Farm and B&B named best in the East of England in rural Oscars

Dairy Barns: Picture: Tom Hunt/ Countryside Alliance.

Dairy Barns: Picture: Tom Hunt/ Countryside Alliance. - Credit: Archant

A north Norfolk farm has been named the best in the East of England in the tourism enterprise category of the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards, also known as the rural Oscars.

Dairy Barns at Lound Farm in Hickling now goes forward to the British finals to be held at the House of Lords on March 22.

The awards are an annual celebration of small hard-working businesses and are now in their 12th year.

Judge Sarah Lee said: 'This is an ingenious way to keep a farm going – diversify part of the business into high-end bed & breakfast accommodation, partner up with local pubs and tourist attractions and you have an award-winning business.

'Hannah and Ian have a warm, welcoming attitude and clearly absolutely love what they do. Ian keeps the farm side going while Hannah, who is a force of nature, and the B&B team are as welcoming as can be and really make this enterprise soar.'

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