I haven't put a review on here before but I just felt moved to after our stay at Plantation Farmhouse.....I may be some time...!!
In the last 5 years we have enjoyed a week away stopping off at several locations staying at what are often described as 'Boutique' or 'Luxury' bed and breakfast places in the UK. We stayed with Cherrie and Paul for a couple of days at the end of last week and I can honestly say that this is the real deal !
The things that we value are (i) welcoming hosts (ii) something unusual or unique in the accomodation (iii) bright and clean rooms (iv) something more imaginative than " a full english" for breakfast.........So,
(i) Cherrie and Paul are a lovely couple and it is clear that Cherrie has put her heart and soul into making a retreat that feels like home. It seems like it is a pleasure for Cherrie to help make your stay just what you need it to be. We feel like we have visited old friends. I can't praise them more highly than that
(ii) The house is in a lovely part of Suffolk and tricky to find as it's hidden down a long path populated by hares, baby pheasants and squirrels. The house is nicely set between a few outbuildings with a duck pond and chickens milling around. Inside it is a gem. A beautifully restored and decorated farmhouse with a fresh, clean shabby chic vibe. Everything is top quality....even the grand piano in the kitchen is a Steinway !!
(iii) We stayed in Willow - you can see pictures on the website - it is that good and more. Very spacious room with an ante space off and a large stunning bathroom. All with ipod dock and integral sound system. Freshly ground coffee, choice of tea, home made cookies on the chest of drawers. DVD's, walk books, maps etc etc...no detail has been missed.
(iv) We don't do the full English thing and look for venues that recognise that food in the morning can still excite. We had kippers one day, wild Alaskan Salmon the next with eggs from the resident hens. All the peripherals ( tea, coffee, cereal, toast etc) were again elegantly produced and presented. Again, I challenge others to compete with this offering.....
So, if you've got this far (I can't believe I have) all you really need to know is that you really ought to give this place a try. You will love your hosts and the experience that they give to you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling on the border of two of England's most tranquil and unspoilt counties, and lying between the historic city of Norwich and the charming coastal town of Southwold, Plantation Farmhouse Boutique Bed and Breakfast combines the luxury and style of a boutique hotel with the intimacy character and charm of a farmhouse bed and breakfast.The two bedrooms have been designed using a stunning combination of antique and contemporary furniture, and designer and vintage fabrics. ... more less