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Best hotels in Norfolk | The Independent

Best hotels in Norfolk | The Independent

With miles of unspoilt countryside, big skies, and broad, empty beaches, Norfolk has all the ingredients for a relaxing rural escape. Talking of ingredients, you’ll find a fabulous food scene here, too, with pubs and restaurants making the most of the county’s bounty of locally grown, reared, and plucked-straight-from-the-sea produce. Graze your way between historic market towns and nostalgia-steeped seaside resorts, or head into Norwich for a shot of creative energy and culture.

This is a great spot for art and culture

(The Assembly House )

Location: Norwich

This 15-room Georgian boutique is practically next door to Norwich’s principal play house, Theatre Royal – and it’s not lacking stage presence of its own. Set back from the street, its horseshoe-shaped driveway is a prelude to the period drama you’ll find inside. Rooms are a riot of colour, a debutante ball’s worth of eccentrically-clashing patterns, texture and furniture styles. Peacock-green four-poster beds are juxtaposed with powder pink walls, and bright floral-patterned window blinds. But don’t mistake it for chintz: there are gilded Art Deco mirrors, 1960s coffee tables, and contemporary-feeling, marble-clad bathrooms to add variety to its act.

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Price: Doubles from £170, B&B

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Comforting decor stands out in this Georgian building

(The Norfolk Mead)

Location: Coltishall

The Broads are Norfolk’s signature landmark: a labyrinthine network of waterways that vein the eastern part of the county. This quiet country house hotel on the banks of the River Bure not only puts you in the heart of this serene, watery world, but has its own yacht that you can borrow for a day of exploring. Its 16 rooms and accommodations are split across the main Georgian building, and standalone brick cottages and timber summer houses, which are ideal if there’s a boat-load of you travelling together. Across the board, the decor is calm and comforting, with muted colours, velvet bedspreads and homemade brownies on arrival.

Read our full review of The Norfolk Mead.

Price: Doubles from £135, B&B

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The Lifeboat Inn serves up some fantastic food

(The Lifeboat Inn)

Location: Thornham

North Norfolk’s coast is a dreamy sweep of wide-open sands, shimmering dunes and salt marshes teeming with birdlife – and the Lifeboat Inn is…

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