Hoste Barn - Swanton Abbott, Norfolk, England

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Price range from £710 to £1034 per week
Number of units of accommodation: 1
Sleeps from 4 to 6 people in 2 bedrooms 
Number of bathrooms: 2 
Short Breaks: Yes - The minimum number of days for a short break is 0
Suitable for the disabled:  no
Children are welcome:  yes
Pet Friendly:  yes
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Old Manor Farmhouse is a fine Grade II listed 17th century wool merchant's manor house with its 17th century tithe barn, quietly situated in woodland and open farmland, not far from the National Trust's Blickling and Felbrigg estates and the private stately homes of Mannington and Wolterton.

 The farmhouse had fallen into derelict condition before being rescued in 1989 and sympathetically restored, winning the Graham Allen Award for Conservation in 1991. The barn then began its journey of restoration endeavoring to keep its vernacular past at the forefront at all times, creating a shell within which guest can live luxuriously while still appreciating the history and craftsmanship of this Grade II listed 17th century Norfolk threshing barn

Hoste barn provides a fantastic luxury retreat, or a high quality and very private corporate meeting facility.

This owner/agency has featured on since 2008

Booking and Enquiries
phone01692 538 224 or
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payment optionsPayment Options: cheque, bank transfer
Contact: Dr. Paul Everden
Parking yes Bath yes
Television yes Indoor Hot Tub no
Sky Television no Outdoor Hot Tub no
Video or DVD yes Shower yes
Microwave yes Power Shower yes
Dishwasher yes Open Fire yes
Ensuite Bathroom yes Wood Stove no
Central heating yes Laundry facilities yes
Games Room no Swimming Pool no
Garden yes Tennis Court yes
Freezer yes Jacuzzi Bath no
Balcony/Patio no Coffee Maker yes
Sauna no Internet yes
Air conditioning no
Towels provided yes Bed linen provided yes

Hoste Barn  - Swanton Abbott,

Hoste barn is a stunning property featuring a 50ft vaulted original timber framed roof throughout giving an immense sense of space and light from all perspectives. The floor of antique yorkstone flags with under-floor central heating harmoniously links all the rooms. The fully fitted oak and granite kitchen is open plan with entrance hall and snug, a perfect place to cook whilst chatting with family and friends whilst enjoying the evening sunset. The spectacular barn room is the setting for the dining and seating areas which benefit from 50 inch plasma TV and full cinema surround sound, DVD and music system, beautiful Dru log effect real fire.

The mezzanine master bedroom is set within the eves of the barn with oak floor boards, en-suite with large double ended bath. The downstairs bedroom can be made with linked beds to a double or 2 singles and features a remarkable en-suite with wet room shower and twin stone sinks.

Old Manor Farmhouse is believed to have been built for a wealthy wool merchant in 1650, though it is probable that there was an earlier property on the site dating back to the origins of the wool trade. Worstead, in the same parish, was the heart of Englands wool manufacture from the 1400’s.

The huge threshing barn is testament to its prosperity as a farm. Agriculture in the 17th century was very prosperous with the Lord of the Manor taxing the surrounding tenant farmers.

In the first half of this century it was hard to earn a living through farming and Old Manor Farmhouse gradually decayed. It was uninhabited since 1950 but still farmed, being known colloquially as Howlett’s Farm. The farmhouse and tithe barn escaped the ‘modernisation’ of the last century and therefore retained all of their original features.

There are a number of the timber wall supports still remaining amongst the 18th century brick infill which helps to date the barn back to between 1600 to 1650. These have been  preserved and displayed within the restoration. The building has been re-thatched using Norfolk reed and the roof fully repaired.

This outstanding roof dominates the light filled space being visible in its entirety throughout the barn. The internal conversion to living space has been done in a very simplistic modern style thereby accentuating the beauty of the raw vernacular building.

Working with the same builder, Malcolm Rose, who was instrumental in the gaining of the Graham Allen award for the house restoration, we were able to realize our ideas with Malcolms practical implementation, and produce a property of immense substance. At no point did we compromise the agricultural history of the barn and therefore the experience of living within this space is truly unique. .

Please visit to find out more about the holiday cottage, amenities, surrounding area and places to visit in Norfolk.

Changeover Day: Flexible

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Hoste barn is ideally situated to explore the North Norfolk coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Norfolk Broads and the cathedral city of Norwich all within 20 mins by car. Standing in unspoilt countryside not far from the National Trust's Blickling and Felbrigg estates and the private stately homes of Mannington and Wolterton. From Swanton Hill the picturesque Georgian market towns of Holt and Burnham Market, seaside villages of Cley (with its National Nature Reserve) and Stiffkey, and traditional English resort towns of Cromer, Sheringham and Wells are all within easy reach by car, and offer everything from delicatessens and antique shops to restaurants and theatres. Equi-distant are the pine woods and sandy dunes of Holkham to the west and the wild expanses of Waxham's beaches to the east. There are regular seal boat trips from Morston and Blakeney, and steam train services from Sheringham to Holt. Local shopping is at North Walsham, or at Aylsham, where a minature stream railway runs to Wroxham, in the heart of the famous Norfolk Broads, where there are regular broads cruises available. There are also a number of excellent restaurants and pubs nearby. The fine city of Norwich is England’s best preserved medieval city. Norwich is also home to a modern shopping development, Chapelfields, and boasts a thriving cultural scene. The city skyline is highlighted by two cathedrals, a Norman castle, medieval churches, the grandeur of Victorian architecture, an Art Deco City Hall and a 21st century landmark, The Forum.

Nearest Train Station or Airport: 3

Recommended Places to Visit: Norfolk Broads, North Norfolk coast, North Norfolk Steam Railway, Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall.

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Recommended Places to Eat Out: Walpole Arms, The Olive Branch.

Local Sports: cycling, sailing, horse riding, surfing, tennis on site.

Swanton Abbott

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