We wish that all barns came complete with a jacuzzi, steam room and four – poster bed. We wish too, that they were half. as glam as Barsham Barns, a collection of six conversions designed by an awarded – winning architect and perfectly positioned just 15 minutes from the stunning Norfolk coastline. There’s the sunny Little Barsham for small families ( up to four), a typical Norfolk beauty of a flint building with views of All Saints Church. Then there’s Long Meadow ( sleeps eight), dating from 1715 and originally the milking parlour. For bigger groups, try the impressive great east barn ( up to 14), which used to be a 19th – century granary. If you can’t bear to choose, just rally more troops and book the lot – but rush to be the first to write your name outside the spa, using their informal booking system. When you can tear yourself away from this rural retreat, shop for delicious local produce in Burnham Market, go seal – spotting at nearby Blakeney or test your windsurfing prowess.
From £440 per weekend
Take a trip out from Morston and see the seals basking on the sands of Blakeney Point and diving around your boat. Magical…
Wiveton Farm Cafe, grows its own produce and is a great place to eat. Wiveton Hall is the location of BBC 2’s “Normal for Norfolk” and home to eccentric owner of legendary eyebrows Desmond MacCarthy. He’s a great raconteur and often strolls about chatting to diners.
Smoked fish from The Cley Smokehouse, organic meat and vegetables from Back to The Garden in Letheringsett, asparagus and strawberries in season from Wiveton.
CLAIM TO FAME
The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge already have homes in Norfolk, and rumour has it that soon the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex will be joining them.
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