Coastguard Cottage is a 4 bedroom semi-detached property that sleeps 8 on the coastal path just East of Weybourne. A special location by the edge of the cliff-top and not far from Sheringham to the East.
The cottage is approached down a long gravel drive shared with its neighbours and a windmill, all of which are off-grid.
The cottage is in a very quiet location on top of a 40-foot cliff overlooking the North Norfolk Coast. It has a unique feel being the actual coastguard duty property up to the 2nd world war. It is spacious with 3 floors and is in walking distance to a quiet part of the beach. Sheringham itself is a walk away along the coastal path cliff walk or along the beach. If you like golf then Sheringham Golf Club has a very good reputation and is located on the way to Sheringham.
The experience that is Coastguard Cottage
Coastguard Cottage is something different, quite an experience. This Cottage has just that something, encouraging friends and/or families to make memories they can treasure.
Some cottages have character, this one is characterful with a capital C by the sea. Historically the actual coastguard lookout station for Weybourne on the North Norfolk coast; the duty room is now the living room.
The owner has been thoughtful, fencing off the 40ft cliff and setting up solar electricity because this property is off-grid, no more “last one to bed, switch the generator off”. Coastguard Cottage is a challenge in the winter and an experience in the summer. A truly great place to relax, refresh and unwind.
Inside Coastguard Cottage
Once inside the property you enter the conservatory where there is a large table, sofa and piano. Walking through this you pass a boot room area off which is the downstairs lavatory. Moving from the boot-room you enter the kitchen.
The kitchen has a gas cooker and fridge with plenty of space and cupboards to store or prepare as much or as little food as you require.
Staying on the ground floor you go through into the dining-room. Here is a large table with plenty of room and seating for all, an open fire-place and book-cases all around.
Exiting the dining room you enter the stairway hall which has an interesting tapestry on the wall.
Off the hallway is the first of the bedrooms, this one has a super-kingsize bed, is spacious, light and airy. The beds throughout the property are extremely comfortable with luxury bedding and towels provided.
The first floor
Exiting the stair-well hallway you pass a family bathroom, then a study with a small library. Another very comfortable kingsize bedroom to your right and straight on into the lounge.
This is where Coastguard Cottage gets very special. The view from the lounge is spectacular, the front bay window is looking out to sea almost due North as can be seen in the main photo on this page. It can be accessed by an external stairway as it once was although this is now not used.
Each side of the property is the Norfolk Coastal-path which is now almost continuous all around the North Norfolk coast. Coastguard Cottage is one of the few houses causing the coastal path to detour behind the property.
The second floor has two comfortable King-size bedded rooms accessed from the second-floor landing and hallway. The height of the house here gives spectacular views from the bedroom windows. Both of the beds are comfortable and have Egyptian cotton linen affording a restful sleep.
Coastguard Cottage outside and garden
The front and side of the house are laid to lawn. The area is surrounded by fencing and some by high hedges. The drive is large enough for several vehicles, which means that you could bring a number of cars, your boat or a sailing dinghy.
There are three main areas to use outside one is the old water collection area being a large slab of concrete where, historically, all the water was collected for the property. This area had an open front with no protection from going over the cliff. The owner has recently put locked gates across this area for safety.
The second and main outside area is laid to lawn with fencing and hedging and is gated to the approach road for improved safety. This area wraps around two sides of the property which makes plenty of room for parking and people to move around or relax.
The third area is a small more private area outside the conservatory protected by the house and the stable block and is great for al-fresco dining.
Just outside of the main gate to the property is a swing-gate which allows entry onto the Norfolk Coastal Path. A short way along here there is a cut out down the cliffs onto the beach. The beach is shingle and a great place to be away from the main crowds who would access from further afield. This makes it a fantastic place for a peaceful beach walk in either direction.
The popular coastal town of Sheringham which is one of the premier North Norfolk seaside towns lies to the East. It has amenities aplenty such as a steam train and positively encourages activities and events throughout the year. The vibe in Sheringham helps to include and encourage visitors and locals alike. The town has many great local shops and there is a small Tesco store on the coast road.
The beach at Sheringham is excellent with both pebbles and sandy areas. There are hard path walks along the length of the beachfront, and a small working dry fishing harbour to see. The beachfront Life-Boat museum is a great place to visit and there are several pubs and restaurants that look out to sea.
Beeston-Bump to the East of Sheringham makes a great walk and vantage point to view the coast and inland areas around. You can walk the cliffs along Sheringham Golf Course to the West and reach Coastguard Cottage if you keep going.
Suggested places to visit
Close to Coastguard Cottage to the East are West Runton (fossil finding beach and Beach Cafe). East Runton (Beach and Cafe) Cromer (Crabbing on the pier, Go-Kart track, shopping, large Morrisons supermarket and celebrated End of Pier show). Close by to the West are Salthouse, Cley, Wiverton (Normal for Norfolk), Blakeney (Seal viewing trips and Crabbing) and Morston (National Trust area and Seal viewing Trips by boat).
Further afield to the West are great places to visit. Stiffkey, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Burnham Market, Brancaster Staithe, Hunstanton and Heacham are all in easy travelling distance.
Norwich is a 35-minute drive away, Kings Lynn 60 minutes away, and Wroxham on The Norfolk Broads 30 minutes away. Sandringham House, Blickling, Houghton and Holkham estates are all great days out too.
Coastguard Cottage is a great base to explore all that Norfolk has to offer.