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Stunning views of uninterrupted landscape, beautiful marshes and the sea.

House | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 16

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

5 STAR, Gold Award Winning, extremely comfortable and private house with over 500 square meters of spacious rooms and more than 6 acres of garden surrounded by fields. Decorated to a very high standard inside using natural linens and wood with under floor heating throughout. Now officially approved for Civil Ceremonies Barn Drift is the perfect, unique location for a gorgous bespoke wedding. What ever the occasion (just an escape, a holiday, anniversary, birthday or wedding) guests choose prior to arrival how they would like the bedrooms made up, each can be a double bedroom or twin bedroom with high quality zip & link beds in all. There is the luxury of a bathroom for every bedroom (5 en-suites). In addition there is are two camp beds, a cot bed and two travel cots. A perfect house for all generations and large parties Barn Drift offers a fantastically spacious Drawing Room, Old Cart Shed, Hall and Kitchen all with comfortable seating for all guests, yet complete privacy throughout the sizeable sleeping quarters. The huge windows overlook the sea, Glaven Valley and famously beautiful Cley Marshes. This house is a wonderful place to be at any time of year with sliding glass doors on the entire South and West facing sides opening up to the gardens, giving extended space from the house into the sheltered walled gardens on warm days... yet still allowing natural light to stream in during the winter when glass doors are closed. In the garden is a barbecue, fire pit, sofa, deck chairs and tables and chairs for over 30 people.

With a short 20 to 30 minute walk to the beach Barn Drift sits in hundreds of acres of private farm land. With fabulous walks all around and right from the front door. It is on the edge of Cley which has an award winning smoke house and award wining delicatessen, 2 pubs, acclaimed local pottery, 2 cafes and exceptional art gallery as well as a second hand book shop and the famous NWT Bird Centre with gift shop and cafe ~ all within walking distance of the house. Holt, the local town is just 3 miles in-land where the streets are lined with enticing antique shops, wine bars, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, pubs and food halls. There are vast choices of beach to visit, boats trips to take and boats to hire; with Blakeney Harbour visible from the garden and Morston Quay just a mile along the coast, both offering free boat launching ~ why not bring your own boat. Dogs welcome too with prior agreement.

Size Sleeps up to 16, 8 bedrooms
Nearest beach 1/2 a mile 1 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Norwich 41 km, Nearest railway: Norwich, Kings Lynn or Dereham 42 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 5 En suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 3 Sofa beds, Single beds (16), Double beds (8), Cots (2), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 16
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The East Anglia region

Situated on the North Norfolk Coast this area is an area of outstanding natural beauty, offering a wealth of different beaches to visit and all the fun that comes with them. This well established exclusive enclave has masses of enchanting villages along the coast and bustling market towns all with interesting shops and galleries, wine bars and restaurants. Local produce including fish and crab is available everywhere. There are plenty of charming pubs, some offering the finest food. With the world famous Blakeney Point, with its white sands visible from the garden you will find there is nowhere better to be. East Anglia is notoriously dryer than the rest of the country and Cley, being where it is is often degrees warmer than the rest of the country.


The delightful village of Cley, at the mouth of the Glaven Valley has narrow streets lined with pretty flint cottages. There are two pubs both serving food, an award wining delicatessen as well as smoke house and an art gallery, pottery and second hand book shop. There are two cafes, windmill, NWT bird centre and a magnificent medieval church.

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4 Sep 2014


"Fantastic stay in a beautiful property"

Stayed for a long weekend for a family reunion for a 70th birthday. Very spacious property and extremely well decorated. Large kitchen/dining area, large lounge which accommodated us all, and large terrace with ample dining space. Some bedrooms were much smaller than others and bathrooms also very variable in space. But in general a lovely barn and we had a very comfortable stay.
The situation is fantastic, in the middle of fields and the beach only a mile away, again walking across fields. Grassy areas all around the house and it felt safe to let the children play outside without constant supervision. We saw lots of different birds and even deer in the adjacent field. Magical!

Dear Sarah, thank you for your very kind review and we are delighted you all enjoyed yourselves so much. We do hope you will stay at Barn Drift again soon. Best wishes, Jonny and Alice

31 Aug 2014


"A unique and stunning setting for a memorable family holiday"

We loved our first stay at Barn Drift so much that we visited again this year and enjoyed it even more! The house is beautifully designed, furnished and very well equipped. There is plenty of room for the children to play, whilst the adults can find a quiet corner. We loved being able to cycle/walk to the village of Cley, where the playground was a great hit. The children adored the freedom of being able to play outside in the semi enclosed areas of the garden as well as in the adjoining fields, small wood and lanes. The panoramic views from all sides of the property, the quality of light and the peace of the setting was a delight to us townies.

Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad that you have enjoyed the house and village so much and hope to see you again next year for your third visit. Best wishes, Alice and Jonny

24 Jul 2014


"The most glorious place to stay for my husband's 70th Birthday."

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect place for all the family with masses of room inside and out for everyone, whatever the weather - though it was hot and sunny almost all week. The huge sitting room had comfortable and elegant seating for multiple purposes: reading/TV/Ipad games/a game of scrabble and all at the same time! The dining-room kitchen with a ceiling as high as a church, had the most beautiful views onto the walled garden on one side and through the woods to the sea on the other and quite took one's breath away. But the sheer luxury of everything made it such extra pleasure - like staying in a 5 star hotel, furnished with the most exquisite taste and no expense spared, where you are allowed to do self-catering and find that nothing has been overlooked - bullet coffee maker AND cappucino milk frother!

Thank you for your very kind review, we are truly delighted that you all enjoyed your very special week together and were so comfortable at Barn Drift. Do come again soon. Best wishes, Alice and Jonny

18 Jun 2014


"Spectacular and superbly comfortable"

The house is spacious and luxurious and surrounding with outstanding natural beauty. Superb walks to nearby seashore, nature reserves, pubs and restaurants.

Thank you for your review, we hope you will all stay at Barn Drift again and again! Best wishes, Alice and Jonny

22 Apr 2014


"Absolutely fabulous"

Barn Drift is a gorgeous property. Everything has been thought of, it is well equipped, has plenty of space and is beautifully designed and decorated. Perfect for a large group of friends or family...… More

Thank you for your really lovely review of Barn Drift, your final sentence is it is exactly how we feel about the house ourselves! We are delighted and hope you and your friends will book Barn Drift again soon. Best wishes, Alice and Jonny

23 Jan 2014


"The perfect place to get away."

The barn is situated in the most magical place with incredible views to the sea in the distance. It is designed and decorated to perfection in a contemporary style but with extreme comfort. The surrounding area is quite the most beautiful part of Norfolk with fantastic walks along the coast, trendy shops in Holt and the wonderful Victoria at Holkham to have lunch or supper. All that and then back to the Barn for a piping hot bath and to snuggle up in front of the wood burner. Absolute bliss, we will return.

Thank you for your review, we are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed Barn Drift and the North Norfolk Coast so much. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Alice and Jonny

16 Jan 2014


"Stunning property in idyllic location - heaven"

My family and I spent a glorious long weekend at Barn Drift between Christmas and New Year. Despite large numbers - there were 12 of us staying, and several more for meals - the house never felt crowded, the clever design leading out into an endless landscape creating an extraordinary sense of space.

Never have I been so torn between spending time in- or outdoors. The interior is impeccable, comfortable and wants for nothing in terms of amenities (a fact endorsed by those ranging from ages 5 to 55), yet the outdoors calls from the moment the light streams in through the large windows in the morning.

Sea views extend to beaches which are a short walk from the house, and the surrounding villages provide the possibility for days of happy wandering.

Barn Drift is clearly the product of a labour of love on the part of its owners, the result being an inherently happy atmosphere where contentment is all but guaranteed.

Thank you for your beautifully written review, we are absolutely delighted and very much hope to welcome you back without delay.
Best wishes, Alice and Jonny

8 Jan 2014


"Barn Drift offers a beautiful, peaceful,perfect coastal/rural holiday"

We loved Barn Drift. This barn, situated just outside the lovely village of Cley next the Sea, has been beautifully restored to the highest standard. Fantastic living space with expansive views over the countryside. The kitchen is amazingly equipped with everything you could possibly need! Extremely comfortable beds. Welcoming hamper with lovely treats. We were there in January but I imagine it would be great to walk through the open doors in summer to the walled seating areas. To add to perfection there are many excellent pubs and restaurants to find nearby. What more can I say - wel'll be back!

What a lovely review! thank you, we are so glad you enjoyed it and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Alice & Jonny

28 Dec 2013


"Wonderful Christmas at Barn Drift"

We have just returned from an amazing Christmas at Barn Drift. We were a party of four families - 8 adults, 8 kids (aged 2 -13) and 2 dogs. The house looked great in the photos but is even better in… More

Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are of course, as ever delighted that Barn Drift has been so much enjoyed and really hope you will all come back again soon. Best wishes, Alice and Jonny

31 Oct 2013


"A beautiful barn in a beautiful place"

I arranged a long weekend away for my partner and some of his friends who are not familiar with the local area. We were a mix of couple and families with young children (aged 7, 4 and 1). We visited Holkham beach and saw the seals from Blakeney. We spent some time in Cley, bought fish from the famous Smokehouse and marvelled over the beauty of the coastline. Being a Norfolk girl myself I am quite family with the area, but those who had never been to this part of the world were amazed by the unspoilt country side and quaint villages. There are lots of things to do in the area for children, if you like being in the outdoors.

The barn itself is wonderful. Sleeping 14 comfortably (with an extra 2 beds which can be made up in the "playroom" which we didn't use and I am glad as the room itself is quite chilly and the children used it lot), the space itself is practical. There is a large open plan living and dining area which is well equipped and friendly. You can see the sea whilst you eat your breakfast. The living room isn't centred around a television but meant for spending time together. The beds are super king size and very comfortable to sleep in.

We would go back in a flash, and hope to revisit Barn Drift and the North Norfolk coast in the near future.

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you were so comfortable and enjoyed your holiday so much - we hope you will return. Thank you for highlighting the playroom/bedroom 8 a bit chilly - it is South West facing with underfloor heating, so usually extremely cosy. An engineer inspected the heating last week following your comments and we are glad to say it is working properly. When you come back please be sure to turn the thermostat up, each room has its own thermostat - perhaps our last guests had been too warm and left it low!
Best wishes, Alice & Jonny

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