This small Georgian inn was once the local jail. It is anything but these days, a quirky bolt hole full of creature comforts a few miles south of the North Norfolk coast. Outside, a large garden for barbecues in summer gives way to parkland beyond. Inside, cool interiors mix contemporary design and rustic bricks and mortar to great effect. You’ll find cow-hide rugs, skis on the walls, Chesterfield sofas on original wood floors. There’s a sitting-room bar for games in front of an open fire, then a restaurant with whitewashed walls and painted beams. Potter about and find cartwheel mirrors, lots of books, curious objects d’art. Bedrooms aren’t huge, but nor is their price. You get lovely beds, smart fabrics, period colours, the odd antique; good showers wait in compact bathrooms. Downstairs, you’ll find quiz nights, jazz nights and some lovely local food, perhaps corned beef hash with a quail’s egg, local partridge with game chips, rhubarb and apple crumble; kids have their own menu, too. There’s lots to do: cute villages, medieval Norwich, Fakenham for the races, the glorious north coast.