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Little Tern

  • Burnham Overy Staithe
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2

from £ 755 to £ 1,140 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Little Tern is an extremely well presented and equipped spacious two bedroom two bathroom bungalow in the heart of the sought after village of Burnham Overy Staithe within easy reach of the coastal path the beach and marshes and local gastropub, The Hero. Little Tern has the added benefit of being located on a quiet private lane, set in good-sized grounds with a front and rear gardens, the rear garden being enclosed dog and child-friendly. There is ample private parking with space for cars and small boats. A secure garage is available upon request which is perfectly suited for storing bicycles (not suitable for cars). Being only minutes walk from the sea, this is an ideal place for 2 couples, families or less mobile guests to stay throughout the year with its two comfortable bedrooms one en-suite and the light and airy open plan living area with wood burner.


  • The quiet location, along a small private no-through road, close to the harbour
  • The light and spacious accommodation and lovely enclosed garden
  • Plenty of space to park cars and boats in the front driveway


  • Open plan layout for kitchen, dining and sitting areas
  • A secure garage is available upon request, perfect for storing bicycles
  • Only a few minutes walk to the barbour, coastal path and The Hero pub

All on ground floor

Entrance hall: with oak flooring and space for coats and boots storage.

There is a light and spacious open plan L-shaped kitchen/sitting/dining area with oak flooring throughout.

Kitchen: a well-equipped kitchen with an integral electric double oven, halogen hob, integral fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and a microwave. There is a door leading through to the conservatory. The kitchen area leads directly through into the sitting/dining area.

Sitting/dining room: has large windows overlooking the front garden. There is a wood-burning stove, a dining table with a bench seat and 4 chairs (seating up to 6 people), comfortable sofa, chair, flat screen digital TV, DVD player and a coffee table plus occasional lamps.

Conservatory: with wicker sofa and chair overlooking the rear garden.

Bedroom 1: has a king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. There is an en-suite shower room: walk-in shower with large drencher head, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 2: has twin beds, bedside tables and lamps and a chest of drawers.

Bathroom: has a bath with shower over, hand basin and WC.


Little Tern is quietly located in Glebe Lane which is a private unmade road close to the harbour. There is plenty of off-street parking space for cars and boats in the shingle drive at the front of the house.

There is a large garden to the back and front of the property with open access to the sides. There are established shrub and flower beds and a patio area with outside furniture and a barbecue.

It is only a couple of minutes walk to the harbour and coastal path and also to the good local pub.

Whilst dogs are permitted at the property they are charged at £35 per dog and the owners politely request that they are not permitted on the furniture or in the bedrooms.


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

Excellent location with a great garden for the dog. Cottage has everything you need. Walking on the staithe down to the beach and pine woods.

The Shaw's, 11th of June 2024

Another enjoyable week in this lovely little bungalow. It feels a real home from home and so close to the coastal path. We're already booked for next year. Clean and comfortable and well furnished- we recommend it.

The Bartram's, 20th of May 2024

An excellent comfortable, clean and well equipped property. Could not have wanted anything better. Also ideal for my little dog. Property ideally positioned for exploring north east Norfolk and further afield.

Dr Whistance, 3rd of February 2024

Stayed a few times here, it never disappoints home from home. Long walks on Holkham Beach and lovely pub lunches.

The Mitchell's, 23rd of October 2023

We have already booked again for next year, think this says it all!!

The Tate's, 11th of September 2023

The bungalow is situated in a quiet location in this lovely village with a short walk down to the quay and the coastal path. We thought that the property was well proportioned and decorated with pleasant gardens front and rear. From the property there was easy access to the North Norfolk coast and with our limited walking ability we were able to easily access the quay with beautiful views over the estuary. The Hero pub is close by where we enjoyed a good meal.

The Laywood's, 23rd of August 2023

Absolutely brilliant cottage and fantastic location. This was our twelfth stay here and as usual, everything was excellent: clean and well stocked cottage, much appreciated edible goodies left for us to enjoy as a welcome on arrival, quiet and peaceful area full of wildlife and very near the sea. We cycled for miles and swam in the ocean every day, alongside curious seals and all the seabirds dipping and diving for tiny silver fish. The weather was perfect and the only time it rained was either in the middle of the night or once, briefly, when we were deep in the Holkham woods, well sheltered from the showers. This cottage is a home-from-home for our family and we'll keep returning for a refreshing and revitalising break. Thanks very much Sowerbys (and cottage owners) for another amazing holiday! Lovely clean cottage with all equipment needed for a very comfortable stay. Top notch location right near the sea and coastal path, Holkham Estate, Wells next the Sea and tons of cycling routes for our active family. Perfect sea swimming - and make you wonder why anyone needs to go abroad when there's the Staithe and Holkham Beach on the doorstep! So peaceful and tranquil, away from busy working lives. We wish we owned the place but will keep returning again and again!

The Morgan's, 23rd of August 2023

Our third visit to Little Tern. You can see we like this holiday retreat. Beach walks, trips on the ferry, good eating out at local restaurants.

The Greer's, 29th of June 2023

Comfortable and well equipped.

The Taylor's, 23rd of June 2023

Very much appreciated the goodies which greeted us - delicious lemon cake etc. - thank you!

The Cane's, 5th of May 2023

Lovely clean cottage with good facilities near to the lovely little harbour. Highlights were having such a nice bungalow to return to.

The Roy's, 25th of April 2023

Fantastic location for walking Norfolk costal path.Great local pub. There was cake and chocolate and milk in the welcome package! great to have some hand soap/ fairy/ dishwasher tabs to keep us going. Fabulous property in fabulous location ! Thank you we had a great time on our first Norfolk adventure!

The Mehmet's, 29th of March 2023

Very comfortable bungalow with everything one might need, large enclosed garden and good parking. Have had a few stays here and hope to return. Walks with the dogs on Holkham beach and pine forests, super pub lunches, just love north Norfolk.

The Mitchell's, 20th of March 2023

A lovely clean well kept holiday cottage.There was a welcome pack on arrival which was appreciated.The cottage was warm and fitted with all appliances needed for your holiday.It is situated in a quiet position but easy for getting around by car or bus. A great location for walking and bird watching.
Every afternoon after returning from visiting local places , it was great to walk along the sea defence banks watching the bird life. Plenty to see.

The Jackson's, 7th of March 2023

Little Tern is a cosy bungalow perfect for a winter break. We really appreciated that it had been decorated for Christmas. The heating made it very cosy and in a convenient location for popping out to the local pub for dinner

The Buckle's, 12th of January 2023

Lost count of number of times we have been to Little Tern. It’s a lovely bungalow in a prime spot for exploring area. Garden ideal for dogs. Love the bungalow and have been many times and hopefully will be back many times in the future

The Hill's, 1st of November 2022

The property had everything you would need. We love the big skies, big beaches North Norfolk has to offer.

The Hartshorne's, 21st of October 2022

Already booked for next year, I think this says it all.

The Tate Party, 26th of August 2022

Ideal location within walking and cycling distance of the sea. Well decorated - everything was lovely! Yet another fantastic holiday in this ideal property. All went smoothly as usual thanks to Sowerbys. A real home from home and we've been staying here about 9 times in the last 7 years and will keep coming back as we love it so much. Thank you!

The Morgan's, 25th of June 2021

Little Tern was just better than many places we have stayed in before, although weren't bad. 10 out of 10 for the garden too, we would stay again!

The Moody's, 21st of May 2021

Best property stayed in so far! We liked the location, also light and airy property, compact South facing garden, beautiful place to chill out. Yes we would stay again!

The Blackman's, 16th of April 2021

At Little Tern the rooms were all well laid out and the parking and garden great. We really enjoyed our stay.

The Posgate's, 18th of September 2020

Better than Expected - Location, comfort of beds, games/ jigsaws & security for dog. It was Beautifully clean

Auld Family, 28th of August 2020

As Expected - We most liked about Little tern the location, warmth and comfort. 10 out of 10 for the cleanliness and 10 out of 10 for the garden. Yes, the property has an excellent list of useful contact details.and we would stay again!

The McNeill's, 7th of February 2020

The location for walking and birdwatching we liked. 10out of 10 for cleanliness and 10 out of 10 for the garden.

The Benbow's, 3rd of January 2020

Location is perfect. Layout and decor are excellent, providing just the right amount of space for our family and with similar decorative taste to our own. Location is brilliant because it's peaceful and further away from the main road or harbour yet within a few minutes walk of the sea. Beds are very comfortable, Property is clean and tidy. Fridge is now the right size - a larger one than used to be here. It feels like a home from home and we've stayed here 8 times in the last 5 years and will be back again. - Many thanks to Sowerbys for making the whole booking process efficient and easy, as usual and for enabling us to have yet another fantastic holiday!

The Morgans', 13th of July 2019

10 out of 10 for cleanliness 8 out of 10 for the garden The location was excellent, near the coastal path and bus stop. Very quiet. Warm and cosy with a lovely wood burner. Thoroughly enjoyed our time at Little Tern. Sowerby's couldn't have been more helpful and friendly , it was easy to book and collect and return the key.The information about the area provided by Sowerbys was excellent and most useful to refer too. Many thanks .

Kathryn Watson, 8th of January 2019

‘Perfick’ would like to come back soon!

, 28th of September 2018

Lovely comfortable bungalow in a peaceful location. Being a little older we wanted to stay somewhere which was easy for us and Little Tern fitted the bill perfectly. Enjoyed walking by the harbour and evenings in the Hero.

, 21st of September 2018

In the best village ever and great location. Quite, peaceful and beach to die for. If owners ever wish to sell please give me first refusal. Many thanks for a great holiday.

The Wright family, 24th of August 2018

Fantastic week in Norfolk. Walking Cycling, sunbathing on the beach and eating fantastic meals. And we loved our stay in Little Tern. Heaven!

, 17th of August 2018

Great week had by all. Two dogs were quite at home and loving the walks. Wine etc on arrival a lovely thought.

, 20th of July 2018

This is our perfect holiday property - a home from home - and we've now stayed there 7 times. We're very keen to book for next year and hope acceptance of bookings will soon be available. As usual, we felt really looked after by Sowerbys and the whole process of booking, arriving, the state of the cottage, information given etc was perfect and commendable. Many thanks!

Morgan family, 10th of July 2018

Lovely place to stay. Enjoyed nice quality things to use and nice furniture. We had a great time thank you!

, 22nd of June 2018

Another enjoyable week in Norfolk. Visited the RSPB reserves and Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Warm comfortable home from home which was just perfect for us.

, 20th of April 2018

We were warm and cosy in Little Tern which is very well situated.

, 16th of March 2018

Excellent location in Burnham Overy for Hero Inn and access to the beach walk.

Andersons', 22nd of December 2017

What a warm welcoming comfortable bungalow in a quiet location close to the pub and the harbour. What more can you ask for?

, 17th of November 2017

Fantastic holiday. beautiful scenery, superb views of hunting Marsh Harrier in back garden and at the harbour. Great property, will definitely be back. Thank you for the welcome gifts.

Prickett family, 24th of June 2016

"Perfick!" We would like to come back.

Mr and Mrs Izzard and our 2 very well behaved dogs, 19th of May 2016

Enjoyed our stay very much. Enjoyed the Welcome Pack very much. Bungalow very comfortable

Mr ansd Mrs Brown, 30th of April 2016

A lovely home, just perfect for our needs. Really well situated too for getting to places and so quiet! the Lifeboat at Thornham was great for food as was Great Walsingham Barns and wonderful ice cream in Hunstanton, overlooking the beach on a lovely sunny day. The Welcome Pack was indeed welcome too!!

The Burke family and Lulu dog, 15th of April 2016

Very enjoyable stay, lovely and warm and cosy after chilly days birdwatching - nice and bright and clean, thank you!

Mr and Mrs Clark, Hampsire, 13th of March 2016

Our 2nd stay in Little Tern. Just as enjoyable as last year. An ideal Winter retreat between Cley and Titchwell where we spent some enjoyable days. Recommend Eric's for fish and chips - Hope to come again next year.

The Greens, 27th of November 2015

Little Tern is a wonderful place to stay in stunning B O S. A memorable week of walking, golf and more walking. TOP TIP : Heroic hake n chips from The Hero (takeaway) ! We'll be back.

Wandsworth, 21st of November 2014

Fantastic cottage perfect break with lots of sun, swimming, boating etc. Thankyou and see you next year.

Goot, 14th of November 2014

We have been very comfortable here. fantastic unseasonable weather has meant we've been able to take full advantage of this lovely unspoilt area. Thank you

Sladen, 8th of November 2014

We have had a lovely few days. Lovely cottage very warm and confortable. Thank you

Hinckley, 24th of October 2014

Another wonderful week at Little Tern. Great weather the dogs thoroughly enjoyed their walks at Holkham Beach. Visit to Norfolk Lavender Heacham and a pub lunch at The Rose & Crwon in Snettisham. See you next summer.

parker, 24th of October 2014

Lovely comfortable cottage in a good location. We have enjoyed our week along the coast.

lambert, 10th of October 2014

Had a lovely week here, so quiet and peaceful. But mind the cabinet in the bathroom 2. we both have bruises.
For a hearty meal try the Horse Shoes at wareham NR23 1NL, good meal and reasonable pricing.. the welcome pack was a nice surprise.

Fountain, 27th of September 2014

Comfortable cottage, conveniently situated for Holkham, wells Blakeney. Lovely walk along the raised path/beach from Burnham Overy Staithe to Holkham.

Had a very good day at Sandringham-- good meal along the lines NT prices but bigger portions.

Sharpe, 29th of August 2014

Wonderful week- out on boat every day with early tides. Lots of crabbing,kayaking, swimming up creake. A perfect cottage great fun by all.xx see you again soon.

Bllor, 8th of August 2014

A lovely comfortable bungalow in a fantastic location. Great coastal walks. Incredible weather. We will be back.
Thank you.

Parker Ian & Jenny, 25th of July 2014

Sand,sea, sun and plenty of wine- a perfect holiday. See you next year.

The Birds, 18th of July 2014

Lovely week in North Norfolk. So well placed to get east and west. We loved your cottage and sitting in the garden.

Hughes David & Brudget, 11th of July 2014

Lovely week, brilliant weather enabled us to use the sun trap in the back garden. Bungalow very comfortable and well equipped. Would return in the future.

Fowler Alan & Maureen, 20th of June 2014

A lovely few days , so much to see and do-many thanks.

Bidwell Julian & Marie, 16th of June 2014

Wow. Great week. The sun took it's hat of to us. Thank you for the welcome pack. " I love the bag"". Thanks again.

Akroyd Susan & Malcolm, 6th of June 2014

Great location. Being able to go straight to the harbour and out onto the beach via the coastal path. Little Tern is as lovely and comfortable as advertised on the website!

The Bemisters, 11th of April 2014
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£1140 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 5 Sep 2024£1055 / week
Fri 6 Sep 2024Thu 17 Oct 2024£855 / week
Fri 18 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£905 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£755 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£1140 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Thu 3 Apr 2025£770 / week
Fri 4 Apr 2025Thu 24 Apr 2025£880 / week
Fri 25 Apr 2025Thu 22 May 2025£770 / week
Fri 23 May 2025Thu 29 May 2025£1030 / week
Fri 30 May 2025Thu 19 Jun 2025£880 / week
Fri 20 Jun 2025Thu 3 Jul 2025£1110 / week
Fri 4 Jul 2025Thu 4 Sep 2025£1170 / week
Fri 5 Sep 2025Thu 11 Sep 2025£995 / week
Fri 12 Sep 2025Thu 25 Sep 2025£880 / week
Fri 26 Sep 2025Thu 16 Oct 2025£770 / week
Fri 17 Oct 2025Thu 30 Oct 2025£930 / week
Fri 31 Oct 2025Thu 18 Dec 2025£770 / week
Fri 19 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£1170 / 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 Friday.

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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