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Swallow Barn is a Detached Traditional Converted Barn with South Facing Gardens

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Barn Conversions in Hindolveston, Holt, North Norfolk, England - Ideally Positioned For North Norfolk Coast, Norfolk Broads And Norwich, Walking & Cycling

Swallow Barn offers peace and privacy in a garden setting, where abundant wildlife includes owls - both Barn owls and Little owls - swallows and pipistrelle bats, as well as numerous garden birds and wild animals. It isn't unusual to see a young fox or pair of deer passing through! Buzzards and kites nest within half a mile.

The property is spacious. It boasts a stunning beamed living room with three comfy settees and large woodburner, which makes for cosy winter evenings; spring and summer visitors can relax with a glass of wine in the conservatory, overlooking the garden and the owner's surrounding fields and watch the evening forays of the barn owl across the field. The large master bedroom offers a king-size bed, TV and en suite, whilst the second bedroom has two comfortable 3ft divan beds. Free Wifi is provided.

Children and dogs are welcome at Swallow Barn. A cot option in the main bedroom is available on request, as well as a baby chair. Dogs are safely contained in the garden by a surrounding post and rail fence, netted to the top, and gated to the road. The pine staircase seen in the photos leads to the owner's storage area, and is gated at the bottom to prevent children accessing it.

The property offers gas central heating throughout, which makes it inviting and comfortable to stay in, whatever the season.

The Barn is located some 6 miles from the Georgian town of Holt, with its excellent range of shops and restaurants. The many quiet lanes and off-road tracks are ideal for cycling and walking, while bird watchers will enjoy the local Raptor Point, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and the Blakeney and Cley marshes. Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall – both National Trust properties – are about 20 minutes distance. Sandringham and Holkham Hall are easily accessible. Explore the North Norfolk Coast, with its clean, sandy beaches, as well as the Norfolk Broads and Norwich (30 mins), with its castle, theatres, shops and nightlife.

Within a 5-minute drive you will find: an excellent family-run butchery, 2 open-late general stores, scrumptious bakery (resist if you can!), fresh Cromer crabs and farm produce for sale, 2 takeaways and excellent food in pubs where dogs are welcome .

Whether you are looking for a family holiday or a romantic short break, you are sure to find lots to do in the area. Please contact the owner for prices of stays of less than a week, as short breaks are often available out of season.

More Details

Val Tansley
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
13 February, 2017

About Val Tansley

I am a retired school teacher, and live just across the field from Swallow Barn with my two dogs - Pippa, a very friendly Jack Russell, and Tara, a forever-grateful rescued greyhound - and my retired horse, Sunny. Garden Cottage (Ref.E6367) is a one-bedroomed annexe to my house which may be rented separately or in conjunction with Swallow Barn. Being so close to the holiday accommodation means I am always on hand if help or information is needed.

Val Tansley purchased this barn in 1980

Why Val Tansley chose Norfolk & The Broads

Swallow Barn is sited on a 4 acre smallholding, along with my own farm house and one-bedroomed holiday annexe, Garden Cottage. I bought the land in 1987, and could not believe my luck in finding such an idyllic place to live. Prior to its conversion Swallow Barn provided accommodation for my twelve horses and ponies, who worked hard during the summer months to give horse-mad teenagers, who slept in bunk beds in Garden Cottage, fun riding holidays. In 1999 I moved the horses to stabling nearer my house, and the conversion to a characterful cottage was effected. The swallows, who nested each summer in the barn, chose to follow their equine friends to their new quarters rather than compete with the builders, but continue to keep it under close surveillance - hence the name Swallow Barn.

What makes this barn unique

Sheltered from the noise and bustle of the North Norfolk tourist areas, Swallow Barn and Garden Cottage make excellent bases for accessing numerous places of interest and enjoyment within a half hour journey, from Sheringham to Norwich, from Blakeney to the Norfolk Broads, and with a great deal in between. There are numerous public footpaths, - ideal for dog walkers - cycle tracks and quiet lanes, and the whole area is a gem for bird and nature lovers of all kinds.

It would be hard to find more peaceful and private holiday homes, disturbed only by a barn owl or two, a few neighbouring sheep and some pipistrelle bats. What could be more pleasant than to relax in this tranquil setting at the end of an exhausting day?

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Val, I am writing to thank you so much for making our holiday a real delight in and around Swallow Cottage. We and our wives are all over 80 and Swallow Barn provided everything we could ask for! A beautiful kitchen, spotless and fully equipt, so easy to find everything, our wives loved it. A wonderful sitting room with its high beamed ceiling, big windows, green leather suite which was so very comfortable and best of all a lovely big log burner. Two very comfortable double bedrooms with seperate bathroom facilities which was a boon for us oldies! The first three days of our week we had good weather so out and about all the time enjoying the varied Norfolk countryside and villages. Found some wonderful Pubs for both midday and evening meals. Then the weather changed -- heavy horizontal rain, strong winds, who cares? we lit the logburner, lovley and warm and so good to just sit and watch If you want the peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings this is it. Paul Brook (Nov 2013)
May 2011
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)


Stunning barn conversion

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful few days in this beautiful character property. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, well equipped and very homely. Loved the quiet location yet within easy reaches of the impressive Norfolk beaches. The sofas were very comfortable as was the bed we used in the main bedroom. But our favourite thing has to be the large log burner which made for very cosy evenings. Lovely to meet you Val, we shall be returning!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this review and letting others know that holidays taken in the winter months can be just as enjoyable as those spent in the warmer months, when warmth and comfort on return to base are appreciated more than the privacy of a sunny garden! I’m really glad you enjoyed your short break and very much look forward to meeting you both again.
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Lovely rural property

  • 4 of 5

We were greeted by a very cheerful Val and shown round the property. The website does not do it justice. It was immaculate and everything worked. Although the weather was not as good as we'd hoped it was a pleasure to return to somewhere comfortable. The bed in the main bedroom was very comfy, and the towels in the bathrooms good quality. I only mention this as we have stayed in other properties where these things do not seem important to the owner. We found a lovely butcher on Vals recommendation, the meat was superb. I would definitely recommend this holiday home, it was just a pity we didn't get the opportunity to sit out in the tranquil garden.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was very kind of you to take the time to write such a lovely review and much appreciated. It’s a shame the weather was disappointing, but fortunately there is always something interesting to do in this area, whatever the weather throws at us!
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Amazing property in glorious surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Well worth the 648 miles drive to Swallow Barn. The property was everything and more than described by Val. Val was very helpful on arrival. Our first visit to Norfolk, hopefully not our last. We found Swallow Barn a lovely clean property in very tranquil surroundings, the daily visits from the barn owl amazing. Thanks Val for a great holiday and hope to see you again. Steve and Karen

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m really glad Swallow Barn lived up to expectations after your long journey - you certainly know how to pick the weather! It was great meeting you both, and I do hope you and Misty will make a return visit some time.
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  • 5 of 5

we have just come home from swallow barn we had a great time the accommodation was warm, comfortable and homely with everything you needed. Sitting in the sun room was so peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review. It was lovely meeting you – and your beautiful Labradors. I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and I hope to see you again some time!
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Chilled out

  • 5 of 5

Visited for the Easter weekend, and to celebrate a birthday. We were a family of 5 adults, the youngest 17 the eldest 75!

The booking process was easy and after calling Val the owner emails were sent with accurate directions to the property and even place to eat. On arrival we were greeted and shown round by Val. The property was large, clean, beautifully decorated and tastefully restored-keeping some of the origional barn features. There was everything we needed in the kitchen, evenings were spent by the log burner with a chilled glass of wine or two!

The conservatory was also lovely to sit in and I would think great in the summer along with the adequate enclosed garden area. Wifi signal was great, particularly essential for the younger members of the party, as no reception for mobile phones!

We spent a lot of time touring Norfolk and we found it easy to get to places from the property.

The only negative was that we could not stay longer. Would definitely return and recommended this hidden gem to others.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Marie. I’m so glad you all enjoyed your birthday break – despite Easter’s unpredictable weather! I look forward to meeting you all again in the future.
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Wonderful quiet location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last year for a week and I must say we had the most relaxing holiday we've ever had, we felt fully recharged when we left. It was a great base to explore Norfolk, and when we got back we could put our feet up, or have a BBQ, if it got a little chilly there is a great log fire.

Val was was very attentive throughout our stay, she was there if we needed her and made us feel welcome.

The barn was spacious and had a lovely secure garden for our dog Arnie. So we didn't have to worry about him escaping which gave us piece of mind.

We liked it so much that we are staying again this year for another week which we are very much looking forward to.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Dan and I’m looking forward to seeing you all again in September. Thank you also for allowing me to upload the photos you took of the barn owl from Swallow Barn last year – several people have commented on them.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 7
7 Jan 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 8
25 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 9
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 10
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 11
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 12
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 13
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 14
30 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 15
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

****************Short-stay breaks are available out of season. Please contact the owner for details***************

Please contact the owner in the first instance by email or phone, when individual needs can be discussed. A booking form will be emailed to you which should completed and returned, together with a deposit of 20% of the total cost; this can be made by cheque or direct bank transfer. The balance of the cost of your holiday will become due four weeks prior to your arrival date. On receipt of this further information, including local directions, will be sent.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred changeover day, but this can be flexible out of high season.

Notes on prices:

Short-stay breaks are available throughout the year outside school holidays. Please contact the owner for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Norwich in East of England

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom with WC, washbasin and bath with electric shower over. En-suite to Bedroom 1 with shower, WC and washbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Swallow Barn sleeps 4-6, Garden Cottage sleeps 2 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and cot option, en-suite and LCD TV. View overlooking garden and fields. Bedroom 2 with 3 foot twin divan beds, also overlooking garden and fields.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Notes on accommodation: Free internet access is provided. Swallow Barn is heated by a woodburner (logs supplied) and gas central heating. A Freeview TV and DVD player is provided in the living room and there is a further TV in the master bedroom. Bed linen and towels are provided. Ample garden furniture and BBQ are provided. Twin gates provide off-road for 2+ cars. Dogs are very welcome, providing they don't climb on the furniture! The garden is totally enclosed with chicken wire on post and rail fencing and gated to the road, and should contain even the smallest of dogs! There is a lockable shed for bike storage which also houses sunloungers and BBQ accessories. Swallow Barn is a non-smoking cottage. Please see separate information for Garden Cottage (E6367) - 150 yds distance - which can be rented in conjunction with Swallow Barn at a reduced combined cost. Outside: Swallow Barn has lawned gardens which overlook fields. It is fully enclosed and gated, with post and rail fencing - with wire netting to top rail, so ideal for containing dogs safely. There is a patio area outside the conservatory with table, chairs and barbecue. Off-road car parking for 2 cars or more is provided as well as a lockable shed for bike storage. The garden at Swallow Barn is in full sunshine throughout the day, weather permitting, and benefits from some spectacular sunsets and frequent sightings of the barn owl who resides in an adjacent farm building. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are provided, and these are changed weekly for holidays extending to two weeks. Other: South-facing conservatory furnished with arm chairs and occasional tables and with an additional dining table. View overlooks the garden and fields.

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