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The Hayloft

(Ref. 2059)

Necton near Swaffham, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved our stay at the Loft."

    It was calming and the loft itself spotless. Will come back again.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Mar 2024

  • "I enjoyed my stay at the Hayloft it had everything I needed."

    It was very clean apart from a few cobwebs. Only downside was I did find the mattress too hard for me and by the end of my 4 night stay I was struggling with my back! It’s a quirky little property with a modern kitchen and rustic doors, ideal for me and my dog. Just be aware of the steep steps up to the Hayloft.

    Reviewed by Sally4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay was given a very friendly welcome by the owner we had a ..."

    We had a lovely stay was given a very friendly welcome by the owner we had a couple of issues which were rectified immediately by the owner Mr Hindry which we was grateful for We would like to return sometime as we had a nice relaxing time and would recommend this place

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "The hayloft is stunning ,sadly the stairs are a downfall fir me ,I should have ..."

    The hayloft is stunning ,sadly the stairs are a downfall fir me ,I should have read the reviews properly and tge description do it was my own fault,the only other thing was the bed was to hard for us ,I have a dreadful back but that’s me sorry Tony , But everything wise was beautiful,the grounds are amazing,the hayloft is so pretty and so tasteful,clean couldn’t fault it , Thanks for your hospitality tony ,your a really nice guy and Di an amazing job

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Sep 2023

  • "Spotlessly clean and the decor was very tastefully done."

    It was warm and cosy which was perfect for a cold january break and the shower was beautifully hot. The owner was friendly and helpful. Perfect

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jan 2023

  • "This is my third visit staying at The Hayloft, and again, spent a very relaxing and peaceful week there."

    The environment and facilities were of very high standard, the owner friendly, and accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble with any issues that may have arisen, and ensured everything was in place to make my stay comfortable. The only negative point I would have, is that due to access to The Hayloft, there are some very vertical steps, something to keep in mind if people are not so agile when booking. Having said that \I would recommend people to Weestbrooke Barns accommodation.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Apr 2022

  • "The Hayloft was exactly what we needed."

    Close enough to places, but far enough away to get away from normal hustle and bustle. There were some lovely routes to walk nearby thanks to the local farmers as well as walking around the site itself. Other occupants of the holiday let’s were also very friendly. This was the perfect size for the two of us and the dog. Layout and decor of the let were exactly right for a dog friendly place. The only thing that some people might be concerned about is the narrow roads to get to the site, but for us this is fairly normal.

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Nov 2021

  • "The Hayloft was very comfortable and had every thing you could wish for especially enjoyed the small decking area and summer house by the brook which was for our use."

    Tony the owner was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Would certainly book again but in one of the other converted ground floor barns as the only negative was the small door way into the bedroom which my 6'2" had to bend over to get though say quirky which really added to the charm of the place.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Sep 2021

  • "Poor internet takes ages to download anything, TV pretty ancient but works OK, not much headroom in places if you’re over 5’6!"

    otherwise nice place to be very quiet.

    Reviewed by Thomas2.2Sep 2021

  • "The property was clean and well maintained."

    In a nice setting in a rural location but access to well stocked Coop, fuel and Costa close by. We used it as a base to travel from and as such racked up some miles as there is not too much close by, but it suited us. It has character, but also a well equiped modern kitchen for eating in. I found the settee comfortable for evenings in, but the bed somewhat firm and not very comfortable for my liking. The breakfast bar isn't great if you are the person on the right under the sloping ceiling. Be prepared to accept that you will almost certainly crack your head against the ceiling a few times during your stay as you go into the bedroom! Final point is that the WiFi really is painfully slow. I mean pre bradband dial up slow! It regulalrly cuts out making research and booking visits & events, or even just keeping up with emails very difficult and infuriating. This really needs sorting as in the modern world it does detract from the visitor experience. Most would rather pay a little more for good broadband and the ability to stream to phone, TV etc. DVD's no longer cut it!

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Jun 2021

  • "Cosy accommodation just right for two."

    Clean, tidy and a comfy bed. Good facilities with everything you need including a dishwasher and washing machine and ample parking. Really wonderful and peaceful setting in brilliantly renovated buildings. There is a private (to this accommodation) summer house with seating by the stream. It is a little remote with access via a short drive via small lanes off the A47 but with plenty of passing places. The owner was extremely helpful and friendly. Excellent - we would definitely recommend The Hayloft.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful location so peaceful and quiet."

    Loved the views and the host was so friendly. The only thing we did notice was some of the plates etc were still dirty so we washed them before use. Other than that it was a fantastic place to stay

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cosy accommodation in a rural setting, ideal for rambling and exploring the Norfolk countryside."

    No local pub or restaurant so a drive may need to be considered if you are wanting those things too.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage, very well equipped, nice location, good helpful owner's, would return again & would highly recommend to anyone else."

    Plenty of places to visit and only about an hour's drive to the coast.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2021

  • "The property was lovely and peaceful."

    The stream running past gave a feeling of tranquility. I did find the stairs up to the property a bit awkward to manage with my luggage, but this is probably because I am in my 60s and younger people would not have experienced the same. I always find Sykes Cottages to be of a high standard and the owners are friendly and welcoming. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2020

  • "I have stayed at \The hayloft a couple of times now, and have found the hospitality and facilities most welcoming."

    The hosts provide accurate directions, and arrangements for key collecting etc. are very helpful. Every facility is available making the stay most enjoyable. The location lends itself to explore many attractions, and as I was also visiting friends in Swaffham, very convenient in distance. The position of The hayloft is within a quiet and relaxing environment, just what is needed for a "get away" holiday. I can wholly recommend The hayloft, although as the listing do mention, the steps for access are very steep, and can have some limitations for some people.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2020

  • "A very pleasant place to stay in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by Tony4.1Jul 2020

  • "Very tranquil setting."

    Also well positioned in the middle of the county s convenient to reach all parts

    Reviewed by Tony4.7Jul 2020

  • "Had a wonderful time at the Hayloft, a very cosy place comfortable and well equipped."

    Toney and Jennie very nice and helpful

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was located in a very quiet and peaceful location."

    It was very well equipt, comfortable and clean with it's own garden, summer house and BBQ. Lots of lovely walks around the local countryside but very central for many of Norfolks lovely places to visit. There was a small co op for provisions and fuel, pub about 2 miles for a meal. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. We will definitely go back.

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback and we looking forward to you returning in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Oct 2019

  • "I found the Hayloft a homely place with all comforts required."

    it was a lovely peaceful retreat to return to following explorations around Norfolk. The owners were extremely friendly, and helpful. especially as I required guiding to the location. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I would like to report that the steps into the Hayloft were steep, and could be slippery when went. This would mean people have to be quite agile, perhaps something to recommend when advertising. As I have friends living locally to the Hayloft in Swaffham, and visit them fairly regularly, I shall consider staying at Westbrooke Barns again.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Aug 2019

  • "Any upstairs property is likely to be a bit uncomfortable in hot weather as the best can be done is to have lots of fans!"

    Realistically it was a bit like being in a caravan with some space restrictions. Get the impression it used to be more popular some time ago, for the owners, whilst friendly, are perhaps a little amateur despite being in this business for a long time. Have to be confident remembering the last passing place as you travel the single-track lanes 2miles from Necton where there is a good Co-op shop and filling station. Only real problems on site were the kettle tripping the whole power system until it was replaced as there were no spare plug fuses. You need to make toast with the door open or the fire alarm goes off. Wi-Fi was perfectly OK - it just needs a quick mention in the cottage information sheets. The siting is only disappointing if you want to walk a lot as the restrictions on where you can walk because of private properties make it very difficult to work out from the maps provided in the information sheets. Endless hot water should you want it but offset by silly things: only one loo roll supplied and minimal quantities of sugar/tea/coffee like a hotel room. Comfy bed, decent shower. Compared with many Sykes Cottages we have visited, this was well down the scale, though not a disaster.

    Reviewed by David3.8Jul 2019

  • "Excellent place to stay."

    Be careful - it's so quiet, you'll oversleep! Lovely accommodation and grounds. Real bonus to have your own part of the garden. Improvements - tidy up the garden a bit, especially the area leading to the Hayloft's garden and maybe clean out the brook but I don't know much about brooks! There wasn't any Wifi. Despite these minor things, I would still recommend staying there or any of the other two properties.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jul 2019

  • "As most people have posted, it is a fantastic cottage, well equipped, in a remote and pleasant setting."

    The only negative is the fact it is above the Haybarn, which sleeps 4 - unfortunately the owners are happy to allow contractors/workmen to rent this, and in our experience, they woke us at 05:30am whilst getting ready for work, and for that reason we won't be coming back. If your prepared to take the chance, then it really is a lovely place.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2019

  • "Quiet and peaceful location."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "The Hayloft cottage was absolutely perfect, idyllic environment for relaxation ..."

    The Hayloft cottage was absolutely perfect, idyllic environment for relaxation and within driving distance of many areas to visit, we stayed for 3 nights but would have loved to have stayed longer, definitely going to recommend to friends and family

    Reviewed by Andy5.0May 2019

  • "Peaceful and secluded centrally located for visiting many places"

    Reviewed by H5.0May 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful Hayloft, more amenities than you would expect, beautiful serene surroundings and lovely owners."

    Myself and my toy poodle coco loved it.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2019

  • "We booked this cottage on the understanding it had wifi (we needed to keep in touch with a disabled member of family) It had no wifi on the day we arrived and wifi was not available until the day before we left."

    We were told that wifi was available at McDonald's some miles away. Despite our hosts being charming people this was a major problem Upon our return we have seen that previous guests have had the same problem

    Reviewed by Stephen3.4Oct 2018

  • "Perfect spot for two people given that we had transport."

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2018

  • "Very good central location."

    Owners always very pleasant and helpful. Fully equipped cottage in a lovely setting.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2018

  • "A lovely peaceful place the owners were lovely me and my husband enjoyed our stay and would return again"

    Reviewed by Terry4.7Aug 2018

  • "Sadly, we had to leave the cottage early."

    We found the general site lacking in attention. The stairs to the cottage were open tread, and in need of some repairs. We were led to believe that our dog would have plenty of space to run, but this was not the case, we were instructed to keep him on a lead whenever we were outside. Outside needed some care and attention, broken flower pots at the entrance to the cottage, just one small example. The cottage was very small, this was not a problem in itself, but the shower was only about two feet square, i couldn't even bend down to wash my feet, (no, my wife and I are not overweight, I am 12 stone my wife 11! It is not somewhere we would recommend. We left early, partly for domestic reasons, and partly because of our dis-satisfaction with the cottage, such a shame. Tony Tomkinson

    Reviewed by Anthony1.6Jul 2018

  • "Lovely stay owners were very friendly."

    Amazing gardens.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2018

  • "The hayloft was perfectly situated for all attractions and was set in perfect surroundings."

    Tony was a perfect host and made us feel at home our dog absolutely loved it too.We have been on many cottage holidays and this was right up there with the very best .

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely warm cottage, views were pretty and well stocked utensils for cooking."

    Great location to explore Norfolk and relax! Unfortunately there was no hot water to the kitchen sink, but apart from that we had a great stay

    Reviewed by Laura4.4Feb 2018

  • "Perfect little loft, well furnished with a contact who was very helpful, will be looking to come back in the summer!"

    Reviewed by Francis4.4Jan 2018

  • "A perfect location base in order to visit norwich and the resorts along the north coast of norfolk."

    Highly recommended. Superb restaurant in necton just 2 miles away.

    Reviewed by Michael4.8Jun 2017

  • "Beautiful location."

    Lovely property full of feature. Warm welcome and friendly owners. We may have missed it but it would be nice to have some walking routes/maps.

    Reviewed by Benjamin4.8Feb 2017

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  • All first floor
  • One double bedroom with en-suite (shower, basin & WC)
  • Fitted kitchen with breakfast bar & 2 stools
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner in sitting room
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel, power & starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with summerhouse, furniture & BBQ
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at £10 per week
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: This property is not suitable for children (including infants)
  • Note: Unfenced brook at bottom of garden
  • Note: Front door accessed via 12 wooden steps
  • Note: Due to horses, ducks & chickens at property dogs must be kept on a lead
  • Note: Bedroom & sitting room accessed via sloping doorways lower than standard height
  • Note: This property has limited WiFi and is only suitable for Browsing not downloading.

The property

Necton 2 miles.

A stylish, first floor barn conversion, peacefully situated in the tiny rural hamlet of West End, 2 miles from Necton and 5 miles from Swaffham.

Carefully renovated to retain much charm and character, this homely property boasts original beams and a warming woodburner situated on the original doorstep of the former farmhouse, while wonderful skylights frame picturesque views from all aspects.

The pretty garden features its own babbling brook, leading to 2 acres of land where ducks and chickens roam free.

Follow Peddars Way to the village of Castle Acre, absorbing the tranquil countryside, explore Bradenham Hall with its whispering arboretum and striking gardens or the pretty market town of Dereham, home to an array of shops, cafes and restaurants.

A wonderful base for a romantic getaway.

Note: This cottage is above Ref. 4368 and next to Ref. 3505, together they accommodate 13.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £75.

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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