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HOTEL of the week; BLAKENEY HOTEL, NEAR HOLT, NORFOLK.

Byline: KAY RICHARDSON

WHERE AND WHY: This gem of a hotel on the North Norfolk coast has panoramic views of the quayside and out to sea. Our elegant, spacious room overlooking the garden was perfect for a family, with a sumptuous sofa, king-size bed, bunks with a privacy screen and extras such as REN bathroom products and a platter of chocolates. Afternoon tea is served in a sitting room with views of the marshes, which are superb for spotting wildlife. There are lounges with log fires, games rooms, a pool and spa.

ON THE MENU: The food is as good as the view, earning the restaurant an AA rosette. There's a daily menu or set menu (three courses and coffee, PS29). I enjoyed fried gnocchi followed by a main of roasted cauliflower and a passion fruit posset dessert which was out of this world.

WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Explore nearby Blakeney, which is filled with charming flint and brick architecture and quirky independent shops. Or take a boat trip to spot seals around Blakeney Point (blakeneypointsealtrips.co.uk). Pensthorpe Natural Park, home to red squirrels, is 15 miles away (pensthorpe.com).

WAKE-UP CALL: Doubles from PS190 B&B. blakeney-hotel.co.uk, 01263 740797

KAY RICHARDSON

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2015
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