Church Farm Barns is situated in the quiet hamlet of Bircham Newton, on the outskirts of Great Bircham village, North Norfolk, just 10 minutes drive from the glorious Norfolk coastline. The cottages themselves provide a peaceful countryside retreat in a private off road location with breathtaking views over the surrounding fields and Norfolk’s famous big blue sky. If you want to venture out the coastal town of Hunstanton is a short drive away for all amenities. The Royal Estate of Sandringham is close by the North Norfolk coast road is spoilt for good pubs and eateries with good accessibility.
(distance from Church Farm Barns)
Bircham Stores & Cafe – 0.5miles
Local cafe with homemade bakes and essential provisions.
Spar Convenience Store, Post Office & ATM, Docking – 2.4 miles
BP Petrol Station, Heacham – 2,2 miles
Jet Petrol Station, Hillington – 7 miles
Sainsburys, Hunstanton – 9.4 miles
Tesco, Hunstanton – 9.3 miles
Sainsburys Superstore Kings Lynn – 14.5 miles
Tesco Superstore Kings Lynn – 14.5 miles
These are found at the A10/A149 roundadbout and so for those travelling from the east or the south these are a useful stop en route to the cottages.
Local Pubs & Eateries
There are a wide selection of pubs and eateries around us and along the North Norfolk coast for all tastes and budgets. Here are just a selection of our favourites:
The King’s Head, Bircham www.the-kings-head-bircham.co.uk
The White Horse, Brancaster www.whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk
The Duck Inn, Stanhoe www.duckinn.co.uk
The Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead www.thegintrapinn.co.uk
The Rose & Crown, Snettisham www.roseandcrownsnettisham.co.uk
The Dabbling Duck, Massingham www.thedabblingduck.co.uk
Local Disabled Friendly Attractions
Sandringham is a friendly and informal place to visit, with knowledgeable guides in every room of the house and acres of beautiful gardens to explore while the Museum houses extraordinary collections of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia. There is plenty to see and do around the estate as well – you’ll need at least four hours to be sure you can see everything, and if you have a whole day to spend, all the better. Enjoy hot or cold drinks, snacks and meals at the restaurant or Stables Tea Rooms before you investigate the various Visitor Centre shops.
Standing in the heart of Norfolk’s undulating fields, Bircham Windmill is considered one of the best windmills still remaining: it is the only windmill in working order in this area open to the public. Kids can try their baking skills in their Children’s Baking Corner within the busy bakery making their own rolls or mini-loaf to take home. There are also plenty of opportunities to get close to animals at Bircham Windmill. Children can go into the goat pen and stroke the goat and sheep and feed them with special food from the dispenser. Visitors can watch the sheep milking every day at 2pm.
Holkham is a special place where a stunning coastal landscape meets one of England’s great agricultural estates.It is a haven for wildlife, walkers and anyone seeking to connect with the uplifting power of nature. Visitor attractions include the superb 18th century Palladian hall, complete with a yearly exhibition, ‘Field to Fork’ Experience, courtyard café and gift shop, woodland play area and walled garden. Take a stroll through the estate woods and pathways and the wide expanse of Holkham beach is just a short walk away.
Set in the heart of the Wensum Valley, in North Norfolk, multi-award winning Pensthorpe Natural Park is an outdoor adventure awaiting for every generation. It is a true showcase for British wildlife, beautiful gardens and adventure play, no matter what the weather. Encounter Flamingos, Cranes and Red Squirrels; four beautiful and unique gardens; larger than life bugs on the Bug Trail; and learn more about Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s ‘Actively Saving Species’ projects. Families can unwind together in WildRootz, an outdoor adventure play area and Hootz House, the award winning indoor play area, complete with soft play for the under 5s.
Located on the north coast of Norfolk, between the villages of Titchwell and Thornham, Titchwell Marsh is blessed with diverse habitats that include reedbeds, saltmarsh and freshwater lagoons where avocets, bearded tits and marsh harriers nest. There’s also a wide sandy beach here, which offers extensive views across The Wash.
An easy walk leads from the car park through woodland glades to the Visitor Centre and Cafe. From here, the West Bank path opens up to wild landscapes of saltmarsh, reedbeds and freshwater lagoons fed by a natural spring and on to Titchwell’s vast and undeveloped beach.
Beautiful Palladian Mansion Houghton Hall was built in the 1720s for Britain’s First Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Now home to the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and his family – a descendant of Sir Robert Walpole. Houghton Hall is a magnificent showcase of the work of architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell, complemented by the richly ornamented interiors of William Kent, and furnished to reflect Walpole’s growing wealth and power. Situated in traditional parkland, Houghton has a herd of beautiful white fallow deer, an award winning Walled Garden and an impressive permanent collection of Contemporary Sculpture.