Great location for exploring the area
11/04/2018 Ian C, London, United Kingdom
We stayed here for 2 nights as we wanted to explore some of the area, in particular the Damien Hirst exhibition at Houghton Hall. The hotel was easy to find and is in an excellent location for drivin... more
We stayed here for 2 nights as we wanted to explore some of the area, in particular the Damien Hirst exhibition at Houghton Hall. The hotel was easy to find and is in an excellent location for driving around whether east along to Cromer or in the immediate area including Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall and Sandringham. Only a mile away is Castle Rising castle and church, which are worth a visit.
All the staff were friendly and helpful; check in and check out were very efficient and we dined in the restaurant on the two nights, which was very good and we enjoyed a bottle of wine on each evening from their wine list; which includes the option of wine by the glass for several of the wines. The sharing platter we had for a starter on the second evening was almost a meal in itself. The a la carte menu is supplemented by chef's specials and we picked and chose between the two.
We pre-booked breakfasts which were excellent with a cold and hot buffet with some additional dishes like porridge, scrambled eggs and kippers cooked to order. A little inconsistency with the tea in the tea pot; on the first day there was one tea bag in it, which was fine; one the second there were two which made it far too strong.
We were in courtyard rooms near to the bar and there was a wedding reception on nearby. We were warned at reception but in fact we were not disturbed. Arriving at the rooms is a little strange, as in fact you come into a front door at the back of the room, but the room was spacious and had views out to the next courtyard. The hotel claims to take great pride in its landscaped gardens, and these were a delight to see from the dining/breakfast room, albeit it was spring and many of the shrubs were just beginning to come out, but there was a riot of daffodils.
The decor is a little bland and old-fashioned, but was fine.
We didn't see all that we wanted to over the two days, so hope to return later in the year and I would happily stay here again. less