Old Barn Apartment
Barn | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
This s/c accommodation is ideal for a couple (maybe with an older child) or for a couple or 2 friends. There is a double bed and a window bed with a full sized single mattress). This is a large brick and flint barn. The owner lives in part of the barn. The recently converted studio apartment is in very good decorative order throughout and basically equipped for simple cooking (table top hob, microwave,fridge). Lovely, open field views from the big velux roof windows.
The balcony has views to the sea in the distance, the church and lighthouse. There are 2 old cottages and a farmhouse in the farmyard and another barn conversion. The farmyard is no longer a working farmyard. There is access to a small, private field for sitting out as well as the balcony. Oil fired central heating is on a time switch and tenants have additional electric heating available at all times (included). Thick brick and flint walls help ensure that the flat is warm in winter and cool in summer. Within walking distance of the village shop, playing field, cliffs, beach, lighthouse and pub (with food).
The beach is only 5 mins walk away along a track and past the coast watch station. A scramble down the cliff to a fairly private part of sandy beach is possible for agile guests. Less agile guests can walk for 10 mins past the pub and across the field to the public beach that is accessible via a substantial metal staircase. There is a beach car park but walking is recommended. The beach is mainly sand with some shingle parts. Bathing is mostly safe but avoid rough seas and outgoing tides.
Sailing, motor cruising and canoeing in the summer months is only a 15 minute drive away. This area is popular with bird watchers, walkers, sailors and cyclists and those with an interest in old churches.
Local post office with a few provisions a 5 min walk away. 5 mins in car to Walcott where there is a bigger village store. Tesco at Stalham 10 mins car or Sainsbury's at North Walsham 15 mins car. Pub food at Hill House pub (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed here) a 5 min walk. At Walcott the Lighthouse pub serves many meals at most times of day (5 mins by car). The Swan at Ingham 10 mins by car for an old world thatched pub with good food. Fish and chips at Bacton shop and hotels 7 mins by car. Banks and building societies at Wroxham, Stalham, North Walsham. Cash machine at Walcott Stores and Tesco in Stalham. Church Tower open at weekends and some days (panoramic views). Happisburgh Lighthouse is fully operational and open some weekends.
East Ruston has an amazing garden open to the public (Wed and Sun) , fishing lakes and access to the Weavers Way footpath. Bacton Woods is 10 minutes drive and has paths and is good for cycling: Stalham, a small rural town with shops, supermarkets, library, pubs and cafés. The Broads and the Weavers Way footpath can be accessed here. Stalham (Market day Tues) has pubs, cafes, surgery, library. Wroxham: a bustling village on the Broads where day boats and cruisers can be hired or river trips booked. Cycle hire available. The Bure Valley steam railway runs from here. Wroxham Barns craft centre and Junior Farm. Wayford Bridge day boat hire, water sport activities, hotel, restaurant and farm shop. Ingham has The Swan pub and restaurant. Worstead is a small village with a large medieval flint church. The tower is often open. Worstead hosts a huge 3 festival (last weekend of July). North Walsham (market Thursday) is a town with shops, pubs and restaurants, supermarkets,a Cat Pottery, motorcycle museum, railway station, library and swimming pool. Cycle hire is available. Sutton Windmill has magnificent views and an unusual memorabilia museum. 30 mins drive to National Trust, Blickling Hall (Jacobean). Cromer has beach, pier,theatre, cinema.
North Walsham (market town- Thursdays) 7 miles. Stalham 4 miles (Farmers' market and Tesco). Norfolk Broads (with motor boat/canoe hire) 4 miles. Hickling Broad Nature Reserve and Horsey Mere with windmill about 15 mins. Yarmouth about 14 miles. Norwich Castle and Cathedral 20 miles. Holt is about 40 mins away, Cromer about 20 minutes, Sheringham 30 mins, Blakeney (National Trust/seal trips) about 50 mins. Sand dunes at Sea Palling and Waxham 15 mins.
This property is not suitable for people with mobility problems as there is a shingle pathway from the car park area to the accommodation plus an external stairway entrance. The property is reached a short distance up an unmade up track but it is suitable for cars and there is ample parking. There is very limited public transport here but North Walsham railway station is a 15 minute taxi ride away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||5 minutes walk 300 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich, Nearest railway: North Walsham 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 3|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
This is a well ,maintained and unusual, first floor property. It is reached by climbing an oak staircase to a balcony and entering the property through French Windows. These open into a large room with sloping ceilings, a double bed, dining area, kitchenette, lounge/TV area. The seperate bathroom is through the main room and off a small hallway. The large window recess provides a seating or sleeping area. The floors are wooden and there are rugs throughout.
|Further details outdoors|
There is ample parking on a shingled area. A shingle pathway then leads to the barn. There is a shared garden and a small field behind the property that may be used for ball games and sitting out. The balcony is sheltered and south facing sun trap, with outdoor table and chairs. Cane chairs may also be taken outdoors from the flat. A gas BBQ is available. The accommodation opens out onto a shared garden but usually it is empty. Bicycles can be locked in a nearby shed or attached to a nearby cartshed post. The flat is close to unused open fronted cart sheds and an interesting disused Victorian Forge. The shingle pathway from the flat leads to a track, past a field with horses, to the cliff and sea in one direction (5 mins walk) and past a pond to the playing field, church and pub in the other direction.
£50 non refundable booking deposit.
Full rental payment required please 2 weeks in advance of arrival (by cheque) or else cash balance on arrival.
The East Anglia region
This is a wonderful area for a holiday at any time of year. It is generally dryer than most parts of the UK and rather 'off the beaten track' as it is not en route for anywhere else. It is mainly rural and coastal with many quiet lanes and uncrowded beaches and footpaths. It is like stepping back in time. It is famous for its wonderful skies and there are many artists living in the region. There are mainly uncrowded roads and thousands of quiet lanes.
Archaeological excavations on Happisburgh Beach have revealed that ancient humans lived here more than 800,000 years ago and this is the first known settlement in northern Europe. More than 70 flint tools were dug up on Happisburgh beach.
Happisburgh has the oldest working lighthouse on the Norfolk Coast and the only independently operated lighthouse in the UK. It is open to the public on occasional Sundays throughout the summer.
The tower of the 15th century St Mary's church is an important landmark to mariners warning of the position of the treacherous nearby sandbanks. In 1940 a German bomber released a trapped bomb from its bays during its return to Germany and the shrapnel from the bomb can still be seen embedded in the aisle pillars of the church. Visitors can climb the 133 stepsof Happisburgh Church tower and enjoy the spectacular views of the coast and surrounding countryside. On a clear day you can see 30 churches, 2 lighthouses, 7 water towers, 5 corn mills, 5 drainage mills, 2 wind farms, Trimingham golf ball (RAF radar installation), reefs at Sea Palling and the Cathedral spire in Norwich (approx. 16.5 miles away). And you get a great view of the barn!
The area is close to The Norfolk Broads, the UK's largest nationally protected wetland and an important area teaming with wildlife. The Broads are a man-made creation and were formed by people digging for peat in Medieval times. They were later flooded. The Victorians used these waterways for transporting heavy loads but now they are used for tourism.
Norfolk is 'a fine city'. The cathedral is striking and well worth a visit. So is the Castle. For those keen on art, a visit to the Sainsbury's Centre at the University of East Anglia is also worth considering.
Church Tower open at weekends and some days (panoramic views). Happisburgh Lighthouse is fully operational and open some weekends. East Ruston has an amazing garden open to the public (Wed and Sun) , fishing lakes and access to the Weavers Way footpath. Bacton Woods is 10 minutes drive and has paths and is good for cycling: Stalham, a small rural town with shops, supermarkets, library, pubs and cafés. The Broads and the Weavers Way footpath can be accessed here. Stalham (Market day Tues) has pubs, cafes, surgery, library. Wroxham: a bustling village on the Broads where day boats and cruisers can be hired or river trips booked. Cycle hire available. The Bure Valley steam railway runs from here. Wroxham Barns craft centre and Junior Farm. Wayford Bridge day boat hire, water sport activities, hotel, restaurant and farm shop. Ingham has The Swan pub and restaurant. Worstead is a small village with a large medieval flint church. The tower is often open. Worstead hosts a huge 3 festival (last weekend of July). North Walsham (market Thursday) is a town with shops, pubs and restaurants, supermarkets,a Cat Pottery, motorcycle museum, railway station, library and swimming pool. Cycle hire is available. Sutton Windmill has magnificent views and an unusual memorabilia museum. 30 mins drive to National Trust, Blickling Hall (Jacobean). Cromer has beach, pier, theatre, cinema.
Blakeney and Morston for seal trips (45 mins) and good walks across salt marshes (popular with bird watchers). . Holt (Georgian Market town) has many interesting small shops and good tea rooms and art galleries. Sheringham is a fishing town with fisherman's cottages and small shops.
The Norfolk and Norwich Festival has a great variety of international music and some good theatre events solidly for 3 weeks each May.
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25 Oct 2012
"If you want a relaxing break in beautiful accomodation then this is it"
I had been looking for a few weeks for the ideal location and property to go away for a long weekend with my wife. Holly Lodge was the ideal property and Norfolk, heacham was the ideal location. The owners had thought of everything right down to providing welcome fruits and chocolate...how often do you see that.
Owner was very friendly and the property was beautifully decorated. Walking distance to a clean and friendly beach. Also close to shops and resturants. We cooked during the day and went out for meals in the evening, perfect.
I would most defenitley recommend Holly lodge and look forward to our next stay at this beautiful cabin.
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