Aslacton Granary offers a mind-blowing feast of beauty, stylish decor, olde world curios, extravagance and stunning opulence. This dreamy conversion is the ultimate group retreat. Situated in Aslacton, close to the vibrant city of Norwich and the iconic Norfolk Broads, this outstanding holiday home sleeps a maximum of fourteen guests in seven heavenly bedrooms. Even the bedroom names of Gothic Arches, Gold Boudoir, China Blue give you a quick insight as to the meticulous attention to detail and ambience of this fantastic home.
This historic carcass has had architects and interior designers in their element blending high-end contemporary chic with ancient charm. A feeling of time gone by hangs lovingly throughout this brilliant building. As soon as you reach the driveway, you will quickly realise that you are in for a treat. Every space is a delight with handpicked artworks, furnishings and quirky touches. Throughout, you will find traditional lofty ceilings complete with warm, restored beams and flagstone floors in true country style.
In sumptuous style, long sofas stretch invitingly in the huge living room. With one wall of glass, you can admire your private estate and ponder your blessings. The Garden Room is a mass of seating with sapphire cushion accents and fabulous views of the patio garden. The manicured box hedges and the babbling fountain are all delights.
The rustic country kitchen is a wonder beneath the barn’s age-old woodwork. It offers an Aga that sits gloriously in the feature brick fireplace and masses of cupboards. It leads to the ambient dining room with trendy lights strung amongst the wooden beams. All around you will be mesmerised by ancient weighing scales, age old display cabinets once used for salves and balms, family hair oil, tonics and cures and old sewing machines displayed on the walls. It is quirky, eye-catching and a wonderful holiday tonic!
Each of the seven bedrooms is lavishly decorated and adorned. You will find four posters, sumptuous sleigh beds, Juliette balconies, chandeliers, exposed beams, painted floor boards, walls covered with plates and artefacts and butterfly collections. Every bedroom is a wonder, highly impressive and superbly comfortable. Five of the bedrooms are situated on the ground floor, one with an en-suite shower room and also a beautiful family bathroom. The remaining two bedrooms are located on the first floor, both with en-suite bathrooms. Like the bedrooms, the bathrooms are quirky palaces with fascinating decor. All of the bedrooms boast smart televisions.
The gardens and terraces are incredible. Long trestle tables provide more than enough room for everyone to sit down in the Norfolk sunshine. You can enjoy barbecues or pizzas fired in your very own charcoal oven. Throughout the gardens you will find absolute joy. There are gorgeous lily ponds where you can perch at bistro tables, fabulous lush lawns, mature planting in the beds, a wonderful tennis court and even a hot tub where you can chill, enjoy a glass of fizz and breath the lovely fresh air.
Aslacton is a quiet, historic village, south west of the wonderful market town of Norwich. Its church dates from 996AD and is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. Norwich is an absolute delight. It boasts cosy pubs including The Fat Cat and St Andrew Brew House where delicious craft beers are made on the premises. So say, it offers the best fish and chips in East Anglia to the sounds of jazz at the Grosvenor Fish Bar. Norwich Catherdral stands in all its majesty with the ancient beauty of stained glass windows, a booming organ and hushed cloisters. Set is peaceful grounds brimming with grassy squares and handsome houses, it is a viewing station for peregrine falcons that nest in the cathedral’s spire. Norwich also boasts dozens of churches from its medieval heyday, some of which have been repurposed into cultural and exhibition spaces such as the Norwich Arts Centre. The Forum is a huge glass edifice and the home of BBC Norwich as well as being a thriving library and boasting restaurants and a bustling cafe. Norwich open-air market delights shopper with traditional fruit and veg stalls alongside gourmet tea and coffee vendors, artisanal bakers and others.
Locals often refer to the area of the Norfolk Broads as ‘Broadland’. The beautiful Rivers Yare, Ant, Waveney, Chet and Bure meander their leisurely way through Norfolk and Suffolk connecting beautiful inland lakes, creating waterways and wetlands that make up The Norfolk Broads. Wildlife is abundant and conservation has been very successful in reintroducing species such as otters and herons that struggled for some time to survive. To the eastern side of the Norfolk Broads, the sandy beaches and stunning coastline caress the Broads at Horsey Mere with the salt water of the North Sea coming within a hare’s breathe of the the fresh water. Grey and common seals thrive on the shoreline. Boat hire is very popular and an absolute must!
Visitors staying at Aslacton Granary also enjoy visiting the magical North Norfolk coastline for its endless beaches and huge skies. It is also very easy to visit the magical seaside resort of Southwold. Southwold lies between the pretty resort of Aldeburgh and the bustling town of Lowestoft. The town is almost an island, being bounded by the North Sea to the East, by the River Blyth and Southwold Harbour to the South West and by Buss Creek to the North. There is only one road in and out of the town which adds to its seaside magic. Southwold is home to the famous Adnams Brewery. Adnams offer brewery tours throughout the year and you can sample the tasty pints everywhere. Visitors enjoy various boat trips with the Coastal Voyage being one of the most popular. At high speed, the boat is put through formidable paces in a 30 minute tour where you will enjoy marsh harriers, herons, gulls and possibly osprey.