The Dial House (was Brancaster Activity Centre)

Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk
The exterior of The Dial House, Norfolk
The dining room and games area at The Dial House, Norfolk
The snug room at The Dial House, Norfolk
The snug room at The Dial House, Norfolk
The kitchen at The Dial House, Norfolk
The stairs at The Dial House, Norfolk
The hallway at The Dial House, Norfolk
One of the dormitory bedrooms at The Dial House, Norfolk
The beach at Brancaster Estate, Norfolk
Grey seal colony at Blakeney Point, Norfolk
The exterior of The Dial House, Norfolk The dining room and games area at The Dial House, Norfolk The snug room at The Dial House, Norfolk The snug room at The Dial House, Norfolk The kitchen at The Dial House, Norfolk The stairs at The Dial House, Norfolk The hallway at The Dial House, Norfolk One of the dormitory bedrooms at The Dial House, Norfolk The beach at Brancaster Estate, Norfolk Grey seal colony at Blakeney Point, Norfolk

At-a-glance details

  • Guests 22
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Preferred changeover day Flexible
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Reference GE001

About The Dial House (formerly Brancaster Activity Centre)

A historic flint building with a colourful and bright interior sleeping up to 22, this is an ideal place to celebrate a large family get together.

With the tidal harbour of Brancaster Staithe and the North Norfolk coast on your doorstep you can expect stunning views of the marshes and sea beyond. Of course this part of the country is famous for the number of rare birds that stop in on annual migrations and some of the UK's best nature reserves are just a stone's throw away.  You'll also be in the perfect location for activities such as sailing, walking, cycling and more. There are historic houses within driving distance and many soft sandy beaches along the coastline, including Brancaster Beach just a few miles down the road. 

Inland, explore some of Norfolk’s beautiful flint villages and discover Norwich, the county's most populated city, with its medieval architecture, beautiful cathedral, independent shops and countless pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Why book with us?

  • Unrivalled locations
  • Free entry to our places
  • Award-winning customer service
  • Help us care for nature, beauty and history

Our Covid promise

  • Postpone or refund with no admin fee
  • Enhanced cleaning regime
  • Discover more about our Covid promise

Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden available
  • BBQ available

Accessibility

Not accessible

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Layout

  • Ground floor

    Entrance hall and stairs to first floor accommodation.

  • First floor

    Snug with wood burner and balcony overlooking harbour, well equipped self – catering kitchen and a large living/dining area. Four bedrooms 3x dormitories  sleeping 5 (bunkbeds and ensuite) and 1x dormitory sleeping 7 (bunkbeds and ensuite) and a single toilet.

    All first floor bedrooms include 1 zip and link bunk which offer flexibility as either 3 singles or 1 double, with one single above.

Notes for guests

Access: This access statement is for guidance only. For up to date photos, please see those images in the main website page.

Heating: The bunkhouse is heated by a combination of underfloor heating and radiators. In addition the snug has a woodburner and a fuel starter kit is provided.

Bedding/linen: 1 pillow and waterproof mattress provided. Please bring all your own towels and linen e.g. pillowcase and sleeping bag or pillowcase, sheet and duvet.

Parking: We would suggest car sharing where possible due to the limited public parking at the harbour entrance, there is enough room for a coach or minibus nearby.

Garden: There is a fully enclosed south facing courtyard to the front of the building with a patio area and garden furniture. There is space provided by the boundary wall to use barbecues.

Hazards: The Dial House is located within the small working harbour of Brancaster Staithe. During busy times the harbour receives a lot of traffic, including boats and trailers. Please be aware of tides, creeks and mudflats. The harbour can be liable to tidal flooding.

Induction Hob: Please note there is an induction hob at this bunkhouse. Guests with pacemakers are advised to check with their doctor to ensure there will be no interference with their pacemaker. Guests with pacemakers are also advised to keep a distance of at least 60cm (2ft) from the hob when cooking.

Is this bunkhouse for you? Our bunkhouses are perfect for guests who want to enjoy the outdoors and meet up with friends and family. We do not accept hen and stag groups at this bunkhouse.

There are neighbours nearby, so we respectfully ask that you keep noise to a minimum after 10pm.

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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