GetOutside Champion: Alan Parkinson
Alan is an award-winning geography teacher, and author, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Chartered Geographer.
With the wealth of things to see and do around the Broads, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to fit it all into one day. So why not make a mini-break or holiday of it and stay somewhere nearby? To give you some ideas we’ve rounded up some of the best accommodation options near to the Norfolk Broads:
Based in Wroxham, the small market town considered to be the capital of the Broads, this beautiful hotel is sat right on the banks of the River Bure. It’s a perfect location to explore the Broads and any of the surrounding areas. The hotel is fresh and contemporary, with eighteen en-suite rooms all of which offer free wifi. There’s also a great restaurant and waterside terrace on site which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea overlooking the peace and quiet of the river.
This gorgeous country house hotel is located in Coltishall, just west of Wroxham and again on the banks of the River Bure. Here, you not only get the choice of a wide selection of hotel rooms including deluxe, standard or suites, but also the opportunity to stay in a cottage or a summer house. If you don’t fancy venturing out for the day then you’ll have plenty to do at the Norfolk Mead Hotel – there are eight acres of grounds and a private lake to explore. What’s more, you can rent a day boat to take a trip onto the Broads themselves. Pets are welcome too.
If you want to get back to nature during your trip to the Broads, consider staying at Swallow Park for a luxury glamping experience. They have a wide range of bell tents available, kitted out to make them a home from home. Included within each one you will find a kitchen, wood burner, lounge area with settee and bean bags, and even a private bathroom. Luxury safari tents also come with their own hot tub. Swallow Park is located two miles from the Broads and just three miles from the wonderful sandy beach at Gorleston.
This country hotel is located on the banks of the river at Oulton Broad, just a few minutes away from the holiday town of Lowestoft with its golden sandy beaches and traditional seaside entertainment. With exposed beams and classically designed rooms a stay at Ivy House is a real treat. There’s a restaurant on site, plenty of other eateries in the local area, and also a massive 21 acres of garden to explore.
The Fritton Arms is a boutique hotel located in the picturesque village of Somerleyton – famous for the maze at Somerleyton Hall which is a really fun activity for all the family. There are just nine rooms at The Fritton Arms so you really feel special during your stay, or if you prefer, you can opt for one of the self-catering cottages, the glamping cowshed or a camping pitch for your own tent. The in-house restaurant serves wood-fired pizzas and a collection of local ales.