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Crab Cottage

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

from £ 565 to £ 1,020 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Crab Cottage is a quintessential Norfolk flint and brick mid-terrace cottage, quietly located away from the road, with a surprisingly large enclosed delightful rear garden. It is comfortably furnished with the advantage of full gas central heating and a conservatory opening onto the lovely garden.

The Bowling Green pub is a couple of minutes walk from the cottage. Conveniently located on the edge of the town, within walking distance of the picturesque quay and bustling town centre of Wells, with its great selection of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.


  • Crab Cottage is ideally located within walking distance of the picturesque quay and bustling town centre of Wells, with its great selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
  • Beautiful large enclosed garden with a summer house, which houses sun loungers and a charcoal barbeque
  • the property has small Conservatory, which is great for watching the wildife on colder days


  • Crab Cottage is accessed on foot via a stepped pathway that runs along the side of the neighbouring cottages
  • Cars can be parked on Warham Road close to the access path to the cottage. There are no parking restrictions along Warham Road and it is possible to park throughout the year
  • Pillows and duvets are hypoallergenic

Crab Cottage is accessed on foot via a stepped pathway that runs along the side of the neighbouring cottages.

Ground Floor

Kitchen: well-equipped kitchen with an integral freezer, fridge, dishwasher, double electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, washing machine and a Belfast sink. There is a step down to the bathroom.

Bathroom: with a bath with shower mixer taps, walk-in shower, hand basin, heated towel rail and WC.

Sitting Room: has stripped wooden floorboards with rugs, a working open fireplace and is comfortably furnished with a sofa, Edwardian armchair, digital freeview TV, DVD player and a well-stocked bookcase. There is a dining table with 4 chairs. This room leads into...

Conservatory: with wicker furniture and doors to the lovely garden.

First Floor

The stairs are not too steep and there is a hand rail. From the landing window there are distant sea views across the salt marshes.

Bedroom 1: pretty room overlooking the garden with a beamed ceiling and an ornamental fireplace. There is a double bed, bedside tables and lamps, a chest of drawers, a hairdryer and clothes hanging hooks.

Bedroom 2: overlooks the garden and has twin beds, a bedside lamp, chest of drawers and a boat bookcase. -

Pillows and duvets are hypoallergenic


Cars can be parked on Warham Road close to the access path to the cottage. There are no parking restrictions along Warham Road and it is possible to park throughout the year.

There is a large, well maintained, mature garden which is fenced . The garden is mainly lawn and has a good variety of mature trees, shrubs and plants. There is a patio area with an outside table, chairs and parasol, as well as a summer house where garden cushions, sun loungers and a charcoal barbecue are stored.


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

Another very enjoyable stay. The garden is a delight, and even in October we were able to spend a lot of time in it. Good October weather enabled many coastal walks.

The Peter's, 16th of October 2023

Very enjoyable stay. Pretty, well equipped cottage with lovely garden. Close to amenities Wells and surrounding areas of North Norfolk is perfect for a break away. Good local pubs and restaurants and lots ifnplaces of interest. Took miniature railway to Walsingham, visited Norfolk Lavendar, the harbour and beach of course. We had a lovely couple of days, thank you.

The Harding's, 14th of July 2023

Another great stay in this cosy cottage, ideally located for all the delights of Wells-next-the-Sea. We welcomed the new Wells lifeboat with hundreds of people on the quayside

The Peters Family, 7th of October 2022

Enjoyed a nice break at Crab Cpttage. The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped, with a lovely gardem. Thank you!

Tony & Debra, 9th of May 2022

A wonderful stay in Crab Cottage very cosy. It was very well equipped and had everything that we needed. Thank you!

The Bakers, 4th of April 2022

Perfect! What a friendly home! Crab cottage is a fantastic place to relax. We love the layout too. You have provided everything we need and such an easy layout - for example having a wonderful shower and having a hot towel within reach. Just perfect This is our second stay and i'm sure we will be back again. Thank you..

Pete & Erin, 7th of March 2022

At Crab Cottage we liked the character of the cottage, large garden, modern kitchen, open fire. Clearly a child friendly cottage with lots of books and games etc.

The Stretton Family, 21st of May 2021

Crab Cottage was beautifully clean, very well equipped, lovely garden and a very peaceful spot. It was very comfortable. Thanks for a great holiday. We'd highly recommend this cottage to others.

Madeline, 31st of July 2020

Very well equipped kitchen, beautiful garden that would be perfect for a summer stay. Good sized bedrooms. Conservatory was also a bonus. We would stay again!

The Lauder's, 14th of October 2019

Crab is warm, comfy, homely and authentic with a wonderful garden. It is our 7th stay at Crab Cottage ~ needless to say, we love it!

The Sullivan's, 27th of September 2019

10 out of 10 for cleanliness 8 out of 10 for the garden Great location, quiet, comfortable, cosy Always a joy to stay at Crab Cottage, we hope to be back!

SARAH BURGESS, 28th of December 2018

A beautifully created home which is a privilege to stay in. Perfect.

The Sullivan party, 12th of October 2018

10 out of 10 for cleanliness and the garden We really liked the sheer comfort and peace of a well-loved home, together with the wonderful garden This was our fourth visit to Crab Cottage in the last 12 months, and we've booked again in October ... says it all really! :)))

Sullivan, 8th of June 2018

This was our third stay at Crab Cottage so we knew what to expect.
It's very well equipped and comfortable - a real home from home.

Tait Moore party, 27th of April 2018

Very well equipped, it had everything we needed, everything was great.
Really lovely cottage, had an easy stay.

Magness Party, 7th of April 2018

A really lovely cottage, felt really at home!
So cosy and a great location for exploring Wells on foot!

Hannington Party, 15th of February 2018

We love the cottage, it is a real home from home, and we hope to be back again.

Burgess party, 28th of December 2017

It's in a great location, is very quiet, the garden is lovely and the cottage is cosy and comfortable.
A great cottage in a wonderful location

Burgess party, 7th of July 2017

Our second time in Crab Cottage this year, and a very welcome retreat from the fast pace of London life. Both the cottage and Norfolk are as lovely in Winter as in Summer. The cottage is so comfortable, quiet and cozy, it really is a pleasure to stay here. It's such a wonderful place to come back to after a long beach walk.

We are sad to be leaving and with definitely be back.

Sarah and Graham, 29th of December 2016

We have really enjoyed our stay in your very comfortable, cosy cottage, Ideally situated for our walk along the coast path. We love the "feel", the buzz of Wells and have enjoyed exploring the area. Made good use of the excellent bus service! All in all, cottage and area - 5 star rating!

Sue, Jenny, Evelyn and Judy, 23rd of September 2016

We have loved our stay in Crab Cottage. It is great to have tasteful art work and a pretty garden as bonuses to a comfortable home. I feel sad whenever we leave Wells so hoping we can return soon.

Sheena and Finlay, 31st of August 2016

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in lovely and tranquil Crab Cottage. It was our first holiday with our 9 week old son "Harry" and the well equipped cottage made our stay a breeze. We have loved spending time in the beautiful garden too. We recommend this cottage and Wells and will be back.

Chris Julianne and Harry, 12th of August 2016

We have had a fantastic stay at Crab Cottage. This was our first visit to Norfolk with our baby and a 3 year old. We had a wondrous experience made all the better with lovely accommodation.

Thank you

The Colcloughs Party, 22nd of July 2016

Lovelly cottage with a beautiful garden. The kids loved watching the bunnies in the evening.
We had a lovely stay in Crab Cottage and a wonderful time in Wells. Thank you!

The Keats party, 15th of July 2016

Thank you for this cottage - we thoroughly enjoyed everything about it, especially the garden and the conservatory. This is our 4th trip to the area in recent years, and Crab Cottage is most definitely the best place we have stayed - great location, quiet, very comfortable and with the added bonus of bunnies in the garden.
We will definitely be back again!

Thank you for sharing your holiday home.

S & G ( London), 8th of July 2016

We were "blown away" from the moment we walked through the door!

Lovely garden to sit in (weather permitting!). Having an open fire was so cosy and relaxing in the evenings. Everything we needed here for a thoroughly enjoyable break.

Thank you.

Paul and Carolyn, 27th of May 2016

Lovely to stay in with some charming finishing touches. Nicely situated away from the busy (Bank Holiday) centre of Wells but within easy walking distance. Wells is a perfect base for bird watching visits to Tichwell and Cley. The conservatory was lovely to sit in and relax. A great holiday all round!

Pete and Edna, 30th of April 2016

The cottage was better than expected. Well furnished, clean, very comfortable and a nice welcome bag. Liked the homely feel and everything such as kitchen and bedding were nice quality. Would stay again!

The Masons, 11th of September 2015

We’ve had a really lovely stay at Crab Cottage. It was warm and cosy with the fire in the evenings. We loved the well stocked , fully equipped kitchen and the hot showers.”

The Davies Family, 29th of November 2013

“What a lovely home from home. Crab cottage is very comfy, a lovely feel, nice and welcoming. Thank you for an excellent stay.”

The Maltby’s, 25th of October 2013

“Had a fantastic stay! What a classy home from home. The cottage has a lovely feel to it. Crab cottage has the comfiest bed I have ever slept on (in the world!). will definitely be back.”

The Gathercoles and the Murphys, 27th of September 2013

“Really lovely stay- brilliantly equipped and the garden is a real bonus with a small child. Very cosy and welcoming. Would definitely recommend.”

The Killingleys, 30th of August 2013

Garden is a dream and a gentle stroll to town. Crab Cottage is so well equipped and wants for nothing. Can recommend this place.”

Chris , Jim and Judy, 26th of July 2013

“ What a gem of a cottage.. The garden is a dream..the kitchen is fantastically equipped. We loved our stay here and would definitely recommend the cottage and hope we will return soon.

The Snowdens, 19th of July 2013

Have discovered a gem and will definitely come again”.

Simon , Katie and Henry, 28th of June 2013

A magnificent week. The house is beautiful. The garden a delight. A very special house obviously created with love…Thank you- we hope to re book for a later date”

The Simpsons, 31st of May 2013

Beautiful home (and it does feel like a home, thank you);lovely garden space; comfortable living areas and beautiful objects. Kitchen very well appointed and facilities all high quality and very clean”

Lara and Jos, 24th of May 2013
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 12 Apr 2024Thu 23 May 2024£640 / week
Fri 24 May 2024Thu 30 May 2024£890 / week
Fri 31 May 2024Thu 20 Jun 2024£750 / week
Fri 21 Jun 2024Thu 4 Jul 2024£890 / week
Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£1020 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 5 Sep 2024£890 / week
Fri 6 Sep 2024Thu 19 Sep 2024£770 / week
Fri 20 Sep 2024Thu 17 Oct 2024£640 / week
Fri 18 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£750 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£565 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£945 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Thu 3 Apr 2025£580 / week
Fri 4 Apr 2025Thu 24 Apr 2025£790 / week
Fri 25 Apr 2025Thu 22 May 2025£660 / week
Fri 23 May 2025Thu 29 May 2025£915 / week
Fri 30 May 2025Thu 19 Jun 2025£772 / week
Fri 20 Jun 2025Thu 3 Jul 2025£916 / week
Fri 4 Jul 2025Thu 4 Sep 2025£1050 / week
Fri 5 Sep 2025Thu 11 Sep 2025£915 / week
Fri 12 Sep 2025Thu 25 Sep 2025£790 / week
Fri 26 Sep 2025Thu 16 Oct 2025£660 / week
Fri 17 Oct 2025Thu 30 Oct 2025£770 / week
Fri 31 Oct 2025Thu 18 Dec 2025£580 / week
Fri 19 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£970 / 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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