Read our guide of where to sleep in style across the region. The best boutique hotels in East Anglia for a weekend break.
With stretches of sandy coastline, stunning country landscapes and cool cities, East Anglia is perfect for a mini getaway. Whether you want to splash the cash or visit on a budget, we’ve rounded up the best boutique hotels in the region…
Titchwell, Nr Brancaster, Norfolk PE31 8BB
Tel: 01485 210221 | www.titchwellmanor.com
Best for a coastal retreat
For a proper rural coastal Norfolk experience, head to Titchwell Manor. The hotel has a cosy intimate feel, the rooms are tastefully decorated and the staff welcoming. Even dogs are treated well here, staff are happy to offer treats to well behaved pups and the dog-friendly rooms in the outer building are spacious, stylish and have everything you need for your pooch. Nearby you’ll find footpaths leading to wind swept marshes and further afield wide sandy beaches. Your taste buds are in for a treat too as the hotel is owned by Eric Snaith; a Norfolk chef praised for his innovative dishes and use of local produce.
The Crown Hotel
The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1EX
Tel: 01328 710209 | www.crownhotelnorfolk.co.uk
Best for a romantic getaway
A pure slice of luxury on the North Norfolk coast, the Crown Hotel has a range of rooms depending on your needs from cosy to family. For something extra special book the rooftop suite with its own terrace overlooking Wells and an outdoor freestanding copper bath! The restaurant has a changing menu of seasonal produce. Make the most of the county and indulge in the six course ‘Taste of Norfolk’ menu.
The Angel Hotel
Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LT
Best for couples
Make this your base for exploring historic Bury St Edmunds. The hotel recently completed a huge refurbishment drawing interior inspiration from its connections with Charles Dickens. Spend your day wandering the cobbled streets of the market town, visiting bistros and independent stores. At night sip on signature cocktails at the hotel’s elegant bar and dine in the quirky styled restaurant.
Le Strange Arms
Golf Course Road, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6JJ
Tel: 01485 534411 | www.lestrangearms.co.uk
Best for a seaside holiday
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a sea view. Enjoy far reaching views over the horizon at this welcoming hotel located right on the beach in Old Hunstanton. Wander the immaculate lawns down to the private sandy beach. Rooms are comfortable, affordable and a great base for visiting Norfolk’s some best-loved attractions such as Sandringham House and Norfolk Lavender.
Holly Lodge Guest House
1 The Street, Thursford Green, Norfolk, NR210AS
Best for a country escape
Created by the team behind the all singing, all dancing production of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, this is the group’s first step into bed and breakfast industry. Rooms are housed in a 18th century converted stable block, each styled with a Norfolk country vibe; think contemporary woodland inspired interiors and plush soft furnishings. The dining and socialising areas in the main building are cool and chic, but retain that classic country charm. Hire a bike or walking equipment from the Lodge and explore a network of quiet lanes, farmers tracks and footpaths that surround the property.
Wicken Road, Clavering, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4QT
Best for great food
Owned by Jamie Oliver’s parents, there’s a warm welcome as soon as you enter, whether you’re there to dine, drink or check-in to one of the rooms that are split between the pub, building next door and property opposite. There’s not much to do in the area but there are some lovely local walks so you can work up an appetite before tucking into a hearty meal at the pub. The historic market town of Saffron Walden is a 15 minute drive away. Jamie regularly visits the market or you may well bump into him at the restaurant!
The Quay, Blakeney, Holt NR25 7NE
Best for escaping the crowds
Positioned on the pretty Quay at Blakeney, this chic hotel is great for those looking to get away from it all and enjoy the great outdoors. Walk along the marshes to Cley, hop aboard a boat trip to see the seals, birdwatch and feast on delicious local seafood. The hotel itself has stylish and cosy rooms, a huge swimming pool, outdoor terrace and south face gardens.
High Street, Tuddenham, Newmarket, Suffolk IP28 6SQ
Best for style
This converted mill offers a selection of sleek and stylish rooms accompanied by a fine dining restaurant, which is a regular award winner! Rooms are exquisitely designed with the finest fluffy towels, quality bedding, walk-in showers or freestanding baths. Meadow rooms have great country views, while the nooks are a cute and romantic option, one even comes with its own outdoor hot tub! For something extra special book the loft suite! Tuddenham Mill is not too far from Newmarket Races, if you’re looking to make the most of your weekend break.
Wentworth Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BD
Best for exploring the Suffolk Coast
Long walks on the beach, fish and chips, local brews, shopping and arts, it’s all on the agenda in Aldeburgh. Located right on the seafront, a mere few steps from the crashing waves and pebbly beach, make the Wentworth Hotel your base for exploring this part of the Suffolk Coast. Family run since 1920, there’s a personal service and extra little touches that you’ll remember long after your visit.
The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ
Best for a stylish city break
Cool, contemporary and chic, this 44-room hotel ticks all the boxes for a city break. Sip cocktails on the roof terrace, dine at SIX with panoramic views of the city, relax in the spa or workout in the state-of-the-art gym – all this before you’ve even set foot outside. The hotel is in a prime location for walks along the Quay, enjoying the city’s parks, punting and shopping. At the end of the day return to your stylish room, order room service and fall to sleep in a huge, comfy bed!