The idea of owning a holiday lodge and your own boat with moorings seems like something reserved for the super rich but you would be in fact woefully wrong! Here is why...
Words like lodge and speed boat exude luxury as well as fears of their costs! Well they would wouldn't they? Imagine waking up in your own timber lodge, breakfast on the decking with a coffee in hand, the sun rising with thoughts of how to spend your day relaxing and where you could go? What adventures could you go on?
Tingdene have been established since 1969. We are the leading park home manufacturer in the UK and are also the biggest owner of inland marinas and one of the biggest owners and operators of holiday parks and lodge parks in the UK. So... we know about marinas, water and lifestyle lodges.
With your own boat and moorings just meters away from your lodge you can feel like James Bond whisking off to explore the waterways of the Broads and the Broads National Park!
You could even moor up and stop off for a cheeky spot of lunch or wine at a local pub or restaurant explore the best in local dining before heading off to explore the heritage and history of Norfolk and Suffolk from the beautiful vantage point of your boat soaking up the sounds of the waterways.
Worried about annual costs? fear not! Leasehold holiday properties are a great investment. Tingdene offer an optional managed letting scheme through a new and emerging holiday brand - Holidays for Allseasons - so you can have a totally passive investment..we do all the work for you!
The Norfolk Broads may look natural, but they are a man-made phenomenon, the result of inundated peat diggings.
Amazingly, it wasn't until the 1950s that this was realised, when Dr Joyce Lambert's research revealed that the sides of the deep lakes were vertical and not gently sloping as would be expected of a naturally formed lake. This, coupled with the historical evidence of peat demand for fuel, proved irrefutable.
Another clue is that the area's names are not Anglo-Saxon or Norse. They are named after people or landmarks, meaning they originated later.
Imagine a time where there are no mod cons, no electricity and certainly no mechanical diggers - just man power and a need to survive in what would have been difficult and unforgiving times. In the 12th century the population of east Norfolk was growing rapidly and the area was documented to be the most densely populated in Britain.
Materials for living were scarce; timber and fuel supplies were drained as much of the woodland areas were cleared and a new source of fuel needed to be found. It was at this time that peat digging, also known as 'turbary', was tapped into and this provided a suitable fuel alternative.
The extraction of peat would have been a difficult and unpleasant task, requiring great physical effort. Yet it was a prosperous industry and provided fuel for both individual families and manors, with a greater proportion being sold. It is estimated that more than 900 million cubic feet of peat would have been extracted.
Digging took place throughout all the east Norfolk settlements until the 14th century, when finally nature overcame man's force. The massive holes that had been created gradually began to fill with water as the sea levels rose. Flooding was taking place on a regular basis and peat extraction was simply no longer possible. As these 'holes' began to fill the now popular tourist destination of The Norfolk Broads was starting to form.
Over 200 km of navigable Broads and rivers were created by peat digging and these provided essential channels for communication and commerce throughout the 16th century. Norwich was the second largest city in England after London and its tradable goods of wool, weaving and agricultural produce were exported throughout the world from the port of Great Yarmouth. The waterways were also used to transport coal, bricks, timber and tiles.
The boats that plied these routes were Norfolk Wherries, with their single black sail, and smaller, square-sailed keel boats.
Today the Norfolk Broads can still evoke a sense of disbelief in new visitors. For those wishing to discover more about the fascinating history of the Norfolk Broads visit the Museum of the Broads in Stalham where you can see how the mystery was solved and the tools used in the traditional trades including thatching.