Where to find it 
Wroxham is the flagship village of the Broads and definitely the place to be if you like the idea of a riverside holiday but without being cut off from civilisation. A bustling boating paradise, you’ll find a tourist-driven community with gift shops, restaurants and the legendary Roy’s Department Store (which is slowly dominating the land), but most importantly an environment where everyone simply loves messing about on the river. Three miles further along (around 1hour to 90 minutes by boat) you’ll discover the delightful Horning, a less commercial village with the best deli for miles around (see our review of The Galley). Continue up stream to discover endless beautiful hamlets, stunning scenery and secluded waterways. Love the river by day but prefer solid ground by night? Then you’ll find no self-catering place better than Willow Reach.

What to expect
Part of a small complex of individual properties on what is almost a platoon with waterways all round, Willow Reach’s front porch overlooks a picturesque marina of moored boats. With a small gated entrance and table and chairs this is a relaxing spot secluded from passers-by. The rear of the property, accessed by patio doors and a small veranda, is a grassed open area with beautiful willows trees (hence the cottage’s title, no doubt) that provide welcome shade on scorching days which the Broads surprising see a lot being by water yet inland. There’s a huge decked platform by the water’s edge that will become your favourite spot to unwind and watch the comings and goings of river life from. Being right by the famous low bridge of Wroxham, traffic along this stretch of river is busy and provides hours of chilled-out relaxing entertainment. Then when you fancy some exercise, take a gentle stroll through the alleyways past yacht builders and the like and in five minutes you’re in the centre of town. What’s even better is if you decide to hire a boat for your stay, you can moor it, with permission, right outside your house – convenient hey?

The Property itself
I cannot shout about the accommodation enough. My family loved it so much they booked again for the following year the day they got back. It sleeps four – two rooms; one double, one twin beds. Both bedrooms are immaculately presented with modern decor and stylish furnishings. The lounge diner follows this contemporary theme and is comfortable and classy throughout. There’s a free-standing freezer and a microwave; no washing machine but there is a launderette and also wifi on site. The owner, June Fysh, is a pleasant caring soul who will help you however she can. She even accommodated my very nervous cat who thoroughly enjoyed her holiday getting to know the local resident heron named Harry. I wholeheartedly recommend this place as a perfect base for exploring the Broads.

The details
Willow reach is available for full weeks (ranging from £232 low season to £664 high season) and short breaks (ranging from £205 low season to £550 high season). Change-over day is flexible; ring or email to book direct with the owner.

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