The Normans Reference: NO088
Location: Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

This is one of the best Rural Retreats we have visited and we will recommend it to our friends. The hamper left for us was absolutely excellent! AH, Devon

The Normans is a three storey holiday town house situated in the centre of Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk, just a 2-minute walk from the harbour and the sea. A high wall totally encloses the picturesque rear garden and patio area of this self catering luxury rental house. The house was originally built for the town's wheat merchant, who, it was rumoured, was also a smuggler. At the top of the holiday house there is a spy window, from which the merchant watched his boats come in and apparently the house had tunnels running beneath leading to various locations in the town. The spacious bedrooms have impressive views across the coast from Holkham to Stiffkey.

Wells-next-the-Sea is a popular Norfolk town set behind a small harbour on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. The town has a maze of narrow streets, old alleys and yards, filled with shops, pubs and cafes and there are many listed and impressive Georgian and Victorian buildings.

Wells-next-the-Sea is within one of the UK's designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the heart of the North Norfolk Heritage Coast. The beautiful sandy beach, with its pine trees, sand dunes and colourful beach huts, can be reached using a miniature steam train from the harbour or enjoy the Quay with its active fishing fleet and sailing club. The Normans makes an ideal outdoor holiday break as both Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham Woods are one of the UK's designated Nature Reserves, and walkers and birdwatchers can enjoy the North Norfolk Coastal Path, creeks and marshes.

Places within the area to visit include:
Holkham Hall - www.holkham.co.uk
Oxburgh Hall - www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Houghton Hall - www.houghtonhall.com
Castle Rising Castle - www.castlerising.co.uk
Raveningham Gardens - www.raveningham.com
Mannington Gardens - www.manningtongardens.co.uk

For those looking for activities the following are available from companies based in Holkham:
Cycle Hire from www.cyclenorfolk.co.uk.
Lake Activities from www.norfolkadventure.co.uk they offer activities such as Boat tours, Rowing, Canoeing, Kayaking and Water Zorbing.

For further local information please visit the following web sites:
www.visitnorthnorfolk.com
www.visitnorfolk.co.uk
www.enjoynorthnorfolk.com

Overview

Features

Enclosed walled garden with garden furniture, petanque pit and barbecue.

Property Layout

Ground floor: Large hallway with original tiles, sitting room, snooker room, dining room with french doors onto the garden, kitchen. Double bedroom with a 6' bed and shower room adjoining. French windows onto patio area. Double bedroom with a 4'6 bed and en suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

First floor: Twin bedroom with 3' beds, (3' guest bed underneath) and en suite bathroom with shower over the bath. Double bedroom with 5' bed and en suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Second floor: Double bedroom with 6' bed and en suite. Twin bedroom with 3' beds, (3' guest bed underneath) and en suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

Equipment

Gas-fired central heating, open fire in sitting room
Electric oven with ceramic hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
TV, DVD player.
Travel cot and high chair available. No stairgate provided.

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