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PUBLISHED: 06:35 09 June 2014

Wroxham views.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wroxham views. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Nestled in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, Wroxham and Hoveton are not only thriving villages but also a haven for nature and boat lovers.

So it is little surprise that this Broadland area has become such a popular place to not only live, but also to holiday in.

There is an excellent choice of properties – from modern, family homes and traditional period properties to eye-catching, waterfront houses and country retreats.

Dubbed the capital of the Broads, the picturesque river runs through the centre of Wroxham and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a spot of lunch, take a walk or feed the ducks.

There are a number of boat hire companies and boating businesses based on the river and some properties offer river frontage and moorings, making it incredibly popular with those who love life on the water.

There is an excellent choice of independent shops, selling everything from jewellery, antiques, toys and home wares to clothes, gifts and day to day essentials.

And of course, one of Norfolk’s famous retailers Roys of Wroxham is synonymous with the history of the village, with a grocery store, department store and many other smaller satellite shops.

There is a great choice of cafes and restaurants to choose from, serving a variety of cuisines for all budgets – and of course, many have lovely views of the river.

Wroxham is also a fantastic place for family life. There are some excellent schools in the town and surrounding villages and you are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities.

You could feed the ducks by the river, explore Wroxham Broad or go in search of wildlife in the surrounding Broadland countryside.

The award winning tourist attraction BeWILDerwood, where you can climb, slide and explore among the treetops, is on the doorstep, as is Wroxham Barns, which has its own junior farm and play centre. To explore further afield, take a steam or diesel train on the 15ins gauge Bure Valley Railway through picturesque countryside all the way to the market town of Aylsham.

For those who enjoy a quieter life, there is an excellent local art scene and plenty of groups and societies to join and of course endless opportunities to learn to sail.

Based at Wroxham Broad is the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club which always welcomes new members.

As well as a competitive racing programme, there is also plenty of opportunity for a more leisurely and relaxed sail. The club also has a thriving social scene, so even if you don’t like to be on the water you can still get involved.

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