Best luxury and boutique hotels in Norfolk

Hotels, B&Bs, country houses, inns, restaurants with rooms

This historic county has much to offer in the way of outdoor pursuits. Its vast beaches include the one at Holkham made famous when Gwynetth Paltrow walked across it at the end of Shakespeare in Love). The Broads, a network of inland waterways, is loved by sailors. And there are numerous walking trails (Peddars Way, The Weavers Way, etc) and cycling routes. Wildlife lovers come to visit the National Nature Reserve at Blakeney (with boat trips to Blakeney Point at high tide to see seals), and the Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve, with its RSPB bird sanctuary.

 

Enjoy Norfolk's charm with a hotel stay - for a weekend or longer. The Good Hotel has reviewed some truly top hotels - along the stunning coast or inland in quiet countryside or bustling towns and cities. The country town, Norwich, once the centre of trade with the Low Countries, has a magnificent Anglican cathedral, many fine old churches, and remains of medieval buildings. Art lovers can visit the well-preserved Norman castle. Popular seaside resorts include Great Yarmouth and Cromer. Wells-Next-The-Sea is a holiday venue and fishing port. King’s Lynn, on the River Ouse, formerly one of England’s chief fishing ports, has the largest surviving 15th-century guildhall in England, and some interesting old churches; the Queen’s country mansion, Sandringham, which can be visited when the royal family is not in residence, stands in 60-acre grounds nearby.

 

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Featured hotels in Norfolk

The Old Rectory, NORWICH, Norfolk

In a leafy conservation area close to the city centre, Chris and Sally Entwistle run their Grade II listed, creeper-clad Georgian rectory as a small hotel. 'It remains consistent - near enough to

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Congham Hall, KING'S LYNN, Norfolk

'We have nothing but praise for this lovely country hotel.' On a peaceful 30-acre estate, this fine Georgian house -- now remodelled, and with a new spa -- is back in the hands of Nicholas Dickinson,

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The Hoste, BURNHAM MARKET, Norfolk

In the centre of the village, this 'well-run' hotel, in a 17th-century manor house, has 'helpful' staff and 'very good' food. It is owned by Brendan and Bee Hopkins, who have undertaken much

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Hotels in Norfolk

  • The Blakeney Hotel, BLAKENEY, Norfolk

    'The setting, combined with the tranquillity, comfort and excellent service, always draws me back.' Praise this year from a regular visitor to the Stannard family's 'relaxing' quayside hotel, with

  • The White Horse, BRANCASTER STAITHE, Norfolk

    Above the tidal sea marshes on the north Norfolk coast, the Nye family's small hotel is liked for its 'relaxing ambience, delicious food, cheerful staff and good management'. A former 1930s pub, the

  • Byfords, HOLT, Norfolk

    Believed to be the town's oldest building, this Grade II listed property is run by the owners, Iain and Clair Wilson, as a store selling bread and speciality foods, a café/restaurant, and a 'posh'

  • Morston Hall, MORSTON, Norfolk

    In a stirring landscape of sandbanks and salt marshes on the north Norfolk coast, Tracy and Galton (the chef) Blackiston's acclaimed restaurant-with-rooms is a Jacobean flint-and-brick mansion. There

  • Beechwood Hotel, NORTH WALSHAM, Norfolk

    'A welcoming establishment that runs like clockwork and is excellent value for money.' Lindsay Spalding and Don Birch are 'exemplary hosts' at their small hotel, a creeper-clad Georgian house in a

  • The Rose & Crown, SNETTISHAM, Norfolk

    Opposite a cricket pitch in the village centre, Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich's quintessential English inn is in a whitewashed 14th-century building with low beams, leaning walls, twisting passages

  • Strattons, SWAFFHAM, Norfolk

    In neatly planted gardens off the town square, Les and Vanessa Scott's restored Grade II listed Palladian villa 'has a pleasant feel'. It is run on sustainable lines by the Scotts' daughter, Hannah,

  • Titchwell Manor, TITCHWELL, Norfolk

    Originally a Victorian farmhouse, Ian and Margaret Snaith's hotel/restaurant on the coastal road near the RSPB Titchwell Nature Reserve is popular with walkers and birdwatchers. Their son, Eric, is

  • Norfolk Mead, NORWICH, Norfolk

    Standing in pretty gardens stretching down to the River Bure, this Georgian merchant's house is in a 'near-perfect' position. It is owned by James Holliday and Anna Duttson. The smart, modern bedrooms

  • The Neptune, OLD HUNSTANTON, Norfolk

    A short stroll from the sea, this former 18th-century inn has a cosy atmosphere, with low doors and many steps along narrow corridors. It is run as a restaurant-with-rooms by Michelin-starred

  • The Saracen's Head, WOLTERTON, Norfolk

    'Lost in lanes' amid fields in rural Norfolk ('the loudest noise is the rookery opposite'), Tim and Janie Elwes's country inn is liked for the 'honest-to-goodness food and accommodation'. The owners,

  • 38 St Giles, NORWICH, Norfolk

    'A fine house, stylishly furnished', this restored Grade II listed Georgian building is reached via a discreet entrance on a street of independent shops. It is owned by Jan and William Cheeseman, who

  • Cley Windmill, CLEY-NEXT-THE-SEA, Norfolk

    Beside a bird sanctuary on the north Norfolk coast, this characterful small B&B is in an ingeniously converted 18th-century grinding mill. Owners Julian and Carolyn Godlee have recently refurbished it

  • The Gunton Arms, THORPE MARKET, Norfolk

    'A very relaxed place', this old, red-gabled inn on the edge of a deer park is run as a characterful pub-with-rooms by art dealer Ivor Braka and his artist wife, Sarah Graham. The 'vibrant' interior

  • Briarfields, TITCHWELL, Norfolk

    Popular with birdwatchers, golfers, walkers, families and dog-owners, this flint-built hotel on the north Norfolk coast has expansive views of the sea and salt marshes, and exclusive (seasonal) access

  • Heacham House, HEACHAM, Norfolk

    Rebecca and Rob Bradley's beautifully presented three-storey Victorian house overlooks the village duck pond, in an area famed for its miles of sandy beaches, salt marshes and sunset views. B&B