A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

24 December 2015

Keeping up appearances at Christmas


The houseboat is decorated with the usual cheery trimmings of Christmas, albeit on a low budget. Cloth pennant flags with Turner’s yard livery, fancy paper chains and a sprinkling of tinsel brighten up the cabin.  A dwarf Christmas tree has found a niche on the sideboard and strands of ivy and scented fruit pomanders with cloves are placed around.

Stockings, handmade in Burnley, Lancashire by Janet, are hung by the fireplace, expectantly waiting for Father Christmas. It is mystifying how the great red robed man drops down a narrow chimney pipe. The sliding entrance hatch would be easier.

At night candle lights glow in glasses, the fire crackles and the houseboat is flood lit.

Visitors are welcome to the houseboat during the Christmas season.

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