Period barn conversion in rural Norfolk
“Thank you once again for letting us and our 7 furbabies stay in your beautiful barn, we had a lovely relaxing stay and look forward to our holiday next year.”
PLEASE NOTE: Ollands Farm Barn will not be available for bookings in 2022. We hope to be able to take bookings again in 2023.
Ollands Farm Barn was built in the early 1700s and lovingly restored to a very high standard. It’s tucked away down a very quiet lane in a peaceful countryside hamlet about a mile from the coast. The owners live at the side and can be around to help you or leave you to enjoy your holiday in peace.
- Beamed, vaulted ceilings
- Wood burning stove and central heating,
- Quaint (but steep!) paddle stairs
- Comfortable king-size bed in the galleried bedroom
- Fully fitted kitchen and luxury wet room
- Charming and secure courtyard and garden areas
ALL ABOUT THE INSIDE
In the main living area of the barn come and sit on the comfortable sofas, one of which converts to a double bed. The floor is warm and wooden, and there is an antique dresser plus a dining table to seat four. Spend your evenings watching the TV with satellite. Pick a movie from the DVD library and enjoy the surround sound home cinema system. If you are more of a reader then you might enjoy the small library and a range of walking and local information books; they can help you make the most of your stay. And of course there is free wifi!
The kitchen is fully fitted and equipped with cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge. Tea towels, oven glove and apron are all provided. On arrival you will find a pint of milk in the fridge and tea, coffee and various other lovely goodies to refresh you after your journey and get you started on your holiday.
Up the steep paddle stairs to the ….
The stairs are easy to use once you have tried them! You go up and down as normal but it is not recommended that you try to turn round and go the other way half way up or down! It is unlikely that your dogs will be able to manage them. You will see that the ceiling is very low – so please mind your head! The galleried bedroom is open to the living area and so, although there is a comfortable sofa-bed downstairs, the accommodation is better suited to a single couple or small family.
Downstairs Wet room
In the brand new state-of-the-art wet room you will find fluffy towels and luxury bathrobes. Indulge yourself with the Molton Brown toiletries including aromatic shower gel, soothing hand wash and silky smooth hand lotion.
ALL ABOUT THE OUTSIDE
Parking is off road on hard standing and just outside the small barn yard in the picture. Access is through a wrought iron gate in the wall.
The back door from the kitchen leads directly to the covered veranda and private, secluded garden. The courtyard outside the main doors is shared with the main farmhouse and this is where the owners live but the rear Barn garden is totally private and secluded. Sit out in the summer and enjoy the wildlife pond, flower and shrub borders, rose arches and a range of climbing plants with a strong emphasis on fragrance. The flowers you will find in the barn on your arrival are all grown in the gardens of Ollands Farm.
Both the flint-walled courtyard and pretty garden at the rear are secure and dog friendly. Please ask us for more information if your dog is an escapee!
WILL THIS SUIT MY DOGS?
As long as your dog doesn’t need to sleep in your bedroom (those stairs are just too steep!) then this will suit most dogs. Sighthounds and jumpers won’t be able to get out, diggers would have a hard time too! Reactive dogs won’t be challenged as the area is very quiet and the owners own dogs won’t be seen from the outside area. The area is very quiet for walking with very little livestock.
- There is no land line telephone for the Barn.
- The most reliable network for the area is Vodafone.
- There is no freezer at the barn, but a freezer can be used in the garage for raw feeders by prior arrangement.
- Guests are requested not to smoke in the Barn please.
- Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Waitrose all deliver to the Barn.
- The owners also run the nearby Lighthouse Inn at Walcott. VERY dog friendly. 10% off for guests.
If this is not the pawfect place for you then please have a look at our other properties.
This is how dog friendly we are!
- Dog towels and a special tasty treat for your dog
- Dog crate available on loan if required.
- Fully enclosed outside areas
- Easy country walks from the door
What else we provide for you!
- All bed linen, towels, bathrobes.
- Tea-towel, apron and oven gloves.
- All central heating and electricity
- Free wifi
- Initial load of logs for wood burner. Further supplies available on site at a small additional cost
- Tea, coffee, milk, sugar, eggs, bread, homemade shortbread, jam and a small luxury chocolate treat
- Well ordered and plentiful information on places to visit.
- A selection of walking routes/books, recommendations on places to eat, shop, takeaways etc.
- Baby gate available on request
UNLIMITED dogs welcome!
“Thank you so much for another fantastic week. This is our little bolt hole and we can’t wait to see you again in September.”
“Thank you once again for letting us and our 7 furbabies stay in your beautiful barn, we had a lovely relaxing stay and look forward to our weeks holiday next year.”
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Location & Directions
How To Find Us:
How to find us: Post code: NR12 0RR
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Or – From Stalham, take the – B1159 towards Bacton and Happisburgh. After approximately 1 and 1/2 miles, look for a right-hand turn signposted Happisburgh. Follow this winding road for approx 1/3 mile to a T-junction opposite Whittleton’s Farm. Turn right and continue about 1/2 mile to another T-junction. Turn left and then left again in about 200 yards into Short Lane, a very narrow lane. You will find Ollands Farm and its barn on the third corner with parking alongside the wall of the barn yard.
Some of the fabulous comments from the guest book...
"Lovely Welcome on arriving with the wood burner making the barn lovely and cozy. Fab place to recharge batteries with everything we needed. Great walks and fabulous beaches close by. We had a brilliant week" - Martin Kirk
"Thank you Mary Ann and Kim for welcoming us to your lovely barn, The local treats were lovely and our 3 greyhounds were very happy with their treats too! The barn is comfortable and the gardens are beautiful. It makes the whole stay relaxing. We have enjoyed the local area and sampling the local eateries. Thank you for letting us stay and I'm certain we will return." - Joy, Steve, Thunder, Tango and Jack
"Very comfortable stay in this lovely barn. The welcome pack was most appreciated by us all. The beach at Sea Palling was just fabulous and we were very lucky to have a week of sunny weather. Great food at The Star Inn, Lessingham though suggest you ring to book as it gets very full but when you sample the food, you know why! Lovely relaxing place to stay." - Brian Cheryl and Chester
"We really enjoyed exploring the local area and amazing beaches which are so close to your lovely barn, just wish we had longer here. The Old Rectory Gardens were just stunning and so close which was just perfect as we were only here for a short break, Thank you so much for the welcome box and for helping us with our dog 'Marnie', she is definitely on the mend faster due to your kindness." - Amanda and Steve
"Dear Kim and Mary Ann, Thank you for a lovely week in the barn and a lovely warm welcome given to us (and our extended family) Ruby enjoyed the courtyard and the garden (as did I and I didn't need to worry about our Houdini dog finding some way out!) Thank you Mary Ann and Kim." - Love Harry and Sam
"Dear Kim and Mary Ann, Loved our stay in the barn - thank you so much for the warm welcome - we will be staying longer next time. We have had a very relaxing break and Georgie has had a brilliant time. Thank you again." - Mike, Jackie and Georgie
"Dear Kim and Mary Ann, Thanks again for another lovely week,its beginning to feel like a home from home. Milo and Bert have loved their nightly beach runs but I think they are ready to go home for a rest. Already looking forward to coming back next year. Thanks again." - Steve, Julie, Milo and Bert
"Thank you once again for letting us and our 7 furbabies stay in your beautiful barn, we had a lovely relaxing stay and look forward to our weeks holiday next year." - Angie and Ray
"Thank you so much for a lovely weeks holiday. Sorry we had to leave a day early. The hamper was lovely, with local treats. Keira and Zac enjoyed the liver treats as well. The barn is cosy and warm and everything we wanted from a holiday with our dogs. The Lighthouse Inn at Walcott is great for pub food and has a large garden. Lots to explore, we may have to return another time. Kim and Mary Ann are most welcoming and helpful - Thanks again." - Emily, Matt, Ellie and Keira and Zac
"Our second holiday at the barn and it wont be our last!! We remembered some of the places from our last time and found some new ones!! Highly recommend Sheringham Park and Sea Palling beach, the Star at Lessingham and of course Happisburgh (Smallsticks Cafe and Beach House Cafe are both good. Thank you Kim and Mary Ann." - Alison, Andy Hazel and Max
"Happy New Year!! Thanks to Kim and Mary Ann for another lovely stay." - Kate and Jo
"Thank you so much for looking after us on our holiday, we have had a lovely time. We especially loved the dinosaur adventure park - it was brilliant!!!! - lots of things for me to do. Hopefully we can come back and see you soon as I enjoyed it very much." - Love Aidan (and Steph and Shaun)
"Thank you for a lovely stay. It was great to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. The contents of the hamper were quietly devoured and the dogs enjoyed their treats. Sadie and Ralph have loved their first walks to the beach and then returning to lay in front of the woodburner. The barn is a lovely place and thanks for all your hard work in making our stay so memorable." - Louise, Carl, Sadie and Ralph
"When mum and dad brought me here, I got lucky! I totally love running along all the beaches (which is my 2nd favourite thing in this world), it meant I didn't get as much time to laze about on the sofa as I would have liked. Also I couldn't work out how to get up the stairs (how weird) so I didn't get any time on the bed (which is my fave thing in the world ever!) Mum and dad have said they liked the pubs the best – we went in loads but Hill House, Greyhound and the Star were their favourites. May and Lulu (my sisters) liked sniffing about in the woods at Bacton so much, mum lost them (they got told off a lot for running off – not like me, I'm a good girl!) So I guess you could say their holiday has been a real winner for us. Thanks by the way to Mary Ann and Kim for the most amazing treats in the world ever (its why I am always so good at coming back when mum and dad call me. I'm not stupid you know) See you again soon I hope. " - Loads of love from Dolly dog
"Our second holiday at the Barn and it wasn't to be our last! We revisited some of the places from lst time and have found some new ones! Highly recommend Sheringham Park, Sea Palling beach, the Star Inn at Lessingham and of course, Happisburgh (Smallsticks cafe too). Thank you Kim and Mary Ann. See you again."
"Thank you for such a wonderful, relaxing and peaceful holiday. A stress free zone. The four greyhounds have enjoyed it too. The Greyhound pub at Hickling welcomed us and the greyhounds we had with us into the pub and we had a lovely meal. We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed your serene garden." - Much love Janice and Chris and 4 greyhounds
"Thank you so much for another wonderful week – This is our little slice of heaven and we all have the best time staying with such wonderful friends. Can't wait to come back again next year. Hopefully little Happy Jack will have recovered by then! With lots of love." - Tom, Jo and little Happy Jack
"Dear Ladies, Thank you for making us feel truly welcome, relaxed, comfortable and at home from the start. This was our first holiday with dogs in tow and we were a little apprehensive to say the least but it was a total success. Jet and Fergus took to their holiday home like ducks to water. This beautiful barn is everything we could have wished for. The welcome pack a real treat and all the little extras fabulous. The really special part was the 'Ollands Pack', thank you for letting us spend time with these beautiful animals. We will be back."
"We've had a very enjoyable week here at Ollands Farm Barn. Kim and Mary Ann were very helpful and welcoming. Luckily the weather was good all week, and the accommodation is very good. We haven't been to this area before but were pleased with what is here. All being well, we'll visit again." - Doreen and Mick and Bertie (dog)
"One week of bliss (not the weather!) What a special place to be – a true 'Shangri La'. Must be unique – our 4 boys just settled as if at home. Wonderful coast line with space to walk and fun for dogs – no crowds here. Lovely ladies who manage the barn instantly made us welcome and nothing would have been too much trouble. Only decision left – which dates for next year?" - Karen, Derek and boys
"Thank you for a lovely holiday. Our two dogs enjoyed the garden and exploring. Visited some lovely little villages and beaches. Sea Palling being a favourite. Very dog friendly and secluded from the wind. First time visiting Norfolk and will definitely be returning. The Barn has everything we needed. Thank you again." - Naomi and Sam (and Bella and Bane)
"Thank you once again for a perfect week, its so lovely to come from all the hustle bustle to your little bubble of heaven. We did exactly what we planned to do (nothing) and we couldn't have had a better week! Us and the dogs all have a tan!! Cant wait to book in for next year already, really do make us and the pack feel right at home. Thank you. Wishing you all the very best till we see you next." - Kate and all the Mutley Crew xxx
"From the minute you step into the barn, you can feel the good vibe that surrounds it. Mary Ann and Kim are the warmest nicest people you could ever hope to meet. The goody hamper was a welcome delight and personalised for my two babies. They loved the liver treats. The jam and shortbread were amazing. The most important thing was that my two doggies were relaxed and welcomed (even though a little porky). They soon made themselves at home. Nothing was too much bother for Mary Ann and Kim. We recommend the Crown Inn at Smallburgh – very dog friendly allowing them in the restaurant. The Lighthouse Inn also a good spot. If you like fudge, nip to Wroxham Barns – the best fudge ever. Once more, many thanks for making us all so welcome." - Julie, Jackie and Brian
"Thank you Kim and Mary Ann for making us feel very welcome. Log burner was very welcome in the evenings. Dogs enjoyed all the walking they have been asleep since we have been home. Loved the complimentary Home made goodies. Bread, Jam, Shortbread, Chocolates and the dogs loved the liver treats all made on the premises." - Deborah Taylor
"A lovely break, in a lovely location. We really enjoyed our break again. Slept well in the fantastic bed." - Jill, Craig, Poppy and Henry
"A very relaxing week. The weather was brilliant so lots of long walks under the trees at Bacton Woods. Having a lovely garden to sit out in and read of a warm evening – super. Dogs enjoyed the beach runs. Thanks very much." - Fran and Cliff and the dogs.
"We had a lovely time! The homemade bread and goodies were delicious. The dogs loved their treats too. The Star Inn is a little gem. Excellent food and very dog friendly, it's highly recommended – booking advised. We’ll be back." - Karen, Craig, Lucy and Daisy
"Once again a very relaxing lovely few days. Really enjoyed our time with you both. Hope to see you in the summer. Thank you." - Love from Marilyn, David and Archie
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