Where to Stay in Norfolk

Lynford Hall Hotel
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26 April 2021

With 145km (90mi) of coastline stretching from Great Yarmouth to King’s Lynn, plus the Broads National Park, there’s a host of reasons why Norfolk is the perfect British weekend getaway. Go birdwatching, hike through Thetford Forest and rub shoulders with the locals in a bare-brick pub while staying in one of these top hotels.

Sure, Norfolk has beaches and scenery by the bucket-and-spade-load. But, its warm people, buzzy food and drink scene and fascinating history give you even more reasons to visit. Slip off the well-beaten track and savour the county’s finest hotels – which offer boat hire, copper baths and intimate pubs with craft ales.

The Georgian Townhouse

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4.2/5 (97 Reviews)
The Georgian Townhouse
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A popular haunt for Norwich’s retro-appreciating young professionals, this is just the place to join the locals for an after-work drink. Craft ales are the speciality and you’ll find limited editions from East Anglian breweries on the rotating taps. Dine in on pan-fried salmon and chicken supreme in American-diner-style booths, or at tables that smack of wooden school desks. Roberts radios, old dial-up telephones and Smeg mini-fridges add a vintage twist to the bedrooms, too.
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The Norfolk Mead Hotel

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4.7/5 (116 Reviews)
The Norfolk Mead Hotel
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You’ve done the Broads in a motor boat, a kayak and perhaps even on a stand-up paddleboard – but how about an open-top yacht with a kitchen-fresh hamper of home-made quiche, chutney and brownies? At the Norfolk Mead in Coltishall, you can hire their boat, complete with a picnic. Return in time for afternoon tea – the raspberry cheesecake in white chocolate soil is a must-try. Need more chill time? Pop to the spa for a Natural Spa Factory treatment, then relax on your own private terrace with a glass of something chilled.
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The Hoste Arms

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The Hoste Arms
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Norfolk’s beaches are legendary, but so are its market towns, and Burnham Market is arguably the king. Explore the 30-plus indie stores, delis, boutiques and galleries to pick up the best of Norfolk’s crafts and produce. Be sure to try Satchells wine merchants, established more than 120 years ago, or Gurney’s fish shop. To get the most of that experience, upgrade to the top-flight Divine Room of The Hoste Arms for when you need to recuperate; its Zoffany-clad walls and freestanding baths won’t fail to impress.

St Giles House Hotel

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St Giles House Hotel
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During World War II, politicians and military top-brass held clandestine meetings in the Walnut Suite of this Norwich hotel, accessed through secret tunnels from St Giles Church. Immerse yourself in this Grade II-listed building’s history by checking into one of its art deco-themed Georgian suites with claret-wine walls and antique furniture. Uncoil with an Elemental Herbology treatment in the spa, then tuck into the fantastic food options in the dining room.

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  • Lynford Hall Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
    3.9/5 (84 Reviews)
    Lynford Hall Hotel
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    Escape the daily grind at Lynford Hall, a country house that’s just begging you to stay outdoors. Make sure you bag a courtyard room with a private external door, so you can leave the mud-cloaked walking boots outside. How much of the 11ha (28 acres) Thetford Forest can you explore before you leave? There’s a lake, or you can try one of the forest trails on your doorstep. Peddars Way (the old Roman road that links the North Norfolk Coast with Central East Anglia) also beckons.
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    Felbrigg Lodge Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
    4.6/5 (33 Reviews)
    Felbrigg Lodge Hotel
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    You don’t need to stay on the coast to enjoy Norfolk. At Felbrigg Lodge, the glorious beaches of the North Coast, like Cromer and East Runton, are less than a 15-minute drive away. For a real get-away-from-it all vibe, spend time exploring the hotel’s 2.8ha (7 acres) of woodland, a few miles inland on the outskirts of Aylmerton village. Order one of the hotel’s picnic hampers (recommended is the Norfolk cheese and wine one), find your own secluded spot and pretend no one else exists.
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    The Maids Head Hotel

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    4.4/5 (957 Reviews)
    The Maids Head Hotel
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    Transport yourself back through 800 years of Norwich history with a stay at the Maids Head, the oldest hotel in the UK. Bishops once resided here, Admiral Lord Nelson propped up the oak-lined Jacobean Bar, and the first-ever mail coaches from London rolled into the courtyard once upon a time. Stay in the Catherine of Aragon suite (named after yet another historical patron) for a woodburner, hand-drawn English floral fabrics, roll-top bath and a Tudor street mural. Head chef Magic’s cured sea trout in the AA rosette WinePress restaurant shouldn’t be missed, either.
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    The Brisley Bell Inn

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    The Brisley Bell Inn
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    Chat to locals over a craft beer at this rural hideaway in Brisley village. Slip in front of the log fire or unwind in the garden and see why Amelie Nicholson and Marcus Seaman returned years later to run it themselves. Stay over in the converted barn and amuse residents by trying to guess which places the room names stand for. Here’s one to start you off: Hunny, for Hunstanton, of course. Conveniently placed in the middle of the county, this 17th-century pub is a great base for the North Coast, Norwich and the lesser-known Brecks.
    These recommendations were updated on April 26, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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