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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, East Anglia, England

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Very good - based on 34 reviews
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glynis a
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fantastic views”
Reviewed May 2, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

A lovely cosy, quirky cottage in a fantastic location right overlooking the water with beautiful long views to the sea. Downstairs was lovely, good sized bedroom with nice furniture and modern bathroom. This was spoilt a little by stains on mattress protector and large area of mould in bathroom. Also bin and toilet brush holder very dirty. The upstairs living room was lovely and light and airy with good lighting at night. Heating was good with options of a real or a coal effect fire. Kitchen a bit old and tired but adequate. Cooker and fridge/freezer very clean but again a lack of attention to detail. Crumbs on chairs and floor, dirty greasy pan left in grill, dirty glasses. Overall a lovely, homely, cosy cottage in an outstanding location.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
May 5, 2017
Thanks for taking the time to review and I'm sorry to hear the cleaning wasn't up to standard. If you would like to come back for a return stay we will discount your stay by £100. Just let me know.

Thanks again for taking the time to review.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Journey53...
1 review
“Location, location!”
Reviewed November 6, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

Perfectly placed cosy cottage. Great selection of bird life to watch from the windows. We even saw a Red Kite patrolling over the marsh. Very handy for the shops & various eateries in the town..Cottage worked well for us as a couple - comfortable & well equipped. Our only suggestion for improvement would be brighter lighting for cooking & reading in the winter evenings. We hope to revisit soon.

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Liked best: The view.
Liked least: Reading in low light.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Nov 6, 2016
Thanks for such a lovely review. We intend to address the lighting upstairs this winter, with brighter bulbs as a minimum. Welcome back anytime
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nicbapro
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Continued to thrill”
Reviewed October 27, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

I am always nervous revisiting a place I have loved as much as we loved the old whelk house last year. My worry was in vain. The house was as lovely as we remembered, the location is awesome, the binoculars and telescopic as exciting as before. My children call it the ship house as the view over the harbour couldn't be more magnificent and my hyperactive 2 year old sat for hours watching the boats, digger, tide, sand and spotting all the amazing changes through the day. That for me is pure gold dust. Relaxing, lovely and amazing value. Thanks again!

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Management Response
Oct 29, 2016
Thanks again for booking, and for writing such a nice review. Welcome back anytime.
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writetech
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Ideal for a couple”
Reviewed October 24, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

It's hard to find places that are for two people, even harder to find somewhere with a good view too. The Old Whelk House had a wonderful view and was also very convenient for the local shops and restaurants. We will definitely go again.

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Liked best: the view
Liked least: a bit dark upstairs
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
Oct 29, 2016
Thanks for taking the time to write a lovely review. Welcome back anytime.
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ADRCMR
Harpenden, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“5*”
Reviewed September 23, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Centrally located, yet quiet on Eastern Quay. Everything you could possibly need. Beautiful cottage, well equipped, with two picture windows to watch the ebb and flow of the tides, the boats, the birds. Very helpful notes from the owner.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 24, 2016
Thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Welcome back anytime.
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Rosemary...
2 reviews
“Location great, comfortable, but lighting very poor- very dark & dismal in the evenings”
Reviewed September 15, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

The Old Whelk house is an upside down house (the bedroom and bathroom downstairs and
the kitchen and living room upstairs) which we liked. The house is well equiped, albeit with
odd crockery and cutlery. All the walls upstairs are red brick and the ceiling and floor dark wood, making it quite dismal especially in the evening. The lighting is so poor we could not read and preparing food in the evening was not good. This was a problem for us and will be much worse in October onwards. Luckily the weather wasn't too bad for us, but the day it
rained all day we could have done with good lighting!

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 16, 2016
Thanks for your review. I'm very sorry you found the lighting poor upstairs. We are hoping to refurbish upstairs this winter and will look at improving the lighting then, in the meantime adding some higher wattage bulbs.
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Venture62...
1 review
“Perfect location”
Reviewed August 23, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

The Old Whelk House is in the perfect location, from sun rise to sunset with the ebb and flow of the tide the views are ever changing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the house was equipped with everything we needed. and ideally situated for walks along the Norfolk coastal path. Would love to return.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Aug 24, 2016
Thanks for such a lovely review. Welcome back anytime.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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