Norfolk, United Kingdom

Vine House

Rates from (inc tax)$187.50

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP185.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Georgian with a French frisson


Pretty Burnham Market

Not far from North Norfolk's picturesque coastline, the charming and intimate Vine House hotel incorporates tastefully decadent French Belle Epoque-inspired décor into rural England. All eight rooms and the welcoming drawing room are filled with a gentle pastel colour palette, vintage furniture, patterned wallpaper and just a smattering of gilt, while the manicured garden is the perfect place to relax out of doors. Across the street, dine at what was once Lord Nelson's favourite local watering hole: a cosy old bar and restaurant called the Hoste.

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Need to know




11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Head to reception at the Hoste across the green to check in.


Double rooms from $187.50 (£154), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP185.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast (a full English breakfast can be ordered at extra cost).


Settle in for a film in the Hoste's 20-seat private cinema: daily screenings, exclusively for guests, are at 4pm, 6.30pm and 8.45pm and feature a range of classic films.

At the hotel

Garden, free WiFi in the lounge, cinema room, fitness room, and drawing rooms with books, magazines and games. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, minibar and Arran Aromatics bath products. Guests can use the Hoste Beauty Spa, just across the road.

Our favourite rooms

We love Room 57 for its olive and grey Zoffany wallpaper, ornate gold mirror opposite the bed and mint-blue sofa – but most of all for its bathroom: the floral-print tiles by the roll-top bath make us want to take our clothes off and soak for hours. Pretty powder-blue-and-cream Room 54 is noteworthy for its sense of space.

Packing tips

Leave your wellies behind – the hotel has its own stash hidden in the cupboard under the stairs. Bring slippers or bed socks to truly feel at home. And remember your swimwear for the hot tub at the Hoste Beauty Spa across the street.


The Hoste's fitness room is kitted out with cardio equipment and weights. Work up an appetite by training anytime Tuesday to Sunday.


Leave the little ones at home – this hotel is for Mr & Mrs only.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Take afternoon tea in the conservatory for a quieter dining experience, or grab a table in the Hoste's wood-panelled restaurant.

Dress Code

The important thing is that you’re relaxed: corduroy and cashmere will do very nicely. Splashes of field-green and Broads-blue will match the setting.

Hotel restaurant

The Hoste over the road performs dining duties with several different areas serving lunch and dinner, including a wood-panelled restaurant, snug bar, conservatory, lounge, a lovely new Garden Room and charming Dining Lodge. There’s also a private dining room downstairs in the wine cellar. Head chef James O'Connor cherry picks the best local produce – Brancaster oysters, Gressingham duck and fish and crustaceans fresh from the Norfolk coast – to craft into creative country fare. The local suppliers are all listed on the tempting menu to reassure diners of the ingredients' local pedigree, and the Hoste has the world’s largest Aga residing in its kitchens – it was designed specially for the hotel and boasts built-in smokers and high-temperature planchas (most importantly, it means the food is very nice).

Hotel bar

Drink where Lord Nelson used to (regularly) whet his whistle, in the Hoste’s cosy bar. You’re unlikely to see off-duty Continental conquerors here these days, but you will find expertly mixed cocktails, plenty of local ales, shelves full of books, a working fireplace and nut-brown leather seating. You can also request pre-dinner drinks in the Vine House’s elegant drawing room.

Last orders

At the Hoste, breakfast is available 7.30am to 10.30am, lunch between 12 noon and 2.30pm, afternoon tea 3pm to 5.30pm and dinner 6pm to 9.30pm. Guests can graze on a selection of light dishes from 3pm to 6pm.


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Vine House, c/o The Hoste, The Green, Burnham Market
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Gatwick and Heathrow are two or three hours away by train, via London. There’s also an airport at Norwich, with limited but occasionally handy connections ( Give the Hoste a call if you want a taxi booked.


The nearest train station is King’s Lynn, 25 miles (a 40-minute drive) away from the hotel. It takes an hour and a half to get from here to London Kings Cross; there are also services from London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.


Burnham Market is just off the A149; if you’re coming from the south, use the A1065. There is plenty of free onsite parking by Vine House; the Hoste also has spaces.

Worth getting out of bed for

Nip across the road for a spa treatment at the Hoste Beauty Spa, which offers a wide range of Clarins and Gatineau facials and massages. Request afternoon tea at Vine House, and sit in the garden to enjoy it. Potter around Burnham Market’s shops, cafés and galleries. For sandy kicks, visit the wide, sweeping beaches at Brancaster, Holkham, Sheringham, Cromer and Wells-next-the-Sea. Nature lovers should go and see the wild seal colony by Blakeney Point with Bean’s Boat Trips (+44 (0)1263 740038) or explore the fen meadows, woods and lakelands at Pensthorpe nature reserve (+44 (0)1328 851465). The area has more than its fair share of stately homes, including Holkham Hall (+44 (0)1328 710227) and Sandringham House (+44 (0)1553 612908). Take a boat trip from Burnham Overy Staithe harbour to Scolt Head Island – ring the ferryman for timings (+44 (0)7776 302413).

Local restaurants

Stay in Burnham Market for The Nelson (+44 (0)1328 738321) and have a hearty pub lunch washed down with a local cask ale. The Duck Inn (+44 (0)1485 518330) on Burnham Road is an equally good option for pub grub with finesse. Titchwell Manor (+44 (0) 1485 210221) near Brancaster has two restaurants to choose from: the informal but attractive Eating Rooms with a sea-view terrace, and the fine dining Conservatory. Or, tuck into fresh seafood at the White Horse, overlooking the marsh at Brancaster Staithe (+44 (0)1485 210262).

Local cafés

Sample home-made ice-cream, home-baked scones and light lunches at Tilly’s Café (+44 (0)1328 730300) at Bower House, Market Place.

Local bars

Sample the brews at the White Horse (+44(0)1485 210262) in Brancaster Staithe. The bar has black-and-white photographs of the area and ye olde local characters on its walls; sit by the log fire and admire them.



Anonymous review

It’s a Saturday morning in April. We wake up in Vine House in Norfolk to see sunlight peeping through the sides of the beautiful linen curtains, and the sound of happy people. My heart leaps. It has been months of Narnia-like weather in England – has spring finally arrived? I hop out of the deliciously cosy bed, pull back the curtains and roll up the pale blue blind of room 54, one of only seven.

The pretty Farrow & Ball-painted village of Burnham Market is a hive of activity; a couple hugging, a mother and daughter eating pastries from local bakery, dogs pulling their owners along, and a hopeful ice-cream van. I pull up the sash window and inhale deep breaths of fresh Norfolk air.

‘Quick! We’re going to miss breakfast!’ exclaims the one-track minded Mr Smith. The delicious meal we’d had at the Duck Inn, Stanhoe, the night before has given him a taste for local delights. After a quick shower in a lovely warm bathroom tiled with Fired Earth dragonflies, and we leg it across the village green to the nearby Hoste – owners of Vine House – for a delicious feast of pastries and fruit, followed by poached eggs, smoked salmon, mushrooms, and locally sourced kippers.

Norfolk is, of course, Nelson’s county. So we check out the nearby village of Burnham Thorpe, where Nelson was born and where he lived as a boy. His father was the rector of the church so Nelson and his family lived in the rectory (the spot on which it once stood is now marked by a plaque). Cotton-wool clouds scud across a bright blue sky as we let ourselves into the church – making sure to follow instructions and latch the door, so that birds don’t follow us inside.

The church is stuffed full of artefacts for this national naval hero: a marriage certificate witnessed by a 10-year-old Nelson – then going under the name of Horace, rather than Horatio; a prayer Napoleon’s arch rival wrote at seven o’clock on the morning of the Battle of Trafalgar; a hidden treasure looked after by the warden – Nelson’s medical chest.

Having written a book called The Secret Museum, about treasures in the world’s most interesting museums that are too precious to display, I was delighted to discover the church looks after its own hidden prize. In my book, I describe an enormous ensign flag flown at the Battle of Trafalgar, which was hung at Nelson’s funeral. It is kept in storage at the National Maritime Museum in London because it is too big to display. Standing in the church he visited, walking through his childhood village, surrounded by fields and filled with the sound of songbirds – just as he would have done – gave me a different feel for the hero who now stands triumphantly on top of Nelson’s Column.

Mr Smith by now hungry (again), we headed next to Wells-next-the-Sea, for a crayfish sandwich at the Beach Café, and a wander along the beach with its colourful beach huts. Back home to Burnham Market, a pot of tea, a bubble bath, and a relaxing massage in the Hoste Beauty Spa.

The interesting local shops were buzzing still as I put on a neon-pink-striped jumper I’d bought that morning in Anna, a boutique on the village green. I could hear the music of an ice-cream van outside our window and looked out to see a man in an open-topped vintage car drive past with his labrador peeking out from the back seat. Mr Smith (hungry again) and I were quickly coaxed out for a drink at the Nelson, before a wonderful supper of fresh fish at the Hoste.

Sunday morning is sunny and the village is filled with the sound of church bells. By now Vine House is a little like our own home, with the benefit of hotel service. That’s the beauty of this hotel. Given a key to the front door of Vine House – which blends in perfectly with the other houses on the village green –the place was ours for the weekend. Reading the papers, listening to music in the pretty blue sitting room downstairs, and helping ourselves to wellies and popping in and out of our beautiful cream and blue bedroom all weekend has been a delight. It is so pretty and well located, I wouldn’t mind moving in.

Breakfast over and Mr Smith can’t resist stocking up on potted shrimp from Gurneys Fish Shop, before we set off to visit nearby Sandringham. We nip into the church on the estate, attended by the royal family at Christmas, and we are amazed by the shining silver altar inside the church. The warden tells us it is only polished once a year since the air is so pure the silver doesn’t tarnish. (Later, when we’re back in London Mr Smith even clocks photographs in the press of the Duchess of Cambridge furniture-shopping in nearby Holt for her new home on the Sandringham Estate.)

After stopping for lunch at the White Horse in Brancaster, we dip into the miles of honey-coloured sand at Holkham Beach. It is so beautifully sunny that Mr Smith is inspired by a local skinny dipper, and he rips off his clothes for an exhilarating swim (lasting all of eight seconds). He dries off in moments in the strong wind whipping across the beach, and the season’s first swallows swoop above us.

We walk barefoot, from the shore through the sand dunes, and then wander into the beautiful woods filled with pine and holm oak trees. Pausing at a hide to watch birds heading back to their nests at dusk, we then flop on a bench overlooking the sand and sea wishing we could stay in Norfolk. If only we could head back ‘home’ to Vine House…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Vine House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Food was fabulous.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife.


Stayed on 21 Aug 2016

We loved

The fact that it was a separate house but just across the road from its 'parent' hotel, for breakfast etc. The main hotel is busy and doesn't have the same boutique feel. Vine House was much more peaceful - and there was a lovely secluded garden. We had been considering staying in the main hotel but were very glad that, guided by Mr and Mrs Smith, we chose the Vine House instead. The North Norfolk coast is beautiful!

Don’t expect

Minimalist decor - we had one of the smaller rooms and the bed was covered with so many cushions that the person who did the evening turn down service had to pile them all on top of the half tester 'roof'!


Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

The room was spacious and comfortable. Loved that they turned down our room when we went to dinner! Although dinner is not part of the package the food at the Hoste was delightful.

Don’t expect

It was a bit noisy. We could clearly hear the people above us walking around and next door running a bath. Take ear plugs if you're a light sleeper and want a good nights' sleep.


Stayed on 28 Nov 2015

We loved

Relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff... The staff had a great knowledge of the local area and also of things further afield... This was from bars, clubs and restaurants to local zoos, theatres and areas of tourism... The surrounding area is Northbridge and there is everything you can think of within easy reach...

Don’t expect

Dining in the hotel... This is not what this hotel is about... You'll get a great organic breakfast of breads, fruit, various muffins and cereals but that's it...


Stayed on 1 Jul 2015

We loved

The small hotel with big features. The rooms were lovely and the location is great for a quiet weekend getaway.

Don’t expect

Although dinner was good we were disappointed with the quality of the breakfast and would have expected more.


Stayed on 26 Jun 2015

We loved

The restaurant, our lovely room with own attic to hide away in.

Don’t expect

Extensive spa facilities, the spa is best for treatments only.


Stayed on 13 Feb 2015

We loved

The beautiful setting, fabulous furnishings and lovely central location in bustling Burnham Market.

Don’t expect

The electrics in the house were a bit dodgy and the maintenance man had to be called out daily, poor chap.


Stayed on 30 Jan 2015

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