The Wild Duck is a former 19th century boat, uniquely transformed into a luxurious Heacham haven ideal for seaside family holidays.
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

Perfectly positioned behind scenic sand dunes at Heacham South Beach and overlooking the Snettisham RSPB Reserve, The Wild Duck is no ordinary dog-friendly holiday haven.

Originally bespoke-constructed all the way back in 1878, in the 21st century you’ll find The Wild Duck set firmly on dry land, yet still gloriously drenched in the sounds of the sea and the gentle rustling of the reeds…ideal lullabies to drift off to in your cosy bed, with absolutely no seasickness in sight!

This charming former vessel now sleeps up to six people in three cosy bedrooms.  Fans of nautical nostalgia will find The Wild Duck heartily equipped with many of its original features, with plenty of fresh, vibrant and clean-lined décor throughout.  Elevated and comfortably furnished sun decks ensure you can enjoy those outstanding Wash sunsets to their full effect, as you catch up with your loved ones over a sizzling supper.

If you had a hunch that living on a former boat might mean compromising on luxury, think again! You’ll find a well-equipped kitchen on board, complete with everything you need to whip up seafaring feasts – and there’s even an espresso maker for that all-important morning shot of caffeine. Look out over the sand dunes as you prepare your meals, and revel in all that picturesque tranquility.

The stunning views continue as you head into the stylish and welcoming lounge, with its squishy seating, TV, DVD player and iPod dock, allowing you to set the perfect evening mood.

Choose your favourite sleeping space from three homely and nautically decorated bedrooms, the master built into the bow and providing a 180-degree vista over the nature reserve. The second view-filled bedroom is discovered in the boat’s hull, while the third bedroom is especially built for children, also in the hull with two single beds and refreshing natureful views. A spacious bathroom is found further along, complete with an indulgent shower.

After a sound night’s sleep and a tasty breakfast, why not get to know the local area? Just outside, you’ll find plenty of wide unfenced open space for the kids (big kids included!) to run around and play in, with your coastal location ideal for cockling and walking at low tide, then windsurfing and boating when the tide is high.

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At a glance

  • Former 19th century boat, dry beached and uniquely converted into a family holiday home for up to six people, with outdoor play areas and furnished outdoor decking.
  • Located in the Norfolk village of Heacham, behind sand dunes near the coast and next to a RSPB reserve.
  • The Wild Duck is dog-friendly and one bedroom is furnished for children, with two single beds. Smoking is not permitted.
  • A shop and pub are accessible within a half-hour walk. There are two unspoilt beaches nearby, with many other attractions within an easy distance.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks


Sleeps up to 6, master double bedroom, double bedroom, children’s twin bedroom, bedding & towels provided, bathroom, shower, well-equipped kitchen, storage units, fridge, small freezer, oven, grill, hob, espresso maker, sitting room, 2 sofas, TV, DVD player, WiFi, CD player, radio, iPod dock, sun decks, garden furniture, parking.

Local activities

Beaches, panoramic clifftop walks, local shops and market towns, tea rooms, cycling, Norfolk Lavender, Sandringham Estate, Titchwell Bird Reserves.

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Meanwhile, Heacham’s two unspoilt beaches are ideal for windswept strolls, or simply catching up with that book you’ve never quite found time to start. You’ll find shops and eateries nearby too, including the obligatory seaside fish and chips!

Slightly further afield, Snettisham Park Farm makes for a fun-filled family day out, while Heacham Manor is ideal for golfers, with an 18-hole course it would be a shame not to try out. The North Norfolk Coast is a mere five minute drive away, and if you’d rather leave the car on site, you’ll only have a 20-minute walk to find the nearest pub!

The Wild Duck proves that you don’t have to be a hardened seafarer to enjoy spending time on a boat, so why not gather up your loved ones and enjoy all those coastal charms in the comfort and stability of refreshing dry land. Anchors aweigh!

Things to note

Up to 3 dogs may be permitted to stay upon prior arrangement, strictly no smoking.

Where you'll be staying

Heacham, Norfolk

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