SOLD: Cotman Meadow £45,000 Freehold

  • At Postwick, Near Norwich, Norfolk
  • about 2 ¾ acres
  • East Anglia


Cotman Meadow is a spacious rural retreat within a few miles of Norwich. The previous owner spent the last decade creating a perfect wild life reserve. He has planted willow, ash, alder and hawthorn to create a patchwork of open woodland on the meadow, offering both shelter and food for birds and deer. It is bordered on either side by woodland and is within a few hundred metres of the picturesque River Yare. Its woodland boundaries and private access offer seclusion and tranquility. It also provides a refuge for a variety of wildlife including kingfishers and the elusive Chinese Water Deer, as well as migrating geese and waders.

Over the last years the meadow has been allowed to rewild. Willows and hawthorns have grown well and wild flowers such as the common spotted orchid are found. An area has been devoted to a wild reed bed, which is the original habitat for the broads.

Access is via a private track which runs from Ferry Lane, westerly along a dyke, through woodland opening up into the meadow. This is shown green on the plan. The track is good and any ongoing maintenance is according to use.

There is also a right of way over the path down to an area of riverbank for the exclusive of Cotman Meadow and neighbours, this area is ideal for fishing, boating or bird watching.

During the summer months it would be hard to find a better place to picnic or spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Because this is a special area it is protected as part of The Broads. This does give a new owner the satisfaction of knowing that they will be a guardian of part of our national heritage.

The meadow is only 9 miles from the city of Norwich and a short distance from both the village of Brundall and A47 however feels very rural and offers owners a perfect countryside retreat.

The purchasers of the meadow will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


Various reed and wild grasses make up the meadow and offer a great wildlife habitat. The previous owner has also planted hundreds of trees though out the meadow. Willows ash and hawthorn have flourished.


Of note Chinese water deer are seen on this and neighbouring land.

Chinese water deer were first introduced into Great Britain in the 1870s. The animals were kept in the London Zoo until 1896, when Herbrand Russell oversaw their transferral to Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire. More of the animals were imported and added to the herd over the next three decades. In 1929 and 1930, 32 deer were transferred from Woburn to Whipsnade, also in Bedfordshire, and released into the park. The majority of the current population of Chinese water deer in Britain derives from escapees, with the remainder being descended from many deliberate releases. Most of these animals still reside close to Woburn Abbey. It appears that the deer's strong preference for a particular habitat – tall reed and grass areas in rich alluvial deltas - has restricted its potential to colonize further afield. The main area of distribution is from Woburn, east into Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex, and south towards Whipsnade.


A level drained meadow and young woodland with good ditches on two sides and an excellent access track.

Access, tracks and footpaths

An excellent stoned access track provides year round access to this meadow.

Rights and covenants

This meadow forms part of the Norfolk Broads and it and the surrounding land is protected from future development ensuring a tranquil haven for years to come.


Local walks along the river Yare as well as boating and fishing.

Local area and history

The meadow is within walking distance of Brundall village in the English county of Norfolk. It is located on the north bank of the River Yare opposite Surlingham Broad and about 7 miles (11 km) east of the city of Norwich.

As in other broadland areas, the land lying directly adjacent to the river falls into the executive area of the Broads Authority.

The village is served by Brundall and Brundall Gardens railway stations, which are both on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Wherry Lines.

The village is famous for its boat-building business, with Brooms of Brundall being a major manufacturer in the past. Positioned in the heart of the Norfolk Broads area, it still serves an important role in the industry.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are: east - the dyke bordering the poplar trees; south - the dyke; west - the stakes and north - along the row of stakes bordering the track. The indicative boundary markings are in lilac.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 134
  • Grid ref: TG 304 076
  • Nearest post code: NR13 5HL
  • GPS coordinates: 52.6173, 1.4033

Location map


  • Cotman Meadow is between Brundall and Postwick, just east of Norwich.
  • It is situated not far from the junction of the A47 Norwich ring road and the A1042.
  • Take the exit off the roundabout signposted for Postwick. About 100 metres on the right, after the bus stop, is a turning to the right into Oaks Lane, again signposted Postwick.
  • Follow this road under the railway bridge and past the telephone box on the right, signposted Marshes.
  • Then take the next left up Leeder Road and go up the hill past a church. Follow this road for half a mile until you reach the junction with Ferry Lane.
  • The gateway to the track, leading to the woodland is located a hundred metres down this road, on the right.
  • There is also a car park at the end of Ferry Lane for parking during viewing.

    Satnav/GPS note: the postcode NR13 5HL is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

A young woodland and meadow close to the picturesque River Yare with use of an additional area of private riverbank.

Managed by Matt Marples

Telephone: 07979 755 118

Email: matt@woodlands.co.uk