and a wonderful base to explore Norfolk from. Thank you! Sam & Christine plus Ben (the dog) 14-16 April 2022

A fabulous homely cottage, heaven in Norfolk! We had a wonderful time, total relaxation. We will see you again. Thank you. Kerry, Richard 22-27 March 2022

Lovely cosy and comfortable cottage! We enjoyed our stay. Thank you! Had some nice trips out to Horsey and Waxham and enjoyed our nights at The Lion.      Sue, Norton, Katy, Gaz & Bonnie the Cockapoo 3-6 March 2022

Lovely cottage in peaceful village. Friendly locals - the food in the pub was delicious. Saw lots of Norfolk including the seals! A lovely trip. Will come again, thanks. Angela & Garry 23-27 Nov 2021

What a beautiful cottage! Loved our stay here, a gorgeous location with lots of really lovely places to walk the dogs. A little slice of heaven! The dogs loved snuggling up in front of the cosy fire. Thank you for having us - will book again! Jane, Philippa and Georgina plus Barkely and Winnnie. 19-21 Nov 2021

Thank you for a lovely stay here again. We saw seals and pups at Winterton, beaches, walks & rain as well as sunshine. Cosy wood-burner. Alison, David & dogs 6-13 Nov 2021

We had a lovely relaxing time at your super cosy and comfy cottage. Thank you Rosie and Richard. We did some great local walks, saw the seals at Horsey Gap, took out a boat at Potter Heigham and had good food at The Lion. Weather was mixed but being lazy and staying inside was fun too! We'd love to come again. Neil, Marijhe, Jahe & Fynn 29 Oct-2 Nov 2021

Had two lovely walks with the dog down at the beach. The wide choice of films and the wood burner kept us nice and toastie! Thank you! Niccy, Dan, Rosie and Bear the dog 22-24 Oct 2021

We had a wonderful time. The cottage was charming and comfortable. The walks and scenery outstanding. Thank you! Pat & Bill Folta (NY,USA) October 9 2021

A lovely week of relaxation, trips out and walks. The Lion pub was excellent as usual both food and drinks. great walk into Potter Heigham along the broads. Saw seals on the beach at Horsey. County park at Whittlingham was great for a day out. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your cottage. Paul, Nicola, Iona & Bella (Border Collie) 28 Aug - 4 Sept 2021

Fabulous holiday in a lovely cosy cottage. Really enjoyed our day trip on the Broads, surfing at Cromer, body-boarding at Winterton, paddle-boarding with GoPaddle and particularly seeing the seals at Blakeney Point. We will highly recommend Old Lion Cottage. ps the marmalade was delicious too. Chris, Kate, Charlie & Sam 21-28 Aug

Another fantastic week here, the cottage was lovely to stay in again. We had a great time exploring the Broads again and managed to go to lots of new places. Thank you Rosie & Richard - we hope to return again!! Scott, Ange, Eva & William 8 -14 August 2021

We really enjoyed our stay here - thank you! The cottage was lovely & very comfortable & the tractor spotting around the village was excellent (Lisette 21/4). Alovely break and a a great place to hang out and enjoy some lovely weather - finally! Olivia and Lisette 17-24 July 2021

Left our 17yr old at home for some quality parent alone time - yippee- at last! loved the cottage - thanks Richard and Rosie - and enjoyed the area. we came for the first time in October 2020 & will return to enjoy the peace and canoeing the Norfolk Broads. We'd recommend the pop-up bakery at Womack Staithe for sour dough bread, custard tarts and cinnamon buns - a respite from our mainly sugar free diet. Would love to return to do some of your local walks. Juli 13-17 July 2021

Enjoyed a fantastic holiday and were lucky with the weather. The cottage is excellent, equipped with everything we needed, and the location is perfect for exploring Norfolk. Pizzas at "The Lion at Thurne" well worth a try. David, Alex,Joshua & William 3-13 July 2021. I really want to live here some day and it is a really nice place to fish. William (12)

Our third stay at Old Lion Cottage and another amazing week. Cottage was perfect as always and weather gorgeous. We did some things we had done before - Horsey (Ross's boat and beach), Bewilderwood and some new adventures - Hickling Broad (NWT), electric dayboat to Ranworth (brilliant) and a trip to Blakeny for crabbing as well as some new walks. Booked again for next year. Thank you for an amazing stay. Emma, Steve, Sammy (11), Flora (8) Gray  29th May - 5th June 2021

We had a great week in this lovely relaxing cottage. Everything we needed and thank you for the fizz, marmalade and biscuits. Excellent location - little stroll to the pub in the village, and shop where we could get a cuppa from after a long walk. Great walks outside front door and easy to get to beaches and Broads. Day boats are to be recommended. Had a meal inside on 17th 'YAY' - only us in so was safe. Lovely outside too. We will be back for sure. Trish & Paul Cooke 15th-22nd May 2021

We had such an enjoyable week here. The cottage has been perfect. Lots of walks along beaches and Broads. Fabulous sightings of the seal colonies at Winterton and Horsey. Enjoyable meal at The Lion pub - still outside only but the sun was still shining! Electric day boat hire form Martham Boats to be recommended. Hope to be back. The Hendersons and dogs. 7-14 May 2021

A few days of freedom under sunny (but chill) Norfolk skies were just what we needed as this lock down eases. the trip was centred around the Broadside village of Thurne and the cosy welcome of Rosie and Richard's cottage - perfectly situated. Thank you for making it the ideal home away from home. The fires and bubbly ended the days beautifully. A unique setting. Matthew, Fiona, Jemima and Gabriel 12th-15th April 2021

We have thoroughly enjoyed our break here. The cottage is really cosy and comfortable - a home away from home. Very clean and well equipped. It is so beautifully situated in the very pretty village of Thurne. We especially loved the ancient church, the staithe and the windmill. We visited many places - Wroxham, Potter Heigham, Cromer, Holt, Horning, Sheringham, We had a fabulous day out on a boat on the Broads - hot and sunny. Had a lovely meal at the local pub & visited for drinks most evenings. Would love to return. Many thanks Ian & Jacqui, Sue & Martin 19-26 Sept 2020

We have had a wonderful week here in Norfolk. The cottage is very comfortable, clean and well equipped. Our Springer spaniel has also had a great time, lots of places to visit, lots of walks. Beds are very comfortable and the lack of street lighting ensures a good night's sleep. Many thanks for the use of your cottage. We have all loved it. Me especially the Dark Night Skies. Kind regards Eileen & Mike, Caroline and Alec 12 - 19 Sept 2020 

Our 2nd time here and it was just as welcoming and cosy. A real 'home from home'. Thank you for the prosecco, biscuits and lovely homemade marmalade. Bonnie enjoyed the garden and we enjoyed the well equipped cottage and comfy beds. We ate out at the local Lion and California Cavern once. Caister on sea and Winterton on Sea good for doggie beaches and swimming. Visited Felbrigg Hall NT - good walks. Drove to Sheringham and Wells next the sea. Very busy - not much social distancing. This end of Norfolk is better for that. Thank you Rosie and Richard, another excellent stay. We'll be back for sure. Michael, Elaine and Bonnie. 4th - 11th Sept

We felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. Such a cosy and homely cottage. We've enjoyed beautiful walks, hired a boat for half a day, pub meals and a morning at Winterton beach where we saw seals swimming. Thank you Rosie and Richard - we wish we could stay for longer and would love to come back one day. Ben, Laura, Daisy & Ollie plus Rufus. 30th Aug - 2nd Sept

What a wonderful week! A beautiful cottage, clean, tidy and lovely welcome pack - thank you! Stunning location with fabulous walking routes on the doorstep & good run tracks too! Lovely beaches and lots of useful info and ideas of places to visit. We'd love to come again Alice, Lou & Rach (& Tilly) 16 -21 August 2020

Can I stay forever??? Sammy age 10. I love it here. Flora age 7. Just what we needed after this strange time. The sea air and watching the boats was the perfect tonic and the cottage as lovely as ever. See you again in May. Steve, Emma, Sammy and Flora. 12 -16 Aug 2020.

Lovely stay, a very well equipped cottage, a home from home! Would love to return for more fun on the Broads. Thank you. Michelle Gould & family. 4-11 August 2020

Thank you for a wonderful stay, so relaxing and quiet. Rosie and Richard your cottage is beautiful with everything you could possibly need (i.e the shower - love it!!) Hoping to come back for longer next year. Trevor and Sue 29 July - 3 Aug 2020.

Well we've just had the perfect week here for our 'Ruby Wedding'. Love the cottage. We've walked miles with the dogs exploring. Easily been further North to Holt and Cley next the Sea. Thank you Rosie and Richard. Alison and David 10th - 17th July 2020.

Wonderful relaxing weekend in this cosy cottage! Beautiful views, great local beaches with pub and welcoming staff very close. Cottage had everything we needed and the fire was welcome at night. Steve, Peter and Rachel. 31 Jan-3 Feb 2020

Thank you Rosie and Richard for the cosiest weekend in your cosy cottage. It is such a lovely location, we saw baby seals on Winterton Beach and had lovely food in the local pub. The cottage had everything we needed and we all had a great weekend. We don't want to leave! Becky. 10-12 January 2020

The best cottage we have ever stayed in. Beautiful + lovely touches, very well thought out & presented. Pub was great; cottage in fantastic & very quiet location. Could not be better. Justine & Clarke. 14 -21 Sept 2019

What a find... we have been so lucky to enjoy Old lion Cottage this August Bank Holiday. Each day the boys awoke with a "roar!" in honour of the house. So comfortably furnished + prettily decorated. Incredible weather made for great days out at Waxham + Winterton beaches, a day on the Broads on a boat and a great meal at Bure River Cottage Restaurant in Horning - highly recommended. Thank you Richard & Rosie for your help in advance of our stay, and for thinking of everything that we might need. A lovely time had by all! Tessa, James, William & Nicholas. 25-29 August 2019

  • Character cottage
  • 2 Bedrooms (sleeps 4)
  • Bed linen, towels and tea towels provided
  • Wifi internet
  • Walk to pub and shop
  • Woodburner
  • TV/DVD player/DVD library
  • DAB/internet streaming/Spotify
  • Books and games
  • Fenced garden with BBQ
  • Off road parking
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Explore the Norfolk Broads
  • Norfolk coast and beaches only 8 miles away
  • Dog friendly
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