North Norfolk

Chaucer Barn is situated on the edge of the charming village of Gresham, tucked into a valley classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The beautiful unspoilt coast of North Norfolk is just two and a half miles away offering the vast white sandy beaches of Holkham and Wells, the 'Poppyland' towns of Sheringham and Cromer, the pretty Georgian of town Holt with its boutiques and cafes, sailing in the National Trust salt marshes, beautiful walks and year-round birdwatching.

The Norfolk Broads are a thirty minute drive away and there are a large number of historic places of interest to visit such as the Holkham and Blicking Estates.

time out

For kids, we'd recommend Cromer Zoo, the Dinosaur Park at Weston Longville and the Sea Life Sanctuary at Hunstanton. The North Norfolk Railway also runs traditional steam trains from Sheringham to Holt. If you enjoy golf, we recommend The Royal Cromer Golf Club just a few minutes down the road. Just call us here in the office for advice.

Not to be missed is crabbing at Wells Harbour, Blakeney Quay and Morston and the Seal trips from Blakeney.

Other outdoor activities include Cycling, Watersports, Horseriding, and Golf, there are a variety of excellent golf courses at Sheringham, Brancaster and Hunstanton (see www.uk-golfguide.com).

We recommend Bernies Taxi and Travel should you need a taxi service.

Best beaches

Famous for its beaches, the North Norfolk coast is a traditional destination for generations of families throughout the UK. The long sweep of sand with picturesque beach huts at Wells-Next-the-Sea and the sandy beach at West Runton (only 3 miles from The Barn) with its rock pools and a cafe. For drama, try the vast windswept beach at Holkham. Cley-next-the-Sea is offers yet another great beach and is peaceful all year round. The seaside towns of Sheringham and Cromer buzz in the summer with holidaymakers and amusements.

For more information on beaches please see www.northnorfolk.org.

Interesting places

For stately homes we'd recommend the superb Palladian Holkham Hall set in acres of deer park with events all year round and the Jacobean Blickling Hall with its beautiful gardens, open April to October (see www.nationaltrust.org.uk). The National Trust estate of Felbrigg Hall is only 2 miles from the Barn.

Bird watchers and beachcombers can't miss the world famous Salt Marshes stretching from Cley to Wells and make sure you stop off at the picturesque harbour village of Blakeney with its pubs and cafes. For best local shopping and cafes visit the quaint, yet cosmopolitan, Georgian town of Holt only 5 miles from Gresham.

eating out

There are 100s of pubs and restaurants to pick from, so we thought we'd give you our top recommendations...

Morston Hall, Morston.
Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston's restaurant.
01263 741 041

The Walpole Arms, Iteringham.
Pretty 18th Century Pub serving award winning food.
01263 587 258

The Victoria, Holkham.
Trendy well known bar/restaurant serving the best ingredients from the surrounding area.
01328 711 008

The Wiveton Bell, Wiveton.
Award winning gastro pub - 'Best Food Pub' in the EDP Norfolk Food Awards 2007.
01263 740 101

The King’s Head, Letheringsett.
Just outside of Holt, beautifully restored gastro pub perfect for all the family
01263 712 691

The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market.
A traditional pub in an extensive historic park in North Norfolk.
01263 832 010

The Dun Cow, Salthouse.
Exquisite, Norfolk-inspired food on the Coast.
01263 740 467

Saracen's Head, Wolterton.
Well worth finding... an atmospheric and unique pub serving wild and tame treats!
01263 768 909