LAVINIA GROVE BARN
Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Lavinia Grove is a superb barn conversion offering luxury, spacious, relaxing accommodation. Original beams and superior fixtures and furnishings. Bright sunny interior. Quality welcome pack per visit. Two adult luxury bathrobes & slippers in each bedroom. Vanity kit in all bathrooms. Quality fully fitted kitchen with everything you could ask for, we've thought of everything - so you don't need to! From dishwater tablets to champangne flutes! Lots of bathrooms - no queuing for a shower! All bedrooms with flat screen TV, CD player and hairdryer. Secluded, walled large interior courtyard and patio with large table and 6 chairs provided. BBQ. 6 person Hydrotherapy Spa Jacuzzi available (by arrangement with owner - available from mid April - End of Oct only). Free Wifi! Hidden at the end of a country lane, but within easy walking distance of local pub (100 yards) and all local amenities (town centre is a 15 min walk) Riverside and boat hire just 200 yards away! Your host's accommodation is attached to the barn, so we are never far away if you need a hand!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||SEA PALLING 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||150 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: NORWICH 25 km, Nearest railway: WROXHAM OR NORTH WALSHAM 10 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The barn is offered in pristine condition. Perfectly suited to discerning adults wishing to relax in sumptuous surroundings offering peace and tranquility in a beautiful location. All bedrooms equipped with large flat screen TV's, CD players, hairdryers, egyptian cotton bed linen & towels, complimentary personal care pack, luxury His 'n' Hers bathrobes and slippers. Bedroom 1 with superking bed & ensuite. Bedroom 2 with kingsize bed & ensuite. Bedroom 3 with double bed and sole use of large family bathroom.
Bright, sunny dining room with seating for 6, doors leading onto patio & jacuzzi area, with a further dining table for 4 in the large kitchen.
36ft lounge, with complimentary bar! Karaoke player, CD player, 42" TV with freeview, DVD player, mini grand piano. Doors leading to the large patio area.
Fully equipped large farmhouse kitchen with Aga cooker (lit during winter months only) Double fan oven, halogen hob, dishwasher, kettle, microwave, toaster, steamer, george foreman grill, coffee percolator, food mixer, electric knife & whisk, freezer, washing machine available.
|Further details outdoors|
Large lawned front garden. Parking for 3 cars. Secluded spacious inner courtyard with patio table and 6 chairs. BBQ. Jacuzzi. Rotary linen line.
We are happy to offer free of charge 2 bicycles (one ladies, one gents)
The owners accommodation forms part of the barn and occupies the East wing. We have an entrance leading into the courtyard, which we do not use during a booking and we do our utmost to respect our clients privacy. However, if the guests would like to use the jacuzzi, we must enter into the courtyard area from time to time to tend to the jacuzzi.
Central heating is swtiched on only during winter months (Oct - March) - However, should a particularly chilly day/evening occur, the heating will automatically fire for a short period of time.
One bucket of logs provided in the lounge for use with the wood burning fire (during winter months only). Additional buckets can be purchased from the owners or easily sourced locally.
No smoking throughout. Sorry no pets. As we aim to offer total relaxtion to adults, children strictly by arrangement only.
The East Anglia region
Norwich City is full of historic interest for those who enjoy ancient buildings and it has it's own Norman castle housing extensive Museum Exhibitions and Art Galleries. Tours are also run around the battlements and dungeons.
Norwich also has two beautiful Cathedrals and many old churches. There is also a picturesque medieval area with cobbled streets to stroll around called ‘Elm Hill’.
There are numerous top quality restaurants in the City, one being the ever popular Delia Smith's restaurant at Norwich City's Carrow Road Football ground. The City centre also has several large shopping malls.
Boasts the largest permanent open-air market in Europe, and it also has several excellent theatres: Theatre Royal, Maddermarket, Playhouse, and also the Norwich Puppet Theatre.
Being a city it has it’s share of Multiplex cinemas and a large number of pubs, galleries and night clubs too.
Norwich railway has links to London, Cambridge and also the North Norfolk coastal station of Sherringham - home of the famous 'Poppy Line' steam engine railway - which runs slowly along a beautiful stretch of coastline to Holt.
If you explore the villages along the coastline you will notice the beach changes from soft fine sand in the East to flint cobbles further North.
The nearest beach to us is award-winning ‘Sea Palling’ (near Waxham) where baby seals are born in February. There is a chargeable car park within walking distance of the beach.
Stalham is most famous for it’s boatyards, popular with Summer tourists wanting to explore the many miles of inland Broads.
We have alarge Tesco's supermarket approximately 15 minutes walk away with several cashpoints. Along Stalham's High Street you will find several various takeaways, coffee shops, a Barclays and NatWest Bank (more cash points) a factory retail outlet with clothing and household goods, a tiny fire museum, various charity shops, hairdressers and two pubs:
'The Swan Inn' is run by Elaine and Ben, and recommended for home cooked food and live entertainment on Friday nights.
On the opposite side of the road is 'The Grebe' pub run by Phil - an ardent Chelsea fan. This 'sports pub' shows live football matches.
Our nearest pub is 'The Harnser' (above) situated virtually opposite Moor Lane. 'Joss' the friendly landlady provides delicious home cooked food and top quality live entertainment every Saturday night. Another local pub worth visiting is the 'Sutton Staithe Hotel' which serves good food and has lovely views over the river. It has a Sports room around the back with live matches on tv. It is very popular with people holidaying on boats so it can get extremely busy during the Summer months.On your way around the Norfolk Broads you’re never far away from water and the ever present windmills. Some of the waterways open up into large Broads like the one at Hickling
Hickling also has two pubs - the ‘Greyhound’ in the centre of the village with a nice beer garden and the ‘Pleasure boat’ right on Hickling broad itself and accessible by car or boat.
Hickling has a wildlife reserve known as the ‘FAITH’ reserve which has several walking routes through it and a hide overlooking the Broad reed beds. Just follow the brown road signs.
Ten minutes drive towards Norwich is the quaint little village of Wroxham, situated by the river which is a favourite for 'dayboat' hire in the summer. Several Pubs have gardens that back directly onto the water for a lazy afternoon drink. Also nearby is the ‘Bure Valley’ narrow guage railway which travels slowly through beautiful countryside for about an hour to Aylsham station. Also popular is ‘Wroxham Barns’ with its craft centre, shops, restaurant and an ever popular animal petting area. Wroxham town has lots of different outlets here including a department store, a fashion outlet, a garden centre, a DIY centre, a toy shop and a supermarket - all owned by Roys. Nearby Hoveton Hall is a lovely day out for all the family.
Another great attraction in this area is the prize winning adventure playground named ‘Bewilderwood’ which has loads of fun places for children to climb and explore.
North Walsham is a town situated nearby to the north of Stalham with a quaint historic centre, assorted shops and a large indoor swimming pool.
For a more commercial day out, try Great Yarmouth with its 'Golden Mile' of sandy beach, it's 'end of the pier' live shows, amusement arcades, funfair, Circus, Casinos, Marina centre swimming pool with wave machine and numerous gift and clothing shops along Regent Street.
Yarmouth’s beaches are surprisingly wide and made of fine sand so great for spending a sunny day on.
From Yarmouth you can travel north to Caister and the rest of the North Norfolk coast or you can head south to Lowestoft along the coast road.
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13 Aug 2012
"Our stay at Lavinia Grove Barn"
My family and In-Laws enjoyed our stay at Lavinia Grove Barn. It was our first visit to Norfolk as a family and my first trip back since sailing trips with school.
The Barn is immaculately presented with every conceivable luxury you would want. We had a rare week of English summer which made for trips out on the Broads and nearby beaches. Everybody enjoyed the Jacuzzi which was a lovely touch in an already well appointed house.
If I was trying to find any faults (and it wasn't easy) then the kitchen was a little dark - I think it was more our eye-sight and we lost digital TV reception on a couple of evenings during the Olympics which was most likely no fault of the owners.
Overall an enjoyable stay. We would certainly return to Norfolk and to Lavinia Barn.
13 Jun 2012
"A relaxing treat"
We stayed at Lavinia Grove Barn for four nights and had an absolutely wonderful time despite the weather!!
Jacqui and Noel were really helpful and greeted us on our arrival and showed us where everything was and how it worked. The chocolates and welcome pack were a nice touch and we had everything we needed.
We had a lovely stay and would certainly recommend the barn to others for a luxury break.
We would also recommend The Swan at Ingham for a special treat for a delicious meal and Sea Palling for a clean quiet beach.
Our thanks to Jacqui and Noel for a wonderful stay.
24 May 2012
"Wonderful, relaxing, first class"
We stayed here with friends and had the most wonderful time. The accommodation is 5 star. Everything you could ever want is in this beautiful converted barn, and we made use of almost everything I think! The bar is fully stocked and very entertaining! The Jacuzzi is amazing and so relaxing. There are 2 pubs nearby that serve great food - The Harnster and the Sutton Straithe Hotel. We went into Wroxham for the afternoon and hired a boat and had a sail down the broads. We will definitely be recommending this and hopefully make another visit there.
12 Sep 2011
"A luxury break in beautiful surroundings"
The accomodation was of a luxury standard, with everything you could possibly need being provided. The layout was excellent and very spacious and all the fixtures and fittings were of a high quality. The location was also great , secluded in a country lane, but still within easy reach of local facilities. It really was a fantastic holiday barn and the hot tub and range of indooor/ outdoor games and kareoke machine and piano, just added to our enjoyment. In addition to this the owners( who lived in the adjoining property) were very respectful of our privacy, yet eager to help/ offer advice if necessary. All in all, a perfect place to spend a very relaxing week!
Perfect guests we would always welcome back! Thank you to a super family for your stay and lovely review.
31 Aug 2011
"Fantastic Barn in Great Location"
I'm fairly sure the family who left the last review did not stay at the same place at we did!
We stayed here with our two teenagers aged 14 and 17 and could not have hoped for a nicer place or hosts!
The barn is fantastic, spotlessly clean, very large and roomy with beautiful furnishings and decor. The kitchen is super! Large and well equipped - there's enough crockery and cutlery for about 12 people so you can put one lot in the dishwasher and still have a whole set left! Dishwasher tablets & washing up liquid are all provided and the cupboards are filled with the things you need but forget to bring, such as tin foil, cling film, cooking oil, herbs etc. They even had disposable picnic sets which was great for our days out!
The beds are blissfully comfortable, and the little extras like the small baskets of goodies left in the bathrooms was a real treat, as was the chocolates on the pillows, a lovely touch. All the bedrooms had their own bathroom and with 2 teenagers we really appreciated that!
The jacuzzi was a wonderful way to relax after the day's outings, we even had dressings gowns and slippers so we could sit outside wrapped up warm and enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) from the well stocked bar, which was the icing on the cake!
There are lots of games both for indoor and outdoor use and a full cupboard of DVD's if the weather is bad and we even had a bit of a singalong on the karaoke!
Jacqui & Noel (the owners) were really helpful in suggesting places to visit and made themselves available at any time if we needed them (which we didn't as everything you could possibly need is in the barn).
The washing machine is in the owners part of the building, but I only wanted to use it once a few days before we left, and this was easily arranged and they even provided the washing tablets, softener & linen basket.
The local pub, just a 100 yards away is a great place for home cooked Sunday lunch and the river is only a short walk. Here you can hire days boats and sail down the river for an afternoon. There is also a super nature reserve at Hickling (a few miles away) which is so peaceful and filled with an abundance of wildlife to observe.
Sea Palling is about 3 - 4 miles away and has a lovely sandy beach and a few pubs to have lunch.
The local village is easy walking distance has everything you need and a big bonus was the Tesco supermarket.
We would highly recommend this beautiful barn for the luxury offered, tranquil location, very friendly and helpful owners, and all the little added extras and touches.
Thank you for your lovely words and for being such a fun family & super guests, always very welcome at Lavinia Grove Barn.
11 Aug 2011
"A potentially comfortable break spoiled by the owners' attitude"
Our stay here confirmed the desirability of going through an agency when booking holiday accommodation, in order to ensure that all parties' interests are properly represented.On the plus side, t… More
I'm not going to address all the inaccurate and wildly exaggerated nit pickings of the above review, surfeit to say her enthusiasm was severely dampened after we retained part of her damage deposit, which in all our letting's, we have never had to do before!
Lavinia Grove Barn is a pristine example of a luxury country retreat, and we are committed to maintaining the high standard offered to our guests. All we expect from our rental guests is respect for the property and it's contents, a moderate level of hygiene and above all, a modicum of common sense. Unfortunately when these basic requirements are not met and wilful damage occurs, it must be put right at considerable expense to us - Even so, we only retained a small portion of the damage deposit which merely paid towards rectifying the damage, it did not in any way cover the actual cost of damage.
As the owners accommodation is attached to the barn, and we are available 24/7, a simple knock on our door ensures any qeries can be immediately rectified.
We believe, as do all our other guests, we offer an impeccable property - to discerning, well adjusted guests. Come and see for yourself why we are fully booked!
The good thing about so many sour grapes, is we can probably make about two cases of wine and have enough left over for a few jars of jam too! ;-)
7 Aug 2011
"Excellent base for touring the Norfolk area and the Broads"
The barn is very well presented with additional features such as the hot tub and the free bar making our holiday even better!! Well equipped, lots of space and the bedrooms and beds were excellent as were the all the bathrooms/ensuites. The village has plenty of facilities (takeaways, pubs, shops) and is on only a very short walk from the nearest part of the broads. We hired a day boat and visited both the coast and Norwich while staying here. The hosts although living in the attached property were never seen nor heard during our stay but if we needed anything (which we didn't!) we knew they would have been available (very friendly people!!)
A super family & perfect guests, who we would welcome back anytime! Thank you for your lovely comments, much appreciated.
12 Jul 2011
"Beautiful luxury accommodation, everything you need for a relaxing stay"
I booked this accommodation for us to spend a relaxed weekend with some good friends, to recharge our batteries and just relax, i certainly wasn't dissappointed!
From the moment i enquired about the property to when we left, the owners really looked after us. They have thought of everything from the comfortable beds, the well stocked bar, beautiful jacuzzi to the toiletries left in each bathroom. I was a bit concerned when i realized the owners were just next door, but there was no need to be as after they showed us around, we didnt see them until we knocked on their door to say we were leaving, (although they did say to knock if we needed anything, but we couldnt possibly need anything else). They are very friendly and left us to enjoy their beautiful barn.
There are a few pubs within walking distance and the food there is good. We didnt go out to seemuch of the surrounding area as we only stayed for a 2 night break and the idea wasto relax and catch up with friends, but we will definately return and next time stay longer so we can explore a bit more of this beautiful area.
We were lucky the weather was a really hot weekend, but even if it wasnt i think there's lots to do. There is a small beach about 4 miles away which we went to and is really pretty, we were even lucky enough to see serveral seals along the shore.
All in all a fantastic weekend was had by all the party, and we cant wait to return next year.
Would i recommend this property? Most definately, and i already have!
An absolute pleasure to have Tracey and her friends here, super guests we would welcome back anytime!
Jacqui & Noel
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