An array of luxe self-catering accommodation, set on a working farm deep in the Norfolk countryside.
Head to Great Barn Farm to relax and unwind: located on a 1350-acre working farm, it's home to stunning accommodation set across a series of converted outbuildings. The sizeable estate sits in Gayton Thorpe, a tranquil part of Norfolk, yet it's just 20 minutes' away from the market town of King's Lynn. Picture gently rolling farmland and woodlands full of wildlife to explore. Owners Sarah and Julian have taken great care with the restoration, entrusting the work to award-winning architect Carl Turner. In fact, the project is still ongoing – there's a duo of Grade-II listed barns currently being transformed into an amazing event space and venue suitable for weddings and group gatherings.
With five separate buildings (for now), the site is capacious and inviting; it's a wonderful spot to spend time with family, friends, or as a couple. To start with, there's the rustic early-nineteenth Farmhouse sleeping up to 16, boasting a treehouse, tennis court and manicured lawns. Pick some fruit and veg from the kitchen garden, cook a tasty meal in the well-equipped kitchen and enjoy an alfresco lunch or dinner out on one of the terraces (when the sun comes out to play). Otherwise, there's a super-stylish south-facing dining room back indoors. Next-up is the Cattle Shed, a five-bed space, though the cows are long gone and in their place there's room for 10 guests. Imagine stripped wood, polished concrete flooring, underfloor heating and splashes of colour here and there. The reality is even more impressive. Fancy a romantic break with your other half? The Tack Rooms is a calming one-bed sanctuary, with a modern kitchen decked out using reclaimed materials and sweeping views. The Piggery and Stables complete the picture: each with room for four people and full of rural charm, with original brick walls and wood-burners. An added bonus? Each of the holiday homes has access to The Sheep Dip, the indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and steam room. Swim a few lengths, watch as the kids splash about, or simply relax in the warmth of the 28.5 degrees Celsius water.
Peruse the welcome pack, and decide what to do with your day: with the North sea coast within easy driving distance, there are activities aplenty, including sailing, exploring the unspoilt waterways of the Broads and checking out sandy beaches such as Heacham or Brancaster. Culture fiends can get a fix at one of the stately homes, with Houghton Hall and Sandringham House just a quarter of an hour away. Back at the farm, there are numerous walks and cycle routes, including the Peddars Way, which runs across part of the farm. After a leisurely stroll, enjoy time back at Great Barn – these design-led and unusual spaces really are rather special.