The Patch is an informal, family-friendly, self-catering holiday home at Snettisham Beach, on the edge of The Wash on the North West coast of Norfolk. It's a few minutes walk along rough footpaths from a quiet, undeveloped beach, close to the internationally famous RSPB Snettisham nature reserve. It lies between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton, and is just a few miles from Sandringham House, the Royal Family's own 'holiday home'..


An unusual feature is the Victorian railway carriage, which is at the heart of the house. This was the original 'building' on the site, placed there in the 1930s, and the rest of the house has grown up around it.You can explore the house by means of the virtual tour.


The house sleeps up to eight people (plus baby) in four bedrooms, of which two are downstairs in the railway carriage, as is the shower room/loo, which is worth knowing for those with slight mobility problems. However narrow doorways inside mean it's not accessible for a regular wheelchair user.


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.


It’s available all year round. Full weeks only in the main school summer holidays, but short breaks (min. 3 nights) are available the rest of the year. There’s a big wood burner in the lounge/diner, and electric heaters in all other rooms. Free basic wifi, so you can check emails or even carry on working during your holiday if you need to, and a landline phone.

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.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year, and are accepted at The Patch by arrangement. 

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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