The Old Rectory

    ‘Kind, helpful’ owners, ‘well-presented’ meals and ‘peaceful, relaxing’ rooms create ‘exactly the cosseted, home-away-from-home experience that is the hallmark of a proper hotel’, say contented guests this year, of Sally and Chris Entwistle’s creeper-swathed Georgian rectory close to the city centre. More

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    The Old Rectory
    103 Yarmouth Road
    Thorpe St Andrew
    Norwich
    Norfolk
    NR7 0HF
    England
    01603 700772
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    Hotel information

    Bedrooms

    8. 3 in coach house.

    Open

    all year except Christmas/New Year, restaurant closed Sun and Mon except bank holiday weekends when open Sun.

    Facilities

    drawing room, conservatory, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 1-acre garden, unheated swimming pool (9 by 4 metres, spring/summer only), unsuitable for disabled.

    Background music

    classical/jazz at dinner in drawing and dining rooms.

    Children

    all ages welcomed.

    Dogs

    only assistance dogs allowed.

    Credit cards

    Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

    Prices

    [2016] per room B&B £100–£185, D,B&B (min. 2 nights) £125–£235. Set dinner £30–£35. 1-night bookings refused weekends (spring, summer).

    Other information

    Good Hotel Guide Review

    ‘Kind, helpful’ owners, ‘well-presented’ meals and ‘peaceful, relaxing’ rooms create ‘exactly the cosseted, home-away-from-home experience that is the hallmark of a proper hotel’, say contented guests this year, of Sally and Chris Entwistle’s creeper-swathed Georgian rectory close to the city centre. The Entwistles are caring hosts who ‘carefully’ consider their guests’ needs. ‘Chris’s driving directions were perfect on a dark, wet evening.’ Pick from smart, traditionally furnished bedrooms in the main building and Victorian coach house. ‘Our large, airy room at the top of the house had two armchairs, a good desk; double glazing kept traffic noise to an acceptable level. I had the best sleep I’ve had in many months.’ Chef James Perry’s ‘excellent’ dinners are served by candlelight. A typical dish: baked halibut, saffron, pea and brown shrimp risotto. Breakfast is ‘superb’: home-made jams, a ‘beautifully presented’ platter of ‘perfectly ripe’ fruit, hot dishes cooked to order – the whole served by ‘two ladies who were great fun’. ‘A good base for Norwich – a bus goes directly into the city’; the Broads are easily reached. (Susan and John Jenkinson, and others)

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    Heritage, culture, wildlife, walking? Whatever your passion, Norwich has plenty to offer. Your short break includes a delicious seasonal two AA Rosette dinner, stylish accommodation and a freshly cooked breakfast. From £175.00 pppn, (two adults sharing; min. two night stay). Also includes free parking and WiFi. Tues to Sat. incl.To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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    The Old Rectory
    103 Yarmouth Road
    Thorpe St Andrew
    Norwich
    Norfolk
    NR7 0HF

    Guest comments

    'Chris and Sally were welcoming and careful about the booking, by telephone. Room 4, at the top of the house, was lovely and large and airy and quite thanks to good secondary glazing. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was large, airy and warm enough. Housekeeping was immaculate. The breakfast was superb, especially the fresh fruit platter. The two ladies who served it were great fun. The whole visit was exactly the relaxing, home-from-home but cosseted experience we believe is the hallmark of a proper hotel. ' - Sue Jenkinson - January, 2016
    'One of the nicest small hotels we've visited. Chris Entwistle's emails when we booked were friendly, with very clear directiions. When we arrived, we were invited to enjoy a glass of Pimm’s - complimentary with our Short Break booking - on the sunny patio beside the swimming pool. This was a promising beginning and the rest of our stay was just as good. We had a lovely room on the top floor, spacious and restfully decorated, with windows on two sides giving views over the lawned gardens with their magnificent trees. Both bedroom and ensuite bathroom were well equipped and comfortable. Downstairs, the drawing room contained plenty of big squashy sofas. Breakfasts were very good, and the dinners were superb. All the staff are efficient and friendly, while Chris is a very hands-on owner. ' - Mary Hewson - August, 2014
    'We have stayed a number of times. It remains totally consistent, and near enough to perfect. Everyone is well trained and so friendly. Breakfast and dinner are individually cooked and better than almost anywhere else in Norwich. The trains are not a problem. ' - J.S. & F Waters - October, 2013

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