Location

This is a delightful two bedroom Norfolk Cottage opposite the River Bure and on the outskirts of the quaint market town of Aylsham.
 
Aylsham is an ancient town and an excellent centre in the heart of Norfolk. It is about 10miles from the Broads, the North Norfolk Coast and Norwich.  Drabblegate River Cottage is one mile from the centre of Aylsham (so easily walkable) where shops, from supermarkets to family run businesses and several places to eat can be found.  The Georgian Market Place hosts weekly markets and on Mondays the sale yards, which are a few minutes walk from the market place have  auctions  of bric-a-brac, furniture and local produce. On some other days of the month there are fine art auctions. There are Farmers Markets in the Market Place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings each month.

One of England’s great Jacobean houses, Blickling Hall, is to be found 3 miles from Aylsham.  It is famed for its spectacular long gallery which has a Jacobean plaster ceiling and a remarkable collection of 12,000 books. The gardens have colour all the year round and the 4700 acre estate has many good walks.  Drabblegate River Cottage overlooks water meadows which are on the eastern edge of the Blicking Estate.

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Railways;
Steam engine enthusiasts will enjoy the Bure Valley narrow gauge railway that starts in Aylsham and follows a 9 mile route along the Bure to Wroxham. The North Norfolk standard gauge railway is beautiful and runs from the coastal town of Sheringham to Holt. 
 
Boating;
It is a short journey to the Norfolk Broads and motor boats can be hired at Wroxham and Potter Heigham and sailing dinghies at Hickling. Canoes can be launched on the river opposite the cottage and it is a peaceful paddle through woods and meadows upstream to Ingworth Mill.  The more adventurous can paddle downstream to the sea over a few days!  A boat trip to Blakeney Point to see the seals should not be missed.
 
Walking;                                                                                                             The  lane in front of the cottage joins the Weavers Way which is a 57mile footpath from Great Yarmouth mostly along a disused railway line to Aylsham from where it heads north along footpaths in lovely countryside and  joins the North Norfolk Coastal Path at Cromer.  The lanes are quiet and very walkable, you can also walk alongside the narrow gauge railway to Wroxham.

Out and About;
Cromer with its famous end of pier theatre is a traditional English seaside resort.  To the west of Cromer is Blakeney Point which is an important National Trust bird sanctuary and seal colony. Further west are beautiful marshes which continue to Wells. Wells is a charming town with a small harbour. At Wells the most spectacular sandy beach in England runs west to Hunstanton with many pretty villages and bird sanctuaries. A visit to the Broads is a must, there are nature trips, hire boats, and trails.

Bird Watching;                                                                                                   Birds and wildlife make the Norfolk Coast special and there are numerous reserves along the coast. At Drabblegate River Cottage on the River Bure, owls can be seen hunting over the water meadows, there are ducks, geese, moorhen, heron and kingfishers on the river.  Fox, otter, hare and deer have all been  seen in the last year.

Fishing;                                                                                                           Only a rod licence is required to fish on the river Bure opposite the cottage. The usual coarse fish are found together with some trout. There is a trout fishery just upstream. There are numerous lakes and information is supplied.  The sea is very accessible and there is usually a boat which can take you sea fishing.

Cycling;                                                                                                           The cycling in the area is superb with very quiet lanes. I organise a leisure cycle group and can supply many routes with suitable pub stops. The Marriots Way starting in Aylsham is a 26mile old railway line  route to Norwich via Reepham - great for children.  I have some bicycles which are servicable and can be used FOC. (This is at your own risk and I don't have helmets etc).  Your own bikes can be left behind my house under a carport.

Golf;                                                                                                             There are many golf courses around Norwich and the spectacular cliff coastal courses at Cromer and Sheringham should not be missed.

Couples;                                                                                                                A discount of 10% is given to couples and from the kingsize bed upstairs there is a lovely view over the water meadows.  If it is chilly, the Jotul Wood Burning Stove in the lounge will soon bring warmth to the coldest day, a couple of cushions on the Afgan rug and a glass of bubbly by candle light completes the picture.

Eating Out;                                                                                                        There are several restaurants in Aylsham.  Good pub food is to be found at The Blackboys and indian at the Gate of India. The surrounding villages have excellent  gourmet pubs.  There are also 6 (at last count) takeaways in Aylsham.

Theatre;                                                                                                            The end of the pier show at Cromer is a summer and winter great experience, and the last remaining such show in Britain. Sheringham has a nice amateur theatre and there are about 4 in Norwich including the popular Theatre Royal which runs continuously with a huge variety of performances.

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