Barsham Barns, North Norfolk
Impossible to miss, resplendent in the North Norfolk countryside, you could easily picture Barsham Barns making a star turn in Grand Designs. The farm buildings have been impressively and lovingly converted; the Great East Barn is a striking blend of original features (wooden beams, stone walls), modern fittings and glass over three floors, with attention to design and detail at every level. Comfortably housing seven bedrooms, two lounge areas and a more than spacious kitchen/dining area, it’s the perfect space for several families or a group of friends.
Gardens are neatly landscaped — tidy lawns set against pretty wild flowers and dividing hedges — while the barbecue area and dining tables make a great option for sunny days (none in our case, sadly). Thankfully, the games room and spa area— with hot tub and steam room— are ideal whatever the weather. And despite being surrounded in all directions by seemingly endless miles of farmland, there are a wealth of attractions nearby — stately homes, seaside towns, beaches, walks and kids’ options.
WHY: Ideal weekend retreat with plenty of style and mod cons combined with plentiful surrounding activities and attractions.
SUITS: Large groups of friends and families in search of a countryside escape. The other barns would also work well for smaller numbers.
DID IT WORK? Absolutely, highly recommended.
THE DETAILS: Barsham Barns offers The Great East Barn from £1,805 for three nights or £3,705 for seven nights, based on 14 sharing on a self-catering basis.