We’ve selected 5 cosy places to stay and paired them with the perfect activity. We take you from a city break in Norwich to a ‘great outdoors’ overnighter in the Broads National Park (in a beautiful country house hotel, of course!)...
With prices from just £75 for two including breakfast, these gems all offer something different along with interesting things to do, without requiring too much effort.
Image: Afternoon Tea at Park Farm Hotel
1. PARK FARM HOTEL + SAINSBURY CENTRE
Image: executive suite at Park Farm Hotel
Book a room at this beautiful Georgian country house hotel, surrounded by 200 acres of countryside and recently renovated. With 53 lovely rooms to pick from (located in the main hotel, their Norfolk Barn or the picturesque gardens) you’re guaranteed a great stay at Park Farm Hotel. For a truly relaxing stay, spoil yourself with a treatment at the Health, Beauty and Hair salon at Imagine Spa and take a dip in their indoor pool, or enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea from £14.95 per person. Rooms start from £100 per night based on 2 adults sharing. Find out more here.
Afterwards take a short drive over to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, located on the University of East Anglia campus in Norwich, to see some world-class artwork in their permanent collections, and two special exhibitions taking place this month which are well worth visiting: Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific and Masters of Japanese Photography. The first is an incredible exhibition of Fijan art and culture from the late 18th century onwards; it’s the largest and most comprehensive ever assembled and features 270 amazing pieces. The second is an exhibition exploring important Japanese photographers from the second half of the 20th century, and includes work by Eikoh Hosoe, Nobuyoshi Araki and Kikuji Kawada.
2. BEST WESTERN ANNESLEY HOUSE HOTEL + HISTORY MYSTERY
Image: Best Western Annesley House Hotel
Georgian architecture, landscaped gardens and a great location combine at this Norwich hotel with plenty of parking available for visitors. The hotel itself is located in three Grade II listed buildings and has 30 stylish en-suite rooms, plus an AA rosette restaurant inside a light and airy conservatory to enjoy a range of delicious dishes in. Rooms from £80.55 per night based on 2 adults sharing. Find out more here.
Wrap up warm and take a walk into the city, where History Mystery awaits you! Book a game here and try to beat the clock as you solve clues and mysteries, based on real-life Norwich cases, to ensure your escape! And to top it all off, it’s situated in the historic Norwich Guildhall, which used to be the city’s gaol and courthouse, and today is home to the current Sheriff of Norwich! Games last 1 hour, for more information and ticket prices visit their listing.
3. SPIXWORTH HALL COTTAGES + NORWICH CASTLE
Image: Spixworth Hall Cottages
There are 8 self-catering cottages to choose from at Spixworth Hall Cottages, each with their own character and features, which sleep between 3 and 12 people depending on the property. Many of the cottages are 17th century stable barn conversions and the farm on which they’re located is truly stunning – a room with a view! The cosy living rooms with log fires are an added bonus! Prices vary depending on cottage and length of stay; find out more here.
Spixworth Hall Cottages are all situated very close to the Broads for a walk by the water, but also only 5 miles from Norwich, so making a day out in the city is highly recommended! Visit the impressive 900-year old Castle (built as a Palace), a museum and art gallery which houses some fantastic collections of art, natural history and archaeological pieces. Check out their amazing Norman keep and immerse yourself in history! Afterwards why not treat yourself to Afternoon Tea at The Assembly House, the Maids Head Hotel, Café Britannia or Cupcakes & Bubbles, all in the city centre.
4. NORFOLK MEAD + EXPLORE THE BROADS (WITH A PINT, ANYONE?)
Image: The Norfolk Mead
The Norfolk Mead is a 4-star hotel which offers luxury and comfort. Each room is individually decorated, and the hotel’s location - set in an acre of gardens right by the river, featuring their own private broad and a beautiful walled garden - creates a truly ‘country house hotel’ vibe. They even have their own private day boat, so you can relax with a lazy day on the water – best enjoyed with one of their freshly prepared picnic hampers! Rooms from £135 per night based on 2 adults sharing. Find out more here.
If you fancy some pure indulgence, check out their Overnight Indulgence Package: a 2-course dinner in their restaurant, 1 night stay including breakfast and a 60-minute treatment in their spa, for £285 for 2 people - available until 19 February. Find out more here.
Explore more of the Broads National Park with an adventurous walk through the area’s magnificent countryside, with its many rivers and waterways which makes the Norfolk Broads so unique. Take a 10 minute drive to Wroxham, considered the capital of the Broads, or travel a little further South to the quieter area of Woodbastwick, where you’ll find one of Norfolk’s award-winning beer producers, Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales. Take a tour of their brewery and sample some of their champion brews.
5. WEDGEWOOD HOUSE + NORWICH CATHEDRAL
Image: Norwich Cathedral by Keiron Tovell
Wedgewood House is incredibly central and excellent value for money, located only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre’s shops and attractions. This B&B offers bright, comfortable rooms, parking for cars, and freshly cooked breakfast in the morning using high-quality local produce. You only have to glance at their excellent TripAdvisor reviews to see what a popular place this is! Rooms from £75 per night based on 2 adults sharing. Find out more here.
After you’ve checked in take a (very) short walk into the city centre and explore Norwich! We’d recommend taking a free tour of the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral, home to the largest cloisters in England, and then enjoy a walk around the Cathedral Close and the rest of the striking Tombland area whilst you’re there!
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