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Excellent 5/5 11 reviews

Exquisit setting with total privacy, just a 20 to 30 minute stroll to the beach.

House | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 16

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

This 5 STAR, Gold Award Winning, extremely comfortable house, totalling over 500 square meters has been decorated to a very high standard using natural linens and wood with under floor heating throughout. Guests choose, prior to arrival how they would like the bedrooms made up - doubles or twins - with high quality zip and link beds in all bedrooms. There is the luxury of a bathroom for every bedroom (5 are en-suites). In addition there is a cot bed, two camp beds and two travel cots. A perfect house for all generations and large parties with fantastic and spacious reception rooms, hall and kitchen offering comfortable seating for all guests, yet complete privacy throughout the sizeable sleeping quarters. The huge windows overlook the sea, Glaven Valley and the outstandingly 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 walled gardens on warm days... allowing warm natural light to stream in during the winter when all the glass doors are closed. In the garden is a barbecue, fire pit, sofa 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, well known local pottery, 2 cafes and exceptional art gallery as well as a second hand book shop and a much acclaimed 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!

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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Review 1-10 of 11

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

28 Oct 2013


"Beautiful house, with great facilities in a wonderful location."

A wonderful house for a large gathering on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

All the rooms were an excellent size with their own bathroom. The beds were comfortable and large enough to sleep a small army.

The kitchen facilities, were excellent, with almost every kitchen utensil you care to name including an olive stoner! The dinning area spacious.

The living room was large, comfortable with a beautiful wood burning stove and fantastic natural light.

We had 4 children under the age of 8 and there was a well equipped child's play room to satisfy all their needs.

Thank you for your kind review last October, we hope you will come back to enjoy the house again soon. Best wishes, Alice & Jonny

20 Oct 2013


"Fabulous venue to stay"

Ten of us stayed for a long weekend at Barn Drift to celebrate a 50th birthday. All of us were unanimous in agreeing what a wonderful place it was. The design of the house has some very clever archi… More

Thank you very much indeed for your review. I know what an important weekend it was and am delighted that the event went so well. We hope you will come again soon. Best wishes, Alice & Jonny

17 Oct 2013


"Idyllic Norfolk at its best"

Barn Drift is found at the end of a deserted lane with stunning sea views..... the location is truly spectacular.
The Barn itself has been decorated to the very highest standards but not overwhelmingly so. It comes with all mod cons and as such it is super friendly and comfy. It is very spacious, so ideal for 2 or even 3 families. Even our dog was welcome!
The bedrooms are super comfy and the peace and quiet and sea air combined provide the perfect ingredients for a great night's sleep.
There is plenty to do in the area, from wonderful walks, sailing at Blakeney and fruit picking at Wiveton.
We all had a blast and cant wait to go back.

Thank you for your review, we so are glad to hear you were all so comfortable at Barn Drift and enjoyed your summer holiday there. I know you have been before and we very much hope you will come again! Alice & Jonny

Review 1-10 of 11

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