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Harbour Cottage

  • Wells-next-the-Sea
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • 7
  • 3
  • 3

from £ 825 to £ 1,675 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Harbour Cottage is a wonderful 3-storey flint and brick property which is situated in a quiet courtyard location, behind the iconic Granary building close to Wells' quay, with views across the harbour and out to sea. It has been tastefully refurbished with a nautical theme by its new owners for use as their holiday home. This is an ideal place to stay for families, with the advantage of 2 en-suite double bedrooms on the top floor which both have lovely views out across the harbour. There is a sociable open-plan living area on the first floor, with the advantage of Sky and free Wi-fi, and access to the south facing courtyard seating area. On the ground floor is a children's room with a single bed and a bunk bed where the bottom bed is a double with a single bed above, there is also a shower room. Superbly located within walking distance of the quay, several shops, restaurants and the sandy beach

Please note this is strictly a no pets property


  • There are 2 en-suite double bedrooms on the top floor which both have lovely views out across the harbour
  • Superb location near the quayside and walking distance to the beach.
  • ​There is private parking space for 2 cars immediately in front of the property.


  • There is a cot, highchair and stair gate at the property.
  • Sky package including Sky Sports available.
  • At the back is a south facing walled paved seating area for al fresco dining.
  • Number of guests staying must be confirmed 4 weeks prior to arrival. Please confirm which bedrooms are required.

Ground Floor

Entrance hall with a shoe stand and comfortable armchair. There is access into the garage where there is a high chair and travel cot if required.

Utility Room: with a washing machine and coats storage.

Bedroom 3: one single bed and also has a bunk bed where the bottom bed is a double with a single above 'perfect for children'.

Shower Room: Walk-in shower, hand basin and WC.

Under the stairs is children's area that contains games, kites and den building kits!!

The stairs are not steep and there is a hand rail.

First Floor

Light and spacious open-plan living area with a wooden floor and views out towards the harbour.

Kitchen: is well-equipped with a built-in fridge/freezer, built-in dishwasher, electric oven and halogen hob, microwave and toaster. The dining area has a good-sized table seating 6 and a sideboard with a selection of books and games.

The sitting area has 2 sofas and an armchair and a large Smart TV and DVD player. There's the advantage of a Sky package including Sky as well as Wi-Fi throughout the cottage. There is a door to the outside courtyard garden area.

Second Floor

Bedroom 1: Newly decorated with a king-size bed and lovely views out towards the sea. There are bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, a built-in wardrobe and Smart TV. En-suite bathroom: has a bath with wall-mounted shower over, hand basin, heated towel rail and WC.

Bedroom 2: Newly decorated with a king-size bed and lovely views out towards the sea. There are bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, a built-in wardrobe and Smart TV. En-suite bathroom: has a bath with wall-mounted shower over, hand basin, heated towel rail and WC.

There is a cot, highchair and stairgate at the property if required, plus hairdryers in each bedroom.

The Please Note; number of guests must be confirmed 4 weeks prior to your arrival - The relevant number of beds required will be made up, so please confirm which bedrooms are required.


The property is situated off the road in a small courtyard behind the Granary building. There is private parking space for 2 cars immediately in front of the property. Please be aware that there is a narrow walled slope leading to the parking spaces.

At the back is a south facing walled paved seating area where there is an outside table and chairs and a barbecue. Please note that whilst this area is safe and fully enclosed, it is open to the adjacent properties on either side.



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 break celebrating friends birthdays . Superb location, local to village and 20 minute walk to beach . Harbour view is well equipped, spacious and comfortable and the outside patio area and parking is a real bonus . Location, well equipped home. Lovely walks, lovely food eating out and at home .Would highly recommend.

The Goodwin 's, 30th of April 2024

A very enjoyable stay in this comfortable property. Would definitely visit again.

The Baddeley's, 22nd of April 2024

Perfect location tucked away in the centre. Beautiful very well equipped property, loved the open plan layout and sunny patio area suited us 3 couples on our Easter Break perfectly thank you, would love to re visit, milk and chocolate cake a nice touch! Thank you. Was lovely to be in walking distance of all that Wells has to offer, excellent visit to The Crabhouse on the Saturday evening, brunch at Bang in Wells, super walk to the Lifeboat Station and also took the Coasthopper to Cley and Blakeney, Absolutely brilliant. It’s a beautiful home and location.

The Hook's, 11th of April 2024

Good position, handy for town and beach. Meals in The Crown were very good (advisable to book) and Coastliner bus helps for walking days. House was excellent for us - 2 couples.

The Ferguson's, 19th of February 2024

We were two couples and this house was perfect to share. The two main bedrooms were almost mirror images of one another so easy and fair to allocate. The house is in a great spot with good parking. We used the buses to go both ways along the coast and you’re only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the bus stops. Well equipped with plenty of crockery and cutlery and lovely quality, fluffy towels. A lovely comfortable house, very well positioned with great private parking.

The Leeming's, 6th of November 2023

Great place to stay, comfortable home from home cottage. Kitchen had everything we needed, beds were comfy. We would definitely stay here again. Fantastic view from bedroom and only a short walk to all amenities.

The Dalby's, 18th of September 2023

Cottage is very well situated and very quiet location. Kitchen had plenty of pots and pans, plates, cups and glasses. Upstairs Rooms a lovely size with added bonus of en-suite for both. Kids loved having their own space and shower downstairs. Would definitely go back.

The Lauder's, 24th of August 2023

Our second time staying at this delightful property, and we had a wonderful holiday. The property is in a fantastic position, we loved waking up and looking out of the window to check the tide! The property is homely and comfortable, and suits our needs perfectly. The first floor open plan living area is our favourite place to relax after a busy day exploring Wells. We have already booked our third stay next summer.

The Bartons, 18th of August 2023

Great place for a visit to Wells .Very quite location and so close to everything. House was bigger than expected and worked well for us. Great space to sit outside for alfresco lunches and the odd gin. Great to stay in wells. Location meant we could potter down to the harbour in the evening and watch the boats. Would love to stay here again and recommend to friends Trust this company.

Angela, 26th of April 2023

Excellent location in a lovely town. We enjoyed the local pubs and the fish & chip shop. The local bakery excellent. Holkham worth a visit and the coastal walks are lovely. Loved the ability to walk from the property straight in town or along coast. Really lovely area and Holkham just a quick ride away.

Mr Smith, 20th of March 2023

Great location very comfortable property. We came to see the new lifeboat which has my husband’s late sister’s name on it. To see it launch & return on a test launch was out of this world. Great location for everything on the North Norfolk coast.

The Nash's, 1st of March 2023

Great property in a great location in Wells, thank you! We really enjoyed the beaches, playground and ice cream!

The Flint Family , 21st of October 2022

I just wanted to write to thank you for an amazing holiday at Harbour cottage in Wells. The house exceeded our expectations, and it was beautifully presented. It was so well stocked with all the essentials, as well as things we hadn’t even thought of like extension cables and fans! It was just such a pleasure to stay there, and the location is perfect. I have already booked to return next August!

The Barton family, 2nd of September 2022

Well done to the owners. They have a lovely property here, clearly treasured.

, 5th of July 2022

We liked the open planned kitchen/living room/dining room and the location at Harbour Cottage, excellent! Staff at Sowerby have been so helpful, this holiday has been cancelled twice due to Covid. Even the cleaner that we met was exceptional helpful and friendly. Definitely book through Sowerbys again!

The Saunders Family, 14th of May 2021

Excellent property - Very clean and comfortable property ideally placed. Wells is lovely.

Coppell Family, 7th of September 2020

Harbour Cottage was bigger and better location than we hoped for. Loved the location and all the rooms, particularly the living area. Great to have the garage to store things, We had a fantastic week.

The Wall Family, 14th of August 2020

Better than Expected - Nicely appointed, good layout, great location. It is very comfortable. The furnishings and beds are all very nice. The layout works well too. There is nothing we didn't like and we would like to stay again!

The Lean Family, 6th of July 2020

We loved the decor, layout, location, in fact almost everything car access! A lovely property that only lacks a view of the coast and a garden

, 19th of July 2018

A spacious property and the bedroom/bathroom ratio worked for us.
Stayed on an exceptionally cold weekend, but the house was very warm and comfortable.

Hunt Party, 23rd of March 2018

Ideal property for 3 couples or a girls weekend - which ours was!

Sandall Party, 3rd of November 2017

Lovely modern spacious house in a wonderful location

Partridge party, 30th of June 2017

We all had a nice time in Wells-next-the-Sea. We went crabbing and fishing and went to the beach. At the beach we found lots of seashells and cockles and we made a mermaid in the sand. Me, Daniel and Mummy won lots of things in the arcade. Daniel won a giant plush Minion teddy. We all ahd a wonderful time. We hope to come back again soon. Love from Lily xxx

Lily, age 7, Daniel, age 13, Mummy, Daddy, Nana & Grandad, 27th of August 2014

This cottage is lovely! We have had a fun week, enjoying Wells in this cottage. The restaurants are delicious and crabbing was fun as well.

Esther, Iwan, Matt & Anna, 22nd of August 2014

I love this cottage so much! It has an excellent view and the cottage is cosy! I enjoyed crabbing on the harbour and eating local fish and chips. The location is amazing, with a lovely high street. I recommend the local cheese brie. Thank you!

George, Debra, Katrina & Jessica, 14th of August 2014

I had a lovely week and had an awesome and fun time. The weather was very sunny. I'd love to stay here again at Harbour Cottage. Edward, age 11 3/4

One of the best weeks in my life. The sun was shining down on Harbour Cottage which was really nice and made me feel at home. I'd love to stay again. Ben, age 11 3/4

Edward and Ben Roberts, 19th of July 2014

What a beautiful property in a fantastic location! We have had a lovely week - hiring bikes at Holkham Hall, playing on the beach, hours of crabbing at the harbour and eating in various great restaurants. We would love to come back - thank you!

The Smith Family, 1st of June 2014
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 12 Apr 2024Thu 23 May 2024£950 / week
Fri 24 May 2024Thu 30 May 2024£1390 / week
Fri 31 May 2024Thu 20 Jun 2024£1110 / week
Fri 21 Jun 2024Thu 4 Jul 2024£1390 / week
Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£1675 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 5 Sep 2024£1390 / week
Fri 6 Sep 2024Thu 19 Sep 2024£1125 / week
Fri 20 Sep 2024Thu 17 Oct 2024£1000 / week
Fri 18 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£1110 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£825 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£1675 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Thu 3 Apr 2025£845 / week
Fri 4 Apr 2025Thu 24 Apr 2025£1260 / week
Fri 25 Apr 2025Thu 22 May 2025£975 / week
Fri 23 May 2025Thu 29 May 2025£1430 / week
Fri 30 May 2025Thu 19 Jun 2025£1140 / week
Fri 20 Jun 2025Thu 3 Jul 2025£1430 / week
Fri 4 Jul 2025Thu 4 Sep 2025£1720 / week
Fri 5 Sep 2025Thu 11 Sep 2025£1430 / week
Fri 12 Sep 2025Thu 25 Sep 2025£1155 / week
Fri 26 Sep 2025Thu 16 Oct 2025£1025 / week
Fri 17 Oct 2025Thu 30 Oct 2025£1140 / week
Fri 31 Oct 2025Thu 18 Dec 2025£845 / week
Fri 19 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£1720 / 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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