Swaffham, Norfolk

Tucked away behind a shopping street in a market town lies Vanessa and Les Scott’s dog-friendly, child-friendly hotel, occupying a Palladian villa in gardens. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Tucked away behind a shopping street in a market town, Vanessa and Les Scott’s dog-friendly, child-friendly hotel occupies a Palladian villa in gardens. Each bedroom, in the main house and annexes, is one of a kind, with perhaps a cinema screen, a woodland mural on the walls, or a mermaid mosaic in the bathroom. Opium has a large bath at the foot of an oriental-style four-poster. The opulent dual-aspect Red Room includes a large lounge area, a Jacobean four-poster on a plinth, and access via its own courtyard garden. You might find resident cats snoozing in the lounge. In Afterfive restaurant, a spiffy, flint-walled barn conversion, ethically sourced, organic, artisan, home-grown and foraged produce appears on a seasonal menu of dishes devised by Vanessa. They might include seafood lasagne, wild mushroom risotto with carpaccio of beetroot, or rack of lamb with jus and Binham Blue bubble and squeak.

Hotel details


4 Ash Close
PE37 7NH


01760 723845


14. 6 in annexes, 1 on ground floor (via entrance steps), 2 with self-catering facilities.


all year except 1 week at Christmas.


drawing room, reading room, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, café/deli, 1-acre garden, limited guest parking, EV charging, café wheelchair accessible.

Background music

all day in public areas.


all ages welcomed, cot £10, extra bed £25.


allowed in some bedrooms (£10 per night), public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £159, singles from £94. Set-price menu £49. 1-night bookings refused weekends, 3-night min. bank holidays.