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Flagstaff East

  • Burnham Overy Staithe
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • 5
  • 3
  • 1

from £ 805 to £ 1,490 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Flagstaff House was once the home of Captain Woodget of the Cutty Sark and is situated in a prime position at Burnham Overy Staithe. The house is now divided into two and may be rented with Flagstaff West to sleep 11 people, or with Flagstaff Cottage and Boathouse to sleep up to 23.

The East Wing provides accommodation for 5 with stunning views across the creek, the staithe and out to sea.


  • The house is just a short walk away from The Hero Pub
  • Located right on the Staithe with great sea views.
  • Duvets and pillows are natural down and feather


  • The stairs are very steep with a narrow tread
  • The garden is shared with the other 4 Flagstaff properties
  • There is a cot, highchair, and stairgate available if required
  • The house is now divided into two and may be rented with Flagstaff West to sleep 11 people, or along with Flagstaff Cottage, Boathouse and the Garden House to sleep up to 25.
  • The Laundry room is in an out-house with washing machine, tumble drier, ironing board and sink, this is shared with Flagstaff West and Garden House
  • Off road parking in the large communal parking area.

Ground Floor

There are stone floors throughout. Entrance hall leading into . .

Sitting Room: Lovely spacious room with bay windows and an open fireplace, two sofas, chairs, TV/DVD.

Kitchen: Spacious and well-equipped with built-in oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, walk-in larder and a large seating area with table and chairs for 8.

Bathroom: Bath with electric shower over, WC, hand basin, heating towel rail and airing cupboard.

There is a very steep straight staircase with a hand rail to the first floor.

First Floor

Bedroom 1: Has lovely side views to the harbour. A spacious room with a king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, built-in cupboard and a wash basin.

Bedroom 2: Twin beds with lovely sea views, bedside table and lamp, built-in wardrobe.

Bedroom 3: Single bed with lovely sea views, cupboard, shelves.

Duvets and pillows are natural down and feather


Laundry Room: In an out-house with washing machine, tumble drier, ironing board and sink. This is shared with the West Wing.

There is a large garden, mainly lawned with garden furniture. The garden is shared with 4 other Flagstaff properties.

One dog is welcome, subject to owners agreement, for a fee of £40.00 per dog.



A picturesque fishing and sailing harbour with multiple winding tidal creeks and salt marshes stretching from the harbour side and leading to sand dunes: the biggest known as Gun Hill. From Burnham Overy Staithe you can take a scenic walk to Gun Hill which takes about half an hour. In the summer there is lovely wildlife to be spotted including wading birds and beautiful butterflies. A gap in the dunes, locally known as Burnham Harbour, opens up and there are miles of golden sandy beaches stretching out towards Holkham and Wells to be admired. During the summer there is a ferry out to the nature reserve of Scolt Head Island which is a lovely trip for bird watchers and seal spotters.


An area of outstanding natural beauty, the village is a large hamlet and a great destination for your stay. The views across the harbour are lovely whatever time of year you decide to visit. There is a great little gastro pub in the centre of the village called The Hero (in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson) which has a great menu of tasty dishes. Also, in the centre of the village there is a large playing field with hard tennis courts and basketball area and a children’s playground. Just outside the village is the noticeable landmark of the stunning six-storey Burnham Overy Windmill and neighbouring watermill, although neither are open to the public, they stand proud on the edge of the village, a beautiful sight when the sun catches the sails against Norfolk's big blue skies. In June Burnham Overy Staithe hosts the popular Norfolk Superhero Challenge, a quadraphonic event where teams of 2 work together to swim, kayak, cycle and run across the beaches and through the creeks. A lovely charity event to spectate. To pop to one of the other coastal villages you can catch the Coasthopper Bus which runs along the coast through many of the delightful villages and seaside towns - a great green way to explore the coast and without the worry of where to park!


Part of Burnham Overy was the original port for The Burnhams and set on the river Burn. Trading ships once reached the village by the river until the end of the Middle Ages when the river silted up and along with it the commercial trade. Until the end of the First World War the trading ships used the Staithe. This made a distinction between the two villages Burnham Overy Town and Burnham Overy Staithe that exist a mile apart from one another today. The most notable resident of Burnham Overy Staithe is Richard Woodget who resided at one of our cottages Flagstaff East/West and was the captain of the Cutty Sark. Horatio, Admiral Lord Nelson according to letters learned to row and sail a dinghy at Burnham Overy Staithe at the age of 10 just two years before joining the Navy.


A great central location on the north Norfolk Coast right on the coastal path ideal for popping on your walking books and walking for about 30 minutes to reach the glorious wide open beach. If you are looking for family days out there are the beaches of Wells and Brancaster where you can park nearby and reach the beaches within a few steps.

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Guest reviews

We may have lost count, but we think this was our 5th visit to Flagstaff East, and it has become a real 'home from home'. Just being so close to the water at Overy Staithe makes us supremely happy. We can't recommend a trip on John Thompson's Welcome Ferry enough. This time we walked out to Gun Hill along the Sea Bank and telephoned John to come and collect us. Not only did he carry us back to the Staithe, but added a little jaunt upstream in for good measure. Magical!

The Pearson's, 13th of May 2024

We enjoyed staying at the cottage, which is situated right on the staithe and had everything we needed in terms of kitchen equipment and domestic furnishings.

The Warbutons, 8th of April 2024

A perfect location to explore the coast and surrounding areas.The sitting room and wood burner were a particularly pleasant place to stay on a winters evening.

The Scott's, 2nd of January 2024

Our family of 9 totally enjoyed a week at Flagstaff East and West, especially once the connecting door was opened between the kitchens. The upper floor has wonderful vieww of the harbor and sunsets. We spent hours watching the tides flow in and out, hiked to the dunes, kayaked and visited the beaches and National Trust properties in the area. There was no shortage of activities for our family aged 15 to ... well, pretty old. The kitchens were well equipped and lounge areas pleasant.

The Max's, 23rd of August 2023

Beautiful spacious house in a brilliant location. Highlights seeing 2 deer in the garden!

The Richmond's, 19th of June 2023

Excellent location, perfect base for a autumn/winter break

The Bailey's, 12th of November 2022

I liked the position and the space. 10 out of 10 for cleanliness and we would stay at Flagstaff East again!

Samantha , 6th of July 2020
Key Booked Arrival date


Sat 13 Apr 2024Fri 24 May 2024£865 / week
Sat 25 May 2024Fri 31 May 2024£1280 / week
Sat 1 Jun 2024Fri 5 Jul 2024£945 / week
Sat 6 Jul 2024Fri 30 Aug 2024£1490 / week
Sat 31 Aug 2024Fri 20 Sep 2024£945 / week
Sat 21 Sep 2024Fri 18 Oct 2024£865 / week
Sat 19 Oct 2024Fri 1 Nov 2024£985 / week
Sat 2 Nov 2024Fri 20 Dec 2024£805 / week
Sat 21 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£1490 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Fri 4 Apr 2025£825 / week
Sat 5 Apr 2025Fri 25 Apr 2025£1195 / week
Sat 26 Apr 2025Fri 23 May 2025£890 / week
Sat 24 May 2025Fri 30 May 2025£1315 / week
Sat 31 May 2025Fri 4 Jul 2025£970 / week
Sat 5 Jul 2025Fri 5 Sep 2025£1530 / week
Sat 6 Sep 2025Fri 12 Sep 2025£1315 / week
Sat 13 Sep 2025Fri 26 Sep 2025£970 / week
Sat 27 Sep 2025Fri 17 Oct 2025£890 / week
Sat 18 Oct 2025Fri 31 Oct 2025£1010 / week
Sat 1 Nov 2025Fri 19 Dec 2025£825 / week
Sat 20 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£1530 / week

Prices shown includes a £30 booking fee.

Booking information

If your required start date is not the usual changeover day, then please call us on 01328 730880 or email.

Please also read our Booking Conditions.

The changeover day for this property is Saturday.

Deposit Payable - 33% of total rent

Balance payable 28 days prior to arrival

Please note that smoking is not permitted in any of our cottages

All Sowerbys holiday cottages are supplied with bed linen and towels and the cost of heating is included in the rental price.

Electric Vehicle charging

Cars may only be charged if there is an EV charging point fitted at the property. The cost of electricity is NOT included in the rental price and Sowerbys Holiday Cottages must be notified if the charger is used and an additional surcharge will be made. Due to insurance purposes, guests must never charge their car using a standard outdoor plug or an extension cable linking to a domestic plug. This is not permitted because of fire regulations regarding wiring, earthing rods and voltage restrictions; it poses a serious fire risk to standard 13 amp sockets and there is a real danger that the body of the vehicle could become live.

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