Hay Barn is located at Mill Farm and provides self-catering for two guests in a stylish contemporary setting. Ideally placed on the Norfolk Coastline on the edge of the historic fishing village of Winterton-on-sea, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds with stunning golden beaches all but on the doorstep, and the Norfolk Broads with its multitude of attractions and magical waterways close by.
Ideal for couples, Mill Farm offers holiday accommodation that is sure to impress with a great deal of attention to detail running throughout. Accommodation is pet friendly with many extra touches to make the holiday special from start to end. There are Shetland ponies in the paddocks to watch and pet, rare breed chickens whose eggs are sure to be a breakfast favourite, and the glorious beach with sand dunes and miles of golden sand. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, bikes are provided to explore the area, and there is a pub, cafe and fish and chip shop in the village (what better place to eat them!).
Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on the beach or out and about exploring the areas many attractions, Mill Farm is an ideal base and fantastic setting to return home to at the end of the day. The owners who live on site offer a warm welcome (including homemade cake upon arrival!) and are available to provide as much or as little assistance as required to ensure you have everything needed for a memorable holiday.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the local landscape offers great opportunities for bird watching, pleasant cycle rides and lovely walks. Nearby Horsey is just four miles away with its colony of seals that can often be seen basking on the beach, and wildlife enthusiasts may also want to visit Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Nature Reserve and Hickling in the Broads. Winterton itself is a magnet for birdlife with its microclimate and sand dunes that form part of a nature reserve, attracting pink footed geese, little turns, snow bunting and hen harriers to name just a few.
Out and about: The 'gateway' to the Norfolk Broads National Park is just five kilometers away with miles of waterways to explore by canoe, boat or foot. There are historic houses and spectacular gardens to visit such as East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens (try to make time for a cup of tea and some home-made cake in the magical Tea Garden!), and National Trust owned Sheringham Park and Felbrigg Hall. For a day of fun head to Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park; Great Yarmouth for a traditional day of seaside fun or take a nostalgic trip on the Bure Valley Steam Railway. There are excellent pubs for a meal out (including The Fishermen's Returns in Winterton village which serves excellent food) and opportunities for shopping in Norwich with its impressive historic city centre. Alternatively, stay locally and find a quiet spot on the beach to enjoy a peaceful picnic for two!
Whether you are looking to simply relax by the sea, visit the Norfolk Broads or explore Norfolk's stunning coastline, Hay Barn is an excellent choice at any time of the year.
Emma Punchard joined Independent Cottages in February 2016
Outside: There is a seating area with outdoor furniture and BBQ provided, allowing guests to enjoy the summer days and lovely views across the fields.
Accessibility: All on one level, the cottage has wide doorways and is ideal for those with limited mobility (please note there is a step into the shower) - please discuss your personal requirements with the owner before booking to ensure the cottage meets your needs both inside and out.
Additional information: Short breaks available - please enquire with the owner. A welcome basket is provided with lovely local goodies. Guests are welcome to help themselves to seasonal herbs and vegetables grown in the organic kitchen garden. Free Wi-Fi. Bed linen, towels, electricity and heating included in the price. The Barn is exceptionally dog-friendly (two dogs welcome by arrangement) with wonderful countryside and beach walks (the beach is dog-friendly all year round). Underfloor heating keeps it warm all year round.
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