Swallowdale Reviews

Our Brundall Breaks Reviews

Had a great time, fishing and weather good. Swallowdale is excellent, we found all we wanted in this well equipped property. The cleanliness and Covid-19 ruling well implemented. Well done! We felt very safe. Already booked for next year.

G, J and N T

We enjoyed our stay in Swallowdale. We found it very clean, neat and tidy and very comfortable. Thank you. Would come again.

A and J R

Just want to say a huge thank you to Ian for putting all the necessary procedures in place to allow us to still have a brilliant time despite the pandemic. Also thank you for the welcome pack, our dog Ozzy loved his dog biscuits and we also enjoyed our gifts. We caught plenty of fish and had glorious weather. Could not fault the place. Would definitely come back.

L, C and O

On arrival, we were thrilled with the chalet, very clean and well appointed. Thank you for the well chosen welcome basket. Storm Dennis made the fishing difficult but enjoyed the facility. Many Thanks.

The S Family

Our annual January trip to Swallowdale was an absolute joy as always. We're loving the new UHD TV too! Can't wait to come back again in June. Thanks, Ian And Jo.

Mr and Mrs H

Second visit to Swallowdale and just as good as the first time. We will be back. Thank You.

The W Family

5-star accommodation. Thank you, Ian. Fishing very very poor in the day!!! After 4 pm the river comes alive. Night fishing and very early morning, bream (av. 4lb) can be caught at will with the odd roach and perch. All fishing to worm. Many thanks again Ian (will return)

L and D

We have had a fantastic stay. The welcome pack was very good. Great fishing and lovely views. Thanks.

The W Family

Thank you for a lovely cottage. Had a lovely comfy stay, the best equipped we have ever been in. The welcome pack was very thoughtful. Will come again.

K, P and P

Another Great Stay. This without doubt is the best Brundall Breaks let in Brundall. We have stayed in five properties along here. This lovely home has it all. This week we had high tides and rain, but the fishing was good. The stay was perfect. 3rd stay here. We will be back. Thanks for the little touches. Everything you need. Thanks Jo and Ian.

A, L, C and M B

Yet again an amazing stay at your beautiful cottage. Thank you for the welcome basket. Weather, views and fishing have been great. Already booked for next year so counting down the weeks until we return.

The Q Family

It’s our 3rd visit, thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. We were blessed with good weather while we stayed here. We were able to relax and enjoy the sun, lovely views and birdlife. Food at East Hills superb. Fishing once again amazing, Perch to 3lb, Pike to 8lb, Bream to 4lb and plenty of fish to catch throughout the day. Again would like to thank you for the welcome pack. Already booked for next year. Thanks.

A and M C

Enjoyed the chalet and the location. The weather was changeable. We visited places by car that 25-30 years ago we visited by boat. Salhouse, Ranworth, Horning, Loddon, Ludham and Oulton Broad. Very little changes. Would like to think we could come back.

Mr and Mrs R

This is our 4th visit and it has been, as always absolutely fantastic. From the moment we walk into Jo and Ian's amazing accommodation we instantly relax and feel at home. The welcome pack is always amazing and even treats for our dog Ozzy, which were greatly appreciated. This accommodation, views and fishing is among one of the best we've ever stayed in and brings us back year after year. Thank you both so much.

L and O

We so love this place. The weather has been lovely and it’s so relaxing, it’s unbelievable. Fishing has been tidy too, lots of large bream very early or into the night. We’ve all had such a lovely time. See you soon.

K, K, J and G

Just what we needed, time to relax and enjoy our weeks holiday. John has been fishing most of the time, me with my books. Weather was very good for sunbathing, just one day cloudy but very warm. Looking forward to coming again in September. Got booked for 2 weeks next year as well. Thank you, Ian, for the basket.

Mr and Mrs N

Had another lovely chilled out holiday again. Fishing was good. Weather was great, lots of sunbathing and reading. Best holiday for us. Have booked again for next year. Welcome pack really appreciated. The cottage has all you need. Thank you for making it a welcoming place. Can’t wait till next year.

C and N E

Again the highlight of our year. We love Swallowdale (a lot!). Weather pretty good, only one thunderstorm and lots of rain for a day. Husband caught so much bream, he needed help lifting his keep net out of the river! Bonus. See you next year. Thanks to Ian and Jo too.

Mr and Mrs O

Wonderful as always, our visits to Swallowdale are the highlight of our year. Alexa is a lovely new addition and the lodge is, as ever, perfect. Thanks, Ian and Jo, we’ll be back soon.

L and M

5 star. The cottage and the weather was good for us. Definitely on top of our list of cottages in the Norfolk area. We will be returning. Welcome pack was very welcome. Thank you.

L and A

Superb accommodation. Has everything you need and more!! Very comfortable and quiet location, exceeded our expectations in every way. Unfortunately, the weather was against us (rain, rain!!) but we coped and went out and about as usual. Have recommended the lodge to friends and family, its now in my favourites for a return visit. Welcome pack very much appreciated.

J and P

We originally booked one week stay, but due to the lovely chalet and great weather, we extended our stay by six more days. Ian has made our visit so comfortable and pleasant. The chalet is well looked after and had everything we needed. The basket of goodies was great. We will be back for sure. Thank you, Ian.

O, R, C and P

As we lived in Brundall 10 years ago, no sightseeing. Enjoyed cosy chalet and life on the river. Great. Thank You. 5 Star

J and L

Most enjoyable week. Chalet spot on, everything you need. Home from home. Would like to come back. 5 star.

E and R

Yet another lovely stay. Weather was good to us, no rain. Fishing was excellent lots of large bream. Lovely basket of goodies on arrival is a fabulous touch. We will be back. Thank you.

B and T

What a lovely cottage in a stunning location. Very relaxing and comfortable week. Fishing was sparse thanks to snow and cold. Very few fish taking the bait. However, we had a great week. Ian and Jo have thought of everything. Look forward to returning in the future.

R and D

Amazing and wonderful break as always, even in winter the views are stunning. Always something new too, little improvements to the place and the thoughtful touches. Thank you.

L and M

We had a really lovely time in your beautiful chalet. We will be back.

T and D D

Ian. Just brilliant. I will be back.


Amazing place. Relaxing, calm, quiet. Everything we need was here. Welcome pack was a lovely thought. Fished and watched wildlife and boats go by. Second time we have been to Brundall. Will be looking to come back here again. Thank you.

T and V

Superb stay as always, it’s the highlight of our holidays staying at Swallowdale. Five Stars.

A and L

Another great stay. Fishing excellent, bream at night, 10-15 every night - 6 lb pike and problem, broken up 30 times in 2 weeks but did manage to keep 6 on light tackle. Swallowdale has everything you need. Will book again for next year.

The B Family

Too much to enter on here, except ‘HUGE THANKS’ we will enter a review on TripAdvisor once Home. Coming back next year.

J and G

Once again we can thank you for the lovely cottage and its warmth. Last week the weather broke but we were able to relax for the days it rained. Fishing good, roach, bream and Pearch, but required a little coaching to get them to feed, Looking forward to returning next year. Thank you.

The C Family

The lodge and location is brilliant. Weather was kind to us, went to ferry house for first time, will go back again. Fishing best ever, 38 pike, biggest weighed 21 lbs, also caught rare tench down by the fencing, hope to come back next year.

The W Family

What a fab holiday home. Everything you could want and more. 5-star accommodation. We were lucky in that the weather was boiling and the night fishing was superb, as was the day. We love this place, will come back.

K, K, J and G

This is the end of our third visit, had a great week fishing and sitting around, cottage as always fantastic, well equipped and clean, booked for next year again.

S, M and M

Again a lovely holiday. Seven full days of beautiful sun to match the lovely location! Love this place, Swallowdale is the best ‘lodge’ on riverside. Thanks to Ian and Jo, see you next year.

The O Family

Also had a great week. Excellent accommodation. Recommend Coldham Hall (across water) for good food - but not easy to find by road as sat nav does not recognise it! Hired boat for 1 day from Buccaneer Boats nearby, great day on water and nice to use river and get others perspective. Went to Norwich. Herons nest - heard chicks calling and saw herons supply but slightly out of sight, could just see nest sticks when wind blowing. Another pub for food - Ferry Inn - Stokesby. Thank you.

The C Family

The accommodation and finishing touches is what all others should judge themselves against. Great holiday.

The W Family

It’s always a delight returning to Swallowdale. The welcome basket is always a lovely touch. This is such a wonderful place to rest and relax. If the ducks come calling then swans, geese and other wildlife aren’t far behind. Thanks for another fabulous week. Back soon.

L and M

Had a lovely time, couldn’t want for more, was more equipped here than our own home. Loved it. Thank you and thank you for the parcel of food.

The D Family

Lovely holiday home. It is well equipped. The welcome pack was a bonus. The view is great.

J and G

The first couple of days fishing were affected by the snowmelt. Saw otters. Beautiful setting, very comfy holiday home, so well equipped, even sharp knives! Ian and Jo have thought of everything.

L and L

First few days fishing were great, then the snow and wind set in -18 degrees, the coldest we have ever fished in and caught nothing! Fabulous chalet, a home from home.

R and S

Had a lovely week in this lovely well equipped cottage. Great views, great wildlife. Kids loved the ducks, geese and swans. Property was warm, cosy and well equipped with everything thought of. Extremely clean and tidy and welcome basket was a lovely touch. We were so lucky to find this little treasure only booking a day before coming. Thank you for the use of your property, we will return again in the summer.

S and A

Had a really lovely break, everything we needed was here. Thank you so much for the welcome pack, such a lovely thought. Warm and cosy didn’t worry about the horrible weather.

J and T

Thank you. We had a lovely stay - chalet lovely with everything we needed - We even used the loungers on the deck for a couple of days - The welcome pack was a nice bonus. Thank you for help with the TV, we did find it hard to use but think that was down to our age. Thank you again.

J and J

Had a lovely week, lovely comfortable cottage, hard to find any faults. Thought of everything, from thread to the needle. Good illustrations for appliances. Fishing difficult due to salt tide, but overall a very enjoyable week. We will be back. 5 *

P and D

Had a perfect weeks stay at Swallowdale, very clean, very cosy and everything you need. Thank you for the welcome pack, it was such a nice touch. We were so lucky with the fishing and pleased with the fridge for the bait, that was a first. Thank you, hope to return again soon. 5 *

D and A

Our second visit to this wonderful holiday home. Had a fabulous 2 weeks (Don’t want to go home). Weather has been very good. It’s so peaceful just watching wildlife (and feeding it as well). Fishing was good, best fish a bream 2llbs. Will recommend to anyone (have done also to while we have been here to passers by). Welcome basket was a lovely surprise. I cannot praise this wonderful chalet enough, everything you need is here.

A and T

We cannot thank you enough for letting us stay in your very comfortable and clean cottage. The welcome basket was a lovely surprise and much appreciated. The cottage is warm, well thought out, you just have to enjoy and relax while spending your time here. The fishing is superb, it was great to have a place to store equipment and bait (most days bream, roach, perch and 1 pike). Hope we will be able to return next year.

The C Family

We struck lucky finding a free week late booking, the fishing has been a treat for our son, he’s loved it. A very relaxing place and we’ve already passed the details on to others. Thanks for the lovely thoughtful welcome goodies.

The J Family

Our 3rd visit - another enjoyable break, the fishing was the best it’s ever been! We are back in October and booking again for next year - so we must enjoy it. Hired day boat for 5 days from Buccaneer. Thanks, Ian and Jo.

J and R

Wonderful week, lovely cottage, children's first time fishing and both loved it. Very lucky with the weather, spent a lot of time at the cottage relaxing. Hope to come back next year. We all enjoyed the welcome basket.

The A Family

Had another great break here. Had a great time fishing. Cottage was well equipped and very clean. Booked for next year. Thank you for the welcome basket. We also tried the new Indian Restaurant and was very good.

C and N

Had a great time again and booked already for next year! Can not fault anything here, clean, tidy and very well equipped.

M and S

Lovely clean property with everything required to make an enjoyable and comfortable stay. We have holidayed in Norfolk many times and this is by far the best property we have stayed in. Welcome basket much appreciated.

P and P

How lucky to stay in a lovely clean bungalow with superb weather. Thank You.


Amazing lodge in a beautiful location with everything catered for. Wildlife is superb and with great weather, we spent many afternoons relaxing on the deck and just enjoying the scenery.

L and M

Thanks for welcome pack. Well done! you keep a beautiful chalet. Everything you need, Spotless.

J and L

Fantastic place to stay, Credit due to you. Have enjoyed so much.

K and K

Fantastic week, can’t remember having had self-catering accommodation so well provided before. Everything you need and more.

C and R

Thanks for welcome pack, nice touch, Weather good apart from ‘Doris’, fishing good, can’t wait to come back.

P and M

What a fantastic cottage, everything you need for a nice relaxing break. Thank you for welcome hamper (never had that before)

T and B

Second visit to Swallowdale, even better than last visit with all the added extras. Welcome hamper really good, Thank you Ian and Jo. 5 Star accommodation, very clean, lovely weather and good fishing, we will return next year.

A, L and D

Lodge the best we have stayed in, it will be difficult to get better, fantastic two weeks, great fishing. Would love to come back however already taken next year! If you want to try something a little different! Horners (Acle) Auction every Thursday, great fun, don’t have to buy anything.

B and S

We have had a great two weeks here. Weather fantastic, welcome pack was great. Lodge facilities great and very comfortable, couldn’t ask for more. Hope to be back same time next year.

D, W and M

Another fantastic stay. It’s brilliant that the new owners have kept up the standards of the property, if not exceeded! Thank you so much for the welcome pack - very welcome indeed. Hired boat from Buccaneer again - lovely to be alone with nature! Thanks, Ian and Jo - hopefully we will return again next year.

J and R

A blissful week away from work although the WiFi meant I was never that far away! But the welcome pack! It was very welcome!! And so generous. And the accommodation so well equipped too. Mixed weather - not into fishing so visiting local towns and villages. If you are into Cash in the Attic go to Acle on Thursday mornings and Horners Auction behind the big Budgens - fascinating. Today (Friday) an absolute scorcher and have turned bright red just from an afternoon outside!


Very clean and well equipped chalet. The welcome pack was a lovely touch (especially the wine) Great time fishing! Amazing views, close to train so didn’t need to use the car! Overall a fantastic time had by all! See you again soon!! 5-star rating *****

S and A

Great holiday had 2 birthday parties for the kids 4 and 6, kids loved Swallowdale. Been coming a couple of years now, well presented and great welcome pack 5* Nice to see gate on decking.

M and B

We love coming to Swallowdale, we have been coming here for years and Swallowdale is the best cottage we’ve stayed in. See you in 2017. Welcome pack came in really handy - Thx!

A and T

Had a great time, loved the cottage, well equipped, very relaxing. Welcome pack was very nice surprise. We will be looking to come back in Feb 17.

C and N

Once again we have enjoyed our holiday with really good weather. And we hope to return next year. Thank you for our welcome pack.

G, B and A

Lovely Cottage, spotless, thank you for the welcome pack, weather disappointing. Would love to come back.

B and L

We’ve had a wonderfully relaxing week, watching the herons, ducks, swans, geese, boats…. Cottage has everything you need and thanks for the welcome pack! Hope to visit again, so much to see!

D and D

Back for our 4th visit - didn’t think it could get better but it has! Lovely welcome pack.

Mr and Mrs H

Great cabin, good location, everything is spot on, will come back again.


Perfect in every way, superb décor throughout. To arrive to fire on and welcome pack, service and personal touches way beyond expectation. Perfect location, quiet, so handy for all facilities, especially train access. Will definitely recommend to family and friends. Thank you.

I and J

Fantastic holiday very relaxing, very quiet not too bad fishing. Swallowdale is 5-star accommodation, very comfortable very clean and very spacious. So cosy in the evenings, everything anyone could want was here, very well equipped and what a special touch the welcome pack. Thank you so much hoping to return next year.

Mr and Mrs L

Lovely week, perfect lodge, perfect view every morning. Fishing good (but only after dark) Had a fab day to Norwich with Buccaneer Boats. We certainly will be back this year.

Mr and Mrs J

Lovely chilled out relaxing week, fish caught most days. Very clean comfortable cottage. Welcome pack even had dog chews for our little Oscar. Hope to return again in near future.

Mr and Mrs G

Another great week at Swallowdale. Superb place to stay. Fishing not very good this week but still had a very good week. Hope we are able to come back soon.

Mr and Mrs L

Lovely cottage, everything you need. Good fishing Pike on lures between tea - dusk.

Mr and Mrs F

Home from home, thank you for the welcome pack. Accommodation excellent, well equipped kitchen, great outlook, fishing OK, deck area and seating arrangement very nice. Bait fridge a bonus. We had the best weather. Hopefully, we will be able to return next year.

Mr and Mrs C

Excellent in all respects. Equipment, in particular, is good quality, the TV, in particular, is a good quality Panasonic which is unusual in a rental cottage and much appreciated. Thank you, good value.

Mr and Mrs O

Lovely stay and thank you. Thank you for the welcome pack - very thoughtful, would like to return. Many thanks once again.

The W Family

We have rented a few places before but never have they been so well equipped and comfortable. Thank you for the welcome pack, very welcome surprise. The stay has been lovely, the dogs have even enjoyed the stay, first time away for them. I don’t think you could have thought of anything more to make the perfect stay. A great big thank you, would definitely stay at Swallowdale again.

Mr and Mrs T

Lovely. Had everything we needed and more, warm and cosy, the best place we have stayed (have been in lots), also the best welcome pack ever. Fist Class!! Thank You

R and C