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If you are looking for something completely different, intriguing, atmospheric and simply unique, look no further....

The Wild Duck is no ordinary holiday home. Converted from a boat dating back to the 1870s, the accommodation is beautifully presented, romantic and peaceful. Nestling behind the dunes overlooking the Snettisham RSPB reserve on one side and The Wash and beach just 200 metres on the other, you will fall asleep to the sound of the sea and the rustling of the reeds.The interior has been extremely well thought out with one of the bedrooms built into the bow, giving 180 degree views, and children will be delighted with their special room in the hull!

The location of the 'boat' is very close to the coast, but guests still have modern comforts such as free WiFi and TV. With elevated sun decks giving the perfect front row seats to the amazing Wash sunsets you will leave here with memories that will stay with you forever. A truly unique holiday experience.


BBQBed LinenCentral Heating Close to coast Dog-friendlyDVDFreezerGarden FurnitureGarden/CourtyardSea ViewsTowels providedTV WiFiParking 1 mins walking distance to beach25 mins walking distance to shop20 mins walking distance to pub



Well equipped kitchen with storage units, fridge, small freezer, oven, grill, hob and espresso coffee maker. Views over the sand dunes towards the sea

Sitting Room
A really comfortable and stylish room with two 2 seater sofas, TV with DVD player, WiFi, CD player, radio and Ipod Dock. Views over the sand dunes to the sea.

Bedroom 1
Master bedroom built into the bow of the boat giving 180 views over the reserve.

Bedroom 2
Double bedroom, in the hull of the boat enjoying views over the reserve.

Bedroom 3
Children's bedroom with two single beds, built into the hull with lovely views over the reserve.
Please Note: Due to the property retaining the shape of the original boat hull this does not allow for much hanging space in the bedrooms.

Shower WC and basin, airing cupboard.

History of The Wild Duck
The boat was built in 1878 at West Lynn for George Cresswell, part of the famous Barclays Bank, Gurney family. She has been dry beached on South Beach Heacham since 1923. Now fully refurbished and enhanced whilst still proudly retaining a wealth of character with may original features.

The Wild Duck is dry beached behind the sand dunes at Heacham South Beach, in front of the RSPB Reserve There is a wide unfenced open space of wild grass to play, park boats, wind surfers, kites etc. The boat has raised sun decks to enjoy the fabulous sunsets complete with garden furniture. At low tide there is miles of safe shallows for cockling and walking. High tide brings opportunities for wind surfing, kite surfing and boat activities

The Wild Duck holiday cottage location

Surrounding local area

Heacham is a great location for families with two unspoilt beaches, a range of shops and many places to eat, including a fish and chip shop and several pubs. Some of the nearby local attractions include, Norfolk Lavender, Snettisham Park Farm, RSPB Nature Reserves at Snettisham and Titchwell, Sandringham House. Heacham Manor is now open with a newly designed championship 18 hole golf course with reasonable green fees. The North Norfolk coast is 5 minutes drive away through Old Hunstanton.

Guest reviews

We have stayed at the wild duck , before, a lovely comfy holiday let, the balcony decking, back, and the front, are ideal, in the morning watching the sun rise, and in the evening at the front seeing it go down, wonderful , beatiful location, looking forward to returning next year.

Barnes Family, September 2018
1 of 6

Sunny Heacham. We have stayed at The Wild Duck before, a lovely comfy holiday let, the balcony decking back and front are ideal in the morning watching the sun rise, and in the evening at the front seeing it go down, wonderful. Beautiful location, looking forward to returning next year.

Kay Barnes, September 2018
2 of 6

Perfect weekend. My children and I had the most perfect weekend in the Wild Duck. The property is in perfect location to spend a great family time. My children loved playing on the beach and having lots of long walks. We will definitely return to this gorgeous place.

Iluta Fitzsimmons, May 2018
3 of 6

A splendid weekend "at sea" at Heacham.
Our stay was a last minute booking, having had to cancel a long standing trip to Northern Iceland. We were all packed so we thought, let’s go somewhere anyway. Thus, we found ourselves at sea for the weekend in this unique, tranquil vessel. We loved it and it more than cheered us up - we fell in love with the superb Wild Duck. It is cosy, comfortable and really well set out. Love the design, especially the bedroom in the prow. The owners have done a lovely job on the whole place.
We were lucky with the weather; cold, dry and clear. We watched lovely sunsets, hares boxing in the field beyond the reeds and flocks of oyster catchers driven in by the rising tide. On Monday morning we woke to a light dusting of snow. It was beautiful. Made it very hard to leave, but we would very much like to return.
The only downside is the truly shocking state of the road up to Wild Duck - 300 yards of suspension-mangling pot holes.

Tracy Myers, February 2018
4 of 6

The wild duck is a lovely place to stay, so tranquil and peaceful, with a beautiful beach very close, will stay again.

Kay Barnes, September 2017
5 of 6

a brilliant venue for 2 small boys, their Mum, dad and Grandparents and a smaller energetic terrier. This was exactly as we hoped - quiet, cosy and different. With a large play area outside and the beach 2 mins away! We recommend this to anyone with small children (aged 3 and 6) and a dog - the unexpected surprise was free WiFi and Internet connection.

karen Moore, April 2017
6 of 6

Welcome hamper included

A complimentary hamper will be awaiting you on your arrival containing milk, tea, fresh coffee, bread, butter, eggs, juice, wine and cheese, along with other essential items to prepare a light snack or breakfast. There may be some regional variations.

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