Our Norfolk getaway
When we were invited by the awesome Barsham Barns to stay in their brand new converted barn in Norfolk, we jumped at the chance!
A two bed luxury holiday cottage near the sea in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, we couldn't wait to get there!
Just 2.5 hrs from London, Norfolk is considered one of the prettiest counties in the UK, with glorious beaches, pretty seaside towns and cool city vibes (Norwich is one of the most up and coming cities in the UK don't you know!) So a little sneaky weekend away with the kidlets was very welcome indeed and a very nice start to the Easter holidays.
After a pleasant and very pretty journey we arrived at our destination (thanks TomTom) and what a gorgeous setting. Lots of beautiful converted barns nestled around a courtyard made it very welcoming and cosy. We could see the glow of the other barns lights as we parked up outside our little home for the next 2 nights and it all seemed so idyllic. Things just got better and better as we opened the door to our barn called The Loose Box.
This little place was spectacular! Beautifully furnished with super soft beds, cosy settees, a modern bathroom... it even had a utility room! The kitchen was equipped with everything you could possible need and as a welcome the lovely bunch at Barsham Barns had laid out a vase of beautiful flowers, a hamper full of gorgeous Norfolk goodies plus the fridge housed 2 pints of semi skimmed milk. YES! Put the kettle on Jim!
The girls were ecstatic. The second bedroom was kitted out with two single beds (which could be converted to a double bed if needed) and it has a pretty little window opening out onto our own private courtyard. The bedroom has an inbuilt cupboard with shelves to put clothes in and lots of underbed storage if needed.
The master bedroom also has ample storage and two big rails to hang clothes on. The bed itself was so soft and comfortable. My fitbit told me I had the most restful sleep in days!
A super size TV with lots of channels made it a home from home, We could have stayed in for the whole weekend. But no, we decided to venture out. After all we had the whole of Norfolk to explore!
We also had access to a fantastic games room complete with a ping pong table and football table and there was also a spa with a huge jacuzzi and steam room. I was in my element! Each cottage could book the spa for 2 x1 hour slots per day so we wrote our name on the chalkboard outside to secure our slot for the next day!
After a very comfy nights sleep we were woken by two not so small anymore kids who clambered into the bed with us. We looked through the information folder provided which was packed full of information including things to do with kids, local deli's and restaurants, beaches plus local attractions. We decided to venture out on Beans Seal Trips to catch a glimpse of the many seals that bask in the sunshine at Blakeney Point.
Costing £36 for a family of 4, this fantastic boat trip was well worth the money. The extremely knowledgeable crew gave us some fun and interesting facts on the 15 minute or so journey out to see the seals and they were extra friendly, especially with the kids. Pippa was even allowed to jump up and sit on the side if she held on tightly!
We saw lots of seals enjoying the sunshine and we had lots of laughs when they tried to move away from the incoming tide - such awkward creatures, but so cute too! After lots of fun taking pictures and videos, we headed back to shore.
We were getting peckish, so we ventured over to Cromer to get fish and chips by the sea. We found a very nice restaurant with views across the sea and we all tucked into delicious fish and chips. The kids chips were served in a bucket with a spade on the side that they could take with them to make sandcastles on the beach afterwards. A lovely touch.
After a walk on the pier and around the pretty town, we headed back to our lovely barn where we got our cozzies on and spent a blissful hour enjoying the spa. Ahh heaven! Back at the barn, we cosied up under the many soft blankets and watched the rest of The Voice! I couldn't wait to sink into the incredibly soft bed for a second night - I was looking forward to a peaceful sleep after all that sea air.
The morning came all too quickly and we didn't want to waste our last day at the seaside, so we took a drive to Wells -next-the-sea and had pancakes on the famous Albatros boat which is permanently moored alongside the Quay. It was glorious sunshine so we sat up on deck and ordered 4 whopping big Dutch pancakes. They went down a treat! Whether you hop on board for a drink, a pancake, a 3-course dinner or a full overnight stay the Albatros is a great place to experience something a bit different. We were lucky enough to meet the Captain, Tom Brouwer who runs a relaxed ship and dishes up authentic Dutch pancakes and other Dutch specialities.
After saying goodbye to the Captain, we ventured up to the famous beach where we sat in the sunshine and enjoyed the view of the pretty beach huts and long stretch of sandy beach. It was a wonderful end to a fantastic weekend.
Norfolk has so many amazing and fun things to see and do, we would love to have stayed longer and explored even more of what it had to offer. When we do venture back, we will definitely stay in the perfect location that is Barsham Barns. From small barns for 4 people to bigger properties that sleep up to 14, these cottages are the perfect place to stay with family and friends whether it be a little hideaway for two or a big family get together.
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With thanks to Barsham Barns for having us. We loved every minute!
By Anna Cascarina