Wayford Bridge Granaries

Superior Holiday Accommodation

In The Heart Of The Norfolk Broads

Tel: 01692 582071

"The Granaries" holiday accommodation, at Wayford Bridge on the banks of the River Ant, one of Norfolk's prettiest rivers, has an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna & gym all exclusively for residents of the properties. "The Granaries" is the perfect base for enjoying "Britain's Magical Waterland" - the Norfolk Broads, as well as the county of Norfolk which boasts stunning countryside and superb safe beaches, along with nature reserves, heritage sites, historic buildings and theme parks. First rate shopping opportunities are easily accessible, with Great Yarmouth & Norwich only a short distance away.


Fish, birdwatch, explore, ramble, canoe, motorboat, exercise or shop, there is so much to do and see in Norfolk that this makes "The Granaries" a fantastic holiday base for everyone.


 You could however just sit back and relax in your well equipped cottage, use the free wi-fi, games, jigsaws, DVD and video libraries or relax in the sauna after a relaxing swim in the indoor heated pool..


As far back as the early nineteenth century, Norfolk Wherries would load & unload their cargo at this site into the 1845 dated building now converted into ‘Hop Sack and ‘Malt Shovel’.


Angie and Tony Urwin acquired the premises in 1982 as a run-down  boatyard with moorings. In 1987 the brick grain store building was converted into two holiday apartments, running alongside the boatyard business.  In 2000, the boat sheds were demolished, with the boat hire business being moved to the newly acquired adjoining boatyard premises, and the three new ‘Millennium’ cottages, Grebe , Coot and Heron, along with the indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and gym equipment, housed in a separate building,  were built, followed in 2003 by the conversion of the two existing apartments into upside down character cottages with balconies, retaining as many of the original features as possible, watch your head in ‘Malt Shovel’ as there are some very low original features!


The Urwins still live in the converted workers cottage on site as resident, but unobtrusive, owners.  They look forward to welcoming you to  ‘The Granaries’, an ideal location with easy access to roads leading to North Norfolk, Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Suffolk, and a perfect base for exploring Broadland and the Eastern Region. Situated on the banks of the River Ant, there is also river access to the Norfolk Broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland, and third largest inland waterway, which has been awarded National Park status. As well well as overseeing the holiday accommodation, they run the adjoining boatyard, with

motor launch and canoe hire, and can be found there every day, still enjoying the life they invite you to experience, even if just for a short time.

All our facilities are exclusively for use by our resident guests

We are really sorry but we cannot accommodate motor boats other than our own fleet


There is a choice of two styles of cottages with five cottages in total, all are fully equipped and furnished to a high standard, including DVD/CD/video, electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, wi-fi. Bed linen included, beds are made up for arrival (Duvets, alternative bedding available if required). Electricity also included, plus oil central heating in winter (October 1st – April 1st (30th if needed)), additional electricity convector heaters provided, included in Hop Sack and Malt Shovel, operated by £1 coin meter in Millennium cottages,


Each cottage has private quay heading sitting out area and furniture. Dinghy (and buoyancy aids) included (no mooring for guests own boats). Day launch by arrangement with owner, £300 per week including one tank of fuel (not available in the last week of July and all of August). Additional shared riverside sitting area.  Central shared cobbled courtyard  area

Hop Sack & Malt Shovel Cottages

Grebe, Coot & Heron Cottages

On-Site Facilities

The 1845 conversions - Hop Sack & Malt Shovel

These two ‘upside down’ cottages, with bedrooms downstairs and living area upstairs, are a conversion of the brick grain store built in 1845. Many original features are incorporated into these two properties, including solid wooden beams (very low in ‘Malt Shovel’!) and vernacular architecture.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, both with beams and low ceilings. . NB: There is a passage way to the bedrooms in Malt Shovel with a very low beam. Door through double bedroom to the riverside patio area. - First floor - open plan living room /dining room/kitchen, door to balcony overlooking river

The Millennium Cottages - Grebe, Coot & Heron

Three terraced new build (2000) cottages, with a contemporary feel.


Ground floor:- entrance hall, open plan living area including kitchen, dining and living room with patio doors to riverside,  bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, upstairs to First floor:- one twin and one double bedroom, with separate toilet.

An extra bed and a travel cot are also provided in these cottages (bedding not provided for the cot)

On-Site Facilities

Each cottage has a rowing boat with buoyancy aids supplied, Indoor heated swimming pool, sauna & gym equipment, and cobbled courtyard, with furniture for enjoying afternoon tea, or an evening drink. – all exclusively for use by property residents. Private fishing from our river frontage plus our own day boat and canoe hire is available, All cottages have access to free DVD, video and book libraries.

Things To Do And Places To Visit

The great thing about staying with us at The Granaries is not only that you are staying on the banks of one of the Norfolk Broads most beautiful rivers, the river Ant, but you are also right in the centre of Broadland, making access to everywhere on the Norfolk Broads & the Norfolk coast very easy. From here the you can explore the wonders that make up the Norfolk Broads, whether by foot, car, bicycle or even boat and canoe it's all accessible from our doorstep.  Visit historic Norwich, the seaside town of Great Yarmouth or how about the quaint towns and villages that make up North Norfolk like Sheringham, Cromer and Wells - don't forget river trips on the Broads themselves with day boat hire, canoe hire or pleasure steamer trips running on the Norfolk Broads as well. The area also boasts an enormous choice of Museums, Nature Reserves, Historic Houses, Parks and so much more and all available from our superb holiday accommodation at The Granaries.


Norwich www.visitnorwich.co.uk

In the shadow of the Norman Castle  situated in the town centre, there are Museums, Restaurants, Galleries, Exhibitions, Churches, Cinemas, Theatres, Parks, History, Walks (including a Ghost walk), markets, & shops, shops, shops, and more shops. Plenty of medieval architecture, cobbled streets, mixed with  modern shopping and entertainment malls– everything you need for a day out.


Great Yarmouth www.great-yarmouth.co.uk

Miles of sandy beaches combined with traditional English seaside thrills and spills that's Great Yarmouth, a lovely old town with the famous "Golden Mile" running between the two piers, there is also a traditional market on Wednesdays & Saturdays.


And what else?....


Well the list is almost endless, the area has such a variety and caters for people of all ages, again all within a short drive of the Granaries. Fishing obviously is a great part of the Norfolk Broads and there is an abundance of this varying from the Broads themselves, Carp and Freshwater lakes plus trout fishing. Guided fishing trips are also available with "The Predator People" www.predator-people.co.uk who set off from the slipway adjoining ourselves. The area also boasts some excellent sea fishing from both beaches and boats, with many varied locations within a short drive from the complex. NB. Please note the Norfolk Broads still retains the Closed Season with fishing on the Broads & river systems from June 16th until March 14th, although there are plenty of lakes in the local area open all year though.


Full details of all local amenities are in each cottage and we are always pleased to offer advice on things to do in the Broadland area.

Contact Details

Phone   01692 582071

Email:  urwin@clara.net

Staithe Cottage

Wayford Bridge

Smallburgh, Stalham

Nr Norwich

Norfolk - NR12 9LN

How To Find Us


By road: Post code for Sat Nav NR12 9LN, Staithe Cottage.  Once you  ‘have arrived at your destination’, follow the brown tourist sign with a picture of a boat on.  We are on the A149, between Wroxham and Stalham.

Alternatively, without Sat Nav the easiest, not the quickest, route is:- from the A47 follow the signs for the Broads until Acle, then take the exit to the A1064 (sign posted ‘The Broads’).  After 2 miles turn left onto B1152, signposted Clippesby , Potter Heigham.  Stay straight on the is road, heading towards Potter Heigham for 2.9 miles.  At the end of the road turn left onto the A149 sign posted Potter Heigham, Stalham &Wroxham.  Stay on the A149 for 7.5 miles, we are on the left hand side just over the Bridge, diagonally opposite the Wayford Bridge hotel.


By train:- Our nearest station is  Hoveton and Wroxham, 5.3 miles away, then you will need to have arranged a taxi or lift from the station to us.


By river:- we are at the Northern tip of the Norfolk Broads system, on the River Ant.