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The Rosary

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

from £ 485 to £ 735 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


The Rosary is a small traditional single-storey cottage tucked away down one of Wells' many lanes, off The Buttlands, only a minute's walk of the renowned hotel/restaurant 'The Crown'. it is simply furnished in period style and has a courtyard garden which has a little studio leading from it. The cottage is only a short walk to the quay and a good selection of shops. The sandy beach is 1 mile away and may be reached on foot, car or miniature railway.

Please note that short breaks are not possible at this cottage.


  • Excellent position down a quiet lane in the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea
  • All single-storey so perfect for those who can't cope with steps
  • The private enclosed courtyard garden


  • It's traditionally furnished and not a smart boutique style cottage
  • Access is via the back via the courtyard garden
  • Full weeks only must be be booked - no short breaks

All accommodation is on the Ground Floor

Kitchen: Large fridge/freezer, built-in single electric oven and gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave. There is a breakfast bar with 2 stools.

Bathroom: Bath and electric shower, hand basin, WC and towel rail.

Bedroom: King-size bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, hanging space and wooden shutters.

Sitting Room: Open working fireplace, sofa, armchair, flatscreen TV, stereo/CD and DVD player. Doors to outside courtyard area.

The cottage has gas central heating. Sorry no pets


Whilst there is no designated off-street parking, it is usually possible to park on the nearby Buttlands where there are no parking restrictions.

There's an enclosed courtyard area with cast iron round table and chairs, water fountain, shrubs and plants.


Accessed from the courtyard a useful additional space with sofa and storage (ideal for bikes).

Please note that short breaks are not possible at this cottage.


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

A lovely cottage. Very comfortable in excellent location with brilliant amenities. (The new TV is a great new feature!)
Comfortable bed. Very attractive garden. Well equipped kitchen.
Planning to return in future!

The Bailey's, 2nd of September 2023

This is the second visit to this property . A perfect location for a visit to all Wells and the North Norfolk coast has to offer . Lovely welcome pack especially the marmalade -really nice . We took our bikes so the summer house was great to lock them away safely . Although it’s a small property it has everything this for two people need .We spent three days cycling visiting Holkham , Burnham Market , Sandringham , Hunstanton, Cley and Brancaster . The highlight was the view from the top of Blakeney church tower . Also a trip to see the seals and birds on Blakeney point . Another enjoyable holiday in Norfolk and we will certainly try and book this cottage again. Thank you.

The Canon's, 29th of June 2023

The Rosary is in a good location which was better than we expected. We would stay here again as was everything was okay for us to enjoy a break away in Wells.

The Bradbury's, 1st of May 2021

The Rosary was well equipped. Property was exactly as described in the brochure and from the photos. An excellent location in Wells and we appreciated the information pack that was sent before the visit.

The Owens', 25th of July 2020

The Rosary was better than expected - Cosy cottage in a good location. The sweet courtyard area was very nice and the bed very comfortable.

Caroline , 18th of July 2020

The Rosary is perfect for me as has a great position off the High Street with easy access to buses, shops and coast. It's very well equipped with a very private garden and a peaceful bedroom. I would stay again!

Hazel, 2nd of August 2019

Overall well equipped, good value for money in a great location

The Nightingales, 15th of September 2018

Very peaceful with a perfect location, homely and comfortable and a private courtyard garden.

The Rileys, 25th of August 2018
Key Booked Arrival date


Sat 1 Jun 2024Fri 21 Jun 2024£615 / week
Sat 22 Jun 2024Fri 5 Jul 2024£650 / week
Sat 6 Jul 2024Fri 30 Aug 2024£735 / week
Sat 31 Aug 2024Fri 6 Sep 2024£650 / week
Sat 7 Sep 2024Fri 20 Sep 2024£615 / week
Sat 21 Sep 2024Fri 18 Oct 2024£555 / week
Sat 19 Oct 2024Fri 1 Nov 2024£615 / week
Sat 2 Nov 2024Fri 20 Dec 2024£485 / week
Sat 21 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£735 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Fri 4 Apr 2025£500 / week
Sat 5 Apr 2025Fri 25 Apr 2025£670 / week
Sat 26 Apr 2025Fri 23 May 2025£570 / week
Sat 24 May 2025Fri 30 May 2025£670 / week
Sat 31 May 2025Fri 20 Jun 2025£635 / week
Sat 21 Jun 2025Fri 4 Jul 2025£670 / week
Sat 5 Jul 2025Fri 5 Sep 2025£755 / week
Sat 6 Sep 2025Fri 12 Sep 2025£670 / week
Sat 13 Sep 2025Fri 26 Sep 2025£635 / week
Sat 27 Sep 2025Fri 17 Oct 2025£570 / week
Sat 18 Oct 2025Fri 31 Oct 2025£635 / week
Sat 1 Nov 2025Fri 19 Dec 2025£500 / week
Sat 20 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£755 / 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 Saturday.

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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