The Harper wants to set a new standard for boutique hotels in Norfolk – and we think they might just do it.
Set in the pretty village of Langham, a mile inland from the coast at Blakeney, the historic building was once a glass-blowing factory.
Now it’s been transformed into a 32-room spa hotel that aims to offer travellers a modern stay ‘without an ounce of country house chintz.’
Each of the rooms have four poster beds, underfloor heating, and award-winning Casper mattresses for the soundest of sleeps.
Extra touches come in the form of complimentary homemade cocktails and beers in the mini bar fridge, plus local Norfolk nibbles.
Guests can choose from a Big room (from £175 a night), a Bigger room (from £250) or the Biggest (from £320 a night). All room prices include a generous breakfast.
The largest rooms come with a bath, as well as monsoon showers, and face west to catch the evening sun.
Those looking to relax and recharge can book a slot at the spa after a day exploring.
Described as ‘no pressure wellness’ on The Harper’s website, you won’t find flickering candles and buddhas here.
Instead there is an indoor pool infused with natural light, a simple steam room, sauna and a hot tub.
Tension-melting massages created by Irene Forte Skincare, lauded as the ‘New Natural’, are also available to book.
When it comes to food and drink, The Harper has a few options to suit all moods and appetites.
With comfy armchairs and sofas, Ivy’s is the place to go if you want a quick bite from the all-day menu, afternoon tea, or just a place to unwind with your favourite book.
For fine dining without the fuss, book a table in the hotel’s dining room, Stanley’s.
Expect dishes like Hand Dived Scallop with Norfolk Samphire and Oyster Gratin (£13), Haunch of Holkham Venison (£30) and Norfolk Estate 10oz Ribeye on the bone for two to share (£55).
Harper’s Bar with its plush velvet sofas can be enjoyed at any time of the day, from coffee in the morning to your tipple of choice as night falls.
You can also order small plates such as Lobster and Samphire Mac N’ Cheese (£12) and the Brisket Burger served in a Marmite bun (£12).
The Den is The Harper’s grown-up games room and is available for private hire for up to 20 people, or 10 for private dining.
Think leather sofas you can sink into, a full-size pool table and a projector cinema screen, which is perfect for big matches or movie screenings.
But the heart of The Harper hotel has to be The Yard, its beautifully decked outdoor terrace.
Centred around an old olive tree, the flint wall terrace is scented with lavender to create a really special alfresco dining space.
At night, festoon lighting, fire pits and blankets make it a magical spot to enjoy a nightcap under the stars.
Rooms start from £175 a night, including breakfast