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Martham Mill

Martham, Norfolk, England
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Norfolk Windmill with Day Boat in Broadland. Sleeps 4 - bookings 7 nights with Friday arrival from May to November. Popular place!

This unique property offers you the opportunity to stay in a Norfolk Windmill. Martham Mill was built in 1908 by well respected and admired Millwright, Dan England. Martham Mill, also known as Bracys Mill and has stood proudly overlooking the River Thurne and Hickling Broad for over a century. The Windmill has been sensitively renovated in order not to detract from its original purpose but still has all the modern facilities you require to enjoy your holiday.

The Mill stands by itself in an enclosed garden surrounded by idyllic Broadland Marshes and can be reached by boat or a 10 minute walk along a concrete path from your individual car parking space.

Just stepping across the River Path onto the privately owned Mill Moorings you have your own seating area where you can picnic, fish, birdwatch, imagine Nelson as a young man learning to sail on Hickling Broad, watch the life on the River Thurne and adjacent Hickling Norfolk Wildlife Trust or just sit and do nothing.

On these moorings is Misty day boat, the use of this boat is included in the price of your stay. This really is the best way to explore The Norfolk Broads, you will be given full instruction, buoyancy aids, fuel and full insurance.  

If you wish to bring your own sailing boat that is fine too, as there are sufficient moorings for your use but please advise upon booking.

Around the mill within the enclosed garden are lovely areas to sit with seating provided to enjoy the most splendid evening views across uninterrupted countryside, sit quietly and you may see Barn Owls and Marsh Harriers.

The Mill sleeps up to 4. There are 2 upward steps to enter the Mill, 2 downward steps to go into the ground floor extension where the bathroom is located. The access to the second bedroom for 2 people to sleep is via a wooden ladder so guests must be agile and possibly just a little adventurous! Please note that you will have to pass through the first floor bedroom to get to the second floor bedroom.  

As you enter on the ground floor you will find an open plan living area with comfy seating, a round table for dining, which has been fashioned around the main wooden Mill Shaft, television, fitted kitchen complete with dishwasher, fridge and Mill Cog Wheel!

2 steps down will take you to the ground floor extension, here you will find your bathroom complete with shower. In this extension are viewing windows of adjacent woodland where you can sit and watch the small songbirds.   

From the hall you have an external door which leads to your secluded seating area.

On the first floor, which is accessed via a hand made ‘standard style’ wooden staircase you will find the double bedroom, complete with double bed, wardrobe, drawers but most importantly the most splendid Broadland views. The second floor bedroom is accessed via a ladder and not a standard set of stairs.  This room has two single 2’6’’ beds. 

Bed linen, towels, tea towels and household items are provided and beds are made for your arrival. Electric heating is included.

You can bring your doggy friend on holiday here at no extra cost and enjoy long walks without even getting into your car.  Martham village has food stores, chemist, post office, fish and chips, takeaway, butchers and public houses. The local village of Potter Heigham offers a dog friendly pub and cafe, large store selling food and loads more and a huge fishing tackle shop. You can get to Potter Heigham by river.

To enjoy the peace of the smaller water inlets,  the owner can arrange canoe hire for you. paddle boarding can be arrnaged too.

You can access the beach at Horsey by taking Misty across Horsey Broad and then walking 2.5 miles to the Dog Friendly beach.  At Horsey you will find another windmill recently renovated but you can’t stay in this one! Cafes and toilets are here too, so well worth a days visit.  

Prices for 2020 range from £575-£975 for a week. Prices for 2021 range from £695-£1200 for a week. This pricing is valid for 1-4 guests.

Dogs welcome at no charge.

The owner is happy to discuss a holiday in this unique piece of Norfolk history, you will be made very welcome and will never forget your holiday in a Norfolk Windmill. Closed in winter.

Please note this is STRICTLY a no smoking property.

Room Types

Double
Twin

Nearest Airport/s

Norwich