Barn Drift

Cley next the Sea, Norfolk
+44 (0)7966 828326
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£723 - £1313
per night
£5904 - £9191
per week

A grand dining hall and super kitchen, perfect for big gatherings. Spot spoonbills on the salt marsh, sea swim or walk to delis and pubs


8 beds


8 bedrooms


Sleeps 16

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£723 - £1313 per night

£5904 - £9191 per week

The Experience

Let yourself in through the arched door – this lovely house was once a cattle shed, left to crumble when the cattle moved to new digs. Bedrooms are calm and filled with books, antiques and fresh flowers from the garden. Sink into squashy sofas in the drawing room for after-dinner drinks from the honesty bar.

The dining hall can seat up to 45, but is equally lovely for cosy dinner parties and folding doors give views over the walled garden, its mature olive and fig trees and many roses. The three linked walled gardens are full of birdsong and sun all day long, and lovely for wandering in and out; sprawl on neat lawns or read under the umbrella of the Persian ironwoods.

The well-equipped kitchen is a pleasure to cook in – with oodles of space for wine and all your supplies – and there’s a Big Green Egg for barbecuing. Spot seabirds and spoonbills on walks through the salt marsh to the beach for a morning dip; explore the delis and pubs of Cley, browse antiques in Georgian Holt.

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We think you'll love

  • Bringing the whole family – children, dogs, granny – and having a proper seaside holiday and lazy days in the garden with a barbecue
  • Exploring Cley and Holt, buying lovely food and bringing it back to cook in the superb kitchen
  • Walking on the coastal path, spotting rare birds, coming back to hot showers or baths and a comfortable drawing room
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You should know

  • Bring everything you need for cooking with you, including basics – even salt, as nothing is left in the kitchen. Alice leaves you vouchers for the lovely village shop in Cley
  • The ground floor is all on one level but there are a few steps down, or up, to bedrooms


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £723
Weekly price
from £5904
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available £80 per person per week.
1 Barn for 16
From £7238 beds8 bedrooms


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in July, August & Christmas. Extra camp beds available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.


Come for sea air, wonderful birdwatching, swimming, walking on the Coastal Path, cycling or just lazing in the beautiful gardens. It's a grand spot for a gathering of family or friends and a short stumble to Cley for good shops and pubs. The feel is definitely luxurious and at the same time relaxed and child and dog friendly.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're at the end of a long track on the family farm, 20 minutes' walk through the marshes to the beach – it's great for birdwatching. Set out along the coastal path to Blakeney or Salthouse. Cley, with its specialist food shops, deli, pubs and art gallery, is a 10-minute walk. Visit Holt, three miles, for antiques and Partridges Food Hall. The National Trust's Holkham, Blickling and Houghton are close.

Local points of interest from Alice Atkinson

  • Go to the well established Picnic Fayre for cheese, wine, sausage rolls, milk, chocs & incredible pastries made by a retired pastry chef just a few doors along! Also in Cley is the long established Smoke House for the finest smoked fish and crayfish tails.
  • The beautiful coastal path, accessed from Barn Drift on foot will take you to the east or west for over 20 miles of stunning & varied marsh & beach paths. Walk east to Salthouse village shop & Dun Cow pub or west to Cley and Blakeney for even more.
  • Pink Foot Gallery in Cley sells art & sculptures. The Barn at Artemis, tucked behind Artemis Cafe, sell anything from dresses to antiques. Cley Windmill sometimes has a pop up cafe - keep an eye on their website.The 2nd hand book shop opposite is wonderful.
  • On the Coast Road, is the NWT Bird centre overlooking the stunning Cley Marsh, world famous for its birds, frequented by migrating birds. Book a seal trip from Morston on an old fishing boat to see the local seal colony basking on Blakeney Point.
  • Holt, 3 miles in land has food halls, cafes, boutique, gift shops and antique halls. Bayfield Hall Stables Antique Centre is found west of Holt or visit the masses of open gardens & stately homes all around, such as Felbrig, Blickling, Holkham or Houghton.
  • The pubs & restaurants locally are fantastic, ranging from the best local crab sold from a garden shed on the village green in Salthouse to Morston Hall where one of England's finest chefs will cook for you - and everything in-between.


Alice Atkinson

Garden designer Alice grew up here. The farm has been in her family for generations and she now lives in the main house. As a child, she and her sisters would walk past the old barn where the cattle over-wintered for many years, until they were moved and it fell out of use. She designed the house and gardens herself and has transformed it from crumbling wreck to welcoming home.