Welcome to

Anchorage BandB

Formerly Merchants Barn, same hosts with a new name

You will receive a warm welcome and feel at home straight away in the Anchorage BandB, our friendly15th century nautical themed cottage with 3 newly decorated pet friendly king, super king, Twin and family en-suite rooms.  Only 2 minutes from Wells harbour, restaurants open all year round and a lovely walk from probably the best beach in Britain

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28 Blackhorse Yard, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk 

NR23 1BN  01328 710924


Top Deck Attic Suite

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King bedroom with a small sofa and double aspect views across Wells to the harbour, Albatros, Blakeney and the pine trees.  

2 Single low level beds in a seperate room.  Built into sloping attic roof.

    Starboard King En-suite

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         King bed with oak furnishings

Port Super King/Twin En-Suite

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  Super King or Twin and an extra

  single bed with pine

  and shaby chic furnishings

  Entrance with distant seaview

  towards the harbour and the


  At the moment you can see the

  harbour Christmas tree lit up at



About our Bed and Breakfast

The 3 newly decorated en-suite rooms consist of: -

All king or super king beds with a nautical theme and oak or shabby chic furnishings.  

The Port en-suite room can be made into a twin, has an extra full sized single bed, a straight staircasehe and you can see the harbour and sun rise from the entrance on the stairs.

The other ensuite room is Starboard and has a windy steep staircase built into a former chimney.

Our top deck attic family suite family has a king bed and 2 low level single beds in a seperate room, all built into the sloping attic roof.  This room is accessed by a double steep staircase, has a low doorway between the rooms, a sofa sitting area and dual aspect views towards the Harbour, Blakeney and the pine trees.

You will have your own entrance from the front terrace and porch that is used for boots and crabbing buckets. 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.

Rates and Supplements

You can check availability, book or see our late offers and specials HERE 

Rates range from £60 in low season to £90 in high season.  

Most 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 and an extra adult £25 or child £20 each. 

The top deck suite has a £5 to £10 supplement per night.


The bed and breakfast price includes locally sourced home cooked or continental breakfast, which is full English every day except on Sunday or Monday during sailing season when we do a slightly later breakfast or continental breakfast.  We will confirm this with you when you book.

For B&B guests help yourself to the wide choice for breakfast whilst the chef prepares the freshly cooked food. Including fresh fruit, yoghurt, cerials, toast, jam, marmelade, nuts, seads, orange juice and top up your pots of tea and fresh coffee as often as you want.  

Room Facilities

Free fibre optic Wifi in all rooms

Flat screen TV with freesat

Crisp white linen

Tea and coffee 


Hairdryer, iron and alarm clock on request. 

Other Facilities

Guest’s dining room with a fridge, fresh milk for your tea and coffees, filtered water and for chilling the beverages that you can enjoy on the terrace that captures the evening sun. 

Dining room has cups, mugs, glasses, cutlery and plates for your use.  

Porch has lots of towels for removing the sand and mud as our 15c drainage cannot cope with the extra and our linen and towels are pure white.

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

Dark towels on request.

We want our guests to feel at home, so if you need anything else during your stay, please tell us, as we provide a homely relaxed atmosphere and everything for you to help yourself.

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.

Cancellation Fees

Cancellation fees can be sent by cheque 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 cheque for at least the cost of the 1st night and the rest can be paid by cash when you arrive or by cheque in advance of your 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 neibhour we agreed to change and are pleased to take on the name of Anchorage BandB.  The definition of Anchorage being an area on the coast or harbour that is a suitable, secure and safe place to stay. 

Dog Friendly and Dido's Guidelines

We are dog friendly and even dogs described as neurotic have felt relaxed and at home.  

Dido's guidelines below are based on advise and feedback from our guests and Dido so that the dogs, their owners and non dog people enjoy their stay at Anchorage BandB.

  • Dogs coming to the Anchorage BandB must be clean,well groomed, friendly towards Dido, other dogs and people
  • Please bring their bed and something for them to lounge about on so that any residue marsh mud does not end up on the carpet.
  • There is a hose pipe, bathing bowl and plenty of towels for cleaning and a porch for drying before entering the house
  • The porch is to be used for dog meals, dirty paws, boots, gear, grooming activities and as a waiting room while they dry off or you have your breakfast and they are never left alone in the room.  If all guests agree they can stay under the table during breakfast on a short lead and not in any of the areas that chef/guests needs to walk through.
  • No food is allowed in the rooms, yours or theirs and not even bones - thank Dido for that one.  Also please avoid leaving any wet dog food anywhere as it goes smelly really quick.
  • They promise to be well behaved (or you can manage their behaviour), clean and dry their paws and belly before they come in, be on a lead and do not jump on the bed or furniture.  A jar of goodies is available where extra persuasion is needed - for the dog, not the owners.
  • Charges will be made for damages or extra cleaning.
  • Sorry we can only accept dogs and their owners that are happy with these guidelines and your feedback or queries on any of these points welcomed.


Opposite the house we are privilaged to have parking for 2 small to medium size cars shared between 3 rooms.  For larger cars there is parking on Freeman Street or the public car park is only a minute away, currently £5 per day and free between 1800 and 0800 hours.  

At some point during 2016 we will be refurbishing our parking area, so parking will not be available at that time.  There are a number of on street parking places that can be found.

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


We are arranging to hire out our bikes which include a dutch ladies bike in duck egg blue, a number of road bikes and a tandem.

Please ask at the time of booking.


Click on the Map   

Anchorage Bandb is in Blackhorse Yard which is best approached from Freeman Street and not from the other end of the yard, Theatre Street.  It is best to drive down to the harbour/quay and then head west onto/along Freeman Street and Blackhorse Yard will be on your left just past the Crab House and Car Park.  We are then the green house with the 2 parking spaces for small to medium sized cars opposite (shared between 3 rooms).  

Please do not go to Merchants House which is a different B&B.



Wells is in the center of the North Norfolk coast with a unique mixture of sandy beaches, salt marshes, pinewoods and sand dunes.  Wells has a small harbour, a large sandy beach surrounded by pinewoods, and thus caters for most tastes 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

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 BandB provides an ideal resting place as it is a few yards from the Path.  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 right in the middle and 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. 


Wells is also 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.