We’ve found a fab dog-friendly hotel in Norfolk

Last week we headed out on our summer holiday to the gorgeous county of Norfolk, with seven days’ boating in the diary and a three-night stay at a dog-friendly hotel called the Beechwood in North Walsham. Well, what a find that was.

We had booked a three-night stay in a four-poster room, which included dinner and breakfast, and Sunday night in the room was free as long as we ate in the restaurant. Our room was lovely, with a huge four poster and a fantastic bathroom with Molton Brown toiletries to pour into the elegant slipper bath. And, of course, Bruce – who is really in charge of our holiday plans! – was welcome.

Delicious scallops at the Beechwood Hotel

Delicious scallops at the Beechwood Hotel

Upon arrival, we were treated to a delicious cream tea in the bar area (all in with the room price), where Bruce sat at our feet and watched the guests go by. It became apparent pretty early on that every other guest was a repeat customer – and proud of it. It was extraordinary.

Bruce was allowed in the bar but not the restaurant, which was fine as they were happy for us to leave him in our lovely room and didn’t perform a turn-down service unless you requested it. This was ideal for us, as we didn’t have to leave Bruce in the car and he’s very happy in his bed if he can see our stuff strewn around the room. He knows we’re coming back and will snooze away contentedly.

Bruce and Michael on a beautiful North Norfolk beach

Bruce and Michael on a beautiful North Norfolk beach

Dinner was excellent. They brought us olives and little bites first in the bar, followed by canapés, all while we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink. Then we moved to the elegant, candle-lit restaurant where we feasted on four courses, followed by tea or coffee and chocolates back in the bar. The food was superb, with different choices each night. I especially enjoyed the local delicacy, Cromer crab. In the bar after the meal, Lindsay (one of the owners) came round with treats for the dogs, which was a lovely touch.

I've got a bit of sand where?!

I’ve got a bit of sand where?!

Breakfast was another taste-bud delight and we were so full afterwards that we didn’t need lunch. All in all, we had a wonderful stay and the free-range eggs Lindsay gave us for our week on the boat, which he’d collected from his own hens in his garden, topped off a great stay. The attention to detail was superb, all the staff were friendly and helpful (and all seemed to know Bruce’s name!), and it’s safe to say that we’ll be joining everyone else in returning. Visit the website: http://www.beechwood-hotel.co.uk/index.htm

Norfolk itself is a wonderful county to visit, from the idyllic Broads to the beautiful beaches where you can spot seals, and from the lovely little villages to the National Trust and English Heritage places waiting to be discovered. We highly recommend it.

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some of our shoots.

The images in this article are taken on an iPhone and are not representative of our professional work 🙂


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