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  • Owl kitchen
    Owl kitchen
  • Cranmer Country Cottages luxury indoor swimming pool
    Cranmer Country Cottages luxury indoor swimming pool
  • Owl bathroom
    Owl bathroom
  • Owl living space
    Owl living space
  • Owl living space
    Owl living space
  • Owl access to gardens
    Owl access to gardens
  • Owl bedroom1
    Owl bedroom1
  • Owl bedroom 1
    Owl bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 2 - Twin 3ft beds
    Bedroom 2 - Twin 3ft beds
  • Owl private terrace
    Owl private terrace
  • Shared gated gardens at Cranmer Country Cottages
    Shared gated gardens at Cranmer Country Cottages

Owl

Norfolk, United Kingdom

Per week

from 595.00 to 1745.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Lynne Johnson

Member since Oct 2009
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BFB's Overview

Former fashion designer, Lynne Johnson and her lighting consultant husband, John, have lavished both their skills on this cluster of five homely but stylish converted barns near the glorious beaches and sophisticated market towns of the North Norfolk coast. The Johnson’s parenting experience is evident in the balance they’ve achieved between style and family-friendly comfort with simple contemporary furnishings that easily ensure stress-free living- even with toddlers in tow! These cottages are ideal for families who enjoy independence and privacy but will appreciate the strikingly beautiful indoor heated pool, toddlers play house and pre-bookable service that aid relaxation when it comes to holidays with toddlers.

Owl is ideal for families, all set on one level, it allows parents the peace of mind that crawlers and toddlers won't come across to many dangerous obstacles. There is a lovely open plan living/dining and kitchen area is comfortable decorated and proves a great spot for the whole family to relax. The kitchen is well equipped and is handily positioned for busy mums and dads to be able to keep an eye on the little ones whilst whipping up some breakfast. The first bedroom is a double with a large king sized bed and plenty of room for a cot or z bed, the second bedroom is a twin and ideal for mini guests. There is one family bathroom complete with bath and overhead shower. The cottage offers lovely views of the surrounding grounds and it has often been reported that little ones have spotted a range of wildlife including rabbits, partridges and the odd hare. Outside there is a spacious terrace, ideal for a spot of lunch or a cold glass of wine once the little ones are safely tucked up in bed.

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 try 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 : £895 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : £875 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : £875 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : £1230 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : £1230 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : £740 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : £695 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : £695 /week20 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 : £1262 /week4 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 : £595 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : £895 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : £895 /week28 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 : £595 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : £795 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : £1395 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : £1395 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : £1195 /week24 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 : £925 /week1 May - 6 May 2020 : £925 /week7 May - 14 May 2020 : £1095 /week15 May - 21 May 2020 : £925 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : £1595 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : £1095 /week5 Jun - 18 Jun 2020 : £925 /week19 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : £1095 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : £1195 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : £1495 /week17 Jul - 23 Jul 2020 : £1625 /week24 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : £1745 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : £1395 /week4 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 : £1095 /week18 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : £925 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : £925 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : £1325 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : £1325 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : £825 /week6 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 : £595 /week21 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : £1295 /week4 Jan - 28 Jan 2021 : £655 /week13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : €1009.113 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : €986.5626 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : €986.5626 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : €1386.825 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : €1386.825 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : €834.35 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : €783.6125 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : €783.6125 /week20 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 : €1422.905 /week4 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 : €670.8625 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : €1009.113 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : €1009.113 /week28 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 : €670.8625 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : €896.3625 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : €1572.863 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : €1572.863 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : €1347.363 /week24 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 : €1042.938 /week1 May - 6 May 2020 : €1042.938 /week7 May - 14 May 2020 : €1234.613 /week15 May - 21 May 2020 : €1042.938 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : €1798.363 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : €1234.613 /week5 Jun - 18 Jun 2020 : €1042.938 /week19 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : €1234.613 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : €1347.363 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : €1685.613 /week17 Jul - 23 Jul 2020 : €1832.188 /week24 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : €1967.488 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : €1572.863 /week4 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 : €1234.613 /week18 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : €1042.938 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : €1042.938 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : €1493.938 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : €1493.938 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : €930.1876 /week6 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 : €670.8625 /week21 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : €1460.113 /week4 Jan - 28 Jan 2021 : €738.5125 /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

King sized bedroom, space for travel cot, plus twin room with 2 single beds. Every adult, child or infant must have an allocated bed or travel cot.

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 local sitter can be arranged.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby equippment provided includes cots, high chairs, baby baths, night lights, baby monitors and children's utensils. There are microwaves and hand blenders provided in the cottage kitchens.

Indoor Toys

A selection of DVDs, toys and bedtime story books suitable for all ages are available.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Delicious fresly prepared ready meals and hampers of local produce can be arranged. Alternatively, buy them direct from the Walsingham Farm shop nearby.

Outdoor Toys

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

Visiting Spa Therapist

Treatments via a visiting local beauty therapist can be pre-booked

Onsite Restaurant

Cranmer is primarily slef-catering but meal deliveries and private chef services can be arranged, see below.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates on request

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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  • Fantastic venue for the little one. Plenty of space to run around and the pool facility was fantastic. The lack of Wi-fi and with no phone signal was a big negative for us. That being said we had a lovely week.Review dated 24/09/2018

  • We had a fantastic weekend staying in the Owl cottage. Suited our needs perfectly. Plenty of room for our 18 month-old to run around in - he really enjoyed himself. The pool and playroom lived up to expectations. Hope to return in the future!Review dated 27/11/2017

  • A magical place in beautiful surroundings, which we were sad to leave. This is the perfect farm stay for young families - the owners know their market. Impressive facilities yet intimate. The highlight was the morning feed of the animals with farmer Simon, a true showman and fantastic with the children. Hats off to Simon and Margaret for what they've built at Birchill Farm.Review dated 23/05/2016

  • We had a fantastic stay! We will definitely be coming again.Review dated 09/09/2014

  • We had a lovely time. The house is beautiful and comfortable. The pool and games room being the highlights of our stay. We plan to come back in the summer to make the most of the barbecue.Review dated 04/11/2013

  • Friendly welcome,cottage everything we could want.Review dated 09/06/2013

  • We had a brilliant time! I would thoroughly recommend Cranmer to anyone - esp with young family. The Cottage was lovely, pool fab, and great location for lots to do in North Norfolk. Review dated 03/11/2009

Fantastic venue for the little one. Plenty of space to run around and the pool facility was fantastic. The lack of Wi-fi and with no phone signal was a big negative for us. That being said we had a lovely week.

We had a fantastic weekend staying in the Owl cottage. Suited our needs perfectly. Plenty of room for our 18 month-old to run around in - he really enjoyed himself. The pool and playroom lived up to expectations. Hope to return in the future!

A magical place in beautiful surroundings, which we were sad to leave. This is the perfect farm stay for young families - the owners know their market. Impressive facilities yet intimate. The highlight was the morning feed of the animals with farmer Simon, a true showman and fantastic with the children. Hats off to Simon and Margaret for what they've built at Birchill Farm.

We had a fantastic stay! We will definitely be coming again.

We had a lovely time. The house is beautiful and comfortable. The pool and games room being the highlights of our stay. We plan to come back in the summer to make the most of the barbecue.

Friendly welcome,cottage everything we could want.

We had a brilliant time! I would thoroughly recommend Cranmer to anyone - esp with young family. The Cottage was lovely, pool fab, and great location for lots to do in North Norfolk.

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 9 guests.



Rates

13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : £895 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : £875 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : £875 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : £1230 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : £1230 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : £740 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : £695 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : £695 /week20 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 : £1262 /week4 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 : £595 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : £895 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : £895 /week28 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 : £595 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : £795 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : £1395 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : £1395 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : £1195 /week24 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 : £925 /week1 May - 6 May 2020 : £925 /week7 May - 14 May 2020 : £1095 /week15 May - 21 May 2020 : £925 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : £1595 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : £1095 /week5 Jun - 18 Jun 2020 : £925 /week19 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : £1095 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : £1195 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : £1495 /week17 Jul - 23 Jul 2020 : £1625 /week24 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : £1745 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : £1395 /week4 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 : £1095 /week18 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : £925 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : £925 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : £1325 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : £1325 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : £825 /week6 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 : £595 /week21 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : £1295 /week4 Jan - 28 Jan 2021 : £655 /week13 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : €1009.113 /week27 Sep - 10 Oct 2019 : €986.5626 /week11 Oct - 17 Oct 2019 : €986.5626 /week18 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 : €1386.825 /week25 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : €1386.825 /week1 Nov - 7 Nov 2019 : €834.35 /week8 Nov - 28 Nov 2019 : €783.6125 /week29 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : €783.6125 /week20 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 : €1422.905 /week4 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 : €670.8625 /week14 Feb - 20 Feb 2020 : €1009.113 /week21 Feb - 27 Feb 2020 : €1009.113 /week28 Feb - 26 Mar 2020 : €670.8625 /week27 Mar - 2 Apr 2020 : €896.3625 /week3 Apr - 9 Apr 2020 : €1572.863 /week10 Apr - 16 Apr 2020 : €1572.863 /week17 Apr - 23 Apr 2020 : €1347.363 /week24 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 : €1042.938 /week1 May - 6 May 2020 : €1042.938 /week7 May - 14 May 2020 : €1234.613 /week15 May - 21 May 2020 : €1042.938 /week22 May - 28 May 2020 : €1798.363 /week29 May - 4 Jun 2020 : €1234.613 /week5 Jun - 18 Jun 2020 : €1042.938 /week19 Jun - 2 Jul 2020 : €1234.613 /week3 Jul - 9 Jul 2020 : €1347.363 /week10 Jul - 16 Jul 2020 : €1685.613 /week17 Jul - 23 Jul 2020 : €1832.188 /week24 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 : €1967.488 /week28 Aug - 3 Sep 2020 : €1572.863 /week4 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 : €1234.613 /week18 Sep - 8 Oct 2020 : €1042.938 /week9 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 : €1042.938 /week16 Oct - 22 Oct 2020 : €1493.938 /week23 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 : €1493.938 /week30 Oct - 5 Nov 2020 : €930.1876 /week6 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 : €670.8625 /week21 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 : €1460.113 /week4 Jan - 28 Jan 2021 : €738.5125 /week

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