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The Mistress’ House was once part of a much larger house and, allegedly, was the home to the mistress of one of the Le Strange family who lived in the main house on Boston Square. There are interconnecting doors (still present but sealed) between the houses so he could visit her in secret. The Le Strange family (whose direct descendants still live locally) designed and built the resort of Hunstanton in the 1800s. The property was designed by the renowned architect HG Ibberson in the Arts and Crafts style, and retains many of its original features such as carved beams and some wonderful cast fireplaces. There is also a nautical connection which explains some of the features such as beams made from old masts. The upper floor is reached via a winding staircase enclosed in an interesting turret of chequerboard style stone, flint and brick work. There is another secret staircase to the sitting room from the second bedroom. Staying in the house will give you a real experience of living in a period property. The house has been recently upgraded and is very comfortable whilst maintaining its quirky charms. Hunstanton is a hidden gem, apart from the obvious bucket and spade attraction and the great beach, the architecture is well worth a closer look. The house is 3 minutes’ walk to the clifftop, and you can be on the beach in 5 minutes. Unusually for Norfolk, the beach has both rockpools, great for fossil-hunting, and golden sands. Although in a town location, The Mistress’ House is very quiet, with shops, a wonderful Deli and other amenities just a short walk away when you need them. An ideal place for a family holiday or a short break, at any time of year. A beach hut is available by separate arrangement. * Dog(s) welcome by arrangement - One dog is welcome, but must sleep in the lobby area, not be allowed upstairs or on any of the furniture. For a video tour, go to: https://youtu.be/9Om4XMWRdYQ.
By Nigel on 02-Nov-2017
Mistress House has to be one of the best holiday accommodations we have been in, and we have stayed in plenty over the years. It is a mix of old and new, with even more to come when the kitchen is restyled. The rooms are huge, the bathrooms modern and large and the quirky stair case a very interesting feature. Although there is no off road parking the roads in the area are quiet and well lit and there was ample parking. There was a great welcome basket when we arrive, which lasted us well into the week. We would thoroughly recommend this particular property to anyone.
By Deborah on 25-Aug-2017
We had a lovely week staying at The Mistress' House. It had everything you could possibly need. The new bathrooms are lovely and the accommodation is spacious. There are jigsaws and dvd's for a rainy afternoon and we were left a lovely basket of fruit and goodies by Ian. We went with our older children so we had no trouble with the stairs but they are steep and winding, the charm and character of the place is really lovely. Arts and crafts mixed with modern bathrooms and from what I read the kitchen is to be updated too.
By Barbara on 22-Jun-2017
We loved staying at The Mistress' House which was a lovely building with fascinating connections to the people - and lovers- of the founders of Hunstanton. A lovely, well located building close to a trail of other arts and crafts properties in the town. The main staircase would not suit anybody infirm or very small children but we found it charming.
By Nick on 28-Jun-2016
Excellent cottage. Very good communications from the owner. On the nicer side of Hunstanton. Parking can be tight during the day but eases off in the evening. Good access to shops, restaurant and sea front. Close to many nice places by car. Thank you for a lovely stay, we would certainly use this property again if we came back to this area.
By Hilary on 23-Aug-2015
Well placed for most of the ameneties, lovely surprise gift pack of goodies, especially the wine & fresh fruit, a caring touch.
Useful information book along with e-mailed & telephoned advice & 'good food' resturants within the area, a very considerate owner.
Loved the ambiance of the cottage as well, would reccomend it for all ages, wonderful.
I found, being severely visually impaired, with a Guide-Dog, after orientation of property, had no problems, though still need sighted person with me,
By Tara on 11-Apr-2015
Stunning property bursting with character in a great location; literally round the corner from the sea!