Beach House Tranquillity by the Sea

Nestled just off the North Norfolk coast at Heacham and surrounded by sand dunes, you will find an intriguing and truly unique Beach House with a resemblance of Noah’s Ark….


Welcome aboard The Wild Duck, a former boat, that is now on dry land, built back in 1878 and the only one of its kind open for holidays throughout the year, allowing everyone to share and enjoy her charm, true romance and sheer intrigue of staying onboard an original boat over 135 years old, without even having to get your feet wet.

It is true to say that once experienced, The Wild Duck will remain in your memories forever, it is the perfect holiday retreat with idyllic surroundings, providing a wonderful holiday for all who come aboard…

The Wild Duck – where doing nothing is time well spent!

  • Beautiful views across the RSPB nature reserve to the river and sea beyond
  • Elevated sun decks with sunset views
  • 1 minute walk to the beach, local pub - 20 minutes, local shop - 10 minutes
  • We are family and dog friendly


Just imagine the sun beaming in as you wake in the mornings, take a look out one window and the sea is just 200 metres away, look out another window and see the stunning RSPB nature reserve and river. The terraces allow you to just sit back and soak up the views, or experience some of the most breath-taking sunsets you will ever see, plus, what could be more therapeutic than drifting off to sleep to the sound of the waves rolling in…

Inside the holiday cottage accommodation is clean, comfortable and inviting with a nice bright and airy feel and, being self catering, there is every convenience you could wish for including free wireless internet connection. Cleverly, one of the bedrooms has been built into the bow of the boat, providing fantastic 180 degree views outside. There are also delightful views from the lounge and kitchen.


The lounge and kitchen have views across to the sand dunes and towards the sea - Relax in either of the comfortable two-seater sofas or armchairs. There's children's table and chairs, a colour TV with DVD player, radio, CD player, iPod dock and free WiFi. The fitted kitchen is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery, fridge, small freezer, oven, grill, hob, kettle and Nespresso coffee machine.

The Wild Duck has three bedrooms - The Master bedroom has a double bed and built in wardrobe, situated in the bow of the boat and giving 180 degree views. A double bedroom, with built-in wardrobe and a light and airy children's bedroom with twin beds that both enjoy views over to the river, both situated in the hull of the boat.

Family bathroom with shower, WC, wash basin and airing cupboard

Outside you can relax on elevated sun terraces on the front (with BBQ) and back with tables and chairs allowing you to sit back and soak up the views. There is a large un-fenced area of wild grass and flowers surrounding the boat house, safe for children to cycle the length of the private sand road. Bicycles are available to hire, please enquire when booking.

Duvets, pillows, linen, towels and tea towels are provided. Oil fired radiators throughout.

Rental Costs

The Wild Duck is available to rent on a weekly basis from Friday to Friday, arrive 3pm, departure 10am, or for three day breaks subject to availability, normally in low season or last minute availability.

£900 - Christmas & New Year

£900 - Easter & Half Terms

£800 - June & September

£900 - July & August

£650 - January to May, Oct to December, excluding holiday weeks above

£550 to £720 for Three Day Breaks, please enquire

The Wild Duck is a no smoking property and well behaved dogs are welcome.

How To Book

Please check the availability calendar for your preferred dates. You can either email us via the enquiry form, call or email Barbara Knights on 01359 270345 or Barbara will be able to help with any queries or check availability direct with you.

Payment Terms - one third of the rental cost is required as a deposit at the time of booking, the balance is due six weeks prior to the start of your holiday.

Security deposit - we request a security deposit of £100 to cover the cost of any damage to the property or its contents that may accidentally occur during your stay. This is refunded immediately after departure.

Things to do on the North Norfolk Coast



There is plenty to see in and around Heacham. Walking, cockling, sailing, wind-surfing, cycling. A scenic walk along the sea front promenade to Hunstanton, stunning restaurants and wonderful fresh sea food available on your door step, especially in Brancaster Staithe. Also nearby is Snettisham Park, a working farm with plenty to see and do with young children -

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate.

Burnham Market

Burnham Market

Burnham Market is one of North Norfolk's loveliest villages. The perfect place to shop, dine or simply stay awhile and revel in being part of the traditional village atmosphere.

Holkham Estate

Holkham Estate

Holkham National Nature Reserve covers about 3706 hectares (9158 acres) from Wells-next-the-Sea to Burnham Overy and comprises a number of rare and precious habitats including salt marsh, sand dunes, pine woodland, beach and grazing marsh.

Availability Calendar

Contact Us

If you would like to stay at The Wild Duck, have a query, or would like to confirm availability directly, please feel free to contact Barbara Knights at Ravenwood Hall Hotel via email or telephone.

Get in touch with us

Our office hours are 9:00 – 17:00