Anchorage B&B and Apartments


Simon and Avril wish you a happy and healthy 2019

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  • Updates in progress but you can enter your dates to check availability and Avril will advise the rate and check in date by email.. This system will NOT book it.  
  • Or email any time for rates and info and Avril will reply quickly.
  • For offers quote "Website 2" and the offer seen.  Prices can go up as well as down.

To book or for rates, check in days and info Email:


or Text 07764 188875 (calls often don't get thru)

Anchorage B&B

28 Blackhorse Yard, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1BN 

Anchorage Harbour Apartment

14 Tunns Yard, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1BP

At Anchorage B&B and Apartments you will receive a warm welcome and feel at home straight away, our friendly B&B 2 minutes from the quay, a 16th century nautical themed cottage bed, breakfast and pet friendly self catering apartment in Wells-next-the-Sea with 3 comfortable king en-suite doubles, family suite with partial seaviews and our lovely 1 bedroom apartment a few steps from the harbour.  Wells-next-the-Sea harbour quay seafront, restaurants are open all year round and its a lovely walk from probably the best beach in Britain and North Norfolk.

Pictures and info on each B&B room and the apartment are shown in columns below also showing the building that the room/apartment is in:-


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Top Deck Attic 


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Anchorage Top Deck

2 Adjoining rooms with En-suite across the whole top floor

King bedroom with a small sofa and double aspect partial seaviews across Wells to the harbour, Albatros, Blakeney and the pine trees.  Favourite room with many of our guests.  

2 Singles in adjoining cabin style room.  Or ideal for 2 people wanting seperate sleeping rooms.

Both rooms and en-suite shower built into sloping attic roof with low doorway between the 2 main rooms.

Norfolk winder staircase with 2 flights of steeper than normal stairs.

Full 6.5 feet walking height through all the rooms, into the shower room and 6.2 feet in a part of the shower with sloping roof.

Suitable for 2 adults and/or with 1 or 2 children over 11. Or 2 adults in seperate rooms.

Starboard King 


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Anchorage Starboard King En-suite

King bed with top quality mattress.

traditional oak furnishings.

Slightly bigger ensuite enclosed shower room

Accessed by Norfolk winder staircase where steps are steeper than normal

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Port King 


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Straight normal set of stairs

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Anchorage Port King En-suite Comfortable King bed

pine and shabby chic furnishings.


Waste water pumped out by a macerator in the small en-suite room with enclosed shower.

Entrance with port hole and partial seaview of the harbour and Albatros.   

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Anchorage Harbour Apartment

A few steps from the harbour, lovely 1st floor 1 bedroom modern apartment with king bed, shower room, well equipped kitchenette, lounge diner, comfy lounge and shared terrace with a partial seaview of the harbour.

Rates and check-in days on request by email although you can check if it is available by entering your date in the box at the top of this page.

1 small to medium dog may be accepted if agreed with Avril before booking as conditions apply.


Enjoy a full English breakfast, then Avril can help you plan a great day out on our beautiful coast - whatever the weather.  Ask about her 3 guests favourite walks,  recommended pubs and restaurants or maybe a trip out to see seals (an amazing experience boat trip), record 2700 born last season and set for more this year.  Just updating the gallery to include some seal family pictures :-)

Anchorage Harbour Apartment.  Just a few steps to the harbour from your front door.  Lovely modern 1st floor 1 bedroom, lounge, kitchen and shower room.  Everything you need for a comfortable self catering week in the best location in Wells.  Availability can be seen by entering your dates but please email Avril to book and confirm rates and info.  Bring your best friend if they agree to Avrils dog policy, check before you book.  No cleaning fees charged as we ask that it is left as found.

About our Bed and Breakfast

The king bed en-suite rooms consist of: -

All our doubles are king size with a nautical theme and oak or shabby chic furnishings.  

The Port king en-suite room has a small sofa, its own private staircase and large window in the entrance where you have a partial harbour view where you can see the sun rise.  The waste water is pumped out by a macerator in the shower room that has a small enclosed shower.

The Starboard king room with the best quality king bed is traditionally furnished in oak and is accessed via a Norfolk Winder staircase built into a former chimney with stairs steeper than normal.

Our top deck attic family suite is a favourite with many of our guests and has 2 seperate bedrooms and ensuite shower room. It has a king bed in the main room, 2 single beds (one full size and the other 2.6feet low level) in a separate cabin style room and is all built into the sloping attic roof.  This room is accessed by a Norfolk Winder staircase with stairs steeper than normal, has a low doorway between the rooms, a sofa sitting area and dual aspect partial view of the Harbour, Blakeney and the pine trees.

There is full head height clearance of 6 foot 5 inches through the middle of the rooms and 6 foot 2 inches in a part of the shower (the rest of the shower is sloping).

The top deck is suitable for 2 adults, or 2 adults and 1 or 2 children over 11 years. 

Or it can be used as 2 single rooms sharing the ensuite for 2 adults that want to sleep in seperate rooms.  

Supplements apply for extra people or making up extra beds.


You will have your own entrance from the front terrace and porch that is used for boots and outdoor gear. This leads into the guests dining room that has a fridge with fresh milk for your tea and coffee and filtered water.  You can also use it for storing your snacks and chilling drinks.  

From the dining room the two staircases are accessed for the 3 guests rooms and an entrance into our area at the back making the front of the house exclusive for guests so that you can come and go as you please without disturbing anyone.

We do not accept dogs in the B&B. 1 small to medium dog may be accepted in the apartment if agreed with Avril before booking as conditions apply.



Our check-in time is between 4 and 5pm.  Early or Later - see below.

Check-in Time Change - if you are going to be late

We plan a number of commitments around your arrival time including activities in the community as I am a Coast Watch keeper, marine medic on call for seal rescue and a harbour commissioner, so please let me know with as much notice as possible if it changes.  If not I may not be available for your check-in.

Early Check-in:  

We do like to do early check-ins, so please advise this when booking and then you will need to text on the day and I will let you know when the room is ready for you. Calls often dont come through but I always receive text and emails.  If you dont text on the day with plenty of notice we wont be able to do an early check-in.


We do not do night check-ins.

I will sometimes arrange for a self check in if I am not available at your arrival time or if I am called out.

To check-ins after 5pm, or if you think you may be later, we will arrange for a key to be locked in the porch at the arranged time.  To do this you must read and reply to an email with the code and information to check-in and read the check-in notes when you arrive.  

I also like you to text to say you have checked-in.

If you have booked with breakfast there will be a menu for you to tick that you have seen it and cross off anything you dont want.

We do not accept bookings with a night check-in if it is your first time with us.



Check-out is 9 to 10am. Sometimes later on request.


Rates and Supplements

You can check availability and see rates by entering your date in the search box above.  This will not book the room.  Avril will hold the room and email the information.  The room will be released within 24 hours if you do not reply.

We prefer email and always give a quick response as I cannot always get to the phone when with guests or working around the B&B.  I also answer text quickly.

We use a number of reservation sites but the best price is always by booking direct with us by email. We are the best price on for a king room in a comparable area as we are a small independent B&B running just 2 to 3 rooms as efficiently as possible whilst providing a friendly, homely, clean and comfortable B&B experience for our guests.

Rates range from £65 in low season to £120 in high season.  

Saturday nights is a minimum of 2 nights and in holidays it is a minimum of 3 nights except where less nights can be fitted in with other bookings. 

There is a supplement for 1 night stays from £5 when they are available

Prices based on two in a king bed.  It is £30 per extra person in single beds. 

The top deck suite has a £5 to £10 supplement per night (2 rooms).  

2 people can book the whole top deck and have a king and single in seperate rooms £10 per night (the person in the single cabin style room must see the pictures before booking).



The bed and breakfast price includes a set locally sourced home cooked full English breakfast served every day if you booked with breakfast.

Due to activies in the community during peak season we do a discounted no breakfast option (even though we are already the best price in Wells for a king in comparable areas).  Ideal for those visiting, early or late starts or just want to eat out. We will clearly confirm this with you when you book and confirm by email.  If you book with breakfast inlcuded we will be serving breakfast on those days, but please do not book without breakfast if you want breakfast on site and we are only 2 minutes walk from the nearest cafe serving full English.  

For B&B guests help yourself to the wide choice for breakfast whilst I prepare the freshly cooked food served at the agreed time between 8.30 and 9am and ordered the night before. Including cereals, nuts, fruit and seads, orange juice, 3 types of fresh bread for toast, james, marmelade etc. and top up your pots of tea and fresh coffee as often as you want.

Earlier or later breakfast of toast and cereals may be available by prior arrangement. We can only do one sitting for cooked breakfast 08.30 to 9am.

Our set full English includes local butcher Howells sausage and bacon, field mushrooms, Heinz beans, grilled tomatoes and local free range scrambled eggs.  On some days I include my favourite triple cooked potatoe bites or hash browns.

Room Facilities

Free fibre optic Wifi in all rooms

Heated towel rails

Flat screen TV with freesat

Crisp white linen

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and fruit teas 

Caramel biscuits


Make up removers

Hot water bottles


Iron and alarm clock on request. 

Other Facilities

Guest’s dining room with a fridge that contains fresh milk for your tea and coffees (toped up in the morning), filtered water and can be used for chilling your own beverages and snacks.

No food is allowed in the rooms.  Avril is allergic to fish (how annoying) so please do not bring anything back from our excellant fish and chip shops. You are welcome to use the dining room and terrace but please leave it as found.

The porch has lots of towels for removing the sand and mud as our 16c drainage cannot cope with the extra and our linen and towels are white.

Hose pipe for rinsing off the sand and mud (we use it for Dido too)

Dark hand towel to help keep the bath towels white especially if you use hair dye like myself.

We want our guests to feel at home, so if you need anything in your room or service please let us know as it is your  private room while you are here, otherwise we do not go in your room again so no need to tidy before I go in.  

The lounge, with a large LCD screen, can be made available on request by prior arrangement and we can purchase sky passes for you so that you don’t miss those important sporting events.

Guests have their own furnished terrace that captures the evening sun.

Cancellation Fees

Cancellation fees can be sent by cheque or bank transfer and will be 100% if cancelled within 2 weeks.  

The cost of the first night will be charged if cancelled outside of 2 weeks.



Deposit by bank transfer for at least the cost of the 1st night and the rest can be paid by cash on arrival or by bank transfer at least 4 weeks in advance of your arrival.  If you miss this date please pay by cash on arrival.

Name Change

Merchants Barn B&B's previous Host, John Christmas, occupied Merchants Barn for over 40 years and he sends his regards to guests that came here and he refers to as friends.   As our name was similar to our neighbour we agreed to change and are pleased to take on the name of Anchorage.  The definition of Anchorage being an area on the coast or harbour that is a suitable, secure and safe place to stay.  

Home is where the Anchor drops!



The Harbour apartment has a parking space opposite.

Parking at the B&B is not available for the next few months due to refurbishment.  

If you follow the directions that I send with your confirmation you will find it easier to find the parking space or best car park mentioned below.

All of my guests have used free parking for most of their stay when they have parked and left it there.

If you are concerned about parking, ask Avril to call you and she can give you the best options.

On street parking is available nearby.  Do not drive through our Blackhorse Yard as there is no parking in Blackhorse Yard and it is not suitable for motor vehicles.  Freeman Street is only a few yards away and the car park is a 3 minute walk which is free between 1800 and 0800 hours during which time people usually get parked on Freeman Street when day trippers and workers have gone home.  

Please do not park in Merchants House which is a different Bed and Breakfast.



Click on the Mapbelow   

  • There is no parking in Blackhorse Yard and it is not suitable for motor vehicles.
  • By following these instructions you will find it easier to find parking spaces (even if you know Wells)
  • Anchorage is at the Freeman Street (B1105) end of Wells
  • Slightly different directions will be sent for the Apartment
  • Set your satnav to go to Mainsail Yard off Freeman Street (B1105) NR23 1FD and not our post code or Blackhorse Yard as it will direct you into the yard and from the wrong end. 
  • From the A149
    • Follow the A149 around past the top of Wells sign posted with a coash to Beach and Car Parks, until you see Holkham Road the B1105 on your right.
    • Dont take any of the turnings before this as it will take you through the middle which is busier and difficult to find parking and us
    • Turn right onto Holkham road which then comes onto Freeman Street, still the B1105 sign posted with a coach and to the beach
    • Once you get to the houses by Mainsail Yard start to look for a space along the road that is not on yellow lines
    • If there is no space continue to Stearmans Yard car park opposite the Crab House and only pay until 6pm as space usually becomes available on Freeman Street after this time.
    • When you have parked walk back up Freeman Street (left out of the car park)
    • Blackhorse Yard will be on your left and we are the 2nd house on your left up the yard which is green.


Wells is in the center of the North Norfolk coast with beautiful white sandy beaches, salt marshes, pinewoods and sand dunes.  Wells has a small natural harbour, a large sandy beach surrounded by pinewoods, and thus caters for everyone and weathers.  In summer the extensive beach and sand dunes are popular with families.  The harbour is home to a small fishing fleet, but in summer is busy with a range of vessels from kayaks to sea going cruisers with several hundred moorings, some vessels mooring here all year round and a pontoon, often mooring visiting boats 3 deep during summer) that is currently being extended Northwards.  In winter the salt marshes are home to very large numbers of geese and visiting waders.  The house is situated about 200m from the quay in a quiet, small road known locally as a Yard.


Walkers and Cyclists

We will help you to plan your day, whether its local seaside villages, the best walks on our beautiful coast or the best birding sites.  After breakfast ask Avril about her 3 favourite North Norfolk Coast walks.  

Wells next the Sea is popular with walkers as it is right on the middle of the North Norfolk Coastal Path and on the Peddars Way.  The Anchorage B&B and Apartments provides an ideal resting place as it is a few yards from the Path and on the bus route that stops off at every village along the North Norfolk Coast Path which is also a part of the Peddars Way.  

There is a secure place for your bikes and a convenient porch to leave your boots and gear.

For those walking or cycling the North Norfolk Path or Peddars Way Wells is an ideal base with plenty of restaurants and shops available all year round (and saves you lugging all of your luggage around and packing/unpacking each day).  The coast hopper is a great reliable bus service to use as transport to and from your start and finish points each day.  

We have had a number of guests stay with us for 2 or 3 days and we have helped them to plan their routes to make the most of their stay and see as much of the North Norfolk coastal path and this beautiful coastline as possible.  Many of whome will do Avrils 3 favourite coast and circular routes.



We have some amazing birds here all year and stopping off on their way home for summer or winter.  The pink footed and brent geese are arriving in October with their wanderful chatter and formations over the B&B and across the sky all winter.  

Wells is very popular with birders, situated between the RSPB reserve at Titchwell and the NWT reserve at Salthouse.  There are also reserves at Snettisham and Welney, within easy traveling distance.  Plenty of bird books and local knowledge is available to help with identifying wildlife spotted.