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.
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We stayed 3 nights with Secret Escapes and found it a strange experience. The staff consists of a very helpful and friendly night manager with young girls who don’t seem to care managing the day shift. Evening meals were lovely but you will probably be eating on your own due to the low occupancy, only 3 rooms taken out of 8. It’s called a county cottage hotel but the bar is brightly lit and uncomfortable- not a cosy fireside you would expect, plus you’ll probably be on your own. The breakfast is a half hearted affair with still wrapped from the supermarket packs of sliced bread next to the toaster, etc. It’s a shame really as it could be so much better.
We came for peace and quiet for a couple of days and certainly got that. The hotel is very rural and very quiet .
It's an old country house with some history and is reasonably charismatic.
Our bedroom (Sir Humphrey Repton) was large and reasonably well kitted out. The view was terrible, a large flat roof obscuring most of the view.
The bathroom was fine, with a selection of soaps etc.
Our bed was thoroughly uncomfortable and stupidly noisy. It was impossibly to move in the bed without making noise.
The carpets throughout the hotel were absurd. They are largely cream and marked. Just daft for high traffic hotels.
Food was of good quality but unimaginative.
An odd place, unpreposessing from the outside and badly laid out inside - the reception desk is tucked away in an obscure corner off of the very narrow entrance hall. We eventually found someone to check us in and were shown to our room. Pleasant but cold room with views over a large expanse of flat felt roofing. Comfy bed but creaky whenever you move. Bathroom nice but chilly and with no good lighting for makeup etc there or in the bedroom. We ate in the restaurant both nights, as the roads to the hotel are narrow, twisty and not well signed. Service was slow and food was ok. Local radio played too loudly does not help create a pleasant ambiance at breakfast or dinner. At checkout had to hunt for someone as desk bell went unanswered for ages. Manageress person couldn’t crack a smile the entire time - puzzles me why some people go in to hospitality. It’s trying to be a country house hotel and fails due to lack of warmth (heating and staff), weird layout, and is really just a small hotel in an out of the way location. The website offers more than the actuality.
Its very difficult to review this hotel as it was conflicting in so many ways. Its set in a beautiful location and easy to find. When we arrived and went into the hotel it was not obvious where reception was and we heard a voice directing us and said her reception sign had fallen down (when we checked out the following day it had not been put up again) We were shown to our room, as we walked up the stairs we could not help but notice how grubby the stair carpet was and it made us anxious over the cleanliness of the room, however these fears were groundless as the rooms are spotless. I had requested a room with a bath (through booking.com) however the room we were originally shown to did not have a bath. I returned to reception and to their credit they checked to see if there was a room with a bath available and changed our room, which we were very grateful for. We were in the Elizabeth Fry room which on first impressions was so beautifully decorated. The bathroom was lovely too with a large free standing bath. We were really happy with the room and then decided to go to the bar and get a bottle of wine to sit and enjoy. The bar was not at all in keeping with the feel of a country hotel, it was very brightly lit and the sofas were hard and not at all inviting you to sit and enjoy a drink. The music was very loud too. We ended up taking the bottle of wine back upstairs to our room to enjoy. There is good size tv in the room which was easy to operate. Sadly the bed was not that comfy, that mattress felt tired and a bit lumpy, however the bedding was lovely and of high quality. I had a nice long soak in the bath, great water pressure and high quality toiletries provided. Decent towels but only one robe which is a bit odd as we were told it was the bridal suite. We had booked a table in the restaurant that evening and went to the bar first for a drink. The staff were great, very friendly and helpful. We went into the restaurant which again is not quite in keeping but its spotless and welcoming. The menu was limited but the food was excellent and good value for money. The following morning when I was drawing the curtains I noticed the curtains in the dressing room had a gash in it and was very frayed, I also noticed a lot of marks on the carpet. The hospitality tray was great, lots of tea and coffee and a nice touch with some cookies too. Like I said at the beginning, its hard to review this hotel as there is nothing really wrong but it was not quite right for us. I would like a country hotel to have a cosy bar, with subtle lighting and big comfy chairs that you sit in and enjoy the ambiance. So these are personal observations, and again the staff were fab as was the food. Breakfast was ok, could have more options for the continental buffet but the cooked breakfast was delicious, no complaints at all.
Tucked away in Norfolk. Steeped in history and natural feel. Quaint but modern at the same time. Friendly staff. Very good grounds. Surrounded by countryside for long walks and good photography. Loved the simplicity not their menu for dinner and breakfast. Try the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.