Calico Barn is a converted barn at Hemscott Hill Farm, a mere 2 minute walk from that amazing 7 mile stretch of beach, Druridge Bay.
It was newly converted in 2016, see this post for a bit of history about the barn, and sleeps 18 people in a mix of twin, family and bunk rooms.
Designed as a home from home with walkers and cyclists in mind it has a large cosy living area with TV/DVD and a wood burning stove with walls decorated with hand made quilts. A dining area and fully equipped kitchen mean you knock up a meal and eat inside, or make use of the garden available for guests.
We even have firepits and barbeques available should you with to sit around a fire or take a BBQ to the beach.
All of our rooms have bunkbeds, but not your average ones. They are built in cabin beds with super comfy mattresses and lovely bedding ready made up for your arrival. We measured the beds against Hemscott’s tall one, Phil, who is 6’3″ to make sure they were a decent length. Each cabin has a reading light, double socket and USB charger so cyclists don’t need to carry additional plugs. Naturally there is free wifi throughout.
There are twin rooms, quad family rooms and a 6 bed bunk room for those who want to share. Rooms share 3 spacious and clean wet rooms.
A basic cereal / porridge breakfast is included and tea, coffee & milk provided but we have breakfast packs of locally sourced sausages, bacon, black/white pudding, eggs and beans available for you to order ready to cook yourself in the morning.
We are also starting to offer basic home made meals to weary walkers and cyclists. There are also two good local pubs that do food called The Widdrington Inn and The Plough Inn at Ellington in the opposite direction.
A secure bike lock up with racks, key code and CCTV is next to the Calico Barn and we have bike wash facilities, a tinkering area (we’re a farm, we can always help with a spanner!). And if you arrive soaking wet, don’t worry we have a drying room available too and can even do your washing!
Calico Barn is also popular with groups and families who book out the space for gatherings and have exclusive use.
Our prices are:
Single bed in a 6 bed bunk room) – £25 per person inc breakfast
Twin room – £50 per room inc breakfast
Quad/family room – £100 per room inc breakfast
We know you might be arriving late, don’t worry we will give you the codes to get in so you don’t have to worry about timing.
In the summer months there are always free refreshments (tea, coffee & squash) available for passing walkers and cyclists whether you are staying with us or not, and you are most welcome to use our loo if you are passing
Are you part of a cycling or walking group and coming past at other times of the year? Just let us know in advance and we will open the barn and put on refreshments when there is someone available to open up.