Saracen's Head

Wolterton, Norfolk
+44 (0)1263 768909
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£115 - £200
per night

You’ll find Norfolk ales, French wines and a hint of eccentricty at this old-school inn, where local food and comfy beds keep you smiling


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£115 - £200 per night

The Experience

Lost in the lanes of deepest Norfolk, an inn that’s hard to match. Outside, Georgian red-brick walls stand to attention at the front, but nip round the back and find them at ease in a beautiful courtyard where you can knock back a pint of Wherry in the evening sun before slipping inside to eat. Tim and Janie upped sticks from the Alps, unable to resist the allure of this lovely old inn. A sympathetic refurbishment has worked its magic, but the spirit remains the same: this is a country-house pub with lovely staff who go the extra mile. Downstairs the bar hums with happy locals who come for Norfolk ales and good French wines, while the food in the restaurant is as good as ever: Norfolk pheasant and rabbit terrine, wild duck or Cromer crab, treacle tart and caramel ice-cream. Upstairs, there’s a sitting room on the landing, then six pretty bedrooms. All have have smart carpets, wooden furniture, comfy beds and sparkling bathrooms. There’s masses to do: ancient Norwich, the coast at Cromer, golf on the cliffs at Sheringham, Blickling Hall, a Jacobean pile. Don’t miss Sunday lunch.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £115
Extra bed/sofabed available £30-£50 per person per night.
1 Family room for 4
From £175
5 Twin/doubles
From £115


Booking information

Check in
From 12pm
Check out
By 10.30am
23 December - 29 December, 12 February - 2 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog bed, and towels for drying off wet, nicely tired out dogs.

Dogs £5 per night. Max. 2.

Many local walks for dogs and their owners; beaches nearby too. Dogs on leads please as there are sheep and cattle very nearby.

Lunch from £6.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£35.


You must go here if you enjoy good food, well prepared from local produce. We had two excellent evening meals and delicious breakfasts too! Tim was very welcoming and was good enough to have blankets put on our beds rather than duvets (must remember to ask in the future at other places we go to stay). Spacious bathroom and local soaps, lotions and shampoos too! The Saracens Head is so quiet and peaceful, in the middle nowhere but central to so many places to go and visit. We hope to be back soonest....

Juliet, Selborne

Excellent lunch, best treacle tart EVER! Welcoming friendly staff, lovely setting. Wish it was our local.

Alison, Winchester

My husband, dog and I have just spent an incredibly relaxing two nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Saracen's Head. Wonderful food, quality accommodation and tranquil atmosphere. Felt like a much longer holiday and we are looking forward to returning in June 2015.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Tim & Janie Elwes

  • In Norfolk we have many different types of beach. Sandy ones for children, long deserted ones for the dogs and walkers, muddy and wet ones for the wild life and twitchers, ones with cliffs and pebbles and of course those with pine trees and sand dunes.
  • The Saracens is surrounded by large country houses. Wolterton and Mannington are both within 3 miles. Blickling hall, the old home of Anne Bolyne is a 10 minute car journey or a beautiful hour long walk over the meadows and Blickling park.
  • If you want a base whilst playing golf, there's nowhere better, with courses on the coast at Sheringham, Cromer, Brancaster to mention a few and on the other side there are courses just outside Norwich at Eaton, Wensum, Barnham Broom and The Royal Norwich.
  • Norfolk is the place to visit if you like churches. Even the smallest villages have the most enormous church. visit Salle, Aylsham, Reepham (2 churches) Blakeney, Booton, Burgh and Brampton all within about 20 minutes drive.
  • What to do on the rainy days? well Norwich is well worth a visit, with two Cathedrals, a castle, lovely cobbled streets and old buildings. The Theatre Royal has great productions or Cinema City. The Sainsbury Centre for visual arts is close to the UEA.
  • All you need now is to sit down to a delicious locally sourced meal here at the Saracens. Being that we are in the middle of all this farmland we would be crazy not to make the most of all the great produce that is surrounding us! Great local food.