The Harper – Langham, Norfolk
Located in the pretty village of Langham, a mile inland from the coast at Blakeney, The Harper is a laid-back, contemporary country escape. Housed in a brick-and-flint barn that was once part of Langham Glass, unfussy yet refined interiors nod to its industrial past (and the story of Stanley Harper Cutmore, the owner’s grandfather who was a mechanic) with flashes of iron, copper, oak and slate. Rooms (choose from Big, Bigger or Biggest) come with modern four posters, leather armchairs, underfloor heating and lovely touches, from proper coffee in compostable pods by Roar Gill to pre-mixed house cocktails in the fridge. There’s a cosy bar for comfort food lunches (broken brisket and rarebit burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, ceviche tacos); Ivy’s lounge with arched windows facing the courtyard and a wood-burning stove; and Stanley’s restaurant, where guests can expect fine dining without the frippery (try the whole sea bass or Norfolk Estate ribeye from the wood-fired Josper grill). Book in for a massage in the spa or pre-order a picnic hamper and explore. Holkham Beach and Wells-next-the-Sea are a short drive away.
Doubles from £175
+44 (0)1328 805000; theharper.co.uk