“Two clusters of beautiful barns in blissful isolation, a hop from Norfolk’s spectacular coast (sleeping 4-14; self-catering)”
Architect Anthony Hudson won a RIBA award for his conversion of the 2 Haveringland barns, inventing the clean, contemporary north Norfolk style. Impeccable interior design across all barns by Hudson’s wife, Jenny, has a coastal-inspired palette: slate, olive and dashes of rust.
Welcoming open-plan living spaces have luxurious deep squishy sofas, carefully curated classic furniture and original paintings. High standards, from kitchen equipment to linen, ensure you’d be comfortable for a week or more. French doors open onto private patios with tables and chairs, gardens extend toward the landscape beyond. Lounges have wood-burning stoves and DVD players for cosy winters. Sleeping quarters have top-notch bathrooms (soap supplied), bedrooms exude a chapel-like serenity.
Stunning Great East Barn (up to 14) and High Barsham (max 12) are popular for party groups. Long Meadow and Grey's Court are good for two families holidaying together or an extended family (8-10); Little Barsham (where we stayed) is lovely for a couple or small family (4), as is the smaller (and newest addition) Loose Box, while architect buffs will be awestruck by Hall and Quaker Barns (8-9).
Rarely have self-catering properties made such excellent provision for guests: we enjoyed cooking in carefully designed open-plan kitchens, adjacent to dining areas. You get high-quality equipment including a food processor and good knives; there's a dishwasher (tablets provided), ample crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. Thoughtful touches include a tray of tea / coffee-making things and cake; tea, coffee, sugar, and milk are supplied. Oak dining tables invite lingering over gourmet feasts. The barns also have outdoor furniture for alfresco meals, and a barbecue each.
A long list of local suppliers, take-aways and eateries is provided. There's an excellent farm shop in Little Walsingham (3km from the Walsingham barns) - you receive a £20 voucher for booking through i-escape, grocery shops in Cawston (4.5km from Haveringland), and supermarkets 8km from each site (most of which will deliver, too). Outside catering can be organised: dinner parties, paellas, barbecues. Alternatively, drive to good gastro-pubs 15 mins' away; Burnham Market, Wells-next-the-Sea and Holt have great places to eat.
Suggested attractions and recommended companies are detailed in the notes provided in each barn
This is a great place for children. Heaps of baby and toddler equipment can be supplied, there's lots of space to run around safely in each garden, and indoors you get a lovely open-plan lounge to relax as a family. Some barns have twin rooms perfect for kids, but note Quaker's extra sleeping space is up a very steep ladder.
North Norfolk has lots of activities for children - a long list of suggestions is provided in your barn’s notes, some of which are shown below.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Little Barsham and Loose Box are best for a small family, with 1 double and 1 twin each, and space for a baby cot too. For larger families, Quaker is quite fun - it has 2 doubles and a 3rd room with twin beds on the ground floor, and 2 additional mattresses up a steep ladder (suitable for 8+ year olds). Long Meadow has 4 bedrooms, one of which is a bunk room. Grey's Court has 5 bedrooms arranged at either end of the barn with the living space in the middle, perfect for two families holidaying together. All barns have access to 2 travel cots. Hall Barn and Quaker Barn can fit 2 toddler beds, suitable for 2-4 year olds
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The Walsingham complex has a driveway off a minor road, although traffic is occasional, best to keep the kids on property, especially as there's a stream once you cross the road. No children under 15 allowed in the steam and Jacuzzi room without supervision