Have most of us seen The Holiday? If you haven’t, it’s a Christmasish type rom-com, in which our heroines Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap homes over the festive season, and go on solo holidays to try and find some zen over the festive season.
Title image: Gothic House
Maybe less of us have seen the episode of ‘Miranda’, where she goes on holiday to her own home town, and spends couple of nights in a hotel just enjoying the novelty of having a small kettle in her bedroom.
Sometimes, it’s just nice to get away by yourself for a couple of nights. As Christmas approaches, and a festive fluster looms in the diary, perhaps now you could do a really lovely thing and treat yourself to a solo break in a cosy Norfolk B&B.
Maybe it’s been a difficult year. Maybe you’ve got a lot to do before Christmas. Maybe you haven’t had any time to yourself since 2003. Either way, we’ve made it easy for you: below, you’ll find a list of B&Bs in the Norwich area – places we know will look after you, and offer you the very best in hospitality. After that, we’ve included a list of everything you’ll need – in chronological order – for a straightforward stay (with some optional pretend-you’re-Cameron-Diaz-kind-of-extras).
So picture the scene: you’re bundled up in a coat and scarf, bags are packed (neatly this time because you were organised), and you’ve even treated yourself to those tiny toiletries that all fit nicely in the same bag. You’re on your way to a cosy Norfolk bolt hole, to relax, unwind, and do a face mask where no one’s going to laugh at you.
First things first, you’ll be needing one of these:
Where are you going?
Gothic House – Norwich City Centre
Rooms start at £95 per night for a double
In the heart of Norwich on bustling Magdalen Street is Gothic House. A uniquely stylish B&B, in a listed building right in the city itself, complete with luxury bathrobes, slippers, TV and Molton Brown toiletries.
The Loddon Swan – Loddon (15 minute drive from City Centre)
Rooms start at £90 per night
The Loddon Swan is a lovely Inn, with beautiful boutique rooms situated in a refurbished barn attached to the pub (which serves award winning food). All luxurious, any of their rooms come with a king-sized or super king sized bed as standard, goose down duvets, crisp white linen and powerful showers.
Byfords (45 mins drive from Norwich City Centre)
Rooms start at £165 per night
Situated in the utterly charming village of Holt in North Norfolk, Byfords is a beautiful, higgledy-piggledy ‘posh B&B’, complete with all your favourite rustic comforts: sumptuous leather chairs, wool throws, exposed brickwork and open fireplaces.
The Old Rectory (7 minute drive from Norwich City Centre)
Rooms start at £95 per night for a double
Thorpe St Andrew is a small town on the edge of Norwich, complete with pubs and lovely swans. Choose from the Old Rectory’s selection of individually decorated and luxurious bedrooms, either in the Georgian Main House, or the Victorian Old Coach House or if you’re feeling like you really want to indulge in some time to yourself, stay at the Dowager’s Cottage – a cosy self-catering cottage in the Old Rectory grounds.
Stower Grange Hotel (15 minute drive from Norwich City Centre)
Rooms from £110
So it’s not a B&B, but Stower Grange is a fabulous hotel if you’re in need of some comfort, and traditional hospitality. With everything you need for a peaceful stay (and some really excellent TripAdvisor reviews), your stay at Stower Grange is guaranteed to give you the perfect time to relax, within easy reach of Norwich city centre.
For more information please visit our website.
And how about some of these extra-special touches…
- Visit Jarrolds Bookstore, who at the moment are offering buy-one-get-one-half-price on paperbacks! Try work from author Elly Griffiths– a Norfolk native who writes particularly excellent murder mysteries set in and around the county. For some real Norwich Noir, try her book The Janus Stone…
- Get the ultimate sleepover snack package from our friends over at Cupcakes and Bubbles… choose from cupcakes, brownies, prosecco and more!
- Wrap up in a delicious throw from independent merchants of South Asian arts and crafts, Country and Eastern. A woolly treat that will keep you snug all through this winter (and the Winter after that, and the one after that...).
And if you don’t feel much like leaving your room, you’ll be wanting these…
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, ready your biggest jumper and assemble all the bath salts you’ve been saving for a special occasion; it’s time to treat yourself!
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk