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The Five Bells Inn

(Ref. 1049236)

Upwell, Norfolk Show on map


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  • 21 Guests

  • 8 Bedrooms

  • 8 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "18 months of planning a surprise 50th Birthday weekend for my hubby and 21 of his closest friends."

    It couldn’t have gone any better. It was a perfect location to spend a fun filled weekend with his mates , after initially getting over the shock , he was in he’s element playing landlord. Plenty to do inside the F1 went down a storm, plus the other games on hand , air hockey, table tennis and pool though it did get quite competitive. Whilst the boys played the girls , enjoyed the outdoors hot tub, sauna and country walks . The place was a lot bigger than expected so plenty of space for everyone. The rooms were comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped we even cooked a Sunday roast for 21!! Some wonderful memories were made during our stay. Thank you Tracey and the team x Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by CarolNov 2023

  • "Fantastic property plenty of room and good entertainment with the pool table and table tennis."

    Tracey was very helpful and on hand when we needed her. No negatives but will mention the water pressure in the annex maybe need a pump fitted . 14 very happy people and will most likely come back some time .

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2023

  • "The Five Bells is ideal accommodation for a family gathering."

    We were celebrating a 60th & 30th birthday & had a fantastic weekend with all the family. The facilities are amazing with so much to keep all age groups occupied. The kids loved the games room & the adults the bar & pool table! The bedrooms are really comfortable & spotlessly clean. We would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to the housekeeper, Tracey, who welcomed us on our arrival & responded really quickly & helped us when we had any questions or issues. All in all we had a brilliant stay at the Five Bells & will definitely be back for future family celebrations!

    Reviewed by LynnOct 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our stay all facilities were great and Tracey went above and beyond to welcome and look after us"

    Reviewed by DebbieSep 2023

  • "What a fabulous venue."

    Highly recommend. Great location, well presented throughout and a very unique venue. Would definitely go back again. The owners must be proud of themselves. Perfect. Thanks again

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2023

  • "A great place to stay for a large group."

    We had 2 people with mobility issues and it was absolutely fine for them. Plenty of space for each person to do their own thing.

    Reviewed by PhilJun 2023

  • "The pics don’t do it justice."

    Facilities are amazing and Tracey was there whenever we had any queries. All rooms are really clean and comfy. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back

    Reviewed by KateJun 2023

  • "We enjoyed a fantastic stay here at the wonderful Five Bells pub , celebrating my 60 th birthday."

    It has fantastic facilities and amenities , everything you could wish for to make it the perfect place to hang out with friends and family. Tracey was very helpful & came out within 30min for any issues we had. We will most definitely be back

    Reviewed by GaryMar 2022

  • "The property was every bit as good as the photos and a great base for celebrating an occasion with family and friends."

    Communication with the owners was excellent and the property manager was friendly and welcoming upon arrival and departure. She left her contact number for any issues so when we had a lighting circuit that tripped upstairs she was able to get a handyman to the property in double quick time to resolve the issue. Ample space for parking and the property is so large it will never feel crowded with 20 people in it.

    Reviewed by JustinOct 2021

  • "Really lovely venue for a large group, loads of space & the service was great too."

    Reviewed by LucyOct 2021

  • "Great holiday booked at extremely short notice due to travel restrictions."

    The accommodation was great and it was very quirky staying in a pub. Everyone enjoyed it and there was enough in the area to keep us occupied for a week.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2020

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  • Main house: Six bedroom: 2 x super king-size bedrooms (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size bedroom, no ensuite bathroom (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request) , 1 x super king-size (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request) with 1 x single bed with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x Double bed with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC 1 x family bedroom with super king-size bed and 3 x single beds with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor men and women toilet cubicles
  • Ground floor changing rooms with WC and shower that can be accessed from the patio outside
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room
  • Dining room
  • Large bar with seating area, reading area, dining area and games area
  • Annexe one: 1 x super king-size bedroom (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request) with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Annexe two: 1 x family bedroom with super king-size (zip/link beds, can be made into twins on request) and a single bed with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Both annexe's are air conditioned.
  • Oil central heating
  • Gas range cooker, indoor barbecue, industrial microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher and microwave, ice maker, large fridge/freezer, TV, pool table, air hockey, table tennis and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Large patio area with outdoor tables and bench style seating, sun loungers,an 8-person sauna pod and undercover in a cart lodge style building, there is a hot tub with additional seating area
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Board games
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: Property is suitable for corporate and team building events Note: No stag/hen parties or similar
  • Please note: this property allows a total of 21 people maximum during anytime being at the property - no exceptions
  • Please note: this property has a good housekeeping bond of £550.00
  • Please Note if you need to change the bed configuration – please advise upon booking & the property owners will be notified of your requirements
  • Please note: F1 experience simulators are available at an additional cost - Please contact us for a quote

The property

The Five Bells Upwell named among UK’s top pub staycations’ by the Sun Newspaper February 2023, rests at the heart of the charming village of Upwell, amidst the stunning countryside of Norfolk is this converted pub, The Five Bells Inn.

This detached property has ample off-road parking and is spacious enough to host large groups of families and friends, seeking a base in which to celebrate a special occasion or explore the wonders of this part of the country.

Additionally, the pub sits next to the waterside church of St Peter's, making this a great spot for hosting wedding parties.

In the saloon bar area, a pool table and a football table provide fun filled hours, whilst others can gather around the bar for a more relaxing evening.

The kitchen comes with everything you could possibly need to cater for yourselves, by making the most of the large preparation spaces, the indoor barbecue, range cooker and the industrial microwave before serving up in the former restaurant.

Regroup with your loved ones within the charming, tram-themed restaurant with first-class booths to tuck into your meal, whilst younger guests of the group will be delighted to find an exciting air hockey table and Table Tennis table.

After dinner, look forward to unwinding within the sitting room, where you can sink into the plush chesterfield sofas and flick on the TV before heading to bed.

The pub comes with seven en-suite bedrooms and has been designed to ensure a flexible sleeping arrangement to suit the needs of your group.

On the first-floor of the pub there are six bedrooms, comprising of three king-size bedrooms, a family bedroom with three single beds, a family bedroom with a king-size bed and twins and a twin bedroom, perfect for couples, families or friends.

For those who do not wish to climb the stairs or are seeking some privacy from the rest of the group, the pub plays host to two annexes, comprising of a king-size bedroom with en-suite and a family bedroom with a king-size bed and a single bed.

Savour a moment of relaxation on your adventure-filled break to the pub, by dipping into the hot tub and gazing up at the stars one balmy evening.

The small village of Upwell plays host to a shop for picking up any essentials, a family butchers, a café and a pub can be found a short walk away as well as plenty of opportunities for fishing, for those nights where you do not feel like cooking.

Immerse yourself in your surroundings further by exploring the Outwell and Upwell walk, where you can uncover the tramway that inspired the classic children’s story of Thomas the Tank, written by Reverend Wilbert Awdry.

Alternatively, head slightly further afield to Wisbech, where you will find a larger selection of amenities and attractions including, Peckover House and Garden, the Wisbech & Fenland Museum and the Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum.

Whilst here, you could also venture to the market town of King's Lynn or visit the diverse wildlife at The Wash National Nature Reserve.

Bring your family and friends to The Five Bells Inn to share a memorable stay in this part of Norfolk.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £550.

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About the location


  • Wisbech 6.5 miles
  • King's Lynn 18.9 miles

Upwell is a small and charming village resting amidst the glorious Norfolk countryside, just 18.9 miles away from King’s Lynn. The villages of Upwell and Outwell were once collectively known as 'Welle' or 'Welles' and even today, it is not obvious where one village starts and the other ends. Within this attractive waterside village, you will find a host of amenities. Until 1960s, Wisbech tramway connected the village, however, when it closed a preservation society arose, led by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, who is known as the author of the Thomas the Tank Engine books. Today, you can discover the history of the tram, which provided much of the inspiration for the classic children’s stories by exploring the Outwell and Upwell walk. Alternatively, explore the historic town of King’s Lynn, home to a vibrant town centre and several endearing cobbled lanes, as well as the impressive Custom House, which overlooks the harbour. From Upwell, you can also visit the towns of Downham Market and Wisbech, or if you are feeling adventurous, explore the open landscapes of the Fens, as well as the Wildfowl and Wetland Centre in Welney. Upwell make a wonderful base for exploring surrounding Norfolk with your loved ones.

Note: No stag/hen parties or similar due to planning restrictions alongside no use of the hot tub past 10pm in the evening and no loud music.

Please note: F1 experience simulators are available at an additional cost

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas