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#3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Castle Acre
1840's Farmhouse on the Peddars Way. 1 1/2 Miles from the Village of Castle Acre. Set in mature gardens surrounded by woodland and central for all of Norfolk's main attractions.
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I try not to give out 5 star ratings unless something really blows me away, but sitting down to review Wicken View, I realised it would be unfair to give it anything else. A few facts, this is a proper B&B, there is no lounge, there is no bar, it is rural, it does not do evening meals. Don't expect it to be something it is not. What it does do, is set a standard all B&B's would do well to aspire to. Firstly, Ann and John are lovely. They are friendly, helpful, kind, and unobtrusive. They are happy to chat if you are, but I don't think they'd hold it against you if you didn't want to either. They give you a front door key, and you can come and go as you please. The thing to bear in mind is that this is very much their home. I found this to be a really positive thing, I felt relaxed, welcomed, and comfortable. But it's not a place you can go wandering in and out of rooms, they have to have their space too. Secondly, the rooms. They have two, and they only rent out both if it is a group of people happy to share a bathroom, as there is only one. So we had it to ourselves. It is not en-suite, it is about 3 steps from the door of the room we stayed in, I'm not sure which door was the second room but it is all the same landing. The bathroom is lovely, the whole house is, stripped wooden floors, very tastefully decorated. It is a traditional bathroom, with a shower over bath. Lovely toiletries, plenty of towels. Our bedroom was beautiful, big wardrobe, comfy bed, delicious shortbread biscuits, and a great big radiator we were very glad of as it was biting cold in Norfolk the weekend we stayed! It was not a huge room, but we were very comfortable and we had our two dogs with us, so its pretty spacious. Speaking of the dogs, our two couldn't have been made more welcome, Ann and John love dogs and always made a fuss of them. Theres a field a little way down the road we walked ours to each day which was perfect for them to have a run around and stretch their legs before breakfast. However, there is a problem with this place, and its a big one. Huge in fact. And that's the breakfast. I have never had a breakfast as good as that anywhere I have stayed. I am wracking my brains trying to think of somewhere that was as generous and delicious, and I can't. You are served breakfast in the conservatory, next to a roaring fire (which our dogs promptly passed out in front of, until the bacon arrived). I normally avoid any fruit at breakfast, preferring to wait for the main event, but the fruit salad on the sideboard was so inviting I had to try it. Then I had to add yoghurt. And the granola. Gorgeous. The full English that followed (I'm a porker, I'm alright with it) was just as delicious, and when we asked for scrambled eggs the following day my partner, a scrambled egg connoisseur, declared them wonderful. Lots of tea, lots of toast. I'd quite like to start every day like that please. So there's the problem, the breakfast is so good you might find yourself trying to move in, and as nice as Ann and John are, they don't want you moving in with them. Finally, the price. My dad didn't believe me when I told him we were paying £50 per night, for two of us, including breakfast. He kept asking me to repeat it, trying to catch me out. I asked Ann about this, and her response was that it had always been £50, and they didn't want people to think they weren't good value for money. I don't think value for money quite covers what you get for £50 at Wicken View.
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Response from Ann H, Owner at Wicken View B&B
Responded Jan 25, 2017
Thank you so much for your lovely review, it was a pleasure to have you and your gorgeous little dogs to stay, hope we can accommodate you again in the future. Ann & John
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We stayed at this B&B this weekend as part of the Peddars Way Walk. Ann was so very accommodating and when we called her to say that we were going to walk on a bit further that day to Great Massingham, she offered to pick us up after dinner and run us back there the next day. We dropped our bags off at the B&B before continuing our final 3 or 4 miles of that day. When we arrived (the B&B is literally 100 yards from the peddars way so no distance at all - very convenient), we fell in love with their house! It's beautiful and very idyllic location! We had a lovely dinner at The Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham (highly recommended also!) and then Ann picked us up and brought us back to the B&B. We had a long soak in the absolutely stunning bathroom and a great night's sleep in a very comfortable and beautiful bedroom. Breakfast was first class, and Ann couldn't do enough to make sure we were happy. Incredible value for money and very highly recommended!
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Response from Ann H, Owner at Wicken View B&B
Responded Oct 27, 2016
Thank you so much for your very kind comments Katy. Please come and see us again, we would be more than happy to accommodate you both and of course Rufus too.
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The perfect B&B for West Norfolk. They have 2 double rooms with a private bathroom but they only let both rooms if the people are a family group or friends. In our case this meant we had the larger double and bathroom to ourselves. Full English breakfasts had all the usual options, excellently cooked by John and served by Ann. Both were very friendly and helpful - John has a wicked sense of humour! The bed was very comfortable and there were large fluffy towels and perfumed toiletries in the bathroom. Tap water was from a spring/aquifer and was lovely and soft. Digital TV, tea/coffee making facilities and WiFi added to make our stay perfect. As mentioned by many others value was unmatched. The location is very quiet with good access to Kings Lynn, Sandringham, Hunstanton etc. All in all well worth recommending and we would certainly go back if staying in the area.
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Lovely location, lovely friendly people, beautifully clean and tastefully decorated . Nicest B & B we've ever stopped in, in fact we stayed an extra night! Love the breakfast room, choice of food. My hubby saw Ann returning with fresh berries she'd just picked for our breakfast! Will definitely return when next on the area- why wouldn't we!
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Response from Ann H, Owner at Wicken View B&B
Responded Aug 1, 2016
Thank you so much for your very kind comments. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, so please come back whenever you are visiting Norfolk again.
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My husband and I stayed for one night in this gorgeous, peaceful and welcoming B & B. Ann and John were wonderfully kind and helpful hosts. Our room was so comfortable and exquisitely tasteful as was the beautiful bathroom. I couldn't recommend Wicken View highly enough. Breakfast was delicious. A peaceful haven at an incredible price!
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