If you like Grand Designs and appreciate modern design, Shangri-La could be your ideal bolthole by the sea. This contemporary, beach house is just a one-minute walk from a stunning beach, plunging you into a truly secluded spot. Constructed in 2017-18 under the careful eye of award-winning Mile Architects, Shangri-La sprang to life from the footprint of what was a typical beachside ‘shack’.
There are lots of contemporary touches and up-to-the-minute features, such as environmentally friendly heating, fumed engineered oak flooring, washed plywood walls and wash lighting uplighters alongside modern light fittings. High vaulted ceilings create a feeling of space and light. With expansive glazing on the south elevation, this is the ideal place to relax while gazing out onto the unspoilt coastal plain.The main living area is open plan, with a kitchen, dining and relaxing area, as well as sliding doors to the patio. There is a small, separate TV and kids room, and two of the three generous sized bedrooms have glazed doors that open out onto the covered terrace.
Shangri-La sits in extensive grounds of around an acre that have been landscaped to combine manicured lawns with grass meadow areas. A private gateway takes you to the path that leads over the dunes and to the beach that stretches as far as the eye can see.
This holiday at a glance
- Sleeps six guests.
- Ground-floor accommodation
- Two bedrooms with king size beds and en-suite.
- One bedroom with twin beds.
- Family bathroom..
- Landscaped garden.
- Parking for three cars.
- Children welcome.
- Two well behaved dogs welcome (additional £70 charge).
- Minimum three night stay.
- Environmentally friendly PassivHaus heating.
- Integrated Miele electric oven and microwave, conduction hob with extractor.
- Fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
- Washing machine and tumble dryer.
- Two Smart TV’s, Sonos sound system.
- Travel cot.
- Garden furniture.
- Games in shed, including two kayaks (see Notes).
Attractions and nearby amenities
- Waxham is a small East Norfolk coastal hamlet sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is mainly known for Waxham Hall and Great Barn, a fully restored, magnificent Elizabethan barn. It’s actually the longest thatched barn in the country.
- Waxham Beach often appears in lists of the UK’s best beaches, but still remains peaceful and quiet, even in high summer.
- A little way down the coast is Horsey, which is home to the area’s main breeding area for colonised seals. You’re welcome to come and spot a seal or two at Horsey, but seals are also a very common sight at Waxham. If you take a dip in the sea or use the kayaks, the seals might surface to take a closer look at you. ,
- Norfolk is a birdwatcher’s paradise a good time to come is during the migration season in September and October – you might spot a rare species.
- The Norfolk Broads are very close by. The best way to see them is by hiring a boat for the day and exploring all the inlets and waterways at your own pace.
- In just half an hour’s drive you can leave all the seclusion behind to explore the city of Norwich, with some great shopping and plenty of restaurants to enjoy
For additional inspiration on what to do within the area, please click here.