The Barn

Saham Hills near Swaffham, East Anglia (Ref. 26593)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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Mill House Holiday Cottages

These three superb holiday cottages are located in the grounds of the owners’ home in the village of Saham Hills near to the market town of Watton in the Norfolk countryside. Sleeping a total of ten people between them, these Norfolk country cottages are perfect for a group, small family holiday or for a romantic couple's retreat. Finished to a high standard, these Norfolk cottages all feature beamed ceilings, warming woodburning stoves and modern, well-equipped living accommodation. Ideal for pets, these Saham cottages share a large paddock where the children and your four-legged friends can run around whilst you prepare a sumptuous feast in the kitchen or on the barbecue. Take some time to reflect on your wonderful Norfolk holiday, by relaxing in the luxurious hot tub; a fabulous way to round off the day after exploring the surrounding countryside. The National Cycle Route 13 is situated adjacent to all three properties, and Saham Hills is well located for discovering some wonderful Norfolk attractions. The popular town of Swaffham is just eight miles away, or spend a day exploring Thetford Forest. The North Norfolk coast can be reached in under an hour from these Saham Hills cottages, or you may wish to indulge in some retail therapy in the cathedral city of Norwich, before sampling one of the city’s many restaurants and taking in a show at the theatre. These Saham Hills cottages are in a wonderful location for a holiday in the beautiful Norfolk countryside.

The property

A beautifully furnished semi-detached cottage, in a courtyard setting in the quiet village of Saham Hills. With two spacious bedrooms, both boasting an en-suite bathroom, this Norfolk cottage is perfect for a romantic retreat or a getaway for a small family. The large open plan living area boasts a vaulted ceiling and a warming woodburning stove will make even the chilliest evening a pleasure, whilst the fabulous hot tub will soothe you as you relax after a day discovering this wonderful area. Note: This cottage is next to Refs. 26163 and 26592, together they sleep 10.


Two bedrooms with en-suite slipper bath, shower, basin and WC: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size double. Ground floor basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove. Shared external utility.


Gas central heating with woodburning stove. Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, Blu-ray, CD/radio, PlayStation 2 on request, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 2 cars. Private, enclosed gravelled garden with furniture and BBQ. Shared use of lawned garden and paddock with furniture and BBQ. Shared use of hot tub (private use can be arranged with owner). Four well-behaved pets welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles. Note: The owner can arrange a dog sitting service by prior arrangement.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Amazing”
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    • “This is the most relaxed place 10 of us went and rented all three properties. I could spend all day telling you the good things just take it from me i couldnt fault it. Amazing week superb service. Highest reccomendation.”

    Pennylincoln, Lincoln, June 2015

    • “Excellent dog friendly accommodation”
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    • “Stayed in this property with family over xmas, to be near my mother in Watton. Very comfortable accommodation indeed. Spacious open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area with lovely wood burner and three roomy sofas. Useful utility area and downstairs toilet. Two good sized bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms, with beautiful slipper baths and showers. Fluffy towels and towelling robes provided. Wi fi included in the price. There is also a hot tub on site shared between the three cottages. This is booked by simply chalking your name on the blackboard outside. The Barn has an enclosed garden which was ideal for our labrador. Patio furniture provided and a BBQ for the warmer weather. The complex is exceptionally dog friendly with throw for sofa, treats and an enormous paddock for them to roam in, as well as a smaller gated grass area, ideal to throw a ball for them in.The owner is so friendly and helpful, even providing a beautifully decorated xmas tree and leaving a bottle of wine, which we enjoyed in the hot tub, looking at the twinkling xmas lights. Set in a quiet rural area, a very peaceful setting. I would highly recommend it to anyone.”

    TravellerStoke, Stoke On Trent, December 2014

    • “Excellent”
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    • “We have just returned after spending a week with friends in this excellent cottage we have 4 dogs between us and it is the best dog freindly place we have visited. The owner Karen can not do enough to ensure you enjoy your holiday, within minutes of meeting her we knew it was going to be a relaxing place to stay. There was an assault course for the dogs which each dog loved and a hot tub for the adults which could be used at any time,you just wrote your name on a board for own private use none of us wanted to leave , we will defiantly be visiting again.”

    Bev W, September 2014

    • “absoloutely lovely more than expected”
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    • “Me my husband and son have just returned from our weeks break at the barn to say the least it was beautiful welcoming and so chilling . When we walked our first initial reaction was (WOW) it realy is lovely Karen our host is great there is nothing she wont do to make your stay welcome.Its the best ever pet friendly stay ,its the first time we have taken our pooch with us and she loved it the freedom and tranquillity of the place .Once again thank you for making our week away lovely we will deffo be back some time x”

    Carolewebster, Sheffield, England, United Kingdom, August 2014

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    • “Absolutely the most gorgeous, pet friendly cottage I have ever stayed in! Everything you could want for a lovely relaxing or hectic holiday. I travelled will my partner, my daughter and her friend (both 15) and our two labs. We arrived late because of traffic, my asda delivery already been delivered and Karen(the owner) unpacking it for us. We was made to feel so special, nothing was to much trouble! Beautiful grounds for the dogs including a small enclosed private garden with seating and gas bbq. The shared hot tub was great, you just chalked your name on the board when you required a relaxing hour and considering there is only two other cottages it was never busy. Lots of places to visit and walk......we did Go Ape which was great. The girls and my partner loved it, I thought it was quite good but had trouble finding a reason to jump out of perfectly good trees!! Banham Zoo is a must and we also did sealife centre and pleasure beach in Yarmouth which I paid for with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers. Within the week we had a couple of hic ups........the first morning I hit a deer, the car was a mess, insurance company crap but Karen and Stuart were amazing, nothing was too much trouble for them.......the last evening my daughters friend needed urgent medical attention......again nothing was too much trouble for Karen and Stuart! We will definately be going back as much to see Karen and Stuart as to see Norfolk! I cannot recommend Karen and Stuarts cottages highly enough or themselves as the most perfect owners to make you very welcome and do everything in their means to make sure you have a lovely stay!”

    Vicki R, Grimsby, United Kingdom, August 2014

    • “Great time had by all”
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    • “Our intention was to have a good holiday away for the New Year and we did. The converted Barn is gorgeous and as it had only recently been completed it was immaculate, very spacious and warm. The wood burner and hot tub were features we looked for when we booked the location and holiday and neither disappointed us. There was enough room in the Barn to have our own space, including plenty of space outside for the Belgium Shepard that also came with us. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with shower, we were supplied with robes for the short walk to the hot tub, plenty of logs for the burner and the owners although very welcoming and helpful left us to our holiday for the whole week and were pleasant every time we met. The area its self is picturesque as you make the short walk to the local village or pub, which also had welcoming owners. The only reason we wouldn't stay there again is because we have already and will be going to another county next time”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Spalding, March 2014

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    • “The Barn is an absolutely beautiful cottage with a large amount of space for the dogs to move about in and relax. The paddock and meadow were great outside space to allow the dogs to run off some energy first thing in the morning. If you want a peaceful get away with owners who are completely dog friendly, helpful and relaxed in a beautiful cottage then I would highly recommend The Barn.”

    Miss Jones, Deal, October 2015

    • “The owner was a very welcoming host and very professional in her management of the cottages. The Barn was fabulous - I could live there - and it's very unusual to find such beautiful doggie friendly accommodation and grounds.”

    Mrs Billington, Nottingham, May 2015

    • “I think it was the best holiday cottage we have stayed in, the owner could not do enough for us. We loved the hot tub.”

    Mrs Cook, London, April 2015

    • “The feeling of total relaxation. Not having to worry about your dog, walking was available on the spot in the fields without having to go out early to look for an ideal walking place. The owner was lovely, and having a hot tub was a bonus. I would highly recommend this place and don't worry if you have not got a dog there are no doggy smells in this cottage.”

    Mrs Baker, Peterborough, April 2015

    • “The accommodation was incredibly family friendly, comfortable, stylish and located in a wonderful area. It was quiet and peaceful with enough place for the kids to stay busy and entertained. The owner was a great host; she made us feel very welcome from the start and allowed the kids to feed her chickens and ducks each day. It really is one of the very best places of this kind that we have stayed at and we will certainly visit again. We would recommend it unreservedly.”

    Mr Young, Orpington, December 2014

    • “The wow factor was present at every step. The property was absolutely delightful; gorgeous furnishings, décor was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for the owner. A true dog holiday, the dogs were allowed everywhere and the addition of a paddock with a mini-agility course at the back, together with a privately fenced courtyard was the icing on the cake. Perfect Perfect Perfect, 5 Star.”

    Mr Pinto, Southampton, December 2014

    • “An amazing property and the owner was absolutely wonderful in settling us in. Couldn't ask for a better place to stay in. It was perfect, will definitely return again.”

    Mr Egan, London, November 2014

    • “The cottage and location was extremely dog friendly. We were made to feel very welcome and felt at home right away. It was clean and well presented and lots of things were provided to make sure our stay was busy and interesting. Our host was ever so nice.”

    Miss O'Rourke, Rochester, November 2014

    • “The space was very well thought out and comfortable. We had our own part of the garden and also easy access to a paddock for early morning doggy walks which was great. It is easily accessible to a great nursery which is next to Athony Gormley's house with one of his sculptures on the font approach and we also had a lovely Day in Holkham.”

    Ms De La Rosa, London, November 2014

    • “What a wonderful week we had in the barn! Our 8 year old daughter loved feeding the ducks chickens and our Labrador loved the paddock/agility course! We also enjoyed using the hot tub, the time reservation chalk board is a really good idea and worked out great. The inside is finished to a high standard and decorated beautifully. The owner was so nice and they have truly thought of everything for a carefree, doggie friendly stay. We hope to return someday.”

    Mrs Sykes, Pontefract, October 2014

    • “It was nice and quite. The pictures do not do it justice and the facilities were excellent. The owner was very helpful.”

    Mr Jones, Warrington, October 2014

    • “From the welcome we had from the owners, we knew this was the best pet friendly cottage we had visited- it was excellent.”

    Mrs Wallace, Stoke-on-Trent, September 2014

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About the location


Watton 2 miles; Swaffham 8 miles.

Saham Hills is a peaceful village on the edge of the historic market town of Watton in North Norfolk. Watton holds a market every Wednesday and is also home to a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. Swaffham is eight miles away with fine Georgian buildings housing shops, pubs and restaurants, a bustling Saturday market and a twice-monthly farmers’ market. Nearby Thetford Forest offers the Go Ape high wire experience, while a trip to Norfolk’s beautiful coastline or stunning Broads can easily be enjoyed, as can the magnificent cathedral city of Norwich. A wonderful year-round base for the whole family.

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