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Eco & Hay Barns

Winterton on Sea, Norfolk, England
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By beach + Broads National Park in a pretty village are 2 eco-friendly barns sleeping 8 or 2 guests + dogs.

On the edge of the Broads National Park, on the outskirts of one of East Norfolk’s prettiest coastal villages, Winterton-on-Sea are 2 stylish eco barn conversions - one sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and the other sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom - providing self catering accommodation just a 10 minute walk from beach and dunes.

The area has stunning views and is ideal for families and dogs. The nearby beach is dog friendly and there are many great routes to explore either on foot, or you can use the bikes provided for you. This location gives you the opportunity to try out loads of activities including water sports, bird watching, cycling, fishing, site seeing and you can even visit baby seals at nearby Horsey. The closest airport is Norwich Airport (35 km). Great Yarmouth railway station is just 8 km away.

Each of the barns have been designed to ensure that there is minimal impact on the environment - natural, local and recycled building materials were used possible and only 4 skips of rubbish were removed from site during the entire construction! The rain water is harvested and used to flush the toilets and wash clothes. Hot water is heated by a biomass boiler which burns wood pellets and makes the emissions carbon neutral. As well as this, the farm protects Britain’s magical waterland. Mill Farm Eco Barn has been supported by the Rural Development Program for England (RDPE) Norfolk Coast & Broads Local Action Group Funded by Defra and the EU.

The Eco Barn sleeps up to 8 people. Inside there is an open plan living space with a spacious kitchen and separate dining and living areas. There are 4 large bedrooms, of which 2 have en suite bathrooms, 3 of the beds can be set up as either king size doubles or twins and the 4th bedroom is a twin room. The barn also has 2 extra bathrooms, a utility and boot room, enclosed south-facing courtyard garden, Juliette balcony, a games barn with pool and table tennis.

Additional equipment in the Eco barn are a home cinema with Ipod docking station, selection of DVDs, book library and board games, a large electric range oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, full range of quality cooking equipment and cooking basics, a starter pack of logs and kindling for the wood burner, quality duvets and pillows and finally hand soap and toilet paper in all bathrooms. There are interesting features like high ceilings, rough brick wall, beams and a hanging chair.

Price for 7 nights from £950.20. Short break prices from £665.20 for 3 nights.

Hay Barn sleeps 2 people. It consists of a double bedroom, open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with a newly fitted and well equipped kitchen with cooker, fridge and microwave. A TV, DVD player and ipod dock is provided and there is underfloor heating throughout. If extra bedding is required, the sofa can be set up as a sofa bed. Outside is an enclosed outside seating area with BBQ and views out to the west across the drive towards the paddocks and fields beyond. 2 well behaved dogs are welcome.

Price for 7 nights from £330.00. Short break off peak with prices from £214.50 for 2 nights.

Collect freshly layed eggs & veggies from the kitchen garden. Wood burner in Eco Barn and underfloor heating. Free use of bikes. Dog friendly. There is free WiFi throughout.

Room Types

Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s