Our place is in Ludham, on the Norfolk Broads, not far from Norwich or Gt Yarmouth, in-between Potter Heigham and Wroxham. Our offering is for beds without sailing. We have a pub within walking distance, a village shop, post office & butcher. Our place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), big groups, and furry friends (pets). You can also bring your own canoe or dinghy to 'play with'. If you enjoy camping you will love our set up.
Please note - the boatyard will be closed from October 2017 until May 2018 for the 'ole gals' winter beauty treatments (maintenance programme on the boats).
Your accommodation at Hunter's Yard is a cozy little historic traditional wooden sailing yacht built in the 1930s by the Hunter family. Our Fleet come equiped with paraffin lamps for lighting, a gas cooker with crockery, cutlery, kettle, pots/pans and bedding.
Your beds are made up for you with bedding which comprises of duvets in covers, pillows in pillowcases, fitted sheets with mattress covers underneath the fitted sheet. Extra pillows and blankets are available on request.
Your water is held in water containers in the back cupboard of the well area, where you will also find the washing up bowl with matches, j-cloth, sponge and rubbish bag.
We have a washer and dryer in the sheds should you need it. We would however ask for a small donation towards the cost of use. You are welcome to use electric sockets for charging your phones etc during our opening hours, just ask in the office.
You are welcome to bring your own canoe, dinghy or kayak to use while you stay with us.
We do have rowing/sailing dinghies available to hire at a cost of £15 per day should you wish to 'have a go'.
We are owned by a charitable trust called The Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust and supported by a wonderful group of people known as the Friends of the Hunter Fleet. New 'Friends' are always welcome and membership is only £15 per household per year.
Your journey with us starts from the moment you enter the boat sheds, where you can see over 80 years of history and memorabilia from the Percy Hunter Family legacy, Swallows and Amazons Coots Club and the Big Six BBC production, right up to when Griff Ryhs Jones visited. Our Lullaby yacht was used as Teasel in the BBC production and we still have her transome on the back wall. Titmouse and Dreadnought are also here.
Your boat is for sleeping on only but should you wish to go for a sail on her too, just let us know well in advance so we can get a skipper booked for you. There is however a small fee of only £45 (normal price is £70) for a two hour skippered sail.
It's a very peaceful place to stay with walks nearby which will take you up to the main river. Our sunsets and sunrises really are second to none.
Please note: Our main kitchen, electric points and fridge are available only while the sheds are open, which is between 8:15am - 4:30pm. We are closed on Sunday's and Bank Holidays when the sheds are also not open. The showers and toilet block is available 24/7 by using the pin code given to you on arrival.
Although you have a toilet on board our main toilet/shower facilities are in the sheds and accessible 24/7 with a door pin code which will be given to you on arrival. There is even a hairdryer in the disabled toilet for us ladies who can't do without one.
We don't provide any meals with our stays, just the basic camping on the water style beds. We do however provide all the pans, crockery, cutlery etc you will need to cook for yourselves and full bedding.
There is also a nice local pub within walking distance that do meals as well as other take away, fish & chip shops and cafes in nearby Potter Heigham, Horning and Stalham.
You can also have food delivered to the Yard.
Please note - Our main kitchen, electric points and fridge are available only while the sheds are open, which is between 8:15am - 4:30pm. We are closed on Sunday's and Bank Holidays when the sheds are also not open.
Please also note, we are unable to take start Sunday bookings or Sunday only bookings due to no one being on the premises on Sunday's.
We are a fully functioning boatyard with opening times of 8:15am to 4:30pm (Office opens at 9am) Monday to Saturday. We are not open on Sundays or Bank Holidays so the main sheds are not open and all staff are not usually in either. We are always on hand to help during the working day and at all other times we have a call out number which is provided to you on arrival.
We are unable to take start Sunday bookings or Sunday only bookings due to the Yard not being staffed.
To be greeted by a member of our team you must arrive by 4:15pm at the latest please.
As a working boatyard you may find us a bit noisy at times but we always do our best to be respectful of our guests.
Please don't forget to bring towels, tea towels, washing up liquid etc as with any camping style stay.
- No smoking on the boats but allowed outside them
- We do take events and parties with prior notice and agreement of what type
- You are able to check in before 3pm with prior arrangement and you must arrive before 4pm please
We are a charity with 1930s historic wooden sailing yachts lovingly known as Percy's Lovely Ladies. We are in Ludham, on the Norfolk Broads, on Womack water just off the river Thurne, at the bottom of Horsefen Road, Ludham.
I thought it might be novel to offer our cabin yachts to rent for nightly stays here at the Yard. It is like camping on the water, our boats have no engine, so you could say it's a greener way to stay. They have single beds (full bedding provided), all the cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery you need to cook your own breakfast and even an evening meal if you choose. (remember to bring your washing up gear ie tea towels etc though)
You don't have to know how to sail to stay on board, however if you did want to be taken out for a sail to see what it's like give us a call 24hrs before hand and we'll arrange an experienced skipper to do just that. It would cost £70 however, for a two hour skippered sail, for up to 4 people, children and well behaved pets are welcome and we have buoyancy jackets to fit all sizes.
Claims to fame - If you're a Swallows and Amazons Forever! Coots Club & the Big Six fan you may like to know that our Lullaby was used as Teasel in the BBC Production. We still have Teasels transome on the paint shop wall, as well as Titmouse the dinghy and Dreadnought on display in the sheds.
Our boat Wood Rose was used by Griff Ryhs Jones and Dick Strawbridge. We've been on the programme Flog It! with Paul Martin and had Henry Coles here for one of his motorcycle programmes too.
So if you're looking to try something a little bit different to your 'norm' please give us a call and let us help you step back in time.