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Harbour View

  • Wells-next-the-sea
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • 8
  • 4
  • 2

from £ 980 to £ 1,870 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Harbour View in Mainsail Yard is one of a small select development of seaside townhouses situated just minutes walk from the picturesque quay and bustling town centre of Wells, with its great selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. This beautifully presented three-storey house has been further enhanced with the addition of a superb kitchen/breakfast room and a fourth bedroom with en-suite shower room, to comfortably accommodate eight guests. There are lovely views from the sitting room and two of the bedrooms across the marshes out towards the sea, making this a lovely coastal retreat for families or couples to stay throughout the year, with the advantage of off-street parking and proximity to the superb sandy beach.


  • Ideally positioned only a short walk along to the quay and all of Wells' amenities
  • Walk in showers on both 1st and 2nd floors
  • Double doors open out onto the Juliet balcony to enjoy the lovely views across the marshes and out towards the sea


  • Bt superfast wifi available.
  • The garden also doubles up as parking for 2 cars.

Ground Floor

This property has just had Bt superfast wifi added

Has been cleverly reconfigured to provide a superb kitchen/breakfast room, whilst still providing space for coats and boots storage and a laundry area.

Cloakroom: with hand basin and WC.

Kitchen/Breakfast room: A superb spacious kitchen/breakfast room with a high quality well-equipped kitchen. Appliances include an electric range cooker with gas hob, integral Bosch dishwasher, microwave, full height integral fridge and full height integral freezer. There is a spacious dining area at the back of the property with a large dining table comfortably seating ten.

Laundry cupboard: housing a washing machine, tumble dryer and the boiler.

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

First Floor

Sitting Room: a beautifully presented room with double doors opening out onto the Juliet balcony (with wrought iron railings) to enjoy the lovely views across the marshes and out towards the sea from the sitting end. Furnished to a high standard with two large comfy leather sofas, footstool and armchair, wall-mounted TV, DVD player, playstation and a selection of books and games.

Bedroom 1: a superb new bedroom which is immaculately presented with a king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps. a TV and built-in wardrobes.

En-suite shower room: a contemporary walk-in shower, vanity basin unit, heated towel rail and WC.

Second Floor

Bedroom 2: Lovely spacious room with a king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a tub chair.

Bedroom 3: Lovely views across the marshes, double bed, bedside table and lamp, chest of drawers and hanging hooks.

Bedroom 4: Lovely views across the marshes, twin beds and a chest of drawers.

Shower room: Walk-in shower, hand basin, heated towel rail and WC.


At the back of the house there is a multi-purpose outside area which doubles as an enclosed garden which is paved and when not in use provides parking for up to two cars.

The field behind the house has been sympathetically developed by the Holkham Estate as a parking area with access to the beach over two further fields. A great deal of effort has gone into ensuring it blends with the landscape by putting in two large ponds directly behind the Mainsail Yard properties and planting trees and shrubs around them.

Harbour View is ideally positioned only a short walk along to the quay and all of Wells' amenities.



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

Great location, clean and comfortable.

The Watkin's, 22nd of May 2024

Lovely house with everything you need. Comfortable beds and well situated. Would definitely book again. The kids love Holkham beach and the park.

The Ward's, 29th of April 2024

Great place to stay in Wells-next-the-Sea with plenty of room for the family. Comfortable beds and a well equipped kitchen made our stay enjoyable. This was our 2nd stay at Harbour View and I'm sure we'll be back. We were very lucky with the weather and had plenty of walks to enjoy the local scenery.

The langridge's, 19th of February 2024

What a beautiful house! We’ve stayed in North Norfolk a lot and I have to say this was the best equipped house we’ve stayed in, they have thought of everything! The house was clean, beautifully decorated and the beds extremely comfortable. Excellent location for exploring Wells and the surrounding areas, we would highly recommend!

The Tanser's, 21st of October 2023

We took advantage of the glorious weather and booked a last minute weekend in Wells. Harbour View is bright and spacious with lovely touches and decor. Very well equipped kitchen should you wish to cook. The first floor lounge with doors is a great space and was enjoyed by friends who visited on the Sunday afternoon. It also remained cool in the 30 + degree heat!

The Marks family, 11th of September 2023

The best House we’ve stayed in - and we’ve been coming to Wells for 14 years! Gorgeous decor, fantastic location and clearly a happy home! The Crab House is better than ever as well as crabbing on the Quay. We had a fantastic morning biking around Holkham and enjoyed the Poppy Line (best starting at Holt). The games and events for Carnival week were really fun and our days on the beach were great for kites and even a seal pup!

The Maquire's, 5th of September 2023

What a lovely property was great for the 5 boys to quickly get to the park and town.Thank you for a lovely stay. Highlights going to see the seals again.

The Chappel's, 24th of August 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the lovely Harbour View which has everything you can think of making it feel like home from home.The property more than met our expectations and was ideal for our family get together (6adults, 2 toddlers and a baby). I would also like to thank you for the basket of treats which was a lovely welcoming surprise.
Spending time with our children, their partners and grandchildren who loved Wells and Holkham beach. Our stay was made even more perfect by the lovely warm weather.

The Gibson's, 16th of August 2023

Beautiful house, really well decorated and styled, close to the centre of Wells. Lovely to find somewhere with decent knives and pans and a dishwasher. The bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable and the en-suite shower was great. There was plenty of space for our 3 groups and we didn’t feel on top of each other.

The Smalley's, 4th of August 2023

Beautiful, clean house with lots of space for all the family. Very well equipped with all the kitchen gadgets you could possibly need. Good quality knives and pans which make all the difference when cooking. Lovely comfortable bed and powerful and hot shower.

The Smalley Family, 4th of August 2023

Cottage was immaculate and so well equipped Location for us was perfect ideal for walking the dog but all restaurants a short walk

The Volan's, 13th of July 2023

We had a wonderful holiday and loved the house. You had made it so welcoming, warm, relaxing and uplifting. Perfect. We loved the decor and all the thoughtful touches which make the stay really special. We would all love to come back again. Thank you so much, Walking to the sea and along the beach. Walking to Holkham. Relaxing at home in the lovely lounge and looking out across the marshes. Drinks at The Globe after a day out. Dinner at the Bowling Green Inn.

The William's, 29th of June 2023

We were celebrating our 35th wedding Anniversary with friends & family.The house was stunning / comfortable/ had every we needed and more. We loved staying at this property & had an amazing time. We had a boat trip to sea the seals. Beach day / sandcastle completion at Wells Beach. Thank you.

The Mulligan's, 17th of May 2023

Perfect holiday home for us. It was our 3rd time staying at Harbour View and we will be booking it again. It has everything we need and great location in this seaside town.

The Brearley's, 10th of February 2023

A lovely house, very well decorated particularly the Christmas decs. Stayed in quite a few holiday cottages and this one was really well equipped in the kitchen.

The Hink's, 9th of December 2022

The property was beautiful, very clean and bright, the beds were comfortable and the shower hot. Wells was in easy walking distance and the bus stop right outside the door. Loved the kitchen, especially the dishwasher which we haven’t got at home. Perfect place for a relaxing holiday. We love the beach, fish and chips on the quay and shopping up Staithe street.

The Smalley's, 14th of October 2022

Beautifully presented house. Very clean and a lovely welcome pack thank you. Perfect for our extended family with young children. Very well equipped. We had glorious weather, and did lots of walking and spent time on the beach.

The Haynes Family, 30th of September 2022

We were very happy and comfortable at Harbour View. The Location in Wells we like and there was very comfortable beds! Thank you!

The Bancroft family, 19th of August 2022

Fantastic property so well presented, clean, comfortable and welcoming. Have already recommended it to others. Would definitely stay there again.

The Mather's, 20th of May 2022

Lovely family home,comfortable beds,well equipped property.

Langridge party, 18th of February 2022

We would stay again we would give10 out of 10 for cleanliness. Harbour View is well equipped and especially spacious

The Webb Family, 21st of May 2021

Beautiful property in a great location to all the facilities. The cottage was really clean and the decor was lovely.

The Prickett's, 16th of October 2020

Decor, size of property,everything was of high quality, very well equipped, welcome pack. We had a wonderful 3 weeks in the property , and would love to visit again.

The Woods', 10th of July 2020

Harbour View felt more spacious than we thought it would be. There was lots of space, clean and fresh feel. Lovely and warm. It was great to be able to book last minute (the day before), so thanks for your help with securing it for us. The small hamper when we arrived (including treats for our dog!) made us feel very welcome from the moment we stepped through the door. It really was a home from home with everything we needed and will definitely be back. Looked for October half term but it already booked.

The Brearley Family , 14th of February 2020

As Expected - as we have been before. Everything, The property is absolutely immaculate, but is still very homely and in a great location! 10 out of 10 for cleanliness and 10 out og 10 for the garden. We would stay again!

Mawson Family, 25th of October 2019

We liked most about Harbour View the condition, facilities, contents/equipment and the location. A really great house in a fantastic location. Would love to stay there again!

Jane, 23rd of August 2019

Beautifully presented and extremely well equipped property!

The Waddingtons, 4th of March 2019

Better than Expected 10 out of 10 for the cleanliness 9 out of 10 for the outside space Well equipped kitchen. Very clean house. Comfortable beds.

Marchant , 22nd of February 2019

Better than Expected It had everything we could possibly need and was immaculate 10 out of 10 for the cleanliness No garden - just parking and a gravel area in the front. A few weeds but nothing to detract from the stay we liked everything for our stay Everything we needed was there, everything worked and nothing was broken The location, property and contents absolutely suited our stay

Barbara Aldous, 18th of February 2019

The property looked absolutely beautiful on your website, but WOW! It was absolutely gorgeous.

The property was set out beautifully, the kitchen was amazing with everything you could possibly need, the lounge was cosy and comfortable as were all bedrooms.

The Grants, 5th of October 2018

Very well equipped and very clean.
We had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed staying in the property.

Cannon Party, 4th of May 2018

Very clean and spacious.
Very well thought out with everything you could possibly need.
A very enjoyable long weekend in a beautiful area!

Drapers', 19th of January 2018

We have stayed previously and this cottage is well maintained.
The house is lovely - home from home - very comfy and warm.
Love staying there.

baker Party, 1st of December 2017

Beautifully presented home from home. Lovely stay.

Smith Party, 27th of October 2017

Harbour View was extremely clean, welcoming and beautiful for all of us including our two dogs.

A fabulous property very thoughtfully decorated and very thoughtful about the welcome basket which included doggy treats.

Skipp party, 12th of October 2017

Absolutely fabulous property and weekend.
Thank you.

Batten Party, 1st of September 2017

A wonderful week - celebrating two birthdays with family. Great house and wonderful location.

, 2nd of June 2017

Settled in to our holiday straight away thanks to the 'welcome pack' of goodies and to the superb facilities of your lovely home. It was the basis of us having a wonderful week to remember. Cheers!

Kai & Judy Framp, 26th of May 2017

We all enjoyed our stay in Harbour View. Plenty of space for us to relax. We had a lovely meal at Season Restaurant. My husband enjoyed his 70th birthday celebrations.

The Devine family, 21st of April 2017

We have enjoyed a fantastic week here in Harbour View celebrating my brothers 50th birthday. Never been to this area so it has been very interesting and exciting discovering all the local places. Harbour View is a beautiful house - very comfortable, relaxing and well equipped. Thank you for the welcome pack of treats too. We hope to visit again!!

The Landrays, 13th of April 2017

We have had a wonderful, brilliant time in this house and we are extremely upset to be leaving Harbour View. We all like are bedrooms, kitchen and particular our living room. This perfect property is clean somewhere to relax and when your really tired you can play Formula 1 that 3 of us like. Happy Easter!

The Landrays children, 13th of April 2017

We have had a wonderful week in this lovely house. The weather has been perfect and we have been so comfortable in these really special surroundings. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

The McDonalds family , 7th of April 2017

Had a brilliant week despite the storm! Beautiful blue sky and sun at some point during each day. Lots of lovely walks to the beach. Stayed three years ago when I walked the coast with friends and thought the house was lovely then but the alterations are great and have made the house even more comfortable. It has such a lovely feel and the welcome pack is much appreciated. Been coming to Wells for 40 years and this is definitely the best place we have stayed. Thank you for sharing it.

The Bakers, 20th of February 2017

Thank you for a lovely holiday in your beautiful home which has lots of nice touches. We enjoyed the wonderful beach every day and the car park is so conveniently right next to it which helps a lot with children and a puppy who could then spend the whole of their energy waling on the beach!! For a quirky but tasty meal we enjoyed the dutch pancakes on the Albatross boat. We also had lovely meals at the Golden Fleece, The Globe Inn and K's American Diner in town. The Raggedy Cat is a very sweet tea room also with lovely food. A very fun week for us all.

The Oberoi family + Rufus the dog, 17th of February 2017

Thank you for a wonderful stay. So very comfortable 'home from home'. What a lovely place to stay with breathtaking views and endless skies. We can recommend Holkham Beach and Holt (is so very Xmassy!)
Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year.

Super! - Yvonne.

Lisa, 12th of December 2016

Very enjoyable stay. Superb house in an excellent location. Wells increasingly hospitable!

Norman family, 7th of December 2016

Really enjoyed our lovely family break altogether. Lots of lovely personal touches around the house - one of the best appointed cottages we have ever stayed in - we love Norfolk!

Wendy, Alan, children and grandchildren, 29th of November 2016

Lovely comfortable house, brilliant interior, ideal location. Wonderful week enjoyed by all.

Wheatley family, Lucy and Andy, 28th of October 2016

Enjoyed our stay in your lovely comfortable house. Welcome pack very much appreciated (a lovely touch!). Beautiful walks around Holkham and Brancaster. A really lovely holiday.

The Thompson family, 9th of September 2016

Lovely property, very comfy. Thanks for the welcome pack, a lovely touch. Very lucky with the weather. Had a great time.

The Harvey family, 12th of August 2016

Thank you for allowing us to share your wonderful home. We've had a fantastic time. Thank you again

Peter, Ann, Rachel, David, Anthony, Clare and Amelia, 5th of August 2016

What a great house! We've really had a brilliant holiday here. The house is perfect for families. Thank you.

Angela, Olly, Barney, Matillda, Jill and Marc, 15th of July 2016

Had a lovely week in this well equiped stylish house. Clean, comfortable and warm. Fantastic!
Loved the welcome pack for people and dogs!
Enjoyed some great walks around Wells and Holkham and were lucky with the weather.

Thank you

Sally, Sam, Millie, Lottie, Daisy, Paula and Peter & Teddy, 12th of February 2016

We have had an amazing week. Hot and sunny and after walking walking for miles along the coastal paths what a treat to come back to this beautiful huse at the end of every day.
Thank you for the gifts - very much appreciated. We love your house, the pictures, the candles, the cushions - all beautifully done.
We are sad to leave, it is so much more like a welcoming home that a holiday cottage! Difficult to find a place to match this.

Anon, 8th of August 2014

Thank you for a wonderful welcome pack. Prosecco very much appreciated on the warm evenings we have spent in your lovely home.

We have had a great stay in Norfolk - my first time - and enjoyed the wide expanses of beach at Brancaster and Holkham Bay. My son enjoyed crabbing in Wells and I enjoyed the Wells Deli Coffee.

Hope to come back and explore moreof this coast one day. Too much to do in a few days. Best Wishes.

Mary, Isobel and Daniel, 18th of July 2014

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.
It has been like a home from home, we could not have asked for more.
Been so lucky with the weather too this week. Will definately be back!

Louisa, Bob & Henry, 11th of July 2014

We have had a fantastic stay in your beautiful home and are sad to be leaving.

The attention to detail and lovely features make this place to remember.

Sadly the weather hasn't been great at tims but the cosy lounge with candles and throws made up for this!

The children were able to make full use of the games and DVD.

Thank you so much for the generous food and drink gifts, this was a lovely touch. I'm sure we will be back!

Steve & family, 16th of May 2014
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 31 May 2024Thu 20 Jun 2024£1310 / week
Fri 21 Jun 2024Thu 4 Jul 2024£1565 / week
Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£1870 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 5 Sep 2024£1565 / week
Fri 6 Sep 2024Thu 19 Sep 2024£1310 / week
Fri 20 Sep 2024Thu 17 Oct 2024£1175 / week
Fri 18 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£1310 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£980 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£1870 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Thu 3 Apr 2025£1005 / week
Fri 4 Apr 2025Thu 24 Apr 2025£1470 / week
Fri 25 Apr 2025Thu 22 May 2025£1205 / week
Fri 23 May 2025Thu 29 May 2025£1610 / week
Fri 30 May 2025Thu 19 Jun 2025£1345 / week
Fri 20 Jun 2025Thu 3 Jul 2025£1610 / week
Fri 4 Jul 2025Thu 4 Sep 2025£1925 / week
Fri 5 Sep 2025Thu 11 Sep 2025£1610 / week
Fri 12 Sep 2025Thu 25 Sep 2025£1345 / week
Fri 26 Sep 2025Thu 16 Oct 2025£1205 / week
Fri 17 Oct 2025Thu 30 Oct 2025£1345 / week
Fri 31 Oct 2025Thu 18 Dec 2025£1005 / week
Fri 19 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£1925 / 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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