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The Dairy Barn

(Ref. 1001404)

Toftrees near Fakenham, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nicely presented."

    Internet was via mobile router, so was usable, but a little patchy (only able to stream one thing, and often would become unusable if more than 2-3 devices was accessing content). Our Blu-Ray player wasn't working (device was, but controller wasn't) - not the end of the world! Swimming pool as a little cool (was heated, but clearly struggling with temperature in early Nov). Games room was excellent - although I would suggest getting new 'consumables' (chalk for pool cues, nets for table tennis, etc.) would make it even better!?

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Oct 2023

  • "Well furnished and appointed."

    Had some difficulty finding the Barns - a sign would be helpful. If we visit the area again we will probably use the Barns again.

    Reviewed by John Frederick4.4Sep 2023

  • "The Barn itself had everything you could need, the shower was powerful, the mirror in the bathroom the girls loved, towels were nice and fluffy and dried you beautifully."

    Main bedroom, the bed is firm, husband found it comfortable and slept well, the lampshades had cobwebs on them and generally dusty, the twin room was a bit tight for space but the girls ( X2 16 year olds) managed and slept well. Kitchen had a dish washer big enough to cope with a family of 4, we did do a Sunday roast, tall fridge freezer, not much in the way for cupboard space. Internet is slow, was unable to watch Netflix without it being pixelated or reloading, tried to do some uni work but internet pages were slow to load up, gave up. Games room would be better if there were more usable cues, there were many without tips, there were only 2, I would say, that were of any good, when you've got a snooker table and 2 pool tables- definitely not enough to go round. The swimming pool is technically heated as can feel warmth coming through the pump but definitely not warm/up to temperature, needed to get acclimatised to the water temperature before being able to swim, a family had used the pool the day before and had left a window open, which resulted in loads of flies/bugs being in the pool, spent about 20 mins trying to get them into the filter, no equipment to be able to skim the water to remove them, got out in the end as couldn't swim in it without being surrounded. Also no shower area near the pool, have to go through the barn to get showered. Whilst there we had an electricity cut- not isolated to the barns (covered 6 postcodes, quite a large area affected) but we had to contact the 'maintenance team' who let us know what was going on and sent us a link to follow the engineers repairs. However, no contact from the owner all. Not sure if I would recommend to others given the cleanliness and lack of maintenance, we probably won't return either but we enjoyed our week away.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.8Jul 2023

  • "Lovely courtyard of cottages."

    Great amenities for families - games room (inclusive of pool, table tennis), swimming pool and less exciting - laundry facilities. That said, whilst there was lots of available activities, there was relative quiet to hear birds and enjoy the countryside location.

    Reviewed by Jennifer Louise5.0Jun 2023

  • "Disappointed with the recreational facility from the point of view that we could not use it due to us having a dog, dogs were not allowed in the games room and you were asked not to leave your dog alone in the cottage, so not really dog friendly."

    Woman who seems to live in the adjacent Hayloft cottage masquerading as the owner was openly hostile towards dogs so this took the enjoyment away from our stay, would not recommend to dog owners.

    Reviewed by Ian3.8May 2023

  • "It’s a beautiful property but it could do with a deep clean."

    There was a lot of debris under the sofas and things like sweets and chocolate wrappers behind and under the beds

    Reviewed by Madeline3.4Apr 2023

  • "We had a great stay at the Dairy Barn and will definitely return!"

    Reviewed by Devereux4.7Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, lots of home touches, we really felt comfortable."

    The only drawback was the lack of hot water. We could only get enough water for 2 showers a day and both the emersion heaters were on all the time. The pool was wonderful but there was a LOT of green mould on the ground around the pool, the maintenance of the pool area seemed non existent.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We have fixed the problem with the immersion heater and the pool area has been refurbished. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dave4.4Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful property, with everything we needed."

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Nov 2022

  • "The holiday barn was fine, cosy and warm."

    TV programmes were limited as reception kept breaking up (no BBC channels). The leisure facilities however (swimming pool and games room) are badly in need of attention. Damp and fusty smell was a real issue.

    Thank you very much for your feedback - the pool area has now been fully refurbished. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Nov 2022

  • "The purpose for our stay was to have accommodation close to Thursford and the cottage was perfect for that."

    The show was fantastic. Disappointed to have to arrive when it is dark - the 5.00pm arrival in winter months is not good. It also makes the two night break very short, only one full day!

    Reviewed by Di4.7Nov 2022

  • "The swimming pool area needs major work done to it ."

    Mould on the walls and carpet around the pool

    Thank you for your feedback. We have passed on the comments to the pool management company and they have confirmed that they are working on making improvements to the area surrounding the pool. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2022

  • "We had a great time staying at the Dairy Barn, the highlight being the shared swimming pool which we could book for an hour each day to use privately, and the games room (available all day)."

    The new fitted kitchen with dishwasher was a great addition and the cottage very comfortable. We were staying in a very hot spell so the warm duvets where totally unnecessary although winter guests would probably appreciate them! Thank you for providing fans to keep us cool inside. The cottage was a good base for exploring the region - seaside and lots of nearby places of interest. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Celia4.1Aug 2022

  • "It is a cosy cottage with good facilities, especially the games room."

    It is very convenient for visiting local attractions. The double bed is quite hard and not terribly comfortable with a heavy and awkward duvet which didn’t quite fit into the faded and rather old cover. You need to be quite slim, fit or a child to fit into the other bedroom. A couple of downsides but overall a good place to stay.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7May 2022

  • "Had a totally wonderful time at Dairy farm, the boys loved the games room and swimming pool."

    The cottage was comfortable and well set out with lovely touches to make you feel at home.

    Reviewed by Stellios5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cosy all mods cons you need loved the swimming pool has not been modified so much feels warm and welcoming."

    Reviewed by June4.7Mar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at the Dairy Barn."

    The cottage was well equipped and toasty-warm for a cold October holiday. The kids loved the pool and games room too. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, pool, games room and outdoor space was brilliant."

    Reviewed by Katy4.7Aug 2021

  • "Holiday home was perfect for us with a toddler and baby."

    Swimming pool made it extra special and was used every day. Perfect distance from beaches and local attractions. Really good value for money.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Jun 2021

  • "When booking this cottage the representative I spoke to was exceptional."

    He was very helpful indeed. He also held the cottage for 24hrs for me to ensure my husband could get the time off. I rang back the next day to ask another question and that person was also very helpful. We went on holiday and had an amazing time, everything was perfect.

    Reviewed by Beverley4.4Oct 2020

  • "Barn & furniture {beds, settees, cooker, fridge etc."

    } were very clean. All appliances that you could need were provided & fully functional. All cleaning products were provided by the owners to enable coronavirus prevention. The site had a heated swimming pool & kitted out games room. Simple booking procedure for the pool - keys provided for access that should be labelled please. Wifi worked but no internet connection which stopped Netflix from working.

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Sep 2020

  • "A great little place for a small family."

    Home from home feel. A good base for visiting nearby places in a lovely part of the country. We have a second booking next April. Took an educated risk in booking for two separate dates last November, based on the very positive reviews. Looking forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Aug 2020

  • "A really lovely holiday cottage."

    Well stocked with lots of home essentials which was a really welcome touch. The games room & pool was fantastic and loved by my two boys. Lots of local information provided too which was really helpful. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Jul 2020

  • "The swimming pool and games room were both fantastic for our children."

    The pool was a great size and being shallow meant it was ideal for our children but it was also fun for adults too! The accommodation was beautiful - really cosy and we enjoyed playing some of the board games. Our children were thrilled to play Minecraft and Harry Potter Lego games on the Xbox and my wife enjoyed using the coffee machine! It was a beautiful location and we would definitely be keen to return.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Feb 2020

  • "Everything was there, tea, sugar, instant coffee, coffee maker, washing & washing liquid."

    Will return again.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Dec 2019

  • "Very comfortable happy holiday."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by J4.4Sep 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Games room
  • Utility.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, full size fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, shared washing machine and tumble dryer, TV, DVD player, a selection of books and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off-road parking in car park
  • Shared courtyard with furniture
  • On-site facilities include games room and indoor heated swimming pool open all year round shared with 6 other cottages on the complex (due to COVID this operates on a rota basis)
  • One well-behaved pet is welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.6 miles and pub 2.1 miles

The property

Fakenham 2.4 miles.

This superb barn was renovated from an 18th century dairy and is located within 7 acres of private grounds.

Situated in the pretty hamlet of Toftrees, Norfolk, and near the bustling town of Fakenham, this delightful cottage is the perfect country retreat for couples or small families.

Boasting an open-plan interior with fantastic period features such as the exposed wooden beams and feature brick walls throughout.

A place you can relax and unwind in front of the TV and take advantage of the provided DVD player and enjoy family movie nights.

With a spacious farmhouse style dining table, seating up to four people and makes for a wonderful social space.

Grab a book from the well-stocked bookcase and indulge in a lost literary classic.

The kitchen is amply-equipped with everything you could need for a weekend in the countryside.

The bedrooms have been tastefully furnished, with rustic pine furniture to compliment the exposed brick walls.

With a family bathroom housing a bath and shower over, so you can choose how best to prepare for your day.

Outside there is a shared courtyard area with a selections of furniture where you can sit out and enjoy the afternoon sun.

Also available is an on-site indoor swimming pool and games room with table tennis, pool tables and snooker tables - you won't want to leave!

Tempting though it might be to stay here, venture into the neighbouring towns and villages which boast wonderful tourist hot spots.

The village of Thursford, less than 10 miles away, is host to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, the largest Christmas show in the country!

Ideally located for exploring the Norfolk Coast Partnership, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 450 km² of coastal and agricultural land.

Explore the wonderful scenery, marshes and cliffs in the area, and visit the two nearby beaches for fun-filled family days out.

The Dairy Barn is ideal for a couple or small family to enjoy the hamlet and explore the local area.

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About the location


Norwich 25 miles; Holt 13 miles.

The historic market town of Fakenham is famous for its horse racing and offers a wide selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Situated on the River Wensum, half way between Norwich and Kings Lynn it is an excellent, central location for exploring Norfolk. The town holds a popular Thursday market which takes over most of the town centre with local traders and those from further afield selling a wide selection of goods. The town also plays host to a Farmers’ Market, monthly on the fourth Saturday of every month, ideal for stocking up on fresh local produce. Fakenham is a very attractive market town with pretty brick and flint-faced buildings, narrow alleyways and side streets to explore. Often referred to as the Gateway to Norfolk this town really does offer a perfect base for exploring this beautiful county. You are only a twenty minute drive from the coastal towns of Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham and Burham Overy where you will find miles of pine forests, sandy beaches, salt marshes, tidal creeks and great opportunities for birdwatching. There are some lovely areas of unspoilt countryside and villages and the Holkham Estate has a number of attractions and a fabulous deer park. With so many activities on offer, this area is a fantastic choice at any time of year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas