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The Haybarn

Necton near Swaffham, Norfolk (Ref. 4368)


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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74 Customer Reviews

  • "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 JuliaNov 2021

  • "Had an amazing stay at the haybarn."

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

    Reviewed by KatyOct 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 GarySep 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 JuliaJul 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 ChristineJun 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 SandraApr 2021

  • "A lovely peaceful getaway."

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

    Reviewed by KarenOct 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 LynneOct 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 JillSep 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 GaryAug 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 NeilAug 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 DoreenJul 2020

  • "Nice cossy cottage"

    Reviewed by YvesFeb 2020

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

    Tiene todo lo que se necesita. Mucha paz y tranquilidad

    Reviewed by Maria JoseNov 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 PennyOct 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 NicholasOct 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 JackieOct 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 GrahamSep 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 BrianJul 2019

  • "Just a really nice place"

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 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 LauraApr 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 MarkMar 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 BridgetMar 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 JasonMar 2019

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

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2019

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

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2018

  • "Lovely location."

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

    Reviewed by PhilNov 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 RayAug 2018

  • "Lovely relaxing setting."

    Very nice hosts. Cosy and well equipped.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 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 VanessaJul 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 LornaJun 2018

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

    Good location.

    Reviewed by SandyJun 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 PeterMay 2018

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

    The owners were also very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by GaryApr 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 AlisonJan 2018

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

    Reviewed by SusanJan 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 MichaelDec 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 AlisonOct 2016

  • "Nothing comes to mind."

    Reviewed by KathleenOct 2016

  • "So relaxing."

    The Haybarn was so well equipped that we didn't have to worry about anything. Very dog friendly.We were made to feel very welcome on arrival but then left alone to get on and enjoy our break away. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Patricia AMay 2016

  • "A beautiful barn conversion with fabulous gardens and a lot of wildlife."

    Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2016

  • "The Haybarn is, all in all a lovely cottage in a delightful setting and is owned by a charming lady."

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2016

  • "Everything about the cottage was perfect it was very central to most places we wanted to visit and the owners were very friendly and anything we needed to know they were able to help us."

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2015

  • "Had easy access to places of interest and it was a very peaceful and relaxing place to stay."

    Reviewed by RonaldJun 2015

  • "The Haybarn was absolutely delightful."

    The owners were charming hosts, and we especially enjoyed the proximity to horses, chooks and sometimes dogs. We loved taking strolls through the surrounding lane ways or car trips to nearby attractions such as Norwich, Great Yarmouth and places nearer such as Dereham. The countryside was lovely and convenient to many things. A very special memory is watching the sunsets over the fields through the western windows of the cottage. We also enjoyed the pond and waterway just outside the door. So beguiling. Thanks so much to the owners for a great stay and some lovely chats.

    Reviewed by TerryJan 2015

  • "A wonderful cottage that the owners have taken great care and pride in making the cottage facilitate all your needs."

    Excellent location to have quality time away in the country but good access to towns and cities. I will be booking to go again and again. Excellent accommodation, would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2014

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2014

  • "The cottage was stunning and we really liked the location, felt very relaxed."

    Would love to go back in the summer.

    Reviewed by DarrenOct 2014

  • "Quiet, peaceful surroundings with the freedom to use the large garden."

    Lots of birds to watch for an enthusiast, including a Kingfisher. It was nice to see the horses, ducks and chickens. Very pleasant owners. Space for parking and it felt secure as the large gates to the property were kept shut. We liked the double doors opening into the garden.

    Reviewed by SheilaJul 2014

  • "Enjoyed Norfolk very much and visited several National Trust properties."

    We were lucky with good weather so we had some lovely walks with our two dogs. Very dog friendly pubs, especially the Peddars Inn at Sporle, they made our dogs very welcome with treats and water! All in all a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by MaureenMay 2014

  • "The kitchen was very well equipped with everything that anyone could ever need, and the quality of the kitchenware is first class, we cooked a full Christmas dinner with no problems at all."

    The surrounding gardens and outdoor space is lovely, the cottage is quite remote but we do like that, very quiet. The owners were very welcoming and helpful but left you alone to enjoy your holiday. The cottage is very nicely furnished, decorated and very warm with a nice shower. The bed and pillows were comfortable, and the towels were soft and fluffy with a good array. The outside veranda was great, and I can imagine perfect on a nice summers evening! This is a lovely cottage, and we did enjoy our stay.

    Reviewed by NicolaDec 2013

  • "It was warm and welcoming, and the attention to detail was impressive."

    Everything you needed was there, it could not have been better!

    Reviewed by LenNov 2013

  • "Fabulous cottage with really tasteful interior décor, very peaceful location, but still fabulous base for great days out."

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2013

  • "This was a beautifully presented cottage with lots of extras."

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2013

  • "Whoever put the selection of inventory into this property should be congratulated as we could not find any thing that had not been catered for."

    This is something we have not come across before. Well done.

    Reviewed by GrahamAug 2013

  • "A very well equipped and comfortable cottage in delightful quiet rural location."

    Very pleasant owners. Lots of interesting places to visit. All in all, a very successful holiday.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2013

  • "The quality of the accommodation, and the garden are exceptionally good."

    Reviewed by RogerJun 2013

  • "The owners were very friendly, the whole stay was extremely enjoyable, with home comforts."

    Having the bedding/towels provided is excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by LorraineJun 2013

  • "We loved the location and the comfort of the cottage."

    Reviewed by DeborahApr 2013

  • "Excellent cottage in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by SharonApr 2013

  • "A superb cottage on all levels."

    Well presented, clean, modern within a old cottage feel and everything you need. The gardens were beautiful. Very friendly welcome and helpful hosts. The whole experience was great. Without doubt I will be back.

    Mr DeanNov 2012

  • "The stream, ducks, views, horses and birds, peacefulness of the surroundings."

    Owners very friendly and helpful. Well equipped and thought out needs of the holidaymaker.

    Reviewed by BereniceSep 2012

  • "The owners were very welcoming and extremely helpful."

    A lovely situation and we enjoyed exploring places like Ely and Sandringham.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2012

  • "The peace and quiet was wonderful."

    We loved the animals running wild. We were really able to relax and enjoy a well earned break.

    Reviewed by TeresaJun 2012

  • "Friendly people, nice walks, pleasant area, handy to visit anywhere in Norfolk."

    Norwich is a pleasant city to roam around.

    Reviewed by GilbertMay 2012

  • "A lovely peaceful retreat."

    The property is in a rural location, the nearest pub is 2 miles away. Food at The Windmill in Neston is lovely - recommend booking. We had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by DeborahMay 2012

  • "A very attractive cottage with olde worlde features inside as well as all modern equipment."

    Lovely garden with lots of ducks,geese,dogs and horses to watch. A delightful spot and I would definitely recommend it to anyone else.

    Reviewed by CeliaMay 2012

  • "Our hosts at The Haybarn were charming and very helpful."

    We appreciated the lack of traffic noise and no light pollution at night. Good fields that were open to public access, and we enjoyed the contrast in scenery between Devon and the East Coast area.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2012

  • "The property has been renovated beautifully."

    A well equipped kitchen and a lovely little garden, it was nice to sit on the covered patio watching the ducks and chickens. The situation is excellent and it's wonderfully quiet. The dinner we had at the Windmill Inn was superb!

    Reviewed by BarbaraOct 2011

  • "The property was so well equipped with everything you need and more."

    The decor was very nice and the veranda was super.

    Reviewed by LaurenceSep 2011

  • "The accommodation was of a high standard and the owners were genuinely nice people."

    We had reasonably good weather and were able to sit outside of an evening with a glass of wine. Very tranquil location. Fairly central for most things in north Norfolk and the Broads.

    Reviewed by HazelJun 2011

  • "First class accommodation - the location was beautiful and the decor stunning."

    Plenty of room for the dog too both inside and outside.

    Reviewed by KateApr 2011

  • "The property far exceeded our expectations and was beautifully decorated."

    It was very clean and tidy. Everything you could want was at the property. It was well lit and in lovely surroundings.

    Mr HaywoodApr 2011

  • "The cottage was everything and more."

    We had a lovely few days of peace and quiet and we were lucky enough to be able to take our dog. The local pub was very friendly and the food was excellent, we would recommend this also.

    Reviewed by PatriciaFeb 2011

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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.


  • 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.

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.

Region Information

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
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