Welcome to

Merchants Barn B&B

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Friendly, homely and comfortable bed and breakfast with 3 newly decorated en-suite rooms, in a quiet yard and only 2 minutes from the quay and restaurants open all year round.

See the pictures below that show why we fell in love with Wells.

Special Offers and Late Availability (updated 24 Aug)

Family room now available

Just email with your dates......

Prices shown are per room per night for 2 people unless stated otherwise

Best 4 legged friends welcome at £10 per night. 

Mention the offer when you contact us.

Availability: -

The following are available at £85 per night midweek and £90 weekends based on two adults in a double en-suite or our top deck family suite (see sups for extra beds, the suite, pets etc)

24 Aug 1 night 

25 Aug to 27 Aug

31 Aug to 05 Sep

20 Sep to 30 Sep


Extra bed for Child £20 or adult £25 per night

Dogs Welcome. Bring your best friend £10 per dog per night (see Dido's Guidelines)

Single minus £10 to £15 per night (where available)

Minimum 2 nights and 3 in holidays except where specified. 

Family top deck attic suite £5 per night supplement and from 10 August 2 single beds are available (in a seperate adjoining room) for children aged 8 to 11 years £20 each and adults £25 each

1 night where available +£5 to £10 except where it is listed above

To book an offer please confirm it when booking.

Includes: -

Double en-suite with full English or continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, TV freesat, tea/coffee making, use of dining room with fridge, parking for 2 small to normal sized cars. Also, private use of lounge by arrangement.  More information below.

Check in 14.00 to 17.00 confirmed when booking. Check-out 10.00.

Other times may be available on request.

Payment by Cash or Cheque supported by and up to the value of your card.

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

Norfolk NR23 1BN  Tel:  01328 710924

Email: avril@merchantsbarn.co.uk 

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1 night and Dog supplements to be selected in booking extras or will be added locally. 

Your booking and cost is not confirmed until you receive a personal email from Avril@merchantsbarn.co.uk.

Please email if the advertised offer, no. nights, family room or the date required is not shown.

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Wells Harbour Webcam 2


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View from Port room entrance
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Top deck king bed room
Top deck viewing area

Simon and Avril welcome you to Merchants Barn B&B, a very old character cottage, parts of which date back to the 15th century.  Long ago it was the barn to Merchants House,the oldest house in Wells, it was then added to until it became two cottages, each with a room downstairs, and a bedroom above, now modernised and extended, including two staircases, one of which is a winding staircase in a former chimney breast.  You will occupy the old part and have your own front door to come and go as you please.  

Bed and Breakfast

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

2 double or king bed rooms oak and shabby chic furnished, one with an extra full sized single bed.  One room has a straight staircase and the other a windy steep staircase built into a former chimney.

And now the new top deck attic suite family room that has a king bed and a full sized single bed (soon there will be 2 singles) in a seperate room.  This room is accessed by a double steep staircase, has a low doorway between the rooms and dual aspect views towards Blakeney and the pine trees.

Nightly rates based on a minimum of 2 nights, range from £65 in low season to £85 in high season. 

There is a supplement for 1 night stays from £5  when they are available and an extra adult or child from £15 to £25 each. 

The top deck suite has a £5 suppliement per night.

The price includes locally sourced home cooked or continental breakfast, free Wifi, TV with freesat and tea and coffee making facilities.  In the sailing season we do continental breakfast most Sundays.

Dog Friendly and Dido's Guidelines

We are dog friendly for well behaved, groomed and sociable ones that wipe their paws, happy to be on a lead and do not jump on furniture or the white linen (£10 per night per dog).  We have a porch for dog food as no food is allowed in the rooms - yours or theirs and not even bones (Dido still argues about that one).  Dirty paws and boots can be cleaned here and there is a dog bathing bowl, plenty of towels for cleaning off the marsh mud and a hose that Dido hates.  The porch also serves as a waiting room for dogs while they dry off or you have your breakfast so that they are never left alone in the room.  Please bring their bed, something for them to lounge about on and help us to keep the marsh mud on the marsh.  Charges will be made for damages or extra cleaning.

Other Facilities

During your stay you have exclusive use of the guests dining room that has a fridge for fresh milk and chilling the beverages that you can enjoy on the terrace that captures the evening sun.  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 dont miss those important sporting events.


Opposite the house is much sought after private parking for 2 small to mediume 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.

Minimum of two nights at weekends and 3 in some holidays except where there are gaps in bookings.

Payment can be made by cash or cheque up to the value of the guarantee card.

For special occasions we can arrange for wine, champaigne or chocolates already chilled in the guests fridge.  Also we are arranging to hire out our bikes which includes a dutch ladies bike in duck egg blue, a number of road biles and a tandem.

For these extras please ask at the time of booking.

Starboard King Room BB
Bed and Breakfast Port Room


Wells is in the centre 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.



Wells next the Sea is popular with walkers as it is right on the North Norfolk Coastal Path and Peddars Way.  Merchant's Barn 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.



Click on the Map.  Merchants Barn is in Blackhorse Yard which is best approached from Freeman Street and not from the other end of the yard.  It is best to drive down to the quay and then head west 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).

Kayak wells next the sea

Merchants Barn B and B previous host for 40 years, John Christmas, sends his best wishes to all those that visited Merchants Barn and who John refers to as friends

Below are images that show why we fell in love with Wells-next-the-Sea (in no particular order)

Deer at Holkham Hall
Wells next the sea beach huts
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Sunset Wells-next-the-Sea
Wells next the sea
The Run wells next the sea
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Wells-next-the-Sea and Pet Friendly
Sunset Wells-next-the-Sea

Some more pictures of our B&B:-

Starboard King bed room
Port room double bed
Top deck low doorway
Top deck en-suite
Top deck electric towel rail
Port room cabinet
Port room 2 singles and double beds
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Top deck beams
Top deck stais exit
Top deck sea view
top deck pine trees
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