The Eight Best Hotels in Norfolk

With rugged parklands, wild marshes and a vast shoreline stretching along England's east coast, Norfolk has a rustic landscape that beckons city dwellers and seaside seekers alike.

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The Chequers Inn

Thornham, United Kingdom

A cosy bolthole on the Norfolk coast, The Chequers Inn welcomes weary travellers with its crackling fires, freestanding bath tubs and snug corners aplenty. Dine at the hotel restaurant, helmed by chef Jordan Bayes, for locally sourced dishes such as Holkham venison or Thornham oysters. Retire to your room for a nightcap (each room comes with a complimentary decanter of sloe gin) before diving into plump, king-size beds.

Address

High Street PE36 6LY

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The Gunton Arms

Norwich

Named after the 1,000-acre deer park that it's perched within, this traditional pub with rooms can be found in northern Norfolk. Go for long, leisurely countryside strolls to stumble upon historic parks, ancient churches and golf courses, and return to spend the evening admiring the hotel's collection of modern art. Work by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Lucian Freud adorn walls inside, while sculptures by Sol LeWitt, Dan Graham and Anthony Caro pepper the grounds.

Address

Cromer Road NR118TZ

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Strattons

Reminiscent of a house belonging to an old (but exceedingly trendy) great aunt, Strattons oozes eccentric design and eclectic decor. Decadence is its buzzword; plush red-velvet sofas are offset by cowhide rugs, statement wallpaper and dark-wood, four-poster beds. The hotel is eco-friendly too, with low-energy lighting, refillable toiletries and dreamy (if a little unruly) gardens teeming with wildlife.

Address

4 Ash Close Swaffham PE37 7NH

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Congham Hall

Set within 30 acres of parkland and colourful gardens, this Georgian manor house offers a charming countryside retreat. Spend mornings at the spa, where treatments range from single massages to full-day experiences (complete with a two-course lunch and wine). Later, head to the hotel's herb garden (with more than 400 varieties of herbs) for a sensory stroll before dining in the restaurant, where locally sourced, seasonal ingredients are served with views across the parkland.

Address

Lynn Road King's Lynn PE32 1AH

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Morston Hall

One for the foodies, Morston Hall is primarily known for its outstanding culinary reputation. The restaurant's tasting menu that changes daily, with dishes that showcase the best of Norfolk's seasonal produce. Expect Sunday lunch choices of locally reared beef or North-Sea fish, and an afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones, cakes and Morston Hall Grand Reserve champagne. Waddle upstairs to soak in a roll-top bathtub and collapse into a giant bed.

Address

Morston Holt NR25 7AA

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The Assembly House

Crowning a cobbled square in King's Lynn, this former bank exudes a majestic appeal reminiscent of its glory days. Inside, the warm, friendly interiors prove that the hotel's past is a distant memory, as flickering fires, wooden floors and original panelling welcome guests. Amble along the riverfront and pop in to nearby cafés and markets before returning to cosy rooms with freestanding bathtubs and views over the quayside.

Address

Theatre Street NR2 1RQ

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The Victoria Inn

Known by locals as "The Vic", this 19th-century inn can be found between Norfolk's sandy beaches and rugged parklands. The restaurant here makes the most of ingredients sourced from the estate - dine on the Vic's juicy burger and chips or the pigeon-and-potato salad followed by a cheeseboard (pay no heed to the antler heads and other taxidermy staring down from the walls, they make for better post-meal viewing). Follow with a walk through the Holkham estate and along the North Norfolk coast before retiring to a roomy, antique-filled bedroom.

Address

Park Road NR23 IRH

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Bank House Hotel

Crowning a cobbled square in King's Lynn, this former bank exudes a majestic appeal reminiscent of its glory days. Inside, the warm, friendly interiors prove that the hotel's past is a distant memory, as flickering fires, wooden floors and original panelling welcome guests. Amble along the riverfront and pop in to nearby cafés and markets before returning to cosy rooms with freestanding bathtubs and views over the quayside.

Address

King’s Staithe Square PE30 1RD