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Garden House

Norfolk, United Kingdom

Per week

from 895.00 to 2295.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Lynne Johnson

Member since Nov 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:
  • Availability Updated:12 hours 54 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.

Garden House 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.

Garden House sleeps six in 3 bedrooms but can interconnect with Avocet Cottage, 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

13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : £1165 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : £1075 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : £1075 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : £1945 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : £1945 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : £1155 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : £930 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : £930 /week20 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 : £1825 /week27 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 : £1825 /week4 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 : £895 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : £1275 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : £1275 /week28 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 : £895 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : £1195 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : £1895 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : £1895 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : £1695 /week24 Apr - 7 May 2020 : £1095 /week8 May - 14 May 2020 : £1345 /week15 May - 21 May 2020 : £1095 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : £2195 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : £1495 /week5 Jun - 18 Jun 2020 : £1425 /week19 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : £1495 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : £1795 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : £1995 /week17 Jul - 23 Jul 2020 : £2195 /week24 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : £2295 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : £1895 /week4 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 : £1245 /week18 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : £1095 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : £1095 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : £1895 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : £1895 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : £1245 /week6 Nov - 18 Dec 2020 : £945 /week19 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : £1898 /week4 Jan - 28 Jan 2021 : £1010 /week13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : €1318.943 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : €1217.051 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : €1217.051 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : €2202.012 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : €2202.012 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : €1307.622 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : €1052.89 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : €1052.89 /week20 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 : €2066.156 /week27 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 : €2066.156 /week4 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 : €1013.265 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : €1443.479 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : €1443.479 /week28 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 : €1013.265 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : €1352.907 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : €2145.405 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : €2145.405 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : €1918.977 /week24 Apr - 7 May 2020 : €1239.693 /week8 May - 14 May 2020 : €1522.728 /week15 May - 21 May 2020 : €1239.693 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : €2485.047 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : €1692.549 /week5 Jun - 18 Jun 2020 : €1613.3 /week19 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : €1692.549 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : €2032.191 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : €2258.619 /week17 Jul - 23 Jul 2020 : €2485.047 /week24 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : €2598.261 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : €2145.405 /week4 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 : €1409.514 /week18 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : €1239.693 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : €1239.693 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : €2145.405 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : €2145.405 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : €1409.514 /week6 Nov - 18 Dec 2020 : €1069.872 /week19 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : €2148.802 /week4 Jan - 28 Jan 2021 : €1143.461 /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

2 King sized bedrooms, 1 x twin room + 2 infant. Every adult, child or infant must have an allocated bed or travel cot.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Many glorious beaches within a short 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

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 where necessary

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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  • A wonderful location, ideal for exploring beach areas or Norwich. A really well appointed property overlooking a field/play area where we saw wildlife each day. The swimming pool was a bonus. We had a fabulous family week.Review dated 04/05/2014

  • Our toddler had a fantastic time between the wendy house and swings and the immaculately kept swimming pool. The Garden House accommodation was lovely - well appointed, modern yet warm and cosy and great in the late afternoon as the sun streamed into the living room. The proprietors are friendly, let us get on with things but were there if we needed them.Review dated 06/04/2011

  • 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

  • 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

A wonderful location, ideal for exploring beach areas or Norwich. A really well appointed property overlooking a field/play area where we saw wildlife each day. The swimming pool was a bonus. We had a fabulous family week.

Our toddler had a fantastic time between the wendy house and swings and the immaculately kept swimming pool. The Garden House accommodation was lovely - well appointed, modern yet warm and cosy and great in the late afternoon as the sun streamed into the living room. The proprietors are friendly, let us get on with things but were there if we needed them.

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.

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
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*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 3 guests.



Rates

13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : £1165 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : £1075 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : £1075 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : £1945 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : £1945 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : £1155 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : £930 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : £930 /week20 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 : £1825 /week27 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 : £1825 /week4 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 : £895 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : £1275 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : £1275 /week28 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 : £895 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : £1195 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : £1895 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : £1895 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : £1695 /week24 Apr - 7 May 2020 : £1095 /week8 May - 14 May 2020 : £1345 /week15 May - 21 May 2020 : £1095 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : £2195 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : £1495 /week5 Jun - 18 Jun 2020 : £1425 /week19 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : £1495 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : £1795 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : £1995 /week17 Jul - 23 Jul 2020 : £2195 /week24 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : £2295 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : £1895 /week4 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 : £1245 /week18 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : £1095 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : £1095 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : £1895 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : £1895 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : £1245 /week6 Nov - 18 Dec 2020 : £945 /week19 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : £1898 /week4 Jan - 28 Jan 2021 : £1010 /week13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : €1319.211 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : €1217.298 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : €1217.298 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : €2202.46 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : €2202.46 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : €1307.887 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : €1053.104 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : €1053.104 /week20 Dec - 26 Dec 2019 : €2066.575 /week27 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 : €2066.575 /week4 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 : €1013.471 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : €1443.772 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : €1443.772 /week28 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 : €1013.471 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : €1353.182 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : €2145.841 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : €2145.841 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : €1919.367 /week24 Apr - 7 May 2020 : €1239.945 /week8 May - 14 May 2020 : €1523.038 /week15 May - 21 May 2020 : €1239.945 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : €2485.552 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : €1692.893 /week5 Jun - 18 Jun 2020 : €1613.627 /week19 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : €1692.893 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : €2032.604 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : €2259.078 /week17 Jul - 23 Jul 2020 : €2485.552 /week24 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : €2598.789 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : €2145.841 /week4 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 : €1409.801 /week18 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : €1239.945 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : €1239.945 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : €2145.841 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : €2145.841 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : €1409.801 /week6 Nov - 18 Dec 2020 : €1070.09 /week19 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : €2149.238 /week4 Jan - 28 Jan 2021 : €1143.694 /week

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