“ Address: School Road / Aylmerton NR11 8RA / Norfolk / Tel: 01263 837588 „
When I thought about reviewing Felbrigg Lodge I almost stopped myself simply because I wanted to keep this gorgeous little hotel all for myself and my hubby! It's our special get-away-from-it-all place to stay! But I really couldn't be so selfish and I really want to give this place the plug it deserves as the people who run it work so hard to make everyone who stays there feel special. Felbrigg Lodge Hotel is set in the most glorious woodland location of Aylmerton in Norfolk. It isn't all that easy to find and I would recommend a good satnav or road atlas. The road signs in that part of Norfolk aren't all that helpful! The hotel is not far from the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall and is run by Dee Dee and Philip Lomax. The accomodation consists of six log cabin suites, plus a self-contained two-bedroomed cottage and a large three-bedroomed house that sleeps six. All are furnished to a very high standard. My hubby and I have stayed there a couple of times now and have had different suites each time. Both were really comfortable with lovely en-suites, television, tea and coffee making facilities and comfy sofas to lounge on. The beds are very comfortable, mostly king-sized and have firm mattresses. We slept really well there!The gardens at Felbrigg are gorgeous, all wooded with an orchard on one side and lovely walks through the surrounding countryside. The place is so far from the road all you can hear are the birds singing! Just to add to the luxury there is also a heated indoor swimming pool and the hotel also offers complimentary therapies such as massages and pedicures. I believe these need to be booked in advance. The Ivy restaurant on the site is lovely. Philip Lomax is the chef, and a damned fine one at that! The food we had there was fantastic! I have food allergies and told them of this when we booked and they made sure there were at least two of each course on the menu that I could safely eat....all cooked to perfection! The table service was wonderful and everyone was very helpful explaining what each dish contained. Breakfast is included in the tariff. And WOW! What a breakfast it was! You can help yourself to cereals, yogurt, fruit and juice...as much as you want. Then toast and a selection of jams and marmalades are brought round and you also have the choice of the cooked menu afterwards. We had the Hearty Lodge cooked breakfast which consisted of Norfolk sausages, Norfolk cured bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and fried bread....again all cooked to perfection. I couldn't eat for a week after that!!! All that is accompanied by tea and fresh coffee. Fantastic! What we love about the place (apart from the food) is the fact that it is so restful there. You really do feel as though you can totally relax and Dee Dee and Philip do their utmost to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Prices are pretty reasonable and Felbrigg Lodge do have weekend breaks, autumn breaks and christmas breaks, but if you can only manage one night away, they also allow that (some hotels only let you book 2 nights minimum) so that is great! Prices start at about £125 per suite (two people sharing) per night. That includes breakfast. You have to order dinner separately. There are loads of places to visit in that part of Norfolk too with the coast not far away. So if you want a really luxurious holiday break in beautiful Norfolk countryside, great food and good company this is the place for you!