Norfolk Coast Holiday Cottages, which owns iconic landmark The Lighthouse on Hunstanton Cliffs, has added a second historic property to its growing portfolio of luxury self-catering properties. Hippisley Hut, which is located a short distance away in Old Hunstanton, offers holidaymakers the chance to stay in the ‘hut’ which was the birthplace of wireless interception during World War I.
Today a stylish verandah-fronted wooden coastal property which accommodates up to nine guests, Hippisley Hut is the namesake of Richard John Bayntun Hippisley (1865-1956) who was dispatched to Hunstanton by the Admiralty in 1914 to establish a listening post in a former coastguard station.
The North Norfolk coastal town was chosen as it was the highest point nearest the German coast and already home to a Marconi wireless station. Soon, Hippisley and fellow interceptor Edward Russell Clarke were successfully tracing German naval and airship wireless signals. Hippisely, who was awarded an OBE in 1918 and a CBE in 1937, was credited by one admiral as, “One of the men who really won the war’ having helped US forces clear the Western Approaches in 1917, by listening to the chatter of German U-boat captains about positions and rations.
Located at the end of a private lane, within walking distance of Old Hunstanton beach and golf course, Hippisley Hut now offers family- and dog-friendly self-catering accommodation with a selection of double and twin bedrooms, with one additional single. The property features a spacious and well-equipped kitchen diner, living room with open fireplace and separate family snug area.