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Watermill Granary Barn
IP20 0HJ

Watermill Granary Barn, Wortwell, Norfolk

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Sykes Cottages
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Sleeps a maximum of: 4

Pricing From: £869.00

This exceptional cottage is set next to the owners' Grade II, beautifully-restored Mill House dating from 1750's in a riverside location on the outskirts of the village of Wortwell, near Harleston in Norfolk and can sleep six people in two bedrooms.

This exceptional cottage is set next to the owners' Grade II, beautifully-restored Mill House dating from 1750's in a riverside location on the outskirts of the village of Wortwell, near Harleston in Norfolk and can sleep six people in one king-size double and one twin rooms both with en-suites. There is also an additional family shower room. The rest of this cottage contains an open plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area.

A snug area with bunk beds and a TV. To the outside of the property there is off road parking for three cars and a private decked area with hot tub and shared use of the owners' gardens. Granary Mill Cottage is in a wonderful area with walks, cycling and the river on the doorstep and will suit families or couples looking to explore this wonderful area of Norfolk.


Think before you book! Terrible!
Although this is in a perfect location and dont get me wrong the views are amazing, there are so many issues with this property! The owners dogs fully roam the property (including the one your staying in), although I dont personally mind dogs they are constantly in and around your property which having a young one was constantly being knocked over by the 2 large dogs. The accommodation is far from clean, dirt and food on the floor from previous visit in most rooms. Cooker does not work properly and takes about 2 hours to cook a meal, ended up getting a takeaway which have to drive to get as no one delivers. Radiators broken in living area Road on way in full of pot holes (be careful when driving in the dark) Hot tub not accessible by the bridge provided, you have to walk through the owners garden which is full of dog mess (great fun in the dark as you can imagine) Canoe hire is a crazy amount and they charge a day rate even though they turn up and knock on the door at 1pm and it then gets dark a few hours later (Worth the ?75?) Owners will never answer the phone, while onsite your just ignored also when you can see them just sitting in the house when you have a problem. Missed calls and messages are never returned. So overall if you want a nice view go for it, that's all it's good for. Be careful before booking. Owners offer no refund even after all the issues, the property was priced at £800 for 2 night haha!

Not properly cleaned. Very disappointing. You are on your own when things go wrong.
This was our second visit to Watermill Granary Barn. The place was really scuzzy and dirty on arrival. The dishwasher was not working properly because the rotors were blocked/unclean meaning that crockery and especially glasses had to be washed by us. There were old baked beans in the cutlery tray and the filter was full of old food waste. How unhygienic! The oven had not been cleaned at all, not even looked at - there were bits of encrusted food dangling through the wire racks and the oven trays had not been cleaned properly. Dead flies adorned the window sills and we got the feeling that the whole place had not been properly cleaned... an impression further reinforced by the loo bowl in the en-suite being poo-pocked and with a disgusting accumulation of muck and pubes behind the seat lid -- yuk! We complained immediately to the 'manager' about the dishwasher and oven who did his best to immediately clean them. The dishwasher, however, was never reliable at cleaning. We felt uncomfortable and unable to fully relax in other peoples' muck and were hugely disappointed - even being careful as to where we put things down - just not able to trust that anything was clean. And then to cap it all, on retiring, tired to bed, we pulled back the duvet to discover the bottom sheet to have bits of soil/leaves/muck on it. Had it been changed at all? We were too tired to do anything but brush it down and reluctantly went to bed. When I later told Steve, the manager/gardener, about the loo and sheet and showed him photos he was very embarrassed and apologetic ? and worried about how the owners might react to his ?oversight? when they got back after the weekend. I spoke to the owners when I saw them on the Monday. So, we lived with the general distaste of uncleanliness until the Tuesday (4 days) when, on returning from a day out, we discovered the whole place had been cleaned to the high standard we had expected and had experienced last year. The owners had returned and having been appraised of our complaints had taken remedial action. It was very welcome, and they even left a couple of bunches of sweet peas from the garden - which was a nice touch. Needless to say, the BBQ was grubby (no wire brush to clean it) but the most worrying aspect about it was that the 4 control positions did not correspond to the gas output. When in the 'off' position the burners were still on. I suspect the knobs had been off and incorrectly replaced. Please note: I had reported my safety concerns about this BBQ last year. I again reported my concerns as to the safety of the BBQ to Steve the manager. However, I worked out how to carefully use it on the Sunday night and survived with eye-brows intact! It was replaced by the owner on Tuesday I am glad to say, though we didn't bbq again. Both the owners and Steve seem to be very nice. They were apologetic about the cleanliness/dishwasher issues, admitted it was sub-standard but characterised it as an aberration on Steve's behalf who was responsible for overseeing/cleaning. Aberration or not, the impact on us and our guests for the first few days was to spoil and mar the enjoyment of what is otherwise a lovely cottage/barn in an idyllic setting. Having paid a substantial fee, we did not expect to have to deal with these issues, nor to have the awkwardness of complaining. And having had half our holiday spoilt in the sub-standard accommodation I was hoping that the owners might offer some conciliatory financial compensation. A holiday is a much looked forward to event in our lives and one places certain expectations on it -- indeed having been to the same place last year, these expectations were not unrealistic! So, we felt very upset and let down (not to say dirty) through Friday afternoon to Tuesday the enjoyment of which was tarnished - literally. The owners might have offered some compensation. They did not ? another disappointment. I didn't want to further upset the situation by bringing up the possibility of a proportional refund or potentially arguing with them at the time - indeed I resented having been put in the situation in the first place! Thereafter, the Sykes cottages customer services team, though ineffectually sympathetic, has been toothless in support of my complaint. When he nervously asked, I did say to Steve that I probably wouldn't publish a review on Tripadviser, but as I write of this final and unfair oversight, I am not so sure. I feel quite angry now! The state of the BBQ (dangerous in my opinion) and dish-washer (not reliable) point to a lack of attention and focus on providing service, value and comfort for their customers. We shall not be trusting to the fact that, as the owners aver, this was a one-off aberration in a normally good cleaning regime. Things have sadly slipped at Watermill Granary Barn and I wouldn?t want to risk feeling short changed and being disappointed again. We shall not be returning. PS: Having been approached by Sykes Cottages with our complaint (we provided photographic evidence), the owners have offered no compensation. Sykes Cottages has proved to be powerless/toothless in dealing with this. Their advice is to seek compensation through the courts! So, a general word of caution to all potential renters: You are on your own when things go wrong.
Jeremy B

Wonderful location for relaxing holiday
We were the first paying visitors to the Granary Mill unbeknown to us on booking. Wonderful location for a relaxing holiday, barn conversation done to a very high standard all round, loved being able to sit on the balcony and watch the local barn owls - what a treat along with deer in the distance. as well as the daily visits from friendly grey wagtails, swans and of course the owners dogs. Great walks from the door including to pub (s) , we were lucky enough to have nice weather so to come back and spend an 1/2 hr in the Jacuzzi in the sun watching for otters was fabulous. Owners extremely helpful and friendly, keen to ensure our visit was going well with recommendations for places to visit and eat out. Would definitely recommend this cottage and would go back if we visit this area again. Went home feeling very chilled and relaxed.
Lynne R

5* perfect stay
What can I say, this place is the perfect location, very peaceful area, the barn has been decorated to perfection and at a high standard very quirky lovely furniture, everything you wish for. Perfect for fishing as the river runs along side the barn, great hot tub to relax and view the sun set or while eating your picnic or BBQ that has just been cooked. Beds are so comfortable, best sleep I have had in years. lovely long or short walks and just to hang around and take in the views. We will most definitely return.



Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
Dishwasher Dishwasher
cookewr Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Televsion Television
High Chair High Chair
Cot Cot
WiFi WiFi


Single Beds

Twin Beds


Electric central heating
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Netflix, DVD, iPod dock, Xbox, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
Fuel and power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Off road parking for 3 cars
Private decked area with furniture and BBQ
Two dogs welcome
Sorry, and no smoking
Shop and pub/restaurant 7 mins walk
Note: The property has unfenced water surrounding it, children must be supervised at all times
Note: There are two steps from the living area to the two main bedrooms and bunk bedroom and one step down to the kitchen, so may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
Note: There is a curtain separating the bunk bed room from the kitchen, there is no door
Note: The king-size double and twin bedrooms are accessed via the bunk room
Note: The property is accessed along an unmade track of approximately 0
25 miles
Note: BBQ not to be used after dark due to safety reasons
Note: Fishing hire is not available at this property however, guests are welcome to bring their own equipment at their if they have the appropriate licenses
Note: Max 6 guests
Note: canoe and kayak hire is now available on request from the owner
Note: This property will be pet friendly starting March
Note: the property although secluded is not enclosed
Note: The footbridge leading to the walk of Angels Way is temporarily closed for repair / improvements until further notice
Note: Some areas of the river bank are untouched to accommodate the stunning wildlife surrounding the property

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Wissett, St Andrew's Church - 6.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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