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Far Barn

Fakenham, Norfolk (Ref. 1005386)

4.6

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful spot."

    Wonderful stylish and quirky barn restoration. Very dog friendly. Well equipped house, particularly the kitchen. The only gripe was broken shower thermostat, so no ability to alter water temperature from hot. Look forward to returning to Far Barn.

    Reviewed by MARKJun 2022

  • "Lovely surroundings the cottage itself was clean and spacious."

    Nice to sit outside and not overlooked. The cottage was well equipped.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2022

  • "This was an amazing place,so relaxing and very well situated."

    We had an issue with the water but everyone was so helpful and it was out of everyone’s hands but Anglian water soon sorted it. The owner was very good at keeping us informed. Would definitely stay here again it had everything we wanted and more.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2022

  • "We enjoyed staying in Far Barn and we had a good break."

    It was very cozy and well equipped and we felt comfortable straight away. So happy I could bring my dog, she was as good as gold and had a fabulous time on her first ever holiday, she particularly liked watching the ducks and ducklings from the window. The garden was an excellent space. I have holidayed in the UK for the last 25 years staying in holiday cottages so I have a lot to compare it with! Apart from a few very tiny niggles, I am happy to say it was excellent and would definitely recommend, Norfolk is beautiful. Thank you :)

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2022

  • "Thank you so much for housing my family especially for the 2 extra nights."

    I ended up having the baby 4 weeks early on the Wednesday very early morning! But when we arrived at the property I said to my husband this is the most relaxed I’ve been in weeks… obviously I got a bit too relaxed

    Reviewed by GeorgieApr 2022

  • "Having read a previously bad report , we embarked on our holiday with apprehension equipped with rubber gloves and cleaner , expecting little of Far Barn."

    How delighted we were on our arrival to find a property surpassed our expectations. It was spotlessly clean and well maintained, it ticked all our boxes. Tea, coffer etc to put you on while you unpack, plenty of draw space. An abundance of games for children. Wifi can be a bit hit and miss but not a big problem. What you see on the booking site is what you get and more. Far barn is well placed for sightseeing in every direction. Well placed for supermarkets and petrol . We didn’t realise Sandringham issues a limited amount of tickets and has to be booked well in advance. Having said that we had a lovely lunch at Sandringham restaurant on the estate, not overpriced like the gift shop. Check out the Aviator for excellent food and delightful decor, on the doorstep. We call at Sculthorp Mill but found it too expensive to eat on a normal Monday. Pensthorp Natural park and tea room is a delight like a secret garden. Fakenham garden Center as a nice tearoom and good food. I would eagerly recommend Far Barn, it helped to make a memorable experience and a great holiday.

    Reviewed by CynthiaMar 2022

  • "Beautiful location ."

    Dog safe garden, loved the ducks and bunnies , nice welcome pack and the dog was included as well , thank you , barn was stunning , everything you would need , really good quality appliances , the oven temperatures have been washed off the oven , sufficient cutlery and cooking equipment as well. We really enjoyed our stay and will be back again for sure .

    Reviewed by MichelleMar 2022

  • "The cottage was disappointing and the owners attitude to cleanliness poor."

    I had to clean the fridge before putting in any shopping. The making of the beds was slipshod and simple things like doing up the buttons on the duvert cover not done. The open bath/toilet arrangement on the mezzanine bedroom had no effective ventilation so smells and steam stayed in the eaves and wafted down to the ground floor. The main bed on the ground floor was very uncomfortable and bits of the bedstead where missing. The kitchen area was not particularly clean and we refrained from using the oven. The owner did not respect our privacy and contractors were booked to be on site for 2 days without our knowledge - seeing someone in the garden at 8.30am is very surprising to say the least. They left when challenged. We wont be going back.

    In regards to the feedback left following your stay at Far Barn we feel a response is necessary. We made you aware of the storm damage to the fence before your stay, and offered to provide a full refund if you decided you did not want to continue with the holiday. At this point we communicated that this would be fixed during your stay. We were not made aware of any cleanliness issues whilst you were at Far Barn, if we had have been told there were issues we would have acted on these immediately. As you can see from our recent feedback cleanliness has not been an issue and we have received top scores for cleanliness from the last few reviews. There have also been no other complaints regarding the comfort of the beds, and feel this is a personal issue, we will of course monitor future feedback relating to this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhilippaFeb 2022

  • "Great place - this was our second trip and we have booked another stay for later in the year"

    Reviewed by TimDec 2021

  • "Two adults and two teenagers spent 3 nights here at the end of December 2021."

    To sum it up we had the BEST time. The property was absolutely stunning. Everything was spot on from the decor, cleanliness, location, facilities and the welcome pack on arrival along with a Christmas tree was such a lovely gesture. The location was fantastic. We saw the Thursford light show, went to Wells and the beach there, Norwich Cathedral was stunning and we had a few movie and game nights. Feeding the ducks made us smile. They were so funny. We may have fed them once out of the window before we read the whole sign.

    Reviewed by BrianDec 2021

  • "The bed on the mezzanine floor is immediately adjacent to the toilet with no separation apart from a small half screen which needs to be moved to get into bed- Not an ideal arrangement!"

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2021

  • "Far Barn is a well equipped accommodation, having everything we needed for the holiday"

    Reviewed by StephenOct 2021

  • "We stayed at this lovely barn over the October half term."

    Great location, felt very central to all that we wanted to visit. The barn itself is lovely, very cosy with the fire going but if that’s too much effort the radiators are very efficient. The furniture and fittings all good quality. The only thing that let this property down was the cleanliness. We had to clean from top to bottom, , kitchen bathroom and bedrooms. I fully understand that the ceilings are extremely high and difficult to reach so I will let those cobwebs pass, but hanging from the pictures on the walls, easily reached. The fridge and cutlery drawers we full of marks and bits of food. Stained bedsheets, not acceptable. We left the barn cleaner than we arrived. That said, I would stay again, for the location. Sculthorpe is a lovely village the the pub was served us some lovely food.

    Reviewed by BarryOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely time in a well appointed converted barn in a quiet backwater of Norfolk."

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2021

  • "Very enjoyable stay at Far Barn, lovely barn and garden."

    We found the upstairs bedroom very dark and chose to use the downstairs double. The disappointment was the bed. We are used to a queen bed with a firm mattress and we use a summer light weight duvet. The mattress was soft, the pillows and duvet were lumpy and very heavy so we id not sleep very well at all. This did not spoil our holiday but made us think about taking our own beddding in future!

    Reviewed by LesleySep 2021

  • "Far Barn is a great place to stay."

    Its tranquil and secluded surroundings/ location make it ideal for a peaceful and restful break. We thought the property was lovely and have booked to stay there again.

    Reviewed by TimJul 2021

  • "Just think you should be aware if weather not good and especially at Christmas there would not be enough comfortable seating for six people the two settees do not seat six ,we had lovely weather so was not inside other than that it was a really lovely barn and would recommend it ."

    The Panton Family

    Reviewed by EdnaJul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday."

    The cottage was amazing with all appliances top end spec. Situated in a tranquil area it was lovely feeding the ducks daily and then going on outings. Norwich was in particular a surprise. We loved it. Would highly recommend staying in this cottage.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2021

  • "This is a beautiful barn conversion, very tastefully done to a high standard."

    It’s a very spacious, well thought out conversion with some nice little touches to make it feel like home. Certain pieces of furniture are looking a bit ‘tired’, probably only to be expected when you have so many different guests staying. For example the dining chair coverings have all been chewed by a dog I presume?? However, the cleanliness is certainly not up to standard. It isn’t even the standard you would expect pre COVID, let alone now when it is meant to be super clean!! The oven was filthy, the freezer was dirty, there was dust & muck everywhere, under all the units, behind the TV, even old dog treats covered in hair under the unit in the bunk bedroom. The beams in the room haven’t been cleaned for months, not just weeks, the dust up there glistens like silver it’s so thick. This property should have been deep cleaned before anyone was even allowed to stay. I left a note for the cleaner & have taken photos for proof. Beautiful place to stay, great fun feeding the ducks every day & watching the rabbits playing outside. The garden is completely enclosed so is safe for children or dogs.

    Reviewed by TracyJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting ."

    Unfortunately the shower kept flooding the bathroom floor . I contacted the owners who said they would fix this problem .

    Reviewed by DianeJun 2021

  • "Loved Far Barn."

    A light and spacious property with lovely views of the duck pond. We loved feeding the ducks & ducklings every day. It is very well placed for all the North Norfolk beaches too.

    Reviewed by SharonMay 2021

  • "The barn is beautiful, with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere."

    The garden is a quiet sunny and private haven, very safe for young children and dogs. There are lots of toys and activities for children, both in the house and for the beach. The position is excellent, away from town but very close for facilities and drives to the gorgeous coastal and country villages.

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2021

  • "Far Barn is tranquil and beautiful in a perfect location."

    Reviewed by KennethApr 2021

  • "Lovely holiday rental."

    Comfortable and charming. Especially for the children. We have three aged 10, 8 and 8 and they just loved this place. The beautiful bunk bed room with toys and books, but most of all feeding the ducks from the window. There were hoards or fresh little ducklings when we were there. Throngs of tiny birds coming to the window and in the evening lots of baby bunnies. They thought it was magical. We would love to come again for a norfolk weekend. The place needs a few new pans for the kitchen as the ones there are not flat on the bottom and aren’t very usable on the hob. Apart from that 10/10 stay. Thank you

    Reviewed by TamsinApr 2021

  • "Far barns location was lovely with the duck pond & all the ducklings."

    I looked forward to feeding them each day. The location was also central to where we wanted to visit. Far barn was comfortable but needed a little tlc in places.

    Reviewed by GillApr 2021

  • "It was a lovely place with everything we needed ."

    Reviewed by Helen JaneApr 2021

  • "Has everything you need , the owners are extremely thoughtful (thankyou so much for the welcome hamper x) perfect place to stay with so many things to enjoy in the area !"

    ! Would recommend 100%

    Reviewed by LouiseSep 2020

  • "The converted barn was clean and mainly well appointed."

    To make it even better the following things could be added: somewhere to hang clothes in the upstairs sleeping section; a washing line of some sort in the garden; access to a vacuum cleaner; somewhere to store non refrigerated food.

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2020

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Appreciated the welcoming bottle of wine . The children very much enjoyed the toys a d games which were good for a range of ages as were the books.

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2020

  • "This place is a little gem, we loved it."

    The duck pond really made our week , with some really funny characters. The place is filled with quality furnishings and everything you need. Easy access to shops, beaches we had some great days out with a maximum of 40 mins drive

    Reviewed by DeniseJul 2020

  • "This barn is superbly decorated, is comfortable and homely."

    We really enjoyed its rural location- out of season there was plenty to do. Dogs and people alike- we loved staying here! Thank you

    Reviewed by TraceyMar 2020

  • "Perfect"

    Reviewed by DanielFeb 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, very clean and has everything you could need."

    Lots to do near by. Will book again.

    Reviewed by OliverFeb 2020

  • "Far Barn is an absolute delight to stay in, really spacious living/kitchen area overlooking a lovely duckpond ."

    .. great log burner, nice roomy bedrooms absolutely everything we could’ve wanted for our winter break and the dog loved it too !

    Reviewed by SilvaDec 2019

  • "Had a wonderful family weekend ."

    Far barn was lovely met all our expectations . A few lightbulbs missing . Would totally recommend to family and friends and will defo be back . Thankyou x

    Reviewed by MichelleDec 2019

  • "Cottage is pretty but impractical, cupboards already full so only place to put food was under the sink, master bedroom, no where to hang clothing, bath too big to bother filling, so having to use shower downstairs to go back up, to then have no where to dry towels, poor lighting and mirrors so again back downstairs to complete hair and makeup, no power socket upstairs."

    Main light lightbulb no kitchen, the same in kitchen, was able to write hello in dust upstairs and full of cobwebs. Could be a good cottage with tweaks and attention to detail but currently overpriced and not value for money

    Reviewed by HayleighNov 2019

  • "We were soooo pleased with the wonderful layout of this very lovely cottage."

    Everything you would need was found in this cottage, great. Would rent again if in or near this area in Norfolk.

    Reviewed by MaureenNov 2019

  • "Excellent holiday cottage in a superb location."

    Comfortable, warm and equipped with all that you could possibly need. Will return.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2019

  • "The cottage was brilliant - precisely as described on the website."

    It is well-situated for a range of coastal towns and resorts, and Norwich is readily accessible. The owners clearly taken great care to ensure that guests have plenty of information about the local area, and to make available a wide range of facilities for outdoor and indoor pursuits. The welcome pack on arrival - including providing a pint of fresh milk in the fridge as well as doggie treats - was a really thoughtful touch. Our two Dalmatians, Max and Paddy, had a great time as well - especially enjoying the huge field at the rear of the property and the enclosed garden area.

    Reviewed by GeoffreySep 2019

  • "Far barn was an amazing place to stay, it was stunning!"

    Everything was just perfect. The owners had thought of everything to make our stay comfortable, the décor was superb and well thought out with lots of interesting architecture and old beams to look at and admire. The kitchen was well equipped as were all the splendid rooms. The pond just outside was very pretty with lots of ducks swimming in it, there was even a container of bird food to feed them from the window which was fun. We loved our time staying at Far Barn and we would definitely recommend it. Thank you so much! Kind regards, The Hester's

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2019

  • "Unfortunately we were issued the wrong key code so could not get in,however a phone call and a helpful neighbour rectified this."

    Once in we thought the property lovely and really enjoyed our short break Perhaps replace chipped crockery and some new pillows would help. Otherwise great.

    Reviewed by JoannaSep 2019

  • "We stayed at Far barn (4 adults and 1 infant) for a long weekend and it was absolutely beautiful."

    The barn was stunning and very well equipped with everything we needed. There was a lovely little welcome package on arrival which was a very sweet touch. We will definitely be visiting again!!!!!

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2019

  • "Everything was fantastic and the facilities were amazing."

    Nothing had been missed, even down to beach equipment being provided. We will definitely return. The only negative was when we arrived at the property, the code that we had been given to get the key didnt work - we tried for ages, and so we had to call the owner who told us that the code had been changed. It was fine, but I wouldnt have been happy if it was raining as we would have got soaked.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage which was very well equipped ad comfortable."

    Having the ducks to feed was a great thing for the kids. Location was in a great place but unfortunately nothing really within walking distance. Lovely pub a short drive away and Wells was very easy to get to. Would definitely go back

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2019

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Summary

  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x ground floor adult bunks, 1 x mezzanine double with en-suite bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor wet room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with wood burning stove and electric fire
  • Electric range cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV, DVD player, Playstation, WiFi and hairdryer
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Lockable bike shed
  • Enclosed garden with decking area, BBQ and patio furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £125 for this property

The property

Located on the outskirts of Fakenham market town, with the cultural city of Norwich in striking distance, Far Barn is a Grade 2 listed former Hay Barn which has been beautifully converted allowing couples and families with or without your canine friends to explore North Norfolk.

Tucked away down a quiet village road, Far Barn over looks a Green enclosing a large pond which is teaming with ducks, rabbits and wildlife.

Accessed via the main country roads, this attractive property sits at the end of a private driveway, with its very own enclosed garden and off-road parking space.

You will be welcomed into the open-plan living room, which oozes character and has plenty of space for enjoying your down time.

Scrumptious meals can be prepared in the kitchen, before you all get together around the dining table and chat about times gone by, as you enjoy the views out over the pond.

There is an electric woodburner-effect stove in the sitting area, pleasantly taking the chill of a cool winter's night as you relax and discuss further plans for the rest of your trip.

When the night draws in, choose to retire to bed upstairs where you will find the master, mezzanine double bedroom resting under the eaves, with a roll-top bath tub, basin and WC behind a screen, giving you some added privacy.

Alternatively either the bunk room or the double, both located on the ground level and accompanied by a wet room, which has a large walk-in shower cubicle. To the outside, your private enclosed garden awaits, allowing the children to play safely while you prepare a meal to have alfresco-style on the patio or even barbeque on the decking whilst enjoying the summer evenings.

This is a superb location with lots of attractions nearby, including the Pensthorpe Natural Park, Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve and the whole of the Norfolk coast AONB.

Fakenham town centre has a plethora of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a Farmers' Market and interesting side streets to explore.

You are also only eight miles from the village of Thursford, where the annual Christmas Spectacular regularly draws audiences throughout November and December.

Just on the doorstep of this property is Fakenham Golf Club, this 9 hole par71 course playing back equalling 18 holes is perfectly situated because of its coupling with the racecourse and sports centre.

North Norfolk is renowned for its spectacular coastline, with miles of glorious beaches, seaside communities and a beautiful hinterland of rolling countryside and picturesque market towns and villages.

North Norfolk must be the birdwatching capital of the UK and is blessed with a multitude of bird watching areas with diverse habitat that includes reedbeds, saltmarches and fresh water lagoons, and you can even take a boat trip if your feeling a little more adventurous to see our seal colony at Blakeney Point.

A must visit location with plenty to do for couples, families and children.

Ideally located just 10 minutes from the coast in the rural village of Sculthorpe Far Barn is just minutes away from both Fakenham and Burnham Market.

The cultural city of Norwich is less than 40 minutes away with easy access to Cromer to visit the historic Pier, Sandringham for a Royal visit or Holkham Hall where families can cycle, picnic and enjoy the stunning grounds.

Wells-Next-the-Sea homes a beautiful blue flag beach, voted one the best beaches in Britain to paddle in the sea, build sand castles and see the characterful beach huts.

Wide sandy beaches offer extensive bird watching panorama across The Wash.

This is a superb cottage for a varied holiday in Norfolk.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £125.

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About the location

FAKENHAM

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.

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Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £125 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas