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We reopened on the 1st August 2014 as the honoured and privileged new owners of this lovely character B&B.  See the pictures below that show why we fell in love with Wells.

Late Availability

** 21 or 23 Oct £70 per night for 2 people **

** 21 or 23 Oct £50 per night double sole use **

** 24 Oct 1 night £80 **

** 31 Oct 2 nights £80 per night **

** 02 to 13 Nov £70 per night **

Discount available for over 3 nights.

22, 25, 26, 29 and 30 Oct are fully booked.

Double en-suite includes breakfast and parking. 

Pets £5 per night. 

Family room: extra person £15 or 2 children £20.

Please mention this offer when booking.

Welcome to

Merchants Barn 

Bed and Breakfast 






NR23 1BN

Tel:  01328 710924

(If there is no reply please email

as I receive emails when not at home)

Wells Harbour Webcam 2

This is what Wells looks like now!

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View from the house
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Simon and Avril welcome you to Merchants Barn, a very old character cottage, parts of which date back to the 14th 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 modernized 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.  

The Price

A Double or King bed with en-suite from £70 per night for 2 nights and £80 in peak season and 1 night stays includes home cooked or continental breakfast, Wifi, TV with freesat and tea and coffee making facilities.  The double room has a full sized single bed and a second can be arranged.  An extra person is £15 each.

We are dog friendly for well behaved, groomed and sociable ones that wipe their paws and do not jump on furniture or the white linen (£5 per night per dog).

During your stay you have exclusive use of the guests dining room which also has hot chocolate in winter and tea coffee making facilities with a fridge for fresh milk and chilling the beverages that you can enjoy on the terrace that captures the evening sun.  A lounge can be made available on request by prior arrangement.

Opposite the house is much sought after private parking for average size cars.  For large cars and when this is not available we will help to arrange other parking with you.

Minimum of two nights at weekends except where there are gaps in bookings.

Payment 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 and a tandem.

For these extras please ask at the time of booking.

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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.  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  is popular with walkers as it is right on the North Norfolk Coastal Path.  Merchant's Barn provides an ideal resting place for them as it is a few yards from the Path.  There is  secure place for your bikes and a convenient porch to leave your boots and gear.



Wells is also popular with birders as it is 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.



Click on the Map.  Merchants Barn is best approached from Freeman Street.

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Merchants Barn 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 (in no particlar order)

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Some more pictures of our B&B:-