The holidays are in full swing and last week a seasonal break found me somewhere I’ve been going to every year since I was born – Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast.
When visiting the same place regularly, both in and out of season, any noticeable changes occur gradually – like the attrition of the coastline. However, like coastal storm damage, some changes are immediate.
The view along ‘the front’ at Sheringham this time had been changed by the bold transformation of the ruinous Victorian concrete ablution block into a beautiful holiday home – The Wee Retreat.
The vision for the change of use is remarkable in itself. Seeing it in its setting was yet more revealing. Its compact plan, new pitched roof, perched on the cliff facing out to sea sees it nestled alongside its beach hut neighbours very comfortably.
The three storey building has everything the holiday visitor could need – except unlike in the beach huts the mesmerising sea can be enjoyed from behind vast windows – day and night, come rain or shine.
Memories of the greying, cold, damp concrete toilet block mixed with overtones of ‘air raid shelter’ have been washed aside, long gone. At least it seems like a long time ago…the retreat has settled in straight away and feels already a familiar landmark.
Luckily for coastal dreamers it is currently rented out to holiday makers – click here for more information.
The story of the renovation was covered by the Daily Mail in March – click here for the article which includes pre- and during- construction images, and the completed building.