Our first stay at a dog friendly cottage.
It was perfect!
The booking process was straight forward and Louise was more than helpful and accommodating.
The cottage had everything you could ask for. It was clean and comfortable and well equipped. The welcome pack was excellent.
Just wish we could have stayed longer.
Would 100% recommend Baileys Cottage!
A last minute trip away we found this stay on a dog friendly web site. It has plenty of parking. We were greeted by a very welcoming land lady. The barn has a communal patio and a lounge with kitchen at the side a bath room on the ground floor and a mezena bedroom. I found it to be more than adequate very clean and the best welcome package I have ever had in all the years I've been traveling. Love the bread and cheese. Very good for relaxing and taking in the sights of Norfolk. If there was any point that I would change is that being dog friendly and owning of a spaniel in cold wet weather I was worried about getting the cream carpets dirty. This is not something you could change over night but I did bring covers for the sofa, bedding for the bed but still got worried every time I went for a walk.
We had a lovely weekend staying in The Corner barn which sleeps 9, this was for a 70th birthday get together. The barn is modern and spacious with every amenity that you would need supplied, the outside courtyard is fenced and dog friendly. We know this area quite well and there's lots to do great beaches and superb walking routes.
If you fancy treating yourself try the Gunton Arms in Thorpe market, one of my favourite pubs/restaurants.
We would definitely return to Church farm barns, Thank you
Spent 4 days in Baileys barn 1/3 in in a very peaceful setting,The family had chosen this group of three barns to put up the 15 people invited,so I had no idea of what to expect,I needn't have worried .There was a note from the owners (who had gone away for the wk/end) explaining how everything worked and where everything was ,there was a welcome basket of Norfolk apple juice, marmalade and homemade flapjacks ,very nice!! The only downside was the time was the amount of time it took us from Kent to arrive in Wickmere 5hours,the satnav predicted 3 hrs but traffic holdups over the Dartford crossing ,heavy rain, and getting round Norwich then driving down VERY narrow lanes for the last few miles we were very glad when we arrived,We nearly missed it ,the satnav said "You have arrived" but we had stopped just before I was about to turn around but as it was dark (5pm) I went to turn round further on, then in 20/30 yards realised I had indeed arrived. None of this detracted from our pleasurable stay and would recommend the barn for cleanliness comfort and the welcome. A nice area for walking or bike riding a bit remote !
There are three self-catering units. They sleep 2, 6 and 9 people which means "quiet and peaceful" very much depends on your neighbours. That's why I would only recommend it if you are a large party or at off-season times for Barley's Barn.
The place is really clean and the proprietors do a lot to keep it that way. There is a huge hamper upon arrival which is a nice gesture. However as we knew it was self-catering we brought stuff along and would have preferred not to have to pay for this via the rent.
The place has changed hands this March and the new owners/staff are still getting in the swing of it.
What definitely has to be improved is the open and closure of the windows in the roof on the gallery. At present it means you have to climb a ladder on an uneven floor with the prospect to falling down the stairs or over the banister to the ground floor.
You need to be aware that internet and mobile phone is virtually in-existent in Northern Norfolk and that dog-walking is a totally different ballgame in England than on the continent.
This is the perfect place for an extended family holiday. 14 of us spent a week here, 8 adults ranging from 19 to 61 & 6 kids, ranging from 6 months to 8 years (3 generations)
We rented all 3 barns which suited us perfectly. Corner Barn was great for my 2 older daughters, partners & 5 older grandkids, while we shared Owl Barn with our youngest daughter & youngest granddaughter. My son, who is single, had Baileys Barn to himself, which he thought was fantastic, somewhere to escape the mayhem
Louise & Ted were the perfect hosts, they live next door & couldn't do enough to make sure everything was perfect, but they weren't pushy or intrusive. The welcome basket is a fantastic idea, providing all the basics needed for the first night.
The barns were beautifully presented and extremely spacious. Corner Barn easily accommodated all 14 of us at meal times & in the evenings
Outside there are courtyards to each barn, but they are only separated by pergolas, so the children could run round to their hearts content all day. In the open barn there's a fridge, a freezer & laundry facilities + a ping pong table & other games
The location is great, being just a few miles from lovely beaches, kids activities, shops, pubs and so on
All in all a fabulous place to stay, in fact we're planning on repeating the experience next year and try and see all that we didn't have time to see this year
Highly recommended by the Fairclough, Walsh & Hardie families