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Strattons Hotel, Swaffham

Editor's Pick
Norfolk, England, Europe
4 Ash Close
England PE377DW
Tel: 44 1760 723 845's insider take:

Set back from the wild mayhem (we're kidding) of Swaffham's market square, this garden-surrounded Queen Anne house is a real labor of love. Les and Vanessa Scott have decorated the ten rooms with gusto, and they're stunners. One (the Red Room, which sleeps a family of five) has a museum-worthy Jacobean four-poster, rich silks and embroidered velvets, and a secret panel opening to the Moroccan bathroom with its giant claw-foot tub; another (the Linen Room) has a private balcony almost as big as the room itself. A few rooms have Lloyd Loom chairs, brass bedsteads, and antique linens, while others dispense with the Victoriana and Georgiana in favor of more contemporary modernism. The place is greener than an emerald, down to the electricity-saving windup radios. A brood of bantam hens on the front lawn welcomes guests to the hotel, a decanter of Madeira to their rooms. The restaurant, which uses local game and produce in most of its recipes, is the best for miles around; if it's available, try the slow-cooked Castle Acre leg of lamb with roasted root vegetables.

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