The Old Rectory

Ridlington, Norfolk
Bed & Breakfast

Handsome rectory with comfortable rooms, super views, tennis courts and fabulous locally sourced food. Coast and countryside are close


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Conservation farmland all around; acres of wild heathland busy with woodpeckers and owls; the coast two miles away. Relax in the big drawing room of this 17th-century rectory and friendly family home, set in mature gardens full of trees. Fiona loves to cook and bakes her bread daily; food is delicious, seasonal and locally sourced, jams are homemade. Comfortable bedrooms have objets from diplomatic postings and the suite comes with mahogany furniture and armchairs so you can settle in with a book. Super views, friendly dogs, tennis in the garden and masses of space. If you fancy self-catering then opt for an independent break in the Garden Room.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Dogs welcome downstairs only.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Locally made dog biscuits, wonderful walks, and occasional dog sitting if owners have to leave their dogs for the day. Dog-friendly beaches nearby.

The garden is not enclosed.

Pubs 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £80
Singles £50.
1 Double
From £80
1 Suite for 2
From £80



This is certainly a lovely place to base yourself for discovering Norfolk. It's all within reach and you could easily spend a few days here in the comfort of this lovely house and garden. Throw open the windows and you won't hear a sound but the birds.

Diana, Sawday's inspector

We had a wonderfully relaxing stay with Fiona and family at the Old Rectory. The location was so peaceful we had the best few sleeps we have had for a long time. Fiona's homecooked breakfasts were fantastic and really set us up for the day. She was also an oracle for all things to do in the area, so much so that we need to come back again as we ran out of time to see everything. The Old Rectory is a great place to stay to discover North Norfolk and beyond.

Tim, Westerham

The Old Rectory is a lovely old house in a quiet location with a beautiful garden. We stayed in the Garden Room, which has french windows leading to a secluded sun-spot where we sat with a cup of tea, read our books or just enjoyed the garden. Breakfast was wonderful, mostly home made, and delicious. Fiona and Peter are "exceptional" hosts and Fiona was extremely helpful in suggesting interesting places to visit and where to eat well. An excellent place to stay.

Hilary, East bergholt

One of our best B and Bs ever. Great and slightly off the Norfolk-beaten-track location. Lovely setting. Affable - discretely inclusive welcome and chats. 5* home-produced breakfasts. Very comfortable, spacious room. Plenty of easily accessible places to visit. Don't expect to find the Ridlington Old Rectory near Ridlington church! A lovely way of exploring and getting slightly lost in meandering Norfolk lanes amidst a plethora of slightly contradictory signposts! The gardens at East Ruston are well worth are the local seals, in the right season. Norman and Virginia Porter

Norman, Woodbridge, suffolk

We had a most pleasant stay here. The accommodation (The Garden Room) was very comfortable, a large bed with sumptuous mattress , a cosy wood burner too. The breakfast was wonderful, everything either locally sourced or home made. Delicious granola, bread rolls, cinnamon buns and jams, need I say more?

Laurie, Wisbech

Delightful house and garden, comfortable rooms, and the most wonderful breakfast with home-made bread, muesli and jam, home-grown fruit as well as cooked breakfast. Fiona and Peter very welcoming. Lots of information about the many places to go in the area, and details of local restaurants and pubs.

Cara, Palgrave, near diss, suffolk

We stayed in the Garden Room for five nights and were comfortable. We received a welcome on our arrival, and were given fresh bread, marmalade and eggs. The accommodation was warm and the wood burner was excellent. Any issues were dealt attentively. Our only reservation was the rule 'dog on lead in the garden', but then we do have a very patient Springer Spaniel who is rarely on a lead! The heathland and woods nearby are an absolute delight.

Catherine, Stroud

Super, warm welcome, great variety of home made fruit dishes and jams, breads as well as cooked at breakfast, Fiona and Peter very knowledgeable about best places to visit etc

Mair, Hereford

A lovely home in an enticing, informal garden. Extremely comfortable, generously proportioned room with both sleeping and relaxing areas and lots of homely touches such as snowdrops, hot water bottles and flapjack. Delicious breakfasts including lots of homemade treats and local produce. And all this with a very friendly welcome and nothing too much trouble during our stay. We will return!

Su, Leominster

We stayed for a few days self catering in the Garden Cottage. We really enjoyed our stay - excellent environment for us and our Labrador Toby. Were really well looked after - homemeade bread biscuits and free range eggs provided by very welcoming owners. We highly recommend the location and comfortable accomodation.

Leslie, Diss

25/04/2016 We will definitely add the Old Rectory to our list of favourites and would recommend it. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. Fiona's warm welcome (with delicious homemade cookies) added to the special feel of the place. As for the breakfasts: homemade breads, jams, muesli and smoothies, delicious local produce, perfection!

Nicole, Nottingham

Fiona is a gem - and her food is delicious and fresh and much of it home grown - bread home made and cinnamon rolls scrummy. A very relaxed, welcoming stay and Fiona is a font of local information and advice - particularly well recommended places to eat & unusual sites. Room was relaxed and comfortable with all modern conveniences - I would definitely re-visit and if in the are I would not stay anywhere else.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Peter & Fiona Black

  • The stunning 20 Acre Gardens of East Ruston Old Vicarage are only a mile away and are a must! One can easily spend an afternoon looking at this incredible garden. Full of rare and unusual plants and a surprise round every corner!
  • Enjoy the Broads! Either hire a boat at Hickling and visit the famous horsey Windpump. Take a trip on the famous Lady Anne from Horsey if you are not brave enough to hire your own boat. Climb the church tower at Ranworth and see the Broads from the top!
  • Walk along the sandy beaches at Waxham and Horsey and enjoy the seals! See the Great Barm at Waxham. Make a prearranged visit to Happisburgh Lighthouse.
  • The National Trust Houses of Felbrigg and Blickling are just a few miles away .
  • Spend a day in Norwich visiting the famous cathedral!
  • Enjoy a dinner at The Gunton Arms a short drive away where you can enjoy local venison!