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“A Great Base To Travel Around Norfolk - Couldn't Fault The Beechwood!”
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Beechwood Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in North Walsham
Certificate of Excellence
Gidea Park, Essex
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“A Great Base To Travel Around Norfolk - Couldn't Fault The Beechwood!”
Reviewed 14 July 2009

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.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Heybridge
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Reviewed 25 June 2009

Me, my husband and our dog Amber have been going to the Beechwood Hotel for years now and always look forward to returning! Don, Lindsay, Steve (the Chef) and all the staff cannot do enough for you during your stay, the food is brilliant, we both enjoy good food and drink and am never disappointed - my favourite dessert was enjoyed at the Beechwood a couple of years ago (White Chocolate Crème Brulee) and I have never tasted another Crème Brulee as good as that!!!! We have stayed during the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and although North Walsham is not renowned for its tourist attractions the surrounding Norfolk coast and villages have a great deal to offer. We generally have breakfast in the morning (again what a way to start the day with a full English brekky inside you) and take our dog out with us for the whole day walking, returning to the hotel in the late afternoon for a quick nap, shower and change for dinner and then come down to the bar and relax and enjoy the evening! I have never found the rooms to be poorly lit, on the contrary with the large sash windows I have found all the rooms we have stayed in (from the four poster to the small doubles) to be light and airy. The added touch of Molton Brown products is the icing on the cake (my husband favourite toiletries). We cannot wait to return and was just looking at booking to go again in September/October this year. If I could give the Beechwood 10 out of 10 I would, but as the maximum is 5 out of 5 that is what it will have to be. Sharon, Nigel and Amber (the dog)

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2009

I have just returned from a three night stay at Beechwood. The food was excellent - imaginative and well prepared. The wine list whilst short, was sufficient and reasonably priced.
The staff were all very good.
But, and it is a big BUT, I was not prepared for the rather dim bedrooms, with their dark brown furniture and heavy and somber curtains, counterpanes and bed head hangings - they were rather gloomy. In fact they whole hotel, including the bar and public rooms were on the dark side with lots of dark brown leather and wood - all lit by 15 watt bulbs! The bar was empty by 10 p.m.
The dining room was a little better, once you got used to the many large photos of Agatha Christie peering down at you from the walls.
Whilst the hotel obviously appeals to older clientele - 60/70/80, even a 90 year old - the bathrooms do not reflect this, Very Victorian, with nice showers and free standing bathes, but not a hand hold in sight - all style, no practicality.
The location is regrettable. Walk a couple of hundred yards one way along an uninspiring local road, to the town centre. North Walsham was looking rather tired and neglected before the credit crunch. There was some activity round the fish and chip shop. From the litter round the town Cross - a sort of bandstand - the chippie obviously does good business. It is not a tourist centre.
Walk half a mile along the same road in the opposite direction and you come to a sort of by-pass - and that's it! You do need a car to escape North Walsham.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge
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36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2009

We have stayed here on several occasions over the past 5 years, choosing it entirely based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. We have had a wonderful experience, everything living up to expectation, so it was about time we wrote a review. Don and Lindsay, the owners, couldn't do more to make you feel at home, they are charming hosts and if you return. The hotel and rooms are immaculate, decorated tastefully to fit in with the period of the building. We have stayed in both the half-tester and garden / four-poster rooms and they have all been excellent: large, extremely comfortable with gorgeous little extras. The Garden Rooms are wonderful, huge rooms more akin to a suite, very comfortable large four-poster beds, massive bathrooms with a gorgeous free-standing "slipper" baths and separate showers, Molton Brown toiletries naturally too! (For balance the half-tester was a lovely room too, huge roll top bath and separate shower.) Nothing is too much trouble for the staff: tea and cakes in the afternoon when you arrive in the cosy bar, and evening meals are wonderful, high quality ingredients, perfectly cooked and presented, definitely fine dining, many courses culminating in coffee and freshly prepared chocolates (the St. Valentine's Day dinners are historic). Breakfast is the icing on the cake, masses of fresh fruit and locally sourced produce, superb continental and cooked options. This hotel truly gives 5 star service for a truly relaxing break and we will definitely return again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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UK
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2009

The Beechwood has to be one of my favourite small hotels ever!

The staff are wonderful, friendly and nothing is too much trouble.

The rooms are tasteful, comfortable, clean and a lot of thought has gone into the detail - something that the big chains very often overlook. The beds are superbly huge and have the most amazing pillows. The bathrooms are spacious with roll top baths, great showers and supplied with a full range of Molton Brown products.

Rooms on the ground floor have access to a private patio leading onto the gardens.

Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Norfolk.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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London
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2009

We have just got back from a family trip to the Beechwood and as ever it was perfect. Don and Lindsay run a wonderful hotel

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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London
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2009

We had read the reviews on here from other guests and had high expectations which were met on our stay. A very friendly welcome is sustained throughout your visit. Beautiful, comfortable rooms (we had the 4 poster) and excellent food and wine at dinner. This wonderful small hotel has a real personal touch that sets it apart. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Beechwood Hotel
Address: 20 Cromer Road, North Walsham NR28 0HD, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > North Walsham
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in North Walsham
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Hotel Class:3 star — Beechwood Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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