Norwich is a romantic city. It just can’t help it.
Its cobbled streets wind through beautiful storybook buildings, which are themselves punctuated by cosy pubs, leafy gardens, a meandering river and cute places to walk a dog if you can get your hands on one.
There are also loads of places to stay with the person that you love, if Valentine’s day offers a rare opportunity to spend some time alone together, or just stay somewhere special for the night. January is a particularly good time to book too, as a lot of places have offers and promotions on (not to mention rooms still available)! Here’s our list of top places to stay around Norwich, for some good old fashioned romancing...
Title Image: The Fritton Arms
The Fritton Arms
Set in the very beautiful, rural Norfolk estate of Somerleyton, the Fritton arms offers a cosy countryside retreat. This friendly, relaxed place to stay (complete with roaring fire) is set beside a tranquil lake, and boasts a beautiful seasonal menu. The rooms are gorgeous too; visit their website for prices and availability.
The Assembly House
Right in the heart of Norwich is the magnificent Assembly House – a Georgian gem within a minute’s walk of everything Norwich has to offer. The sumptuous boutique rooms are complemented by a special Valentine’s day menu, and the Great British Bake Off’s Kate Barmby will be leading a special ‘Valentine’s Baking’ class on Sunday the 11th.
The Maid's Head Hotel
The Maid’s Head can trace its roots all the way back to the 12th century, and this Valentine’s Day the atmospheric city-centre hotel is offering special Valentine’s day packages for romantic stays. The offer is £295.00, and includes a stay in one of their luxurious junior suites, prosecco, chocolates and a 5 course taster menu in their candlelit restaurant.
The Norfolk Mead
The Norfolk Mead is a beautiful country house north of Norwich, with individually appointed rooms, a restaurant with 2 AA rosettes, and treatment rooms. Their ‘overnight indulgence package’ consists of a Deluxe Room, two course dinner, breakfast, and a 60 minute Aromassage or facial for two guests, priced at £295.00. In addition, they also offer freshly prepared picnic hampers for you to take out as you explore the romantic Norfolk countryside.
As this blog goes live, the absolutely beautiful gem that is Gothic House’s double room is still available on the night of the 14th. Right in the centre of Norwich – just slightly back from the daily bustle of Magdalen Street – this B&B offers a charming, well hidden bolt hole ideally located for a Valentine’s escape in the city. The room is gorgeous, and comes complete with Molton Brown toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and slippers.
Just out of Norwich is the grand Sprowston Manor Mariott Hotel and County Club, complete with spa, pool, restaurant and acres of golf course. They have put together a luxurious Valentine’s day package for £249.00 per couple, offering a night in one of their sumptuous rooms, prosecco, a three course dinner and full use of all their leisure facilities. You won’t need to go anywhere else!
In the picturesque town of Holt in North Norfolk, Byfords offers a cosy ‘posh B&B’ for you to hideaway this Valentine’s. The rooms are beautifully and warmly decorated with everything you can imagine for a perfect retreat in the country, and the food in their café downstairs is incredible (their breakfast looks pretty special indeed…).
A cottage in the countryside
Get in touch with Norfolk country cottages to find out what they have available for you this Valentine’s. Escape to the coast, the serene flatlands of rural Norfolk or quaint market towns, and spend a night (or three) in a tranquil home for two. You can enjoy coastal walks, hire a day boat on the Broads and enjoy a candlelit meal in one of the county’s many award-winning restaurants, as well as being close enough to explore Norwich, too.
Barnham Broom Hotel
Barnham Broom Hotel are offering special Valentine’s packages for their hotel stays, spa treatments, restaurant and fitness facilities. You’ll find more information on their website, but their overnight stay offer includes luxury accommodation for two people, prosecco and homemade chocolates in your room, evening dinner in their fabulous brasserie and complimentary use of their health and fitness facilities.
Park Farm Hotel
Park Farm are offering special packages as part of their February ‘month of love’ (find out exact details here), plus there is still limited availability on their ‘Valentine’s Break’ package. The hotel features luxurious bedrooms and suites, spa, pool and dining rooms. It’s everything you need for a relaxed, laid-back stay in 200 acres of countryside just a few miles from the main bustle of Norwich.
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