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

Visitors this year to this small hotel and restaurant ‘were invited upon arrival to a poolside glass of Pimm’s on the sunny patio’. Chris and Sally Entwistle’s ivy-covered


Congham Hall, KING'S LYNN, Norfolk

‘A lovely country hotel’, this ivy-clad Georgian house stands in pretty gardens amid parkland near the Queen’s estate at Sandringham. It gains a full entry in the Guide after returning to the


Bank House, KING'S LYNN, Norfolk

‘A busy, well-situated town hotel’, Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich’s Grade II* listed Georgian town house on the quayside ‘lived up to expectations’, say Guide inspectors


The Hoste, BURNHAM MARKET, Norfolk

Variously a manor house, a coaching inn and the host of a livestock auction market, this 16th-century building is today the centrepiece of a sprawling hotel owned by Brendan and Bee Hopkins. Bedrooms


Hotels in Norfolk

  • The Blakeney Hotel, BLAKENEY, Norfolk

    ‘I love the location overlooking the estuary, the sound of birds, the quirky architecture of the building.’ A returning visitor explains the appeal of the Stannard family’s large quayside hotel, which

  • The White Horse, BRANCASTER STAITHE, Norfolk

    In an area of outstanding beauty on the north Norfolk coast, the Nye family’s small hotel has ‘tranquil views over the salt marshes to little sailing boats beyond’. Visitors this

  • Byfords, HOLT, Norfolk

    A ‘posh B&B’ in a converted ironmonger’s premises in this Georgian market town’s oldest house sounds improbable, but guests find ‘beautifully furnished’ character rooms with bare brick walls and oak

  • Morston Hall, MORSTON, Norfolk

    ‘We are forever grateful that we found this great hotel in the Guide,’ say trusted correspondents returning to Tracy and Galton Blackiston’s restaurant-with-rooms. In 1992, Galton Blackiston was

  • Beechwood Hotel, NORTH WALSHAM, Norfolk

    Near the north Norfolk coast, this small hotel, a creeper-clad Georgian house, is ‘more than just good’, says a visitor this year. Another comment: ‘A perfect welcome: we were helped

  • The Rose & Crown, SNETTISHAM, Norfolk

    ‘Comfortable, with delicious food’, Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich’s quintessential English inn is a whitewashed 14th-century building in the village centre, opposite a cricket pitch. It has low

  • Strattons, SWAFFHAM, Norfolk

    Les Scott, the co-owner, with his wife, Vanessa, of this ‘eclectic’, family-friendly hotel, leads guests down the garden path – and beyond. (A keen runner, he happily takes like-minded visitors to his

  • Titchwell Manor, TITCHWELL, Norfolk

    On the north Norfolk coast, Ian and Margaret Snaith’s contemporary hotel occupies a former Victorian farmhouse with views across open marshes to the North Sea. Individually designed bedrooms are in

  • Norfolk Mead, NORWICH, Norfolk

    ‘The welcome was lovely.’ James Holliday and Anna Duttson’s Georgian house is in a little village outside Norwich, in a ‘near-perfect’ position, with pretty gardens stretching down to the River Bure.

  • The Neptune, OLD HUNSTANTON, Norfolk

    A short stroll from the sea, Kevin Mangeolles and his wife, Jacki, run their restaurant-with-rooms in this 18th-century coaching inn. ‘The owners are much in evidence: Kevin at reception and as chef;

  • The Saracen's Head, WOLTERTON, Norfolk

    Hidden in a ‘lovely roadside setting in the middle of Norfolk countryside’, Tim and Janie Elwes’s ivy-covered Tuscan-style Georgian inn, with its unusual curved dormer windows and arches, is liked for

  • 38 St Giles, NORWICH, Norfolk

    This upmarket B&B in a ‘handsome’ Georgian town house, standds on a street of independent shops ‘in the ancient heart of the town’. The Grade II listed building has been

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

    Overlooking the salt marshes and the sea, this characterful B&B and restaurant occupies an 18th-century grinding mill standing among the reed beds by the River Glaven. It is managed by Simon Whatling

  • The Gunton Arms, THORPE MARKET, Norfolk

    ‘An interesting place to stay’, this sophisticated yet ‘relaxed’ pub-with-rooms is an old, red-gabled inn on the edge of a deer park. It is owned by art dealer Ivor Braka; the ‘vibrant’ interior is

  • Briarfields, TITCHWELL, Norfolk

    With breathtaking views over marshland and the sea, this family-friendly, flint-built hotel on the north Norfolk coast is popular with walkers, birdwatchers and dog owners. It is managed by Bradley

  • Heacham House, HEACHAM, Norfolk

    Rebecca and Rob Bradley’s beautifully presented Victorian house is in an area famed for its miles of sandy beaches, salt marshes and sunset views. B&B guests are welcomed with tea and home-made cake