Former Marconi Wireless Station converted into self-catering accommodation over three floors, near Old Hunstanton, Norfolk.
For holidaymakers wanting a fantastic combination of history, comfort and unbeatable panoramic sea views, the Coastguard Lookout on the outskirts of Old Hunstanton should be high up on your list!
Originally built as a Marconi Wireless Station back in 1906, the Coastguard Lookout played an important part in both World Wars, intercepting German radio transmissions and tracing the German fleet. This key role even led to a visit from the Royal Family back in 1943, an event now remembered by a proudly-displayed commemorative plaque on the side of the building.
In 1976, the Coastguard Lookout became a maritime museum, but closed some years later, at which point it was carefully restored to its current purpose as beautiful self-catering accommodation for four people.
Every care has been taken to leave the original features of the building in place, both marking its heritage and providing a truly unique experience for guests. You can even enjoy your morning coffee or evening drinks from the original Lookout Tower, where 270° views of The Wash allow you to become your own ‘Captain on the bridge'.
From the outside, the Coastguard Lookout has hardly changed since its original construction. A small front garden with a gravelled driveway offers parking enough for two cars, as well as a view of the Old Hunstanton lighthouse ‘next door'. There's even an original WWII pillbox in the garden, which must make this one of the few in the country to boast such a feature!
As you enter the Coastguard Lookout, you'll notice original features and beautiful décor, complementing the age and location of the building. The living and dining room, complete with seating for four, enjoys sea views and a log burner, keeping you warm even on the stormiest of days. Relax back in the comfortable leather sofas to watch the television, or simply curl up with a book and enjoy an hour or two of pure escapism. Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom plus the kitchen - a well-equipped, ‘L'-shaped room complete with a fridge-freezer, induction hob and combination-oven/microwave/grill.
Upstairs are two bedrooms, both decorated to evoke a seaside effect. The first bedroom offers outstanding views across The Wash, and the cream linen and powder blue wood panelling creates a clean, comfortable feel. The second bedroom comes complete with double aspect sea views and bunk beds, making this the ideal room for two children. Finally, the bathroom is also found on the first floor, offering a bath with a shower overhead and WC (please note that access from the bunk room to the bathroom is via the double bedroom).
It's without a doubt that the Coastguard Lookout's most unusual feature is the Lookout Tower, which can be accessed via a staircase in the first bedroom. Furnished with bar stools, this is the ideal place to relax, chat and enjoy the spectacular views. Due to its west-facing position, you can marvel at the most spectacular sunsets - a rarity for visitors to the Norfolk coast. Bring your binoculars to spot a variety of birdlife, passing ships and, of course, the ever-changing tide and weather. On fine days, you can even make use of the walk-around balcony and its charming secluded terrace.
Old Hunstanton is only a short walk away from the Coastguard Lookout, offering a shop, a delicatessen, a post office and several pubs and restaurants. Take the ‘land train' from the cliffs to the other side of the town, and bring your camera for the panoramic views of the Wash you'll see on your way. The larger town of Hunstanton is a short drive away or a half-hour cliff-top walk, taking you to the town centre with its supermarkets and shops. And of course, a little further afield are the delights of the Sandringham Estate, Snettisham and Titchwell Bird Reserves and King's Lynn.
It's not often you get the opportunity to stay in a building with such an important history as the Coastguard Lookout. Whether you spend your days exploring Norfolk, playing on the soft sand dunes on the beach or simply gazing out from your own private Lookout Tower, a stay here is one you'll never forget.
Things to note
No pets, no smoking, returnable breakage deposit of £100 required on booking.
Fridays - Monday until 7 July and then from 7 September until 21 December
21 December until 3 January 2019 full weeks unless short notice
7 July until 7 September full weeks unless short notice
If in doubt please contact Norfolk Holiday Homes via the 'Enquire to Book' button.
Region: Hunstanton, Norfolk
Cost (from): £400 per week
Minimum stay: 1 week
Property ref: 152
WiFi, two bedrooms: one with double bed, and a small bunk room, one family bathroom (bath with shower over, washbasin and WC, shaver point - please note access from the bunk room to the bathroom is through the double bedroom) and one separate WC on lower floor, living/dining room with woodburner (logs for first fire supplied), gas central heating, small well equipped kitchen with small fridge/freezer, induction hob and oven/microwave/grill, washing machine, bed linen and towels included, Freesat, staircase to lookout tower with 270 degree views out to sea, full walkaround balcony with terrace, onsite parking, gravelled outside seating area.
Beaches, panoramic clifftop walks, local shops and market towns, tea rooms, cycling, Norfolk Lavender, Sandringham Estate, Titchwell Bird Reserves.
At a glance
- Sleeps four between a double room and a bunkroom
- Sympathetically refurbished to retain original features, including the Lookout Tower, offering stunning sea views across The Wash
- Walk-around balcony with secluded terrace offers further views on fine days
- A short walk from the sandy beach and Old Hunstanton, with a small centre and several pubs and restaurants
- Hunstanton is a short drive away, while King's Lynn, the Sandringham Estate and Snettisham and Titchwell Bird Reserves are within a half-hour drive