Beautiful rustic-chic barn for 2, on a peaceful countryside farm with a shared indoor pool
Sleeps 2 + a child
You’re in the middle of nowhere yet a 30-minute drive from everything you want to see in Norfolk: wide sandy beaches, the famous Broads, country estates and pretty little market towns. But you’d be forgiven for just arriving on this 1,350-acre working farm and only exploring its tranquil fields and ancient woodlands, where wild deer pull at the grass and birds of prey circle overhead.
Your romantic flint barn is equally beautiful, an architect-led conversion whose brief was to retain the building’s history and character, whilst flooding it with natural light. Thus, exposed stone walls and time-worn beams are paired with huge picture windows, and the living spaces flow into one another. Cool, quirky details – industrial signage, fruit boxes as shelves, vintage chairs – are offset by modern comforts, including a double shower and Smart TV so you can binge on boxsets after dark. And if you’re here to really unwind, you’ll delight in the indoor pool, steam room and Jacuzzi across the courtyard; don’t forget your swimmers.
Getting here: you’ll need to drive.
Solar power and a biomass boiler.
- The farm stretches for miles. Before your stay, hire bikes and ask for them to be delivered, then explore the peaceful acres on long rides. Keep your eyes out for wild deer, leaping hares, and masses of birds
- West Acre is a fantastic Victorian walled garden, home to sculptor Antony Gormley. Have lunch at the lovely cafe – superfresh salads and great cakes.
- Day trip to the coast, a 100-mile stretch of wide sandy beaches, nature reserves and Victorian seaside towns. We especially love Holkam (40 min).
- Houghton Hall hosts annual outdoor art exhibitions – Damien Hirst and Henry Moore. This year’s focus is Sir Anish Kapoor, who specialises in colourful installations and dramatic conceptual art.
- Swaffham and King’s Lynn are both close by, attractive Georgian market towns. Or closer still, Castle Acre is a pretty village with a 12thC castle and the crumbling ruins of a priory. Go for lunch or try a pint of local beer at The George and Dragon.