The Norfolk Broads is a wonderful place to visit. It is traditionally known for boat travel so you might be wondering where to stay? Herbert Woods have many boats that you can hire out for several days and go up and down the waterways. But if you are looking for somewhere on land then they also have a range of cottages and apartments that you can stay in. I stayed in their Dragonfly Apartment for 3 days and it was a great place to base myself from for exploring the Norfolk Broads.
Are you interested in hiring a boat for the day? Read about my day on the Norfolk Broads here, where I even had the chance to play Captain!
Dragonfly Apartment, Herbert Woods, Broads Haven, Bridge Road, Potter Heigham, Norfolk, NR29 5JF
Herbert Woods is located in Potter Heigham, a small town in the Norfolk Broads. It’s about 30 minutes drive from Norwich.
- Large kitchen with dishwasher
- Comfy lounge area and TV
- Overlooking waterside
- 2 bedrooms
- Bathroom with bath/shower
- Bedding and towels included
- Next to boat reception
- 3 waterside apartments (sleeps up to 4 people)
- 10 waterside holiday cottages (sleeps up to 4-9 people)
- Apartment from £242 (based on 3 nights)*
*Holiday apartments options for 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 21 nights. Prices vary depending on the number of nights. All rates correct at time of writing. For latest rates click here: Apartment & Cottage rates
Arrival and Check-in at Herbert Woods
Reception is within Herbert Woods’ premises, through a coded barrier. I was emailed this beforehand so make sure you keep it handy! The number is 1234, haha sorry not really, I’m afraid I can’t tell you!!
Check-in is very brief and not very personal. Instead, I’m given a welcome pack which includes important information about your stay and useful phone numbers too. I am told where the apartments are, I had already guessed as it’s a very obvious block in the middle of the car park. If you’re staying in one of the cottages there’s a little map inside showing you where each one is as these are dotted around the place.
I’m given two identical looking keys, one for the front door and one for the apartment. It would have been handy for them to be colour coded. Every time I tried to get in I used the wrong key first! Very annoying when you have bags in your arms!
The apartment block has designated parking for each apartment. Even with the name Dragonfly Apartment on it. I was also given a car park permit that you were supposed to hang from the car. Mine spent the entire time on the coffee table but clearly wasn’t a problem. Although maybe my memory is!
There are three apartments within the block, two on the first floor and one more on the second floor. Mine is up a short flight of stairs on the first floor.
The kitchen overlooks the lounge area so great for socialising. I didn’t do much chatting, other than to myself! I did enjoy having the 3 seater sofa all to myself. There’s also a small dining table, next to the kitchen area. I generally used it as a camera dumping area but I’m pretty sure you could eat off it too!
There’s a twin bedroom next to the lounge and the double bedroom is at the back facing the car park. Since there’s no picturesque view it would have been nice to have blinds on these windows. I felt a bit on show so ended up drawing the curtains instead which meant no natural light.
The bathroom has two doors so acts as an en-suite and the main bathroom, a nice touch but not really necessary. Bonus for me though because there’s a bath as well as a shower. I’m a serious bath addict so will always jump in one if I get the chance.
The apartment was a great place to stay during my time in the Norfolk Broads. It was clean and a pleasant place to stay. Potter Heigham is a quiet area, there aren’t lots of things to do directly from the apartment. You could go for a lovely walk down by the water in a bit of a loop. But if you had a car it was easy enough to get around and explore more The Broads. Or of course, you could try out the day boats, which I would highly recommend.
Another lovely touch was the ‘Privilege Card’ they give you on arrival. There’s a booklet that goes with it and it’s full of discounts for places around the Norfolk Broads so you can save money as you go!
Travelling by boat on the Norfolk Broads really is a wonderful day out. Defintely add it to your bucket list now 🙂
Overall, it was a wonderful way to end my tour of the UK National Parks!
For further information or to book go to www.herbertwoods.co.uk
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*I was a guest of Herbert Woods at Dragonfly Apartment. However, all views and opinions are my own.
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