Historic WW2 Lookout with exceptional cliff top views, now a compact but totally unique family home. It is set in secluded woodland with private parking, just 300m from the beach and only a 5-10 minute walk into the town centre. There is unlimited wifi, a fully equipped galley kitchen, electric radiators, shower room, iron & ironing board, a terrace with a BBQ and views of the sunset plus a garden with table & chairs, sunrise views and direct access to the cliff top and steps to the beach.
Built in 1942 as a World War II Lookout and listening post, this simple building which is now our family home, arguably has the best views on the North Norfolk coast and after the war it was used by HM Coastguard until the early 1990's. It is just a ten minute walk along the promenade into the town centre yet set in a secluded wood with private parking.
The main room has panoramic sea views on 3 sides with the distinctive orignal bronze windows still in place plus a door leading to a terrace with views west to the pier. This main room contains 2 single beds which convert into a double or when not in use the beds can be used as a seating. As the main room in the house it also contains a dining table with 5 stools and 2 high chairs for sitting at the windows and enjoying the view plus an armchair. The kitchen leads off the main room and has a large oven , 4 halogen hobs, a fridge freezer, a dishwasher, a kettle and a toaster. From here a short flight of stairs leads down to a cosy room containing a single bed which leads through to the shower room with electric shower, WC and heated towel rail. There is also a second door to the outside leading off this room which is uselful when bringing in your luggage. Next to this is the twin bedroom located below the main room. There is a TV and TV points both up and downstairs, free unlimited high speed Wifi and new electric radiators in all rooms.
There is direct access through the front garden onto the famous North North coastal path with steps close by leading down to the pristine sandy beach just minutes away. At the back of the property there is a woodland footpath which leads to The Lighthouse and The Royal Cromer Golf Course. It is a mere 5-10 minute walk into the centre of town along the promenade.
Cromer is a quintessential British seaside holiday town which boasted many famous visitors in its Victorian heyday when people travelled by train to enjoy the coastal scenery and take restorative dips in the sea whilst breathing in its famously clean air. Many of the historic buildings remain and it has a pier with an active lifeboat station and the Pavilion Theatre. The beautifully renovated sea front has been brought right up to date with the addition of the Glide Surf School & Cedar House Surf Shop and the North Norfolk Lifesaving Club. It is a great place to learn to surf or try stand up paddle boarding ( SUP ) in flatter conditions plus you can watch the more experienced surfers surf the big North Sea swells all year round.
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Guests have access to most of the property except the utility room and my private bathroom which has seperate access. There is a private terrace facing West plus the front garden with views to the East. Guests have their own shower room and private entrance.
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I am not always around to meet you as I often have to work away from Cromer but Ben who owns The Glide Surf School (easily found on the promenade) is on hand to deal with emergencies and things that cannot be resolved with me by phone or email.
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Weekly rates are higher in the peak summer season July - August and during the Christmas and Easter holidays . Unfortunately it is not possible to show this on the Airbnb website so I apologise for any confusion caused.
1. RESTRICTIONS - The Old Coastguard Station is not suitable for people with mobility problems and all facilities are used at your own risk. We are also surrounded by wildlife as we are in a wood so this is not a place for people who do not like insects and animals.
2. ACCESS - Private vehicle access is permitted along the top end of Cliff Lane and up the track into Warren Wood but there is a strict 5 MPH speed limit. At the end of the lane there is a gate. PLEASE KEEP THIS GATE CLOSED AT ALL TIMES and do not park in the lane or wood as walkers and emergency vehicles need access at all times.
2. PARKING - There is private parking for 2 cars behind the property but please take advantage of the free parking on the Warren if you intend to use your vehicle regularly during the day rather than coming in and out of the wood so as not to annoy the local dog walkers.
3. MUSIC - The property feels isolated but it is not actually very far from other residences where many old people live so please NO LOUD MUSIC after 10pm.
4. FIRE - There is a fire risk in this area so please absolutely no campfires anywhere please. Also NO SMOKING inside the building and remember to dispose of cigarette ends carefully at all times to avoid setting the woods on fire.
5. WINDOWS - there are careful instructions in the property on how to open the original WW2 bronze windows. Please follow these and do not force open any windows. Please remember to shut the windows when you vacate the property.
6. HEATING & ELECTRICS - The electric radiators are manually controlled as required by the number dial. They heat up quickly and should be turned up and down as required. Leave the setting on the sun symbol, do not turn it to the moon.
7. RUBBISH. Please separate your rubbish into the landfill and recycling bins provided in the kitchen and dispose of it in the correct bins which are at the back of the property. Rubbish collection is on a Wednesday so sometimes it may be necessary to pick a bin up or put a bin out for the bin men on a Tuesday night . They pick up at the bottom of Cliff Lane where it joins The Warren RHS.
8. DOGS. One or two small dogs are welcome but please bring dog beds, keep dogs off the human beds, clean up any mess in the garden and be aware that there are other dogs around and the garden is not secure.
I am an independent minded global traveler who has built a career around creating beautiful things from natural materials with respect for both the environment and the people who inhabit that environment. My husbands home is in Indonesia and I have a desk in London but the Lookout at Cromer is home for me and our boys which we share when we are away.
I am probably best known as the creator of "POSH Graffiti" - a range of typography for interiors, handmade by an artisanal woodcarving co-op in Bali but I also work with indigenous Dayak rattan weavers and launched "operation PLANET BASKET" to help them sell their products which is part of an important rainforest regeneration initiative.