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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, East Anglia, England

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william d
1 review
“Comfortable cottage in a great location.”
Reviewed 24 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

The Old Whelk House suited my wife and I perfectly, being clean and compact with a combined lounge/dining area/ (well equipped) galley kitchen upstairs and a large bedroom, bathroom with shower and entrance hall downstairs. It might also comfortably accommodate 2 children, but could be a squeeze for more than a family of 4. There are some nice extra touches including maps, guides, binoculars (2) and a telescope for viewing boats in the harbour (only yards away) and the salt-marshes beyond.
Parking was 5 minutes walk along the quay (not a problem in good weather and offering fine views). The fishermen who sometimes blocked the gates to the private parking were friendly and helpful. A wide variety of local shops (including a NISA) and restaurants were a very short walk away on The Quay or along Staithe St.. There was a Co-op supermarket closer to the A149. The coastal walking in the area is excellent and the coast path runs along the quay. Several outstanding nature reserves/walks such as Holkham (amazing expanse of beach), Titchwell and Cley can be reached easily by car or the quite frequent Coasthopper bus service. The property and location are recommended.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Older Cooker
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 May 2016
Thanks for taking the time to write this great review. Glad you enjoyed it and welcome back anytime.
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Sheila A
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Ideal property in exceptional location”
Reviewed 6 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the OWH. The facilities were excellent. New bathroom and refurbished bedroom are splendid. For us the view from upstairs lounge is awesome looking over the quay, down to the lifeboat buildings to the left and along the creek to the right. With a selection of feeding birds at low tide - perfect way to start the day. The property provides all you need for a comfortable stay, including a good selection of books (to help identify those birds). We were able to park outside the property on the quay at this time of year, but during the summer months having the private parking just up the road would be a real bonusl.

Wells is an ideal place to reach many lovely spots on the coast and inland. This trip we visited Felbrigg Manor, nr Holt which was lovely. Holt itself is worth a visit. Walks along to Stiffkey and beyond are wonderful along the creek. Alternatively the walk down to the beautiful beach offers a beach walk, or through the pine wood, to Holkam Hall.

Some decent pubs and restaurants in the town, or surrounding villages before "home" to the Whelk House for a good nights sleep.

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Liked best: Home comforts
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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Management Response
9 Mar 2016
Thanks Sheila for the lovely review. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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davidcurr...
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“A delightful holiday cottage”
Reviewed 12 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We found the Old Whelk House in the dark after a 5 1/2 hour drive. Bernie's first words were "It's delightful". The interior was clean, comfortable and welcoming and in the morning the view from the upstairs living area was one to die for! The open fire was great in the chilly February evenings and there are quality food shops within a short walk from the house. The residents and traders in Wells all seemed so friendly and we really felt as if we were home from home. We were also blessed with sunny if cold weather for most of the week, although one day was just a bit too much so we stayed in! But it was lovely to be in the warm watching the cold outside and just looking at the ever changing view. I cannot too strongly recommend this holiday letting.

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Liked best: The fantastic view.
Liked least: Could have done with brighter kitchen lighting
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Mar 2016
Thank you very much for writing this great review. Good point about the lighting in the kitchen, we hope to re-furbish upstairs at the end of this season. We would of course be very pleased to welcome you back to stay again.
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nicbapro
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Perfect for our family, stunning view, lovely touches to the accomodation.”
Reviewed 1 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Just back from an awesome weekend in Wells next the Sea for our anniversary. Having been visiting Wells at least once a year since we met 15 years ago we have seen many changes to the little town and seaside resort as well as in our lives. We now have a 1 year old and 5 year old and camping in October is no longer a good option (not that pinewoods really offers camping anymore!) This cottage was just perfect for us with the beautiful views, amazing location, friendly feel and homely details throughout. If we are fortunate enough to find it free again we will be booking this as a regular haunt.

Thanks!

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Liked best: Location, personal touches
Liked least: No wifi, although also liked this in some ways!
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
2 Mar 2016
Thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Much appreciated.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Mar 2016
Thanks for taking the time to review. Much appreciated. Welcome back anytime
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