Cartshed Cottages come with a certain pedigree attached. Not only are these stunning barn conversions situated within the charming grounds of a North Norfolk manor house, they have also been awarded a host of accolades.
The winner of i-escape Guest Awards' Best UK Rental, the cottages have also featured in Conde Nast Traveller's prestigious Best British Holiday Houses, and as one of The Times' 50 Best UK Winter Weekends.
Whichever one of the five individually-styled cottages you choose, you can expect soft-toned décor that blends beautifully with its fine surroundings, a comfortable mix of vintage and modern furnishings, quality appliances and luxurious touches that include oak flooring and log-burning stoves.
Cottages vary in occupancy with two one bedroom cottages and thre rest two bedroom, sleeping two to four guests, and each comes complete with its own personality, inspired by elements of North Norfolk. Salt, a sumptuous couples' retreat, pays homage to the salted coastal skies, decorated in storm-grey and sunset pink. There's a romantic dining nook and a downy four-poster bed, not to mention a large soaking tub and a luxurious oversized shower for you to get dreamily lost in.
Shell, ideal for four, is decked in shimmering shades of oyster, silver and taupe. Two ensuite double bedrooms ensure privacy, while the hand-built painted kitchen is ideal for both cooking and catching up.
One-bedroom Seal is a coastal haven, complete with slate, natural oak and muted shades of grey. A chaise longue and a roll-top cast iron bath add notes of indulgence, while the ancient fireplace is an ideal snuggle-spot.
Sky is another larger cottage, reflecting the ever-changing North Norfolk skies with tones of blue, lavender and silver-grey that evoke a sense of the nearby coast. Finally, Samphire is a two-bedroom cottage inspired by the area's lush marshland. Think soft greens and greys, to complement vintage furniture and a warming fire.
You're sure to feel so relaxed that leaving your cottage might take some effort! However, if you do, you're sure to be captivated by your coast-and-countryside surroundings. Why not get to know them better by taking a walk through the marshland at Blakeney or Cley? Holkham Beach, meanwhile, offers one of the most beautiful and unspoilt stretches of sand you'll find anywhere in the UK.
Foodies will rejoice with the selection of mouthwatering delis, gastro pubs and restaurants to be found in the area, while nature lovers will revel in a seal watching trip at Blakeney Point - not to mention the many opportunities for birdwatching. Stately homes, independent boutiques, coastal walks and country lanes perfect for cycling can all be found nearby too.
However you choose to while away your time, we recommend keeping any strict itinerary-planning to a minimum, and prepare to simply indulge in the laid-back charm you'll find in North Norfolk, and at Cartshed Cottages.
Things to note
A well behaved dog is accepted in Sky and Shell only, upon prior arrangement, at £30 per stay. Couples rates are available on the 2-bed cottages. Children aged 10 or over only.
Region: Sharrington, Norfolk
Cost (from): £405 (3 nights in Salt/Seal)
Sleeps: 2 or 4 per cottage
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per cottage
Bathrooms: 1 or 2 per cottage
Minimum stay: 3 nights (weekends)
Property ref: 841
FacilitiesSalt & Seal sleep 2, four poster bedroom, bath-in-room, ensuite walk-in shower, open-plan kitchen/living area.
Shell sleeps 4, four poster bedroom, superking/twin bedroom, 2 ensuite bathrooms, large kitchen/diner, sitting room.
Sky sleeps 4, king bedroom, superking/twin bedroom, 2 ensuite bathrooms, large kitchen/diner, sitting room.
Samphire sleeps 4, double bedroom, superking/twin bedroom, bathroom, open-plan kitchen/living area, sitting room.
Coastal walks, beaches, swimming, horse riding, steam railway, historic sites, local shops, walking, cycling, birdwatching, restaurants.
At a glance
- Five award-winning, individually-styled cartshed-converted cottages sleeping 2-4 people, set within the grounds of Sharrington Hall, North Norfolk.
- Couples can choose from Salt or Seal, while groups of up to four can select from Samphire, Sky and Shell.
- Each luxury cottage is indulgently designed and furnished, with additions that include a log burning stove, four-poster beds and generous walk-in showers.
- The cottages are perfectly located to explore the beauty of North Norfolk, from the marshland at Cley to Holkham Beach. There are many stately homes to explore, and plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and dining.