Perched on the Quayside of one of North Norfolk’s most picturesque seaside villages, The Blakeney Hotel is a well known and well loved spot for weekenders and those seeking respite from the sometimes chilly winds of a coastal walk. With its panoramic views of the salt marshland, dotted with boats of all shapes and sizes and often bathed in Norfolk’s famous golden light, the hotel is a warm and peaceful place to sink into an arm chair and enjoy some much needed restoration via a cup of tea or something stronger.
A recent makeover has transformed the interior of the hotel, maintaining it’s traditional feel, but adding a welcome dose of contemporary design, with some attractive wood panelling throughout the reception area and surrounding corridors. Upstairs, those views can be best appreciated from the lounge area, where you can admire the winding estuary leading to its distant shoreline.
Our room was the perfect blend of traditional elegance and modern convenience, with a well designed bathroom complete with power shower and a luxuriously large bath. The room itself was tastefully decorated with pastel colours and adorned with framed illustrations of shells and other maritime flora and fauna. We were also close to the impressive swimming pool area, which was a welcome surprise, and must be ideal for families when Norfolk’s weather is unkind and beach trips unsuitable. The pool is a good size and well maintained, and the sauna and steam rooms were a perfect place to unwind.
We had a fantastic dinner in the bustling restaurant, which had a real buzz, even on a Sunday evening. Culinary highlights included the superbly tasty Blakeney fish soup with Gruyere, saffron rouille and croutons, an excellent choice given our location, and the Pensthorpe Estate filet of Angus beef with white truffle and chervil mash, which left us thoroughly full and contented.
After a restful night’s sleep and just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, our breakfast-in-bed arrived, served under silver domes that always make you feel special. We tucked into a breakfast fit for a King and as the Winter sun came up, we opened the door leading to the private garden, breathing in fresh sea air and feeling very lucky indeed.
To book your stay at the Blakeney Hotel, visit http://www.blakeney-hotel.co.uk or call +44 +44 (0)1263 740797.