Waterside Properties – Easter Holiday Availability

Easter is fast approaching and we are all ready for the long weekend and Half Term Holiday.  If it is just a bit too chilly for you to get out on a boat, have a look at our lovely Norfolk Broads waterside properties – we do still have limited availability.

  • Heron – 2nd April – 4 nights – sleeps 8 to 10 – £801
  • Waterside – 6th April – 3 nights – sleeps 8 – £801
  • Spinnaker – 6th April – 7 nights – sleeps 8 – £1,059
  • Coot – 6th April – 3 nights – sleeps 8 to 10 – £801
  • Grebe – 6th April – 3 nights – sleeps 8 to 10 – £801

Don’t forget that you will also have the use of a Day Boat for the duration of your stay – FREE OF CHARGE!

Beautiful Norfolk has a holiday for every age and taste

We may be a bit biased by we honestly think that Norfolk has more to offer than any other area in the UK.
And with the thaw just setting in and icicles dripping from rooftops now is the time to dream of summer holidays, whether slowly meandering from pub to pub on the Broads or visiting Norwich’s Norman castle or Cathedral or simply taking advantage of the miles of footpaths across fields of barley or wheat from village to village.
There are also enormous sandy beaches – if you haven’t spent a day on the sands at Holkham or Wells then you haven’t seen how beautiful an unspoiled a beach can be.
There are also the small coastal villages of Sheringham and Cromer, which grew up in the Victorian days when the railways arrived and became the summer holiday retreats of well-to-do Londoners.
Nowadays they are famous for their crabs and many small shops sell them fresh boiled, delicious and a bargain.
You can often see the boats coming back to the beaches with baskets of crabs and sometimes you can buy them directly from, the fishermen.
And why not try ‘the poor man’s asparagus’ samphire, picked from the sandy estuaries around Blakeney, another local delicacy.
And while we have your taste buds salivating, there are mussel beds at Blakeney and neighbouring Morston. Fresh mussels are also readily available from village shops near the coast.
And what other county can boast the huge Norfolk skies, ever changing, sometimes purple to black as rain threatens, at other times the palest pink down to fiery red as the summer sun sets over fields and seas and rivers.
We may be biased, but you’d be amazed at how much our county has to offer, whether it be the bustle of the city or Great Yarmouth or the tranquillity of hamlets where people still have time to stop and chat.
Not for nothing are we looked on as a Royal county with the Queen’s private house at Sandringham set in acres of parkland some of which is open to the public.
And if you like visiting the best of British stately homes the county has some wonderful buildings, from the better known Blickling Hall, home of Anne Boleyn, to the lesser known histotic Felbrigg Hall.
We think Norfolk has everything. Even locals find hidden corners where time seems to have stood still for centuries.
And we live here!

Christmas Shopping Weekends

Is the thought of Christmas shopping sending you into a panic?  The stress of finding that perfect present along with all the pushing and shoving and horn blowing that goes with city centre shopping, it’s not a great start to the Festive season is it?

This year why not combine your Christmas shopping with a short break to the Norfolk Broads.  Our two bedroomed properties Rivers Edge and River View, both have en-suite bathrooms making them perfect for families or for two couples to share, and at just £376 for short break it makes an affordable treat just before Christmas.

Roys of Wroxham said to be the ‘largest village store in the world’ has everything you could need from present ideas, decorations, festive food and lots, lots more.  What’s more it is just a five minute walk from Barnes Brinkcraft so no need to queue for a car parking space either. 





If you do want to go into Norwich city centre, you can take the train from Wroxham station.  Norwich is listed as one of the Top 10 places to shop in the UK.  Shopping in Norwich is a unique experience with high street stores, designer brands, independent shops and quirky goods are all on offer.  Outside of London’s Oxford Street, Norwich is the only place in the UK to have 4 national department stores as well as a local independent department store, Jarrold, within its city centre.

There is still lots going on in Wroxham out of the main holiday season, so while those who want to can go shopping, there’s the option for fishing from outside your door, the local pubs and restaurants are still open and the Bure Valley Railway offers their ‘Santa Special‘ trips from the 24th November until the 24th of December, so a chance for the little ones to see Santa with their wish lists. 

A little further afield the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is on from the 9th of November until the 23rd of December, “the biggest and most exciting Christmas show of all time in Britain.”  Booking is essential, see website for details.

You can book your accommodation on-line or by phone on 01603 782625 we’d be happy to help.  Don’t forget when booking accommodation you will also get the use of a Day Boat free of charge for the duration of your stay!

To get you into the Christmas spirit we will give you a bottle of Mulled Wine or Bubbly to enjoy during stay – please state which you would prefer when making you reservation.

Christmas shopping and fishing all on your doorstep

Probably the last thing you want to think about at the moment is Christmas, but it is only ten weeks away.

Why not take a short break or Autumn holiday in one of our waterside holiday homes, and do your Christmas shopping at the same time.  

Roys of Wroxham is a nationally renowned store on two sites right next to Wroxham’s famous bridge and within a 5 minutes walk of our holiday homes.  Thought to be the largest village store in the world you should be able to get everything you need in one place without having to play ‘elbow rugby’ in the large department stores in the city or fighting for parking spaces in the run up to Christmas.  Altogether a much more leisurely affair and you can even leave the gentlemen behind at the Lodge to fish – everyones happy!

Daisy Broad holiday home
Daisy Broad holiday home

Shoals of fish are currently leaving the faster flowing rivers for the yacht basins – closely followed by the predator Pike. 

If you do want to go into Norwich, there are all the main department stores and two large shopping malls, you can simply hop on the train a short walk away from your holiday home.  The city centre is less than a ten minute bus ride away.

Give us a call on 01603 782625 or book online

Christmas Shopping - altogether easier at Roys of Wroxham

Daisy Broad Lodges make the perfect setting for a Christmas or New Year break

If you are thinking of doing something different this year for Christmas or New Year, now is the best time to book your winter break on the Broads as we are offering a MASSIVE 30% discount on our brochure prices*.

Daisy Broad is a small and fairly unknown broad right in the middle of Wroxham, yet peaceful and packed with atmosphere.  Indeed, this is one of the best fishing areas in the winter as small fish seek refuge from the colder waters of the main river and the bigger predators follow them.

Daisy Broad waterside lodge

Great place for Christmas: Daisy Broad waterside lodge

The Broads take on a near ghostly atmosphere in winter with Coot calling from the fringes and big pike breaking the surface searching for the evening meal.




All of our lodges are named after birds you will almost certainly see while staying here. Coot, Grebe and Heron are tucked away to one side of the Broad whilst Mallard overlooks the river Bure and has a lawned garden ideal for fishing for that monster pike.

The main living areas are on the first floor giving excellent views over the water and are perfect for family breaks. All lodges can sleep eight to ten people.

Christmas & New Year  is magical on the Norfolk Broads – and you are assured of a warm welcome from the team at Barnes Brinkcraft

All self catering properties are fully equipped, there is ample parking and the lodges are centrally heated – and that is included in the price.

See our main web pages for more details on all our holidays, but if you would like to talk to a member of our team phone, Margaret on 01603 782625 who will be happy to help.

* Please note that discounts have been applied to our on-line rates to assist with the booking procedure.

Norfolk Broads boats designed for every sort of holiday

At Barnes Brinkcraft in the heart of the Norfolk Broads we have an unruvalled fleet of hire cruisers suitable for every holidaymaker.
So here we have three boats suitable for different people to give you a taste of what to look for and how to choose your holiday boat.

Brinks Royale

Brinks Royale

The Brinks Royal class is a two to four berth cruiser perfect for those wanting an al fresco holiday in the sun.
There is a large sheltered sun trap cockpit perfect for relaxing over a a glass of wine and a picnic and with two double berths in the cockpit and salon.
She is easy to steer with a bow thruster to make it particularly easy to moor, but full instruction is given before you start your holiday.
A week’s holiday costs from £570 to £1090 and you can also take a shorter break, please give us a ring for more details.

Brinks Sonnet

Brinks Sonnet

The Brinks Sonnet is perfect for the older holiday maker, being particularly easy to control and move around as it is all on one level with forward steering and a split sliding canopy over the saloon.
There are two double beds in the cabin and saloon and a separate shower room with a powerful shower.
There is a bow thruster for easy mooring and control.
To hire the Brinks Sonnet costs from £600 to £1095 depending on the season.
Have a browse on our web site for a really large selection of boats you cabin hire on the Norfolk Broads and for a wide selection of holiday flats and apartments available.

Customer Comments – Daisy Broad Lodges – ‘Coot’

Daisy Broad Lodges really are perfect for large families or groups of friends to get together and enjoy the Norfolk Broads.

Take a look at what our previous guests thought of this accommodation.

The Foster Family, October 2010
We had a great time, lovely house and enjoyed the use of the day boat moored outside.

Harvey & Bland Familes, December 2010
A great house, really beautiful.  Shame the Broad was frozen, would be great to come back and do some sailing.

The Stainton & Girolestone Families, March 2011
As usual Barnes is Best!!  Lovely week, many thanks.

The Stainton Family, March 2011
Lovely house, nice weather, beds comfy and very cosy.  Nice to sit on the balcony early in the mornings, saw the black swan.

O’Gorman Family, Australia, July 2011
Amazing spot, enjoyed the views and wildlife.  A wonderful week, thank you.

The Bradford Party, September 2011
Throughly recommend the Lodge, everything you could wish for.  Very impressed with Barnes Brinkcraft set up.

The Smith & Thompson Families, October 2011
Superb facilities, everything available and service friendly and efficient.  Have booked  for next year as has such a good time.

The Smyth & O’Neill Families, South Africa December 2011
Enjoyed a really relaxing Christmas week in The Coot.  Very cosy and ideal for a big family.  Lovely area and so much to explore. Thank you.

Lucys’ Hen Party, May 2012
What an amazing weekend.  We have had a great time and the boat just made it extra special.  Would definitely come back again.  LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT !!!!!

Customer Comments – The Sail Loft

The Sail Loft ‘apartment style’ self catering properties can sleep up to eight people comfortably with their spacious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.  They are perfect for groups of friends or large families to get together.

This is what our recent guests had to say about their stay – thank you to all who left comments in our books, we do appreciate it.

The Sail Loft

The Buckley Party, October 2011

An excellent time was had by all on our 7th visit here and already booked for next year.



The Ward Family, February 2012

We had a lovely stay.  The accommodation was lovely and clean and the boat was very relaxing and fun.  What more could you possibly want?

The Bennett & Bell Families, February 2012
A really great play to stay with your families.  A great place to see the Broads, loved the balconies!

The Stiff Family, February 2012
Another great holiday, laid back and relaxing as usual.  Well done Barnes Brinkcraft.

1st Waltham Scouts, February 2012
Yet another great pirate party weekend!

The Wiggins Family, November 2011
A fantastic place, didn’t want to go home!  Will return as soon as possible.

If you are thinking about a self catering holiday on the Norfolk Broads, give us a call and we can help by suggesting the best property for your requirements.

Customer Comments – The Boathouse – ‘River View’

Here are some more of our lovely customer comments, this time by from our guest book in ‘River View’.  Thank you to everyone who commented – here are just a few.   We must be doing something right, take a look at the comments from the Toovey family, their 4th visit to Barnes Brinkcraft!!

The Boathouse – River View

The Huggens Family, March 2011

Nice views from River View, enjoyed the use of the day boat.  Would recommend a trip to Ranworth Broad and then climb the steps of the church tower for fantastic views.  Also, lovely walk at the Horsey Windpump.

Dan, Cherie & William, April 2011

Had a fab time messing around on the river, see you next year.

Sue & John, May 2011

We brought our bikes and cycled around the quieter roads.  Took a day boat out twice and used our OAP bus passes to go to Stalham and Norwich.  A great holiday, thanks.

Richard & Mandy, September 2011

Our third visit to these properties had a great time.

The Evans Family, November 2011

Another enjoyable holiday, even more so than last year!  Can’t wait until 2012.  Having a day boat for the week is excellent and Wroxham on the doorstep is good too.  The carvery in the Kings Head is excellent.

The Toovey Family, January 2012

A big thank you to all the staff for a great time our 4th visit.  We will be back again.

The Bagguley Family, February 2012-04-22

Enjoyed our time in Wroxham even though it was snowy.  We weren’t able to take the boat out because of the weather but the apartment was lovely and warm. Good food at the Green Man at Rackheath and Kings Head in Wroxham.  Loved ‘Roys’, loads of bargains to be had.

Hadi Family, March 2012  

A very relaxing time, accommodation excellent, staff in Reception very helpful.  Would recommend to others.

Barnes Brinkcraft holiday cottages and riverside accommodation provide excellent accommodation for your waterside holiday.  We have something for everyone, Sleeping from 4 right up to large parties of 18, perfect for friends getting together or large family gatherings.

Customer Comments – The Boathouse – ‘Rivers Edge’

We have had some fantastic comments in our guest book by our people who have stayed in ‘Rivers Edge’.  Thank you to everyone who commented – here are just a few.   We must be doing something right, take a look at the comments from Mr & Mrs Sankey – their 19th visit to Barnes Brinkcraft!!

The Boathouse, Wroxham

The Cutler Family, June 2011

We have enjoyed our second stay here, made full use of the day boat – it’s tempting to hire a bigger boat to explore further next year.

The Barber Family, June 2011

Very well equipped accommodation, comfy beds so a great nights sleep.  Home from home, very restful.  Staff very helpful, will come again.

Blyth Family, September 2011

Have had another lovely relaxing holiday in Wroxham, have stayed in Sail Loft twice and our first time in here – both excellent.  Loved having use of the boat, plenty of amenities nearby.

Sankey Family, September 2011 

Our 19th year with Barnes Brinkcraft, stayed in both Lodges and boats, always high standard maintained and a warm welcome from Jill, Daniel, Mathew and helpful members of staff.  Would recommend the Chinese Restaurant at the station – eat all you can!!  All in all a happy 6th wedding anniversary.

Bowden Family, Christmas/New Year 2011

Our second stay here and just as good as the first visit.  Home from home and very relaxing.  The day boat was a bonus and was great for the boys to go fishing.  Excellent food at the Kings Head Coltishall.

Riversedge in the Boathouse is available for weekly holidays or short breaks, sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms.  Fantastic wrap around balcony with river views.