Both cottages offer peace and privacy in garden settings, where abundant wildlife includes swallows and pipistrelle bats. They are located 7 miles from the Georgian town of Holt, with its excellent range of shops and restaurants. The many quiet lanes and off-road tracks are ideal for cycling and walking, while bird watchers will enjoy the local Raptor Point, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and the Blakeney and Cley marshes. Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall – both National Trust properties – are about 20 minutes distance. Explore the North Norfolk Coast, with its clean, sandy beaches, as well as the Norfolk Broads and Norwich (30 mins), with its castle, theatres, shops and nightlife. Within 3 miles you will find an excellent family-run butchery, 2 open-late general stores, scrumptious bakery (resist if you can!), 2 takeaways and good pub food.
- Barn990 sq. ft.
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E3258 Swallow Barn
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About Val Tansley
I am a retired school teacher, and live just across the field from Swallow Barn with my two dogs - Pippa, a very friendly Jack Russell, and Tara, a forever-grateful rescued greyhound - and my retired horse, Sunny. Garden Cottage is a one-bedroomed annexe to my house and a three minute walk from Swallow Barn - it can be rented separately or in conjunction with Swallow Barn. Being so close to the holiday accommodation means I am always on hand if help or information is needed.
Val Tansley purchased this Barn in 1980
Why Val Tansley chose Hindolveston
Swallow Barn is sited on a 4 acre smallholding, just a three minute walk from my own farm house and the one-bedroomed holiday annexe, Garden Cottage. I bought the land in 1987, and could not believe my luck in finding such an idyllic place to live. Prior to its conversion Swallow Barn provided stabling for my twelve horses and ponies, who worked hard during the summer months to give horse-mad teenagers, who slept in bunk beds in Garden Cottage, fun riding holidays. In 1999 I moved the horses to stabling nearer my house, and the conversion to a characterful cottage was effected. The swallows, who nested each summer in the barn, chose to follow their equine friends to their new quarters rather than compete with the builders, but they continue to keep it under close surveillance - hence the name Swallow Barn.
What makes this Barn unique
Sheltered from the noise and bustle of the North Norfolk tourist areas, Swallow Barn and Garden Cottage make excellent bases for accessing numerous places of interest and enjoyment within a half hour journey, from Sheringham to Norwich, from Blakeney to the Norfolk Broads, and with a great deal in between. There are numerous public footpaths, - ideal for dog walkers - cycle tracks and quiet lanes, and the whole area is a gem for bird and nature lovers of all kinds. It would be hard to find more peaceful and private holiday homes. They are separated from each other by two fields and a quiet back lane, each with their own totally private gardens and disturbed only by a barn owl or two, a few neighbouring sheep and some pipistrelle bats. What could be more pleasant than to relax in this tranquil setting at the end of an exhausting day?
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Peaceful location in the middle of nowhere yet near to all places of interest
Really enjoyed our stay at swallow barn. Great enclosed garden for the kids to play and dogs if you have one. Facilities inside the cottage are very good. The beds are extremely comfy and val even put a kiddy bed in our room for the youngest. Very spacious. Great for barbecues if the weather is nice. Lovely countryside to walk in the evening and spot all the wildlife. We will definitely be booking again at some point in the future.
Thank you for taking time to write a review. It's great when guests appreciate the wildlife in the garden and surrounding fields and lanes, as well as the Barn itself. It was lovely meeting you and your family and I look forward to welcoming you all again in the future!
Best wishes, Val
Lovely quite spot.
We had a great week the weather was perfect did some lovely walks with the dogs which included some lovely pub lunches. The steaks we got from the local butchers for the B B Q were really good value.
Quiet, relaxing and comfortable
Swallow barn is bigger than expected. It was so quiet and relaxing. The beds were very comfortable and it had all the basics you could need. Being South facing was lovely and we caught afternoon and evening sun in the garden and conservatory. It's a good location for exploring Norfolk but be mindful of the sometimes challenging roads in the area where if you meet another vehicle you might have to reverse some way back! Take care if using a sat nav too!
Stunning barn conversion
Had a wonderful few days in this beautiful character property. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, well equipped and very homely. Loved the quiet location yet within easy reaches of the impressive Norfolk beaches. The sofas were very comfortable as was the bed we used in the main bedroom. But our favourite thing has to be the large log burner which made for very cosy evenings. Lovely to meet you Val, we shall be returning!
Thank you for taking the time to write this review and letting others know that holidays taken in the winter months can be just as enjoyable as those spent in the warmer months, when warmth and comfort on return to base are appreciated more than the privacy of a sunny garden!
I’m really glad you enjoyed your short break and very much look forward to meeting you both again.
Lovely rural property
We were greeted by a very cheerful Val and shown round the property. The website does not do it justice. It was immaculate and everything worked. Although the weather was not as good as we'd hoped it was a pleasure to return to somewhere comfortable. The bed in the main bedroom was very comfy, and the towels in the bathrooms good quality. I only mention this as we have stayed in other properties where these things do not seem important to the owner. We found a lovely butcher on Vals recommendation, the meat was superb. I would definitely recommend this holiday home, it was just a pity we didn't get the opportunity to sit out in the tranquil garden.
It was very kind of you to take the time to write such a lovely review and much appreciated. It’s a shame the weather was disappointing, but fortunately there is always something interesting to do in this area, whatever the weather throws at us!
Amazing property in glorious surroundings
Well worth the 648 miles drive to Swallow Barn. The property was everything and more than described by Val. Val was very helpful on arrival. Our first visit to Norfolk, hopefully not our last. We found Swallow Barn a lovely clean property in very tranquil surroundings, the daily visits from the barn owl amazing. Thanks Val for a great holiday and hope to see you again. Steve and Karen
I’m really glad Swallow Barn lived up to expectations after your long journey - you certainly know how to pick the weather! It was great meeting you both, and I do hope you and Misty will make a return visit some time.
Special interest holidays:
This area lends itself particularly to those interested in bird watching, walking or cycling in an environment whose wildlife and scenery is ever-changing with the seasons. The area will also be of interest to those who enjoy visiting National Trust properties or travelling on steam trains.
Sheringham's sandy beach is a 20 minutes drive, Cromer is a further 4 miles, whilst the vast sandy beaches and dunes at Wells-Next-The-Sea and Holkham are approximately 30 minutes distance. Blakeney, also a 30 minute drive, is ideal for sailing, and crabbing at Morston - a further 5 minutes along the coast - can be good fun for children.
Norwich airport is approximately 19 miles distant.
The North Norfolk steam railway can be accessed at Holt and Sheringham, and the Bure Valley narrow gauge steam railway is a 15 minute drive at Aylsham. Wells Next the Sea has a small gauge railway taking holiday-makers from the town to the beach - children love this!
Regular bus services run to Norwich, King's Lynn, Sheringham and Cromer.
Due to the rural location of the cottage, a car or bike is essential.
The nearest village, with shops, post office and pub is 2.5 miles. The Georgian town of Holt, with its excellent range of shops and restaurants is 6 miles, whilst Fakenham, with its weekly market and auction, is 9 miles. Blickling Hall, the National Trust house famed for its association with Anne Boleyn, is also 9 miles distance, whilst Norwich with its wealth of history, shops, restaurants and theatres is about 20 miles and Wroxham and the Norfolk Broads are about 23 miles.
Regular farmers' markets, individual farm shops and furniture auctions are to be found locally. There are several dog-friendly pubs in the area; one such pub less than 3 miles distance prides itself on its home-made (and delicious) food, and there are many other good restaurants in the area. Golf and fishing facilities are nearby.
Popular activities include taking a boat trip from Morston to see the seals or hiring a boat from Wroxham to explore the Norfolk Broads. Children love the sandy beaches and nearby steam railways, as well as visiting the Dinosaur Park and Bewilderwood. In addition, Pleasurewood Hills and the Yarmouth Pleasure Beach can make an enjoyable day trip. Crabbing at Blakeney, Morston and Cromer Pier are great fun too.
Norwich is a 30 minute drive and can cater for all tastes. Its historic buildings, museums, theatres, shops and restaurants can fill any dull or rainy days. To the west, Sandringham House and its gardens are certainly worth a visit, as is Castle Acre, one of the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England dating back to 1090, lying 4 miles north of Swaffham. Felbrigg, Oxburgh and Blickling Halls are all local National Trust properties and are definitely worth a visit, as is Sheringham Park with its dog-friendly walks and amazing sea views. Holkham Hall is about 30 minutes away; it is a privately owned, magnificant building - a member of the Historic Houses Association, and both the Hall and its gardens, as well as the Children's Woodland Adventure play area, are a 'must see'.
Booking Notes: ****************Short-stay breaks are available out of season. These should preferably sit between two consecutive Saturdays (ie not Fri, Sat, Sun). Please contact the owner for further details*************** Please contact the owner in the first instance by email or phone, when individual needs can be discussed. A booking form will be emailed to you which should completed and returned, together with a deposit of 20% of the total cost; this can be made by cheque or direct bank transfer. The balance of the cost of your holiday will become due four weeks prior to your arrival date. On receipt of this further information, including local directions, will be sent. Changeover Day: Saturday is the preferred changeover day, but this can be flexible out of high season. Notes on prices: LAST-MINUTE DEALS MAY BE SUBJECT TO DISCOUNT - please contact us. Short-stay breaks are available throughout the year outside school holidays. Please contact the owner for details.