Quaker Barns, although very rural, are brilliantly situated for getting out and about to explore Norfolk. It’s only a twenty minute drive to Wroxham, in the heart of the Broads, and the stunning north Norfolk coast is just half an hour away. Norwich can also be reached in twenty minutes.
From both Barns you will find uninterrupted views across open fields. You can walk from the door along field and footpath. Deer can often be seen leaping through the bracken and there is an abundance of birdlife so do bring your binoculars. Miles of quiet country lanes are perfect for cyclists, and the 30-mile Marriott’s Way (old railway line) is just fifteen minutes away by pedal.
Hire a boat on the Broads and idle the time away, or paddle your way around in a canoe or kayak and commune with the herons. As for the coast, there is huge variety on offer: wild and windswept Holkham beach, famously seen in the finishing shots of ‘Shakespeare in Love;’ Wells-next-the-Sea for its pretty beach huts; the salt marshes at Stiffkey for creek swimming and mudfights; or Sheringham for seaside shops and fish and chips.
If historic country houses are your thing then Norfolk is perfect as it is packed with them: Holkham, Houghton, Oxborough and Sandringham to name but a few. Magnificent Jacobean Blickling Hall is less than fifteen minutes from the Barns.
There are a number of fabulous country pubs within easy reach of the Barns, including The Buckinghamshire Arms at Blickling, The Walpole Arms at Itteringham and The Earle Arms in the ‘secret’ village of Heydon. Further afield there’s the Gunton Arms on the edge of Gunton deer park, The Dun Cow at Salthouse and The Victoria at Holkham, all serving excellent food.
Shop nearby in the Georgian market towns of Reepham, Aylsham and Holt. Browse and have a coffee in The Dial House or pick up a loaf in Bread Source. Great butchers and suppliers of fresh, local produce include Farm to Fork and G. F. White. If you don't feel like cooking pick up a wood-fired pizza at Husk.
Children can meet Crocklebugs and Twiggles at Bewilderwood, walk with dinosaurs at Weston Park, ride zipwires or climb the wall at Hilltop Adventure Park, or travel back in time at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.
Norwich is famous for its medieval cathedral, Norman castle (now a museum) and colourful, covered market. It also offers a huge variety of shops and cafes as well as a wide range of restaurants and nightlife.
While there's plenty for everyone to do Quaker Barns is also the perfect place simply to relax or get together with family and friends.
Images credits: Holkham Beach, Norfolk Lavender & Norwich Cathedral.