Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel
What We Love
- An idyllic country house near the Norfolk coast, with continental breakfast includedTreating yourself to a naughty but nice afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly
- Enjoying a hearty full English breakfast – a worthy Visit England award-winner
- Roaming North Norfolk’s white-sand beaches and the watery expanse of the Broads
What To Know
- The cottage is a popular wedding venue, so your stay may coincide with a reception event
- En suite bathrooms have either a walk-in shower or clawfoot bathtub
- Free WiFi is very spotty
England’s North Norfolk is known for its sweeping, white-sand beaches, characterful market towns, grand country estates and the outstanding natural beauty of the salt marshes and Broads. Perfectly placed to access all of this is Northrepp Cottage Country Hotel. Named after the small village in which it sits, it’s not far from the Victorian seaside town of Cromer (famed the world over for its delicious fresh crab).
This intimate, family-run property occupies a painstakingly restored 18th-century house. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and woods, this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner promises utter peace and quiet. With only eight guest rooms and suites, all with their own quirky individual character, it also guarantees personal service. Add to this Visit England award-winning breakfasts, a gourmet restaurant a and cozy bar, and you have all the ingredients for a charming UK escape.
How to Get There
I booked to stay at the hotel for work and have to admit it was the pictures that did it for me. I arrived at the hotel to be greated with an un staffed reception desk. Not a problem there are signs to press the bell, with two to choose from, which I did over the next 10 minutes. The sign also said if no replies please ring the number below, as I looked at my phone to do that I noticed there was no signal. After venturing around into the dining room, kitchen and bar, all apparently open but devoid of any customers at all. The night manager was very polite and attentive and evidently quite passionate about the hotel, showing us evrything in the room and the view.
The room itself seemed very nice, with its features and decor matching the period of the cottage and giving the feel of a hidden cottage hotel, unlike the brightly lit, modern features in the bar and restaurant, which could frankly be in any travelodge in the country. The room had plenty of space and in the evening looked very clean and tidy, the matress was a bit springy but nothing that prevented a reasonable nights sleep.
In the morning we noticed a bit more with the room, small spiders around the edge of the ceiling and dirty marks from what looked like a quite warn carpet. The curtains were ripped and torn, lamp shades missing and just some general ware on the room. I needed to be gone by 0830, so went down stairs at 0750, ready for breakfast starting at 0800.
A very quiet country hotel which is perfect if you're looking for a nice relaxing break.
The venue is minimally staffed due to their being only 8 rooms and this place making its money (I assume) primarily from weddings and other functions and parties.
If you are thinking of having your wedding here be advised room availability might be an issue but from what I understand, these things are booked very well in advance anyway.
Couldn't really fault the cleanliness, décor, nor any other hotel facilities; clearly some money has been spent on the place recently as the bar area looks very modern and I couldn't help notice some carpet samples laying about in the managers' office too. Furthermore the décor is very high end and we were immensely impressed with the suites. My only gripe was the fact our bed was extremely creaky!
Breakfast was fantastic - locally sourced produce went down a treat.
The hotel is not far from Cromer (about 1½ miles) and the grounds are beautiful - also good for a bit of wildlife spotting.
As people have pointed out - reception is tucked away and despite repeated requests to confirm our booking, we never got a reply prior to arrival - again I put this down to bare minimum staffing but the staff who were around during our stay were friendly, approachable and very accommodating.
Point to note, around 10pm on the Saturday evening the main staff had left and there was a night porter looking after the place who clearly wasn't bar trained and had to make a note of our order to be later added to our bill - just in case there's some of you out there looking for a night cap... no fridges in room either in case you're thinking of bringing your own instead. And I'm not sure how far the nearest pub is...
Overall though, a very pleasant stay and we had a fantastic time.
We stayed at this hotel in early June in the worst weather for months, however we were allocated an excellent
Room which turned out to be the bridal suite no less.
The manageress and all staff were most pleasant, helpful and accommodating at all times. For part of our stay we were the only guests there, probably due to the weather but this didn’t detract from the service provided.
The rooms seem to be well appointed, clean , nicely decorated and interestingly, all named after members of the family who originally owned and lived in this lovely old country hotel.
There was a varied menu and all meals were nicely prepared by Nick, the chef and well presented at the table.