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Avocet

Norfolk, United Kingdom

Per week

from 825.00 to 2282.80 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Lynne Johnson

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:
  • Availability Updated:10 hours 11 minutes

BFB's Overview

Home to possibly Britain’s first luxury and carbon neutral cottages, Home Farm Cranmer is a beautiful cluster of eight homely but stylishly converted barns and luxury eco-cottages set on 170 acres of sweeping farmland and gardens just a few minutes’ drive from many of the best beaches and sophisticated market towns of the North Norfolk coast.

Along with fabulous eco-credentials, cosy wood burners and luxurious touches, these 1- 6 bedroom cottages also benefit from shared use of a striking indoor heated pool, a toddlers play house, useful baby gear and pre-bookable services such as babysitting, meal delivery and massage/beauty therapy, that combine to provide a level of relaxation that can prove elusive on a holiday with toddlers.


Avocet Cottage is one of three new (Aug 2009) architect-designed eco cottages, which are said to be Britain's first carbon-neutral luxury holiday accommodation. Each has been designed with equal emphasis on style, luxury, comfort and sustainability. From their elegantly furnished sun terraces, guests can watch both the stunning sunsets and the small wind turbine generating their electricity. Meanwhile, the luxurious tiled floors inside the cottages benefit from geothermal (earth-warmed) heating, whilst solar panels provide their hot water. Although small amounts of gas and heating oil are used, they are offset by surplus electricity from the turbine which is sold to the National Grid - bringing the net carbon emissions for the three cottages down to zero.

Like all the converted cottages at Cranmer, Avocet combines modern architectural design with the best of the original features, the high vaulted ceilings and beautifully lit timber trusses are complemented by stylish contemporary colour schemes, modern kitchens and stylish, yet practical furnishings - testament to the Johnsons' backgrounds both in design and parenting! The cottage is set on one level making it ideal for both less mobile adults, including wheelchair users, or toddlers, although it may be worth noting that the tiled floors can be slippery when wearing just socks.

 

Avocet sleeps six in 3 bedrooms (1xdbl, 1xtwin/dbl & 1xtwin with 2x2'6" beds) but  can interconnect with Garden House, to create a large, 6-bedroom cottage with spacious communal lounge and dining table for 12.

Location Information

Kids love the local steam railways, wildlife centres, dinosaur park, aquarium and seal spotting boat trips. Lynne can arrange cycle hire with tag-alongs and baby seats. A number of nearby National Trust houses have family friendly restaurants, play areas and playgrounds. Other family-friendly dining options include lunches at The Victoria, Holkham and The White Horse at Brancaster, or excellent fish and chips on Wells Quay. Nearby Walsingham Farm Barns sell a fantastic range of speciality foods direct from small suppliers, along with some excellent fresh-made ready meals. Alternatively, use pre-bookable baby-sitting and sample the excellent Galton Blackiston's Michelin starred Morston Hall.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 35%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 35%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Rates

10 May - 23 May 2019 : £1022 /week24 May - 30 May 2019 : £2056 /week31 May - 6 Jun 2019 : £1295 /week7 Jun - 13 Jun 2019 : £1195 /week14 Jun - 27 Jun 2019 : £1195 /week28 Jun - 4 Jul 2019 : £1488 /week5 Jul - 11 Jul 2019 : £1695 /week12 Jul - 18 Jul 2019 : £1895 /week19 Jul - 29 Aug 2019 : £2195 /week30 Aug - 5 Sep 2019 : £1265 /week6 Sep - 12 Sep 2019 : £1120 /week13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : £1075 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : £1025 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : £1025 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : £1795 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : £1795 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : £1025 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : £825 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : £825 /week20 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 : £1685 /week27 Dec - 31 Dec 2019 : £1685 /week1 Jan - 3 Jan 2020 : £1918.8 /week4 Jan - 6 Feb 2020 : £904.8 /week7 Feb - 13 Feb 2020 : £1165.84 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : £1165.84 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : £858 /week1 Mar - 26 Mar 2020 : £858 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : £1019.2 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : £1866.8 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : £1866.8 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : £1866.8 /week24 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 : £1165.84 /week1 May - 7 May 2020 : £1658.8 /week8 May - 21 May 2020 : £1062.88 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : £2138.24 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : £1346.8 /week5 Jun - 11 Jun 2020 : £1242.8 /week12 Jun - 25 Jun 2020 : £1242.8 /week26 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : £1547.52 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : £1762.8 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : £1970.8 /week17 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : £2282.8 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : £1315.6 /week4 Sep - 10 Sep 2020 : £1164.8 /week11 Sep - 24 Sep 2020 : £1118 /week25 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : £1066 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : £1066 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : £1866.8 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : £1866.8 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : £1066 /week6 Nov - 26 Nov 2020 : £858 /week27 Nov - 17 Dec 2020 : £858 /week18 Dec - 24 Dec 2020 : £1752.4 /week25 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : £1752.4 /week10 May - 23 May 2019 : €1164.252 /week24 May - 30 May 2019 : €2342.175 /week31 May - 6 Jun 2019 : €1475.251 /week7 Jun - 13 Jun 2019 : €1361.332 /week14 Jun - 27 Jun 2019 : €1361.332 /week28 Jun - 4 Jul 2019 : €1695.115 /week5 Jul - 11 Jul 2019 : €1930.927 /week12 Jul - 18 Jul 2019 : €2158.765 /week19 Jul - 29 Aug 2019 : €2500.522 /week30 Aug - 5 Sep 2019 : €1441.075 /week6 Sep - 12 Sep 2019 : €1275.893 /week13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : €1224.629 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : €1167.67 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : €1167.67 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : €2044.846 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : €2044.846 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : €1167.67 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : €939.8317 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : €939.8317 /week20 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 : €1919.535 /week27 Dec - 31 Dec 2019 : €1919.535 /week1 Jan - 3 Jan 2020 : €2185.878 /week4 Jan - 6 Feb 2020 : €1030.739 /week7 Feb - 13 Feb 2020 : €1328.113 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : €1328.113 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : €977.425 /week1 Mar - 26 Mar 2020 : €977.425 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : €1161.062 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : €2126.64 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : €2126.64 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : €2126.64 /week24 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 : €1328.113 /week1 May - 7 May 2020 : €1889.688 /week8 May - 21 May 2020 : €1210.822 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : €2435.862 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : €1534.261 /week5 Jun - 11 Jun 2020 : €1415.785 /week12 Jun - 25 Jun 2020 : €1415.785 /week26 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : €1762.919 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : €2008.164 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : €2245.116 /week17 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : €2600.543 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : €1498.718 /week4 Sep - 10 Sep 2020 : €1326.928 /week11 Sep - 24 Sep 2020 : €1273.614 /week25 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : €1214.376 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : €1214.376 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : €2126.64 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : €2126.64 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : €1214.376 /week6 Nov - 26 Nov 2020 : €977.425 /week27 Nov - 17 Dec 2020 : €977.425 /week18 Dec - 24 Dec 2020 : €1996.317 /week25 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : €1996.317 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 35%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

John and I moved from cosmopolitan Islington to this wonderful peaceful backwater in 1998. John had family ties with North Norfolk along with many happy memories of childhood holidays here and we wanted to bring up our daughter in a greener and more relaxed environment.
Over the past 11 years we have lovingly restored what was a dilapidated farmhouse with a pile of ramshackle barns into award-winning luxury eco-cottages, preserving many of the historic features and recycling original materials along the way. With the recent acquisition of the surrounding 168 acres of farmland and Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme we are revitalising the landscape too.
We had very little experience of the tourism business when we first opened: I trained at the Royal college of Art as a fashion designer and John is a specialist lighting consultant lighting art galleries around the world. Our backgrounds have bought a unique edge to our business and certainly John’s engineering skills have been essential in developing our unique combination of renewable energy technologies at Home Farm.
We never seek to impose ourselves on our visitors but we are available to offer first hand experience of discovering the best places to visit and experience. We deliver discreet and friendly service and someone is usually on hand to deal with life’s little emergencies. We constantly look for ways to surpass expectations whether it is in supplying baby friendly extras or locally produced food delivered to your door. We focus on high quality with a strong green ethos as part of our sustainable lifestyle strategy. We aim to deliver a memorable Norfolk holiday experience for all who visit and offer somewhere great to stay.
Lynne Johnson

John, Lynne & Emily Johnson

What do they love about it?

We have a passion for boating so Norfolk really comes alive for us from April once the sailing season begins. However we also love the wide open sandy beaches and sultry marshland walks in the winter months. We were not birdwatchers before we settled here but with all of our hedgerow and tree planting we are continuing to notice a myriad of new visitors to the fields and gardens. Other favourite things include the wonderful autumnal tree walks held at Blicking Hall and Sherringham Park. A picnic on Holkham beach is pretty hard to beat but the excitement of horse racing at Fakenham has also provided a number of memorable days out with friends. Pensthorpe and Sculthorpe Moor are also favourite haunt - I could go on and on, best to come and see for yourself.

What do the kids love about it?

What’s not to love; miles of golden sand, empty beaches, steam railways in the image of the Thomas books, Boggle and friends and Bewilderwood, Bug trails and pond dipping at Pensthorpe, bike riding through Holkham deer park and Blickling Hall gardens. Our daughter Emily is now rather too grown up for these things and far too cool, however she will admit to enjoying a visit to Pensthorpe and of course a beach picnic with friends on Scolt head island which is such a hip place to hang out in the summer months. Crab racing down the slip way at Burnham Overy makes hauling out sailing boats at the end of the tide a perilous affair, but local families have enjoyed the pastime over many generations. A recent 4 year old niece’s birthday party in a beach hut at Wells was great fun, even if it did rain briefly. Ferry trips and seal spotting is a fantastic way to see the coast on a good day but a walk with bucket and spade and a picnic from one of the delis in Burnham Market or Wells is pretty unbeatable too.

Fast Facts

Sleeps 5 adults - King sized bed + travel cot, superking zip &link beds bedroom 2 + travel cot , 5ft king size bed or 2 x 2ft6" children's beds in compact bedroom 3 .

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Many glorious beaches within a 20-30min drive

Any Pool

The pool at Cranmer is beautiful with huge windows offering lovely rural views. The water temperature and that of the changing rooms is kept comfortable for babies and toddlers. It should be noted that babies under 12 months are unfortunately not permitted to use the pool.

Babysitting

Babysitting by a police-checked and approved sitter can be pre-booked.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby equipment provided includes cots, high chairs, baby baths, night lights, baby monitors and children's utensils.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

There are DVDs, toys and bedtime story books available for in-cottage loan

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Gourmet hampers and delcious freshly pre-pared ready meals can be pre-booked on request.

Outdoor Toys

There's a new timber outdoor play area at Cranmer and a wendy house for younger children.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Massage and beauty therapy treatments via a visiting local therapist can be pre-booked.

Onsite Restaurant

Cranmer Cottages are primarily self-catering but meal delivery and private chef services are available on request.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates provided where needed

Tennis Court(s)

There are 2 all-weather tennis courts onsite

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Several cots and highchairs are available on request

Reviews

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  • perfect place to stay with a toddler.Review dated 10/09/2014

  • Fantastic property and ideal for families with children, particularly 5yrs old Quiet, relaxing with beautiful scenenary - definitely recommend!Review dated 07/05/2013

  • Lovely comfortable and beautifully decorated family friendly cottage.Review dated 07/04/2013

  • We had a fantastic time in Avocet. We were 4 adults, a 6month old, 7 month old and 2year old. We were all very happy with the facilities especially the swimming pool. The accommodation was very clean and five star quality. Great location too- we would definitely re book the cottage.Review dated 09/10/2012

  • We haved stayed at Cranmer on a couple of previous occasions and loved it. Avocet is a significant step up in quality from the existing accomodation and is very well equipped and stylishly designed. Our kids (4 and 2) love going to Cranmer, particularly the beautiful pool. We would highly recommend it.Review dated 03/11/2009

perfect place to stay with a toddler.

Fantastic property and ideal for families with children, particularly 5yrs old Quiet, relaxing with beautiful scenenary - definitely recommend!

Lovely comfortable and beautifully decorated family friendly cottage.

We had a fantastic time in Avocet. We were 4 adults, a 6month old, 7 month old and 2year old. We were all very happy with the facilities especially the swimming pool. The accommodation was very clean and five star quality. Great location too- we would definitely re book the cottage.

We haved stayed at Cranmer on a couple of previous occasions and loved it. Avocet is a significant step up in quality from the existing accomodation and is very well equipped and stylishly designed. Our kids (4 and 2) love going to Cranmer, particularly the beautiful pool. We would highly recommend it.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 6 guests.



Rates

10 May - 23 May 2019 : £1022 /week24 May - 30 May 2019 : £2056 /week31 May - 6 Jun 2019 : £1295 /week7 Jun - 13 Jun 2019 : £1195 /week14 Jun - 27 Jun 2019 : £1195 /week28 Jun - 4 Jul 2019 : £1488 /week5 Jul - 11 Jul 2019 : £1695 /week12 Jul - 18 Jul 2019 : £1895 /week19 Jul - 29 Aug 2019 : £2195 /week30 Aug - 5 Sep 2019 : £1265 /week6 Sep - 12 Sep 2019 : £1120 /week13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : £1075 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : £1025 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : £1025 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : £1795 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : £1795 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : £1025 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : £825 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : £825 /week20 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 : £1685 /week27 Dec - 31 Dec 2019 : £1685 /week1 Jan - 3 Jan 2020 : £1918.8 /week4 Jan - 6 Feb 2020 : £904.8 /week7 Feb - 13 Feb 2020 : £1165.84 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : £1165.84 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : £858 /week1 Mar - 26 Mar 2020 : £858 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : £1019.2 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : £1866.8 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : £1866.8 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : £1866.8 /week24 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 : £1165.84 /week1 May - 7 May 2020 : £1658.8 /week8 May - 21 May 2020 : £1062.88 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : £2138.24 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : £1346.8 /week5 Jun - 11 Jun 2020 : £1242.8 /week12 Jun - 25 Jun 2020 : £1242.8 /week26 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : £1547.52 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : £1762.8 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : £1970.8 /week17 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : £2282.8 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : £1315.6 /week4 Sep - 10 Sep 2020 : £1164.8 /week11 Sep - 24 Sep 2020 : £1118 /week25 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : £1066 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : £1066 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : £1866.8 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : £1866.8 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : £1066 /week6 Nov - 26 Nov 2020 : £858 /week27 Nov - 17 Dec 2020 : £858 /week18 Dec - 24 Dec 2020 : £1752.4 /week25 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : £1752.4 /week10 May - 23 May 2019 : €1157.742 /week24 May - 30 May 2019 : €2329.078 /week31 May - 6 Jun 2019 : €1467.002 /week7 Jun - 13 Jun 2019 : €1353.72 /week14 Jun - 27 Jun 2019 : €1353.72 /week28 Jun - 4 Jul 2019 : €1685.636 /week5 Jul - 11 Jul 2019 : €1920.13 /week12 Jul - 18 Jul 2019 : €2146.694 /week19 Jul - 29 Aug 2019 : €2486.54 /week30 Aug - 5 Sep 2019 : €1433.017 /week6 Sep - 12 Sep 2019 : €1268.758 /week13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : €1217.781 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : €1161.141 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : €1161.141 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : €2033.412 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : €2033.412 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : €1161.141 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : €934.5765 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : €934.5765 /week20 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 : €1908.802 /week27 Dec - 31 Dec 2019 : €1908.802 /week1 Jan - 3 Jan 2020 : €2173.655 /week4 Jan - 6 Feb 2020 : €1024.976 /week7 Feb - 13 Feb 2020 : €1320.687 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : €1320.687 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : €971.9596 /week1 Mar - 26 Mar 2020 : €971.9596 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : €1154.57 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : €2114.749 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : €2114.749 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : €2114.749 /week24 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 : €1320.687 /week1 May - 7 May 2020 : €1879.122 /week8 May - 21 May 2020 : €1204.052 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : €2422.241 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : €1525.682 /week5 Jun - 11 Jun 2020 : €1407.869 /week12 Jun - 25 Jun 2020 : €1407.869 /week26 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : €1753.062 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : €1996.935 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : €2232.562 /week17 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : €2586.001 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : €1490.338 /week4 Sep - 10 Sep 2020 : €1319.509 /week11 Sep - 24 Sep 2020 : €1266.493 /week25 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : €1207.586 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : €1207.586 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : €2114.749 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : €2114.749 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : €1207.586 /week6 Nov - 26 Nov 2020 : €971.9596 /week27 Nov - 17 Dec 2020 : €971.9596 /week18 Dec - 24 Dec 2020 : €1985.154 /week25 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : €1985.154 /week

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