After all of the spectacular reviews that I had read on here for Plantation Farmhouse, I had set my expectations exceptionally high - I was not disappointed. My only reservation is having to add my own glowing review of my stay as this hidden gem is sure to be unearthed soon and booking again could become nigh on impossible! It is, however, the least that Cherrie and Paul deserve.
Nestled in England's glorious countryside, The Plantation Farmhouse provided a wonderful retreat for a romantic weekend away. Before we had even stepped foot in the building, Cherrie had already been a wonderful source of knowledge for things to do, places to eat and even helped to book taxis and make other arrangements for me.
Upon entering the property, a friendly welcome was followed by a home-blended tea and home-made carrot cake in front of a roaring fire. As the winds howled outside and the rains came pouring down, we enjoyed everything that this lovingly restored Tudor farmhouse had to offer.
After the steep ascent up the original Tudor staircase, we were taken to our room, Willow. This is the larger of the two rooms in every aspect and is recommended for those over 5ft8 I would say. The bedroom is found off an ante-room/reading room (with lovely views) and the ceiling heights are something to behold. The attention to detail is stunning and what awaits is a masterclass in shabby chic. The bed itself is extremely comfortable and nothing has been overlooked - from the little treats with the tea to the in-built speakers in every room. The bathroom is magnificent. There is a roll-top Victorian freestanding bath for those who like to wallow and a massive walk-in shower for those who prefer it. Every luxury is provided and the attention to detail in the fixtures and fittings is jaw dropping.
Larch, the other room, has much lower ceiling heights and the bath is in the bedroom (behind the bedstead). It has a really cosy feel to it though and would be perfect for nights when the elements are lashing the building and you want to just snuggle up. There is also a wonderful balcony attached to Larch (with a little table and a couple of sun loungers) which, unsurprisingly, has been designed to take full advantage of the glorious sunsets that this part of the world has to offer.
After a fantastic night's sleep, be prepared for a feast! Cherrie is a first-rate chef and her cooked breakfasts are a delight for the tastebuds. A lot of effort has been expended on sourcing locally grown produce and the eggs (from the hens on the property) are to die for. For those who prefer a more continental breakfast, you will not be disappointed. Cherrie makes her own jams and preserves and there is plenty of fresh fruit, tasty bread, cereals and freshly squeezed fruit juices as well as freshly ground coffee and a range of teas.
If you're feeling like you should work off some of your breakfast, there are even a couple of bikes that guests can use to meander through the nearby country lanes. Failing that, you can always walk the few steps to the pond to watch the ducks and moorhens effortlessly glide through the water.
The worst thing about this place is having to leave. That, and the knowledge that any other b & b that you stay at from now on will be a huge disappointment in comparison.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling on the border of two of England's most tranquil and unspoilt counties, and lying between the historic city of Norwich and the charming coastal town of Southwold, Plantation Farmhouse Boutique Bed and Breakfast combines the luxury and style of a boutique hotel with the intimacy character and charm of a farmhouse bed and breakfast.The two bedrooms have been designed using a stunning combination of antique and contemporary furniture, and designer and vintage fabrics. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Plantation Farmhouse Boutique Bed And Breakfast Earsham, Suffolk