The Old Post Office

Harleston, Norfolk
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7847 626030

Cheer yourself up in this magnificent townhouse rammed with history, character and a big dollop of humour. Every object has a story


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

The Experience

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.

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We think you'll love

  • Drinking one of Claire's teas while finding out all about the history of the house and its treasures
  • Having a reunion with friends and making yourselves at home here, perhaps in the Hammam
  • Discovering the countryside around you and visiting vineyards for tastings
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You should know

  • No parking outside the house. Drop your stuff off then free parking two minutes away
  • No dogs or children
  • The walls are ancient and thick so mobile signal can sometimes be faint


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

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Discount for 3+ nights. Up to 8 guests can sleep in quadruple bunk room (£32.50 pp supplement > 4 guests).
Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner, 3 courses, £40 pp.


Nightly price
from £98
1 Suite for 2
From £98
1 Double
From £98
1 Quadruple
From £195



What a fantastic find. Lovely break with my wife - Claire and her staff were lovely, so helpful from start to finish. We stayed in the Gerney Room which has lush! Really comfy bed, and little things like having speakers in the ceiling so you can play your own music was a Brucey Bonus! Loved the Spa…. Such a great way to chillax and you feel so refreshed afterwards. Claire was so helpful throughout. The perfect hostess. She is so passionate about the area and the Old Post Office is clearly been renovated to match her passion and eye for detail. Great value for money - we will be back

Sean, Great Yarmouth

Gov and I just want to say a huge thank you for taking such good care of us all weekend. You really have created such a special haven and it was just what we needed. Thank you for a fabulous weekend - I will be recommending you to everyone and we hope to visit again one day. Take care and all the best.

Kirat, London

What a wonderful place for a special celebration! From initial enquiries, through to our stay Claire was highly organised, with great communication and was ready to go over and above for us! The building is breathtaking and very unique. Highly recommend a nights stay here and of course getting involved with the experiences available.

Felicity, Norwich

Superb accommodation and Spa - wonderful hosts - the Afternoon Tea is fantastic! Recommended 10/10 from me!

Jeff, Southend On Sea

"We are a family of four from London and had an amazing 3 night stay at The Old Post Office. Claire and her lovely family could not have gone more out of their way to make us feel welcome. Claire has done an outstanding job in breathing life into this historic building which oodles character, decadence and charm. We stayed in the Waveney Room with its king size quadruple bunk beds which was ideal for our family. We especially enjoyed the complementary afternoon tea and the family hammam which Claire arranged for us and was just what was needed after a long day out cycling.

Ruban, London

Somewhere very special to stay. My friend and I spent three blissful days and very comfortable nights at The Old Post Office. The property itself has been beautifully renovated by Claire - she has even turned the original bank vault into an hammam spa! Every room tells a story and combined with beautiful food, outstanding hospitality The Old Post Office is truly unique. Claire and her wonderful team truly pull out every stop to make your stay truly luxurious - a wonderful discovery in a beautiful part of the country.

Cheryl, Grays

Come for a fun, interesting experience in a beautiful Georgian house full of history. Claire can tell you all about it while you taste her teas.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're a two-minute walk from the centre of this pretty town with Georgian architecture, alleyways and cobbled streets. Walk to the pub, bakery, a chocolatier, vegan deli and the wonderful antiques emporium. Stroll in the beautiful Waveney Valley, discover parks, rivers, fishing, farmland. There are ten castles within half an hour and a Stuart theatre at Bury St Edmunds. Norwich is 35 minutes - you can get the bus.

Local points of interest from Claire Myers-Lamptey

  • There's a wonderful Antique's Emporium in the street next to the house, a museum and free walking historical audio trail. Famous residents include the original Pilgrim Fathers, the first European Settlers in America and artist Alfred Munnings #TOPONorfolk
  • Also a choice of very good restaurants all within 5 minutes walk, including Indian and Japanese. The Thoroughfare (high street) is also filled with several boutiques, gift shops, traditional stationers and jewellers #TOPONorfolk
  • We also offer massage treatments with the Hammam Spa using natural and organic products from Moroccan Natural. Keeping in the theme of the Middle East, the UK's only Camel Safari is 10 minutes from the house #TOPONorfolk
  • Taxi collection can also be arranged from nearby Diss Station (London Liverpool Street to Norwich) and chauffeured wine tours. Nearby Diss also has a Steam Railway #TOPONorfolk
  • Framlington Castle was were Mary I was pronounced Queen of England. Sutton Hoo is also nearby, of which the recent Netflix film, The Dig, starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan is based #TOPONorfolk
  • Spoil yourself with our private chef dining, perhaps a romantic candle lit dinner in the galleried library #TOPONorfolk


Claire Myers-Lamptey

Claire has extraordinary energy. She's married with three children, an avid collector of antiques, lover of history, a blogger with many thousands of followers, an ambassador for a number of British institutions, a business consultant and lecturer. In the meantime she's set up a tea company and runs this guest house with aplomb. She is aided by a chef and a housekeeper.