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Making a move to Wroxham and Hoveton

PUBLISHED: 16:38 16 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:38 16 January 2017

Wroxham bridge.

Picture: James Bass

Wroxham bridge. Picture: James Bass

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Surrounded by the beautiful Broads countryside, with the river at their heart, the villages of Hoveton and Wroxham are thriving waterside communities

Wroxham bridge
Picture: James BassWroxham bridge Picture: James Bass

They might best known as the capital of or gateway to the Norfolk Broads – combining a bustling tourism economy with a lively boating scene, but next-door neighbours Wroxham and Hoveton have plenty more to offer those who live there.

While life centres around the river and surrounding Broads, the two villages offer great shopping, leisure activities, community facilities and a great range of housing. There are also rail and bus links into the city and out to the coast.

So it is little wonder that Wroxham and Hoveton are such popular places to live for all ages – from retirees wishing to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the watery landscape to families keen to sample a slice of country living while still having excellent amenities.

At the heart of the community is Roys of Wroxham, considered the world’s largest village store – although it is actually in Hoveton. As well as its famous department store, which was founded in 1895, Roys owns several other shops in the centre, including a good supermarket and toy shop.

Roys of Wroxham is at the heart of the community with its range of storesRoys of Wroxham is at the heart of the community with its range of stores

There is also an excellent array of other independent stores, including a butchers, jewellers and deli, as well as some great cafes, pubs and restaurants, creating a bustling community spirit for visitors and locals alike.

Wroxham and Hoveton are desirable places to live whether you are searching for a modern affordable home, a quaint cottage or a riverside property offering stunning views - there is plenty of choice.

For the ultimate in Broads living, a luxury four bedroom, architect-designed detached home on the riverbank, complete with boat house, costs £750,000. For those seeking something a little more modest – a four bedroom, modern detached family home will cost about £300,000, a two bedroom bungalow in the region of £270,000, a Victorian terrace at £250,000 and a three bedroom, modern semi-detached house from £220,000.

As well as a good range of schools both locally and in the surrounding villages, the area is blessed with some fantastic attractions and opportunities to explore the natural landscape. On the outskirts of the village is Wroxham Barns, which combines great food and shopping with a popular children’s farm and fun fair. The award-winning Bewilderwood is only a short drive away; the narrow gauge steam powered Bure Valley Railway takes you to Aylsham, and Wroxham Miniature Worlds brings together an extraordinary collection of model railways, Lego and vintage toys.

Hoveton Great Broad.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.Hoveton Great Broad. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Whether you own a boat, would like to hire one out for the occasional trip on the water, enjoy canoeing to spot the plentiful wildlife or simply like exploring the river and surrounding countryside on foot, there are plenty of opportunities to get back to nature. The area is home to many of Norfolk’s oldest and best-known boat building and hire companies, and there is a thriving boating community and sailing scene, making the villages a water-lover’s paradise.

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