Blessed by the air of the North Sea coast this home is rich with history and full of character
Jane Austen was clear in Emma that the air on the Cromer coast would repair any ills. Not five miles inland: it had to be coastal. This property fits that perfectly: you can walk to the sea in minutes. Relax in the gardens – designed by Gertrude Jekyll though quite some time ago – and breathe deeply on the curative air.
Old Hall was built as a 17th century Jacobean shooting lodge, complete with sprung floors for Highland reels. It was later owned by Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, a prolific author of books against the slave trade, friend of William Wilberforce and Member of Parliament in an era where a feeling of responsibility held force. His sense of philanthropy permeates the property and brings a sense of community to an outstanding period property.
There could be a lot of bedrooms here but guest accommodation is currently offered in two. Both are fitted with twin beds and have private bathrooms, though one has the option of a further bathroom in case you need two. There’s wifi throughout the property to help you keep in touch. The experience at Old Hall does not aspire to manicured, designer-toiletry perfection: it hopes to be welcoming, comforting and kind.
The wood-panelled living areas are open to guests. There are three pianos in the property, including a Bechstein Grand, which your host is happy to play – though at a strictly amateur level. There’s a dining room for guests to enjoy home cooked breakfasts prepared with free range eggs, Waitrose chipolatas and freshly-brewed coffee. But perhaps the best part of your stay will be the experience of rattliing round a historic property, beautifully located on the very edge of England’s North Sea coast.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Free Wifi
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
- Opening Times: open all year
- Tel: +44 (0) 1263 513 559
- Mob: +44 (0)7803 401 129
- Price Range: from £130
Room rate for B&B per night for two guests - £130 - £150
Single occupancy B&B - £110
The Norfolk coast is less than a quarter of a mile away with a sandy beach. It’s hard to believe this idyllic rural property is so close to London: you can take a train to West Cromer, cross two fields with your luggage and enter a whole different world. Alternatively it's easily reached by road.
- Bio : Your hosts here are the Macadam family, and you’ll be sharing the property with a 30 year old horse, gentle Labrador dog and four tortoises. Occasional packs of Girl Guides and Brownies might be found on the grounds but more usually you’ll meet only the resident owl that swoops around the fresh sea air.