Holiday Cottage in Wells-Next-The-Sea
25 Blackhorse Yard, Wells-Next-The-Sea
Thank you for your enquiry. Herewith are details of the cottage. We have tried to give as detailed a description as possible, but if there is anything else you would like to know, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The cottage dates back to the late 17th century, and is shown on old maps as the “The Blackhorse P.H”, although nowadays there is no evidence that it was ever a pub. The existing frontage – made from local Holkham Brick – is probably built in front of an old flint construction. There are several original features remaining inside, such as exposed beams and an old fireplace.
Blackhorse Yard is a quiet lane, with signs at either end to discourage traffic. (However, locals do use it so it is not completely traffic-free). It is conveniently situated off Freeman Street, about three minutes walk from the Quay, and five minutes walk from the main shopping street. From the Quay you can walk, drive, or – in the summer – catch a train to the beach (1 mile).
Inside, you will find the cottage has been renovated and furnished to a high standard. It is primarily for our own use, although we have been letting the cottage for over twenty five years now. There are storage heaters throughout the house, which are left on constantly during the winter months.
However, they can be switched on at any other time if the weather turns chilly. (Please remember they do not heat up instantly but warm up overnight. These are left on constantly between October and May, At other times, please be sure to switch them off again when you leave).
Downstairs, there is a living room, a kitchen and a room we have designated a children’s play area. The living room has a three-seater and a two-seater settee, and one armchair. There is a wood/coal burner in the fireplace. This is easy to light and is efficient enough to warm the whole house in winter. Alternatively, it can be lit to remove the chill if the temperature drops on a summer evening. There is a colour television, BT Box and DVD player. The cottage is equipped with free WiFi.
The kitchen is spacious, with a table and chairs (and a high chair). Cooking and hot water (instant) are by gas. There is a fridge, with a freezer shelf, and a microwave. There is also a washing machine. We have recently refitted the kitchen, using traditional materials, and made a feature of the original 17th century fireplace.
Off the hall there is a small room we call The Library where you can sit and read or play games. There are plenty of books, games and jigsaws in place. Alternatively, it can be used as storage space. .
Also downstairs are the bathroom and toilet.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms. There is one very spacious room with a double bed in it, and en-suite toilet. Between that and the landing there is a small room with bunk beds. Across the landing there is a large room with twin beds. There is a TV and DVD in this room. A cot is available.
Outside at the front, there is a small paved area. This has been fenced in to make it completely safe for children to play outside. The other half of the frontage is a small flowerbed. There is no back garden.
There is no permanent parking outside the house, but there is on-street parking in Freeman Street at the bottom of our lane (50 Yards), or, at busy times, in Gales Road (at the top of the lane) or Bases Lane a minute or so’s walk away. Alternatively, it is possible to purchase a weekly parking ticket that will enable you to park on other North Norfolk District Council Long Stay car parks for a week (approx £30 per week). When arriving or departing, and at any time in between, you are free to stop outside the house for as long as is necessary to load or unload.
All our prices are inclusive, so you will have no bills to pay, although we do not supply any fuel for the wood/coal burner. We do provide duvets and pillows but ask guests to bring their own linen, towels and tea towels. Please let us know if you are intending to bring any pets with you.
As well as the toys, you will find several other personal possessions around the cottage. We would request that visitors respect the property and leave it as they would hope to find it. If there is any accidental damage – or breakages you cannot replace – please let us know, so that we can keep the cottage fully equipped and up to standard. Many thanks.
Wells is an ideal place for a holiday. The town itself is big enough to accommodate several pubs and restaurants. There is an interesting range of shops, and there should be no problem buying everything you need for self-catering. The quay still acts as a small working harbour, while the beach, with its R.N.L.I. lifeboat, beach huts and sand dunes, provides plenty to see and do. Holkham beach is only a mile away and can be reached by walking either side of the nearby pinewoods, which themselves are wonderful for walking through or for children to play in.
Of course, Wells is central to the whole North Norfolk coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty and renowned for its bird watching appeal, with a rich variety of wildlife in coastal and countryside habitats. Holkham and Cley are only a few minutes drive away, and boat-trips to Blakeney Point can be taken from nearby Morston. There is also the Pensthorpe Waterfowl Trust, near Fakenham.
Alternatively, it is conveniently situated between the busier resorts of Hunstanton and Cromer, and five miles from Walsingham, famous for its Holy Shrines. This can also be reached by miniature railway. So there should be something to appeal to everyone during their stay at Wells.
We trust you will find this information helpful. Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can be of any further assistance.