out of 10
Beachcomber is located in the centre of the village. It is a one minute walk from the greengrocers, pharmacy, brilliant fish and chip shop (Fish & Fry), and post office/village store. Two minutes away is a Spar, pubs, and great Chinese take away. 10 minute walk is a Tesco Express. The back garden leads onto Gold Park which our dogs loved. The park leads to the main road down to the beach, which is stunning!
Unfortunately, the back garden is slippery, wobbly, old decking; with a rotting gate and entrance onto the park which our dogs were afraid to walk on as the planks are not attached so are very wobbly.
At the front of the cottage there is a single track residential street. Everyone has to park up on the pavement on the opposite side of the street to allow cars to pass. This appears to be an issue for residents living down the road who were clearly fed up with holidaymakers.
The living area is spacious. The tv only has free view so is very temperamental and for two nights we had only German stations to watch! In the kitchen there is a pointless dishwasher which left us washing up to do the next day, a cooker that only works if you set a time, a microwave that only works if you switch it on and off at the plug first, and a hob that beeps if you put anything on it. A decent sized undercounter fridge, but no freeze box or freezer making self-catering a little difficult. The electrics in the cupboard for the washing machine may make you a little nervous. There is a large range of crockery and glassware.
The stairs are an accident waiting to happen. They are steep, open wooden steps with a handrail on the wall, but open on the side with the living area. There is not stair gate at the top which is unnerving when you get up in the night, and no gate at the bottom to prevent pets going upstairs. The gallery bedroom has a very old sprung mattress which gave one of our guests backache, if you have back problems you should only sleep on the single bed in the other bedroom. Coming out of the other bedroom in the night leads you within two feet of the top of the stairs. The owner has suggested leaving the landing light on, however the gallery bedroom is on the landing so makes this impossible. The floor boards upstairs could do with fixing down as they knock as you walk on them. The wardrobe in the other bedroom is slidi doors in front of some trellis which you can hook hangers onto...do not hang your best frock here! There is a lack of useful storage upstairs, so we lived out of our suitcases.
The bathroom is modern part from the shower floor tiles, which will remind you of a council swimming pool changing room. There is no grab rail in the walk in shower.
The bedding, bathroom towels, and tea towels were all perfectly clean. The cottage was clean enough for our needs. The showere floor tiles are pretty grim, but this is down to their design and grouting rather than day-to-day cleaning.
The walls are also quite thin, and we were unlucky enough to be staying the same week a very loud couple and their happy dog were staying at number 15.
As with lots of holiday-lets, it lacks any TLC. We would not stay in this cottage again but hope to return to Mundesley in the future.