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Stearmans Yard, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23


4 Bedroom Cottage For Sale

Sitting prominently and proudly on Stearmans Yard, just moments from the quay in Wells-next-the-Sea, is 'The Cottage' - originally four cottages, two of which were a pair of unique Ostler's cottages, one of which is a detached Ostler's cottage, standing side-by-side. These wonderful and attractive period properties are steeped in history and have been a staple of the town's landscape for more than two centuries - it might also be argued that they might have appeared in more visitor's photographs than perhaps any other property in Wells.

The pair of originally matching Ostler's Cottages were built around 1750 and housed, as the name would suggest, Ostlers; people who would have been responsible for the stabling of horses (in this case for the former Exchange Inn). Stagecoaches and coaching inns were the lifeblood for 17th and 18th century travel in Britain prior to the invention of the railways and at the end of each 'stage' the horses would be changed at a road-side inn for a fresh team by the Ostlers.

Purchased by the parents of our vendors in 1987, the cottages were lovingly refurbished at the time and given a new lease of life.

Now consisting of the one-up, one-down
stand-alone cottage to the left, constructed
from homemade brick and Norfolk flint with limestone mortar, quarry tile flooring and sliding sash windows. Just being inside this property provides you a real sense of history.
Standing to the right is the main cottage providing an entrance hall, guest WC, sitting room with period red brick fireplace, open plan to the dining room, galley kitchen and garden room.

Upstairs the accommodation is finished with three bedrooms and a bathroom. Throughout the cottage there are period features a plenty with traditional ledged and braced doors, complete with Suffolk-style latches, original fireplaces and sash windows providing stunning quayside and coastal views.

The cottages sit either side of a shared access driveway, where you will find a courtyard garden and, intriguingly to the rear, a glimpse of the arched bricked up former cellar entrance - which we believe nobody has tried to enter for generations.
It is fair to say, The Cottage already has a rich tapestry of history having formerly been workers' cottages, a family home and at one point even a palmistry. It is now time however, for someone else to write next chapter of this story and who knows, perhaps even see what lies behind that bricked up cellar door...

WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA Wonderful Wells! With its sandy beach and pretty candy-striped huts, it's easy to understand why this sleepy coastal town is a Mecca for day trippers and holiday makers, but there are plenty of reasons to make Wells-next-the-Sea your permanent home and explore this sweet spot forever.

There are plenty of ways to explore the waterways that surround the area. For a nautical adventure, jump aboard one of the Coastal Exploration Company's traditional wooden sailing boats and adventure hidden creeks, marshes and open sea. Or test your balance with a stand-up paddleboarding session with Barefoot SUP.

The lanes behind the harbour and surrounding the town have plenty of tucked-away fishermen's cottages which are highly sought after, as are apartments with sea views in the converted buildings overlooking the harbour. Head out of the town centre to discover plenty of spacious, grand houses along with fantastic new-build developments which are ideal for young families and downsizers alike. With a bustling community, the town is well-serviced with a primary and secondary schools, plus a GP surgery and library.

For a hit of culture, head to Wells Maltings, an elegant heritage and community centre just off the quay which houses a theatre, cinema, gallery and caf魢ar. While away an afternoon browsing the town's galleries - The Staithe Gallery, Gallery Plus and Quay Art - for some artwork to adorn your home. Discover gorgeous homewares at Nomad and the Bowerbird, relaxed country clothing at Christopher William Country and eco-friendly clothing and toys for little one at Ele and Me. Traditional butcher Arthur Howell is the place locals go to for high quality meat, and you might be lucky enough to bag some freshly caught fish straight off the boat, on the harbour wall. The Real Ale Shop at nearby Branthill Farm is a must for craft beer drinkers.

Alternatively treat yourself to a delicious meal at The Globe Inn or Crown Hotel overlooking the green, or push the proverbial boat out and head to Michelin-starred Morston Hall. For a simpler, yet equally quintessential Wells experience, share a box of fish and chips from French's on the harbour wall and watch the sun slowly set over the water. Imagining yourself here already? Let's find your dream coastal home…

SERVICES CONNECTED Mains water, electricity and drainage. Electric storage heating.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING An Energy Performance Certificate is not required for this property due to it being Grade II listed.

TENURE Freehold.


Tenure: Freehold




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Wells next the Sea
The Granary, The Quay
NR23 1JT

01328 711711

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