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Property flirt! A 12-bed B&B in Wells-next-the-Sea

Got a spare £1.5mil and want a new business (or a hell of a family home)? This gorgeous property on the North Norfolk coast could be just the ticket...

The last two years have certainly had everyone reconsidering their life goals and priorities, and if you’ve always harboured the dream of your own bed and breakfast, restaurant or just whacking great house, then Arch House could be a dream come true.

This Grade II-listed 10-bed house with on-site two-bed bungalow is currently run as a successful B&B, and is just a stone’s throw from the centre of pretty Wells and its quay.

The curved wall, which is part of the walled garden, and the iconic front entrance are the oldest parts of the house (doesn’t that curved brickwork scream Art Deco?), but this is no fixer-upper. The ten bedrooms, all with their own en-suites (some recently upgraded), are all in excellent nick and are neutral enough to add your own stamp if you wish.

Our favourite room is two-storey Crows Nest, which is a serene king-sized room with en-suite, private living room and a historical lunette window with far-reaching views of the countryside (and a bonus glimpse of the sea, too).

The rooms are set around the pretty private courtyard – the perfect spot for an al fresco wine in summer, don’t you think? – which also connects the conservatory reception.

If running a restaurant or cafe is your fantasy job, good news! There’s a kitchen and divided dining rooms, with room to expand into a dedicated dining venture. Just make sure to invite Muddy Norfolk for a review!

As well as the attached bedrooms, there’s also a light and airy self-contained bungalow with two extra bedrooms – a massive bonus in a property like this one, as you can choose to live on-site yourself or convert it into a separate Air BnB or a granny annexe if you’re keeping things domestic.

The bungalow is accessed via a private gated entrance, and its courtyard garden has a paved patio and sunken hot tub. Inside, there’s a fantastic mix of modern open-plan living and more period-style features like the arched windows and vaulted ceilings.

If you want to have a peek around or find out more about the financial side of the business, head over to Norfolk property specialists Sowerbys, where Arch House is listed for £1,400,000.

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