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Orchard Barn

Diss, Norfolk (Ref. 1067302)



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  • “We have just had 2 weeks in this fabulous converted barn.”


    It was absolutely fantastic! Everything was spotlessly clean, and so very well equipped. A real ‘home from home’ It was cosy, and warm, and comfortable , and so inviting. Everything was equipped to a very high standard. There was a patio area, with table and chairs to enjoy the sunshine. It was also very quiet and peaceful to watch the wildlife. A perfect stay! The owner has thought of everything. A Super host. The barn was good for site seeing the area as Diss was 5 miles away. The A140 was easily reached for trips further afield. In all, a fabulous place to stay. Highly recommend Orchard Barn, Gissing, Diss.

    - Elizabeth Ann, September 2021

The property

Settled amidst the big skies of the Norfolk countryside, not far from the Norfolk/Suffolk border, is this wonderful and romantic getaway, Orchard Barn, a converted cart shed nestled on the outskirts of the village of Gissing.

Sleeping two guests in one double bedroom, Orchard Barn enjoys a lovely setting surrounded by a large paddock and small orchard, within easy reach of the market towns of Diss and Harleston and lots of countryside walks.

Step inside this single-storey dwelling to find a charming open-plan living space featuring rustic beams and a lofty ceiling, with a sofa to relax on, or to watch TV, and a dining area to accommodate a romantic meal for two.

Discover a sleek kitchen space offering a host of integrated appliances including a dishwasher, electric oven and microwave.

A fully-equipped office is available if work beckons.

A lovely double bedroom is where you can rest at night to wake up ready for the day's adventures ahead, with a fitted mirrored wardrobe and a TV in here too.

In the adjacent shower room, you can enjoy a refreshing shower in the walk-in enclosure.

A spacious garden area surrounds the property, with a small orchard affording the property its name along with a large hedged and tree-lined paddock and a gravelled area with seating for alfresco dining.

Discover the beauty of the Norfolk countryside with your nearest and dearest from Orchard Barn, exploring the charming network of green lanes and footpaths on your doorstep.

The small village of Gissing is home to The Crown Inn, with its friendly atmosphere, serving good food and local Adnams beers, the pub overlooks the Saxon round-towered church, noted for its wonderful double hammer-beam angel roof.

Pulham Market, a village 4.7 miles away, offers two pubs also serving food, a general store, and quaint thatched houses and historic buildings scattered around a village green, just 4 miles beyond Pulham Market is the delightful market town of Harleston offering a good selection of individual shops, delis, eateries, large antiques emporium and, for wine and beer connoisseurs, an Adnams shop.

The nearby market town of Diss is home to the Heritage Triangle where you will find The Corn Hall, a vibrant thriving venue offering a wide range of quality arts, entertainment and heritage, and nearby courtyards where an unusual array of individual shops and restaurants are waiting to be explored, Diss is centred around the Mere, a deep lake, and the adjoining town park provides a lovely setting for picnics or a stroll over the water along the floating boardwalk.

The peaceful Norfolk Broads, and lesser-known Suffolk Broads, are calm, shallow reed-fringed broads, or lakes, interlinked by a series of waterways, make for an exquisite place to explore our native flora and fauna, highly recommended are the little-known Wheatfen Broad, once home to the esteemed naturalist, the late Ted Ellis, and habitat today for the rare Swallow-tailed Butterfly, and the Redgrave and Lopham Fen, the largest valley fen in England, renowned for its Great Raft Spiders.

For keen walkers, Bouddica Way beckons.

Named after the legendary Warrior and Queen of the Iceni whose tribes once inhabited the area, the nearby Bouddica Way runs for approximately 36 miles between Norwich and Diss.

Enjoy visiting the animals at the nearby Banham Zoo where the parkland is home to up to two thousand animals from around the world.

The Earsham Wetland Centre, just outside Bungay, is home to a collection of native wildlife and rare breed farm animals and is great for those interested in conservation and scenic walks.

Bressingham Steam and Gardens is home to a unique attraction of antique steam trains and steamrollers alongside luscious gardens making an interesting and enjoyable outing.

The counties of Norfolk and Suffolk both offer wonderful interesting coastlines, many with sandy beaches, alternatively, why not take a leisurely drive through the luscious green countryside stopping off at one of the many interesting quaint market towns for a browse around independent shops, a spot of lunch or afternoon tea.

And last, but not least, don’t forget to spend a day in the city of Norwich which has so much to offer, including a wealth of historic buildings, fine shopping and modern architecture.


  • All-ground-floor property
  • One double bedroom with TV
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Office with desk, printer and Wi-Fi
  • Underfloor gas-fired heating throughout
  • Electric fan oven/grill, ceramic hob, microwave, filter coffee maker, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • The property offers a dedicated area of hardstanding for holidaymakers’ use, located in front of the pedestrian entrance gate and alongside the public highway, Common Road
  • At just over 4 meters wide and over 6 meters long, the area of hardstanding is suitable for most private vehicles
  • Gravelled area with seating, paddock and small newly planted orchard
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • General store 4.7 miles, village pub 1.1 miles, Diss 5.6 miles, Norwich 19 miles

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £175.

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About the location


Bury St. Edmunds 22 miles; Norwich 23 miles.

Diss is a popular rural market town in the south of Norfolk, where its buildings offer examples of gothic architecture, and an insight of the towns past life can be found within the local museum. The market place is the hub of the town, which is overlooked by its beautiful 13th century church. At the bottom of the town is Diss Mere, a 6-acre lake with a fountain that runs all day, along with its adjacent park where you can relax while watching the world pass you by, making this a truly idyllic location. Diss has narrow winding streets with secret little courtyards, and a high street offering an array of small shops and tea rooms. On Friday the high street is home to the weekly market and to the edge of town a weekly auction is held in the local salesrooms. To the other side edge of Diss you will find its 18 hole golf course. Walkers can explore the Boudica Way, a wonderful 40 mile walk from Diss to the medieval city of Norwich. Approximately 2 miles from Diss is Bressingham, with its Steam Museum,17 acres of beautiful gardens, garden centre, restaurant, and the Dad’s Army collection where you can wander through Walmington-on-Sea with its original props and vehicles from the TV series. Other local attractions include Banham Zoo, the 100th Bomb Group Museum, along with the many attractions and amenities to be found in the cathedral city of Norwich.

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Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £175 for this property.

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