FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions all about booking Barn Drift, before you arrive and what’s allowed.

How do we book?

To book we just ask for 30% now and a completed booking form – your final payment will be due 10 weeks prior to arrival. You will find a booking form on the Booking page of the website with all payment info, but as usual just call, text or email if you have any questions.

When will we receive access info and directions?

We usually contact you the morning of your arrival with all this information, so that you have it easily to hand that afternoon when you arrive – unless you specifically ask for it earlier.

Can we have food and wine delivered to house before we arrive?

We will do our best to make sure we are there to receive any delivery for you but it won’t always be possible.

How late can we party if we are holding an event during our stay?

There is no limit but we need to know exactly what you have planned so that we can be sure everyone is happy about it. We submit a Temporary Event Notice with the council on your behalf to keep it legal and thoughtful for local residents.

Can we preview Barn Drift and The Hangar?

Of course, anytime. Just call, text or email to book in your viewing.

Can we have extra guests?

Yes, just let us know how many and if they need camp beds made up or are just coming for an event. There are additional charges for a large event, additional linen or camping but all this can easily be found on the website on the Prices and Booking page.

Is the Barn Drift and the Hangar officially licensed for ceremonies?

Yes, the drawing room in the house has been officially licensed since 2014. In 2020 we received official licensing for the Hangar as well, allowing ceremonies to legally be held in either location. The Hangar is not automatically included with Barn Drift, there are additional charges if you wish to use it.

Can we bring dogs?

Yes, just let us know how many – we prefer no more than two at once and ask that they remain on the lead while on the farm for obvious reasons.

What is the changeover day?

We have no strict changeover day apart from in July and August when it is Friday.

What are the longest and shortest stays allowed?

Our minimum is three nights all year except July, August and Christmas week, when our shortest stay is seven nights. All year the maximum stay is 28 nights, after which we draw up a short hold tenancy agreement allowing a longer stay.

How much has to be paid in advance to reserve our dates?

A minimum of 30% has to be paid to book, the rest is due 10 weeks before arrival.

Can we pay by credit card or PayPal?

Yes, we take PayPal payments.

What are the check-in and check-out times?

You can arrive anytime after 4.30pm on your first day and we ask guests to have left by 10am at the latest.

What is the cancellation policy?

30% is non refundable unless we endure another lockdown without notice and your stay cannot be rearranged at a mutually suitable later date.

Are there any Covid safe procedures or requirements?

Yes. Our cleaning team retrained on -line during the first 2020 lockdown. This has enabled them to provide completely safe holidays and events at Barn Drift and The Hangar. We adjusted what we leave in the house and how it is furnished so that it can be safely sanitised regularly while retaining the charm and comfort it is known so well for. We leave sanitiser and new cleaning equipment in each room for each booking. Between each booking we carry out an official Covid Risk assessment and maintenance. The architecture of the house allows for a Covid Safe environment with 7 outside doors, 3 separately accessed sleeping quarters and large communal areas. Copies of the Covid Risk Assessment can be found laminated in the house file, copied in all rooms of the house. Barn Drift received the safety ‘We’re Good to Go’ award from Visit England.

Is it possible to change the dates of our booking?

Of course, just let us know when you’d rather stay and we’ll do our best to organise it for you.

What happens if we arrive and we are not happy about something in the house?

Just let us know what the problem is as soon as you can and we will sort it outit is in our interests that you have a really good time and are completely comfortable while you are at Barn Drift.

What does it cost to hire the Hangar?

It costs £1,150 to hire the Hangar, it is a 12X9 meter brick building built in the 1940s, with a classic curved tin roof. It is licensed for weddings and ceremonies and will seat 100 people. There are two large windows and huge double doors all looking out to sea. We recently upgraded the lighting inside from one bare bulb to ten very cool, steal bulk head lights and a stunning Italian glass chandelier. There is a black, electric Aga with movable stainless steal work tops and butlers sink. Cutlery, china and glasses, sofas, trestle tables, benches and chairs for up to 30 people and a loo. Outside the Hangar is an acre of lawn, two more loos and three showers – all in pretty little huts made by the English Shepherd Hut Company. The Hangar is about 50 yards from the house.

What does it cost to hire the Indian tent?

The Indian Maharaja tent costs £1,500 and we can set it up and take it down when ever and where ever you like. It is beautifully hand blocked cotton and so shouldn’t stay up for more than 4 days. It has yellow tassels sewn into the scalloped edges piped in saffron along the edges of the roof and it has removable 2 meter panel walls – so you can choose how enclosed you would like it to be.

Frequently Asked Questions all about Barn Drift and the local area.

Can we hire bicycles?

Yes, we can put you in touch with a firm direct

Can we hire a boat?

Yes, less than a mile away.

Can we hire paddle boards?

Yes, less than a mile away.

Are there local taxis and mini buses we can hire?

Yes, there are many good taxi firms to choose from, some with mini buses too and some that will do long haul pickups. They all know Barn Drift well – just ask and we can give you their numbers.

How do we get into the house on arrival?

We communicate with all guests long in advance of arrival to organise this.

Is there WiFi and good mobile phone reception at the house?

Yes, there is wifi and speeds are adequate and often excellent but sometimes drop out due to the remote location. We have an EE mast on the farm and there is a Vodaphone mast on Blakeney church, both of which provide excellent reception. However, we don’t yet have fibre optics at Barn Drift but are reliably informed that we will shortly.

What happens if there is a problem during our stay?

What ever it is we make sure that you can contact us at any time of day or night by phone, text or email and we will do our best to sort it out.

What do we do if something breaks while we are there?

Just let us know and we will sort it out with minimum disturbance to you and totally at your convenience.

How close is the house to the centre of the village and shops?

You can walk to shops, church and pub in about 10 minutes.

What shops are in the village?

Cley has a world class deli, Picnic Fayre, Cley Smoke House Smoke House and bakery, Pastonacre – as well as Pink Foot Gallery, Made in Cley Pottery, Crab Pot Books, The Barn at Artemis and Artemis Cafe. You can also get the Sunday papers through the window at York House on the Coast Road

Are there any pubs in the village?

Yes, there is The Three Swallows and The George

Can you park in the village?

Yes, there is a large free car park at the Village Hall on Church Lane and Picnic Fayre has a small car park a few door down from the shop.

Are there good walks from the house?

Yes, some of the best in England. The house is situated on private farmland with farm tracks leading to many public footpaths, the Coastal Path and beaches, as well as Salthouse and Kelling Heath, two large public areas of heathland overlooking the sea.

Can we walk to the beach?

Yes, it takes about 25 minutes, half the walk is along private farm tracks and half the walk is over public marsh footpaths. Suitable for off road pushchairs.

Can you park at the beach?

Yes

What is Cley beach like?

Beautiful and uncrowded. It is mainly shingle, sand at low tide and the sea gets deep quickly – perfect for swimming.

Is it safe to swim?

Yes, but there are strong currents and rip tides so always be careful and never leave children swimming unattended.

Can you see the sea from the garden?

Yes

Can you see the sea from the house?

Yes and when the wind is right you can hear the waves.

Where’s the nearest supermarket?

Holt, 3 miles. Fakenham, 15 miles. North Walsham, 20 miles. Small village shops full of good produce are found in the coastal villages of Cley, Blakeney, Salthouse and Stiffkey – all on the A149 Coast Road.

How close is the nearest house?

Two fields away.

Can we have extra cleaning or washing up during our stay?

Yes, we need as much notice as possible to organise this and of course there will be charges for anything above the usual weekly clean.

Is there a barbecue?

Yes, we have a large, coal-burning Egg barbecue fitted into a table kept to the south of the central walled garden.

Are there any games at Barn Drift?

We leave a few board games, croquet, table tennis and children’s toys in cupboards.

What’s the garden like?

The house sits in the middle of extensive grounds with three original walled gardens lying to the south, surrounded by lawn offering plenty of scope for marquees, small or large. The first walled garden is a gravel courtyard from which you access the front and back door, as well as the 8th bedroom. The middle walled garden is mostly paved with four established umbrella pruned trees for shade and planted up with espaliered fruit trees against the walls, fox gloves, alliums, rosemary and lavender in boarders. The end walled garden is all lawn with a large fig tree and two olives trees against one wall. There are old climbing roses over a low, ruined piece of wall. To the north is a small wood of ancient sycamore, beech and pine trees where snow drops grow in winter. From the garden you can see the sea, Cley marsh and three medieval churches across the Glaven valley .

What’s the accessibility like?

The main areas of the house are very easy to move around in a wheel chair or with sticks with wide doors, wood floors throughout and lots of space. There is a loo on the ground floor. 6 of the 8 bedrooms are accessed via a short set of 7 steps with hand rails off the kitchen. Of these 6 bedrooms two have ensuite bathrooms and one has an ensuite shower.

What is in the welcome pack?

We leave a freshly made cake, a few Nespresso coffee capsules, Norfolk Natural Living shampoo and conditioner, Barn Drift bars of natural cedar and lemon soap made by the Natural Soap Company and natural herbal hand sanitiser. We leave freshly cut flowers from the garden and an honesty bar, largely stocked with delicious Norfolk spirits.

Do you have a coffee machine?

There are two Pixie Nespresso coffee machines in the kitchen

What are the cooking facilities like?

There is an electric, 110cm Toledo Rangemaster, with 5 ring induction hob, a microwave and in the garden a Big Egg barbecue

What’s the fridge and freezer capacity?

There are two standard size fridge freezers in the kitchen and a spare under counter freezer in the boot room.

Can we have caterers at the house?

Of course, please use any caterer of your choice and we can make some suggestions if you like.

Can we have a marquee or teepee in the garden?

Yes, you can set up marquees, teepees, bell tents – whatever you like. There is plenty of room and no restrictions. There is an event fee and charges for camping units which is all clear on the Prices and Booking page of the website.

How is the house heated?

Every room has its own underfloor heating with its own thermostat in the room.

Is there an open fire or wood burning stove?

Yes, there is a large wood burner in the drawing room.

Do you supply logs?

Yes, but you can also get them locally if you need more.

Is there enough space for everyone to sit down comfortably together in the drawing room?

Yes, more than enough. There is an L-shaped modular sofa, two french daybeds, three arm chairs, two upright arm chairs and a large ottoman.

Can we bring our pets?

All pets are welcome but it is essential they are kept on a lead out on the farm and no dog mess left in the garden.

Is there any garden furniture?

Yes, lots of very comfortable garden furniture for all guests to eat out side and enjoy the garden. There are also some garden cushions.

Is there any shade in the garden?

Yes, we have four established Persian Ironwood trees planted in the central courtyard, umbrella pruned to provide a gorgeous outside room with dappled shade covering about 12 square feet. We also have two pretty, Indian hand blocked umbrellas that you can move about the garden. There is also extensive woodland for more natural shade.

What’s the parking like?

The drive leading from the road is an active farm track shared by farm machinery as well. The driveway outside the house is totally private, gravel with parking for over 30 cars. There is extensive further parking near by on the farm.

Is there a washing machine and tumble dryer?

Yes, both. The washing machine has an excellent Short Wash to be kind to the environment and we leave foldable drying racks, so you only have to use the tumble dryer in an emergency.

Is washing powder provided?

Yes, we leave a large bottle of Ecover clothes washing liquid on top of the washing machine. Here we also leave a few bottles of Norfolk Natural Living sports wash and silk wash. Both these luxury makes are kind to the environment, not using harsh ingredients.

Do you provide washing up liquid?

Yes, Ecover washing up liquid to be kind to the environment.

Do you provide dishwasher tablets?

Yes, we leave masses under both kitchen sinks. They are made by Ecover to protect the environment. We also provide Ecover Rinse Aid and salt so that you can keep the dishwashers topped up for best performance.

How many can sit at the dining table in the kitchen?

Max 16 and we have more than 16 chairs. There are also spare dining chairs around the house and two trestle tables in the hall, these seat about 8 each so if you are thinking of having a few extras over, it’s easy. There’s plenty of floor space (to date the largest dinner party held in the kitchen had 50 guests – we’ve seen pictures!)

Is there a TV?

Yes, two large wall mounted Smart TVs.

Is there Sky TV?

No – we experienced consistently poor customer service for years whenever guests reported lost signal and we needed to interact with Sky to regain adequate service – which was far too frequent so we cancelled Sky and now have two internet Smart TVs that give you access to a huge collection of 4K content, and all your catch-up TV apps including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, NOW TV and BT Sport,

Frequently Asked Questions all about the bedrooms and bathrooms

How many bedrooms are there?

8 double bedrooms, comfortably sleeping 16. Each bedroom can be made up as a super king double room or large twin room.

Are there cots and high chairs?

We keep two Ikea high chairs in the kitchen and a low cot bed in the 2nd bedroom. We also keep a small supply of cot linen in the boot room.

What are the beds like?

Really comfy. The double beds are Super King Size. The single beds are luxuriously spacious with double duvets on each so that you are always cosy. We keep two fold up camp beds at the house, great for children and teenagers, these can be set up where ever you like. We also have a small wooden cot bed measuring 140cm long and just a few inches off the ground, this is kept in bedroom 2 and is perfect for a child up to the age of about 6.

What is the bed linen like?

We’ve spared no expense providing you with White Company bed linen with high thread count, all pure cotton and every bed has two pillows and a duvet.

Are extra blankets provided?

Yes, there are rolled up blankets in every bedroom.

Do you provide hot water bottles?

Yes, two in every bedroom.

Is there a radio?

We leave a small plug-in radio in every bedroom, it’s kept in a blue cotton bag marked radio.

Do you provide hairdryers?

We leave a hairdryer in every bedroom. They are kept in brown cotton bags embroidered HAIR DRYER – you can’t miss them.

Are towels and sheets provided?

Yes, we leave three towels per guest – a bath sheet, bath towel and hand towel. We also make up all beds with two pillows per person, mattress and pillow protectors with high threat count linen.

Can we have bed linen changed during our stay?

Yes, just let us know what you need. We charge about £20 per person for fresh bed linen and towels.

Is hand soap provided?

Yes, we leave liquid Ecover hand soap in refillable glass bottles by all basins and sinks to protect the environment – as well as beautiful, hand made, customised Barn Drift bars of Cedar and Lemon luxury soap made locally by The Natural Soap Company, one of England’s oldest soap factories just a few miles along the coast at Wells Next The Sea.

Do you provide shampoo and conditioner?

Yes, locally sourced from Norfolk Natural Living, their shop is in Holt. They hand fill every bottle with pure and natural ingredients. We leave a 300ml bottle of shampoo and a 300ml bottle of conditioner for each guest to use and take home.