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Whispering Reeds- Boat Builders, Repairers & Hirers
Family owned Boatyard
Established for
nearly 40 Years

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Cruising Holidays - Short Breaks - Day/Night Hire
Rowing & Fishing Boats - Sailing Boats - Houseboats

The Houseboats moored on the edge of Hickling Broad
The two houseboats on the left are the Sundew boats and the one on the right is a Sunrise.

The Sundew boat's accommodation consists of two cabins, each with double beds. The saloon has a sofa which pulls out to make another double bed. The galley is fitted out to a good standard, with cooker, oven and fridge. There is a separate toilet/ shower compartment. Heating is provided by a blown hot air system.


The Sunrise boats are smaller with only one cabin, in which is a double and a single bed. Again a double bed can be made up in the saloon. There is a well equipped galley, and a separate toilet/shower compartment. Heating is provided by space heaters.

Both types of boat have a open outside well suitable for fishing during the season, or just sitting out in the fresh air. The boats are moored on their own plot within the boatyard, backed by a grassed area. Rowing dinghies for the exclusive use of our houseboat guests are moored in the dyke at the back of the plot. 

Bittern is designed to provide our guests with an unrivalled experience when exploring the Norfolk Broads, one of the family of English National Parks. She is based in Hickling, adjacent to a National Nature Reserve, where the Norfolk Wildlife Trust are working hard to re-establish the Bittern, still an endangered species in this country. You are within easy reach of Horsey Mere in a half day cruise, or further afield to somewhere like Ranworth in a whole day. For a longer voyage, she is well equipped for overnight stays.
The best of modern boat equipment has been included in this boat. The most up to date gas cooking facilities, the latest in toilet and shower fittings have been searched out. Comfortable upholstery has been specified. Blown air central heating has been included so the boat is available for most of the year, except for a few weeks around Christmas when we take a break.
We have always tried to provide our guests with the experience that we ourselves enjoy on the Norfolk Broads, whether it is fishing, sailing, bird watching, or simply " messing about in boats". We believe that, with Bittern, we will give you, our guest, an unforgettable experience.

We look forward to welcoming you here to Hickling Broad
For more information please phone 01692 598314
Email:info@whisperingreeds.net or visit website at