My birthday treat was to spend two nights in the Venetian Room. I confess to a tinge of incredulity when my husband said we were going to Swaffham - I had always seen it as a charming little market town en route to the Norfolk coast.... But when we turned off the High Street into a tiny lane, there was a revelation: the building is charming,and, set in compact grounds, feels miles away from anywhere.
Our first evening meal lacked sparkle, but we reasoned that the restaurant was very busy, and temperatures were soaring. Next morning's breakfast, served in the adjacent cafe, was delicious.
We headed off to the North Norfolk coast and returned in time to relax peacefully in the garden with drinks. Time stood still.
The second dinner was a pleasant surprise, comparing very favourably with Michelin-aspirants in other restaurants.
The service was friendly but professional, and the pace perfect.
Unwilling to leave on our second morning, we languished over an al fresco breakfast, and decided to book one of the 'Print Room' apartments for a Christmas treat five months hence.
The decor throughout this hotel is eccentric and artistic, but not at the expense of comfort. As I dozed in our (possibly) Venetian carved bed, I did feel as though we were in Venice - but without the noise!
This is a family business, and the genuineness of the customer's experience demonstrates their commitment to the core values, and the hotel's claim of 'eco-authenticity'.
If you are looking for the best of both worlds - real peace, but on the routes to Norfolk's best-loved towns and great houses - this is your place.
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