By Rachel Ducker
The Harper in Norfolk is a hidden gem that recently left me and my family utterly wowed. Having explored countless boutique hotels over the years, it’s not often that a destination stands out as exceptional, but The Harper exceeded our every expectation.
From the moment we stepped through its welcoming doors, we were enveloped in an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality. The attentive staff greeted us with genuine smiles and even a magic trick for my two young boys, setting the tone for a memorable stay filled with personal touches and small details that truly made a difference. It’s a rare find in this region to encounter such a high standard of luxury, and The Harper delivers it in abundance.
Downstairs boasts a beautiful bar area that seamlessly transitions into a snug with a pool table, providing endless opportunities for relaxation and entertainment. Whether you’re enjoying a delicious signature cocktail or challenging a loved one to a friendly game of pool, there’s always something to do in this inviting space.
What impressed us most about this boutique hotel is its commitment to being family and dog-friendly. Adjoining family rooms cater to those travelling with children, and the thoughtful inclusion of towels for our four-legged companions at the entrance made us feel right at home. The relaxed and chilled vibe permeates every corner of the hotel, creating a welcoming environment for guests of all ages.
The Harper’s 32 beautifully crafted bedrooms invite you to embark on weekend getaways, midweek retreats, or extended breaks that provide a respite from the daily grind.
The decor of the bedrooms reflects the hotel’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. The use of reclaimed materials, earthy tones, and organic textures create a harmonious and calming atmosphere. Large windows allow natural light to flood in, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, making each room a serene sanctuary to retreat to.
For families seeking a home-away-from-home experience, as well as family rooms inside the hotel they offer two charming cottages just minutes from the main entrance. Plus, if you want to make the most of the cottage experience you can opt to have breakfast delivered right to your doorstep. The choice is yours.
When it comes to dining, Stanleys, the on-site restaurant, offers a local menu that’s nothing short of sensational. They even cater to diverse dietary preferences, with a range of vegan options available. Portions for the kids were thoughtfully halved, demonstrating the staff’s willingness to go the extra mile to ensure a comfortable dining experience. Whilst Stanleys is not dog-friendly, you can enjoy your meals in the lounge area during breakfast and dinner times.
For those seeking relaxation during their stay, I highly recommend booking a spa treatment. The spa at The Harper offers a range of treatments designed to pamper and rejuvenate guests.
From soothing massages that target specific areas of tension to facials that leave your skin radiant and refreshed, the skilled therapists here are dedicated to ensuring your well-being. It’s essential to book your spa treatments in advance to secure your desired time slot, as these sought-after services tend to fill up quickly.
Alternatively, indulge in the private swimming pool. Surrounded by large windows that allow natural light to filter in, you’ll find yourself immersed in a soothing ambience that immediately puts you at ease.
The pool itself is both spacious and immaculate. Whether you’re an early riser seeking a refreshing morning swim or prefer to unwind with a few laps after a day of exploration, the pool is at your disposal. For added relaxation, indulge in the adjacent jacuzzi, where warm, bubbling waters work wonders on tired muscles.
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Out and About
Speaking of exploration, Langham’s surroundings offer an array of activities and attractions. Just a short drive away, Blakeney beckons with its scenic walking paths and coastal beauty.
For a day at the beach, you’re only moments away from the North Norfolk coast. History enthusiasts can take a short trip to Sheringham to experience an old railway with a working steam train or visit Clay Windmill just down the road.
The Langham Blue Bell
For a change of scenery and a delightful meal or pint, don’t miss the opportunity to stroll through the village and visit The Harper’s sister pub, The Langham Blue Bell.
As you approach The Langham Blue Bell, you’re immediately struck by its inviting exterior. A rustic thatched roof and classic timber beams exude a cozy, countryside aesthetic that beckons you inside. Stepping through the door feels like entering a portal to a bygone era where community spirit and conviviality reign supreme.
The interior of The Langham Blue Bell is equally delightful. Low ceilings adorned with timber beams, a roaring open fire, and an array of wooden furnishings create an atmosphere that’s both intimate and welcoming. It’s the kind of place where locals gather for a hearty meal, and newcomers instantly feel like part of the family.
Here you will find a hub for beer enthusiasts. The bar boasts an impressive selection of ales and lagers, both local and international, ensuring that patrons can savour the perfect pint to complement their meal. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to offer recommendations and provide insight into the pub’s extensive drink offerings.
In summary, our visit to The Harper Norfolk was a delightful escape into luxury and tranquillity. This boutique hotel offers a level of quality and service that is truly unmatched in the area. Whether you’re travelling with family, friends, or four-legged companions, The Harper is a luxurious haven that I wholeheartedly recommend. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget, and I’m already planning my return.
Address: North St, Langham, Holt NR25 7DH
Phone: 01328 805000