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Comfortable barn conversion in peaceful countryside setting.

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom single story barn conversion in a very quiet rural location.

Ellie and Richard welcome you to The Rural Retreat. The barn, tucked away behind the owners' home, was converted in 2009. Initially run by Ellie as an award winning bed and breakfast, but laterly converted to letting accommodation providing very peaceful and comfortable accommodation for two. Wake to bird song each morning. There are no noisy roads nearby, just peace, quiet and tranquillity. Perfect for those who enjoy walking, cycling, bird and wildlife watching or simply relaxing.

Situated in the Yare Valley, the southern side of the Norfolk Broads, close to the picturesque village of Loddon, you can spend your time here either exploring Norfolk and North Suffolk or staying local, enjoying walks on along the Wherryman's Way, Hardley Flood, Rockland and Surlingham Broads, the Ted Ellis nature reserve and local RSPB reserves.

Despite the quiet location we are very close to Norwich (15 - 20 min drive to the city centre). The Norfolk and Suffolk coasts are within easy reach and the delightful Waveney valley towns of Beccles and Bungay are less than 15 mins drive.

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Norwich Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with quality comfortable super king size bed which can be made into twin beds. Quality bed linen with feather duvet. Two chests of drawers, wardrobe, dressing table and floor standing mirror. Hair Dryer.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
Notes on accommodation: No smoking. No Children. No dogs. Please note that the nearest pub is 2 miles away in Loddon and Chedgrave. This accommodation is suitable for 2 adults only wishing to get away from the stresses of everyday life. It is very quiet.


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Comfortable barn conversion in peaceful countryside setting.
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

A real "get away from it all" break!

  • 5 of 5

A charming cottage in a rural location, which is just what we wanted. The cottage was charming; quiet, spotless, tastefully decorated, very comfortable, fully equipped and cosy. Would certainly recommend. Thank you Elena.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect place to stay for a peaceful country break.

The barn is tastefully decorated and very comfortable and despite being in the country, it is within easy reach of some lovely small towns, the coast and the city of Norwich.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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  • 5 of 5

everything about this accommodation is five star although it is situated in the middle of the countryside, it could not be faulted.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Gray's, Essex, England

Quiet, clean and spacious.

  • 5 of 5

Nice touch with delicious chocolate cake on arrival. Comfy bed and a pleasant surprise resident brood of pheasants.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Perfectly maintained and equipped. Great locarion.

  • 5 of 5

The property exceeded our expectations. The owners could not have been more friendly and helpful yet unobtrusive, from the welcoming vase of flowers to the pint of milk in the fridge. The "cottage" was tastefully decorated and furnished, and we felt at home immediately. The peaceful situation was exemplified by the pheasant family that wandered up and down the driveway morning and evening.

A wonderful place to spend a week relaxing. Thanks Ellie!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Very comfortable indeed, beautiful peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

This was such a comfortable, airy and roomy place to stay, every need catered for, and a very good night's sleep in a truly luxurious bed! We took full advantage of the countryside around and were very lucky with some beautiful weather, walks around the broads, and visits to local pubs and haunts. We particularly recommend The Swan in Loddon, and the White Horse in Chedgrave and the Reedham Inn. We walked into Loddon (about 30-35 mins) down the country lanes and back by starlight - very lovely. Many thanks to Elena for her welcome (chocolate brownies much appreciated) and equipping the place with such detail and thoughtfulness.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Elena Rockley
Member since: 2015
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This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Elena Rockley

Ellie ran a very successful B&B but has now converted the accommodation for holiday letting.

Elena Rockley purchased this barn in 2006

Why Elena Rockley chose Norwich

We moved from Norwich because we wanted to live in the countryside. We love the area because it is rural but not far from civilisation! The river Yare is about a mile from our door and we have lovely views of the grazing marshes from our home. Otters, marsh harriers, waterfowl, chinese water deer, barn owls can all be seen on the nearby rivers, fields and marshes.

What makes this barn unique

We are ideally situated for walking along the Wherryman's Way footpath. Hardley Windmill is situated along the path and is open to the public during the summer. RSPB nature reserves are a short driving distance away.

Located in South Norfolk we are close to the county of Suffolk not far from the lovely market towns of Beccles and Bungay.

Norwich is a easy 20 minute drive. Southwold is only 40 minutes away.


Carrow Road
Rosie Lee's Tea Rooms
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Norwich Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The White Horse
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The White Horse


Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft 30 minute drive away. Southwold 45 mins.


Norwich Airport 15 miles.


Loddon and Chedgrave are 2 miles away. Norwich is 10 miles. Beccles is 8 miles.

Further Details:

Shops, pubs, restaurants, cafe, bank, convenience stores located at Loddon and Chedgrave.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Arrival time from 4 pm. Departure time 10 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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