- Style Eco, eccentric, arty and eclectic
- Setting The Brecks in Norfolk
The quirky Strattons hotel hides behind the traditional façade of a Queen Anne Palladian mansion just off the high street of Swaffham, a market town in Norfolk. All eleven rooms are uniquely decorated with a theatrical flourish – some are modernist and kitsch-as-you-like, while others are elaborately adorned in richly coloured fabrics and gilded antiques. Family-run and child-friendly, the hotel prides itself on its eco-friendly practices and has an award-winning restaurant that serves organic and locally-sourced meat and produce.
Need to know
- Rooms 14.
- Rates Double rooms from $211.13 (£129), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Café/deli, free WiFi in some areas. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, radio as well as honesty bars.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 2.30pm.
Children Very welcome. Babysitters can be arranged, and children are well provided for, with monitors, highchairs and various other kit available. Baby cots (and extra beds for under-12s) are £15 and £30 for under-18s.
- Eco‐friendly This hotel has super-green credentials: toiletries are in refillable pump dispensers; low-energy bulbs constitute 70 per cent of the lighting; rooms have Carbon Trust thermostats; toilets use 20 per cent less water and its garden is wildlife friendly.
- Also Billy Blades Cottage is a cosy conference centre of sorts and an inspiring meeting space.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Linen is an open-plan bedroom and bathroom with a fabulous decked balcony. The Red Room is super-spacious and even has its own private garden. The Venetian, for its incredible walnut kingsize bed. The small but funky Seagull Room. Fantouche has a tiny balcony. The Opium Suite is a split-level home of your own. Boudoir is a zhuzhed-up attic room with sexy Michelangelo-esque fresco-style features.
- Packing tips Cool-box, so you can take some of the local produce home with you; slippers for the stone floor in the Opium Suite; outdoor gear for exploring the gorgeous countryside.
- Also Minimum two-night stay at weekends.
Food and drink at Strattons
- Hotel restaurant The Rustic is celebrated for its organic and local ingredients such as tasty cheeses and free-range meats. Enjoy one of the inventive dinners daily from 6pm. Hearty breakfasts are served weekdays 7.30am–10am and weekends 8.30am–10am. The afternoon teas are becoming legendary thanks to home-baked delights such as poppy-seed cheesecake, moist chocolate fruit cake and lavender shortbread. Lunch is on offer in the Rustic on Sunday and Monday (noon–2.30pm); on other days it’s served all day in Strattons’ eco-friendly deli, CoCoes, right next door.
- Dress code Eco boho luxe or hip in hemp.
- Top table Perhaps go for a corner table, the banquette at the back, or in summer, a window table.
- Last orders Food: 8.30pm. Drinks: normal licensing hours.
- Room service They can rustle you up supper from the restaurant; there’s an honesty bar in every room for late-night drinks. Carrot cake at teatime makes a nice complement to the in-room tea/coffee facilities.
- Hotel bar There isn’t one as such but there is an intimate sitting room in which to enjoy a tipple of your choice – why not try an ale from one of Norfolk’s micro breweries?