I’m not entirely sure if signing up to daily Secret Escapes emails has been a blessing or a curse so far. A blessing in that the savings and holiday discount deals I’ve found on there have been absolutely brilliant. A curse in that it’s made me book more holidays than I probably should have…
Which is how we found ourselves staying at the Norfolk Mead Hotel on a slightly breezy weekend in March. The deal swooshed into my inbox on a rainy weekday morning in early January, and it frankly looked too good to be true. Champagne on arrival, a three course dinner and full English breakfast the following morning to boot. All whilst staying in a remote hotel in one of my favourite places – The Norfolk Broads.
My love for Norwich has been expressed here on this blog before, but the Norfolk Broads really is one of my favourite parts of the UK. Guaranteed, every good memory I have of the place has involved good weather, good friends and good drinks.. So guaranteed I am slightly biased.
Whereas it wasn’t sunny on our most recent visit, that certainly didn’t dampen our experience. The Norfolk Mead Hotel is a lovely and cosy hotel in the Norfolk Broads in Coltishall, right at the edge of the Broads themselves. Even though it’s only really accessible by car, it’s just a 20 minute taxi ride from Norwich train station, and not an expensive one at all at that.
The hotel itself sits on 8 acres of privately owned land – complete with it’s own private lake, swans and geese included. It’s a grand hotel but with a cosy feeling. Each room is named after varying ingredients, and ranges from standard room, to deluxe to your own entire cottage. When you’re not exploring the surrounding broads – wellies optional – inside the hotel you have a restaurant, bar and a spa to enjoy.
The beds were large enough to swallow us up, and the view from the windows of the surrounding grounds was lovely to sit back and look at. We thoroughly made our way through the complimentary tea bags (even having to ask for more) and if you like cows milk in yours theres a dedicated fridge to local Norfolk milk if you wish to help yourself!
Not only did we enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival in our rooms, but complimentary brownies were also on hand which were a lovely extra treat!
As part of our deal we had the pleasure of enjoying both dinner and breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, and that was an absolute treat in itself. The 2 AA rosette restaurant offers everything from breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea.
We had the immense pleasure of enjoying a three course meal and I can certainly attest that all three courses were absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Not only that, but every stay (regardless of where you book) includes the breakfast in the morning and that is certainly worth the trip.
In the morning you’re greeted with a help-yourself buffet of pastries, breads to carve and toast, a variation of cereals and fruit toppings in addition to fruit juices. If this wasn’t enough you’re also invited to choose one option from a hot menu which includes everything from a full English to fried kippers.
As I’m sure you can tell by my glowing review above, I had a pretty good time staying at the Norfolk Mead hotel, and I think regardless of how much I love the area, this hotel was still above-the-norm.
It was really nice to enjoy our weekend away in one of my favourite places, and I would 100% recommend it if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the UK.
More travel posts are on the blog every week, but in the meantime my holiday snaps can be found on my Instagram @GrundyTravels.
Thanks for reading x