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Barsham Barns

Near Walsingham and Aylsham, Norfolk

Two clusters of beautiful barns in blissful isolation, a hop from Norfolk’s spectacular coast (sleeping 4-14; self-catering)

Why isn’t everyone talking about North Norfolk? After walking the vast sands of Holkham beach and a feast of local seafood, you’ll insist your friends come next time. But please, restrain yourself. What makes North Norfolk so special - besides flinty villages stuck in the 1930's, and disarmingly friendly locals - is the near-empty beaches. There's wildlife from waterfowl to seals, it’s stunningly unspoilt.

The seven Barsham Barns are ideal bases for exploration: beautifully secluded, and brilliantly designed by local architect Anthony Hudson with clean lines and dramatic spaces inside, which match (but never outshine) the grand skies outside. There are two barns in Haveringland, and five barns in North Barsham, near Walsingham, where we stayed. All share a serene aesthetic: open-plan with walls of deep teal, exposed stone, or aubergine, set against carefully chosen Moroccan treasures or crisp Swedish dressers. Wide windows cut into long walls make paintings of the rolling landscape. They’re cosy in winter, with underfloor heating and wood-burning stoves, and glorious in summer, with seating and barbecues in private gardens. When we revisited in 2015, we found pristine interiors and well-equipped kitchens making self-catering a doddle. Come for a week, and don’t tell a soul.

Guest Ratings

Room:
80%
Food:
80%
Service:
82%
Value:
78%
Overall:
80%

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Highs

  • In peaceful countryside, just 15-25-minutes' drive from the coast
  • Gorgeous contemporary design: not offputtingly cool; supremely comfortable
  • Great for a party with flexible accommodation: hire all 5 Walsingham barns (or some) for an unforgettable bash or weekend with friends
  • Super for children: safe outdoor spaces for running around; twin bedrooms; a games room at Walsingham
  • A Jacuzzi and steam room at Walsingham; massages and treatments can be arranged in your barn

Lows

  • If all the Walsingham barns are full, you might be aware of fellow guests, though each is cunningly designed to minimise sight of others, and there's a zero-tolerance noise policy after 11pm
  • A car is essential. There’s no shop or pub to walk to, and you'll need to drive for eating out (10-20 mins). There’s lots to do nearby, but it’s all at least a short drive away
  • A 3-night minimum stay

A collection of five 19th-century farm buildings converted to luxury accommodation...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailBarsham BarnsWhy isnít everyone talking about North Norfolk? After walking the vast sands of Holkham beach and a feast of local seafood, youíll insist your friends come next time. But please, restrain yourself. What makes North Norfolk so special - besides flinty villages stuck in the 1930's, and disarmingly friendly locals - is the near-empty beaches. There's wildlife from waterfowl to seals, itís stunningly unspoilt. The seven [r:UK116:Barsham Barns] are ideal bases for exploration: beautifully secluded, and brilliantly designed by local architect Anthony Hudson with clean lines and dramatic spaces inside, which match (but never outshine) the grand skies outside. There are two barns in Haveringland, and five barns in North Barsham, near Walsingham, where we stayed. All share a serene aesthetic: open-plan with walls of deep teal, exposed stone, or aubergine, set against carefully chosen Moroccan treasures or crisp Swedish dressers. Wide windows cut into long walls make paintings of the rolling landscape. Theyíre cosy in winter, with underfloor heating and wood-burning stoves, and glorious in summer, with seating and barbecues in private gardens. When we revisited in 2015, we found pristine interiors and well-equipped kitchens making self-catering a doddle. Come for a week, and donít tell a soul.

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