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One of Norfolk’s most photographed cottages with the best sea view for sale

PUBLISHED: 09:44 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:52 19 July 2018

The coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

The coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

Fancy buying a part of North Norfolk’s history? One of the former coastguard cottages in Weybourne with the best sea view for miles around is up for sale for £250,000.

A former coastguard cottage, almost untouched by modernity without even mains electricity, is for sale in Weybourne.

The coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.ukThe coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

The coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.ukThe coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

Number 1, Coastguard Cottages, the furthest in the little line from the sea, and offering charming period accommodation right out of yesteryear, is for sale for a guide price of £250,000 with Bedfords.

The coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.ukThe coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

The coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.ukThe coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

The coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.ukThe coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

The cottage is accessed down a little coastal path, with a panoramic view of the coastline and sea - which, of course gave the coastguard the best view of ships heading for impending disaster. The row of cottages are a well known landmark and feature on many photographs taken depicting the village.

The coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.ukThe coastguard cottage, Weybourne, for sale. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

The beach was so steep at Weybourne it meant large vessels could get close to the shore making this a well used location for smugglers.

Local folklore said the local miller would stop his sails in the sign of a cross to warn smugglers the coastguards were on to them.

This part of the coast was also in danger from invasion and so well defended and more than one coastguard was posted to man the station, long since demolished.

Historic documents state the coastguards, mostly former seamen who had served on many a vessel in the Navy, and becoming coastguards in their 40s and 50s, together with their wives and several children, were allocated one of the Weybourne cottages in hierarchy, with the most senior closest to the sea.

As a result, the coastguard living in the cottage for sale would have been the least senior and possibly the youngest.

During the war, the coastguards would have had a different job of looking out for German invaders with the beach heavily mined and there was an anti-artillery range at Weybourne Camp.

The property for sale is in need of modernisation but offers charming accommodation, much of which has not changed since the coastguard lived there.

Inside, off an entrance hall is a sitting room, a kitchen/breakfast room, a dining room and upstairs are two bedrooms and a bathroom. On the second floor is a converted attic room.

Outside is a lawned front garden; to the rear is a walled garden and brick outbuilding. On the southern boundary is a further lawned walled garden offering scope for extending subject to receiving the relevant planning consents.

You can contact Bedfords on 01328 730500.


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