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Location – Cley, North Norfolk

Cley-next-the-Sea is a picturesque village on the North Norfolk coast, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cley (pronounced ‘Cly’) is just a mile East of Blakeney and 4 miles North of Holt, on the coast road between Burham Market and Cromer.

Well known for its Windmill and its magnificent church, Cley is also home to the NWT Cley Marshes Nature Reserve, internationally reputed as a premier birdwatching site. Along with its Art Galleries, specialist food shops and welcoming hostelries, Cley has much to offer.

Cley is also popular with walkers and is on the Norfolk Coastal Path which can be followed along to Holme Next The Sea where it joins the ancient Peddlars Way National Trail – ideal for those who like a challenge.

Cley was originally a lot more ‘next the sea’ than it is now – in the Middle Ages it was a thriving trading port and the harbour was in front of St Margaret’s Church – hard to imagine when you visit the area today. Sadly the village was struck by the plague and a misguided landowner who attempted land reclamation which caused the river to gradually silt up, both of which contributed to a decline in the population and wealth of the village. Some lovely pictures of old Cley can be seen in St Margaret’s Church.

The village now thrives from tourism primarily drawn in by the diverse beaches, huge skies, walks, sailing and varied wildlife. Cley is a place of peace and tranquility and offers a warm welcome to anyone who wants to come and enjoy the area.

There is parking at Cley beach or you can take an easy and beautiful 20 to 30 minute walk gently down hill from Barn Drift across private fields and along raised marsh pathways.


“Just to say WOW what a wonderful place – we are absolutely thrilled to be spending our summer holidays here!”

Emily Shelley

“The perfect venue for this family get-together – it is absolutely beautiful”

Michael's 50th Birthday

“The barn is a masterpiece in renovation, charm and beauty and despite the number of us we never felt crowded.”

Mrs Griffin

“A truly stunning house, we will be back.”

Miss Motts

“We really had a wonderful time at Barn Drift. The house is exquisitely decorated and in such a lovely location.”

Shoonagh Hubble

“Lovely place to stay, have had a wonderful family get together!”

90th Birthday Celebration

“Everyone loved the house... everything you need and much more.”

Richard and Sue

“We had a fantastic week, great house! You never know what you're going to find next!”

Heaveys, Lowes & Clarks

“Beautiful barn, lovely comfy beds. We loved the Norfolk Coast & big blue skies.”

Christine, Eugene, Pauline & Joe, John & Marian, Terry & Pam, Hillary & Wally

“We had a most wonderful time at Barn Drift. Voted the best holiday house ever by the family!”


“A lovely house in a beautiful area. Thank you!”

Helen Bentley

“Feels like a home rather than a rental property. Fantastic place to celebrate.”

Party, June 2012

“Fantastic stay! Lots of laughs in a warm, well-equipped and welcoming place. Beautiful surroundings. Thank you.”

Holly Barlow

“Certainly has the 'wow' factor. Ideal for our family get-together and Lucy's 21st! A lovely time.”

A. Cuthbert

“Had the most wonderful time in the world. Thank you.”

Tim & Jo

“Such a relaxing time spent in this fabulous holiday home with our family.”

Sue & Paul Lawrence

“Wonderful house. Fully equipped. Highly recommend.”

August 2015

“Amazing property within a beautiful setting”

June 2016

“Relaxing, calm, beautiful.”

June 2016

“Exceeded our expectations”

August 2016

“Excellent holiday retreat”

August 2016

“The Perfect Wedding Reception at Barn Drift!!!”

September 2016

“Perfect venue for the wedding”

October 2016

“Stunning house in a magical location”

January 2016

“Excellent venue for the family Christmas”

December 2015

“Amazing setting and imaginatively designed accommodation.”

June 2015

“An absolute treat! Wonderful!”

June 2015