Waxham, Norfolk
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This architect-designed house by the sea sits just behind the sand dunes at one of Norfolk’s most lovely beaches


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

With the track to the beach running past the garden, the position of this eco-build is idyllic. Play cricket in the garden to the soundtrack of singing birds and crashing waves… and stargaze from the deck at night.

Inside is super cosy, especially when a storm blows: this place is perfect for all-season stays. There’s a multi-speaker Sonos system, a hamper stuffed with treats and a kitchen that’s great for sociable chefs. Come in winter for empty beaches, young seals on the sands and spectacular formations of geese.

Walk along the sandy track to Waxham beach: one of Norfolk’s secrets. Take a boat trip from Horsey (gateway to the Broads) for wildlife in abundance; end the day with dinner at the Ingham Swan. The restaurant is 15th-century, the food is delicious, and the village of Ingham is a seven-minute drive.

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We think you'll love

  • Being tucked behind the wonderful sand dunes and beach at Waxham
  • Staying in a superbly equipped, super-insulated house with a one-acre garden
  • The very generous welcome hamper
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You should know

  • The house is easy for wheelchair users but the beach path might be tricky
  • This isn’t for those looking for a wild time – Waxham is remote and unspoilt


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog treats are included in the welcome hamper.

Dogs £70 per stay. Max. 3.

The garden isn't dog proof. The coast path runs past the house and Waxham Beach has no restrictions on dogs regardless of time of year.

Pubs 5-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £203
Weekly price
from £1420
Extra platform bed available.
1 House for 6
From £2034 beds3 bedrooms


What a wonderfully restful place - Shanghai-La is! Having the beach so close is such a luxury. Needless to say the house and the location are truly stunning; it’s got everything you need and a fair few fancy extras too! Thank you for the excellent welcome - the hamper’s a super lovely touch with some wonderful local treats. We’ve had a great time and your recommendations for things to do were spot on. We particularly enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the Ingham Swan, Dunes Cafe, East Ruston Old Vicarage and Hoveton Hall Estate Gardens.

Cyril, Hertfordshire

A beautiful house right by the dunes on the Norfolk coast. Come here for a quiet stay in a beautifully designed house. We loved staying in this well thought out Passivhaus. We walked our dog on the beach everyday, visited the seals and listened to the waves and birdsong. I highly recommend The Gunton Arms. Most of all we were thankful for being able to stay as Simon the host graciously allowed us to rebook twice as our previous 2 bookings coincided with the Lockdowns. Third time lucky! Thanks Simon!

Sandra, London

Perfect post lockdown getaway Simon could not have been more accommodating, from the ease of booking to the wonderful welcome hamper. Quite simply if we had a second home this would be it! Loved being so close to the beach and we all were fascinated seal watching! the house is architectually fascinating and comfortable with great simple touches. We will return!

Jok, London

Book this house! Honestly couldn't have dreamt up a better way to kick off the new decade. The house is totally perfect (super comfortable, spotlessly clean, every bit of kitchen equipment you could ever want for) and the beach. THE SEALS! The whole trip was perfect and coming home to this slice of heaven after adventuring around was a total dream. Thank you!

Caz, London

There was something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their age. The super house figured high on our list of favourite things aswell as the beach where we flew a kite, jogged and gazed at the seals. Waxham itself was very special and there was lots to do in the immediate area. Altogether magical!

Susan, London

Fantastic house - utterly fantastic Fantastic seals Fantastic walks & NT houses and gardens Fantastic beaches Fantastic welcome pack Fantastically equipped kitchen Thank you!

Sharon, Bingley

This is the most amazing house in a wonderful location! We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to find it. Thank you so much for the welcome box, much appreciated. We came to Waxham as my daughter is getting married in the Barn next year and we wanted to look around. So pleased we have chosen this area. We are lucky enough to have booked Shangri-la for this special occasion and can’t wait to return. Thank you so much!

Angela, UK

Wow! What a fantastic house and super location! We had a wonderful, relaxing stay - we enjoyed taking long walks with our dog Barney along the beach and coastal path (amazing to see the local seal population), and we loved watching the birds and deer. The house itself is thoughtfully designed and provides a calm and relaxing environment. The kitchen is beautifully equipped and the welcome box was fabulous (the best we've ever encountered). Barney appreciated the dog biscuits too. We shall definitely return!

Mattias, Newbury

Shangri-la means 'earthly paradise', and this place is certainly aptly named. A perfect location for a family holiday, with the beach just two minutes up the path, or walk your dog along the Coast path running in front of the house. A huge garden, kayaks to borrow and a fabulous welcome hamper all add to the experience. A well equipped kitchen, BBQ & sunny decks make this a very special place.

Mandy, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The house lies on the edge of the hamlet of Waxham, next to the coastal path, close to the church, and strolling distance from the beautiful sands. For shops and cafes, pop into Sea Palling village, a five-minute walk. A 20-minute walk brings you to its Blue Flag beach, with lifeguards in summer and a café (high season only) in a threshing barn. For good food and great beer, the Nelson Head at Horsey is a ten-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Simon Fenn

  • Waxham beach, regarded as one of the best beaches in the UK, is metres away just over the dunes at the end of the garden. The soft sandy beach is rarely crowded. Out of season the beach is often deserted. The beach has no restrictions regarding dogs.
  • Horsey seal colony, Europe's second largest, is a short walk down the beach. Seals are very common at Waxham beach and if you go kayaking or swimming in the summer, you will often find friendly seals popping up to take a look.
  • The Norfolk Broads are very close: Horsey Mere offers guided boat trips between May and September. The National Trust owned reserve features a number of walks where you will be able to observe a wide variety of wildlife. Horsey wind pump is worth a visit.
  • The Ingham Swan, one of Norfolk's best fine dining restaurant pubs, is less than 10 minutes away. Relax in a fifteenth century coaching inn and enjoy fresh local produce and the finest sea food, as well as a good selection of wines and beers.
  • Norwich, Cathedral city and UNESCO City of Literature, is about 35 minutes drive away. Norwich has a thriving cultural scene as well as many great places to eat.
  • Shangri-la neighbours Waxham Hall, a fine Elizabethan walled manorial hall. The Great Barn is the largest in the county and is open to the public. It includes a cafe and a place to hire bikes to explore the surrounding countryside.


Simon Fenn

The owners, who live in Cambridge, fell in love with the coastal location and planned to build a house that took full advantage of it. The result? “A stunning architect-designed Passivhaus, which doesn't use much energy but is exceptionally comfortable.” The house was finished in 2018 and has been featured in magazines. You let yourselves in with a key code.