8 of the most romantic hotels in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 11:22 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 24 January 2017
February is the month of love, so why not treat your Valentine to a night away in Norfolk’s most romantic destinations? Judith Palmer has some suggestions
Cley Windmill, Holt
It’s hard to think of anywhere more romantic than Cley Windmill to celebrate with your Valentine. Well-known for marriage proposals on the balcony next to the sails, weddings and wedding anniversaries galore, the windmill is special. It has fantastic views out over the marshes towards the sea, gorgeous quirky rooms, all beautifully furnished, a roaring fire in the beamed round sitting room and food to die for, courtesy of the amazing chefs.
Prices: From £159 bed and breakfast. 01263 740209, www.cleywindmill.co.uk
The Victoria Inn, Holkham
Situated close to Holkham beach and National Nature Reserve, The Victoria is the perfect base for romantic walks discovering the coastline and seaside villages on the Norfolk coast. The 20 bedrooms are all individually decorated offering style, comfort and quality and the menu offers deliciously locally-sourced food with an emphasis on freshness, simplicity and value.
Prices: Sun-Thurs: £135-265 / Fri-Sat: £150-£280. 01328 711008, www.holkham.co.uk/victoria
The Assembly House, Norwich
From the moment you approach The Assembly House’s sweeping driveway, the splendour of the Grade I listed building in the heart of Norwich is clear – and once inside, there is romance hidden around every corner. The house’s 11 luxury bedrooms are the perfect backdrop for love with baths big enough for two, secret gardens, beautiful balconies or panoramic views over Norwich rooftops, gorgeous bedrooms with ridiculously comfortable beds, antique furniture and, of course, the chance to enjoy a Champagne afternoon tea à deux.
Prices: From £160. 01603 626402, www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk
The Control Tower, Walsingham
In the heart of North Norfolk, The Control Tower is a bed and breakfast with a generous helping of history. A former RAF control tower, it has been lovingly renovated with original art deco furniture throughout, from the beds to the huge bathtubs. A delicious vegetarian breakfast of locally-sourced produce awaits you each morning and the promise there won’t be a TV in sight, so you can luxuriate in each other’s company.
Prices: £100-£120. 01328 821574, www.controltowerstays.com
Strattons Hotel, Swaffham
An award-winning green boutique hotel, restaurant and cafe deli, Strattons Hotel is recognised as a peaceful and romantic destination hidden in the historic market town of Swaffham. Enjoy afternoon tea by the fire, a light lunch from the cafe deli or a delicious dinner in the chic restaurant. Stay in one of their 14 individual, sumptuous and eclectic bedrooms, featuring a Jacobean four-poster bed; an open fire; a freestanding bath at the foot of the bed with room for two; original period features or a huge decked balcony.
Prices: £116 - £275 inc. bed and breakfast for 2 people. 01760 723845, www.strattonshotel.com
The Fritton Arms, Fritton
Offering a wonderfully romantic experience, The Fritton Arms is a relaxed and comfortable place to stay, with roaring log fires and a kitchen serving fresh estate produce. Set in the middle of stunning parkland - part of the prestigious Somerleyton estate - it has lots of activities on offer, perfect if your Valentine is particularly outdoorsy.
Prices: Midweek offer £85* Dinner, Bed and Breakfast *Offer based on two people sharing a room Sunday to Thursday during February and March 2017. Weekend rates vary – please check website for details. 01493 484008, www.frittonarms.co.uk
The Swan, Loddon
Perfect for romantic couples looking for excellent food, fine wine and a sumptuous place to stay, The Swan at Loddon has four luxuriously appointed boutique bedrooms in a converted barn. Set in the historic market town of Loddon on the River Chet with beautiful walks close by, stunning scenery and wildlife, there will be plenty of opportunities for that picture perfect proposal.
Prices: Sun-Thur £75, Fri-Sat £95 Rates are per room, per night and inclusive of bed, full English breakfast and VAT. 01508 528039, www.theloddonswan.co.uk
Stower Grange, Drayton
Set in its own delightful grounds, Stower Grange is a three-star country house hotel just four miles from the centre of Norwich. It is the perfect base for exploring Norfolk and, with 11 sumptuously spacious and individually decorated bedrooms, including one with a magnificent eight foot high oak four poster bed, and an AA Rosette restaurant and bar, you won’t need much of an excuse to return from your adventures to warm up.
Prices: £110-£220. 01603 860210, www.stowergrange.co.uk