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Sleeps 16+

We just had the most magical time at Barn Drift. Having never visited Norfolk before we couldn't believe how beautiful the beaches were and the house was just brilliant for our extended family.

Matilda, Somerset
Living Space

8 Bedrooms:

Lower Floor
Twin/king size double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath and shower
Twin/king size double bedroom with en suite shower room
Boot room

Ground Floor
Twin/king size double bedroom with steps down to separate shower room on the lower floor

Sitting room with seating for 16, wood burner and French doors leading into the South walled garden
Study room which opens onto the lawned walled garden
Well-equipped kitchen with range cooker, induction hob and dining table to seat 16

First Floor
Twin/king size double bedroom with sofa, balcony and en suite bathroom
Twin/king size double bedroom with en suite shower room and separate free-standing bath, cot bed for child up to 7 years

Upper Floor
Twin/king size double bedroom with en suite bathroom
2 twin/king size double bedrooms with shared separate shower room


3 walled gardens
Sheltered terrace
Egg barbecue
Fire pit
Outdoor seating area with garden sofas
Outdoor dining area
Croquet set
Badminton set
Table tennis table with bats and balls
Unlimited parking

Hot water bottles and blankets
Hair dryers and radios in all bedrooms
2 iPhone speakers and CD player
Hundreds of books and loads of board games
Ecover household products
Booklet of local information and information about the house in all rooms
flyers from masses of local companies and attractions
Locally made natural soaps
Stamped local postcards
Wood burner
Underfloor heating throughout
High thread count egyptian cotton bed linen
Egyptian cotton towels
2 flatscreen internet TVs
2 Nespresso coffee machines
Water softener
2 high chairs available
Toys available
3 toddler safety stair gates available

Domestic Services

Catering upon request
Mid-week clean


Cley beach is a 25 minute walk from the house across private fields and raised marsh walkways.
The sandy beach at Wells-next-the-sea is 15 minutes by car
The nearest village Cley-next-the-sea (Pronounced ‘Cly’ like eye) is a 20 minute walk and has a wonderful pub, cafes, bakery and other shops.
Holt is an 8 minute drive away and offers a wider range of restaurants and shops.


Central London and London Heathrow are just under 3 hours by car
London Luton airport is 2.5 hours by car
Norwich International airport is 40 minutes by car
A car is recommended

Local Information

Barn Drift is situated in the wild Norfolk marshes within 25 minutes walk of some of the most beautiful coastline in England. The nearest beach is Cley, a 2 mile stretch of shingle which wonderful for sea fishing, or walk a further 30 minutes along the beach to reach the sand dunes at Blakeney Point which is owned by the National Trust and a wonderful place for spotting grey seals in their breeding colony. The area is part of a world renowned nature reserve and the best way to see wildlife here is to take one of the ferry trips around the headland.
Holkham beach, a 15 minute drive away, has vast swathes of sand dunes, colourful beach huts and pine trees. It was also voted one of the best beaches in Norfolk and is the filming location for the final scene in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Explore the nearest town Wells-next-the-sea for wonderfully old-fashioned bucket and spade shops and sweet cafes. The mini train to the beach will be a huge hit with little ones as will crabbing on the quay.
Cley-Next-The-Sea is the closest village to Barn Drift, walkable in 20 minutes and has an excellent pub – The Wiveton Bell which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand for food (award for high quality food at reasonable prices). The village also boasts a wonderful bookshop -Crabpot Books, the most amazing bakery – Pastonacre Bakery, a smokehouse, deli, coffee shop and farm shop.
Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy the many cycle routes along quiet country lanes and coastal paths. A guide to the best routes can be purchased online.
For those keen on sailing, you can charter a local sailing barge the Juno to explore the coastline from the water.
Tennis can be found just down the road at Blakeney.
Rockpooling, horse riding, stargazing, golf and birdwatching are just a few of the other wonderful activities in this area.

Our View

Barn Drift stands in over six acres of its own grounds, within which are three sheltered, original walled gardens accessed directly from the house offering complete privacy and blissful escape from the pace of modern life. Arrive in the afternoon to a freshly baked cake, garden flowers on the table and a generous welcome hamper.
The owners have renovated the 18th Century barn so beautifully that it’s clear no expense has been spared in ensuring the original character of the building is intact. The bedrooms are generous and well furnished with quality linens, and each bedroom has a different snapshot of the incredible views across the Glaven Valley and Cley marshes. The kitchen is wonderfully equipped for keen chefs to try out some of the delicious local produce- the fresh shellfish is a real treat and can be bought in the neighbouring town.
The communal sitting room has plenty of seating for all and leads directly out onto the walled gardens, fabulous in good weather for dining al fresco or star-gazing at night.
This really is a fabulous house for large family groups, spend the morning pottering around the sweet local shops, the afternoon building sandcastles on the beach and finally walk home across the marshes with a bunch of freshly picked samphire for supper- utter heaven!

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