We always refer to TripAdvisor before travelling anywhere and we certainly read the reviews on the Beechwood prior to our trip to Norfolk. We were actually in North Walsham for a party and a friend recommended the hotel. The Beechwood is most certainly the best hotel in North Walsham, let alone the surrounding area. OK, yes, you need a car, but you would need a car anywhere if you wanted to explore any county!
The hotel is very well run indeed - very impressive! When we arrived, the chef was picking herbs from the garden. Unfortunately, we never got to enjoy the garden as we were out and about the whole time, but it's a really pretty garden, very well kept and manicured.
On arrival, we were offered complimentary tea and scones, which was a nice touch - home made, warm scones - delicious! I work in London and we eat in a lot of well-known restaurants, so I was delighted that the food lived up to expectations - really could not be faulted. And, the suggested wine list is very reasonably and not ridiculously priced like a lot of hotels!
As with everything, you get what you pay for. We booked a half-tester room, which was great. I read an earlier report whereby the rooms were quoted as being dark and dingy! It makes me wonder whether the guest was staying at the Beechwood?! The decor in our room was rich greens and reds, which would make any room a little darker than normal, but that's what is so nice about the hotel - the 'old charm'! Everything looks new, so it's certainly not worn in any way. The bed linen is beautiful and the added touch of a cd player in the room was very pleasant, so be sure to take a couple of your own cds, if you like your music!
I did view a couple of the other rooms and if it's a bigger room you want, upgrade and go for a four poster or garden room. They are a lot more spacious, with a bigger bathroom - very nice indeed!
As previously written, North Walsham isn't a place where you would go for a holiday - there's not really too much within walking distance of the hotel, BUT, location wise, the Beechwood is great. We travelled up along the North Coast, stopping at all the local villages - what a pretty drive along the coast!
My one concern about the Beechwood was the fact that they allowed dogs. I suffer badly with allergies but, you wouldn't have known that dogs were welcome - I never saw a dog, nor did I see the owner's dogs and the hotel is spotless, so you'd never know in a million years!
For the quality of the hotel, it is very well priced, especially in view of the fact that the evening meal would cost a hell of a lot of money, if eating in a 5* restaurant.
We will definitely pay a future visit to the Beechwood. The owners know what they want from their hotel and they know how to run it and how to keep their guests happy! The staff are delightful and most certainly knew their stuff. We wanted to visit Holkham to view the famous beach, but as we were running out of time one of the receptionists suggested we take a short ride to Waxham. It's a little off the beaten track, but what a hidden gem! We saw a few seals bobbing up and down and together with the unspoilt beach, that appears to go on for miles, we were absolutely delighted to have been told about Waxham. It's definitely worth a visit, although I would imagine the locals would rather they kept their 'secret' beach to themselves!
Overall, our stay at the Beechwood was superb and we would highly recommend this hotel. Nothing is too much trouble and all the little extras make it a winner! Thanks to Don and Lindsay and all the staff for a very enjoyable stay. Thank you.
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