The Apple House
"Apple House is the very best place we have ever stayed in"
The Apple House is in a quiet position, surrounded by private woodland, paddocks and farmland. It is set in a 17 acre registered smallholding including: horses, a small flock (13) of pedigree Wensleydale sheep, wild ducks and several bee hives. It is also teeming with wildlife (many kinds of songbirds, owls, bats, rabbits, foxes and Muntjac deer)
Here Arthur Conan-Doyle wrote one of his Sherlock Holmes short stories (the Dancing Men). It is reputed that the pilgrim route to the (in the village - now in ruins: click the name for more details) ran near the barn. The field where the sheep live is next to a former World War I airfield (though no trace remains), but there is World War II
gun emplacement in the woods, and indentations where there were once trenches.
The Apple House is away from main roads and less than a mile from the sandy beaches of Bacton and Walcott on the North Norfolk coast (you can hear the waves from the garden!).
It is within easy reach of many attractions and sites including the Norfolk Broads (boat hire available for a few hours or a few days), Felbrigg Hall, Blickling Hall (both National Trust) and the seaside resorts of Mundesley, Cromer, Sheringham and Great Yarmouth.
Norfolk is full of pretty villages and small towns (like North Walsham, Holt and Aylsham). There are not many hills, so bicycling is an option even for those who are not in peak condition!
There are many attractive walks within easy driving distance (Weavers Way, Paston Way, Peddars Way and North Norfolk coastal path).
For more photos and a slide show of the barn renovation click the link below
Aerial photograph of the surrounding area
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