My Favourite Holiday Cottages in Aylsham

Aylsham is a remarkable, attractive, and unspoilt little East Anglian market town in North Norfolk with a fine collection of 18th-century houses located on the River Bure in Norfolk. The town and surrounding villages are home to several quaint holiday cottages.

Aylsham has welcomed visitors to its various hostelries, restaurants and tea rooms over the centuries - Lord Nelson attended a dance at The Blackboys Inn on the Market Place, a popular watering hole and eating place in the town centre. Take the family on a trip by steam train on the Bure Valley Railway, which runs from Aylsham to Wroxham, where children will enjoy the play areas and a spot of animal feeding and grooming at Wroxham Barns.

A wisteria-clad, single-storey brick building with large windows overlooks a garden full of shrubs.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Garden House is a gorgeous rural holiday cottage near Aylsham in Norfolk set on the lavish grounds of a grand private estate. The pet-friendly cottage boasts beautiful views and 150 acres of grounds with lakes and combines rural charm with modern elegance in a cottage with an open fire and coastal access.

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Floor to ceiling French windows in a brick and coblestone cottage overlook a formal garden.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Bridge Cottage is a cute cottage converted from a former mill worker home in Aylsham, Norfolk. The delightful garden leads into the characterful interior, which retains exposed beams and tiled floors and offers open-plan design, thoughtful presentation and décor, and easy access to many attractions.

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Exterior of a row of terraced houses with potted bayleaf trees aside the front doors.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Perfectly situated for couples and small families hoping to explore the Norfolk Broads, Valentine Cottage in the heart of the Norfolk market town of Aylsham, offers cosy and welcoming accommodation, a pet-friendly cottage with wood burning stove, Freeview TVs, and a brick-built summerhouse.

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Exterior of an 18th-century terraced holiday cottage in Aylsham.
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3

Ideally situated just steps from the heart of the market town of Aylsham, Norfolk, lies Ted’s Place, a mid-terrace period home renovated to a high standard, a pet-friendly cottage with a modern kitchen, three pretty first-floor bedrooms, freestanding rolltop bath, and enclosed lawned garden.

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Exterior of a single-story, stone cottage overlooking a large lawn.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Acorn Cottage is cute as a button. The romantic cottage in Oulton, Norfolk, is surrounded by countryside and a delightful garden and possesses true character. Pitched beamed ceilings grace the interior, and a wood burner warms the living area. Contemporary styling complements its country charm.

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The tower of a windmill (no sails) surrounded by a shrub-filled garden.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Once a working flour mill for over 100 years, Aylsham Windmill now offers luxurious, family-friendly self-catering holidays (with Wi-Fi) for 2-6 guests in Aylsham, a picturesque rural market town in North Norfolk midway between Norwich and the coast at Cromer.

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An arched  brick gatehouse converted to holiday cottages.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

The Treasury is an elegant romantic cottage within the grounds of the private Wolterton Park Estate in Norfolk. The pet-friendly luxury cottage for two boasts exposed brick walls and great character, as well as fine furnishings and an open fire. Couples can also enjoy the private estate and its 150 acres of grounds.

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A clapper-boarded barn conversion with steps to a balcony half-hidden between trees.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Miller’s Loft is a romantic cottage amidst lush green countryside in Erpingham, Norfolk. The luxuriously appointed cottage offers beautiful views from its generous deck and draws natural light to the contemporary open-plan living space. Explore the region and relax by the wood burner.

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Aylsham is an excellent place to explore the rich North Norfolk Countryside and its pretty villages, take day trips to the coast at Cromer, dip into Norwich to experience its vibrant city lifestyle, or have a night out in one of its theatres or cinemas.

The whole family can enjoy plenty of activities during your self-catering holiday in north Norfolk. Take a walking treasure hunt around the town and surrounding countryside, or venture out to appreciate the East Coast countryside. Nearby family attractions include Strikers Ten Pin Bowling, Stompers Play Centre and Davenports Magic Kingdom in neighbouring North Walsham, where they can burn off their energy, ensuring they sleep like logs in their holiday cottage beds after that. A little further afield but still suitable for a half or a whole day trip are attractions such as The Redwings Horse Sanctuary (free entry), Bewilderwood (very popular with children) and The Amzona 'South American' Zoo in Cromer.

Walkers and nature lovers will enjoy exploring the Norfolk countryside using two long-distance footpaths, the Weaver's Way and Marriott's Way, which run through Aylsham. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust has several sites on the Broads, on heathland and at the coast. They are ideal for birdwatchers, nature lovers and walkers.

Visit the grand houses and stately homes such as Blickling Hall, a beautiful Jacobean House now managed by the National Trust where the ghost of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, still walks. The Buckinghamshire Arms, a National Trust pub opposite the Hall, is run by the same team that manages The Blackboys Inn. Discover all that the Norfolk Broads has to offer by hiring a boat or canoe or just joining a boat trip to explore the historic waterways of The Broads.

Stay in Aylshamholiday homes for a week or a weekend any time of year with family or friends for a relaxing or action-packed holiday exploring this corner of Norfolk.