How do you feel about leaving your crumpled bed sheets for a couple of nights in a countryside king-size? Interested in swapping your morning shower for a restful soak in a bath big enough for two? Or, ditching your microwave dinner for an evening of silver service? It’s time to treat yourself, say hello to spontaneity and book a city getaway! Whether you want one night of indulgence, or you’re whisking the family away for a few days of school holiday fun, Norwich is packed with accommodation to suit every style of break and budget.
Image: Sleep like a celebrity in this stunning room at The Assembly House, Norwich
What do you want in a romantic break? Maybe somewhere where you can relax by the pool, take afternoon tea, enjoy a couples’ massage or enjoy a glass of wine in a decadent roll-top bath? If you’re looking for an indulgent escape you’re going to want to take a look at The Assembly House. Located right in the heart of the city, this elegant Georgian mansion is a favourite with couples looking to unwind in plush rooms with enormous beds and dream bathrooms (pictured above).
Just outside the city you can seek sanctuary in the countryside at Barnham Broom Hotel, which overlooks 300 acres of beautiful countryside. There’s also a spa and two golf courses if you want to unwind or get active for the afternoon.
You can also treat yourself to the four-star experience at Dunston Hall Hotel, an Elizabethan style country house, where they have four-poster suits overlooking the grounds. Or Sprowston Manor, Marriott Hotel and Country Club – after a delicious afternoon tea or a dip in the pool, you can head down for dinner at the 1559 Restaurant which has one AA Rosette. Another indulgent option is Park Farm Country Hotel and Leisure (pool pictured above) in Hethersett where you can take luxury to the next level with a boutique suite that comes with wet-room bathroom complete with a double spa bath, double shower and feature fireplace!
For an escape into true tranquility head out to the Breckland countryside for a stay at three-star Broom Hall Hotel, a Victorian country house. If you’re having a romantic break with your pet (and why wouldn’t you?) they’d be very welcome in the Coach House rooms. There’s also a pool and 15 acres of gardens to enjoy.
Head to VisitNorwich.co.uk for a full guide to hotel stays in Norwich and Norfolk.
If you’re taking a family break, the roll-top bath may slip down the must-have agenda as things like proximity to attractions and family dining options rise a little higher.
When it comes to location, it’s hard to beat the Maid’s Head Hotel in the heart of historic Tombland. This family-friendly four-star hotel has all the city sights on the doorstep, including Norwich cathedral and castle.
If you’re looking for a break with non-stop entertainment and activities to keep you all busy, you’ll love Potters Resort (pictured above). This five-star holiday village is close to the beach, between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. You’ll never get bored because there are so many activities on offer and pretty much everything is included in your package cost.
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It’s hard to beat having a relaxing evening meal and a drink by the water’s edge as you watch the sun go down. If you’re visiting the Norfolk Broads you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you want to stay at a scenic Broads hotel or sleep on the waterways with a boating holiday.
If you want to keep your feet firmly on dry land but have the benefits of direct access to the water, book in to the Norfolk Mead Hotel (pictured above). This boutique riverside hotel is a popular choice for weddings due to its charm and picturesque setting; there’s also an award-winning restaurant and you can even hire a boat for the day and enjoy the waterways from the hotel grounds.
If you want to wake up overlooking the banks of a pretty lake, stay at Lord Somerleyton’s place, The Fritton Arms, part of the scenic Somerleyton Estate. You can enjoy the intimate setting of an English country house experience as there are just nine guest rooms available here.
If you really want to throw yourself into the Broads, figuratively speaking, why not stay aboard a boat? What could be better than opening your curtains in the morning to catch the sun’s reflection glistening beneath you? Take a look at Norfolk Broads Direct (pictured) where they have stylish cruisers available for 2-11 people, or Herbert Woods; they have 120 cruisers to choose from, so there’s something for every budget.
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Set your own agenda for your break and enjoy the freedom to decide your own meal times and menu with a self-catering holiday. A self-catering break can be a real budget-saver as you prepare your own meals and enjoy the peace and quiet of not having to share facilities.
106 The Malt House offers stylish accommodation in the heart of Norwich, along the River Wensum. Ideal for couples or single travelers, there’s a south-facing decked terrace, wifi and covered parking.
If you’re travelling in a group, or just like plenty of space to yourself, check out Spixworth Hall Cottages which can accommodate 3-13 people. The historic cottages are located in a farm setting just five miles outside of the city.
For a touch of luxe stay at East View Farm Holiday Cottages (pictured above), where there are two multi award-winning luxury barn conversions near Wroxham.
There are many more self-catering and B&B/guesthouse options on the VisitNorwich website.
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