Norfolk is a wonderful place to retreat, recharge the batteries and explore the gorgeous beaches, unique Broads and pretty villages of Nelson’s county.
And what better way to explore than by staying in a gorgeous Norfolk boutique hotel? Our hotel guide has a wonderful collection, from country house hotels, modern, eco-friendly and eclectic boutique hotels, to stylish pubs with rooms and even dog friendly hotels. What they all have in common is a desire to make sure your stay is as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
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Boutique Hotels North Norfolk
As North Norfolk boutique hotels go, Byfords is definitely a unique place to stay. They are a sixteen room posh B&B, also home to a wonderfully quirky cafe, delicious deli and store of the same name.
All the rooms and en-suite bathrooms at Byfords are individually decorated in a traditional style and some even have private terraces or courtyards where you can enjoy a private drink, or quiet time with a good book. The building that Byfords occupies is Holt’s oldest building, so there are lots of exposed beams bricks and cosy nooks and crannies at every turn.
Right in the centre of Holt, there is no better place to stay to explore this fantastic Norfolk town full of independent shops and cool cafés, perfect for wandering and whiling away an afternoon. There’s also a fantastic local Sunday market in Holt, where you can buy local produce and crafts, grown and made in Norfolk.
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Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea
A Grade II* listed tower mill, Cley Windmill dates back to the early 19th century and is now a cosy boutique guesthouse. The windmill has nine rooms, three of which are in the windmill tower itself and have glorious uninterrupted views of the sea, Cley marshes and the NWT Cley bird sanctuary, all in the Norfolk coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Rooms are beautifully appointed and have period features like exposed brick walls, stable doors and ceiling beams, which make this iconic Norfolk property an atmospheric place to stay, and one of the top choices if you’re looking for a hotel near Blakeney.
Located on the north side of the village, the windmill is within walking distance of good pubs, restaurants and independently owned shops. It’s also a great location to explore the surrounding villages and walk the Norfolk Coast Path west to Blakeney or east to Salthouse. Bring your furry friend with you as this is a pet-friendly hotel!
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The Feathers, Holt
The Feathers is situated in the middle of Holt’s bustling High Street, a wonderful Norfolk town that’s just three miles inland from the glorious North Norfolk coast. Enjoy the many cafes, galleries and independent shops, whilst enjoying your stay at this lovely Georgian pub.
The pub is full of lovely lounges and snugs to relax after your day. In winter you can snuggle up in front of a log fire and in the summer, enjoy a refreshing drink on the pretty outdoor terrace. There are fourteen newly decorated rooms, all of which have a definite Scandinavian feel.
There is a wonderful menu, full of hearty, flavoursome and thoughtfully sourced food. The menus contain old-school and coastal favourites, and seasonal dishes inspired by local produce. Dogs are very welcome here and they even have their own menu!
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The Globe Inn, Wells-next-the-Sea
This former Norfolk coach house in Wells was renovated back in 2018 and has become a lovely with nineteen rooms. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated, and they have a wonderfully funky vibe.
This boutique hotel in Wells-next-the-Sea boasts family-sized self-catering apartments, hip loft suites and standard doubles rooms set around a courtyard, with classically styled rooms in the main building overlooking the Buttlands, a tree-lined green.
The restaurant focuses on local produce, especially seafood, and the menu offers pub classics such as fish & chips and burgers, and changes seasonally. They have a special dog menu for your four-legged friend (who is welcome all over the Globe Inn) including items to nibble, chew, gnaw and drink. Genius!
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The Gunton Arms, Cromer
The Gunton Arms offers a fantastic unique experience, from the free-roaming deer to the amazing artwork and food cooked over an open fire, which makes it a real treat to stay at one of the best hotels on the Norfolk coast.
The traditional pub with rooms is situated on the grounds of Gunton Hall surrounded by a 1,000-acre deer park. There are sixteen rooms, all have views over Gunton Park and some are dog friendly, so just ask when making your reservation.
The pub is filled with an amazing art collection and displays works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Lucian Freud, Glenn Brown, Beatriz Milhazes, Albert Oehlen, Glenn Ligon, Paula Rego, Frank Auerbach and many others. The surrounding park has sculptures by Sol Le Witt, Dan Graham, Ulrich Ruckreim, Anthony Caro, Ernesto Neto, Mona Hatoum and Phillip King.
The restaurant uses only local ingredients, including venison from the park and beef from the local herd in Blicking, both of which are cooked over an open fire. They also have an amazing selection of local seafood to enjoy.
The Gunton Arms reviews say it all, and it has been awarded the title of Michelin Bib Gourmand, which celebrates fantastic food at reasonable prices.
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The Harper, Langham
The Harper is located in Langham, a village just a mile inland from the coast of Blakeney. The hotel can be found in an amazing brick and flint barn that used to house a glass-blowing company.
The sympathetic restoration of the barn has retained the fabric of the building, as well as displaying its history. You’ll find an industrial aesthetic in the public areas, and a relaxed, modern and unfussy design for the 32 bedrooms, some of which are dog-friendly.
The Harper also has a spa with a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi, and a choice of lovely relaxing treatments to help you unwind after a day exploring North Norfolk.
The hotel also offers many different spaces for food and drink. Whether it’s a cocktail at the bar, a fine meal at Stanleys or a cake and tea in Ivy’s, there are many well thought-out areas to experience.
The Yard in the summer is an amazing place to enjoy those longer and lighter evenings, and the Den offers a wonderful setting for a game of pool, a nightcap and a review of your day in front of the fire, or even beers watching a Six Nations rugby match. Honestly, this place has thought of it all!
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Meadowsweet is a beautiful Grade II listed house that has been turned into a Michelin-starred restaurant with three very stylish and comfortable rooms.
Meadowsweet is perfectly located for strolling around Holt and exploring everything this wonderful town has to offer, as well as being a great base for exploring Norfolk’s coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Meadowsweet is a dine-and-stay location, based on two people sharing a room which includes breakfast and the delicious tasting menu. This is a place to come, relax and eat amazing food.
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Morston Hall, Morston
Morston Hall is an intimate country house hotel a five minute walk from the quayside in Morston, where seal-watching boat trips regularly depart, and is just two miles from beautiful Blakeney.
The traditional Norfolk brick and flint 17th-century building has been transformed into an elegant coastal hotel. With thirteen rooms, all individually decorated to invoke comfort and relaxation, Morston Hall is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself to a luxury short break and is one of the top wedding venues in East Anglia.
Morston Hall restaurant is internationally recognised for its outstanding Norfolk cuisine and has held a Michelin star since 1998, as well as many other awards. The tasting menu changes every single day, allowing the kitchen to showcase the finest seasonal produce the beautiful Norfolk coastline has to offer.
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The Pigs, Edgefield
The Pigs is tucked away in North Norfolk, not far from the Georgian market town of Holt. The Pigs is a hotel, pub and spa, all in one great comfy country package.
The Pigs has eighteen rooms, each having its own private courtyard with a fire pit and in-room spa facilities, such as huge baths, drench showers and a sauna. Some rooms even have a private hot tub and steam room. They also have some dog-friendly rooms available where you can pamper your pooch.
The food is proudly British and very local. Discover dishes from the past and make sure to try iffits, Norfolk’s answer to tapas. On a Sunday you can enjoy a traditional delicious roast, after your lie-in and a pamper of course!
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The Pheasant Hotel, Kelling
The Pheasant is a luxury country house hotel with a boutique style, situated in the dark skies area of Kelling in the heart of North Norfolk. The hotel offers a traditional stay in one of its 32 rooms, decorated in a modern country house style. Some of the rooms are dog friendly with separate entrances and towels to wash off any muddy paws.
You could also opt to stay in one of two shepherd’s huts for a truly unique experience and total privacy. Each has a wood-burning stove and claw foot bathtub, and if you’re staying in the cooler months an area to snuggle up outside in front of a chiminea.
The restaurant, orangery and secluded garden areas all offer a beautiful setting for guests to enjoy the seasonal menus, whether you’re feeling formal or relaxed.
Sculthorpe Mill, Sculthorpe
The beautiful watermill has been fully refurbished and now is a contemporary pub with rooms. All the rooms have a lovely view of the garden and river, which makes them the perfect place in which to unwind and relax.
The pub is a haven for foodies, where you can enjoy local produce and locally brewed beer. In the restaurant, you’ll find the best of Norfolk food including locally grown asparagus, Dexter beef from Heath Farm in Great Massingham and locally shot venison.
Sculthorpe Mill has been awarded the title of Michelin Bib Gourmand, which celebrates fantastic food at reasonable prices.
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The Victoria Inn, Holkham
The Victoria sits between the Holkham National Nature Reserve, the golden sands of Holkham beach, considered one of the best in the UK, and the parkland surrounding Holkham Hall. The Vic has 20 individually decorated rooms, across two historic buildings, with ten rooms in each.
The Victoria’s menus showcase the very best locally sourced ingredients. Fish and shellfish from the North Norfolk coast, meat from one of the farm tenants and fruits and vegetables from Holkham Hall’s own walled garden, all make for a delicious meal.
Alongside the restaurant is an orangery, offering amazing views of the nearby North Norfolk coast, and there’s a traditional ‘snug’ bar where you can get cosy by the fire in the cooler months.
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The White Horse, Blakeney
The White Horse sits just up from Blakeney Quay and is a modern and stylish Norfolk coast hotel, full of character. It also has nine rooms, all en-suite, that either overlook the coastal salt marshes and sea beyond, or the quaint and quiet Blakeney High Street.
The restaurant serves classics with a coastal flavour. There is a large bar and at the rear of the pub, you will find a light and airy conservatory and courtyard which provides a welcome break from the sea winds.
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The Wiveton Bell, Holt
Close to beautiful BBC2’s Normal For Norfolk Wiveton Hall, this modernised pub features beams, stripped floors and wood-burning stoves. Tranquil gardens overlook the village green for alfresco dining and out back there is a beautifully landscaped terrace.
The pub has six individually designed rooms, awarded the AA 4 stars, with a modern take on French chic and decorated in charming pastels and Farrow and Ball hues.
The seasonal menu offers pub classics that are carefully crafted from quality local ingredients. The Wiveton Bell has been awarded the title of Michelin Bib Gourmand, which celebrates fantastic food at reasonable prices.
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West Norfolk Boutique Hotels
Bank House Hotel, King’s Lynn
The Bank House is located on the Quayside of the River Great Ouse in the historic town of King’s Lynn. They have twelve rooms, each with its own character and design, mixing old antique furniture with new modern paintings and state-of-the-art bathrooms.
Most of the rooms come with a lovely river view and two of the rooms are dog friendly so your furry friend can stay for a small surcharge.
Bank House loves food, and they change their menu daily, using locally sourced produce and ingredients. The menu offers modern brasserie food, an amazing afternoon tea and a Sunday roast for the whole family.
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Congham Hall Hotel and Spa, Congham
Congham Hall is a elegant Georgian manor, set in 30 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens in the small village of Congham. Not too far from Kings Lynn and only a stone’s throw away from Sandringham Palace, Congham Hall makes a great base to explore the area.
The hotel has fifteen rooms in the main house, eleven garden rooms, and five new beautiful cabins set in the apple orchard and around the Spa Garden. All the rooms are uniquely decorated and named after herbs from the hotel’s garden. They also offer dog-friendly rooms for a small surcharge.
There is a wonderful spa that offers a variety of treatments, with a jacuzzi, steam room sauna and a 12m indoor swimming pool, should you decide to do a few maps before pampering yourself.
The restaurant serves seasonal food with much of the produce grown in their own kitchen garden, as well as locally sourced seasonal ingredients. They also serve one of the best afternoon teas in Norfolk!
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The Gin Trap, Ringstead
The Gin Trap is a charming 350-year-old coaching inn with rooms in Ringstead, not far from Hunstanton and the beach at Holme. The pub has thirteen new and individually designed boutique rooms and cottages, in keeping with the traditional charm of the old coaching inn.
The rooms are both characterful and sumptuous and the three cottages are all different. One is housed in what was the microbrewery! The cottages all have a living/dining room, full kitchen and bedrooms with en-suite, making them ideal holiday homes.
The food at The Gin Trap is focused on simplicity, sustainability and valuing the amazing local produce of Norfolk. Menus and dishes have been created to showcase the ingredients found on their doorstep, with an al a carte menu, a vegetarian menu and a Sunday roast set menu for you to enjoy.
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The Hoste, Burnham Market
Of all the Burnham Market hotels, The Hoste Arms is the best and has become a destination in its own right. Once a traditional village pub, The Hoste is now a chic boutique hotel across two sites, the dog-friendly original Hoste inn and the adults-only Georgian Vine House.
In a wonderful location to explore the coast, the Hoste is both comfortable and stylish, with lots of traditional Norfolk touches. Regularly voted as one of the UK’s coolest hotels, this place offers a real escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
With an excellent gastro offer including fine dining and brasserie style food, both of which feature local Norfolk specialities like Brancaster mussels and Cromer crab, a beautiful courtyard garden and a movie room where you can catch a show on a rainy day, this really is the best place to spend a weekend in Burnham Market.
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Magazine Wood, Sedgeford
Magazine Wood is a chic boutique bed and breakfast, located near Hunstanton. They offer three private luxury guest suites, all individually decorated. Each room comes with a delicious homemade breakfast, and you can order spa treatments in the privacy of your own room.
The emphasis is always on seclusion and relaxation, with every room enjoying a private entrance and terrace.
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Titchwell Manor, Brancaster
Once a Victorian farmhouse, Titchwell Manor is a stylish boutique hotel that overlooks the coastline of North Norfolk and the RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh. The house has been lovingly restored but still has a wonderful contemporary vibe running throughout, making it one of my favourite North Norfolk coast hotels.
This dog-friendly manor house hotel has 26 rooms inspired by the colours of the sky, sea and dunes. Rooms are located in the main house and renovated outbuildings which surround the fragrant herb garden. In the meadow are a couple of luxury shepherd’s huts which are perfect for a romantic weekend.
All rooms enjoy beautifully designed modern en-suite bathrooms and superb facilities, like Nespresso coffee-making facilities and luxury toiletries. Some have hot tubs and private terraces, perfect if you’re celebrating or just fancy a splurge!
The hotel also has a cosy bar and a fantastic three AA Rosette restaurant that serves locally sourced and inspired foods. The breakfast, which is included in your room rate, is served in dining rooms with endless views towards the marshes and sea and is every bit as good as you’d expect.
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Thornham Rooms, Thornham
Thornham Rooms at The Chequers is a unique, room-only place to stay. The Rooms are the latest evolution in the rich history of The Chequers Inn which has welcomed visitors to Thornham since the 16th century.
Now, the eleven elegant bedrooms and comfortable downstairs sitting rooms have become the base for unforgettable stays on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast.
Thornham Rooms is a great hideaway and a wonderful place for walkers and wildlife spotters to rest after an active day.
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The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe
The White Horse is a local village pub with rooms, featuring fifteen bedrooms of which eight are garden rooms, beautifully designed with their own terraces and sedum roofs which blends with the marshland beyond.
These rooms are ideal for walkers or cyclists, as they are just yards from the Norfolk Coastal Path, with direct access from the pub itself, making this one of the best Norfolk coast hotels. Head west for Holme-next-the-Sea, famous for Sea Henge, or west for Burnham Overy Staith and the boat to Scolt Head island nature reserve.
The restaurant is passionate about seasonality and the provenance of the ingredients, and they aim to explore, experience and use every available local ingredient in their menus, with locally caught seafood like Brancaster mussels taking pride of place.
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Norwich Boutique Hotels
The Assembly House, Norwich
The Grade I listed Assembly House is a Georgian gem in the heart of Norwich city, designed by architect Thomas Ivory in 1754. The splendour of the House is evident from the moment you approach the sweeping driveway.
Inside, the hotel is filled with sparkling chandeliers that make evenings glitter and has gorgeous gardens where you can sip ice-cold drinks, comforting hot chocolates and even enjoy afternoon tea.
There are fifteen luxury bedrooms, six have their own secret gardens and six have their own lounges. Rooms are all individually designed and most are full of colour and fun, and not a little whimsy!
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The Georgian Town House, Norwich
Located in the heart of Norwich the Georgian Townhouse is gorgeous and has 36 luxury Scanid-inspired rooms and apartments. The addition of wonderful food makes this an ideal place for a city break in historic Norwich.
You can relax in the walled garden away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy great food from the seasonal menus, which make the most of locally procured produce. They also have a great selection of locally brewed beers, Norfolk gins and wine from Norfolk vineyards.
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The Maids Head Hotel, Norwich
The Maids Head Hotel is considered to be one of the oldest hotels in the United Kingdom, dating back over 800 years, and has a great location in central medieval Norwich. This award-winning hotel has recently gone through a seven-year renovation, with all parts of the hotel receiving investment.
Although not a typical boutique hotel, the 84 individually designed rooms and suites do have a boutique style, with contemporary decor and quirky touches, making them a pleasure in which to stay.
You can enjoy a casual meal in the intimate courtyard, which is where the first mail coaches arrived from London, or if fine dining is more your thing, try the 2 AA Rosette Wine Press restaurant.
Park Farm Hotel, Norwich
Park Farm is a wellness hotel set in 200 acres of countryside just southwest of Norwich, with 52 luxury rooms and a full spa and gym. This a great place to enjoy the city, but also pamper yourself after a long day exploring Norfolk.
The rooms are located in the Georgian house, and there are a handful of suites with private terraces and lodges set amongst the wonderful aspen trees.
Choose from Helene’s lounge bar for a light bite, or check out the Seasons Restaurant for a truly memorable meal.
Boutique Hotels in Broadland
The Dial House, Reepham
This wonderful boutique hotel has eight very eclectically designed rooms, which can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Filled with weird and wonderful curiosities, massive bathtubs and a state-of-the-art music system including vinyl record players, you could easily spend your whole Norfolk break in your room!
You can also book a variety of spa treatments to have in the privacy of your own room, from nails to facials and massages.
Eating at the Dial House follows a “bistronomy concept” of fine produce, not fine dining. They cook over sustainably sourced charcoal on a Bertha stove and use the finest seasonal locally sourced produce for an absolutely delicious meal.
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The Ironmongers, Aylsham
The Ironmongers is an Elizabethan townhouse which started life variously as a tailors, wine merchants and ironmongers, before becoming a wonderful boutique hotel.
It has eight uniquely designed bedrooms which have been inspired by the old market trades of Aylsham and offer a chance to unwind and relax. Two of the rooms are dog friendly for a small surcharge.
The hotel is located right on the Market Square in the bustling Norfolk market town of Aylsham and is only a few minutes from the start of the Marriots Way Heritage Trail and five minutes from historic Blickling Hall.
The hotel encourages you to support the local artisans in town and as such, does not have food or beverages on site. There is a bakery downstairs for coffee and breakfast, and many other easily accessible locations nearby for food and drinks.
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The Norfolk Mead, Coltishall
A relaxed Georgian countryside boutique hotel, the Norfolk Mead is situated in eight acres of private grounds on the tranquil River Bure, in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.
As well as sixteen lovingly appointed rooms, they have spa treatment rooms, and a walled garden in which to relax, read and have afternoon tea or pre-dinner drinks. They also have a six-seater harbour yacht to enjoy an idyllic day on the river with a picnic full of local ingredients.
The restaurant offers a relaxed dining experience with a daily menu as well as regular tasting events, where all dished use locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.
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The Clubhouse, Fritton Lake
The Clubhouse, previously known as the Fritton Arms, is located in a 1,000-acre re-wilding project near Great Yarmouth. The farmland around Fritton Lake has been restored to self-management and is now home to free-roaming deer, cattle and sheep and is rich with plants and wildlife.
The Clubhouse offers a luxury stay complete with great food, sport and recreation, all built around the lovely lake. You can choose to stay in one of the rooms in the 16th century clubhouse, or for a longer stay pick one of the secluded cabins in the woods or a holiday cottage on the estate.
There is a swimming pool, bio gym, fitness classes and water sports including paddleboarding on the lake. They also offer spa treatments and nature experiences with an expert, making this a real place for the whole family to enjoy their holidays.
The restaurant serves a seasonal menu, using produce from the estate and nearby local producers to reduce their carbon footprint.
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Boutique Hotels in Breckland
The Pig Shed Motel, Castle Acre
This is a contemporary eco-friendly motel offering ten spacious and lovingly designed boutique rooms, perfect for an overnight stay on your road trip to or from the North Norfolk Coast.
This new-build timber-clad property is partially run on solar power, uses recycled rainwater and has an air source heat pump for heating, making it very a eco-conscious choice.
There is no reception, you check in on your phone by downloading the JustIn app. Neither is there a restaurant or breakfast, but you can head to the George and Dragon pub next door for dinner and pre-order your breakfast on a Saturday and Sunday by popping into the bar prior to 8pm.
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Strattons is a small independently run boutique hotel in the market town of Swaffham. The hotel has fourteen wonderfully designed rooms, all completely different, except for the comfort level!
There are rooms in the main building as well as six annexed rooms, some with kitchens and sitting rooms for families. Three of the rooms are pet friendly.
The restaurant Afterfive is located in a converted barn and uses the best locally sourced ingredients. Everything is made fresh daily on-site with the herbs and vegetables coming from Strattons gardens.
They even have a lifestyle shop selling everything from antiques to jewellery and even taxidermy!
Map of Boutique Hotels in Norfolk
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