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DIY Dinners!

5 September 2016

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Though we all love being cooked for, sometimes it’s lovely to be able to prepare your own food with time to spare whilst on a trip away. So here’s our round up of 13 (a baker’s dozen, if you will!) great self-catering cottages and apartments, all with kitchens in which to whip up a tasty meal made with local produce!

1. 106 THE MALT HOUSE

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For an amazing, oh-so-central Norwich apartment look no further. Just off King Street, this apartment has a fully equipped kitchen plus many other home comforts including a dishwasher (no one wants to be washing up on their hols), and is available for long weekends, mid-week trips or longer stays.

2. TAPESTRY COTTAGE

Enjoy a combination of comfort and cosiness at this lovely cottage, situated in the quaint South Norfolk village of East Harling. With delightful open beams, off-road parking and antique furniture, this is a great base for a relaxing stay.

3. SURLINGHAM LODGE

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Choose from two 4-star luxury cottages in the beautiful Broads village of Surlingham; each sleeps 4 adults, have off-road parking and gas BBQ’s for those meals when you don’t fancy cooking in the kitted-out kitchen!


4. PARTRIDGE FARM COTTAGE

This is a great base for 2 people to enjoy the Norfolk countryside; enjoy the open plan layout downstairs with a great kitchen area to prepare your own food, if you fancy doing so. You’re nice and close to the Broads and seaside, and only a short drive to Norwich, too!

5. MOOR FARM STABLE COTTAGES

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For the ultimate ‘farm stay’ experience, Moor Farm Stable Cottages are just the ticket. Around their lovely courtyard are a range of converted stables and cottages, plus nearby barn conversions, all with their own character. There’s almost too many to choose from!

6. KELLING HEATH LODGES

For a holiday with a difference, stay in one of their luxurious woodland lodges. Each sleeps up to 6 people and they’re all set in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, nice and close to the North Norfolk Coast, with plenty of countryside and heathland walks to enjoy.

7. THE DOWAGERS COTTAGE

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This lovely secluded cottage is located on the grounds of The Old Rectory (a 4* GOLD restaurant with rooms) and has a fitted kitchen for preparing some culinary treats, a private sun terrace, shared outdoor pool (if you dare) and is situated only 2 miles from Norwich!

8. SPIXWORTH HALL COTTAGES

You’ll have a choice of 8 charming cottages, each with their own unique features and character. Whatever the size, and whether you fancy views across the farm or a ground-floor cottage suitable for wheelchair users, there’s plenty of choice here!

9. EAST VIEW FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES 

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Barn conversions with a luxury twist! There are two to choose from; Nutmeg sleeps two and Plum Tree sleeps six. Each have well-equipped kitchens too; check out our blog post about East View Farm Cottages.

10. COBBLESTONES

For rest and relaxation this is perfect: a picturesque barn conversion right on the outskirts of Aylsham, a lovely market town which is only half an hour’s drive from Norwich. You can take full advantage of its rural location, wood burner stove in the living room and gorgeous wildlife garden before heading to Norwich for a day of sightseeing!

11. BOATS ON THE BROADS

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Accommodation where you can prepare your own food isn’t just confined to land, you know! We’re lucky enough to have a fantastic range of boating holiday providers with facilities to the highest standards – many of which include fitted kitchens for DIY dinners on the water! Check out Norfolk Broads Direct, Barnes Brinkcraft, Ferry Marina and Herbert Woods for great options – and take a look at our blog post all about boating holidays.

12. REEDHAM FERRY TOURING PARK

Get out in the countryside and enjoy a spot of camping at this pretty camping park, complete with private on-site fishing lake. Bring along your portable stove and see how creative you can be, or enjoy a BBQ in the sunshine - it’s al-fresco dining, after all!

13. WAVENEY RIVER CENTRE

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If you don’t fancy roughing it in a tent, go for more of a glamping experience in one of Waveney River Centre’s brilliant Escape Pods. Insulated and equipped with a double bed, two singles and a flat screen TV, each pod also has plenty of space out the front for BBQ’s, so you can grill to your heart’s content!


COMING TO VISIT?

Abellio Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.

East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.
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To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk