Meet Your Hosts, Marion & Andrew

Marion and Andrew look forward to welcoming you to  Riversdale Cottage, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the the tranquil waterways of the Norfolk Broads.

Our Story

Marion and Andrew have both grown up on the Broads, with the river being an integral part of their life. Andrew worked at the family boatyard from a young age which sparked his passion for being on the water.

A master craftsman by trade, he has combined his passion and skills, sensitively restoring classic and vintage boats back to their former glory.

A keen sailor, Andrew has built his boating collection to include a stunning classic 1960’s Broads Cruiser and yacht which are both available to hire with Andrew as skipper.

Marion (now retired) worked at the local doctors surgery as a nurse and has spent many years making Andrew’s numerous house restorations a home. Many of the furnishings in the cottage have been custom made by Marion including all of the curtains.

Marion and Andrew purchased the site in 2013 and got planning permission for Riversdale in 2016 under an enabling development to ensure that the ice house was fully restored with the income generated from the holiday let.

We built Riversdale ourselves with some contract help on the shell. We lived in Riversdale for three years and then moved back into the ice house in 2019.

Marion and Andrew have two children, Belinda (named after their first boat) and Adam, both of whom have flown the nest but regularly return home.

You are likely to meet our two cats Basil and Bonnie and the latest addition to the family, Lottie, our dog.

All the animals are very friendly and the cats like to treat Riversdale Cottage and the ice house as their home. Feel free to let them roam if you are happy, but please make sure they aren’t locked in the house.

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