Lookout, Cromer, Norfolk

Historic WW2 building later used as a coastguard station with exceptional views of the North Norfolk coastline set in secluded woodland a short walk into town. Good for surfing, beach life, birdwatching, seafood, walking and dark sky stargazing.


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The Space

Built as a World War II Lookout in 1942 this simple building arguably has the best views on the North Norfolk coast and after the war it was used by the Cromer coastguard until the early 1990’s.

The main room has panoramic sea views on 3 sides and a door onto the new terrace with table and chairs and views west to Cromer pier. This room has a double bed which also converts to 2 singles, a table and stools for dining and two high stools to allow you to sit and enjoy the view. It opens into a small but fully equipped kitchen with an electric hob and oven as well as a fridge freezer, kettle and toaster. From here a short flight of stairs leads to a dressing room off a wet room with shower and WC and door through to a bedroom below the main room which has twin beds and space for 2 more roll up mattresses for additional children or a cot if required.There is heating and and free unlimited Wi Fi throughout.

The property is secluded and a short drive through a wood and there is private parking for a car.
There is also direct access onto the breathtakingly beautiful North North coastal path through the front garden gate with steps down to the pristine sandy beach just minutes away and to a woodland footpath through the back which leads to the lighthouse and the Royal Cromer Golf Course. It is a mere 10 minute walk into the centre of town along the promenade where there is everything you need including a great selection of cafes and pubs and plenty of places to try the world famous Cromer crab. The Rocket Cafe above the Lifeboat Museum is the first cafe you come to along the coastal path and perfect for a coffee in the morning. The Grove Hotel is a short walk through Warren Wood behind the property an old fashioned family hotel with good food and cream teas.
Cromer is a quintessential British seaside holiday town which boasted many famous visitors in its Victorian heyday when people traveled 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 Surf 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.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the whole property through the top or bottom door into the main building and a private terrace off the main room plus the front garden with beach view. If we happen to be around we stay in our caravan at the back and use a separate door into the new extension which acts as a service area allowing you complete privacy in your space.

Interaction with Guests

We are not always in residence as I often have to work away from home and my boys are at school during the week but when we are home we stay in our “guest caravan” parked just behind the building and use the service area in the side extension. When I am home I will be able to answer any questions and generally help out as required. When I am away Ben & Patricia at the Glide Surf School look after the building and can help with things that cannot be resolved by phone or email.

The Neighbourhood

In short : Beach frontage with breathtaking views of the coast, wonderful fresh air and food, big skies, birdsong and the sound of the sea, yet just a short walk away from historic Cromer town.

Getting around

There is a train from Norwich to Cromer, a good bus service including the excellent North Norfolk coast hopper service and friendly local taxis.

Other Things to Note

The area is famous for it’s dark sky and wonderful bird life so excellent for star gazing and bird watchers alike. It is also a very romantic place with a strong 1940’s Vintage vibe…..

Booking and Availability

Booking and availability are managed on the AirBnB website.