The 15 best hotels in Norfolk
Those seeking gastronomic delight along with luxurious accommodation should look no further than Morston Hall on the north Norfolk coast, where tastefully furnished rooms are spacious and decorated in country house style. The experience doesn’t come cheap, but some good-value room packages include a daily-changing seven-course tasting menu in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. For further indulgence, a classic afternoon tea is available in the sun lounge that overlooks the garden. Well behaved dogs are welcome, even well behaved children.
With uninterrupted views across marshes to the North Sea, and one of the finest bird reserves in the country close to hand, it is impossible to fault Titchwell Manor for its location. With a choice of 31 stylish contemporary rooms, including The Potting Shed, a large stand-alone room on the edge of the garden, and a restaurant that dishes up modern European food using the best locally sourced ingredients, this AA three-rosette hotel is an out and out winner all round.
Hidden away in the leafy lanes of north Norfolk, this converted country house was where Lillie Langtry, the future King Edward VII’s paramour, sometimes stayed back in the 1890s. Now converted into a shabby-chic pub, the Robert Kime-designed rooms have parkland views and bathrooms furnished with marble acquired from mansions in Alexandria, Egypt. The owner is an art dealer and original works by Tracey Emin and Lucian Freud grace the walls. Many people come for the food experience alone, which features dishes like estate venison cooked over an open fire.
Almost straddling the North Sea Coast Path, the views out to the marshes here are extraordinary, especially at sunset. With 15 comfortable rooms, including eight in a separate annex, the great joy here is to dine on fresh seafood al fresco on the sea-facing outside terrace. Ground floor rooms have their own seating terrace, but the choicest room is undoubtedly the split-level ‘Room at the Top’, which has its own telescope for gazing out at Scolt Head Island.
Although it doesn’t come with sea views, this small hotel in the pretty flint-built coastal village of Brancaster is perfectly located for those coming to the coast for golf, sailing or walking. Upstairs there are nine comfortable rooms to choose from, both standard and luxury, while the downstairs restaurant features a varied menu that make good use of local, seasonal produce like Brancaster oysters. A cosy bar with a cheery wood-burner is the place to head after a bracing walk or in cooler weather.
One of north Norfolk’s most iconic buildings, Cley Windmill, towering over the reed beds at the birding mecca of Cley-next-the-Sea on the coast, has just nine cosy rooms in total: three within the mill tower itself, the rest in adjacent buildings. Step out of the door and you’re on the Norfolk Coast Path – and next to one of the best bird reserves in the country. Home-cooked evening meals featuring local seafood can be pre-booked in the atmospheric candle-lit basement restaurant.
If there’s anything that resembles an epicentre for visitors to the north Norfolk coast it’s surely the pretty fishing village of Blakeney. The centrepiece of the village is the long-established Blakeney Hotel on the quay, which offers everything one would expect of a classic seaside hotel – atmosphere and old-fashioned comfort. Many rooms have views of the estuary and evocative salt marshes, as does the first-floor sitting room, but what sealed its inclusion in our list is the considerable bonus of a heated indoor pool.
Facing the market square in the north Norfolk market town of Reepham, this former pub makes the most of its Georgian heritage. The eight stylish rooms are ‘Grand Tour’ themed – Africa, Days of the Raj, Natural History and so on –so expect exposed beams, marble bathrooms and quirky antiques. Should you take a fancy to any of the curiosities on display bear in mind that all of the 1000 or so objects on show are for sale.
On the edge of the Norfolk Broads, set in eight acres of private grounds next to the River Bure, this country house hotel offers a choice of 12 modern comfortable rooms as well as three suites, one with a four-poster, and a cottage sleeping six. If you’re in need of a little pampering, a range of spa treatments can be booked at designated treatment rooms tucked away in the hotel grounds.
Well placed for visits to Sandringham and the northwest coast, this late 18th-century manor set in its own 30 acres of parkland has been operating as a spa hotel since the 1980s.The emphasis here is on comfort and luxury, with full spa facilities, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and hot tub. All rooms – 15 house rooms, some refurbished in classical style, and 11 garden rooms – boast state-of-the-art bathrooms, while the 2 AA-rosette restaurant takes full advantage of fresh ingredients from the hotel garden.