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The Haybarn

(Ref. 4368)

Necton near Swaffham, Norfolk Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "The decor, furnishings and fittings of the cottage - the Hay Barn - could not have been to a higher, more tasteful standard."

    Parking was convenient to the cottage, which is set in beautifully maintained grounds, complete with stream running through gardens featuring a 'Japanese' footbridge. The surrounding area is tranquil, disturbed only by a low hum of traffic along the distant A47 and, in early evening, occasional overhead visitors from nearby RAF and USAF airbases. Our only regret is that we had booked for four nights. It should have been a lot longer to fully enjoy this delightful holiday rental and its wealth of attractions - zoo and Broads - just a short distance away.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Aug 2023

  • "It was a lovely cottage."

    Great location, very quiet and beautiful. Well looked after. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Rabiye5.0Mar 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay the property had most things we needed but perhaps 1 or 2 dishwasher tablets could have been provided."

    Comfortable furniture and beds and felt cosy we rarely had to use the heating. Kitchen well equipped, managed to use the washing machine but would have been helpful to have some simple instructions in the welcome pack. Did have a problem with working the shower but this was resolved quickly by the owner. To provide more privacy to the property when sitting on the veranda perhaps install a gate / fence by the 2 trees. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend.

    Reviewed by Cliff4.4Oct 2022

  • "We stayed for 3 nights."

    It was absolutely beautiful. The children enjoyed playing football on the grounds. The cottage itself was equipped with everything you need and was very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Nicky5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very peaceful beautiful surroundings well equipped cottage we loved our stay and hope to return soon"

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0May 2022

  • "The Haybarn was fine for a short stay but personally it would not have suited us for longer as the double bedroom is rather small with little room for 2 adults to occupy the space at the same time and the only hanging space was on the back of the door."

    We were also relieved not to have taken the dog with us in the end as she might have terrorised the friendly chickens who wandered freely around. The kitchen was well kitted out and a welcome pint of milk was waiting in the fridge. The owners are lovely and on site nearby.

    Reviewed by Vivienne3.4Mar 2022

  • "Listing didn't say was a complex of three holiday cottages one of them above us ..."

    Listing didn't say was a complex of three holiday cottages one of them above us where we could hear a lot of noise and banging from the moving around beds were poor lounge settees uncomfortable and in need of redecoration and also no control for heating as it was sweltering could be so much better

    Reviewed by Dave2.5Feb 2022

  • "A bit of a disappointment as I did not expect neighbours upstairs."

    The lack of heating controls was a bit of a problem too. But a lovely apartment, very comfy and clean. I would have preferred the main bedroom to be the larger, quieter room. Beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by Adrienne3.4Feb 2022

  • "We had initially took the cottage as we were house hunting but that proved fruitless."

    Only left a day earlier due to disappointing house hunting. Holiday property was beautiful. Beds so comfy. Summer time must be really great as you could have sat out for ages and probably have breakfast outside too. We felt comfortable from the outset. Even our dog settled straight away.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jan 2022

  • "Haybarn is a lovely warm accommodation, ideal for our cold, wet weeks stay Nov / Dec."

    It has a spacious open plan comfortable lounge, dining room and kitchen however the cooker is virtually unusable as all the markings on the facia of the cooker have worn off so you don’t know what control knob does what. The Lounge has an electric fire for extra heat, this is a fan assisted convector heater and the fan is quite noisy. Haybarn has a lovely shower room / toilet / wash basin. The shower has a large cubical with a wonderful shower. The twin bedroom is adequate with a wardrobe and hooks on the bedroom door for hanging clothes. The most disappointing room of the Haybarn was the double bedroom due to the lack of space having to walk sideways along the bed to get in and out of bed. There is NO wardrobe here, what was we assume would have been the wardrobe now houses the central heating boiler behind a locked door so you have no control over the central heating, the heating fires up and wakes you up at 6-45am. There is a chest of draws and only 3 hooks on the bedroom door for clothes hanging. As the chest of draws is quite large these could be removed and a wardrobe could be installed in its place As there was only my wife and I we were able to use the twin bedroom for dressing / clothes storage. I hope my comments above are looked upon as constructive but my main concern was having the central heating boiler in the bedroom, it might be perfectly safe but very annoying. I am aware that some things in my review have been mentioned in previous customer reviews, i.e. the problem with the cooker, and it’s disappointing that they have not been addressed.

    Reviewed by Alan3.4Nov 2021

  • "The barn was beautiful with everything you need provided."

    The gardens were well maintained, pretty and perfect if you have dogs with you. The host was friendly and on site. Peace and quiet in a fabulous location, just a perfect break away. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Nov 2021

  • "Had an amazing stay at the haybarn."

    It definitely exceeded my expectations and I would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Oct 2021

  • "A really enjoyable stay and a pleasant cottage and very helpful owner who lives on site."

    As the mobile phone signal was quite weak, a faster Wifi would have been usedul!

    Reviewed by Gary4.4Sep 2021

  • "Lack of storage for 4 people."

    Well equipped .Comfortable beds.Excellent shower .Lovely aspect over garden and covered verandah with table and chairs. Ample parking.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely setting no mention of accomodation upstairs double bedroom very cramped clothes need to be hung on door,wardrobe contains boiler."

    Cooker markings very poor.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Jun 2021

  • "We stayed a week at the Haybarn, we had been expecting a nice quiet stay as this 'let' is in the middle of nowhere."

    It turned out that the property we stayed in was the ground floor of a two story building, the first floor appears to have no sound proofing between the two floors, the hard flooring of upstairs magnified every sound. We were awoken each morning around 05.50hrs as the upstairs occupant got up and ready to go out, they would arrive home around 21.30 each night.(maybe supply them with a pair of slippers?) The main bedroom houses the water boiler in what once was the only wardrobe, so whenever the hot tap was run, the boiler fires up, I suspect that the boiler is also linked up to the upstairs accommodation as the boiler fired up at various times throughout the night. The accommodation is supposed to sleep four but there is only one tiny wardrobe and nowhere to store suitcases, the main bedroom is far too small for the double bed, we have bruises to prove how small the gap is between the bed and the radiator. There was only two of us, any more would have been a real squeeze. WiFi is rubbish, although not necessarily the owner's fault, as the signal to our phones was poor in that area owing to the remote location. A washing machine is supplied, but there did not appear to be anywhere to dry or air the washing. On a positive note, the shower was great and the water pressure good. Heating was good (once we had turned the radiators on). It was nice seeing (and hearing) the male pheasant on the lawn each morning.

    Reviewed by Sandra2.5Apr 2021

  • "A lovely peaceful getaway."

    Tranquil and lovely. Waking up to chickens & horses. Lovely clean and warm cottage. Very nice 100%

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the haybarn spotless clean and comfortable our dogs enjoyed it too lovely garden area for them to explore, only down side which is not the owners fault was going in October with the tractors making a right mess of the roads meaning you can't really go walking with our dogs I know there is an hose pipe to wash them down but its not much fun getting yourself caked up in mud as well as the dogs but thats only being picky."

    But cottage is wonderful maybe wrong time to go for us

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Oct 2020

  • "A delightful cottage once you get there."

    The gardens centred around the little stream, the added touch of nooks and crannies complete with garden furniture, the summer house with seating area out over the stream all gave a restful feel to the cottage. It was helped of course by the sunny week we experienced. The interior contained all you might want on holiday with plenty of space in the kitchen area to store groceries. I would suggest that the directions for getting there be updated as the garden centre referred to in guiding us to the correct road is no more and it would be helpful if it could be stressed that the lanes going to the cottage are single lanes with the occasional passing place. While all this added to the country experience it could be off putting for anyone not used to driving on such roads. Having said all that if it is a peaceful rest you want this would be hard to beat.

    Reviewed by Jill3.8Sep 2020

  • "The Haybarn is an absolute gem - a little slice of paradise in the heart of Norfolk."

    We arrived to a lovely warm welcome and were treated to a week of bliss - the trickle of the stream, the neighing of the horses, the clucks of the chickens and the odd fighter jet! Its central location means you can easily explore all that Norfolk has to offer and the verandah is the perfect place to relax after a busy day out. We couldn't recommend The Haybarn more highly!

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Aug 2020

  • "It wasn’t made clear in the advert that upstairs was a separate holiday let, which was very noisy when moving about and using utilities."

    May be a good idea to have fly screens on windows and doors to allow them to be opened when hot but not let in all the flies, midges and mosquitoes (of which there were many, especially in evening and at night)

    Reviewed by Neil4.1Aug 2020

  • "No mention on your website about upstairs is also used, noisy floorboards."

    As we were there a week, would have expected more than one used toilet roll between 3 people, also perhaps a Couple of black bin liners as only one in bin no spare. Apart from that very nice stay,but wouldn’t stay again as too remote.

    Reviewed by Doreen3.4Jul 2020

  • "Nice cossy cottage"

    Reviewed by Yves4.4Feb 2020

  • "La casa muy muy cómoda y se está muy agradable."

    Tiene todo lo que se necesita. Mucha paz y tranquilidad

    Reviewed by Maria Jose5.0Nov 2019

  • "Such a lovely place, the setting was beautiful."

    The owners were very pleasant and helpful. We really enjoyed our very relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a very lovely break at the Haybarn, very clean and comfortable, it is a bit remote but we knew that when booking."

    Lots of parking and dog friendly, we would go again and stay in another cottage where there was no-one staying above us, the owner Tony was welcoming friendiy and helpful. Overall a nice peaceful break. Carol SIDCUP, Kent

    Many thanks for this lovely feedback and we are glad you had a good break. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.4Oct 2019

  • "Perfect base for our short stay, The cottage is well laid out, very clean comfortable, The owner are very friendly and helpful, We would go again and recommend to family and friends."

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Oct 2019

  • "Overall a very good week."

    My only criticism being that I was glad I took notice of feed back left on TripAdvisor, take a spare toilet roll. I did mention this to the owner, he thought there should be two in the cupboard under the sink in the toilet area upon arrival. Needless to say the cupboard was bare. The Haybarn is set in a lovely peaceful area. If you want peace and quite, this is the place to go.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Sep 2019

  • "Everything was as we expected via the advertisement, we found the owners to be the most helpful and charming people you could wish to meet."

    All in all we had a most enjoyable and relaxing break and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2019

  • "Just a really nice place"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely and clean cottage, nice open plan living space, a very small double bedroom with larger twin room."

    Soft mattresses. Kitchen had most things, pots pans etc but nothing like oil, kitchen roll etc, so take your own. Only 1 toilet roll provided. Office sign said closed most of the time, not sure if someone would have answered if we rung. Lovely hot powerful shower, no bath. Worth noting this is not the only holiday cottage/apartment on site. The loft room above is rented, we had quiet neighbours above but it must have wooden floors, footsteps were very loud as were door handles. There is also a cottage opposite. So you're not alone when out in your pjs and coat weeing the dog! Lack of basic additional extras, for example, no soap or hand wash in bathroom. No toiletries. Heating only on Oct - April, only controllable by owners. A blanket would have been nice to take the edge off. Odd activities took place on the grounds, power washing cars at 8pm the first night, car mechanics with engines running and revving Saturday afternoon. Lovely stay but wasn't the peaceful solitary retreat we were hoping for.

    Reviewed by Laura3.4Apr 2019

  • "Cleanliness poor white dog fur over the floor and furniture, kitchen blind broken,fridge dirty,freezer compact with ice,dog nose smears on french door glass,tatty towels and bath matts with bleach stains and hard texture, bath tiles need cleaning meldue spots."

    Biggest thing of all we was misinformed that their was a first floor with other people in it very noisy it wasn’t stated clearly from your website as I have since found out through trip advisor other people have also complained about this .

    Many thanks for your feedback and we are sorry you were disappointed. While the website mentions that this property is below another, we will contact you further to discuss all your comments and also liaise with the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark1.9Mar 2019

  • "Haybarn is a lovely place, had everything you could ask for."

    Just a few things I think they need to look into. The Towels were a bit hard. ( sorry just being pickie) I had a heard job at seeing the controls on the cooker/Oven as they had worn out, could do about doing something about that. But in general a Beautiful holiday home

    Reviewed by Bridget4.4Mar 2019

  • "Great location and really lovely hosts."

    The cottage was well presented and very clean with everything you need, the only criticism was the double bed could be a little more comfy but nothing that should put you off.

    Reviewed by Jason4.7Mar 2019

  • "Very friendly owners, brilliant accommodation, will use again."

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage in a fantastic location,everything was provided,very highly recomend"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2018

  • "Lovely location."

    Very friendly owners. Everything we needed included in the property. Good rural setting for walks including pets. Will return.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Nov 2018

  • "It said there was WiFi but all week there was no internet."

    We infomed the owners but still didn't have internet all week.We heard other residents reporting it aswell.This meant we had a job to sort out days out using google maps for postcards. There was also a strong smell of fuel outside the haybarn from the tank outside.

    Reviewed by Ray4.4Aug 2018

  • "Lovely relaxing setting."

    Very nice hosts. Cosy and well equipped.

    Reviewed by John4.4Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage set in nice surroundings, quiet and very peaceful making it a relaxing holiday."

    I would recommended this cottage to anyone wanting a restful break, we will be going back.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Jul 2018

  • "The Haybarn is a perfect for a country holiday."

    Very Modern & clean with a fab walk in shower.! Lovely surroundings , we could see the horses in the field from our French doors Also a character Cockerel who loved to keep his 2 Chickens in order! Lovely to sit in a very pretty cottage garden with plenty of Mature trees in the Beautifully maintained grounds great for bird watching.. will certainly return ..

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Jun 2018

  • "The Haybarn was comfortable and clean, very helpful and friendly owner."

    Good location.

    Reviewed by Sandy5.0Jun 2018

  • "Had a great 3 night break over the Bank Holiday."

    Could not fault the cottage, it had everything you could possibly need and was clean and comfortable. Check in and out easy and owners very friendly.... Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage we stayed in was beautiful and could not find any fault."

    The owners were also very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Apr 2018

  • "This was a very friendly well kept cottage supplying everything needed beautiful setting spotlessly clean and comfy with."

    Plenty of information for local towns. Highly recommended Thank.you

    Reviewed by Alison4.8Jan 2018

  • "Property absolutely great but downside was the narrow lane to the property and the distance from Necton village (2 miles )."

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jan 2017

  • "I had an enjoyable stay, very peaceful away from hustle and bustle, the accommodation was all I asked for and very comfortable."

    My hosts were very friendly and assisted me on any queries I had. I will definitely be returning in the summer.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2016

  • "We had a fantastic early autumn break at The Haybarn."

    We received a very warm welcome from the owners on arrival. I was taken aback as to how beautiful the property was. Very tastefully decorated and immaculately clean. Massive kitchen with everything that I needed for my week away. It was great to have a lovely hot shower each morning too. The property is really "in the middle of nowhere". This was all very nice and it is why I picked the cottage in the first place, however it was a bit scary at times trying to walk two dogs along the country lanes trying to dodge local motorists who are obviously too familiar with the area. Thankfully the very nice owners allowed me to exercise my dogs in their garden and paddock, though as it is working farm my boys had to be on the lead at all times (but that did not phase them - they loved it just being in the countryside!!). We loved saying hello to the horses each morning, and my youngest dog was fascinated with the hens. We managed to get out most days, and visited various National Trust properties, spent a day in the Norfolk Broads and went on a boat with the pooches, and we also took a day out to Cambridgeshire to visit a National Trust property and an ancient Abbey. Thank you so much for allowing us to come and stay in your beautiful cottage. It was a brilliant holiday, and I would really hope to return again soon - possibly in the summer, when we could take advantage of sitting out on the veranda and watch the day go by, and seeing the local wildlife.

    Reviewed by Alison4.8Oct 2016

  • "Nothing comes to mind."

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.8Oct 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, radio/CD, WiFi, books/games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with furniture, unfenced stream and large pond, shared use of other garden areas, BBQ available
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome at £10 pppw (please bring own bedding)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pub with restaurant 2 miles
  • Note: Due to proximity of stream and pond, this cottage is not suitable for children under 8
  • Please ensure all children are supervised
  • Note: Due to horses, ducks and chickens, and close proximity of stream and pond, dogs must be kept on a lead
  • Note: This property has limited WiFi and is only suitable for Browsing not downloading
  • Please Note: This cottage is split into 2 properties with Ref 2059 - The Hayloft being above The Haybarn and next to Ref 3505 - Stable Cottage

The property

Necton 2 miles. A delightful two bedroom conversion of a hay barn, in the rural hamlet of West End near Necton.

This Necton cottage offers relaxing country living with modern amenities in a large open plan living area, featuring a kitchen, dining area and sitting area, and French doors opening into the garden, which has a running stream and a covered veranda, perfect for alfresco dining overlooking the pond.

A private bridge takes you to the shared gardens, where ducks and chickens roam freely and horses can be seen grazing in their paddocks.

This lovely Necton cottage is centrally located for exploring Norfolk, being within easy travelling distance of Thetford Forest, Snetterton raceway, RSPB nature reserves, NT properties, award-winning gardens and many sporting facilities.

A visit to Norfolk's wonderful coastline or the Norfolk Broads are not to be missed, or why not enjoy a day trip to Norwich, with two cathedrals, a castle, museums and excellent shopping?

A lovely Necton cottage for a romantic or relaxing break.

Note: This cottage is below Ref. 2059 and next to Ref. 3505, together they accommodate 13.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


  • Swaffham 5 miles
  • Dereham 6 miles
  • Norwich 22 miles

The thriving village of Necton is situated at the heart of Norfolk, between the market towns of Swaffham and Dereham, and hosts a welcoming pub with restaurant, a village store with butcher’s and a post office, whilst an impressive Norman church dominates the village and boasts a beautiful carved oak communion table dating back to 1086 and a wonderful Jacobean pulpit. Visit Bradenham Hall, a fine Georgian house with over 27 acres of beautiful gardens and arboretum, reputed to have been visited by Lord Nelson, or enjoy the infamous Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coastal Path, offering 93 tranquil miles of picturesque Norfolk countryside close by, great for walking, cycling and horse riding. The pretty market town of Dereham is just 6 miles away offering a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants and a local farmers' market every fortnight. Plenty to see and do in this lovely location.

Please note this property can only accept Friday check in over Christmas and New Year

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas