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Sunday 25 September 2016

Accommodation that is charmingly and rustically English

Walking up the two levels of stairs to the upper rooms of the gorgeous old Swan Hotel it is easy to feel disoriented; as if you have enjoyed one or two glasses of red wine too many. 

The reason is because the stairs are of different sizes, heights and angles - due to the fact they date back to the 1550s. 

Yes, you read that right, the oldest parts of this charming old coaching in the rural county of Norfolk date back almost to the era of King Henry XIII. 

There are 15 rooms in all; some as modern as the 1800s. There are bars, a restaurant, lounge, and quirky charm galore. 

Harleston is a delightful market town around 30 minutes from Norwich and the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and totally unspoiled Waveney Valley. 

Rooms start from £60 a night and go up to £95 for a four-poster bed and £135 for the honeymoon suite. 

If you like a little slice of England as she used to be you've come to the right place. 

Both the town and the hotel are old school, charming and well worth exploring. And, if you are reading this, the free wifi works well. 

Downsides: poor water pressure, hot water takes a while to arrive and very basic bathroom amenities. 

Those, however, are a very small price to pay for such an authentic experience.

The Swan, The Thoroughfare, Harleston, Norfolk. 01379 852221 


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