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Reviews - Old Rectory Hotel

2AA Assessed Small Hotel Ratings explained
103 Yarmouth Road , Norwich, NR7 0HF

Recommended by Condé Nast Johansens

Our inspector loved "The homely atmosphere and mix of old and modern between the light and airy coach house rooms and the traditional rectory."

Welcome to The Old Rectory Hotel, the Grade II listed Georgian home of Chris, Sally & James Entwistle and their Birman cats Rolo and Milli, and Norwich's only AA Red Star hotel.

Enjoy the luxury, charm and character of this delightful Georgian Country House style property overlooking the river Yare valley on the eastern outskirts of Norwich. Standing in an acre of mature secluded gardens in a leafy conservation area, we offer you warm hospitality and award winning service in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. The main house dates back to 1754, whilst the adjacent Victorian Coach House was built just under a century later. Since coming to The Old Rectory in 1995, it has been tastefully and extensively refurbished creating, we hope, a warm and homely feel. A welcoming log fire awaits you after a days sightseeing or shopping in the winter months, whilst in the summer you can enjoy a leisurely drink or afternoon tea on the pool terrace, or perhaps even take a dip in our outdoor pool.

The Old Rectory Hotel is conveniently located just a few minutes by bus, car or taxi from Norwich city centre and railway station and Norwich International Airport is about 5 miles away. The Norfolk Broads National Park is a short drive and there are many interesting places to visit within easy reach including historic buildings, nature reserves, parks and gardens as well as walking and cycling trails. For cyclists we have plenty of secure storage and facilities for maintenance.

Dinner is served in our elegant candlelit Dining Room Monday to Saturday and you can choose from our daily changing, seasonal prix-fixe dinner menu freshly cooked to order by Chef James Perry who has two AA rosettes for his food. All of our fresh produce is sourced from local suppliers and in the summertime, some of our vegetables, salad leaves and herbs come from our own garden. James is pleased to prepare vegetarian dishes and to cater for other particular dietary needs although we do appreciate advance notice of such requirements.

Our tasty English breakfast is served each morning in the Dining Room with locally produced bacon, sausages and ham from Barnard's of Attleborough, free range eggs, thick yoghurt with our own home made toppings as well as a choice of cereals, fresh fruit, toast with Norfolk preserves and Fairtrade tea and coffee. In summer, you can enjoy breakfast outside under the gazebo overlooking the swimming pool.

The hotel has eight beautifully appointed non-smoking, en-suite guest rooms, all of which are individually styled and furnished to a high standard providing every comfort to the discerning traveller. All rooms have comfy beds with fine cotton bedlinen, widescreen digital TV, wireless broadband, CD/radio alarm, hairdryer, complimentary mineral water, Neutrogena toiletries and a hospitality basket with Clipper Organic and Fairtrade tea and coffee. Rooms in the main house have Georgian proportions, some still with fireplaces, whilst those in the Old Coach House have sloping beams and their own entrance leading straight to the pool terrace and gardens. Most of the rooms have a sunny, south facing aspect with views over the garden and the Yare valley beyond.

This is what our guests say about us:

'if you want a small piece of luxury in a delightful setting, then this is the place come...'
'this hotel is better than many 4 star hotels we have stayed in. The breakfasts were excellent...'
'dinner on both evenings was well presented by friendly staff and there was an excellent wine list available'
'the rooms were warm, cosy and spotlessly clean'
'a warm welcome, great atmosphere and excellent food'

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91% recommended this accommodation to a friend 91% would stay again
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Excellent Norfolk retreat
The Old Rectory is an excellent place to spend a few days if you are planning to stay in the Norwich area. It is outside Norwich and therefore easy to get to. The owners are very welcoming and helpful with local information and although it is really a hotel, they make you feel as if you are staying as a guest in their home, nothing is too much trouble. The breakfasts are fantastic and so was the dinner. We were on the 2nd floor, which could have been a problem hauling the luggage all the way up the stairs, but the owner was insistent that he carry any heavy luggage for us (he's had practice so is quite fit and capable!). The views are very good - water in the distance and our room overlooked the garden. The room was very spacious - quite unusual these days - with comfy wing chairs to sit it rather than having to just perch on the bed; so was the bathroom - nice to see a spacious bathroom that is not an obvious cramped add-on that one usually experiences. There was both a bath and a shower (the shower was easy to work with and the water nice and hot) and fluffy bathrobes. Flowers were provided in the room as an extra and there is a nice lounge with a roaring fire for guests to relax in. The Old Rectory is just the way smalls hotels used to be, comfortable, relaxing and excellent service and food. I highly recommend this hotel and it would be perfect if you are planning a long stay (unfortunately, we were only staying two nights!).

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Val S

From England
Who stayed in March 2014

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Quality and presentation of food excellent and very good value. Welcome tea much appreciated. Friendly and very efficient service. View of the garden from our room delightful. A very pleasant overnight stop, wish we could have stayed longer

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tim b

From UK
Who stayed in October 2013

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Great little hotel with excellent food
I stayed here for 4 nights when in Norwich on business. It was a great little hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful, even supplied fresh milk to use in my room to make my tea!

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A Heal

From Bristol, England
Who stayed in May 2012

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