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Hippersons Boatyard

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 two 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, the new addition ‘Secret Water’ available July 2020.

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. 

All of the site is available for private fishing if you want to bring your rods!

Watch the video of the Glamping pod here. 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, 

If you want to experience boating beyond your houseboat or pod you have access to a dingy for rowing and/or sailing. Day boats are also available for rental plus canoes and kayaks in the summer. 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, 5 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. 

There is a DVD and book exchange in the office for all customers to use and just a short walk away you can find Beccles Lido - which some of our 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. 

Free wifi Hippersons Boatyard Self Catering Finalist - Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards 2020 We're Good to Go - VisitEngland Covid-19 accreditation scheme
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