Tucked away just outside Stokesby, in the former grounds of Stokesby Hall, June and Paul Desborough bought this group of barns as a shell just two years ago. That it exists at all is a bit of a result – they have a picture of it on the wall to show just how much of a ruin it was; that it's now a stunning  family home with its own very comfy set of lodgings attached is remarkable. It's two barns really, one a fabulous thatched and beamed grade-two-listed construction, which is the Desboroughs'  home, the other a low-slung, less distinguished affair containing the Braid Barn's 3 double rooms – the two connected by a sumptuous modern kitchen which doubles as the B&B's breakfast room. There's a lovely sheltered courtyard between the two that's a very popular place to sit out when the weather is benign, a pleasant garden behind, and the rooms themselves are all decent sizes, individually furnished with a contemporary yet classic feel, and large, well equipped bathrooms. The village is just a ten-minute walk away, and there's a pub, the excellent riverside Ferry Inn, and the relentlessly flat landscape is as atmospheric and beguiling and you could wish for, close to lots of windy walks, and not far from the long-distance Weaver's Way, which follows the river from Acle up to Potter Heigham and beyond. A perfect base for both the Broads and the coast.


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