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Stunning, moated 16th Century Manor House and 2 Beautifully restored Barns - Virginia Barn

Bedrooms 4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



Virginia Barn

Virginia Barn with 2 Kingsize,1 small double and 1 Twin Room bedrooms and 3 bathrooms offers 5 star en suite self catering accommodation in a private and rustic setting. Accessed from the driveway of Blo Norton Hall, this spacious barn conversion has been expertly designed and refurbished. It also provides ample parking,and is superbly equipped including a comfortable and stylish lounge area, elegant dining and a baby grand piano.

About the property

Blo Norton Hall / Barns

An exquisite Elizabethan (Tudor) moated Manor House and 2 Beautifully restored and luxuriously equipped barns on the grounds of Blo Norton Hall,in the heart of Norfolk

Blo Norton Hall sleeping 21 in 9 bedrooms with en-suits with further accommodation sleeping 8 in Virgina Barn or 6 in Duleep Singh Barn . They are available all year round as a separate or joint rental with Blo Norton Hall.

The Main house is furnished throughout with antique furniture. Family portraits and other pictures line the grand oak staircase and reception rooms. The entrance hall leads into the Main Hall where access to the drawing room with the hi tech hi fi allowing piped music through out the ground floor and the Sitting room where one can relax watching Tv or just admire the gardens, the fireplaces are a real treat in the autumn to keep you cozy and warm. The large charismatic open plan kitchen is on the east of the entrance hall with direct access into the gardens. There is 1 small open pond and a larg pond surrounded by reeves, young children should be supervised whilst in the gardens as these are not fenced off, a wonderful walk into the woods the children can find swings to play on. The old library is now a twin room with a further single room off the TV lounge, although this is great for those less able there is no bathroom just 2 WCs at either end.

The first floor corridor leads to six luxurious bedrooms with six bathrooms / shower rooms ( five en-suite).

The second floor provides outstanding views of the surrounding gardens and offers a further king sized bedroom with en-suite and a further large lounging area with TV and Ping Pong Table, ideal for the kids.

Virginia Barn sleeping 8 in four bedrooms, 2 King size with ensuites, 1 twin and 1 small double bed with shared bathroom on the ground floor. A fantastic space with beamed high ceilings, great for entertaining friends and family, with open plan large kitchen. To the front you will find a patio to enjoy a bbq on those sunny days and to the rear a shared area laid to turf, ideal for the children to safely run and play.

Duleep Barn, is smaller but very cozy and still contains all the items you would expect in a well stocked house. With 2 bedrooms, a Kingsize Master bedroom with ensuite over looking beautiful farmland and a twin room, shared bathroom. There is available 2 single guest beds for use in the open plan lounge and kitchen. Private patio area with BBQ and shared garden to the rear.

Local Amenities: Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve

(IP22 2HX) Tel : 01379 688333. Fax : 01379 688333

Boundary Farm Riding Stables (IP22 2QP) Tel : 07908 223600

Place of Interest around 2 miles away.

Knettishall Heath Country Park (IP22 2TG) Tel: 0845 606 6067

Place of Interest around 4 miles away.

Bressingham Gardens (IP22 5XR) Tel: (44) 01379 686900

Banham Zoo (NR16 2ES) Tel: (44) 01953 887771

Place of Interest around 5 miles away.

Wyken Hall Vineyards (IP31 2DW) Tel: (44) 01359 252372

Place of Interest around 6 miles away.

Ancient House Museum, Thetford (IP24 1AA) Tel: (44) 01842 752599

Place of Interest around 10 miles away.

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum (IP14 5PW) Tel : 01449 672670

Place of Interest around 13 miles away.

Wingfield College (IP21 5RB) Tel: 01206 769607

Grime's Graves (IP27 0TP) Tel: 01842 810656

Place of Interest around 14 miles away.

Bury Saint Edmunds Cathedral (IP32 7BW)) Tel: 01284 748720

Church of Saint Andrew, Wingfield (IP21 5RA) Tel: 01379 586609

Museum of East Anglian Life (IP14 2DF) Tel: 01449 612229

Theatre Royal, Bury Saint Edmunds (IP33 1QR) Tel: 01284 769505

01284 769505

Moyse's Hall Museum (IP33 3BU) Tel: 01284 706183

Nowton Park, Bury Saint Edmunds (IP29 5LX) Tel: 01284 763666

Place of Interest over 15 miles away.

Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve (IP30 0AL) Tel: 01449 737996

West Stow Country Park (IP28 6HF) Tel: 01284 728718

Stonham Barns Craft Centre (IP14 6AP) Tel: 01449 711755

Newmarket Racecourse (CB8 0TG)

Box Office / Tickets: 0844 579 3010

All other enquiries: 0844 579 3010

More Details

About Us

Sue McGrath
Peachtree services ltd
2 Upper Tachbrook Street
SW1V 1SH London
Ebury Management Ltd, 2946492
VAT Reg No461539932

Property Manager
Sue McGrath
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Sue McGrath

Hi my name is Sue MCgrath and I have been managing Blo Norton Hall since my boss Mr Lorimer purchased in 2009 where he refurbished and brought it to life. With such a beautiful property my job is very easy, we love to rent it out so you and your families can enjoy the house for the many different events you would like to hold with a large group of people. Its great for Anniversary celebrations, catching up with old friends, Wedding receptions as you can put a marque up in the garden, families with children of all ages as they love hunting around in the gardens playing hide n seek and finding the secret play area in the woods. My staff and I also love to stay here as well as work here, its a very special place.

Sue McGrath purchased this barn in 2009

Why Sue McGrath chose Bury Saint Edmunds

Blo Norton Hall is not modern, does not have great Wi-FI, you cant get a phone signal, the furniture is antique and the floors uneven but what it lacks in Hotel sophistication it makes up for with character and it has bundles of it! I love it for its quirkiness and when children arrive their faces light up, for they see how great hide and seek is going to be. Its very special to me and I am sure it will become to you, some of our guests have been returning year after year, it grows on you.

What makes this barn unique

The house is a coming together and a celebration of family events, you find yourselves talking because we do not have Hi tech equipment or X boxes, the phones don't work very well so you find communication becomes key, even the kids join in! We are not one of these places who hike up all the bank holiday rates, we have 3 rates and pass the discounts on to everyone, so you pay a low rate Jan - July, that's right no increase for Easter or May bank holidays, there's a summer rate and of course Christmas and New year. We believe that everyone should benefit especially those with young children. We hope you enjoy as much as I and my staff enjoy working and maintaining it.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We all got home last Sunday safely. Actually we have enjoyed our stay in Virginia Barn for relaxing and peaceful. This holiday has been fantastic for the whole family. Also we found in the property everything we needed.

We expect to come back to Virginia Barn at some point of the next summer.

Look forward to seeing you again and thanks a lot for everything.
Aug 2013
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Security deposit returnable £250

Please call for 2 or 4 night breaks

10% discount if booked with Blo Norton Hall

Can be made by either Cheque, Bank Transfer or Credit Card.
Please Note, the Refundable Good housekeeping deposit is banked and refunded within 5 working days


Accommodation and facilities for Virginia Barnin Bury Saint Edmunds in Blo' Norton

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No extra beds are allowed. Children over 3 yrs are counted as an adult, travel cots for under 3 yrs are accepted. Travel cot and Highchair supplied
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ground Floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin Room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Bunk bed
  • All beds have been hand made and painted, giving you a relaxing nights sleep.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming


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Virginia Barn
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 27 reviews

How to live like a lord

  • 5 of 5

Lording it up in this fabulous old 16th century Manor, yes the garden has a few mole hills which we understand is all to be transformed this summer and the house inside is full of old antique furniture but it has so much character and charm. There was 20 of us and 4 kids rattling around in a house that you still managed to lose each other, you had room to escape and so did the kids. Will definitely return and for the price you will find it really hard to find the equivalent of, the owner of this fab house gives people like me from normal working background to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Best week ever - fabulous property - grounds so much bigger than I realised! Great for dogs

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and spacious converted barn in lovely surroundings

  • 4 of 5

We used this as an opportunity for our dispersed family to meet up and enjoy some time together. The barn was lovely, well equipped, and easily spacious enough for 8 people. We would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Virginia Barn

  • 5 of 5

So much room to spread ourselves about [6 adults and 2 children]. Peaceful and relaxing.

Everything we needed.

If we were going that way again, we'd use Virginia Barn

One more thing- when my son rang the emergency number, because we'd used too much hot water, it was sorted out straight away and very friendly.

ps Just one small niggle, it would've been useful to know that the internet is intermittent!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Deborah for your review, so pleased you enjoyed yourself. Sorry to hear you had trouble with the internet we shall look into, unfortunately we can only get Satellite internet out there, its the price we pay for rural living.
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Great amazing amount of space ideal for families

  • 5 of 5

Great accommodation . Friendly village , Wonderful family retreat .

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous setting for house party with friends

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 7 family friends (age 2-45) just spent a brilliant long weekend at the Blo Norton property (renting the hall AND two barns). The hall is grand, charming, quirky and comfortable with numerous large spaces for groups to congregate. The barns are fabulously converted with modern kitchens and cozy interiors. Suggest you can plan on four families sleeping in the hall, two in the largest barn and 1 in the small barn.

Sue McGrath (property manager) and Karen (the housekeeper) patiently answered all of my questions prior to arrival. Check in was easy and we conveniently arranged a Sainsbury's delivery to arrive shortly after we did.

Our group spent Saturday morning exploring the extensive grounds. These included open lawns at the barns (not apparent on outdated google map satellite images), the wooded drive and landscaped gardens at the hall and a meadow behind the hall. Some of us ran a local park run or visited Wyken Vineyards' farmer's market and gardens (highly recommended) where we collected eggs, fresh asparagus, breads and artisanal treats for the weekend. We walked to the White Horse in Thelnetham for lunch, which handled our large group expertly and served outstanding food. Our dinners were catered by Emma Biggs Catering (highly recommended). The kids sat down first to a family style/large dish dinner while the adults enjoyed canapes and a glass of champagne by the fire followed by a three-course meal. Superb!

Sunday, after a fry up in the well-equipped hall kitchen, we hosted Grey Goose archery (highly recommended) who set up targets for the children, and the parents enjoyed a quick go as well. We used the hall's two gas grills for a Sunday BBQ at the large,18-person table by the property's pond. Lawn games and walks on the grounds and around the village kept us entertained until Emma arrived again with another perfect dinner.

We were truly spoiled at Blo Norton and the kids are already begging to go back. Memories for a lifetime.

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The White Horse, Thelnetham
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The white Horse, Thelnetham
Car: necessary

The Village itself is surrounded by quiet lanes, ideal for walking, cycling and painting and is close to Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Blo Norton Hall is the perfect choice for a relaxed stay in the East Anglian Countryside.

Blo Norton is situated close to the picturesque Norfolk and Suffolk Borders making it ideal to explore all that both counties have to offer.

Blo Norton lies on the River Little Ouse which separates Suffolk from Norfolk.

The Hall reputedly provided the setting for Virginia Wolf’s short story The Journal of Miss Joan Martyn. In the story the main character, Rosamund Merridew, is a historian researching England's land-tenure system

Attractions and Places of interest close by:

Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve,

Boundary Farm Riding Stables,

Knettishall Heath Country Park,

Bressingham Gardens,

Banham Zoo,

Wyken Hall Vineyards.

Nearest Local Towns:

Diss/ Thetford

Garboldisham (0.5) m.