Escape to the country: Plan a Norfolk holiday

30 July 2020

Escape to the country: Plan a Norfolk holiday

There’s no better way to make up for three months in lockdown than with an indulgent holiday in Norfolk. Stunning countryside, luxurious hotels, and mouth-watering food – what’s not to like? To help you make up for lost time, here’s our guide to the best Norfolk breaks, packed full of information on where to stay and what to see and do in Norfolk.

Stays in Norfolk

Norfolk Mead Hotel

Located in eight acres of lovingly kept private grounds on the edge of the unspoilt Broads National Park is the Norfolk Mead Hotel. This stunning guest house boasts a 2AA Rosette restaurant, beautifully-kept grounds, and walks along the River Bure. As well as gorgeous hotel rooms, Norfolk Mead offers a range of summer lodges and cottages to choose from with stays including breakfast. Just a few meters from the hotel itself, the Sweet Chestnut Cottage sleeps up to four guests (from £215 a night, that works out at £53pp per night) and has its own private terrace with outdoor seating, a cosy lounge and modern bath and shower facilities, making this the perfect country escape. Dogs are welcome too!

Check out their rooms, summer lodges and cottages here.

The Norfolk Mead Hotel & Restaurant

Barnham Broom Hotel

This luxury resort is perfect for anyone looking to treat themselves after three months of lockdown! Located just West of Norwich, Barnham Broom is the perfect base for anyone looking to explore the stunning Norfolk countryside or the city of Norwich. Set in 300 acres of lovingly-kept countryside, Barnham offers an award-winning Brasserie, a spa, sauna, state-of-the-art gym, and two 18-hole golf courses, as well as its stunning range of hotel suites and guest lodges. Standard double rooms start from as little as £130 per night, including breakfast and use of the health & fitness facilities.

Check out their rooms and guest lodges here.

Barnham Broom

Barnham Broom Hotel & Golf Course

Park Farm Hotel

Another luxury retreat for you to enjoy. This blissful hotel is set in 200 acres of open countryside for you to explore, making this the ideal location for anyone looking to escape the rush of life in the city. Park Farm Hotel boasts luxury rooms, a spa & leisure centre, a gym, and even a hair salon for anyone looking to freshen up their lockdown locks! Guests can also enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea at the Seasons Restaurant, before unwinding in the Helenes Bar for an evening drink. They also have some great deals in August, with classic double rooms starting from £105 per night (including breakfast & unlimited use of the leisure facilities), while family rooms start from a very reasonable £123 per night for a family of 4 (including use of the leisure facilities).

Check out their rooms here.

Park Farm Hotel & Leisure

Things to see & do

Right now, lots of us are spending more time outdoors as we continue to socially distance. Well we can promise you one thing, you won’t be short of space in the Norfolk countryside! Relax, unwind, and breathe in all that good country air …

Holkham Hall

Steeped in history, this 18th Century Palladian hall is home to the Earls of Leicester. But Holkham Hall is also home to world-class art, tapestries, sculptures, and beautifully preserved grounds for you to explore. Enjoy boating lakes where you can rent kayaks, high rope experiences, nature trails, and stunning walled gardens. As well as reopening the brilliant Courtyard Café, Holkham have launched their Feast in the Park summer project, where you can enjoy amazing local street food, drinks, and music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August!

Price: Holkham Stories Experience & Walled Garden – £8 per adult, £4 per child, £22 for a family of 5.

Houghton Hall

Built in the 1700’s, Houghton Hall remains one of England’s finest Palladian houses. Its lovingly preserved, award-winning 5-acre gardens are a favourite attraction for guests to explore, whilst the stunning collection of artwork and sculptures across the grounds always offer something fresh for visitors to enjoy. Running until 1 November, you can now enjoy the largest UK exhibition of outdoor sculptures from celebrated British sculptor, Anish Kapoor. Find out more here.

Price: Adults – £16 for entry to Gardens & Anish Kapoor exhibition. Children under 18 go free.

Holkham Hall

Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden

Set on 130 acres of ancient woodland with its own private Broad (part of The South Walsham Broads), Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden is a unique garden experience. Brimming with wildlife and wild plants, you can enjoy hours of walking trails alongside the stunning Broads.

Prices: Adults – £7.50, Children (4-16) – £3.95

Pensthorpe Natural Park

With over 700 acres of woodland walks, nature trails and lakes for you to explore, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a fantastic summer day out for all ages, offering a truly immersive experience for families, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Prices: Adults – £12.95, Children – £11.95

Photo: The dedicated Flamingo area of Pensthorpe Narural Park. By Steve Adams

The Broads

Wrap up a trip to Norfolk with a day out on The Broads. With over 200 kilometres of navigable waterways, The Broads have been a local and tourist hotspot for years. The Norfolk Broads Direct offer boat tours of The Broads, so you can take in the stunning views, discover local wildlife, and learn about the history of the famous waterways. Or if you’d prefer, you can rent a boat for the day and take things at your own pace. Pack up a picnic and enjoy a day on the water with friends and family. The Norfolk Broads Direct also offer incredible boating and waterfront cottage holiday experiences for you to enjoy.

Find out more here.