Organic Growth

Organic Growth; a term I like to use when asked of the progress at Barn & Beach and my small band of Norfolk self-catering cottages.

Of course, I bang this drum often when discussing my gardens and allotment which of course have lots of Organic Growth, no chemicals pesticides or other undesirables in our gardens, don’t ya know!

Today has been a good day as I have seen a little Organic Growth on the cottages front too; well its not exactly a cottage this bit of Organic Growth is being constructed as I type.

Shepperd Hut, Norfolk, Cottage Holidays
Shepherd Hut in Progress

The stage is set, almost, last weeks storm surge at Walcott on the North Norfolk coast left us a bit untidy, however, it is nothing a digger and a spare day can’t put right….watch this space

The Plot, Shepherd Hut, Norfolk Holidays, Walcott, Bacton
The Plot Thickens

So as the plot thickens and the winter days quickly pass us by we are racing against time to have “Sandy’s Little Sister” in situ and ready for our first guests around about Easter time.

The Shepherd hut isn’t on Barn & Beach website yet but if your willing to take a chance or enjoy the thought of a blind date? do give us a tinkle and we will put your name down on the guest list for a  very reasonable sum!

Coming to a beach near you soon Barn & Beach’s first foray into the merry world of Glamping, I can guarantee it will be more Glam than cam, it truly is going to be a stunner.

Enjoy Organic Growth; Visit North Norfolk with Barn & Beach this Spring.




T – Time

Time, a precious commodity, we have to take stock, follow the seasons and the signs.

At the Allotment; I always feel I’m chasing time when it comes to sowing, planting, harvesting and tidying; I’m behind time, catching up or thinking about it but seldom on it…but what is it? Time.

Is there an exact time to sow, grow and reap or is a state of mind, the chap who always has to be first, surely that is a state of mind and has nothing to do with time?

Allotment, Norfolk, Barn & Beach
The Lotty

Today, despite a dreadful weather forecast I spent two hours planting out the last of the ‘spuds’ and tidying an adjacent strip to a neighbouring allotment (so the owner will think I’m a reasonable chap), and my weeds don’t embarrass his onions, or even embrace them.

The Allotment is largely turned now and its time to get the seedlings ready for the beginning of May. We have terrible forecasts for the last week of April “Gardeners Beware” announces the  weatherman each evening after the Channel 4 news…Frost.

Time to take stock, walk down to the beach and admire this flock –

Walcott; seabirds; Norfolk; Holidays
Seagull on Seawall at Walcott, Norfolk

It’s not a bad place to kill time, throw a few stones, dodge a few waves, but you must wrap up warm or be incredibly brave, Norfolk in Spring Time with Barn & Beach.

We are nearly there on this old A to Z Challenge (click if you want to see some others taking part), not much time left now, eh?




Horsey Mill

Horsey, Seals, North Norfolk
Horsey Beach North Norfolk

Lying in wait behind the dunes a colony of hundreds of grey seals are watchful and aware of their human audience.

Thousands of people flock to this wild exposed beach annually now since the arrival of the colony in recent years.

Probably an extension of the famous colony on the point at Blakeney that can be visited and viewed on one of the numerous boat trips from Morston harbour.

If you wish to make the journey?

North Norfolk coast
Ravaged Sea Defence

try the National Trust car park out at the windmill (Horsey Mill); a great view point if you wish to see the canopy of the Broads a man made wilderness this is the spot.

You can then walk out across the salt marshes over the dunes and down the beach to the seals, there are two advantages to this route, it is not the choice of the hordes, you see much more of this unique environment and therefore hopefully take home a richer reward in memories.

Take only photographs, leave only footprints, Visit Norfolk.




Truly Local

Truly Local

Provenance, provenance, provenance we hear so much of it now it’s a great movement on the back of the ever popular Farmers Markets and Slow living advocated by the doyen of the movement Alistair Sawday.

So with remarkable providence a one off trip to the nearby town of Stalham, one that is rarely visited as it thought that it offered little except a medium sized Tesco store. How that view has been changed.

North Walsham the local market town has always taken precedence over Stalham, even though they are equidistant from the Barn & Beach properties, one being promoted by Griffon and the other by Happing. Meadowside barn and the Beach House both fall under the Griffon Partnership and for this reason North Walsham is more often the choice to market.

On Friday last week the discovery of ‘Truly Local’ a  CIC (community interest company) they boast that all the produce in the store comes from a maximum of thirty-five miles radius of the store. It had to be thirty-five to include the Whisky of St Georges distillery which is the only whisky distilled in England.


So Stalham High Street it turns out is a plethora of small independent stores and may, with the introduction of Truly Local, have just taken the lead in where Barn & Beach will collect its grocery and welcome packs.

A deal is being struck with the management so that a truly Norfolk welcome pack can be put together and delivered to the Beach House on Saturdays, changeover day, this will hopefully encourage our visitors to include provenance as a key part of their Norfolk holiday.

The shop, its displays, and most of all its produce are a truly delightful find. Hopefully it is only a small step and the start of more local artisan projects that can lift the profile of this often forgotten part of beautiful North Norfolk.

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