About The Norfolk Broads
Recognised as the landmark of our county, the Norfolk Broads is an inland labyrinth of more than 120 miles of man-made waterways. A unique landscape of rivers, forests, marshes and countryside the Broads is a national park providing an enormously important habitat to a diverse array of wildlife. Wroxham lies at the heart of the northern Broad and is an ideal base for anyone who enjoys being near the water. Connected to Hoveton on the other side of the River Bure, the villages are popular (especially in the height of the season) but manage to retain a serene feel. There is a good choice of restaurants, shops and boating opportunities as well as the famous Roy’s of Wroxham – which claims to be the largest village shop in the world! A little to the east, on the north bank of the River Bure, is Horning, famous for its sailing club. Along the water’s edge pretty homes, inviting restaurants and pubs make this one of the most picturesque villages in the Broads.
On the other side of the river is Woodbastwick with its idyllic village green and thatched cottages. It is also home to Woodforde’s Brewery, a popular attraction with its own pub next door where a pint of its fine Norfolk Beer can be sampled. From riverside walks and perfect picnic spots, to water sports and visitor attractions, the Broads has so much to offer but still allows life to flow with laidback pace
As the centre of The Broads, Wroxham offers a varied selection of property from cosy bungalows that are ideal for weekend getaways, a range of newly built homes to substantial detached family homes with a riverside mooring. Horning offers a similar array of property, again providing great opportunity if you are looking for a home next to the water. There is plenty of character to be found around the villages of the Broads with quaint thatched cottages, rural barn conversions and impressive period homes presenting further opportunities to live the countryside dream.
What you’ll get for your money
In Wroxham, an average three-bedroom bungalow costs around £300,000 and a typical four- to five-bedroom property starts at around £380,000. Riverside homes in Wroxham with mooring or private dyke can fetch from £700,000 to £2million. In Horning, typical three-to four-bedroom family homes start from around £350,000. Rental rates start at around £800 a month for a three-bedroom property.
Two-bedroom cottages in the Broads area start from around £250,000 and you can expect to achieve rental rates of around £650 per month. As you would expect from this area, highly sought-after roads adjoining the water and riverside mooring carry a premium with both rental and sale properties
What else can you expect from The Norfolk Broads?
A hotspot for visitors, there is plenty on offer for residents too, with great facilities around the Broads. Boat hire is readily available with many other ways to enjoy the water too, including canoe tours, passenger cruises, fishing and cycling via scenic riverside tracks. Exhilarating water action comes in the form of the Three Rivers Race, hosted annually by the Horning Sailing Club. This prestigious event dates back to 1961 and is one of the biggest inland yacht races in Europe.
Away from the water, Wroxham Barns is an attraction for all the family, complete with a farm park, crafts and eateries. Children will love visiting Bewilderwood near Hoveton, a woodland adventure park like no other. Iconic of the Broads are the windmills or wind pumps that adorn the horizon. Some of these historic buildings are open to the public (Horsey Wind pump is managed by the National Trust) and it’s a real treat to look inside to find out why they are so important to the surrounding landscape. Other places of interest include the Museum of the Broads at Stalham and Blickling Hall near the market town of Aylsham. A magnificent red-brick mansion, well worth a visit and host to a proms weekend in August. In the same month, Aylsham also holds its annual show, a highlight of the agricultural calendar.
As one of the most navigable waterways in the country, the Broads offer excellent connections across the region by boat. The central towns of Wroxham and Hoveton are just over seven miles to the North East of Norwich, and Horning is only a little further. All are also well positioned for the coast and access onto the main A47 and A11 routes. There is a good bus service throughout the region covering all the main towns and villages, with regular trips in and out of the city. From Norwich, there is a half hourly train service to London Liverpool Street with a journey time of approximately 1 hour 50 minutes. The Bure Valley Railway runs between Aylsham and Wroxham.
The governing authority for some areas of the Broads such as Wroxham and Aylsham is Broadland District Council, tax bands for which can be found here. North Norfolk District Council governs most of the remaining area including the towns or Horning and Hoveton, details of tax bands for this region can be found here. There are more than 20 primary schools within a five mile radius of Wroxham, all of which have been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted. In the wider locality of the Broads there are many more options from nursery to sixth form, including leading independent schools such as Norwich School and Norwich High School for Girls in the city, just a stone’s throw away. Norwich is home to the University of East Anglia, providing further and higher education opportunities across four faculties.
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