Three cheers for this sophisticated yet gentle address, brilliantly placed for exploring both the Norfolk Broads and Norwich. With a lovely walled garden, perfect for summer dining, and a wildflower mead that borders a pretty tributary of the River Bure, this fine Georgian house is a real haven. And it comes with its own boat for exploring the Broads: book the launch, for up to six people, for a half or full day, with a picnic from the hotel; add a tailor-made massage or a facial in the hotel’s treatment rooms and you have the ingredients for a perfect yet affordable break. Husband and wife Anna Duttson and James Holliday are responsible for the new look Norfolk Mead, with 16 contemporary rooms and suites. And Anna’s background at the helm of a successful catering company, which numbers the McLaren racing team among its clients, means that the two AA rosette food is as refined as the rest.
Doubles from £135
+44 (0) 1603 737531; norfolkmead.co.uk
Take a trip to Horsey and wander over the dunes to find an amazing colony of seals. The largest colony in Norfolk. For a quieter day why not take hire a day boat out to the River Bure. The River Bure is the longest, and in places the busiest, of the Norfolk Broads Rivers. Take in the wildlife whilst you enjoy the beautiful scenery, maybe even stop for Afternoon Tea along the way?
The Norfolk Mead Hotel boasts a Two Rosette Awarded Restaurant using all locally sourced ingredients from the finest farms and markets. Afternoon Tea is also served daily and is perfect to enjoy in the Walled Garden on a sunny day.
For a spot of shopping head to Norwich city centre. Norwich has streets that still carry a lot of their medieval charm, including some remains of the ancient city walls and a wealth of historic buildings.
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Built by a sugar merchant in 1740, the building stands in eight acres and retains many of its original features, including the walled garden and a private lake.
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