One of Norfolk’s finest historical sights and parks, Blickling Hall is an essential place to explore when visiting eastern Britain. Here are the best places for you to stay nearby, bookable on Culture Trip.
The birthplace of Anne Boleyn and one of the most stunning Jacobean properties in England, Blickling Hall and its vast surrounding gardens are managed by the National Trust. Just 20 minutes’ drive north of Norwich, near the Norfolk coast, Blickling is in the heart of the county and has plenty of fantastic places to stay, with a range of period properties to suit all budgets and needs.
A grand Grade II-listed B&B in the centre of the historic market town of Aylsham, Black Boys Hotel is a well-loved pub, bar and restaurant. The attractively furnished, eight ensuite bedrooms come in traditional period style but include all the mod cons. You’ll be well fed in the pub, with menus that cater for a wide range of tastes – go for a sumptuous bowl of oysters on date night or an incredible roast on a Sunday. Dogs are welcome to join you if you enquire in advance.
This lovely 17th-century pub and renovated coaching inn is perfectly located within the Blickling Estate, just next to Blickling Hall – so you really won’t find a spot closer than this. You’ll be well catered for thanks to the real ales and great British pub food on site, including a juicy burger menu and famous Sunday roast. Then it’s to bed in one of the four double ensuite bedrooms, all decorated in the National Trust heritage colours. The Bucks Arms also runs fun events such as Thai food nights and a good old pub quiz, so be sure to ask for details when booking.
A gorgeous 1806 coaching inn, mysteriously designed in the style of a Tuscan farmhouse, the Saracens Head is full of character and charm. It’s tucked away in the sprawling countryside of North Norfolk, just a 10-minute drive from Blickling Hall. The privacy here is a real selling point, as is the great food and excellent hospitality provided by owners Tim and Janie Elwes. They’ve made it their mission to provide a place to eat, drink and stay that is both elegant and homely.
Nothing says Norfolk like a trip to the Cromer coast. This Grade II-listed house sits right on the seaside, only a 20-minute drive south to Blickling Hall. It’s an unusually quirky building, beautifully restored and full of period features and modern, comfortable furniture throughout the 25 ensuite bedrooms and shared spaces. There are 5 acres (2ha) of lush gardens and lawns, where you can mosey after a hard day’s sightseeing.
The award-winning Grove offers an impressive range of rooms, glamping and cottages in an upmarket building and grounds in central Cromer. The sophisticated, bright rooms and suites come in all sizes, the six cottages are perfect for a family group and the glamorous glamping yurts are great fun for more adventurous travellers. There’s fine dining to be had at the Grove Restaurant, or tasty tapas and pizzas at Sundown, two excellent on-site options.
On the Holt road in Hevingham village, this traditional 19th-century coaching inn offers buckets of charm in peaceful surroundings. Just 10 minutes’ drive from Blickling Hall and Estate, the Marsham Arms offers clean but cosy rooms of differing sizes to suit families or groups travelling together. There’s great British pub food in the restaurant downstairs, such as prime cuts of lamb, pork or chicken.
Another fantastic period property, this time in the historic market town of Holt, the Feathers Hotel has been welcoming guests for 150 years under its current name. But the coaching inn has roots that go as far back as the 17th century. Bright, crisp rooms are available to book in a variety of sizes, furnished in modern comforts but with a nod to the rich past of the property. And the location in Holt – only a 20-minute drive to the Blickling Estate – makes it an ideal base for exploring the coastline.
This sweet country pub in Letheringsett, just a stone’s throw from Holt, offers a homely mix of original period features and delightful contemporary comfort. Surrounded by parkland and with a safely enclosed garden, the property offers four individually designed, smart bedrooms. The restaurant prepares dishes to order using locally sourced fresh ingredients, like the chargrilled black bean steak and 8oz ribeye steak, straight from the grill.
A huge resort in North Norfolk, minutes from the coast, the Links Country Park Hotel provides fantastic accommodation in picturesque surroundings. Whatever your favourite sport, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge yourself here, with a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre and gym. The sleek rooms and suites come in a wide range of sizes to suit your group, all just 20 minutes by car from Blickling Hall and Estate.