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3 Smugglers Cove

  • Wells-next-the-sea
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • 4
  • 2
  • 1

from £ 570 to £ 1,065 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Nestled in the heart of Wells, 3 Smugglers Cove is a first-floor apartment within a select, luxurious development, that has been styled and furnished to a high standard with a subtle coastal theme. Offering bright and spacious accommodation throughout, there are two generous bedrooms, a large kitchen/dining area, contemporary sitting room and modern family bathroom, with a sunny shared courtyard garden. Located just a five minute walk from the picturesque quay via the quaint Jolly Sailors Lane and a short stroll from the great selection of shops and places to eat in Wells, this is the perfect place to stay throughout the year. The beautiful sandy beach is easily reached on foot, or via the miniature railway, with the splendour of Holkham Hall and beach only 5 minutes drive away.


  • Excellent location tucked away in the heart of Wells
  • Contemporary kitchen and light and airy sitting room
  • 2 private allocated parking spaces


  • It's only 5 minutes walk to the picturesque quay and shops
  • There's an outside table and chairs in the shared courtyard garden for Smugglers Cove residents
  • Access is via a shared entrance and a staircase leading to the apartment

Smugglers Cove is a secluded development of 4 apartments and 2 houses set back from the road, amongst trees and a landscaped private driveway.

There's a shared entrance to the apartment via a glass fronted light and airy hallway with stairs leading to the entrance of 3 Smugglers Cove.

Entrance hall: Oak-effect flooring with coat hooks.

Kitchen: Contemporary kitchen with fan-assisted electric oven and hob, integral dishwasher, integral washing machine, microwave and a full height fridge/freezer. There is a dining table and four chairs with views out to the shared courtyard garden from the Juliette balcony doors.

Living Room: Beautifully presented with a stylish L-shape corner sofa and separate single armchair, large Smart TV and a selection of games within the wicker chest.

Bedroom 1: A generous space with king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps, full-height feature mirror and built-in wardrobe.

Bedroom 2: Wrought iron twin beds, bedside table and lamp and wardrobe.

Bathroom: Modern bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.

Bedroom 3 shown on the floorplan is for owner use only.


There are 2 private allocated parking spaces at the front of the apartment and a secure bicycle rack for use by residents.

There is a sunny south west facing rear shared garden which is completely enclosed and mainly paved. There is a picnic table and chairs for use exclusively by 3 Smugglers Cove residents.



With its big blue skies and sandy beach, Wells award-winning beach is a popular family destination about a mile from the quay. It's well known for its long stretch of sand, iconic row of beach huts, sand dunes and pine woods.


It's a delightful unspoilt historic town on the North Norfolk Coast with a jumble of old buildings and lanes still existing from its heritage as a port and former maltings industry. The picturesque quay and waterfront is still very much a working port with fishing boats still berthed in this small harbour and stalls selling locally caught shrimps, crabs and whelks. A popular place with sailors with many sailing and leisure craft here and local sailing tuition available. A distinctive landmark on the quay is the granary building with its overhanging gantry. Children enjoy the facilities round the quay and the challenge of crabbing (gillying) from the steep harbour wall.

The main shopping area of Wells is Staithe Street, a narrow, mostly pedestrianised lane with surviving Victorian and Edwardian shop fronts, that runs from the water's edge right up to the top part of town. In the centre of the town is The Buttlands which is a large rectangular green lined with Georgian and late Victorian houses, which used to be used for archery practise in mediaeval days. Now it is home to the excellent Crown hotel and restaurant which is run by Kiwi celebrity chef Chris Coubrough, as well as the popular The Globe Inn.

The quay has become one of the North Norfolk’s most popular and well-loved seaside destinations with a great selection of shops, galleries and places to eat, including the award winning French's fish & chips.


The name derives from the spring water which rises up through the chalk area. Guella is the name given in the doomsday book and later derived from Wella meaning spring. The supply of corn and grain was the main trade for the town of Wells, its seaport dates back to the fourteenth century. Wells was also known for the supply of malt, the town boasted to have up to twelve maltings and in 1750 this equated to a third of the exports of malt from the country. Wells port widely relies on the tides to gain access to the harbour as there is not a river running through it. Between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries its mariners were the first to bring herring and cod in large quantities from Iceland.


Only a couple of miles away along the coast road is Holkham Hall with its impressive 18th century Palladian architecture and 3,000 acre deer park. This is a must visit location for all the family with many lovely events taking place at Holkham throughout the year. There is also a nature reserve in and around the Holkham which includes all manner of wildlife habitats, flora and fauna. You can visit the Lookout for panoramic views whilst enjoying a cuppa located at the top of Lady Anne’s Drive. The beach at Holkham is absolutely beautiful and has often been used as the location for many films and music videos including ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘The Duchess’. You will often see families with their four-legged friend or even weekend horse riders, or if you are lucky the Household Cavalry at the beach.

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Guest reviews

Lovely apartment, excellent location, great parking. We will definitely stay again. Location so quiet, loved listening to the dawn chorus. The most comfortable bed I have slept in for a long time. We love Wells these apartments our favourite location, so handy for everything.

The Kelly's, 22nd of May 2024

This place is excellent, car parking , a place to lock up the tandem ,it’s ideal, and price wise compared to a Static caravan absolutely brilliant value for your hard earned money. Basically Wells is just Wells, the town is absolutely lovely, it’s not lost its old charm that I remember from back in the 70s.
My high lights were still no big chain coffee shops, burger drive ins or massive supermarkets, town council, keep up the good work.

David, 17th of May 2024

The apartment was lovely, clean and well furnished. The beds were very comfortable, with nice bedding. The kitchen was well stocked with crockery etc.

The Down's, 9th of February 2024

A lovely apartment in a very good location. Highlights walks on the coastal path.

The Stephenson's, 25th of January 2024

Lovely clean cottage. Fantastic location with added bonus of parking. We like to come for NYE to walk the beach! Very friendly town with plenty for the kids to do.

The Lauder 's, 11th of January 2024

A very warm and cosy apartment well situated for the shops, restaurants and the quay. Enjoying lengthy walks and the local restaurants.

The Clydsdale's, 11th of November 2023

This was a beautifully furnished apartment which was spotless and perfectly equipped for a weekend away with friends. A great location for exploring Wells and the North Norfolk coast.

The McDonalds, 26th of October 2023

Lovely apartment( one of the nicest I’ve stayed I ). Beautifully and tastefully decorated.Very comfortable bed. Lovely to be able to walk into Wells most evenings.

The Kerr's, 22nd of August 2023

Having stayed in no 2 last October it was everything I was expecting. We were out on our tandem every other day, brilliant.

The Ashforth's, 19th of June 2023

Superb apartment. Have stayed in numbers 2 and 1 on numerous occasions. First stay in number 3. Beds the most comfy ever slept in.

The Brown's, 10th of May 2023

The weather which was sunshine for the whole of our stay.
We did lots of walking from the apartment which was great as we did not need to use the car.
The apartment was delightful and we definitely want to come again.

The Bryant's, 14th of February 2023
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 31 May 2024Thu 20 Jun 2024£745 / week
Fri 21 Jun 2024Thu 4 Jul 2024£950 / week
Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£1065 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 5 Sep 2024£950 / week
Fri 6 Sep 2024Thu 19 Sep 2024£775 / week
Fri 20 Sep 2024Thu 17 Oct 2024£630 / week
Fri 18 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£745 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£570 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£1065 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Thu 3 Apr 2025£585 / week
Fri 4 Apr 2025Thu 24 Apr 2025£795 / week
Fri 25 Apr 2025Thu 22 May 2025£645 / week
Fri 23 May 2025Thu 29 May 2025£975 / week
Fri 30 May 2025Thu 19 Jun 2025£765 / week
Fri 20 Jun 2025Thu 3 Jul 2025£975 / week
Fri 4 Jul 2025Thu 4 Sep 2025£1095 / week
Fri 5 Sep 2025Thu 11 Sep 2025£975 / week
Fri 12 Sep 2025Thu 25 Sep 2025£795 / week
Fri 26 Sep 2025Thu 16 Oct 2025£645 / week
Fri 17 Oct 2025Thu 30 Oct 2025£765 / week
Fri 31 Oct 2025Thu 18 Dec 2025£585 / week
Fri 19 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£1095 / week

Prices shown includes a £30 booking fee.

Booking information

If your required start date is not the usual changeover day, then please call us on 01328 730880 or email.

Please also read our Booking Conditions.

The changeover day for this property is Friday.

Deposit Payable - 33% of total rent

Balance payable 28 days prior to arrival

Please note that smoking is not permitted in any of our cottages

All Sowerbys holiday cottages are supplied with bed linen and towels and the cost of heating is included in the rental price.

Electric Vehicle charging

Cars may only be charged if there is an EV charging point fitted at the property. The cost of electricity is NOT included in the rental price and Sowerbys Holiday Cottages must be notified if the charger is used and an additional surcharge will be made. Due to insurance purposes, guests must never charge their car using a standard outdoor plug or an extension cable linking to a domestic plug. This is not permitted because of fire regulations regarding wiring, earthing rods and voltage restrictions; it poses a serious fire risk to standard 13 amp sockets and there is a real danger that the body of the vehicle could become live.

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