Dull this is not. We’ve always liked places that reflect the character of their owners and Claire has stamped hers all over this former bank, along with a determination to celebrate all things Norfolk, her own blends of tea and a staggering collection of pottery, paintings and antiques. Breakfast sounds good: choose your time, have it sociably with others or brought up to your room if you prefer; an exciting menu of all things local and freshly-ground coffee from Smiths of London.
Afternoon tea comes with homemade cakes from Harleston Country Market, wine tours can be arranged at one of the many award-winning vineyards nearby – Norfolk is the new Napa Valley – and there’s a good local microbrewery too.
Come with friends and settle into the sitting room by the wood-burner on comfortable sofas, relax in the Hammam with mood altering lighting, sleep in bedrooms with their own theme, get married if you like. Unusual and huge fun.