There are surprises around every corner at this 250-year-old building brought lavishly back to life: an archway leads to a pretty courtyard, huge views are revealed over lawns, terrace and the river Brett beyond; a wine cellar doubles up as an intimate dining space.
All the bedrooms have their own style – the big Cornwallis suite with floor to ceiling windows for that vista and even the smallest has a sumptuous roll top with a view – all have Nespresso machines and fresh milk in the mini fridges. Wander to the TV room, or the upstairs bar or find a bench in the manicured gardens from where you can stroll along the river.
Breakfast on homemade waffles, eggs all ways, avocados and apple juice from the owners’ orchards. Sunday roasts are popular and the dinner menu changes with the seasons. Food is sourced locally and prepared with much care: oysters from Colchester, crab from Cromer, Suffolk cheese. Views from the dining room are mesmerising but you can eat on the terrace in summer.