Need to know
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $86.64 (£67), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast (pastries or porridge, plus kippers, a full English or eggs Benedict).
Gin-lovers, rejoice: each room has a diminutive decanter of berry-bright sloe gin and two matching glasses; there’s also a stash of home-made cookies. (You won’t be charged a jot for dipping into either).
At the hotel
Garden, two Pavilions for alfresco private dining, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, cafetière with fresh coffee, free bottled water, Espa bath products, hairdryer.
Our favourite rooms
The Better and Best rooms live up to their name: they each have an enticing standalone bath tub and a cosy sitting area designed for snuggly days and nights. For added romance, book one of the characterful rooms tucked away in the eaves; pretend you’re an off-duty scullery maid or kitchen boy (with added mod cons and the master’s gin decanter).
Bring trousers and skirts with forgiving waistlines; you’ll want to make the most of the excellent food and drink on offer here. Add a waxed jacket and Wellington boots to perfect that rural-roamer look.
The building shows its birthday (1499, if you don’t mind) with characterful nooks and crannies a-plenty; don’t expect identikit rooms or lashings of space.
Fido can come too for just £10 a night (they’ll even get treats and an on-loan dog blanket). The hotel’s location on the north Norfolk Coast equates to canine heaven: salt marshes, sand dunes and cliffs, oh my… See more pet-friendly hotels in Norfolk.
Little Smiths are very welcome. The restaurant has a children’s menu and highchairs; a travel cot (free) and an extra bed (£25 a night, for little Smiths aged 3–14) can be added to some rooms. (Just pipe up when you’re booking.)