“A warm welcome, delicious breakfasts and an excellent night's sleep at this stylish townhouse in central Norwich”
Eight bedrooms, named for Norwich notables and spread over 3 floors, are decorated with a stunning mix of vintage, oriental and modern furniture. All have Vi-Spring handsprung mattresses (so good, we bought one for ourselves), B&O TVs, L'Occitane toiletries and thick towelling robes.
The vast St Giles Suite, accessed by its own staircase, has real wow factor: a stain-glass partition divides the bedroom (complete with fireplace, chandelier and enormous bed) from a decadent bath and separate shower room.
We also loved middle-floor Gurney Suite, which boasts a large fireplace, monsoon shower, kingsize bed (one of the most comfortable we've ever slept in) and a small sitting area with extra sofabed. Across the galleried hallway, the compact but perfectly formed Cavell, where we stayed in 2015, has original cornicing, opulent curtains and a dark-wood sleigh bed.
Above, past a cleverly papered parody of a library, the remaining rooms (Doubles and Large Doubles) are also lovely. Two overlook the street. Expect a medley of colours: tangerine silk curtains, big bronze lamps, a fuchsia armchair or a fabulous red Chinese wardrobe.
The breakfast at 38 St Giles is an absolute treat so our advice is sleep late and come down hungry. There's a full range of organic cereals and yogurts, local jams and honey, along with berry compote, and just-squeezed juice, all beautifully presented on vintage china.
The porridge with poached rhubarb was superb; so too were the poached eggs with hollandaise and salmon. If we'd been staying 2 nights, we'd have tried the buttermilk pancakes with Norfolk bacon and maple syrup. For purists, there's a Full English option.
There are so many good restaurants on your doorstep, George has plenty of suggestions. Recommended are Benedicts (modern British) and the Grosvenor Fish Bar for lunch of fish and chips.
Children are welcome and stay for free up until the age of 12, although this is more of an establishment suited to couples and older travellers. George is happy to offer a cereal variety pack at breakfast, and can provide a baby cot, or put up a Z-bed in any room apart from Cavell's Room (the Compact Double). You're ideally placed to explore Norwich on foot with a buggy or small children, and there are lots of family attractions such as the Puppet Theatre or the Inspire Discovery Centre
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Afternoon tea for children is available on request; variety cereal pack on offer at breakfast