Hippersons Boatyard is a family run boatyard on the southern reach of the Norfolk Broads located in the market town of Beccles, providing self-catering accommodation that floats in the basin and on the river front.
Each of the houseboats and the three glamping pods can sleep up to 4 in a double and a twin room or bunk beds. All are named after Arthur Ransome stories, who set many of his river adventures across the local area, except one, ‘Secret Garden’ which has its own private field area, wood fired hot-tub and fire-pit.
The new floating pod “Wild Cat Island” is an exciting addition to the river front, named after the island in the Swallows and Amazons stories and seen on Channel 4s' Floating Homes.
Want to bring your pet? The houseboats are all pet friendly, and so is Secret Garden, with previous guests including rabbits, parrots, dogs and other furry friends, but the two floating glamping pods do not take pets.
The houseboats are self-catering with a boat oven, 4 ring hob and a microwave. They are a short walk from the car park and have been accessed by people on mobility scooters, but please call to talk to the owners before booking if you have any concerns.
Want to see if we are suitable for you individual needs? Take a look at the accessible guides on our website which should provide you with enough information to make a choice that's right for you.
All of the site is available for private fishing if you want to bring your rods!
Secret Water sleeps up to 4 and has underfloor heating, an outside floating deck where you can sit and watch the sunrise and set over the beautiful Beccles Quay. It has a two ring hob and a microwave, with a double room and bunk beds in a separate bedroom for two. Pets are not permitted on the glamping pods. video of the Glamping pod here.
If you want to experience boating beyond your houseboat or pod you have access to your own private dingy for rowing and/or sailing. Day boats are also available for rental plus canoes, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, lessons and tours. Totally unique to Norfolk a pedal boat for two is available for hire from May to September. The centre of the town is an 8 minute gentle stroll away where there are many restaurants, cafes and pubs sitting alongside independent retailers and of course, you are only a 20 minute drive from the beautiful Suffolk coast and all it has to offer!
The boatyard rents day boats, 6 electric and 1 diesel, if you wish to explore the river further and seek out the local wildlife, there is always much to see on the southern broads which differ in character from the northern broads quite dramatically.
If you want to have your own bespoke adventure, why not book a "Sparrows and Amazons" package. The package combines experiences customers love, some new experiences that customers have requested, plus little local flavour and mixed it up with some of Mary’s magic to create a holiday full of fun, and fully planned for you, before you arrive.
Hippersons has partnered with Beccles Station Cafe who now provide breakfast deliveries direct to your door, hampers of local food, or a personalised picnic hamper to accompany you on your day on the Broads.
Just a short walk away you can find Beccles Lido - which some adventurous customers have rowed to and back from!
There are several big supermarkets located within a 5 minute drive and most have petrol stations. When you arrive for your holiday the owners will greet you and tell you more about the beautiful local area.