Hol­i­day hide­aways:

From lux­ury ho­tels to beach side glamp­ing, quaint quirky hol­i­day homes to tran­quil ru­ral re­treats, there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get away from it all this sum­mer

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Fif­teen in­spi­ra­tional Nor­folk re­treat ideas

Cool ho­tels

Stay­ing at The Dial House in the heart N of Reep­ham’s his­toric mar­ket place is a real ex­pe­ri­ence. Its ex­tra­or­di­nary in­te­rior is dressed with an eclec­tic mix of cu­rios and an­tiques – and not just the usual art works and tra­di­tional col­lecta­bles. Eat and stay among in­trigu­ing arte­facts from around the globe – and if some­thing takes your fancy, they are all up for sale. the­di­al­house.org.uk

Es­cape the rigours of N mod­ern life at Titch­well

Manor on the north Nor­folk coast. Ex­plore the marshes, walk the beaches and be wowed by the ex­tra­or­di­nary birdlife, be­fore re­viv­ing your­self in the ho­tel’s award win­ning restau­rant. There are a large num­ber of rooms to choose from, all taste­fully dec­o­rated in a re­lax­ing, el­e­gant style, some with pri­vate ter­races and wooden hot tubs. Best of all, you can bring your dog to stay with you.

Hintle­sham N

Hall in Suf­folk is set in 175 acres of coun­try­side and has ev­ery­thing you need for a re­lax­ing get­away. The grand 16th cen­tury hall has 32 in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated rooms, many of which have tra­di­tional four poster beds, a lux­ury spa and el­e­gant restau­rant. Re­lax in the gar­dens, play a round of golf at the course next door or en­joy some pampering. hintle­shamhall.com

Quirky stays

The Con­trol Tower on the for­mer RAF N North Creake Air­field is one of the coolest places to stay in Nor­folk. This unique veg­e­tar­ian bed and break­fast was orig­i­nally built in 1943 to con­trol air traf­fic as part of the 100th Bomber Group. To­day, it has four rooms for guests, all of which have been lov­ingly re­stored to re­flect the wartime hey­day of the con­trol tower. No de­tail has been ig­nored when it comes to the dé­cor, fur­ni­ture and arte­facts in each room. con­troltow­er­stays.com

It once stood guard over the N sea, alert to dan­ger. To­day, you can stay in the iconic Old

Light­house at Hun­stan­ton with the open plan liv­ing area and kitchen of­fer­ing panoramic views of the coast. Cosy in the win­ter as the wind buf­fets the shore and fab­u­lous in the sun­shine sit­ting on the bal­cony soak­ing up the sights and sounds of the sea, it is a great get­away year round. nor­folk­coasthol­i­day­cottages.co.uk

For train lovers – or just lovers of N un­usual, in­ter­est­ing build­ings – the Sig­nal

Box at Melton Con­sta­ble is the per­fect se­cret spot for two. Dat­ing back to the 1880s when it played a piv­otal role in the county’s rail­way ser­vice, it was moved to its idyl­lic ru­ral set­ting in 2000 and is now a stun­ning hol­i­day home. With win­dows on three sides, this is per­fect for soak­ing up views and spot­ting wildlife over break­fast. nor­folk­cot­tages.co.uk Fun un­der can­vas N Love the idea of sleep­ing un­der can­vas but hate the idea of pitch­ing a tent? Am­ber’s bell tents have popped up in two very dif­fer­ent, but none the less beau­ti­ful set­tings. At the 15th cen­tury Man­ning­ton Hall and Gar­dens near Ayl­sham, there are 10 bell tents in its grounds, and nes­tled on the coast, there are six set in a se­cluded gar­den at Wive­ton Hall just a stone’s throw from Blak­eney. The lux­ury tents come with beds, bed­ding, a firepit/bar­be­cue and kitchen box for all your culi­nary needs. Both sites have toi­lets, show­ers and hon­esty shops in case you run out of wood or can­dles. Spend the days be­ing at one with na­ture and your evenings star-gaz­ing un­der Nor­folk’s big skies. am­bers­bell­tents.co.uk N Ward­ley Hill At in the Waveney Val­ley, spend the night in a lux­ury bell tent or re­ally get close to na­ture and sleep sus­pended from sway­ing branches in its tree tent. The bell tents come with all that you need for a com­fort­able night un­der can­vas as well as a few spe­cial ex­tras in­clud­ing a fire pit per­fect for roast­ing marsh­mal­lows. ward­ley­hill­camp­site.com N A stay in one of the lux­ury yurts at Round the Woods near We­ston Longville is all about re­lax­ation, liv­ing a sim­ple life and whiling away the day sur­rounded by na­ture. Set in 18 acres of meadow and wood­land, each yurt comes with a lux­ury king­side bed, wood­burn­ing stove and a large ham­mock. For fam­i­lies (and child-at-heart adults) there is an amaz­ing tree swing, den build­ing, pond dip­ping and chicken and geese. roundthe­woods.co.uk

MAIN: Titch­well Manor (Credit: An­gela Sharpe) IN­SET: Hintle­sham Hall

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TOP: In­side The Con­trol Tower, Pho­to­graph paul­macro.com BE­LOW LEFT: In­side a lux­ury yurt at Round the Woods; Pho­to­graph roundthe­woods.co.uk

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