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Watermill Granary Barn

(Ref. 931832)

Harleston, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Overall a really lovely property with a gorgeous garden."

    The kids and dogs had a wonderful time there! The rooms are comfortable and the amenities were convenient. The owner was welcoming and gave us a lot of great local recommendations - he was also super responsive when we needed help with getting the washing machine fixed. Peaceful stay in a quiet setting.

    Reviewed by Darshini4.7Jul 2023

  • "An absolute gem of a place."

    Idylic, peaceful a fantastic garden space for our dog. Cannot find fault in the place. The view of open fields was so relaxing and the bifold doors created a perfect spot to have dinner while looking outside . A truly stunning setting.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were surprised at how high end everything was in the cottage - the bedsheets, towels, coffee machine."

    We had a very luxurious and pleasant stay.

    Thank you for you excellent review . We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay . We would love to welcome you back again . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic quirky comfortable cottage in a stunning location by the River Waveney."

    The hosts were very friendly as were the two lovely dogs who welcomed us on arrival. Lots of lovely walks from the cottage with the bonus of kayaking/canoeing which you can hire from the owners. Local pub up the track was nice for a drink and very dog friendly. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, we had a lovely stay."

    The owners son was very helpful and gave us lots of knowledge of the local area.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed a lovely week at the barn in late July 2022."

    The owners, Paul and Cheryl have restored the barn to create a compact holiday home that feels light and airy due to the beautiful high timber roof. The choice of interior colours, furnishings and modern appliances create warmth and interest. All areas are well appointed for a family with good wifi, well-equipped kitchen and three bathrooms. Luxurious touches, such as a Toiletries basket and a solid Weber BBQ were welcome. The outside area has the most incredible Suffolk Countryside views and part of the river circles the garden and could be accessed via an open platform. The water was heavily flanked by reeds and weeds which is entirely natural, however the description suggests that you can swim and fish from the property. We hired kayaks with Captain Cook canoes and travelled upstream to the next Mill. This did enable us to have a river swim and was great fun. The garden has been fenced off although small dogs could escape. The Barn is overlooked by the owners Mill, which is stunning and interesting to look at, however it would be nice to have a private area in the garden. We found the owners to be very friendly and were very quick to respond to minor issues. We did not experience any problems with their dogs and ours. The Barn was very clean and tidy, the beds and sofas were comfortable and there was ample parking for 3 cars. A previous review suggests some storage for dry food items and storage for clothes and I would agree with this. A Food cupboard would be more useful than the under counter fridge. Overall, this was a 5 star property and we will definitely look at booking again.

    Reviewed by Vicky4.7Jul 2022

  • "Very impressed with the barn."

    Perfect setting. Owners very friendly and quick to sort out any problems we had. Fantastic walks from the front door. Would definitely like to come back.

    Reviewed by Allison4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely peaceful setting, ideal for relaxing and dog walking."

    Paul and Cheryl were very hospitable and a source of lots of information about the local area

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful location."

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Sep 2021

  • "We’d stayed at the granary barn last year as well so knew what to expect and it was still as fantastic as before."

    The barn is beautifully decorated and laid out for a family holiday. My grandchildren love it. The area around the barn and watermill is stunningly beautiful and we spent may a happy hour on the river. The owners are very friendly and informative giving us lots of ideas of places to visit but the weather was so good we mainly went to the beach at Southwold as the grandkids loved it there. The pubs wortwell bell and black swan do lovely food and are situated in lovely locations. We’ll definitely be staying at the granary barn again. Fabulous holiday.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very pleased with accommodation and would definitely recommend it."

    We had a nice relaxing stay with some lovely views

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Jul 2021

  • "Enjoyed the holiday but the barn not 5 star as advertised."

    Lovely position and scenery, the balcony had plenty of seating but covered in cobwebs and leaves when we arrived, cushions supplied after 2 days after requesting and no small tables for balcony use. The bathrooms were excellent, bedrooms fine but no storage apart from a couple of hooks on the wall so clothes kept in case under bed. The kitchen was fine but again no storage, a large fridge freezer was good so not sure why a larder fridge was necessary when a cupboard could be put in its place. A small dishwasher in the kitchen wasn't used a lot because only 6 mugs provided a couple of large cups and assorted glasses, not sure casseroles and ramekins are required and took up space. The pub in Wortwell was very good and a short walk away but we were told the shop that was mentioned had closed many years earlier! A lovely place to holiday but would benefit from a little TLC.

    Reviewed by Russell3.8Jun 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week away, the cottage was clean and had everything there which made our stay stress/free!"

    The owners were very helpful and replied to messages or questions that we had promptly but left us to have our own space. Our only reservation would be the lack of fence around the outside area. We have a dog and messaged the owners in advance and explained that he isn’t very good with other dogs so was slightly concerned about the open garden. On the first morning the owners 3 dogs were let out and proceeding to come into the garden, luckily our dog was indoors at the time. We did speak to the owner and he assured us it wouldn’t happen again which it didn’t. The pathway is also a public footpath so lots of people with dogs walk past so we didn’t feel comfortable letting the dog out unless one of us were out with him. That would be our only downfall with the property but wouldn’t put us off going back again. There are beautiful walks right on your doorstep so we didn’t need to use the car much during our stay either. The hot tub was also a huge plus point for our 10 year daughter too! Thank you for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by Darren4.7Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic place - home from home."

    Wonderful location and views.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in outstandingly beautiful setting, really comfortable with everything you could possibly need."

    The owners were really friendly and couldn’t do enough. Thank you for an amazing stay

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2020

  • "Watermill Granary is in the most idyllic & peaceful countryside setting, surrounded on all sides by beautiful views & wildlife."

    The barn itself is really comfortable with great facilities. In particular the beds & sofas are comfy, the hot tub is brilliant & there is a large TV with Netflix. We loved sitting on the verandah having lunch & watching the wildlife. There are also lovely walks & kayaking nearby & shops, restaurants & pubs all with a short drive or walk away. The only downside was that there wasn’t enough storage space for clothes so we had to live out of our suitcase for the week. Other than that, it was absolutely wonderful & felt very luxurious for the two of us.

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.7Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful peaceful location."

    All expected amenities - and more. It is a great base for exploring the local area on foot/bike or by car. In a week we barely scratched the surface. The owners describe it as luxury accomodation for up to eight but we don't feel that eight would be a luxury experience! Two couples and two children (or less) = luxury. Beyond that comfortable would be a better description. More storeage space for clothes would help.

    Reviewed by Ann4.1Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was everything that I hoped it would be both in accommodation and location."

    The cottage‘s facilities were A* , everything from tea towels to dishwasher tablets to WiFi. I would highly recommend this beautiful/peaceful cottage and having the opportunity to take a kayak up the river with Captain Cook Canoes was a wonderful experience for our family. Cheryl also answered my texts very quickly and was very informative about where to dine and shop etc. I will definitely be booking again maybe later in the year.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Aug 2020

  • "The setting of the watermill granary barn is absolutely beautiful, just like a Constable painting the perfect place for a relaxing holiday."

    We took two of our grandchildren and they loved running around the extensive gardens and watching the wildlife in the river running around the property. The Barn is really comfortable (the beds were really comfy) with everything you need and really tastefully decorated in bold colours and furnishings. We loved it. Sitting on the extensive decking on three sides of the property allowed you to make the most of enjoying the countryside and watching the house martins flitting backwards and forwards to their nests. The hot tub was a lovely bonus which we made the most of. Another bonus was the lovely Wortwell Bell pub 10 mins walk away which does lovely reasonably priced pub grub. A fabulous holiday all round. We had gorgeous weather but I bet it would be nice in winter too.

    Reviewed by Dawn4.7Jul 2020

  • "Honest feedback, where to begin."

    . great location Dogs roam the whole estate so expect to be greeted and in constant contact with the owners dogs even in the property you are staying in. No access to hot tub unless you want to wall through owners garden which is covered in dog mess (great fun in the dark) Radiators broken inside the property which meant at this time of year was quite cold so make sure your wrapped up! Road on way into property is full of pot holes so be careful when driving down here (also fun in the dark!) Owners are not quick to respond to any query (had to wait 4 days) so make sure you have everything sorted before you get there. No help when onsite was ignored when knocked on door or calling the number listed to call. Overall cleanliness of property would get about a 4/10, noticable dirt and food from previous visit when we was there. But after all that at least you get a good view.

    Reviewed by Daniel1.9Nov 2019

  • "Absolutely wonderful accommodation of a high standard in idilic relaxing surroundings."

    The Granary Barn was spotlessly clean, well presented with everything that we could ask for and more to use for the duration of our stay. The owners of the accommodation were warm welcoming and professional making us feel great as guests. Plenty of places to go and eat out if you wanted to in lovely friendly nearby areas. Our children and dog loved all the wildlife, river and the kayaking. Kayaks and canoes were available to rent on site at a very reasonable cost over our stay. We definitely recommend the Granary Barn to anyone who loves the countryside we just didn’t want to leave. 100% loved this place !!!!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2019

  • "Fantastic setting."

    Had a wonderful time as a family of 5 with grandparents in tow. Brilliant accommodation, waking up to herds of cows on the other side of the stream took me back to my youth. Relaxing in the hot tub, kayaking down to the local pubs and a bit of swimming in the River Waverley. Cheryl and Paul were brilliant hosts and Steve the gardener/handy man was really helpful with his local knowledge. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by Ben4.7May 2019

  • "Amazing location, amazing place highly recommended."

    Had a lovely two days .

    Reviewed by Dean5.0May 2019

  • "Beautiful location and amazing property."

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely accommodation with everything we could want."

    Beautiful setting. Friendly owners.

    Reviewed by Donna4.4Aug 2018

  • "The Granary barn was set in a beautiful location."

    The scenery was stunning and was rich in wildlife. There was something for all the family to do and it was quality time together. The local pubs were welcoming and did delicious meals. We came back from this holiday feeling truly rested and relaxed. I would highly recommend the Granary mill barn for a break as it exceeded all expectations.

    Reviewed by anita5.0Aug 2018

  • "Fabulous property in the most tranquil of settings."

    If you’re looking for peace and quiet in a unique environment then look no further. My husband and I returned home yesterday feeling completely rejuvenated and relaxed after a weeks stay at the Granary. I couldn’t recommend this property highly enough!

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very beautiful cottage and surrounding and very friendly and helpful owners"

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0May 2018

  • "What a fantastic holiday home, we had a great time and would seriously consider a return visit to this location"

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Mar 2018

  • "The accommodation was 100% as described and was totally faultless."

    I would definately rebook.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Sep 2017

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link can be super king-size double on request) with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x bunk beds with seating
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with two sofa beds.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Netflix, DVD, iPod dock, Xbox, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars.Fully enclosed garden
  • Private decked area with furniture and BBQ
  • Indian sandstone patio area with seating
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub/restaurant 7 mins walk
  • Note: The property has unfenced water surrounding it, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: There are two steps from the living area to the two main bedrooms and bunk bedroom and one step down to the kitchen, so may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: There is a curtain separating the bunk bed room from the kitchen, there is no door
  • Note: The king-size double and twin bedrooms are accessed via the bunk room
  • Note: The property is accessed along an unmade track of approximately 0.25 miles
  • Note: BBQ not to be used after dark due to safety reasons
  • Note: Fishing hire is not available at this property however, guests are welcome to bring their own equipment at their if they have the appropriate licenses
  • Note: Max 6 guests
  • Note: canoe and kayak hire is now available on request from the owner -
  • Note: The property, although secluded is not enclosed
  • Note: Some areas of the river bank are untouched to accommodate the stunning wildlife surrounding the property
  • Note: This property is suitable for a maximum of four adults and two children or young adults (under 9 stone due to the bunk beds)

The property

Wortwell 1.8 miles.

This delightful riverside detached cottage is in a wonderful rural location, on the outskirts of the village of Wortwell in Norfolk.

Situated on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, this cottage is located on its own island, alongside the imposing Grade II, beautifully-restored Mill House dating from 1750.

Offering an escape like no other, come and be enchanted by this exceptional property which will leave you wanting to return again and again.

This charming two-bedroom cottage has been designed to the highest of standards with the holidaymaker in mind, to enable you to experience the natural beauty of this very special area.

As you enter down the private road and go over the bridge you will instantly get a feel for the natural solitude of this wonderful property, located on the edge of the River Waveney.

The cottage is raised to prevent any risk of flooding giving exceptional views over the meadows and waterways.

The property has been presented with a funky, ethnic feel with the character of the surroundings taken in to consideration throughout.

Step into the character-rich open plan living area, with the kitchen having doors opening to the decking beyond, to maximise on the river views.

There is a small shower room located just inside the main door, perfect for cleaning up after a day walking or even swimming or kayaking on the river.

A couple of steps up from the main living area lead to a snug area with bunk beds and TV.

The room gives access to the two good-sized en-suite bedrooms.

Looking out from your decked area you can enjoy magnificent views and wildlife whilst enjoying a morning coffee; this is the perfect spot for planning your day or dining alfresco on a summer's evening, or perhaps enjoy a glass of wine on the Indian sandstone patio.

Guests are able to enjoy some wild swimming in the river surrounding you.

The waterways have been highlighted as a fantastic spot for this and were one of Roger Deakin's favourite spots according to his well-known book, Waterlog, and are also excellent for fishing and kayaking.

Why not try your hand at canoeing; Captain Cook canoes operates from Wortwell Mill upstream gardens and can be booked directly online with dedicated launch pontoons, free to use both upstream and downstream.

From your doorstep you are spoilt for choice on footpaths and bridleways linking you to village pubs and beautiful locations, including the village of Mendham famous for its association with the horse artist Sir Arthur Munnings, and a footbridge allowing easy access to the Limbourne Common and delightsome riverside walks.

If you can tear yourself away from this very special location you are perfectly located for exploring the wonderful Suffolk Heritage Coast, North Suffolk villages and in to Norfolk with the popular Norfolk Broads.

The area of the beautiful Norfolk/Suffolk countryside is perfect for dog walking with numerous mapped out walks along the riverside.

A stunning drive takes you from the property through the group of villages known as The Saints through to the coast at Southwold and the popular Walberswick, famous for its world crabbing competition.

An easy drive away is Halesworth which offers an excellent selection of independent shops, eateries and year-round cultural events, and within half an hour you can be enjoying the coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, the Springwatch location of Minsmere and market town of Framlingham with its Norman castle to name a few.

Spend a day at Great Yarmouth where all the family can enjoy a visit to a spectacular water show at the Hippodrome.

Here you can enjoy a holiday to remember, perfect for friends and families alike looking for a very special place to retreat to, as well as being an excellent base for exploring, whatever the time of the year.

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About the location


Bungay 5.7miles; Harleston 3.4 miles, Framlington Castle 17.5 miles, Southwold 19miles; Aldeburgh 27.7 miles

Wortwell is a picturesque village situated in Norfolk but very close to the Norfolk/Suffolk boundary. It is located on both the River Waveney (which forms the county boundary) and the A143 road, some 13 miles east of Diss and 22 miles west of Lowestoft. The village of Wortwell is one of the few Norfolk villages actually listed in the Domesday Book. Today it is home to an award-winning local pub where you can enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal, and there are plenty of footpaths to wander to soak up the glorious surrounding countryside. The village is situated within easy reach of the Suffolk Heritage Coast and there are endless beautiful towns and villages just a short drive away. Nearby Harleston is a friendly town offering ancient inns, charming individual shops, good restaurants and cafes, an art gallery and local museum, and a weekly market. Bungay is a historic bustling market town where you can enjoy following the local Village Trail or pop into one of the many cafes and shops for a bit of refreshment. Other nearby places include Framlingham Castle, a Norman castle currently looked after by English Heritage and well worth a visit. Wortwell is an ideal location for touring the delights of both Norfolk and Suffolk.

Note: This property is suitable for a maximum of four adults and two children or young adults (under 9 stone due to the bunk beds)

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas