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 food attracts plenty of locals.
On sunny days you’ll be supping a hand-drawn local ale in the large garden, playing croquet or listening to the comforting sound of leather on willow from the cricket club. Norwich is 20 miles, and the north Norfolk coast about the same.