Little Barn, Briston

Melton Constable, Norfolk
+44 (0)1263 861619
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Charming gardens for you and your dog in a barn conversion in rural Norfolk half an hour from coast


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Down a peaceful country road through fields where horses quietly graze, to an 1880s Norfolk farmhouse with a glorious garden behind. Little Barn is attached but utterly private and Sally and Ken could not be more welcoming.

Inside is immaculate yet homely; cook as elaborately as you like in the well-equipped kitchen/diner while chatting to everybody else in the sitting room with cosy wood-burner a step below.

French windows open to your own beautifully kept piece of garden with table and chairs for eating al fresco – you’re free to roam the big garden too. Take walks or cycle from your front door, stock up in Briston (one mile), the coast is half an hour away. Comfortable to return here after a day of blowy walks, crabbing, bird and seal watching, or exploring historic Holt.

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We think you'll love

  • The abundant birdlife in the secluded garden and hedgerows
  • That dogs are welcome and have access to the large, secure garden
  • Walking for half an hour to the Hunworth Bell pub, renowned for its food
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You should know

  • The twin room has low, sloping ceilings
  • Both bedrooms share a bathroom


  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3.30pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
3-night stays, £399.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 20-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £82
Weekly price
from £595
1 Barn for 4
From £823 beds2 bedrooms


Little Barn is a little gem! Tucked away in quiet countryside away from the hustle and bustle but within easy reach of the coast and the best of North Norfolk. Sally & Ken were most welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed. The property itself is a delight - tastefully furnished to a high standard - we were always happy to return to this cosy retreat after our days out. The garden is lovely and has plenty of options for sitting in sun/shade. We were also grateful that it was dog secure. We were sorry to leave and have already re-booked for next year. Highly recommend! :)

Melanie, Kettering

Little Barn's decor and arrangement is as thoughtful and gracious as its hosts, Ken and Sally. From extra woollen rugs for the (two! hurray!) sofas, to well placed handles, lamps and chairs, the cottage is well thought through, beautifully decorated and devoid of clutter. The little eaves bedroom is so simple and pretty, and the garden is a joy, even with the endless winter we've just had. Everything is beautiful. It all just works. Super location with a perfect start-the-day dog-walk straight from the door, and lots to do within driving distance. Little Barn is an absolute gem.

Maria, London

I'm keeping Little Barn a secret! Sally and Ken made us feel so welcome - warm and cosy, spotlessly clean and everything you'd need in the kitchen. Extra pillows and blankets were in the wardrobe along with cosy hot water bottles. The garden turned into a winter wonderland on frosty mornings and always full of birds. Thank you Sally and Ken, we'd love to come back sometime!

Jenny, London

Our stay at Little Barn was wonderful! Just what we needed in these strange COVID times. The pretty little cottage extension is tastefully furnished, super clean and really 'comfy and cosy'. An extra treat was the lovely garden created by Sally and Ken, which we had great views of from the lounge and bedroom. The cast iron wood stove just added to our pleasure. Sally and Ken were so welcoming and relaxed - perfect. We will definitely come back to Little Barn and highly recommend it.

Kathy, Brooks Green, Horsham

Thanks to Ken and Sally this was one of the most comfortable cottages we’ve ever stayed in. No sign of any plastic/leather chairs thank goodness. One problem is that now we’re home I may have to buy a new bed/mattress as the one in the cottage was so comfortable. We will definitely be back, hopefully next year, to sit in the lovely garden and do more exploring.

Helen, Newark

Little Barn is as charming as its name - nestled down a picturesque country lane, spotlessly clean, stylishly furnished and blessed with its own delightful garden designed by the kind and friendly owners, Ken & Sally who after distinguished careers as illustrators decided to become professional gardeners. North Norfolk's many attractions are within easy reach. Highly reccomended.

Frank, London

We had a wonderful stay at this delightful cottage - the accommodation, layout, facilities and attention to detail were all exceptional .. the weather was glorious so we were able to eat outside enjoying the peace and quiet and beautiful garden every day .. we highly recommend a stay here , there is plenty to do in the area - local walks , cycle rides, steam train trips and the coast is just a short easy drive away . Thank you Sally and Ken , we look forward to a return trip.

Denise, London

We spent a delightful week in Little Barn with two friends and their dog. The cottage is both truly relaxing and extremely well equipped. We wanted a quiet week in a peaceful environment and found Little Barn more than lived up to our hopes. Sally and Ken are charming and helpful, ready for a chat but only there if you want them. The surrounding country is quiet, very rural and beautful. We told Sally and Ken that we would go there again and we do mean to.

Chris and Elaine, Battle

This is a delightful hideaway off the main tourist track in north Norfolk. Sally and Ken are professional gardeners, and the setting is delightful. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and we felt very at home. We felt secluded, but not isolated. Highly recommended!

Mary, Worcester

Little Barn is very well situated for exploring north Norfolk, we had a wonderful week. We enjoyed having the space in the cottage for ourselves and our small dog, we were all made very welcome by the hosts. On rainy days we had the wood burner going and could relax in a very cosy living room looking out onto the expansive garden. We will surely come again and can highly recommend Little Barn.

Robert, Enkhuizen

Little Barn is a great place to stay if you love the countryside and want access to the beautiful North Norfolk coastline. The cottage is spotlessly clean and well maintained and the garden is equally pretty. The location is perfect for day trips to places like Cley, Holt and Blakeney, with all their independent shops and cafes. We had a fantastic time!

Emily, London

A lovely cosy cottage. Ideal location for exploring the Norfork coast and country side. Extremely clean and fresh. Dogs welcome, but you would not know that animals have ever visited. Glancing at the visitors book, it was noted that many visitors have returned year after year - a true testament to the quality, comfort and eye to detail. Lovely garden in summer and spring, snug in autumn/winter with glowing wood burner. We will be back and we will (have) recommend to friends, hence 10/10

BARRY, Robertsbridge

A cosy and comfortable barn conversion. Spotlessly clean, very well equipped, lovely private garden and a wood burner that warms the whole property, there is central heating but we hardly used it.

Jacquie, Long Buckby

Little Barn is a pretty cottage with a lovely garden. We found it very clean and well equipped with everything that we needed, including a wood burning stove. There is much to see and do in North Norfolk and we found the cottage ideally situated for visiting the area. We hope to return next year.

Susan, Hertfordshire

the cottage is really lovely - in a perfect peaceful location, it is really well equipped. The owners are really helpful if you need anything and we bought our dog and the garden is enclosed. Reasonably priced and really clean. Gorgeous Holkham beach is only 20 minute drive and perfect lovely beach, really dog friendly.


The most perfect retreat. lovely cottage and Sally and Ken have thought of everything to make Little Barn so comfortable. Cosy and warm, comfy bed, charming garden and lots of space to relax in. Little Barn is in a very pretty part of Norfolk with lots to see and do locally, lovely walks and the perfect cottage to return to after a bracing autumn walk. We had just a short break but loved every minute.

Penny, Exeter

Our last visit was the 10th time we have stayed at Little Barn , which must speak volumes on it's own!! The cottage has everything you could wish for and the garden is beautiful. The owners, Sally and Ken are always welcoming and really helpful. The beach at Wells next to the sea is a short drive away with its miles of sand. The Georgian town of Holt is nearby and supermarkets are easy to find in the vicinity. There are a number of Pubs and eateries nearby producing some excellent dining. I cannot praise Little Barn too highly we will be returning next year for our 11th visit.

Evelyn, Chelmsford

We stay at Little Barn regularly, three summers and Easter. We absolutely love it there, accommodation is very comfortable, kids love it, amazing garden, peaceful and owners are absolutely delightful. We will be back again!!

Maree, Bishops Stortford

This was our second visit to Little Barn and we loved it just as much as the first! The cottage is very comfortable, well organised and well-equipped. The garden is beautiful and it is quiet and peaceful. There is tons to do in Norfolk for fine or rainy weather and something for all ages. The owners are on hand to help if you need it. Thoroughly recommended.

Imogen, Edinburgh

Peaceful, relaxing and tranquil, this cottage is excellently equipped. It's our fourth visit and we should really be keeping this wonderful secret to ourselves !! John & Joy

John, Leicestershire

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The neighbourhood

Little Barn is in a peaceful, rural area surrounded by fields with horses and sheep. The village of Briston is roughly 20 minutes on foot, five minutes by car, and has a butcher, baker, fresh fish shop and pub. Nearby Holt provides everything else. The North Norfolk coast is half an hour's drive.

Local points of interest from Sally Holmes

  • Little Barn is in the middle of Norfolk in a quiet, rural location surrounded by fields. Set off in any direction, you will find something to interest you. History,art, wildlife, cafes & pubs, walking. See what you can find. Coffee in Holt is a good start.
  • Norfolk is full of history. Experience the Viking and Middle Ages at Norwich Castle & Cathedral, as well as the many rural Saxon & Norman churches, reputedly 600! A trip on the Poppy line from Holt to Sheringham takes you back to the Steam Age.
  • Enjoy the abundant wildlife at the Pensthorpe, Titchwell and RSPB nature reserves. Take a boat trip from Blakeney or Morston to see the seals at Blakeney Point. Spend the day on one of the lovely beaches, or step out on a bracing coastal walk.
  • There are some interesting tea shops to visit. The Village Store in Itteringham has been trading since 1637! Try the award winning tea shop in the quaint village of Heydon, the eccentric Dial House in Reepham. Great coffee in the Black Apollo in Holt.
  • There are many gardens to visit. Houghton, Blickling and Felbrigg all have wonderful walled gardens and walks at any time of year. The Old Vicarage at East Ruston is inspiring and full of ideas for gardeners. There are also open gardens in season.
  • The whole family will enjoy adventure days at the magical world of Bewilderwood or the Jurassic world of the Dinosaur Park near Norwich. Explore the Priory Maze near Sheringham, or cycle safely with the family at Blickling or Holkham.


Sally Holmes

Sally and Ken live in the farmhouse attached; they were illustrators for many years and now design and maintain gardens. They’ve been running this place for years and strive to make their guests happy and comfortable: free logs for the wood-burner, a bottle of wine, milk, coffee and tea. They try to welcome you but if that's not possible they leave clear instructions for picking up the keys.