The perfect locations to go on vacation in Suffolk and Norfolk in 2023

1. The Feathers, Holt 

Our reviewer was drawn to the north Norfolk city on the promise of mountains of cheese at Star Plain Shops…oh, and perhaps the truffles at Two Magpies Bakery too! 

One of many newer additions to the Chestnut assortment, the refurbed lodge (which as 14 rooms in the principle pub and an extra 10 down the street at The Lawns) has stored a standard really feel, whereas embracing trendy touches – you may’t fail to be wowed by the pitch-roofed conservatory eating room. 

The primary ground lodging was “attractive”. Completed in earthy, impartial tones, and framed by sash home windows, there’s a whole lot of ‘native’ injected into every suite. Curtains come from Upstairs/Downstairs, throws from Heritage Home, lighting and cabinets from Tom Raffield, and there are even bespoke tea trays from Dorothea Hamilton. 

Breakfast was raved about. Take your selection from the East Anglian Breakfast Desk of Glebe Farm cereals, seasonal fruit compote, pastries and crumpets. Assist your self from the recent buffet. Or order from a menu of buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict and extra. 

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2. Cruising on the Broads 

We luxuriated aboard Richardson’s Monaco motorboat throughout a gloriously sunny early spring weekend. The vessel, picked up at Stalham, struck a modern profile as she pottered alongside the traditional waterways, gliding by means of spiring reeds below the watchful eye of native kingfishers. 

Boasting two berths, a big lounging space, and a sliding high, the Monaco was toasty heat (even in March) and the right automobile for navigating the rivers Ant, Bure and Thurne. 

Highlights included a pitstop for breakfast on the very effectively stocked A G Meale & Sons farm store, café and backyard centre from Wayford Bridge, a stroll round How Hill, truffles and scrummy, beneficiant meals at Bridgestones in Potter Heigham, and nice beer and pizza at The Lion throughout an in a single day mooring in Thurne. 

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3. Fritton Lake, Somerleyton 

Although the service on our go to can solely be described as ‘relaxed’ we beloved immersing ourselves on this countryside resort, the place wilderness and nature meet laid-back luxurious. 

The entire place, from the lounging and eating rooms of the principle home, to the bedrooms, seems as if it’s been torn from the pages of Nation Residing journal, and each a part of the constructing was stuffed with the sound of music.

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Our beds have been tremendous plush and comfortable. Our bathe monumental. And the probabilities for leisure countless. A stroll across the grounds. A ship journey with a information throughout the lake to achieve perception into Lord Somerleyton’s formidable rewilding mission. Bobbing on the water within the floating sauna. Chillaxing subsequent to a hearth by the surface pool. 

4. The George and Dragon, Cley 

Having been devastated by its closure, our reviewer was straight within the door as quickly as this beloved lodge re-opened. He discovered his room (Quantity 5) gentle and shiny with gorgeous views throughout the marshes to Blakeney.  

Considerate ending touches included a complicated espresso maker, native biscuits, and an array of fancy toilet lotions and potions. There are some fabulous walks close by (the lodge could be very dog-friendly), and a stop-off on the native deli, Picnic Fayre, was listed as a spotlight…as was The George and Dragon’s “monumental” Sunday roast of pink sirloin, piled with trimmings. 

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5. Retreat East, Hemingstone 

The Instances and Sunday Instances have listed this clutch of gorgeously restored farm buildings as probably the most romantic place to remain within the UK. 

Our personal reviewer couldn’t agree extra. The Granary cottage oozed understated glamour with its industrial fittings, dreamy sofas, high-tech nation kitchen, and outsized lamps. A terrace runs all the best way alongside the property, with doorways opening from the bed room, residing and eating rooms, with uninterrupted views throughout the sphere. 

Every lodging is totally distinctive – from the farm buildings, to the brand new lodges – and friends have entry to a health club, the spa space, and the Nice Barn, the place head chef Adam Spicer and his crew are making pure magic with a menu stuffed with surprises, and based mostly on what’s rising within the kitchen backyard. Retreat East is dog-friendly, surrounded by walks, and has free cycle rent for exploring. 

6. The Hoste Arms 

Our reviewer, his spouse and beloved bulldog spent the night time at this pooch-friendly lodge in fashionable Burnham Market, which has its personal spa and cinema (with complimentary popcorn and smooth drinks). 

Their room felt trendy, whereas retaining historic character on the similar time – boasting a luxurious couch, basic roll-top bathtub and separate, self-contained bathe room. 

Brownie factors have been scored for the ready bag of native canine treats within the room, contemporary milk, and an honest espresso machine. 

And meals (from fish pie and chilli, garlic and oregano spatchcock rooster to cheesecake with mango sorbet, pineapple, pomegranate and mint salsa) was scrumptious, with “completely implausible” service. Even Benson bought a particular dinner – being dished up a sausage in his personal little bowl.

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7. Bedford Lodge Resort & Spa, Newmarket 

The clip-clop, clip-clop of close by horses supplies the soundtrack for this charming lodge within the house of horse racing. On the surface it’s all pure white, basic magnificence – however contained in the reception space, restaurant and bar are uber trendy – excellent if you wish to keep someplace you may costume up! 

The lodge’s spa, housed in a separate constructing, is modern and modern, whereas sustaining an enveloping sense of heat all through. There’s a spa pool, sauna, steam room, expertise showers and even a rooftop sizzling tub.

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A darkened chillout room with lavishly smooth day beds and fluffy blankets awaits too. Within the lodge, Room 135 impressed with its sink-into-me pillows, soft-touch bedding and a hospitality tray laden with the perfect tea and low, and lavender biscuits. 

There’s entry to the onsite health club and pool. 

And friends can get pleasure from a cocktail or two within the swanky Roxana’s bar, adopted by some on level tremendous eating in Squires – which, by the way, served the perfect lodge breakfast we tried in 2022. 

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8. Hippersons, Beccles 

We had a great deal of enjoyable staying on the UK’s first floating glamping pod with Hippersons. Secret Water is a cute little hideaway that’s dainty in measurement, however ample for a household of 4. A Scandi-nautical theme carries by means of from the terrace, to the residing/eating/kitchen house. There’s a bathe room. And the bedrooms – one double, one bunk – have been crafted with large porthole home windows for spying on nature. 

There was an enormous thumbs up for the “superior” welcome basket, stuffed with goodies from native retailers. And additional touches included binoculars, books in cabinets and further blankets for cooler evenings. 

Highlights of our keep included a scrumptious home-cooked curry takeaway on the deck courtesy of The Pink Tiffin, a stroll across the Beccles Marsh Path Stroll, buying at Beccles Farmers’ Market, a dip at Beccles Lido, and very good pizza from the award-winning Oak Fired. 

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9. The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe 

The view from this pub’s Room on the High is fairly particular – gazing out so far as the attention can see throughout the marshes. The split-level room’s highlights embrace a double-ended bathtub with a skylight window for stargazing, a snug superking mattress, large telly, sitting space…and a telescope for birdwatching. 

From the roadside the pub seems fairly common, however inside is simply beautiful. A toasty fire-warmed bar results in a conservatory eating room and terrace the place the meals is actually quite scrumptious. An enormous a part of the enchantment although is the employees who we discovered naturally pleasant, welcoming and chatty. Don’t go house with out one thing from the onsite smokehouse. And do take time for an amble on the Norfolk Coast Path (word the western path is closed for works) which is actually on the doorstep. 

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10. Wispy Meadows, Saham Toney close to Watton

We actually couldn’t consider our eyes after we landed at our lodge – The Boathouse. The proprietor, a property developer and ‘correct Norfolk lad’ of farming inventory, has created a tropical, adult-only hideaway that’s utterly sudden. 

The terraced backyard has a pontoon with direct entry to the fishing lake, water options, and two tiki huts protecting a sizzling tub and out of doors seating/eating space with a fuel firepit. 

Inside, the lodging is constructed to the best spec, with a wall of full glazing seeking to the lake, a well-equipped kitchen, giant eating desk, very cozy lounge, and two double bedrooms with ensuite nook baths. It’s the one place we’ve stayed with a retro gaming machine in! Plenty of the friends listed below are return bookings, with a loyalty low cost out there. Get in fast as a result of it will get booked up months, typically over a yr, upfront! 

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11. The Angel Inn, Stoke By Nayland 

A LOT of cash has gone into refurbishing this restaurant with rooms in Constable Nation, which was lately named the most effective locations to remain within the east by The Instances and Sunday Instances. 

We holed up in a room within the new, separate Stables constructing, the place handmade sweets and a glass of fizz awaited. Our room, The Wolsey was suitably spectacular, that includes preserved beams and a cute chapel window, air conditioning (a rarity in East Anglia), giant rainforest bathe, and separate bathtub behind a high-tech, frosted privateness display.

Eastern Daily Press:  Gastronomic breaks are the lodge’s raisin d’etre. They wish to appeal to foodies for weekends stuffed with tremendous wine, tremendous eating, cocktails and pure consolation. And head chef Ruben helps them to ship the products, weaving a contact of his Spanish heritage by means of a contemporary menu underpinned by basic method. Our dish of hare with toasted rice, below a veil of set inventory was phenomenal. 

12. The Peacock, Chelsworth 

Our reviewer was shocked by The Peacock, saying it blew him away and was on a “completely totally different stage” to something he’s been fortunate sufficient to pattern in Suffolk lately. “It truly is that good, that particular”. 

Quintessentially English in really feel, rooms are small however effectively shaped, with interval touches and waterfall showers. Nevertheless it’s the meals that takes centre stage. They swooned over head chef Sam Clover’s (previously of Pied a Terre) pressed confit duck leg with white radish, blackberries, lavender and honey and duck fats brioche, completely cooked steak, and signature glazed lemon tart with Greek yoghurt ice cream. In his phrases “simply go”. 

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13. Rectory Manor Resort, Nice Waldingfield 

As soon as house to Rector John Hopkins, writer of the E book of Psalms, former finance man Frank Lawrenson lovingly refurbished his household’s gated house 10 years in the past into an oasis for {couples}. 

This yr the property (a member of Historic Homes) achieved the VisitEngland Rose Award for Service Excellence – certainly one of solely 100 lodging suppliers to achieve the accolade. 

What Frank’s created is brilliantly distinctive. Friends arrive to the sound of classical music. And every of the 9 rooms on the high of the steps has been individually embellished with true consideration to element. Our Wedgewood blue suite impressed with a bespoke carved 4 poster mattress, hand-painted frieze within the rolltop toilet, espresso chest and honesty bar. 

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Breakfast is served communally within the eating room the place Emma Bridgewater crockery reigns supreme. Anticipate tremendous cheeses, charcuterie, fruit and extra on the desk, and their tackle a full English, utilizing meats from a neighborhood butcher voted for as a provider by former friends. 

14. Worlington Corridor 

This sixteenth century property, abutting the river Lark (the place you may recline with a glass of wine in a deck chair) proved an actual tonic for our reviewer. 

Having been empty for years, the brand new house owners set about remodeling the corridor right into a must-visit vacation spot, bringing former Tuddenham Mill head chef Jordan Bayes on to run the kitchen, and sprinkling a contact of magic over the rooms. The pastel pink and inexperienced Elizabeth suite was very comfy, and had its personal balcony overlooking the pond and gardens, whereas the lavatory was famous as “exquisitely tiled”. 

It additionally had “maybe the best-stocked mini bar I’ve ever seen –full with complimentary prosecco”. 

Dinner was a spotlight – that includes certainly one of our reviewer’s high dishes of the yr – a spicy bowl of duck, chilli and mushroom noodles. 

15. Glory Days, Southrepps 

If you happen to assume beige is boring, and gray has had its day, guide a keep at this vacation cottage the place each room is a celebration for the senses. 

“I defy anybody to not open the entrance door and be immediately cheered,” our reviewer mentioned. House owners Ruth and Mark used to run Norfolk’s Glory Days store, and convey the identical playful model to this property. Within the cosy entrance room with a wooden burner Ruth’s home made cake, milks, eggs, bread and a bottle await. Upstairs are a single and a double bed room, and a toilet with “all of the toiletries you can want for and an exquisite outdated enamel bathtub which retained the warmth fantastically”. 

Southrepps is fairly as an image, with its brick and flint cottages. And the seashores of Cromer and Mundesley are minutes away – as is the native pub, the Vernon Arms. 

16. The Pigs at Edgefield 

Considered one of our reviewer’s favorite locations on earth, The Pigs affords rooms with saunas, steam rooms and your personal personal hearth pit, plus free marshmallows to toast on the flames. It’s extraordinary. 

The meals’s cracking too – he notably loved his double-stacked pork burger again in July.

One other good factor about The Pigs is that every one room service is freed from cost, so that you don’t even have to alter out of your dressing robe to get your grub on. 

“It is a particular place!”

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