Swallowdale Reviews

Our Brundall Breaks Reviews

We had a good couple of days here. We felt incredibly welcomed into the place and had a lovely time exploring places round here. It is kept extremely well and clean also!! Would definitely stay here again!

The M Family    10/04/2022

What a fabulous week we've had here. The view from the house and deck is just breathtaking. The quality of the house and everything therein is 1st class and the generosity of such a lovely welcome box has made this such a wonderful week to remember. Thank you.

M and R    26/03/2022

Another great stay. Thankyou for the welcome pack, and as always clean and everything to hand. The pub was closed, the fishing not good but it was a lovely break. Will be back next year.

L and A B    11/03/2022

When we arrived we were over the moon to see such a spotlessly clean, welcoming place. We were took back by the kindness of the owners with two Christmas presents under the beautiful Christmas tree and a fantastic welcome pack with all the essentials. We had a beautiful Christmas here and would definitely return.

K and A    24/12/2021

Had a lovely week, weather not too bad, rain on some days but didn't ruin the holiday. Lovely cottage, clean, tidy and warm. Had everything that we needed. Views lovely, spotted the herons nest. Got to visit a lot of the broads. Welcome pack was a lovely touch. Thank you for everything and we will visit again.

B and J A    20/11/2021

Once again a lovely week spent chilling and fishing. Explored more beaches this year with the dogs, Gorleston was our favourite. Fishing tough, not much activity until after 5pm then Bam! At least the weather was much nicer than last October. Thankyou for the welcome basket, and the use of your lovely holiday home.

R and J M    16/10/2021

As always everything great. Enjoyed the fishing, nights were better. Lodge well equipped. Looking to come back next year. Thank you Ian for keeping it very homely. Shame it wasn't for 2 weeks.

C and N E    08/10/2021

Great week, fishing was very good. 3lb Rudd and specimen. Good weather, super stay again. Back in March. Always top cottage, Thank you Ian. Always spotless.

The B Family    11/09/2021

So clean and well kept. There is nothing I can say negatively. I have been to some expensive cottages but Swallowdale is everything you could need on a Norfolk Broads self catering holiday. I love it, it is like home from home. Thanks. Already booked for 2022 and on the list for 2023.

G    28/08/2021

Thank you so much for a lovely stay and wonderful goodie box! The fishing was the best we've ever had.

D,C and L    14/08/2021

Another great week had by all. Weather and fishing were good and the cottage was fantastic as always. See you again next year.

S,M and B    07/08/2021

A lovely stay. Very comfortable. A lovely welcome pack. We will be back. Thank you.

M and M    10/07/2021

Had such a lovely week. Fabulous accommodation with quality fittings. Very comfortable. Such a lovely, thoughtful welcome pack and approachable, helpful hosts who have thought of absolutely everything. Looking forward to a return visit. 5 Stars.

L B and Family    19/06/2021

We stayed 5th - 12th June 2021. Had a great stay. Weather superb. Visited lots of beaches and enjoyed watching the boats. Booked for next June too. Had everything we needed and more.

B and A    12/06/2021

Thank you once again for a fantastic holiday. Swallowdale has everything we need, It's always clean, welcoming, couldn't ask for anymore. Weather was amazing with perfect views to relax and unwind in. Looking forward to our next stay.

The W Family     05/06/2021

We had a lovely weeks stay at Swallowdale. Swallowdale is like a home from home. Well maintained and spotlessly clean. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend Swallowdale to anyone.

J W and Family     08/05/2021

What a fantastic holiday home. Comfortable and cosy with everything you need to make you feel at home. We will be recommending to friends and family and will definitely be booking again.

S and S     07/11/2020

Felt really safe here with all the Covid-19 procedures you have put in place. We have stayed here before three years ago and loved it, so warm, cosy and relaxing. Has everything we need. This time we had a new sofa, chair and Alexa. Great. Thank you for the welcome box, it was very much appreciated.

C and R     31/10/2020

We always look forward so much to our stays at Swallowdale and each time we see an improvement of some kind. Such a wonderful place to stay, even with Covid-19 in force, we saw so much nature, beautiful sunsets and peace. Thank you Ian & Jo for the card and the usual spotless lodge.

L and M H     24/10/2020

Had a wonderful week chilling out and fishing. The weather and cold were against us but we still sat side by side every day! Caught lots of Perch and Roach. Lovely walks on Great Yarmouth dunes with the dogs. We have already booked for next year. Loved every minute. Thank you.

R, J, F and B     17/10/2020

Thanks so much for a fantastic stay! We thoroughly enjoyed it. The chalet is amazing and felt like home. 5 stars.

V, T, E and M     26/09/2020

Another excellent holiday. Place, as usual, clean, tidy and welcome. Enjoyed both weeks. Thankyou.

W, D and M     19/09/2020

Thanks again for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. Due to circumstances this year it was a relief to have a change of scenery. None better. Thanks for the welcome box, much appreciated and the extra chair is so comfortable. Fishing fine but a bit difficult at times. Looking forward to next year.

A and M C     05/09/2020

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     29/08/2020

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     22/08/2020

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    15/08/2020

Comfortable, clean, every amenity available for a 5 star stay. Even the ducks were knocking on the window to come in! Thankyou for the thoughtful basket of goodies! We shall return.

K and K N     07/03/2020

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    22/02/2020

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    11/01/2020

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

The W Family    28/12/2019

5-star accommodation. Thank you, Ian. Fishing very very poor in the day!!! After 4 pm the River Yare 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    09/11/2019

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

The W Family    02/11/2019

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    19/10/2019

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    05/10/2019

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    14/09/2019

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    07/09/2019

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 holiday cottages we've ever stayed in and brings us back year after year. Thank you both so much.

L and O    31/08/2019

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    03/08/2019

The end of our 4th visit and as always had a great time, good week of fishing for Mike and sitting relaxing for the rest of us. Will be back again next year.

S, M, M and B     27/07/2019

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    20/07/2019

Very relaxing week, just what was needed. Fishing was good, and weather other than Saturday afternoon was good - not too hot. Thankyou for the welcome pack. Enjoyed the wine on the deck watching the wildlife while hubby fished. Wanted to book this week again for next year but already booked so will look for September and try for 2 weeks, so will be back.

A and G S     13/07/2019

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    22/06/2019

Just perfect! What a view. We have loved every minute. A wonderful spot for J and P's 31st wedding Anniversary.

J, P and M     01/06/2019

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    25/05/2019

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    18/05/2019

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    11/05/2019

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    20/04/2019

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    06/04/2019

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

E and R    23/03/2019

Lovely property, everything has been thought of. Lots of lovely fish apart from the mixed weather. Lovely break, many thanks.

B, J and H D     16/03/2019

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    23/02/2019

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    02/02/2019

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

T and D D    24/11/2018

Ian. Just brilliant. I will be back.

S H    17/11/2018

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    27/10/2018

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

A and L    20/10/2018

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    06/10/2018

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    22/09/2018

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    01/09/2018

The lodge and location is brilliant. Weather was kind to us, went to ferry house for first time, will go back again. Pike 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    25/08/2018

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    04/08/2018

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    14/07/2018

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    30/06/2018

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    16/06/2018

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

The W Family    02/06/2018

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    26/05/2018

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    12/05/2018

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

J and G    05/05/2018

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    17/03/2018

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    03/03/2018

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    17/02/2018

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    13/01/2018

"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. "First Class" thankyou.

R and C     11/11/2017

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    21/10/2017

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    14/10/2017

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    07/10/2017

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    30/09/2017

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    09/09/2017

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    02/09/2017

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    26/08/2017

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    19/08/2017

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     29/07/2017

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    15/07/2017

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    01/07/2017

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

l    17/06/2017

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    27/05/2017

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

J and L    13/05/2017

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

K and K    06/05/2017

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

C and R    18/03/2017

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

P and M    25/02/2017

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

T and B     18/02/2017

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    29/10/2016

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    01/10/2016

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    24/09/2016

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    27/08/2016

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!

D    13/08/2016

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    06/08/2016

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    30/07/2016

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    16/07/2016

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    02/07/2016

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    11/06/2016

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

B and L    04/06/2016

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    21/05/2016

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

Mr and Mrs H    30/04/2016

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

P    09/04/2016

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    19/03/2016

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    27/02/2016

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.

S, D, J and M     13/02/2016

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 M     06/02/2016