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Stunning, moated 16th Century Manor House and 2 Beautifully restored Barns - Virginia Barn

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill

Overview

Description

Virginia Barn

Virginia Barn with 2 Kingsize,1 small double and 1 Twin Room bedrooms and 3 bathrooms offers 5 star en suite self catering accommodation in a private and rustic setting. Accessed from the driveway of Blo Norton Hall, this spacious barn conversion has been expertly designed and refurbished. It also provides ample parking,and is superbly equipped including a comfortable and stylish lounge area, elegant dining and a baby grand piano.


About the property

Blo Norton Hall / Barns

An exquisite Elizabethan (Tudor) moated Manor House and 2 Beautifully restored and luxuriously equipped barns on the grounds of Blo Norton Hall,in the heart of Norfolk

Blo Norton Hall sleeping 18 in 8 bedrooms with en-suits with further accommodation sleeping 8 in Virgina Barn or 6 in Duleep Singh Barn . They are available all year round as a separate or joint rental with Blo Norton Hall.

The Main house is furnished throughout with antique furniture. Family portraits and other pictures line the grand oak staircase and reception rooms. The entrance hall leads into the Main Hall where access to the drawing room with the hi tech hi fi allowing piped music through out the ground floor and the Sitting room where one can relax watching Tv or just admire the gardens, the fireplaces are a real treat in the autumn to keep you cozy and warm. The large charismatic open plan kitchen is on the east of the entrance hall with direct access into the gardens. There is 1 small open pond and a larg pond surrounded by reeves, young children should be supervised whilst in the gardens as these are not fenced off, a wonderful walk into the woods the children can find swings to play on. The old library is now a twin room with a further single room if requested off the TV lounge, although this is great for those less able there is not bathroom just 2 WCs at either end.

The first floor corridor leads to six luxurious bedrooms with six bathrooms / shower rooms ( five en-suite).

The second floor provides outstanding views of the surrounding gardens and offers a further king sized bedroom with en-suite and a further large lounging area with TV and Ping Pong Table, ideal for the kids.

Virginia Barn sleeping 8 in four bedrooms, 2 King size with ensuites, 1 twin and 1 bunk bed with shared bathroom on the ground floor. A fantastic space with beamed high ceilings, great for entertaining friends and family, with open plan large kitchen. To the front you will find a patio to enjoy a bbq on those sunny days and to the rear a shared area laid to turf, ideal for the children to safely run and play.

Duleep Barn, is smaller but very cozy and still contains all the items you would expect in a well stocked house. With 2 bedrooms, a Kingsize Master bedroom with ensuite over looking beautiful farmland and a twin room, shared bathroom. There is a sofa bed in the open plan lounge and kitchen. Private patio area with BBQ and shared garden to the rear.

Local Amenities: Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve

(IP22 2HX) Tel : 01379 688333. Fax : 01379 688333

Boundary Farm Riding Stables (IP22 2QP) Tel : 07908 223600

Place of Interest around 2 miles away.

Knettishall Heath Country Park (IP22 2TG) Tel: 0845 606 6067

Place of Interest around 4 miles away.

Bressingham Gardens (IP22 5XR) Tel: (44) 01379 686900

Banham Zoo (NR16 2ES) Tel: (44) 01953 887771

Place of Interest around 5 miles away.

Wyken Hall Vineyards (IP31 2DW) Tel: (44) 01359 252372

Place of Interest around 6 miles away.

Ancient House Museum, Thetford (IP24 1AA) Tel: (44) 01842 752599

Place of Interest around 10 miles away.

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum (IP14 5PW) Tel : 01449 672670

Place of Interest around 13 miles away.

Wingfield College (IP21 5RB) Tel: 01206 769607

Grime's Graves (IP27 0TP) Tel: 01842 810656

Place of Interest around 14 miles away.

Bury Saint Edmunds Cathedral (IP32 7BW)) Tel: 01284 748720

Church of Saint Andrew, Wingfield (IP21 5RA) Tel: 01379 586609

Museum of East Anglian Life (IP14 2DF) Tel: 01449 612229

Theatre Royal, Bury Saint Edmunds (IP33 1QR) Tel: 01284 769505

01284 769505

Moyse's Hall Museum (IP33 3BU) Tel: 01284 706183

Nowton Park, Bury Saint Edmunds (IP29 5LX) Tel: 01284 763666

Place of Interest over 15 miles away.

Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve (IP30 0AL) Tel: 01449 737996

West Stow Country Park (IP28 6HF) Tel: 01284 728718

Stonham Barns Craft Centre (IP14 6AP) Tel: 01449 711755

Newmarket Racecourse (CB8 0TG)

Box Office / Tickets: 0844 579 3010

All other enquiries: 0844 579 3010

More Details

Property Manager
Sue McGrath
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Sue McGrath

Hi my name is Sue MCgrath and I have been managing Blo Norton Hall since my boss Mr Lorimer purchased in 2009 where he refurbished and brought it to life. With such a beautiful property my job is very easy, we love to rent it out so you and your families can enjoy the house for the many different events you would like to hold with a large group of people.

Sue McGrath purchased this barn in 2009

Why Sue McGrath chose Suffolk

Blo Norton Hall is not modern, does not have great Wi-FI, you cant get a phone signal, the furniture is antique and the floors uneven but what it lacks in Hotel sophistication it makes up for with character and it has bundles of it! I love it for its quirkiness and when children arrive their faces light up, for they see how great hide and seek is going to be. Its very special to me and I am sure it will become to you, some of our guests have been returning year after year, it grows on you.

What makes this barn unique

The house is a coming together and a celebration of family events, you find yourselves talking because we do not have Hi tech equipment or X boxes, the phones don't work very well so you find communication becomes key, even the kids join in! We are not one of these places who hike up all the bank holiday rates, we have 3 rates and pass the discounts on to everyone, so you pay a low rate Jan - July, that's right no increase for Easter or May bank holidays, there's a summer rate and of course Christmas and New year. We believe that everyone should benefit especially those with young children. We hope you enjoy as much as I and my staff enjoy working and maintaining it.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We all got home last Sunday safely. Actually we have enjoyed our stay in Virginia Barn for relaxing and peaceful. This holiday has been fantastic for the whole family. Also we found in the property everything we needed.

We expect to come back to Virginia Barn at some point of the next summer.





Look forward to seeing you again and thanks a lot for everything.
Aug 2013
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Available Rentals

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Notes

Security deposit returnable £250

Please call for 2 or 4 night breaks

10% discount if booked with Blo Norton Hall

Payment:
Can be made by either Cheque, Bank Transfer or Credit Card.
Please Note, the Refundable Good housekeeping deposit is banked and refunded within 5 working days


Amenities

Diss Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
General:
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ground Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ensuite
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin Room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Bunk bed
  • All beds have been hand made and painted, giving you a relaxing nights sleep.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Virginia Barn
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 22 reviews
5

Fabulous setting for house party with friends

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 7 family friends (age 2-45) just spent a brilliant long weekend at the Blo Norton property (renting the hall AND two barns). The hall is grand, charming, quirky and comfortable with numerous large spaces for groups to congregate. The barns are fabulously converted with modern kitchens and cozy interiors. Suggest you can plan on four families sleeping in the hall, two in the largest barn and 1 in the small barn.

Sue McGrath (property manager) and Karen (the housekeeper) patiently answered all of my questions prior to arrival. Check in was easy and we conveniently arranged a Sainsbury's delivery to arrive shortly after we did.

Our group spent Saturday morning exploring the extensive grounds. These included open lawns at the barns (not apparent on outdated google map satellite images), the wooded drive and landscaped gardens at the hall and a meadow behind the hall. Some of us ran a local park run or visited Wyken Vineyards' farmer's market and gardens (highly recommended) where we collected eggs, fresh asparagus, breads and artisanal treats for the weekend. We walked to the White Horse in Thelnetham for lunch, which handled our large group expertly and served outstanding food. Our dinners were catered by Emma Biggs Catering (highly recommended). The kids sat down first to a family style/large dish dinner while the adults enjoyed canapes and a glass of champagne by the fire followed by a three-course meal. Superb!

Sunday, after a fry up in the well-equipped hall kitchen, we hosted Grey Goose archery (highly recommended) who set up targets for the children, and the parents enjoyed a quick go as well. We used the hall's two gas grills for a Sunday BBQ at the large,18-person table by the property's pond. Lawn games and walks on the grounds and around the village kept us entertained until Emma arrived again with another perfect dinner.

We were truly spoiled at Blo Norton and the kids are already begging to go back. Memories for a lifetime.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

Excellent for a weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Really pleased with the barns. We had a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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A relaxing weekend in a beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

I spent a long weekend in Virginia Barn and Duleep Singh Barn with a large group of friends and we all had a fabulous time. The property was perfectly clean and had everything we needed. In the run up to the weekend there were several things I wanted to check and all my questions were answered very quickly. We went for a great walk around the nearby Lopham Fen.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

great place to base yourself

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time and the little touches like bread and milk etc was much appreciated. It does get a tad warm inside so be warned! There is an excellent pub 20 mins walk through the estate so do make the effort to walk there and give them your business. Sue was great to deal with.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Most amazing 30th birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Barns for my 30th birthday weekend.

Everything from booking the barns all the instructions were very straight forward.

We had a lovely weekend all the recommendations that are sent to you when you book were amazing. The White horse pub were we had lunch on the Saturday, the archery and the catering in the evening, all worked like clockwork.

The barns were lovely to relax in and very comfy beds as well.

We had such a lovely weekend and so lucky with the weather as well.

Thank you so much would definitely recommend

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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4

It was fantastic , all as expected , great service when booking.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time , warm and relaxing , just right for 5 friends to hang out , loved having the piano and the big open space .

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Stanstead
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The White Horse, Thelnetham
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Diss
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The white Horse, Thelnetham
Car: necessary

The Village itself is surrounded by quiet lanes, ideal for walking, cycling and painting and is close to Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Blo Norton Hall is the perfect choice for a relaxed stay in the East Anglian Countryside.

Blo Norton is situated close to the picturesque Norfolk and Suffolk Borders making it ideal to explore all that both counties have to offer.

Blo Norton lies on the River Little Ouse which separates Suffolk from Norfolk.

The Hall reputedly provided the setting for Virginia Wolf’s short story The Journal of Miss Joan Martyn. In the story the main character, Rosamund Merridew, is a historian researching England's land-tenure system

Attractions and Places of interest close by:

Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve,

Boundary Farm Riding Stables,

Knettishall Heath Country Park,

Bressingham Gardens,

Banham Zoo,

Wyken Hall Vineyards.

Nearest Local Towns:

Diss/ Thetford

Garboldisham (0.5) m.

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