Bexwell Cottage

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"Four star self catering accomodation for 5 or 6 people in beautiful North Norfolk."

Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk

Wells-next-the-Sea is situated at the heart of the North Norfolk coastline, which forms part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is central also to that part which is recognised as the Heritage Coast. The beaches of Wells, together with those of neighbouring Holkham, must be among the largest and most beautiful sandy beaches in the UK. Equally distinctive and attractive along this stretch of coastline are the sand dunes, pinewoods, creeks and salt marshes, appealing to families, sun worshippers, walkers and bird watchers alike.

With a history commencing over a thousand years ago as a Danish settlement, Wells owes much to the sea and seafaring and today, as the largest of the North Norfolk ports, sustains a modest but committed and significant fishing fleet. The regular comings and goings of the fishing boats at the stone quay provide not only a livelihood for local people but also valuable produce for shops and eating places and fascination for onlookers.

The town and its harbour are a mile from the pinewoods, dunes and sandy beaches, where many of the colourful beach huts can be hired by the day. The journey to the sand and sea can be enjoyed on foot along a promenade on the side of a grassy embankment, first built in 1859, to prevent the harbour silting up, by means of the road running alongside the embankment or, in part, aboard a narrow-guage railway.

Within the small, picturesque town, there are narrow streets and ancient houses, intriguing shops, diverse places for refreshment and buildings recalling the town's activities in malting and grain handling. The Buttlands, a rectangular green - surrounded by a line of lime trees and elegant houses - once probably used for longbow practice, offers space for relaxation both quietly and more exuberantly at the varied outdoor concerts held during the town's annual Carnival Week, at the beginning of August, and at other times of the year.