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  • Heacham
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • 6
  • 3
  • 1

from £ 830 to £ 1,470 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Violet is a unique converted old boat which has been transformed into a contemporary beach house, perfect for two couples or a family, ideally situated close to the sand dunes leading onto Heacham's South Beach. This lovely original boat has a newly built decked balcony with stunning views overlooking the river and open countryside at the back, with direct access onto the sand dunes from the front. It has been completely refurbished inside with a new kitchen, shower room, separate cloakroom and three well-presented bedrooms, being thoughtfully furnished and equipped to provide the ideal holiday home. After long days on the beach there's a light, contemporary dining/sitting area room with glazed doors opening onto the balcony with river views. This is a great place to stay throughout the year as it's toasty warm in the winter with gas central heating and perfect for exploring the Norfolk coastline. The quiet beach is safe for swimming and wind-surfing, and perfect for bird enthusiasts being close to the RSPB Reserve at Snettisham.


  • A truly unique holiday experience within an old converted boat
  • Private jetty, perfect for fishing or mooring a small boat
  • A stones' throw from Heacham's sand dunes and beach


  • The garden is not fenced and leads directly to the river - children must therefore be supervised at all times
  • The river is muddy and boggy, not suitable for paddling or swimming
  • Accessed via an un-made road from the Heacham beach car park

All on ground level

The property has been furnished in a nautical themed contemporary style and has the advantage of gas central heating to ensure this is a warm and comfortable place to stay throughout the year.

There is an light open plan kitchen/ sitting/ dining area with views across the river.

Kitchen area: Newly fitted with an electric oven, full-size fridge/freezer, slim-line dishwasher, washing machine and a microwave. There are two comfy cane chairs and a coffee table.

Sitting/dining area: has lovely views across the river. Decorated in a nautical style with two comfy leather sofas, a digital TV and Wifi box to enable the TV to become Smart. There's a large dining table which comfortably seats six guests.

Bedroom 1: with a king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps, built-in wardrobes, full length mirror.

Bedroom 2: with a double bed, bedside tables and lamps, clothes hooks and an additional full-length mirror.

Bedroom 3: has twin beds suitable for adults or children, bedside table and lamps and a built-in cupboard.

Shower room: newly fitted with a walk-in electric shower, hand basin, heated towel rail and WC.

Cloakroom: newly installed WC and hand basin.


Violet is accessed via an un-made road from the Heacham beach car-park. At the front there is masses of parking space and access onto the dunes and beach.

There is a newly refurbished secure garden shed which may be used for storage of bicycles or suitcases.

At the rear of Violet is a fabulous decked balcony, with a table and chairs, which overlooks the river and has lovely rural views.

There is a lawned garden which is not fenced and leads directly to the river, so please be aware that this is not secure for small children and they should not be left unsupervised. On the river is a new private jetty which may be used for fishing or for mooring a small boat. Please note that the river is muddy and boggy, so not suitable for paddling or swimming. Those fancying a dip are advised to go into the sea instead!



Great for families and on the Norfolk coastal path with two great beaches on the West coast overlooking The Wash: North beach and South beach (aka Stubborn Sands) are both dog friendly and form a huge 20 mile bay and enjoy the most dramatic sunsets. A perfect spot to watch the sun going down and hit the sea on a fine evening. The village enjoys a range of small shops, arcade, cafe and fish bar. There are three local pubs The West Norfolk, Fox and Hounds and Bushel and Strike.


Famous for its Norfolk Lavender with aromatic gardens and fields filled with all varieties of lavender. With their own oil distillery, products, tearoom and animal garden and play park. Just next door is Farmer Freds Adventure Play Barn for children and parents to enjoy indoor play farm themed fun, as well as a great Farm Shop selling lovely local produce.

If keeping mind and body in check is your cup of tea, then a visit to Heacham Manor where you can dine, spa or book a round of golf on the lake side championship 18-hole course.


Famed for association with Pocahontas, the Rolfe family are the most famous inhabitants of Heacham, from the 16th century. After seeking adventure in The New World it was John Rolfe who married the Native American Rebecca (Pocahontas), and along with their 2 year old son took them back to his family home the former Heacham Hall. The image of Pocahontas adorns the village sign and also the St Mary's the Virgin Church.


For a great family day out and only a few miles away is Snettisham Park Farm. A working Farm with lovely activities for the family from egg collecting, bottle feeding lambs and pony rides to a ‘not to be missed’ deer Safari.

There are plenty of wildlife spectacles to explore, with tens of thousands of wading birds to observe from the hides at Snettisham Nature Reserve.

Hunstanton Town is just 3 miles from Heacham and is a traditional seaside town with the added addition of fun water sports such as kite surfing and windsurfing.

A visit to Sandringham House, gardens and country park is a popular destination for all. Whether you simply want to take the pooch for a stroll, or discover the royals much loved country retreat, you’ll have the grandest of days.

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Guest reviews

We have stayed in the violet many times. It's like a home from home. Violet is well stocked with everything you need for a comfortable stay. It's clean inside and outside. We can't fault the violet in anyway. Also area is lovely and quiet. We love sitting on the decking watching the wildlife across the river and walks along the beach.

The aldens, 23rd of August 2023

Perfect stay at Violet. Lovely setting with everything that you need for a great stay. Lovely beach and lots of good walks nearby, along with a few good pubs ! Highly recommended. Location to beach and great walks for dogs.

The Foster's, 22nd of August 2023

Lovely stay at Violet with sister and her grandchildren. They were very excited to go away and on arrival we were not disappointed. Violet is a bright, spacious and comfortable holiday home in beautiful surroundings. We all loved having breakfast on the decking, enjoying the beautiful views and feeding the ducks. On one wet day we baked cookies in the well equipped kitchen with the children and made use of the board games in the evening that our hosts provided. Thank you. Enjoying family time in spacious comfortable accommodation. Enjoyed Violets peaceful countryside and beach location and friendly neighbours. Watched some glorious sunsets from the sand dunes. The children loved feeding the ducks and being able to walk within minutes to the sand dunes and beach although we only swam there once. Lots in the area to do on wet days: visiting Sea Life, crabbing on Wells Quay, milling and baking own loaf of bread at Bircham Windmill.

The Mathison's, 8th of August 2023

We have stayed in violet several times now and really enjoyed staying there. Everything is provided for an enjoyable stay. Its always clean when we arrive. With a dog having the secure decking at the back is most welcome. Owner is friendly and we often had a chat while we were walking the dog. We have stayed in many homes on South beach and storage has often been a problem but violet has a lovely big cupboard off of living room which is an added bonus. Walking along the beachWatching the sunsets.Sitting on the deck watching the wildlife across the river. Watching stars at night as no light pollution.Enjoyed the quietness while relaxing on decking.

The Alden's, 18th of April 2023

Having found Violet in April we were lucky enough to find a week available in July and snapped it up. Its been a lovely holiday in 2 parts, I've been here with my mum and dad at the end of the week and my husband and son at the start. Everyone aged 19-75 loved it! Hoping to be back in October.

Deb, Simon, Paul Roz and Patch, 15th of July 2022

Perfect family holiday!! Thank you so much. We had amazing weather to go with it too! We'll be back. Thank you for the most amazing week!

Varnan & Murphy Family , 8th of July 2022

Good morning Sowerbys Holiday Cottages Team

Just wanted to say what an amazing property this is! Looks gorgeous in the photos but absolutely stunning when you actually see it!
Immaculately clean,views are beautiful!
We have stayed in quite a few of your properties along South Beach over the last 6 years and we didn't think our last stay would ever be beaten but it has :)
We definitely will be back

The Batt Family, 10th of June 2022

We have had a lovely break in Heacham staying in Violet. We have been blessed with wonderful weather, so have enjoyed walking to Hunstanton along the prom and along the bank. Lovely to be so near to the beach for early morning walks with the dog. Very relaxing and every comfort provided in a calm environment. Will definitely return, Thank you.

Deb, Ollie, Greta,Paul, Ros & Patch, 22nd of April 2022

We have had a lovely Easter break, really impressed with how well laid out this place is - it has everything you need. The views are stunning and luckily we had four days of sun, sea and sand in our paws. Ready to go back to work feeling refreshed. Thank you.

Charlotte,Connor, Evan, Felix & the dogs, 18th of April 2022

Thank you for the most enjoyable holiday. We have been coming to Heacham for many years and are glad we have found Violet. It has everything we needed for a lovely family holiday with our dog. It was oreo's first holiday with us. He loved the long walks and exploring along the beach and river. We hope to see you soon for more adventures in Violet.

Jo, Michael, Adam, Harrison & Oreo, 15th of April 2022

Many thanks for a wonderful break in Violet. We were most impressed with all the decor etc. It was really lovely and warm and in a lovely setting. We spent our time visiting the surrounding countryside. We would definitely recommend Violet. A lovely break and we would come back. Thanks again for a lovely time.

The Lady Skitllers From Kettering, 1st of April 2022

Property was perfect, very warm, very clean and exceptionally bright and airy. Absolutely fabulous place to stay.

The Brudenall's, 28th of March 2022

A lovely retreat for my birthday & time away from the busy world we live in. The peace and quiet here is amazing, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay as did our German shepherd. We never thought we could tire her out, but after several beach walks and travelling, she finally slept fitfully! The wildlife is lovely, muntjac deer, marsh harriers, oyster catchers & more! We will definitely be back as soon as time allows! Thanks.

Kat, Michael, Andonis, Theo & Wicket the dog!, 21st of March 2022

In this very mad world - We feel very grateful that we have had a fabulous week. Loved staying in Violet. It is just perfect - everything you need and lovely and warm. We have watched marsh harriers, barn owls, red kites and hares from the window. Great walk going on to the beach and turning left, go as far as the sea defence, come down over the other side and there is a track that takes you to the grass bank (that you can see from the window) turn left and head back to Heacham ( approx 4 miles circular walk). The views over the wetland of Wild Ken Hill is where they filmed spring watch is amazing and teaming with wildlife. Recommended lunch at Thornham Deli (get there early about 12 to avoid queueing). Wish we could have slowed time down, such a perfect holiday, many thanks!

Louise, Andrew and Brodie the Lab, 4th of March 2022

We have been to Heacham several times, but Violet was by far the best place we have stayed at. Location was brilliant for us and our 4 year old son. Plenty of walks, Hunstanton, Wells,etc. Walked a couple of mornings to Hunstanton on the beach for breakfast at Ski Cafe, which was lovely. Our son went to the swimming pool in Hunstanton a couple of times and loved it. We're looking forward to coming back.

Paul, Merili, Joyce and Jacob, 11th of February 2022

We had a lovely stay over Christmas, despite bucketing rain on several days. It was lovely that we'd been left a Christmas tree, complete with lights! Warm and cosy house, very clean and comfortable. Enjoyed by humans and dogs alike, who especially appreciated having lovely walks straight from the house.

Jane, Mike, Joe, Annalena, Oskar & Kara, 22nd of December 2021

We really enjoyed our short stay! We managed to see the sunset over the beach and we spent a few days exploring the surrounding villages. Really recommend the silk road Chinese as well, some lovely food. Overall great week and we'd love to stay again.

Pippa,Flynn, Laura, Lois, Lily & Ellie, 22nd of October 2021

Really enjoyed our stay, so peaceful and relaxing. Very comfortable accommodation, clean and well equipped. A new part of Norfolk for us and we fell in love with this county all over again! Managed to photograph the kingfisher that visited the jetty two days running and enjoyed the Swan & cygnets! Visited Titchwell once again & Hunstanton layer cakes. Lunched at The Gin Trap at Ringstead- Very good. Heacham fish bar served good Fish and chips and easy parking at Tesco. Thank you.

Debbie & Colin, 25th of September 2021

Suited us very well excellent position for beach combined with countryside views at the back.

Davis party, 24th of September 2021

Violet is very well equipped and everything was in perfect working order. A really cute decor, comfy sofas and wonderful location. We shall definitely return again.

The Galanakis', 20th of September 2021

We liked the excellent location, so quiet. As it’s all been refurbished everything was fresh and new. Lovely big bed in master bedroom. Loved the outside space, private and tranquil. Comfortable furniture and a good shower. Very friendly owners nearby but not intrusive. Liked having a dishwasher and bbq and availability of a shed to store our bikes. Would return in a heartbeat, had an amazing holiday!

The Wordley's, 3rd of September 2021

Bliss!! Had an amazing week. Absolutely loved Violet and will return. Perfect weather, comfortable and clean. Loved sitting on the jetty reading my book and feeding the ducks and swans. Very quiet and recharges, we are sadly leaving for home, Than you.

The McDanes, 3rd of September 2021

Very clean looked recently refurbished extras such as washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets. Great property!

The Webster-Smith's, 27th of August 2021

Violet we liked for the cleanliness, and the fact the property was once a boat. Our family had such a lovely stay, the property was perfect, well presented and clean.. Our young boys loved how close they were to the beach and loved that the cottage was once a boat.

Joanna, 16th of July 2021

Violet really lived up to the pictures and description, it was also very well equipped and stocked ... It was perfect

The Craig's, 9th of July 2021
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 31 May 2024Thu 20 Jun 2024£1010 / week
Fri 21 Jun 2024Thu 4 Jul 2024£1220 / week
Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£1470 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 5 Sep 2024£1220 / week
Fri 6 Sep 2024Thu 19 Sep 2024£1095 / week
Fri 20 Sep 2024Thu 17 Oct 2024£880 / week
Fri 18 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£1010 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£830 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£1470 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Thu 3 Apr 2025£855 / week
Fri 4 Apr 2025Thu 24 Apr 2025£1130 / week
Fri 25 Apr 2025Thu 22 May 2025£905 / week
Fri 23 May 2025Thu 29 May 2025£1255 / week
Fri 30 May 2025Thu 19 Jun 2025£1035 / week
Fri 20 Jun 2025Thu 3 Jul 2025£1255 / week
Fri 4 Jul 2025Thu 4 Sep 2025£1510 / week
Fri 5 Sep 2025Thu 11 Sep 2025£1255 / week
Fri 12 Sep 2025Thu 25 Sep 2025£1120 / week
Fri 26 Sep 2025Thu 16 Oct 2025£905 / week
Fri 17 Oct 2025Thu 30 Oct 2025£1035 / week
Fri 31 Oct 2025Thu 18 Dec 2025£855 / week
Fri 19 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£1510 / 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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