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Sleeps 8 adults Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Pets Not accepted Region Norfolk Town/village Wells next the Sea

Charming Family Retreat, near Wells next the Sea (1748NO)

A stunning 16th Century merchant’s house that is full of character and has a unique look-out tower at the top of the house that oversees the East Fleet creek and marshes opposite the town’s quayside; telescope supplied, this is a great space for daytime vistas of superb coastal views and night time stargazing. The house is located in the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea on one of the narrow lanes that leads down to the quay and has its own courtyard garden with a barbecue area, a staircase on either side of the house, two sitting rooms, a shower room or bathroom on the ground to third floors, sumptuous bedrooms and a convivial kitchen/dining space to enjoy reminiscing on the days’ outings together. The master bedroom is a converted sail loft, which has a stunning heavily beamed ceiling and exposed brickwork walls that gives you a true sense of the history of the house. Now beautifully refurbished, St Michael’s offers creature comfort living and the owners have created a superb holiday home for families and friends alike, that once stayed in will not easily be forgotten. Shops/Pub: within walking distance

Ground Floor
Sitting Room set over two levels with plenty of comfortable seating and a door that leads out to the courtyard garden, Smart TV, DVD player, CD player, WiFi and woodburner
Kitchen/Dining Room with underfloor heating and built-in electric oven, electric hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, dining table and chairs, steps up to
Utility Area with washing machine and freezer
Shower Room with shower cubicle, washbasin and wc

First Floor
Bedroom 1 with a double bed
Bedroom 2 with twin beds
Family Bathroom with bath with hand-held shower attachment, separate shower cubicle, washbasin and wc

Second Floor
Bedroom 3 with a king-size bed, double sofa and characterful beams throughout
Bedroom 4 with 2’6” twin size beds, please note that this bedroom is accessed from either Bedroom 2 on the floor below or Bedroom 3
Family Jack & Jill Bathroom with bath with hand-held shower attachment, washbasin and wc

Third Floor
Second Sitting Room accessed from the landing staircase outside Bedroom 4, with comfortable seating and bean bags, Smart TV and Blu-ray player. The sofa in this room can be used as a double sofa bed if required and is available at £75 per stay, please request and pay on booking

Fourth Floor
Lookout Tower accessed from the Second Sitting Room with counter top and two bar stools, under-sill lighting and telescope

Garden: Enclosed courtyard with paved and graveled areas, with barbeque, table and chairs.
Parking: Designated parking for one medium car in the garage. Additional roadside and public car parking.
Heating: Gas central heating, underfloor heating (kitchen only), woodburner
Also Provided: Towels. Books and games. Hairdryer. Travel Cot and high chair. Welcome tray.
Notes: This is a non-smoking property. St Michael’s is a very old and unique property and as such there are uneven floor levels both within and without the house. The two staircases are Norfolk winder staircases with narrow treads and steep inclines in keeping with a house of this type and age and we would advise that the house would not be suitable for the less agile. Mobile reception – variable.

Wells-next-the-Sea is a lively coastal town on the north Norfolk coast. With its fine, sandy beach, iconic beach huts and bordered by pine woodlands, it offers a playground for young and old alike, there is even a small gauge railway that will take you down to the beach if you don't fancy the stroll. At the harbour you can see the small fishing fleet unload its daily catch and the quayside is also popular with children, fishing for crabs. There is an eclectic variety of boutique shops, cafes, pubs and tea rooms to browse, with not a chain store in sight and The Buttlands is a lovely part of the town with a tree lined green, fine Georgian houses, pub and restaurant. Fishing trips, sailing, tennis, a swimming pool and fitness centre and the Wells to Walsingham light railway are all within easy reach and for something totally unique, why not take an Alpaca for a walk across the marshes! Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with the North Norfolk Coastal path running directly through the town you may not wish to wander far but other delights near to hand include Holkham Hall, Burnham Market and its sister villages, Brancaster, Cley-next-the-Sea and Stiffkey to name just a few.

  • BBQ
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Open Fire
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Welcome Basket
  • Parking, Private
  • Ground Floor W.C.
  • Ground Floor Bath/Shower room

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Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings or ask your local agent.

LocationWells next the Sea

This unspoilt harbour town is a fantastic base for exploring the North Norfolk coastline. There is a long sweeping sandy bay, with colourful beach huts and a variety of independent shops, tea rooms and amusement arcades. Visitors can stroll along the beach to Holkham Bay, another lovely way to travel to and from the town is the Wells Harbour Railway with views across to the harbour and the golf course. The Wells and Walsingham Railway is also a charming steam train route.

Amongst the moored boats in the harbour is the Albatros, one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat. Food and drink is served aboard, there is also live music and themed public events throughout the year. At the top of the main street of shops is the green, with a few nearby inns to choose from. The Whin Hill Ciderworks is the perfect venue to sample the local cider and apple juices.

There are boat trips out to Blakeney Point where the seals are often found basking on the sandbanks. The surrounding marshlands of Holkham Nature Reserve are a haven for migrating birds, larks and geese. From the town there are guided alpaca treks which is a fun and interesting way to explore the coastline.

Holkham Hall is open seasonally to the public and there are marked routes for walkers to explore the estate, which is also home to a large herd of deer. There is boat and canoe hire available from the lake.

Norfolk

Located on the east coast of England, facing Europe across the North Sea, Norfolk is one of the UK's most rural counties, with over forty percent of its population living in just four towns – Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Thetford. Adjacent to The Wash, in whose mud the medieval King John famously lost the Crown Jewels in 1216, Norfolk's geography is that of low plains or “fens”, which makes it along with neighbouring Suffolk feel more like northern countries of European mainland (Belgium and Holland) than the rest of England which is predominantly hilly.

In a similar way to that of the “low countries”, erosion and land reclamation have changed the coastline over the centuries, so that several towns (King's Lynn, for instance) which were once on the coast are now to be found several miles inland! The whole set-up makes for some very interesting topography as well as history and Norfolk is, for this reason, an interesting county to visit, almost as if it was a different country altogether!

East of England

This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.

Area Norfolk Nearest shop 0.2 miles Nearest pub 0.2 miles

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