Welcome to Anchorage

Bed, Breakfast and Rooms
3 minutes walk from the Harbour

Enter your dates and Avril will book it if available and email info.  Updated daily

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Please emailAvril@AnchorageWells.UK

Text or call 07764 188875 but I am quickest at email

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

Or enter your date above for rates and availability

Avril will book it if available by email as we use several booking sites. 


You will receive a warm welcome and feel at home straight away in the Anchorage BandB, our friendly B&B 16th century nautical themed cottage bed and breakfast in Wells with 3 comfortable en-suite king double, triple and family en-suite rooms with partial seaviews.  Only 2 minutes from Wells-next-the-Sea harbour quay seafront, restaurants open all year round and a lovely walk from probably the best beach in Britain and North Norfolk.

Enjoy a full English breakfast, then let us help you plan a great day out on our beautiful coast - whatever the weather.  We can recommend the best walks, pubs and restaurants or maybe a trip out to see the record 2700 grey seal pups (an amazing experience), just updating the gallery to include some seal family pictures :-)

Top Deck Attic Suite

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2 Rooms and 1 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.  

2 Singles, 1 full sized and the other 2.6feet low level bed in a seperate cabin style room.  

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

2 flights of steeper than normal stairs.

Full 6.5 feet walking height through all the rooms.

    Starboard King En-suite

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         King bed of the high quality

         traditional oak furnishings and

         en-suite shower room

         Steeper than normal stairs


Port King En-Suite

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  Comfortable King bed 

  pine and shabby chic furnishings.


  Waste water pumped out by a

  macerator in the en-suite shower

  room with small enclosed shower.


  Entrance with port hole and

  partial seaview towards

  the harbour and the Albatros.  

  Straight staircase

  Extra bed removed to make

  room for small sofa from Feb 2017


About our Bed and Breakfast

Formerly Merchants Barn B&B, same hosts with a new name.

The 3 newly decorated 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. Extra bed being removed in Feb 2017 to make room for a small sofa. It has its own private staircase and large window in the entrance where you have a distant harbour view and 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 has a windy staircase built into a former chimney with stairs steeper than normal.

Our top deck attic family suite is 2 seperate bedrooms and ensuite shower room, a favourite with our guests and has a king bed, 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 double staircase with stairs steeper than normal, has a low doorway between the rooms, a sofa sitting area and dual aspect distant view of 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.



We plan a number of commitments around your arrival time, so please let us know with as much notice as possible if it changes.

Our check-in time is between 4 and 5.30pm.

Sometimes earlier or later can be arranged, so please let us know. 

Check-ins after 6pm may be remote self check-in if you are happy to read the check-in email, check-in notes and call me the day before.

We do not accept bookings for check-in after 8pm if it is your first time with us.



Check-out is 9 to 10am.


Rates and Supplements

You can check availability and see rates by entering your date in the search box above.

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 booking.com 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 £110 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 except during sailing season when we occasionally do a discounted no breakfast option.  We will confirm this with you when you book.

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

Earlier or later breakfast of toast, cereals, fruit and yoghurts may be available by prior arrangement. 


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. 

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 room while you are here.  

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 2 weeks 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 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!



Our parking is not available for the next few months due to refurbishment.  

Opposite the house we are privilaged to have parking for 2 small to medium size cars (Astra or Focus sized) shared between 3 rooms and for people that are confident squeezing into tight spaces.  This must be arranged with us in advance and will not be available for a while in 2018 due to refurbishment of our parking area and work shop.  If you do not provide your car details please do not try to park here as we utilise the spaces as best we can.

On street parking is available nearby.  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 have gone home.  

Please do not park in Merchants House which is a different Bed and Breakfast and do not leave your car before the arranged check-in time.



Click on the Map   

  • There is no parking in Blackhorse Yard and it is not suitable for motor vehicles.
  • Anchorage BandB is at the Freeman Street (B1105) end of Wells
  • Set your satnav to go to Freeman Street (B1105) 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 until you see Holkham Road the B1105 on your right.
    • 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 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 the 2nd house on your left up the yard which is green.
  • From the centre of Wells-next-the-Sea
    • Go all the way to the quay, then head west onto/along Freeman Street the B1105. 
    • You will then see Blackhorse Yard on your left just after Steermans Yard car park and Crab House.
  • Please park in the car park or on Freeman Street and come to check-in so that I can give you more information.
  • When you walk into Blackhorse Yard we are the 2nd house on your left which is green
  • If you have a small car and we have advised there might be a space available you will be sent further information on parking, otherwise please do not drive into Blackhorse Yard as it is not suitable for motor vehicles.
  • Our parking will not be available at the end of 2017 to 2018 due to refurbishment of the parking area.


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.  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 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.