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Tawny Owl Barn

(Ref. 913977)

Shipdham near Dereham, Norfolk Show on map


  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We found the owners friendly and approachable."

    The apartment was very clean and comfortable, with everything you could need for a short break. The stabled horses, with paddocks and extensive grounds were very special. A warm welcome from the families two black Labrador's Ivy & Sid, along with roaming Deer, Hares and pheasants are something we will remember. Our Labrador Bailey, especially enjoyed the early morning walks, through the top field and woodlands. All in all, a venue we would be happy to recommend.

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had the most enjoyable and relaxing time would totally recommend ."

    If you want to just relax and have a rest in the most beautiful surroundings i would totally recommend . But it says broadband / WifI if your used to fast broadband this isn't but that's my only down side .. But other than that great place to stay ...

    Reviewed by Harry5.0May 2023

  • "A Lovely setting for lots of walks."

    Accomodation is as it says ....a studio all facilities in one room with a door to bathroom and lovely shower. closset has to double as a wardrobe. No problem if you dont bring a lot of clothes to hang up for your stay. Friendly couple who run the 20 acres. with beautiful horses stabled and two lovely dogs.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Sep 2022

  • "We had a superb week here our hosts were great and very helpful with lots of ..."

    We had a superb week here our hosts were great and very helpful with lots of hints and tips of were to go and what to see the property was spotless and very comfortable highly recommended and would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2022

  • "A very relaxing weekend stay."

    The hosts were most welcoming and take pride in their property which was clean, tidy, and well equipped. A lovely location which affords peace and quiet, and with plenty of wildlife around. We will certainly be looking to repeat the stay in the future.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Spotlessly clean and well equipped accommodation."

    Everything you need. Set in a beautiful location. So peaceful and relaxing. Very dog friendly. Super comfy bed and great wifi. Ideal base to explore Norfolk's beaches, city, forests etc. Accommodation is set in the most immaculate, well kept surroundings. Greeted by very welcoming owners. Nothing was too much trouble. Lovely to know they are on hand if you need anything but also very unintrusive. Would definitely recommend and will be returning for another relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Aug 2022

  • "Nice location."

    As soon as we arrived the owner came into the cottage with the a list of rules.He could have left them with us to read in our own time,but decided to go through each rule while standing there,emphasising as if we were children,he also said if we break the rules we will be sent packing !!.Good way to start your holiday !.Also said the gate will be locked at 10pm,so here's the code to open/close the gate.Also told strick rules in making sure all our rubbish,was to be separated.We are on holiday !.Disappointed only 1 3 drawer unit,no wardrobe,all clothes had to be left in suitcases.He also had the habit of just walking into the cottage without asking,we found this very intrusive.Would not return to this property.

    Reviewed by James2.5Jul 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend the barns."

    Exceptionally clean accommodation in private and peaceful surroundings with easy access to the the beautiful forest and coastal areas of North Norfolk.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jun 2022

  • "Just fabulous if you need to escape from everything this is the place for you I recently lost my mother so I just wanted to escape from everything!"

    ! These hosts are amazing and go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your break it’s so serene and peaceful waking up to the beautiful surroundings and wildlife are amazing and the owner’s beautiful horses and of course the beautiful Sid who will come and greet you every morning the dog who loves all dogs so dog friendly will definitely return it’s a 12 out of 10 for sure many thanks to you both for your hospitality Sharon and Pete xx

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent stay."

    The apartment has everything you need for a lovely peaceful holiday.Clean,tidy and comfortable.The owners were very helpful and easy to talk to.Sid the dog and the Labrador puppy were a joy.We would recommend this property. Mike and Julia

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2022

  • "Friendly and helpful hosts, lovely to meet Sid (the black lab) he was waiting for Poppy (our dog) most mornings."

    Very clean and comfortable accommodation.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is a lovely "studio" barn conversion."

    Equipped with everything you need, unless you plan to do gourmet cooking. The WiFi works, not always the case when out in the countryside, the bed is comfy (again not always so) and the small patio area ideal for breakfast or afternoon tea. Downsides, none of which are serious, but just so you know. The lane leading to the farm is narrow and twisty and one of the locals seem to be training for a rallying event. We met him once and afterwards Max (the owner) gave us advice on an alternative route out to the main road. The shower is not the best, but does the job, as it's an "instant heat" model not a mains power shower, but the cubicle is large and not one where you keep bashing your elbows. The lighting in the kitchen area is "subdued" and could do with at least one bright light. Max is a character, helpful and always on hand with friendly advice.

    Reviewed by John4.4Jul 2021

  • "Made to feel very welcome by the owners, lovely location, very relaxing."

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2021

  • "Owners were very friendly and helpful lovley very clean place and peaceful too"

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0May 2021

  • "Arrived to a warm welcome from the owners."

    Throughout the holiday it was nice to see the owners around the farm to give a friendly wave or a chat. We’ve stayed places where you are ignored. It was lovely to watch the horses training in the mornings come rain or shine and also to watch the herd of Sika deer explore the farm in the evening. The barn is warm and cosy with everything you could possibly need for your stay. This is a great location for exploring the area. An hour from the beach and half an hour from multiple walks at Thetford forest. We’d recommend the water gardens at Gooderstone for a tranquil walk.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2021

  • "We felt very relaxed in the cottage, the owners are a very welcoming couple."

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Oct 2020

  • "Lovely little Studio, very nice people and made welcome."

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4Oct 2020

  • "Just back from a weeks stay at the Tawny owl,highly recommended!"

    !!!! It,s in a beautiful location with easy access to see so much of Norfolk. The owners are lovely and always on hand to help if you need them for anything. The barns are done to perfection and of high standard,everything you will need is there for you,they have thought of everything which will make your stay even easier. A truly hidden gem!!!! We will definitely return as we just loved being there so peaceful and relaxing but especially to spend time again with the lovely Sid

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2020

  • "A very friendly couple with a wonderful cottage in a quiet country location."

    The cottage being easy to find,clean and having all the necessary modern facilities.

    Reviewed by Richard1.3Aug 2020

  • "Lovely farm but lots of flies due to horses , we really had a nice time there ..."

    Lovely farm but lots of flies due to horses , we really had a nice time there they just need a few extras like bigger breakfast dishes, pint glasses etc 9 out 10 relaxing clean tidy

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Aug 2020

  • "Lovely place and surroundings."

    Accommodation clean and comfortable and a safe,secure garden for my dog. Owners very friendly and helpful. Will definitely book again when visiting Norfolk as it's central and easy to get to the coast and places of interest.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2020

  • "Our landlord was extremely helpful and friendly he made us feel really welcome ."

    We loved seeing his wife's horses she was lovely. If you need peace and quiet on your holiday we recommend that you stay here nature is good here .our accommodation was so good and the bed was extremely comfortable. We can't fault this lovely place. And if you want to you can ride one of Andreas horses .

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2019

  • "What a fantastic place to stay, high class self catering accommodation at it's best."

    Max is a great host very friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. If your looking for peace and quiet in relaxing surroundings this is the place for you. Situated approx 1 km from the geographical centre of Norfolk no where is more than an hour away. We can thoroughly recommend a trip to the beach at Wells-next-the-sea followed a hot chocolate in the dog friendly beach cafe or fish and chips at either of the 2 fish and chip shops by the harbour. Tip don't park on the harbour, very expensive, park in the public car park about 200m away or down by the beach.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Oct 2019

  • "The friendly greeting and cleanliness of the property made this an exceptional weeks holiday"

    Reviewed by K5.0Sep 2019

  • "A lovely property which was spotlessly clean."

    Situated in a peaceful location.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely location great for visiting other places in Norfolk but equally so, enjoyable for a quiet and relaxing weekend, would definitely recommend to others, Max and Andrea very nice hosts, and the dog loved being able to sit outside in the patio garden and watch the sun go down too!"

    Had a very nice weekend.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2019

  • "Perfect place to relax, clean & tidy owners very friendly & helpful"

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2019

  • "Unfortunately our holiday was cut short by bad weather."

    Max the owner was a lovely guy who made us feel welcome . This property was the cleanest we have ever stayed in had the weather been better we would of been reluctant to leave . We would recommend Tawny owl barn to any one who wants a quiet restful holiday holiday.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.4Jun 2019

  • "This holiday exceeded our expectations by a long way."

    From the moment we arrived Max and his wife went the extra mile making us welcome, explaining everything we needed to know about our stay. Max’s advice on local issues we found very helpful. Overall we cannot praise and thank them enough for a fantastic break Kind regards Dave and Frances Tobutt

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Apr 2019

  • "This barn was perfect for our stay in Norfolk."

    Mr and Mrs Stanley are a charming couple who were very helpful and made our stay there most comfortable. The view from the barn is stunning and we loved to watch the wildlife from our bed in the morning. Their beautiful horses are amazing. In all ,a perfect location, great hosts and a place we will certainly be returning to. Paul and Terri Candler.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fantastic!! Beautifully presented with everything you could need"

    . Wonderful welcome from Max and exactly the peaceful place we wanted. Easy access to travel out and about if you wanted to or just sit and while the time away watching the horses during the day and bats over the garden at dusk. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2018

  • "First the owner was very nosey."

    the cooking facilities were very old and the oven did not heat up properly, he didn't want the dog to be in the garden when he had the horses out , once a week they have a clay pidgeon shooting from 6.30pm so says we should go to the pup for a few hours lucky for us it finished the week before but next door said when they went before they were not warned and it was terrible, one day when my husband went out and I was in with the dog he came knocking very hard on the door because he thought we had left the dog in on its own, he stated more than once to make sure we left it clean and tidy which I always do,does he want it spring cleaned for him when we arrived he made sure we read a list of rules not very welcoming. WOULD NOT GO AGAIN

    Many thanks for voicing your grievances regarding this property, unfortunately, due to the size of Sykes’ portfolio of properties, we can't visit every property on a weekly basis. That said, your words have given us cause for concern with our standards at this property and we are now investigating the matters raised. If you wish to discuss or elaborate more on the issues raised, please feel free to contact the Sykes office on the details below, quoting your booking reference number and any other information that may assist us in providing the best possible outcome and customer service. Our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul1.6Sep 2018

  • "A truly enjoyable holiday and the accommodation was excellent."

    The owners were friendly and very welcoming worth recommending

    Reviewed by Vidia5.0Aug 2018

  • "The accommodation we stayed in had the wow factor."

    It was clean and had everything we needed, and was tastefully decorated. There was also the novelty factor, us being townies, the barn was situated within the grounds of riding stables so we were able to watch their horses being put through their paces whilst having breakfast, how often do you see that? All in all a very enjoyable stay, and we would certainly go back and stay there again.

    Reviewed by Faith5.0Aug 2018

  • "The peace and tranquility of this location is beyond compare, our hosts were attentive friendly and helpful though not obtrusive."

    The accomodation was spick and span with modern in decor.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jul 2018

  • "Tawny owl barn was a fantastic place to stay."

    Well equipped & beautifully kept. We actually got to see an owl on one of the nights we stayed along with deer. The owners were very welcoming & friendly & nothing was to much trouble. We would highly recommend tawny owl cottage for a holiday. Thank you very much for a lovely week.

    Reviewed by Vic5.0Jul 2018

  • "Really nice place but owner a bit over friendly"

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2018

  • "Great Owners , made us feel very welcome , very quiet and peaceful ,"

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very friendly and approachable owner."

    The quiet surroundings gave us exactly what we were seeking. Very clean and homely interior with everything required to cook in the barn.

    Reviewed by Steven4.1Apr 2018

  • "Tawny Owl studio is lovely."

    If you want a very quiet and peaceful holiday this is ideal. The studio has everything you would need in a holiday let and is very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2017

  • "Max was very attentive,and his dogs were very friendly."

    The accommodation was comfortable. When they thought it was Friday and not Monday to Friday but it got sorted OK. Also it would be helpful to have a reading light in bedroom

    Reviewed by Barbara4.0Mar 2017

  • "A very warm welcome on arrival, and frequent (not intrusive ) visits to ensure we had everything we needed."

    The extremely comfortable bed made relaxing after a lot visiting in Norfolk and Essex a delight. Also the atmosphere was one of freedom and enjoyment.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2016

  • "Superb location and owners were great"

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Sep 2016

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  • Single-storey
  • Studio-style layout with king-size bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shower room with shower, basin, and WC
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer
  • TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel, and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private patio garden with furniture
  • One small well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles and pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: Dogs to be always kept on a lead when outside property
  • Note: No children under 18, inc. infants

The property

Discover this homely, studio-style barn conversion, Tawny Owl Barn burrowed on the outskirts of Shipdham, Norfolk which has been carefully renovated to offer a tranquil base for couples, or even friends, and one friendly pooch, to bask in the serenity of Norfolk.

Boasting single-storey accommodation in a studio-style and surrounded by pretty farmland, Tawny Owl Barn offers a well-equipped kitchen where the designated chef can whip up tasty meals to be enjoyed at the dining table, a plush sitting area with TV and a spacious king-size bed.

If you prefer to dine alfresco, step out onto a private patio and toast to a fantastic getaway over a bottle of bubbly.

When the evening draws to a close, freshen up in a sleek shower room and retire to a sumptuous bed to catch your rest ahead of another day of exploring the surrounding areas.

Tawny Owl Barn in Norfolk is a wonderful choice for a relaxed getaway with your loved one.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 913976, together sleeping up to four guests.

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About the location


Dereham 4 miles; Swaffham 7 miles; Thetford 19 miles; Norwich 23 miles.

Shipdham is a large village located in the heart of Norfolk, and is well placed for visiting all of Norfolk's many places of interest. There is a pretty village green surrounded by cottages, village stores, a Post Office and doctor's surgery, and the village also has a hairdresser, newsagent, fish and chip shop and two public houses serving food. The market town of Dereham, just 4 miles away, provides good shopping facilities, restaurants, cinema, swimming pool, tennis courts, ten pin bowling, children's indoor play centre, golfing and museums, whilst further afield lie Thetford Forest, Banham Zoo, Pensthorpe, several National Trust properties, the Norfolk Broads, Sandringham Estate and all of the beautiful scenic Norfolk coastline. With RSPB sites, Holkham Hall and the city of Norwich also close by, Shipdham is a great location, with something to keep everybody happy.

Note: This property does not accept guests under the age of 18, including infants.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas