10 of the most romantic hotels in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 10:41 12 February 2019 | UPDATED: 14:36 15 February 2019
From eclectic style to sophisticated fine dining, Norfolk is home to a wealth of superbly beautiful hotels, inns and B&Bs with a difference
We take a look at the antique-filled boutique hotel where everything’s for sale to the converted windmill by the sea as the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their favourite romantic hotels in Norfolk…
A renowned spa hotel that’s set in carefully tended gardens, Congham Hall has an international reputation for excellent food with many ingredients grown on site. The country house hotel’s setting makes it peaceful and relaxing, while inside the style is very much one of relaxed elegance. Coupled with spa facilities where you can have a treatment and really unwind together, it’s the perfect balance of special occasion and relaxation.
This superbly quirky and stylish five star restaurant with rooms has a unique way with antiques. In fact, so coveted is its style that everything in the hotel is available to buy, meaning you can take a little piece of the experience home with you. Eight luxurious rooms mean that staying here is most definitely an intimate affair, characterised by genteel afternoon teas, spa treatments and grand dinners. It’s sensuous and simply perfect for a romantic escape.
A coastal destination with a difference, Magazine Wood straddles the line between luxury hotel and country house B&B. All guest suites are independent creating a real sense of privacy and escapism. Each room steps out onto a private terrace from which you can enjoy exceptional views of the sunsets and nearby beaches. Interiors are contemporary and spare no expense on sumptuous details. Little wonder it has won awards for its personal approach to hospitality.
For those looking for a rustic escape surrounded by wildlife and the magic of historic parkland, look no further than The Gunton Arms. A pub with rooms located in North Norfolk, this pub was given a new lease of life in 2009 when it was acquired by current owners, Stuart and Simone Tattersall. Known for its local seafood, inside the 18th century property fuses original features and antiques with contemporary art and heritage colours. Perhaps its most exceptional feature however, is its location in the middle of a a 1000 acre deer park - an extraordinary setting to wake up to.
For an entirely different type of hotel experience, head to Cley Windmill. Right by the sea, this 19th century grinding mill has been given a contemporary makeover befitting modern travellers and adding a new level of luxury. The top-floor Wheel Room is particularly popular, accessed via a ladder. Meanwhile, other bedrooms overlook the reed beds or the charming village from the former store rooms and miller’s accommodation.
A bed and breakfast with wow factor in Norwich, 38 St Giles has a real knack for making guests feel special. A place where beauty is at the heart of the experience, each room has been given its own character and a name to go with it, whether you choose Nelson, Cavell or Boudicca. Dating back to the 1700s it was once home to the former Lord Mayor of Norwich, and there continues to be a grand homeliness to the whole experience. It is somewhere, where the details really add to the romance of it all, from the luxury toiletries to the homemade preserves at breakfast.
A Georgian gem in the heart of Norwich, The Assembly House sparkles with sophistication. Colours and patterned soft furnishings are used with aplomb and there’s a confident grandeur to the whole experience that really adds starry-eyed splendour to a romantic escape. The hotel has 11 rooms, six of which have their own secret gardens and four of which have their own lounges. Meanwhile, dining is delivered in style using local, seasonal ingredients served under high ceilings and large chandeliers.
A relaxed country house hotel with a beautiful red brick exterior, Norfolk Mead is run by couple Anna and James, who clearly pour their heart into this luxurious escape. Both with a passion and skill for high-end hospitality thanks to former careers catering for McLaren on the Formula 1 circuit, staying here is a complete experience. Contemporary rooms and suites offer modern style that’s sympathetic to the historic building. The grounds are charming, the restaurant is award-winning, and they offer spa treatments using Natural Spa Factory products as well.
Describing itself as a posh B&B, Byfords in Holt has 16 rooms as well as a self catering apartment. A beautiful building in the heart of the town, it has a rustic vibe that’s clearly influenced by the building’s heritage as Holt’s oldest building. Exuding character and charm throughout, it’s the perfect balance between easy-going B&B and something a little different - ideal for a special occasion. Warm and welcoming, it has a convivial atmosphere throughout, and you’re perfectly positioned to explore the surrounding area.
Walk through a wrought iron gateway past a statue of George I and you enter a Georgian townhouse that’s been converted into a hotel. Inside it’s all seductive colours and cosy lighting, rich furnishings and shelves stocked with plenty of books. Bank House is a wonderful mix of modern and classic design with luxurious details such as a freestanding claw-footed bath in one room. Some rooms have views of the estuary and at every turn the service is impeccable, which really makes you feel looked after.