Strattons

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. Walk up a narrow lane and you will pass the hotel’s ‘happy, bustling’ deli, the place for all-day breakfast, cakes (including ‘rightly famous’ fishcakes with fennel slaw), quiches, tapas, rare breed and vegetarian sausage rolls. 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

Address

4 Ash Close
Swaffham
Norfolk
PE37 7NH
England

Telephone

01760 723845

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year except 1 week at Christmas.

Facilities

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.

Children

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

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

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