Amelia and Marcus have transformed a derelict 17th-century pub overlooking the village common into a handsome inn with two stylish dining rooms, a book-lined garden room and a cosy snug with an open fire for winter. Sit at the friendly bar or in one of the many nooks and crannies.
Bedrooms are in the converted barns set around a courtyard in the garden; find some homemade shortbread as a welcome. Breakfast is in the Garden Room or outside on the terrace – on Mondays and Tuesdays it’s continental, and for the rest of the week you can choose anything you like cooked to order. You’ll want to stay for lunch and dinner too – the French chef’s hearty pub fare attracts plenty of locals.
Settle in the snug or out in the garden with a good book and a coffee, or chat in the bar over a hand-drawn local ale. The nearest town is Dereham, six miles away; Norwich is 20 miles, and the many attractions of the north Norfolk coast about the same.