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The Old Rectory
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Walton on the Hill, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Wished I could have stayed longer....”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

I stayed in Room 1 for only one night (had to cut my trip short) as it was SO comfortable. I had been concerned about the proximity of the road and the railway line, but can honestly say I didn't hear a thing throughout the night. Breakfast was very good, and I would definitely return.

Room Tip: Room 1 was simply lovely with it's own balcony overlooking the gardens. The bed would have been...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We stayed for 1 night arriving Saturday 3rd August 2013. We stayed in rooms 1 & 2 and could not fault anything. Our rooms were excellent, we even had a fantastic balcony overlooking the gardens. What a lovely place to stay. Chris and Sally have created the most wonderful place, we just wished we could have stayed longer. The pool was a real bonus, the sun was shining so we were able to make full use of the terrace. We had friends joining us for dinner, the meal was fantastic. The staff could not have been more attentive, they have thought of everything. Breakfast was equally as good as dinner with everything locally sourced. They accommodated our daughter very well by providing a meal that was not on the menu, she loved it. Overall a great place to stay, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Berkshire, England
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Reviewed 31 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights in a large comfortable room (1) and would highly recommend this hotel. This is a warm and inviting hotel run by a couple who make you feel very welcome. The standard of food is excellent, with the use of well prepared local ingrediants coupled with a well considered selection of wines. An excellent base for visiting this part of Norfolk.

Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Lincolnshire UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2013

Friendly welcome. Was in the good size twin room above the kitchen overlooking the front as travelling with my daughter. We had a good walk along the river before dinner. An excellent meal with many items locally sourced. Superb beef. Fantastic cheese board. Terrific service for the evening meal then again from the breakfast staff. Everything spot-on. Pretty perfect. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

We've stayed at The Old Rectory each year for the last four years - and will be back again next year as well.
It is, without doubt, the best hotel in Norwich - and we've tried a few over time. It's difficult to know where to start, as the entire experience is made so special by Chris & Sally.
The Georgian house itself is beautiful and tranquil; the evening meals are superb (and its lovely to sit in the lounge, sipping a glass of wine and deliberating over the menu beforehand); the rooms are individual and welcoming, and Emma's breakfasts are to die for!
They have a happy knack of employing fantastic staff: we cannot praise Oot enough. Her radiant smile made breakfast even more enjoyable, nor Sam who served at table in the evening. And Emma's personality is as lovely as her breakfasts.
Overall, five stars is hardly enough. Se you next year!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Where do I start? This is such a lovely place to stay and definitely not your run of the mill hotel.
The couple who run it really do put their hearts and souls into it and fortunately have staff around them who are full of the same enthusiasm.
The meals were of a very high standard indeed. Breakfasts and dinners were both excellent although different people cooked them.
Don't go expecting to have a fridge, a magnifying mirror or even a lift. This is not part of a big chain with identical features wherever you stay. There is no bar. Drinks are served in the lounge. They have all the usual pre-dinner drinks guests might want and of course the owner himself serves you while you look at the dinner menu. We chatted with him and other guests and found a very pleasant "country house" atmosphere the whole time we were there.
We enjoyed the short walk to a nearby pub one evening where we sat in the sunny garden by the river, watching rowers and canoeists doing their best (not always successfully) to avoid the swans. We visited Norwich Cathedral, which is wonderful, and also watched the peregrine falcons that have nested there. Norwich proved to be a very good shopping centre too.
Obviously the Broads are a great attraction and we did as much sightseeing as we could during our stay.
Our deluxe room was on the first floor of the coach house, which involved a 2 minute walk from the hotel. It was well furnished with two windows, so bright and charming. But do beware of low beams if you are tall.
The bathroom was huge with a large bath and separate shower cubicle. Amazingly, we had towelling bathrobes in two sizes, large and small! I always grumble when hotels give us two identical robes both of which completely swamp me. At last someone has the common sense actually to offer a smaller one for female guests!! Brilliant!
There was another example of the attention to detail offered by the owners of this hotel. I casually mentioned that I had forgotten to bring the charger for my iPhone. I was immediately lent one!
I could go on and on, but I'll end by saying that I hope to find another reason to go to this part of the country just so that we can return to this unusual hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

I can totally recommend this hotel. The rooms were fantastic, as was the food.
The staff were so friendly and welcoming but totally professional.

If in Norwich, stay here. Buses very convenient to get to the centre of town

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: The Old Rectory
Address: 103 Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 OHF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Norwich > Thorpe St Andrew
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Thorpe St Andrew
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Rectory 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Rectory, Norwich's only AA 4* Gold 'Restaurant with Rooms' is a beautiful Georgian House, with adjoining Victorian Coach House, standing in an acre of mature secluded gardens on the eastern fringes of Norwich, overlooking the Yare valley and Thorpe Marshes nature reserve . We offer warm hospitality and friendly service in a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Every morning, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, cooked to order and served to your table. Our menu features local sausages, bacon, ham and eggs, Chef's own toasted muesli, thick yoghurt with home-made fruit compote, and thick cut toast. Our Dining Room is open Tuesday to Saturday evenings (closed Sunday / Monday), with a daily changing 2 AA Rosette menu featuring freshly prepared, locally sourced, seasonal produce. The elegant intimate, Georgian panelled room has just six tables so be sure to book dinner in advance as we regret we cannot guarantee availability of a table, nor a particular time, where dinner reservations have not been made prior to arrival. The Old Rectory is 2 miles from Norwich railway station (services to London, Cambridge, the Norfolk Coast and intermediate stations) and the city centre with its Norman Castle and Cathedral, medieval churches, excellent shopping facilities and open air market. Norwich International Airport (flights to Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and international flights via the KLM hub at Amsterdam Schipol) is 5 miles. The Norfolk Broads National Park and the sandy beaches of the east coast are a short drive, and many historic houses, nature reserves, gardens etc are within easy reach. ... more   less 
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