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Spring Break at Park Farm Hotel
Park Farm is conveniently located close enough to the city to be in on all the things that Norwich has to offer, but far enough away that you’re taken out of the hustle and bustle and into the beautiful South Norfolk countryside. Over Easter, take advantage of their special ‘Spring Break’ package, which combines your stay with prosecco on arrival, a three course gourmet dinner each night that you stay, full use of the hotel’s spa facilities and a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers in your room. Check out their new lodges for something extra special, but make sure you book quickly; these packages get snapped up fast!
Prices from £82 per person, per night.
A historic stay at The Maid’s Head
You might have already read it, or perhaps like me you’re managing to get through 3 pages at a time before your arms get tired from the sheer weight of the book – either way, CJ Samson’s ‘Tombland’ has quickly become a must-read. The story is set two years after the death of Henry VIII, and much of it takes place in Tudor Norwich, where Kett’s rebellion is reaching its bloody conclusion. This fascinating and addictive book is the basis of a new themed stay at the Maid’s Head Hotel – a place that itself features in the book, and has a history dating all the way back to the 11th Century. Now, the hotel is a luxuriously furnished city-centre hotel, perfect for a stay in one of Norwich’s most picturesque areas in the shadow of the magnificent Cathedral.
Themed stays from £295 including a two night stay in a double room (for more information please se website listing). For non-themed stays, prices start at £95 per night for 2 adults.
Lazy days on the river at the Norfolk Mead
In the picturesque village of Coltishall you’ll find the Norfolk Mead Hotel, set in 8 acres of lovingly kept private grounds. These beautiful rooms – well beloved by the public and journalists alike – are a serene stay in stylish and unpretentious surroundings. Choose from a stay in the main house or in one of their outbuildings, such a Beechnut Summerhouse, or Blackberry Cottage.
And from April, you’ll be able to take out their wonderful motorised boat on the River Bure. Plus, the Mead offer the option of putting together a picnic hamper for you, and up to 5 others who can accompany you in the boat. A real Wind in the Willows experience on Norfolk’s iconic broads.
Standard room from £135 per night
Boutique rooms in the city centre at the Assembly House
The Assembly House is about as central as you can get in Norwich. The hotel is in a former Georgian townhouse, and has played host to fabulous guests and celebrations since the late 1700. Now, you can experience a touch of overnight splendour too, and stay in one of the Assembly House’s boutique, individually appointed rooms. And the rooms are truly gorgeous – all with their own charm and character, with all the facilities you need for one of those breaks that mean you don’t even need to leave the hotel room. Of course, we recommend you do leave the hotel room at least once; your hotel is right in the centre of the city, 2 minutes from the famous market, and right next door to the wonderful Theatre Royal.
Prices start from £170 per night
Open Water Swimming at the Fritton Arms
Almost 2 years ago now, Guardian journalist Rachael Dixon wrote about the Fritton Arms: ‘with an on-site lake, who needs the Broads?’. And as much as we love the Broads, she sort of has a point…
The swimming lake is the Fritton Arms’ USP: a narrow S shape and surrounded by woodland, Fritton lake is a regular spot for wild swims and quick dips – they even do night swims in the early autumn. Over Easter, the hotel has availability across their range of Soho Farmhouse-esque rooms, and guests can take advantage of the many outdoor activities offered by the Somerleyton Estate Outdoor Centre. For a really tranquil, high-end break for the family over Easter, check out their Retreat Lodges...
Prices from £90 per night for bed and breakfast hotel stay
Getting close to nature at Reedham Ferry Touring Park
Is there anything more cosy than sleeping under two duvets in the shelter of a tent in the middle of the countryside? Over the Easter holiday, slow down and get away from everyday life at the Reedham Ferry Touring park – a beautiful campsite in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, this campsite has everything you need for a comfortable and tranquil stay. Added extras include river fishing, a traditional chain ferry to cross the river, and a pub!
There are pitches for tents, campers and caravans (with hook up), and the site has fantastic views across the dramatic Norfolk marsh landscape. A real Easter break.
Pitches during the Easter holidays start at £21 per night, based on 2 adults. Outside the holidays, prices start at £19 per pitch for 2 adults (additional adults are £2 extra per night, and children under 18 are free!).
A rural retreat at Fielding Cottage
20 minutes out of Norwich city centre, you’ll find Fielding Cottage Holidays, in the grounds of a small working farm, famous for its goats milk based products!
Over the Easter break, choose from one of three cosy countryside cottages, complete with their own lawn so you can make those most of the outdoors if the weather’s fine. Fielding Cottages go out of their way to make sure these cottages are a real home from home, even inviting you into their goat shed on the farm to sample some of their award winning Goat’s cheese!
What’s particularly brilliant is – if you’re looking to see extended family or distant cousins over the Easter break – you can hire all three cottages at once!
Prices start at £330 for 2 adults and 2 children per night, plus a £150 refundable breakage deposit.