This month Bounce Magazine were delighted to stay at the award-winning Strattons Hotel in Swaffham, Norfolk, here’s what we thought…
‘Nestled away, just off Swaffham’s high street you will find the beautiful surroundings of Strattons Hotel in Norfolk.
With 14 individually themed rooms, local food and eclectic interiors, the family-run, award-winning boutique hotel is a place you may never want to leave.
Owners Les and Vanessa Scott have done a fantastic job on giving the establishment an imaginative, arty feel, complete with hotel or self-catering options. Every room holds a different story.
As we arrived in the mid-afternoon sun, turning up the lane leading to the grand exterior, we also noticed neatly tucked away, a rather scrumptious delicatessen.
You can pop in for great coffee, triple alliance teas, homemade cakes and cookies, light bites, all day breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, early suppers and tasty takeout meals, you name it they do it. This is definitely worth a visit on or off route from Strattons.
This is also a great time for Afternoon Tea within the hotel, either alfresco in summer or by the fire in winter with prices from £15.50pp.
After checking in we were shown to our room. We were in the popular ‘Boudoir’ room, which had a luxurious yet quirky feel to it with the most amazing renaissance styled wallpaper giving the room a grand feel and a huge Clawfoot bathtub to soak in.
The little touches such as personalised Strattons biscuits which were left on the pillow, and mini bar options, all made the stay feel very special.
Another popular room is named the “Red Room”. Warmed by an open log fire, there’s a carved four-poster bed, heavy swag curtains, cosy sofas and tented bathroom.
As we relaxed in the lounge, (meeting Bert the famous Strattons cat mascot), we sipped our way through a mixture of Strattons original cocktails.
Moments seemed to drift away and it was soon time for dinner at ‘The Rustic’, celebrated for its organic and local ingredients such as tasty cheeses and free-range meats.
After dressing to impress, a fabulous meal followed; starting with the homemade bread slate to wet our appetite.
Sam opted to start with the twice baked Binham Blue soufflé with mixed salad herbs and mustard dressing, whilst my taste buds were yearning for something a little lighter, so I went for the chickpea and courgette hummus with chilli roasted walnuts, cocoa nib crispbreads and heritage tomatoes.
For mains we both tucked into the slow cooked brisket of beef, bay roasted hasselback potatoes, sautéed courgettes, bacon, thyme & tomatoes, tarragon mayonnaise, delicious!
To finish, we are so full we had to pass on dessert but instead choose to finish the bottle of the restaurant’s gorgeous house wine in the garden to end what was a perfect evening.
After a wonderful nights sleep there is still much in the area to explore, perfect for those who need that special escape and great if you want to explore Breckland, Norwich, King’s Lynn and the coast and maybe even a bit of Seal spotting!
The Brecks area is a truly unique landscape, which contains some unusual features whose origins go back to the Ice Ages, like Pingo ponds.
Strattons Hotel was a really delightful break away, the staff were incredibly friendly. What was really noticeable was the attention to detail that transforms Strattons from a gorgeous place into an exquisite place to stay. We will certainly be venturing back!’
For more information call 01760 723845 or visit the website www.strattonshotel.com