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“No cutting corners” 5 of 5 stars
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Gunton Park, Thorpe Market, Thorpe Market NR11 8TZ, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thorpe Market
Yorkshire
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“No cutting corners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

Details in the presentation of this small country house hotel seem more appropriate to a higher price range.In particular,the table linens are of the highest standard,as are the bedding and towels.Low energy light bulbs have not yet cast a gloom over the public rooms or bedrooms,with the added benefit of no RF pollution to prevent Radio 4 being heard on longwave.The waiting staff are numerous,properly dressed and efficient.They serve real breakfasts,HOT,on HOT plates, to order,at lightning speed
By the greatest of mental effort,I can only recall a few points of criticism.Our room(4) had a rather low maximum temperature of the shower-it had a very modern type of mixer tap which probably is subject to some EEC safety regulation in this respect.Although we had the benefit of two windows on opposite walls for ventilation,one could not be used because of the insect population in the surrounding climbing plants(American readers should bote that window screening is almost unknown in the UK).They are cast iron frames,and part of the Listed features of the building-they cannot legally be replaced.
One meal was served with a different type of potato to that listed in the menu.
Those are ALL my criticisms.This is a proper hotel.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Norfolk
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2009

It is charming hotel in a unique location. It is spotlessly clean, cosy, comfortable and with some quaint historical touches. The restaurant is attractive, tables laid up immacuately. We found the many part time staff all very effiicient, smiling and anxious to please.

However, the overall quality of the food did not come up to the standards of two AA rosettes - barely to one rosette. There was a lack of fresh vegetables.

One main course was abysmal: "Fillet Steak with a watercress salad, a Diane sauce and rough cut chips" The steak was thin, about 5 , cms. It was very well done when 'medium' had been asked for There was a handful of green leaves which might have come from a bagged supermarket salad and no watercress at all; the chips were 'a dente' yet very hot and looked twice cooked; and the Diane sauce was a button mushroom sauce not a "Diane" . The plate was swimming in this coating the salad.

We complained gently. We were told we would not be charged for two soft drinks. A derisory compensation for an only partly edible £20 x 2 = £40 main course.

Our second comlaint was the shower in Room 2. The water temperature can turn from tepid to scalding in and instant of vice versa. Dangerous and very discomforting.

These two things spoilt what other wise might have been a pleasant and very relaxing holiday

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2009

We have just spent the weekend here - 4 mature friends! (& by the way, to the previous reviewer who doubted there was a Room 12, we also stayed in this!) & it was superb, overlooking the Deer Park. Staff were excellent, top marks to Jo for running around all weekend..proprietor very friendly & recommended some walks from the hotel, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our friends had visited this hotel last year & really liked it. Part of our reason for going was to do a bit of research (my partner's name is Elderton). Valentine's dinner was lovely. I had 2 of the best nights sleep I have had in ages, & loved waking up to birdsong.
All in all, a very relaxing weekend & we would not hesitate in returning. I would just say, there is nowhere to stroll to after dinner & I think, just as a couple, we would have found it a bit too quiet in the dark evenings. Other than that, lovely.

Stayed February 2009
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2008

We spent a weekend here to have a pre-Christmas relax, and it worked! Hotel is very peacefully situated on outskirts of small village, well signposted, so no you haven't missed the entrance..... Room was fine, only let down being just a shower and no bath. Corridor to the room smelt of the kitchens below, but fortunately room didn't! We had dinner in the hotel on the first night and it was superb, and well recommended. Easy trip to Norwich for a visit, and also to the Norfolk Coast, although a little bracing in November!
It was a bit too quiet on our second night as the staff thought both sets of guests (!) were in and weren't listening for the door bell!
We would go again, and recommend it to anyone looking for peaceful break in Norfolk, with good food.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2008

The light was beginning to fade as we arrived at the Elderton Lodge, meanwhile just behind the car park perimeter fence was the deer that almost looked like a guard of honour. As I got out of my car I realised the air pressure was low and that no one dares tell these majestic animals about BO, the smell was horrendous, so a quick exist of the car park and into the hotel.

As we checked in we met a lady in her very late 50s, she introduced herself as the manageress, she was very well rehearsed and full of charm.

Our hotel room was normal, as one would expect, though we did not know of the hidden secrets like the ill fitting windows letting our friends BO in and the totally inadequate heating and ventilation system, note photo, there was condensation running down the window in the morning.

We went into the delightful and comfortable lounge before dinner, and with a drink in one hand and a menu in the other I was back in fool paradise. Later, we were taken into the restaurant which is quite small, it has the kitchen at one end and a conservatory at the other, at night the conservatory is used for budget meals and in the morning for breakfast. The staff simply had no idea about silver service, they were awkward and did not know their right from their left, or who to serve first. The food ordered arrived, it was bland and did not represent what had been ordered, the best that can be said is that it was edible. All service is at high speed, the get you in, get you out attitude, maybe the building was on fire, or the staff had a bus to catch?

The budget dinners in the conservatory were constantly moving chairs about on the solid floor, they sounded like an orchestra starting up at rehearsals, with the lose floor boards in the dining room beating a sympathetic rhythm as the staff raced in and out with the manageress now succumb to general factotum, if this had been a romantic or celebration dinner it would’ve been dreadful and heartbreaking.

At daybreak, we went down for breakfast, only to discover the manageress had now been demoted or promoted to chef, all her false charm had gone, she made it very clear the best option was cereals, toast, and fruit juice, not a cooked breakfast.

Upon return to our room the theme was the same, bucket and mop near the door, and a pile of laundry ... a picture speaks a million words!

  • Liked — The lounge
  • Disliked — The resturant and unprofessional staff.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2008

What a beautiful hotel in wonderful surroundings, as we drove in there were hundreds of deer to the front of the hotel, a lovely sight!

We were greeted with a warm welcome and given a little tour of the hotel and personally shown to our room which I thought was a nice touch. All the staff were really friendly and helpful and even went out of their way to accommodate my rather fussy dietary requirements!

The room was lovely, like a home from home, the bed was so comfy, I had a great nights sleep which is unusual in a hotel. The lounge and restaurant also has a homely feel, we both felt very relaxed and chilled throughout, if only we could have stayed longer.

The food was to die for, it was fantastically presented and my beef was cooked to perfection. The Assiette of Chocolate is a must, 3 desserts in one! Good choice on the wine list too.

I would thoroughly recommend Elderton Lodge, it's a lovely place and we will definatley return for another visit soon!

  • Liked — The lovely bedroom, food and staff.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2008

If you don’t mind waiting almost an hour after ordering your meal before going into the small restaurant, this is the hotel for you. A waiter called Sam is very ‘touchy feely’... I did not like that.

Our table was not properly set, part of the cutlery was missing and a water glass. We were left to pour own wine (screw top) and water. Some of the other guests in the restaurant were clearly not used to dining out, that and the incredibly slow, unprofessional service caused us to give the sweet a miss. The restaurant was half full, but still too much for the staff to cope with.

The food? My sea bass was very overcooked and the carrots were undercooked, almost raw. The starter was fine - mussels...

For 95% of the evening there was no one behind the bar, to obtain service you had to ring a hand bell.

I wonder how one of the reviewers managed to stay in room 12 when the hotel has only 11 rooms?

There was no sign of a manager or supervisor to ensure the evening ran smoothy for the hotel guests and staff... on a Friday evening, instead Sam raced around like an headless chicken - and in doing so, he did nothing properly.

The ladies toilets are the most awful I have ever seen in a three star hotel, not the mention the dangerous step as you approach them.

Elderton Lodge is to be avoided at all costs, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  • Liked — The fact I won't be going again.
  • Disliked — Sam, the waiter.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gunton Park, Thorpe Market, Thorpe Market NR11 8TZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Thorpe Market
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thorpe Market
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Currently closed for renovation. Reopening in 2012. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Elderton Hotel Thorpe Market
Elderton Lodge Thorpe Market, Norfolk

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