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Walsingham Holiday Cottages

Just four miles from Wells-next-the-Sea, on the banks of the River Stiffkey, is Walsingham, with a long history of religious pilgrimage and wealth of historic buildings.

The history of Walsingham and its pilgrimages began in the 11th century with the visions of the Virgin Mary by the lady Walsingham, Richeldis de Faverches. She requested that a replica of the Holy House at Nazareth be built at Walsingham. This became 'England's Nazareth', a place of prayer and reconciliation and one of Europe's four great pilgrim places in the Middle Ages. The pilgrimage season at Walsingham runs from Easter to the end of October.

In the village, you can see many 14th and 15th century buildings. One of these is now The Shirehall Museum, Walsingham's Georgian Courtroom where you can discover more of Walsingham’s amazing history since 1061.

Through the museum is the entrance to the Priory Gardens where you'll find the impressive twin turreted 13th century arch, the remains of the medieval priory surrounded by stunning gardens with seasonal flowers. Visit the Walsingham Abbey Grounds, in February and be treated to its shower of snowdrops.

Just a short walk from the museum is Walsingham Bridewell, or House of Correction set up in 1598 (it was rebuilt in the 18th century), standing on the site of the former leper hospital. It housed beggars and vagrants and trained them in trades; it is almost completely unaltered since the last prisoners were freed!

You can find plenty of shops in the pretty village including tea rooms and cafes. Walsingham is also home to the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, said to be the longest 10-and-a-quarter inch narrow-gauge steam railway in the world.

The village is well worth a visit and is ideally situated close to award winning beaches.

 

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Bay Tree Cottage Walsingham

Bay Tree Cottage |

Sleeps 6, from £593 to £1300 per week

Bay Tree Cottage is part of a Grade II listed former vicarage which has been converted to a high specification throughout. The spacious kitchen/diner serves as a sociable hub and is well equipped for guests who enjoy cooking. There is a large lounge with french doors opening out into the private rear garden. Sitting on the raised sun terrace you can enjoy open views of the grazing pastures beyond. Upstairs the three beautifully presented good-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms make this a perfect place for a family or two couples.

This charming period cottage is set in a small exclusive development and benefits from two designated off street parking spaces.

Situated in an idyllic peaceful location with access to two acres of communal woodland, it is only a short walk from Little Walsingham, a picturesque village of considerable historic interest, with its National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and the medieval ruins of the priory. The pretty village has two good pubs, cafes, an excellent new bistro (Victorious), and a renowned local farm shop. Just 10 minutes drive away, or a short journey on the light railway, is the coastal town of Wells-next-the Sea where you can enjoy some crabbing off the quayside, discover the vast sandy beach with its beautiful beach huts and sample East Anglia’s top fish and chip shop (French’s).

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