This iconic hotel sits a couple of miles back from Norfolk’s sparkling north coast. It dates to the early 1600s and had one rather famous local – Nelson used the beautiful timbered bar as a recruiting post and would catch the stage to London from the front door after a good night’s sleep. These days it’s a social hub on the village green that pulses with life all year round, a great base from which to explore this stretch of heaven. Inside, beautiful bedrooms, delicious food, fine wines and quenching local ales all wait. You can eat in the panelled dining room, the historic bar, the buzzing conservatory or the airy garden room that opens onto a terrace, and the food is delicious, perhaps lobster risotto with Cromer crab, Norfolk venison with red cabbage, warm chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream. There’s a peaceful walled garden, a small spa for treatments, a cute little cinema that shows three films a day. Bedrooms are scattered about: contemporary delights at the Hoste; boutique elegance at Vine House; smart rooms and a vintage train carriage at Railway House; chic cottages for longer stays. A treat.