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Tawny Owl Barn

Shipdham near Dereham, Norfolk (Ref. 913977)


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "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 LorraineJul 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 JohnJul 2021

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

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2021

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

    Reviewed by TracyMay 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 HelenApr 2021

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

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2020

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

    Reviewed by PatriciaOct 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 MichelleSep 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 RichardAug 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 MarkAug 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 ChristineJul 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 SusanDec 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 KevinOct 2019

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

    Reviewed by KSep 2019

  • "A lovely property which was spotlessly clean."

    Situated in a peaceful location.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 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 JulieJul 2019

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

    Reviewed by SandraJun 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 JackieJun 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 DaveApr 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 TeresaApr 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 SimonSep 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 PaulSep 2018

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

    The owners were friendly and very welcoming worth recommending

    Reviewed by VidiaAug 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 FaithAug 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 RobertJul 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 VicJul 2018

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

    Reviewed by VictoriaJul 2018

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

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 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 StevenApr 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 JoanneAug 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 BarbaraMar 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 AlanNov 2016

  • "Superb location and owners were great"

    Reviewed by GavinSep 2016

  • "Tawny Owl Barn is an excellent accommodation, with a very knowledgeable owner this made for a relaxing holiday."

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2016

  • "It was very relaxing, and the owners were available if needed."

    This was our first holiday away with our dog and the owners gave us some good ideas of where to take the dog for long walks and dog friendly pub/restaurant in the area. It is high quality accommodation with lots of extras to make you feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2016

  • "The owners were very welcoming."

    The property is well looked after and decorated really nice. The location was perfect for peace and quiet and for travelling around Norfolk. We will definitely recommend the property and Sykes Cottages.

    Reviewed by RachelMay 2016

  • "The cottage was cosy and very well equipped, it made the most of the space and the bathroom and shower were surprisingly generous in size too."

    The surroundings were stunning; at night seeing a blanket of stars and hearing just an owl in the distance is my perfect idea of getting back to basics. The owners were friendly, approachable and keen to offer tips and recommendations on the trip too.

    Reviewed by KerriMay 2016

  • "Beautiful accommodation and surroundings."

    It was very central location for our requirements and the owners were very nice and helpful. All I can say is that we will return. Excellent, 10 out 10.

    Reviewed by AndySep 2015

  • "The barn conversion was very tastefully renovated, the owners were really nice and made us very welcome."

    We would defiantly go back.

    Reviewed by BarbaraAug 2015

  • "The location was ideal; quiet & peaceful."

    The quality of the holiday home was excellent.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2015

  • "The peace and quiet and the views from the barn were lovely."

    The barn itself was a beautiful place to stay and relax - it is perfect for a peaceful getaway.

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2015

  • "Tawny Owl Barn was a quiet and amazing place to stay and the owners were truly wonderful people."

    Reviewed by Michael JApr 2015

  • "Loved the quiet location on a stable with views over fields."

    There were horses to stroke and a great field to walk our doggie. Had friendly hosts and an owl to listen to at night from the tree outside the barn. Very comfy bed in a delightful bijou accommodation.

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2015

  • "Very clean, comfortable and well appointed, we had a wonderful time."

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2015

  • "The fenced in garden was perfect for our dog and the owners had thought to put a Christmas tree up which was a lovely touch."

    They supplied tea, coffee, sugar and little extras like cooking oil, foil and kitchen roll. The studio was lovely, warm and cosy.

    Reviewed by KathleenDec 2014

  • "A beautiful spot surrounded by wildlife & horses, a very peaceful setting."

    The owners were very friendly and kept a low profile but were there if you needed help or information. The Barns were excellent conversions, well fitted out and furnished.

    Reviewed by CaroleOct 2014

  • "A very high standard of décor at Tawny Owl Barn and attention to detail."

    Fabulously comfortable bed, the peaceful & relaxing location, sitting in the garden at twilight listening to the owls and looking at the stars. The perfect central location for exploring Norfolk, and not forgetting the owners who were very friendly and helpful without being intrusive.

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2014

  • "The owners of Tawny Owl were magnificent, kind and had time for us."

    We would love to return and we will certainly tell everyone about this lovely place.

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2014

  • "An excellent studio accommodation for couples."

    Very peaceful location with no artificial light seen at night from the garden. Very welcoming host.

    Reviewed by LizAug 2014

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Shipdham 1.5 miles. Set in a peaceful, rural location, along a quiet track, on the owner's equestrian farm, these two identical studio cottages near Shipdam have been converted from traditional cattle barn buildings, and finished to an extremely high standard to offer luxurious holiday accommodation, perfect for couples. The modern accommodation at these two Shipdam cottages is well balanced with the character atmosphere created by the traditional features, with exposed beams set high into the vaulted ceilings. Each offers an airy, open studio-style accommodation, whilst outside, both boast a private patio garden with furniture, where you can while away the hours taking in the superb rural views, enjoying a good book or an alfresco feast after a busy day touring the area. Situated in the heart of Norfolk’s pretty countryside, these Shipdham cottages each provide an ideal base for a quiet hideaway holiday, yet have the advantage of being within easy driving distance of a range of attractions. Thetford Forest is the perfect place for outdoor activities, with charming woodland walks, wonderful mountain biking opportunities and a high wire course to tempt the adventurous. Shipdham is one of the largest villages in Norfolk and offers a range of local services including a village shop and pub, whilst the cultural hub of East Anglia, Norwich is also within reach, where you will discover its beautiful old cobbled streets dotted with theatres, galleries, museums, as well as many pretty parks and gardens. Providing a tranquil base to return to at the end of each day, these two Shipdam cottages can be booked together with friends, or separately to enjoy a peaceful, romantic rural getaway.

The property

This welcoming studio-style barn conversion, set on the outskirts of Shipdham, has been carefully renovated to offer excellent holiday accommodation for couples looking for a quiet break away.

Surrounded by horse paddocks and pretty farmland, this Norfolk cottage is set over the ground floor level with an open plan living area with a comfy king-size bed, and patio doors leading to a sunny patio garden, the ideal spot for relaxing with your loved one long into the evening.

This lovely studio cottage in Norfolk is a wonderful choice for a relaxed getaway.

Note: This property sits next to Ref. 913976, together they sleep 4.


  • All ground floor
  • Studio accommodation 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, 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 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Note: Dogs to be kept on a lead at all times when outside property
  • Note: No children under 18, inc. infants

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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.

Region Information

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
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