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.




Autumn Looking Forward

At Barn and Beach we gave you the A to Z of things to do places to see in Norfolk & Norwich this summer, we had some classics;

Banham Zoo

Upton Dyke

Kelling Quags

Being three instantly memorable favourite Norfolk days out! It was quite a task getting through the twenty six letters of the alphabet in one calendar month, especially as many of the places were visited to write bespoke pieces about the location. The great positive was it vastly improved the knowledge of the county.

As I write the autumn mists are swirling around the barn…

Autumn Norfolk
Autumn Morning Norfolk

We are in a reflective mood but also a very positive forward thinking one too… there are changes Barn & Beach is losing old partnerships from the New Year.

Changes are being made to the website as I type, new partnerships are being forged, hopefully our client list will grow, organically, of course.

If Slow is the way of the season the harvest is coming in; the potato fields are being cleared miles of freshly tilled brown clod are all around it has a striking beauty, Norfolk…….

Norfolk farming
Tilled Fields

Barn & Beach have slowed too, however we are still welcoming many new guests to the Beach Houses, the village locations have slowed now but will welcome families in the half-term holidays once again.

The calendar for next year is already filling up, if you want to be in the ‘best Beach Houses’ in our beautiful county now is the time to choose especially Beach Place & Beach View  which have only a hand full of weeks in the peak holiday season 2015!


Barn & Beach Norfolk Holidays
Barn & Beach Norfolk Holidays

Barn & Beach Norfolk holidays, relaxing places to stay……..

Waiting t’ Spring

North Norfolk Coast

Early February

The game season is over, however there is still plenty of availability, try Farm to Fork to Fish in Coltishall they were selling some fantastic game at the weekend.

I once read that the French can’t believe we don’t make more of the game on our doorstep, it would seem we are improving though; fabulous gastropubs along the Norfolk coast bear testament.

At the weekend we tried The Black Boys Inn at Aylsham a quaint Norfolk market town with a smattering of shops pubs, cafes and restaurants and, of course,  the narrow gauge railway that runs to Wroxham, 

The Black Boys is part of the group that operate Farm to Fork a very nice concept with some lovely inns around the county. Look them up when you visit Norfolk….

Norfolk Pheasant
Pheasant enjoying the peace and quiet, Norfolk


A mile to the west and you are at Blickling Hall which has fabulous grounds for a winter stroll but really needs a whole page to itself to describe its wonderful aspects.

Visit Norfolk, Aylsham, Coltishal and Blickling Hall visit Barn & Beach relaxing places to stay….



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.

Visit Norfolk with Barn & Beach relaxing places to stay…