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Sue McGrath

Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks english

Stunning, moated 16th Century Manor House and 2 Beautifully restored Barns - Duleep Singh Barn

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Diss holiday barn

Accommodation for groups of 18 plus 8 and 6 in additional 2 barns

An exquisite Elizabethan (Tudor) moated Manor House and 2 Beautifully restored and luxuriously equipped barns on the grounds of Blo Norton Hall,in the heart of Norfolk

Blo Norton Hall sleeping 18 in 8 bedrooms with en-suits with further accommodation sleeping 8 in Virgina Barn or 6 in Duleep Singh Barn . They are available all year round as a separate or joint rental with Blo Norton Hall.

The Main house is furnished throughout with antique furniture. Family portraits and other pictures line the grand oak staircase and reception rooms. The entrance hall leads into the Main Hall where access to the drawing room with the hi tech hi fi allowing piped music through out the ground floor and the Sitting room where one can relax watching Tv or just admire the gardens, the fireplaces are a real treat in the autumn to keep you cozy and warm. The large charismatic open plan kitchen is on the east of the entrance hall with direct access into the gardens. There is 1 small open pond and a larg pond surrounded by reeves, young children should be supervised whilst in the gardens as these are not fenced off, a wonderful walk into the woods the children can find swings to play on. The old library is now a twin room with a further single room if requested off the TV lounge, although this is great for those less able there is not bathroom just 2 WCs at either end.

The first floor corridor leads to six luxurious bedrooms with six bathrooms / shower rooms ( five en-suite).

The second floor provides outstanding views of the surrounding gardens and offers a further king sized bedroom with en-suite and a further large lounging area with TV and Ping Pong Table, ideal for the kids.

Virginia Barn sleeping 8 in four bedrooms, 2 King size with ensuites, 1 twin and 1 bunk bed with shared bathroom on the ground floor. A fantastic space with beamed high ceilings, great for entertaining friends and family, with open plan large kitchen. To the front you will find a patio to enjoy a bbq on those sunny days and to the rear a shared area laid to turf, ideal for the children to safely run and play.

Duleep Barn, is smaller but very cozy and still contains all the items you would expect in a well stocked house. With 2 bedrooms, a Kingsize Master bedroom with ensuite over looking beautiful farmland and a twin room, shared bathroom. There is a sofa bed in the open plan lounge and kitchen. Private patio area with BBQ and shared garden to the rear.

Local Amenities: Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve

(IP22 2HX) Tel : 01379 688333. Fax : 01379 688333

Boundary Farm Riding Stables (IP22 2QP) Tel : 07908 223600

Place of Interest around 2 miles away.

Knettishall Heath Country Park (IP22 2TG) Tel: 0845 606 6067

Place of Interest around 4 miles away.

Bressingham Gardens (IP22 5XR) Tel: (44) 01379 686900

Banham Zoo (NR16 2ES) Tel: (44) 01953 887771

Place of Interest around 5 miles away.

Wyken Hall Vineyards (IP31 2DW) Tel: (44) 01359 252372

Place of Interest around 6 miles away.

Ancient House Museum, Thetford (IP24 1AA) Tel: (44) 01842 752599

Place of Interest around 10 miles away.

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum (IP14 5PW) Tel : 01449 672670

Place of Interest around 13 miles away.

Wingfield College (IP21 5RB) Tel: 01206 769607

Grime's Graves (IP27 0TP) Tel: 01842 810656

Place of Interest around 14 miles away.

Bury Saint Edmunds Cathedral (IP32 7BW)) Tel: 01284 748720

Church of Saint Andrew, Wingfield (IP21 5RA) Tel: 01379 586609

Museum of East Anglian Life (IP14 2DF) Tel: 01449 612229

Theatre Royal, Bury Saint Edmunds (IP33 1QR) Tel: 01284 769505

01284 769505

Moyse's Hall Museum (IP33 3BU) Tel: 01284 706183

Nowton Park, Bury Saint Edmunds (IP29 5LX) Tel: 01284 763666

Place of Interest over 15 miles away.

Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve (IP30 0AL) Tel: 01449 737996

West Stow Country Park (IP28 6HF) Tel: 01284 728718

Stonham Barns Craft Centre (IP14 6AP) Tel: 01449 711755

Newmarket Racecourse (CB8 0TG)

Box Office / Tickets: 0844 579 3010

All other enquiries: 0844 579 3010

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Details for Duleep Singh Barn 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Duleep Singh Barn, a more compact version of the Virginia Barn, this 2 bed barn comfortably sleeps between 2- 6 and so provides a couple, family or small group with an intimate and rustic setting for holidays and weekend breaks. The barn has been expertly renovated and equipped to a high standard. Features: 1 double bedroom, with en-suite 1 twin, and a King Size sofa bed in the lounge, with a large family bathroom fully equipped kitchen, elegant dining area and comfortable lounge. Duleep Singh can be let either on its own with Virginia Barn or and Blo Norton Hall, please ask for more details.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sue McGrath (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks english

About Sue McGrath

Hi my name is Sue MCgrath and I have been managing Blo Norton Hall since my boss Mr Lorimer purchased in 2009 where he refurbished and brought it to life. With such a beautiful property my job is very easy, we love to rent it out so you and your families can enjoy the house for the many different events you would like to hold with a large group of people.

Sue McGrath purchased this barn in 2009

Why Sue McGrath chose Suffolk

Blo Norton Hall is not modern, does not have great Wi-FI, you cant get a phone signal, the furniture is antique and the floors uneven but what it lacks in Hotel sophistication it makes up for with character and it has bundles of it! I love it for its quirkiness and when children arrive their faces light up, for they see how great hide and seek is going to be. Its very special to me and I am sure it will become to you, some of our guests have been returning year after year, it grows on you.

What makes this barn unique

The house is a coming together and a celebration of family events, you find yourselves talking because we do not have Hi tech equipment or X boxes, the phones don't work very well so you find communication becomes key, even the kids join in! We are not one of these places who hike up all the bank holiday rates, we have 3 rates and pass the discounts on to everyone, so you pay a low rate Jan - July, that's right no increase for Easter or May bank holidays, there's a summer rate and of course Christmas and New year. We believe that everyone should benefit especially those with young children. We hope you enjoy as much as I and my staff enjoy working and maintaining it.


based on 16 traveller reviews

Duleep Singh Barn
average rating of 4.5625 based on 16 reviews

Nice accommodation but pity about the noisy RAF jets!

  • 2 of 5

Duleep Singh barn is comfortable and well-equipped (including a music system in the sitting room), and has nice views over open fields on one side. On the other side, the windows look out over the garden of the 2nd, larger barn (Virginia) so there can be some noise from it - as we discovered when a large family staying there played cricket on the lawn. However, this was nothing compared to the virtually continuous noise of the RAF jets flying over Blo Norton every morning (from nearby RAF bases). Sadly, this spoilt our enjoyment of sitting out in the garden. Additionally, on two of the six days we stayed, the RAF was conducting low flying manoeuvres directly overhead and the noise was intolerable! This is a pity as we enjoyed our stay in the barn the rest of the time. It has nice furniture and both the sitting room, kitchen and 2 bedrooms are all of a good size. One small thing, in our opinion the TV is a little too small for the size of sitting room and meant we had to huddle close to it to see anything.

The nearest beach is about a 1h drive away - and there is a lovely long sandy beach at Lowestoft which we would highly recommend. It's also about an hour's drive to get to the Norfolk Broads where you can hire a boat to take to the water.

Had it not been for the noise pollution from the RAF base, we would have given this a much higher rating as the property itself is lovely. It may be that we were just unlucky with the timing of our stay - and that the RAF jets are not so active other times of the year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am rather speechless to respond to this as your reason for marking us down is something completely outside of our control to improve! I have to say this is the first complaint we have ever received for the RAF Jets in 8 years I have been managing these barns, the RAF do a fantastic job and have to fly some where and we are very fortunate to have the lads located close to us where by most guests enjoy watching them. However I am pleased you enjoyed the barns and we are working on a larger TV.
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Beautiful character property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend at Blo Norton Hall. Everything was perfect, the hall is full of character and lots of fun to explore. The grounds are beautiful and gave us the opportunity to enjoy the weather.

We had a murder mystery evening and the hall played the perfect host to this.

I would highly recommend a visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, it means a lot to us here at Blo Norton as we don't ask for reviews, there is so much spam and surveys these days!! So when we get lovely feedback like this we know we are doing our jobs. Thanks again and hope to see you again. Blo Norton Team.
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Property was excellent

  • 4 of 5

Stay was very good, except a bit of problem with few bedrooms being very cold. The place was in a very quite area and emergency supplies were about 10 mins drive.

Also shower were not great. Barn information was a bit misleading saying it sleeps 6 but really not enough beds. Facility for spare beds would be great for example folding beds/mattress etc.

I would recommend in having at least a couple of maps, like walking routes to get emergency supplies etc or nature walks/footpaths as we walked to Costcutter which was about 40 mins to get there and when we walked from the main road there was no path to walk down. A map would have helped.

All the other facility were fantastic. I have no complain and would recommend this place to all my friends and would visit again. Next time hopefully in summer☺️☺️

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the feedback, we are always wanting to hear from our guests. Duleep singh Barn sleeps 4/6 in 2 bedrooms, the additional guest beds are kept in the main wardrobe of the master bedroom with all the additional sheets and quilts etc, I am sorry you did not find these. We supply with the arrival details walking maps to the local pubs and mark the nearest shops, but its always best as we are rural to arrange a delivery for your arrival. A copy of the local walking map to the Pubs etc is also kept in the barn as well as the OS walking maps, unfortunately we can not keep replacing as becomes an expensive exercise to replace those that the guests have borrowed and not returned, emergency contact details, supermarkets, things to do are all listed in the main information sent out at time of booking and a copy of this is kept in each of our properties. I will ask our houskeepers to investigate this and will make sure this is supplied. Thank you for letting us know. We look forward to seeing you back in the near future. Kind regards Sue and Blo Norton Team.
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Wonderfully quiet location

  • 4 of 5

Duleep Singh Barn is a stylish conversion of a farm building, in a very quiet location with an attractive view across fields to the church. It's very warm and comfortable, and has been furnished with an eye for detail. The open-plan living space is large and well-lit, and the two bedrooms and two bathrooms are of a good size. The kitchen has the usual oddities associated with holiday properties - if you feel the urge to make melon balls or create fancy pats of butter you'll find the necessary gadgets, but there's no teapot or a mixing bowl and only one oven glove. The handbook of information is odd, too: it's a generic document intended to cover not just this property, but the other converted barn as well as the large manor house, and contains information that isn't relevant to Duleep Singh Barn while omitting information that would have been useful, such as where to find the central heating over-ride controls. But this is really nit-picking: we were very comfortable and enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, its much appreciated and glad you enjoyed the barn. I will investigate the whereabouts of the Tea pot and mixing bowls as these are supplied as standard and will be replaced if missing. The handbook, I take on board what you say and will be updated accordingly, however a lot of our parties are staying in all 3 properties and like to know what is going on in each one. We look forward to seeing you back some time.
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  • 5 of 5

The guests who stayed in the Barn really loved it ~ and were very happy there.

There was a slight mutter about it being too warm, but...

Thanks you again for a wonderful birthday holiday,


  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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wonderful weekend break in blo norton barns

  • 5 of 5

14 of us stayed in both barns for my 40th birthday and had such a great visit, the barns were beautiful, open, spacious and in fabulous condition, they were perfect for our celebrations. Sue and the housekeepers were very helpful and accommodating and the whole experience was easy from start to finish. We used Emma Biggs catering and Emma was fab and her food and very reasonable. None of us wanted to go home, I wouldn't hesitate to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The White Horse, Thelnetham
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The white Horse, Thelnetham
Car: necessary

The Village itself is surrounded by quiet lanes, ideal for walking, cycling and painting and is close to Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Blo Norton Hall is the perfect choice for a relaxed stay in the East Anglian Countryside.

Blo Norton is situated close to the picturesque Norfolk and Suffolk Borders making it ideal to explore all that both counties have to offer.

Blo Norton lies on the River Little Ouse which separates Suffolk from Norfolk.

The Hall reputedly provided the setting for Virginia Wolf’s short story The Journal of Miss Joan Martyn. In the story the main character, Rosamund Merridew, is a historian researching England's land-tenure system

Attractions and Places of interest close by:

Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve,

Boundary Farm Riding Stables,

Knettishall Heath Country Park,

Bressingham Gardens,

Banham Zoo,

Wyken Hall Vineyards.

Nearest Local Towns:

Diss/ Thetford

Garboldisham (0.5) m.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in Diss, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Low
10 Sep 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
22 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Year
30 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
Season 1
6 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
School Hols
10 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
20 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
7 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
24 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
May Bank Holiday
26 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low season
5 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
21 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$241
Tax Rate 20.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for Duleep Singh Barn in Diss, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Ensuite
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , Twin Room
    Lounge - 1 sofa bed/futon , Lounge
  • Large Harrods Sofa Bed in Lounge
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming

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