Greenway Meadow is the antidote to frantic. Switch off to work and switch on to lazy days in front of crackling fires or soaking in the spa pool. Immerse yourself in the relaxed French country feel, cook up a storm or be catered for, sizzle steaks on the terrace, walk the river valley. Life should always be like this.
It’s chill or be chilled
Welcome to a world of clunch walls and real fires. Greenway Meadow in rural Norfolk is one of five architect-restored farm buildings in North Barsham. Once a milking parlour, Greenway Meadow now sits among the cream of Norfolk self-catering cottages.
Get everyone together, mix and match with other barns, and prepare to chill or be chilled. If the serenity of the setting, with the long view across the valley to the old flint church, doesn’t get you, the relaxed French country feel just might.
Greenway Meadow is the antidote to frantic. Listen hard and you might hear the bleat of the sheep and the flap of bat wings at night. The oak-beamed sitting room comes with views across the valley; the dining room overlooks the terrace. Head out there to the barbie for burgers and Barolo. Resistance is futile to the spa pool and steam room.
Open up the doors in summer and let in the views and the breeze. After wild winter walks, come back to heated floors and crackling logs. Keep in touch – with friends on the free wifi, and with your competitive side in the games room. But not for long. This place is so laid back that even the hedgehogs wear Bermuda shorts.
Norfolk is not short on fun. Wet side, there’s boating and sailing; canoeing and kayaking; crabbing and rockpooling. Dry side, there’s cycling and walking over Norfolk’s serene switchback. Culture vultures will enjoy galleries, festivals and classical concerts at country houses. For foodies, bars and bites abound.