If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, head to Norfolk on England’s East Anglia Coast. During summer, stroll along Holkham Beach or cruise down the Broads on a canal boat. Come winter, stomp through Thetford Forest followed by top pub grub by the fire at one of these intimate hotels.
Would you prefer a thatched pub with a log fire in tiny Ingham or a private hot tub near Brancaster Beach? Perhaps a Juliet balcony with rural views or double spa bath in a former dairy? Either way, Norfolk’s charm-laden towns and postcard-perfect countryside are ideal hosts for a bit of romance. Snuggle up with your other half at one of these hotels, perfectly suited for couples.
After a glass of fizz in the Eating Rooms, amble back to your room for bubbles of a different kind at this coastal boutique bolthole. There’s a hot tub on the private terrace of two rooms here – perfect for romantic evenings. Walks along the coastal path or RSPB reserve next door will definitely make you work up an appetite, which can be answered by head chef Chris Mann’s local oysters, or crab from nearby Brancaster. For something a little different, stroll down to Brancaster Beach at low tide to see the SS Vina shipwreck.
Whisk yourselves back to Georgian times at this boutique hotel in Reepham. The exotic rooms are themed around obsessions of the time, such as travels around Europe and collecting natural artefacts. However, there’s still space for modern romance with the bed-end bathtub. In the restaurant, indulge in one of the chef’s Bertha Oven specials, cooked over sustainably sourced charcoal. The one-kilo cote de boeuf won’t disappoint.
There’s very little in the tiny hamlet of Ingham, other than this impressive pub (and a Medieval church). This makes it a box-ticker for a get-away-from-it-all break à deux. Expect a thatched roof and inglenook fireplace at the 14th-century Swan, where you can cosy up with a glass of wine. Decamp to the converted stable block next door for shut-eye, then refresh the next day with an amble to the beach.
Slide into the claw-foot, free-standing bath, then curl up in the carved four-poster bed at this country-house hotel. The rooms’ timber floors bring a touch of old-school elegance; the feeling’s recreated when you tuck into the roasted hake with new potatoes and caper béarnaise at Palm’s Court, followed by sticky toffee pudding. Norwich is just a 15-minute drive away.
Kick back and imagine a full-time life in the country at The Bell, a popular 17th-century pub with rooms in rural Brisley. Pick up a novel from the book-lined Garden Room, order a Norfolk craft ale and plonk yourselves down in front of the log fire. Tucked away in a converted barn, the rooms come with Roberts radios, underfloor heating and home-made shortbread. Try and get your hands on one with a roll-top bath next to the bed. If you want to head out and about, the North Coast beaches and buzzy Norwich are all nearby.
Grab yourselves the Oak Suite at this former dairy farm, just outside Norwich; it has its own double spa bath for a romantic treat. Countryside views from the Juliet balcony seal the deal. Take a swim in the indoor heated pool and book into the spa for detox massages, which use juniper and lavender essential oils. Then dine à deux in the AA rosette Seasons restaurant. The roast leg of lamb with mussel and the prawn stew are just two of delectable mains on offer.
This 300-year-old former coaching inn in Hillington is ideal for a couple’s weekend away. Bed down the Hayloft with its William Holland tin-finished bath, double drench shower and decked rooftop terrace. Prepare for a leisurely Saturday morning – breakfast goes on until 1pm. Skipping breakfast the next day might be tempting to save yourself for lunch with a difference. The Ffolkes’ Sunday Roast includes a home-made pie as well as the sliced meat and traditional trimmings. Try the beef brisket and ale pie with a side of sirloin.
Four lakes, two rivers – and that’s just the on-site golf course at Heacham Manor, a Grade II-listed country house on the fringes of Hunstanton. Play a round on this 18-hole course, loosen up with thermal stone massages at the Mulberry Spa, then restock your energy levels at the AA rosette Mulberry Restaurant. Choose a Manor Four Poster room for hand-made furniture and the eponymous bed. For love-tinged strolls, the beach is just a short walk away.
At Byfords in Holt, there’s something other than the kids that will force you up in the morning. Sure, you want some loved-up time alone, but this fancy B&B serves breakfasts that really can’t be missed. Kick off with a home-made smoothie – the nutty blast with almond milk and peanut butter is perfect for lining your stomach ahead of the breakfast pizza (with full-English toppings) or smoked haddock and prawn kedgeree. Your bed, or more specifically the Egyptian cotton linen and duck down duvets, may just call you back.