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The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Mar­ket (01263 832010; www.the­gun­ton­arms.co.uk) In its hey­day, when it was the sec­ond house to Gunton Hall, near Cromer, Lil­lie Langtry used to stay. It’s now a charm­ing hostelry, sited in a 1,000-acre deer park re­stored to the glory of Rep­ton’s orig­i­nal. The young, lo­cal staff cheer­fully brought such de­lights as a sir­loin steak cooked in front of me on the open fire, above which sat an enor­mous fos­silised elk’s head. Ev­ery room has art to sur­prise, cho­sen by Ivor Braka, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs of rock stars, a room de­voted to Tracy Emin and work by Gil­bert & Ge­orge.

The coach house has been con­verted to rooms and work is near­ing com­ple­tion on a barn. It’s a long time since King John de­vel­oped dysen­tery on his way through Nor­folk—this place cer­tainly en­hanced my ex­pe­ri­ence.

Con­sider also the Rose and Crown, Snet­tisham (www.rose­and­crown­snet­tisham.co.uk; 01485 541382) and the Bank House, King’s Lynn (01553 660492; www.the­bankhouse. co.uk).

Clock­wise from above: Pink-footed geese at Holkham; Hap­pis­burgh light­house; and a Nor­folk marshman or reed cut­ter

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