The Patch is a comfortable chalet bungalow at Snettisham Beach, on the edge of The Wash on the North West coast of Norfolk, a few minutes walk along rough footpaths from a quiet, undeveloped beach. It lies between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton.

Uniquely, it has been created around a Victorian railway carriage - an attraction in itself. This was the original 'building' on the site, and the rest of the house has grown up around it. Two of the four bedrooms and the shower room/loo are in the carriage, which is worth knowing for those with slight mobility problems, although not accessible for a wheelchair user due to narrow doorways.

The Patch overlooks a small lake. It’s well away from traffic and street lights, and is set in its own large private garden with offroad parking. There is a gate which can be secured, for the safety of children and dogs.

The house sleeps up to eight people, and there is also room for a travel cot, which can be provided – as can a high chair and stair gates, for those with small children (or a dog!) 

It’s available all year round, and there’s a big wood burner in the large lounge/diner, and electric heaters in all other rooms. The house has been renovated extensively in the last few years, when the two upstairs rooms were added. There's a washing machine and a freezer in an outhouse.

The back garden is very private, and there’s a barbecue and plenty of garden furniture. There are several bikes in the garage for exploring the local area.There's a landline phone, and we have recently had Broadband installed, so our guests can check emails or carry on working during their holiday if they need to.


We accept one or two well-behaved dogs, for up to a week at a time, for an extra £20 per week each.

Snettisham is a great base for exploring North West Norfolk, with many places of interest and beauty within a few miles. For some the internationally renowned RSPB bird reserve will be a draw, especially in the winter when great flocks of geese home in on the vast mudflats of The Wash.

You can find out about other attractions and features as you explore the website.

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Why come to The Patch?

It's a great place for a quiet, old-fashioned seaside holiday without the fuss. No bright street lights, no traffic noise - just wind, water and birds for much of the year. Come as a group with family or friends, or just as a couple or threesome - prices vary: please contact us with your specific requirements.

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What's special about it?

Uniquely, our chalet bungalow was built around an ex-Great Eastern Railway carriage which we believe was placed here in the 1920's. We have highlighted the carriage by revealing the original woodwork, and are adding railway memorabilia and other items to continue the theme.

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What's nearby?

It takes maybe five minutes to walk to the beach. In the summer it can be quite busy around the sailing club, and sail training takes place on the lake as well. The Patch is a good centre for all sorts of interesting places - have a look at our 'Things to Do' section for ideas.

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