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  • Wells-next-the-Sea
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • 8
  • 4
  • 3

from £ 1,185 to £ 2,160 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Sandbanks is a fabulous contemporary seaside property, one of a small select development in Mainsail Yard, situated just a few minutes walk from the picturesque quay and local amenities in the highly sought after seaside town of Wells.This beautifully presented, spacious three-storey house overlooks the marshes with stunning far reaching views across the pinewoods and out to sea from the lovely light and airy sitting room and two of the bedrooms. This is 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 and a great selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.


  • The lovely coastal views and proximity to the harbour and shops
  • The light and airy first floor sitting room with superb views
  • The main en-suite bedroom on the top floor enjoying lovely views


  • The field behind has been sympathetically turned into a parking area, well screened with planting
  • There's off-street parking for 2 cars
  • It's only a few minutes walk to the harbour and Well's great selection of shops and places to eat

Ground Floor

Entrance hall: with cupboard and plenty of space for coats and shoes storage.

Cloakroom: with hand basin and WC.

Kitchen/Breakfast room: A superb spacious kitchen/breakfast room with a high quality well-equipped kitchen with granite work surfaces and a butler sink. Appliances include an electric fan-assisted oven with ceramic hob, integral dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and a Nespresso coffee machine (guests are advised to bring their own capsules). There is a dining table with eight chairs which may seat eight (using the additional matching dining chairs in the sitting room) and French doors opening out to the decked area.

Access to garage: housing a washing machine and tumble dryer.

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

First Floor

Sitting Room: a beautifully presented light and airy room with French doors opening out onto the balcony (with wrought iron railings) to enjoy the lovely views across the marshes and pinewoods out towards the sea. Furnished to a high standard with three comfy sofas, coffee table, flat screen TV with Freeview and DVD player. There's a kitchen/bar area with a fridge, sink and a table with four chairs.

Snug: Perfect spot to hide away with two sofas, flat screen Freeview TV , DVD player, iPod docking station and a clock radio.

Bedroom 4: has a single bed with truckle bed under, bedside table with lamp and a wardrobe.

Second Floor

Bedroom 1: Lovely spacious room with fabulous views out across towards the sea. Contains a king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a TV. En-suite bathroom: contemporary bath, walk-in shower, hand basin and WC.

Bedroom 2: Wonderful light and spacious room with triple aspect windows. Contains a double bed, bedside table and lamp, chest of drawers, TV and a wardrobe.En-suite WC with hand basin.

Bedroom 3: A spacious room with twin beds, bedside table, chest of drawers, TV and a wardrobe.

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

Note: There's the advantage of free wifi in the house. Highchair and travel cot available. Duvets and pillows are feather and foam.


Mainsail Yard is conveniently positioned off Freeman Street and access to the property is via two 5-bar gates with off-street parking for 2 cars.

There is a large decked area which wraps around the side and rear of the house with views to the pinewoods, with outside furniture for eight and two sun-loungers.

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.

Sandbanks 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

Fantastic location (so close to the Quay), the house was massive, so much room, very comfortable. And the large parking area definitely came in handy. We had fantastic weather that definitely helped. The garage with the garden chairs / cushions was also much appreciated. The beds were very comfortable and lovely towels. Would definitely go there again and definitely use Sowerbys.

The McGill's, 29th of June 2023

We had a lovely stay at Sandbanks for the second time. Everything about the house is very comfortable and we love having lots of space both in the living areas and the bedrooms. Sandbanks is a lovely property in a great location within walking distance of the beach and the town with all the facilities it has to offer. The coast hopper bus stops very close to the property.We would definitely stay here again.

The Farndon's, 14th of April 2023

Lovely size of rooms, well presented.

The Wrapples, 25th of November 2022

10 out of 10 for Cleanliness, Perfect for us, everything top standard and perfect view.

Jacqueline & Veronica, 29th of April 2022

We like the large rooms at Sandbanks. 10 out of 10 for the cleanliness. The welcome pack was very acceptable and good quality items too.

The Howe family, 17th of September 2021

The welcome gifts were a lovely touch. I have already have another booking in place for this property , hopefully my family will be able to come . Because of Covid rules (one household only) it meant my husband and myself were the only ones able to enjoy this house. Much bigger than the photos portrayed. The quality of furniture/fittings and contents of the property where of a high standard. We liked the size and situation of the property, I have stayed in many houses in Wells, including Mainsail yard before, this has now gone up my list as a favourite.

The Hulland's, 30th of April 2021

Better than Expected - Bigger, more spacious and brighter. A wonderful family break, thoroughly enjoyed by the four legged member of the family!

The Taylor's, 25th of November 2019

Better than Expected with rooms much more spacious than description/photos suggest. Liked the location and having plenty of living space. Cleanliness 10 out of 10, we would stay again!

Dawn, 17th of May 2019

Better than Expected Spacious 10 out of 10 for cleanliness 8 out of 10 for outside space We loved the views out the back. Great Location.

Langridge, 18th of February 2019
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 19 Apr 2024Thu 23 May 2024£1185 / week
Fri 24 May 2024Thu 30 May 2024£1920 / week
Fri 31 May 2024Thu 20 Jun 2024£1495 / week
Fri 21 Jun 2024Thu 4 Jul 2024£1920 / week
Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£2160 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 5 Sep 2024£1920 / week
Fri 6 Sep 2024Thu 19 Sep 2024£1675 / week
Fri 20 Sep 2024Thu 17 Oct 2024£1495 / week
Fri 18 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£1675 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£1185 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£2160 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Thu 3 Apr 2025£1220 / week
Fri 4 Apr 2025Thu 24 Apr 2025£1535 / week
Fri 25 Apr 2025Thu 22 May 2025£1220 / week
Fri 23 May 2025Thu 29 May 2025£1975 / week
Fri 30 May 2025Thu 19 Jun 2025£1535 / week
Fri 20 Jun 2025Thu 3 Jul 2025£1975 / week
Fri 4 Jul 2025Thu 4 Sep 2025£2220 / week
Fri 5 Sep 2025Thu 11 Sep 2025£1975 / week
Fri 12 Sep 2025Thu 25 Sep 2025£1720 / week
Fri 26 Sep 2025Thu 16 Oct 2025£1535 / week
Fri 17 Oct 2025Thu 30 Oct 2025£1720 / week
Fri 31 Oct 2025Thu 18 Dec 2025£1220 / week
Fri 19 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£2220 / 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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