If you're planning a visit to the Broads and want to sleep on dry land, you won't do much better than the Moorhen. It's situated in the tiny but lovely village of Horning, and you can see the boats go by on the Bure River from some of the bedroom windows. David and Christine are really, really friendly and helpful (without being in your way) and will get you set up with the activities you want - whether that means renting a motorboat, sailboat, or canoe, visiting the peculiarly delightful children's play park called Bewilderwood (which David helped build), or touring the area on foot or by motorcar. (But David believes in not using cars more than you need to, since the Broads are all about boating and the like. He also knows a lot about the local ecosystem and regional history, which he'll gladly share if you ask him. And of course, he can tell you what to expect at each of Horning's several restaurants.)
Our rooms were as clean as can be, simple yet somehow elegant. The breakfasts were possibly the best we enjoyed in our tour of the UK. This is partly down to the fact that David buys his meats from the butcher two doors up the road, who also happens to be the farmer who raises the animals he makes sausages from. And partly due to the fact that Christine makes wonderful preserves, partly from her own garden's produce. And you can get picked up/dropped off at the train station in Wroxham.
By the way, David himself can rent you canoes and suggest itineraries. We took a day trip down to Ranworth Broad and back. While there, we had time to visit the marshland sanctuary (scenic and informative) and climb to the top of a Norman church tower that really does overlook that whole sector of the Broads. Be forewarned, though: the tower steps are rough-hewn and worn, they twist up a narrow helix, and there are trap doors and ladders before you emerge onto (gulp) the roof. Not for the seriously acrophobic, but I don't have the greatest head for heights, and I loved it.
- Also Known As:
- The Moorhen Bed And Breakfast
- The Moorhen Hotel Horning
- The Moorhen Bed & Breakfast Horning, Norfolk