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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Bacton, Norfolk, East Anglia, England

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Julia C
Harwich, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Best kept secret in Norfolk”
Reviewed 22 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

I feel that we have just discovered the best kept secret in Norfolk. I stayed with my husband, teenaged daughter & 3 dogs.
Laura has created the perfect place to relax and unwind. Ideal for dogs and children of all ages. The welcome pack was much appreciated, it contained milk, tea, coffee, sugar, bread and Jam and even a lovely bottle of chilled wine in the fridge. Laura had even thought of providing dogs towels and bowls as well.
The wifi worked very well and put up with the strain of a teenage girl running a phone, tablet and laptop all at the same time!!
We found the conservatory was the most peaceful place to relax watching the tide roll in and out.
The Poachers Pocket did a lovely Sunday Lunch and they allowed you to take dogs into the bar area. The Sugar and Spice café did lovely home made cakes and also allowed your four legged friends in.
Come rain or shine Sandcastles is the perfect retreat. As a female I would even feel safe to stay here on my own for a week (with the dogs).
Thank you Laura for sharing your wonderful bungalow...
We will definitely be coming back.

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Liked best: Location, Vistas and Beach.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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LisaLeemi...
Halesworth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Heaven on earth!!”
Reviewed 30 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015

We were a party of 6 travelling together myself, my husband and our 2 boys (13 & 11) gran and Grumpa and 3 dogs (2 labs and a pug!!) to celebrate my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary. What a perfect place we found in Sandcastles ....
Situated right on the beach this perfect holiday home is literally your home from home .... Absolutely everything you could wish for all under one perfect roof.
Laura had even organised roses, a gorgeous cake, wine and a card for my darling parents - how special did they feel!!!
We cannot wait for a return visit and are planning it already ....
None of us wanted to leave ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Thank you Laura .... For everything xx

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Gill R
Swanley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fantastic sea view”
Reviewed 18 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

If you like a sea view, you would be hard pushed to find a closer one. The view is spectacular. We had a storm first morning and the waves at high tide were hitting the wall and soaking the gardens. Watching it from the conservatory was lovely. On the last morning, we saw a seal. Tide was half way out, and it popped it’s head up, whiskers and all. Ships sailing by in the distance and sea birds skimming the waves.

Because we had our dogs with us, we didn’t want to eat out. We found a pub in Mundersley, The Ship Inn, where we could ring through our order (you can look the menu up online) and then collect. Not only did the food travel well and was hot; lovely crunchy vegetables and generous portions, but they give you a substantial discount if you take away. So the meals were a bargain and very good.

I think you would be hard pushed to find ANYTHING at Sandcastles that Laura has forgotten. It’s so well equipped and comfortable. The place is warm as toast and bedding/towels clean, bathrooms spotless. Nice welcome tray with fresh bread, tea etc. and milk/wine/water in the fridge.

The only slight negatives were; the place is a little tired in places but Laura said they are planning a refurb soon. So that is in hand. And specifically to us, we were disappointed we could not get our 2 large dogs down on to the beach outside the property. I think we must have been really unlucky, as after reading previous reviews, we couldn’t figure out how to get our 2 large dogs down there, as other people seem to have managed it. It’s tantalisingly close but there are two sets of steps (one concrete and fairly easy, but second one is metal and a bit more treacherous, with holes). There was a large drop and we could not lift them up and down. Which wouldn’t be a problem if you had dogs that didn’t need a free run on the beach, so you could go up and down the path or were small enough to lift. Not sure I could’ve made the climb either. If there were a better way of getting onto that beach, it would be perfection, as we rarely saw a soul there and would be so private. We ended up driving to Mundersley beach to give them a good free run. But that beach is not open to dogs during the summer season. Laura did say the sand shifts and sometimes it’s further up to the steps, so maybe we were unlucky with the time of year and in summer the sand is higher up. We also took them to Bacton Woods. This is a great dog walk. We had awful weather so our dogs were caked in mud. But, back at Sandcastles, there is a hose outside on the back patio (for hosing off sand) but, if you don’t want to walk mud through the property, there is a very handy second hose in the left hand side alley. Perfect for hosing off the mud and our muddy boots before we went back into the property. As I said, she’s thought of everything!

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: Difficult access to beach
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Steve B
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Perfect holiday cottage”
Reviewed 20 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Having stayed in many properties around the world, Sandcastles has to rate as one of, if not the, best. It is well equipped for the needs of 4 adults. The conservatory is a delight with a view directly onto beach and sea horizon beyond. Many happy hours were spent tracking progress of ships in the distance, whilst consuming a glass or two. Little touches like the provision of dog towels, and an unexpected anniversary card on our arrival were much appreciated.
Beach behind property is cleaned by tide each day, and is a delight for children and dogs alike. Further afield, Bacton Woods is a good dog walk, and National Trust properties at Felbrigg and Blickling are easy drives. The Norfolk coast at Wells next the sea, and Blakeney are a little further afield.

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tyka29
Haverhill, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Perfect settings”
Reviewed 1 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Have just returned from a wonderful restful week at Sandcastles. We were with the family to celebrate birthdays and could not have wished for a better setting.
Easy to find, thanks to clear instructions, and what a view when you go through the door and see the beach for the first time.
A very helpful info pack is supplied (very useful when you need a vets phone number due to an over excited dog hurting her leg through total over exuberance while trying to chase sea gulls). We had the beach to ourselves on plenty of occasions which was fantastic.
It is a real home from home and the dishwasher and washing machine made life easier especially when you have little ones.
We all enjoyed it so much I am about to book another week next year, which is a real testament as that is not something that we do very often.
Thank you for letting us stay there.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Coming home
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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