I keep finding little gems in Norfolk, but Briarfields Hotel is definitely one of the best I’ve found so far!
Behind the wonderfully restored flintstone wall on the main coastal road in North Norfolk sits a hotel and restaurant that belies its exterior.
I have driven past Briarfields many times, always a little curious as to what lay behind the wall, but have never stopped by to see. Well, suffice to say that I was totally taken aback. I hope that by now you know that all of my reviews on my website are written from my own personal point of view, and this one is no different.
Briarfields Hotel is a family run business. It was originally a farmhouse that has now been completely renovated along with the barns, and what a treat.
The whole ambience of the whole hotel and restaurant is one of relaxation. I don’t know how hotels manage it, but this one definitely does!
As I walked into the reception area I had the most wonderful feeling of being on holiday – maybe that’s what the Norfolk coast does to you!
Whatever time of year you’re visiting, the Briarfields Hotel is immediately warming, whether it’s the log burner in the reception along with the leather chairs, or the extremely friendly staff!
And that wasn’t the only log burner fired up. Walk a little way across the stone flagged floor and into the cosy snug, there again I was met with more leather chairs and a burning log fire. If you’ve been watching the birds on the RSPB Titchwell reserve all day, then this is a huge plus to come back to. Cosy, relaxed and warm.
And if you need to get your TV fix, then there is also a TV room with more comfy chairs and within easy reach of the bar!
That’s the winter months covered for warmth.
Now how about if you visit Norfolk in the summer months, having spent a sun drenched day on one of our fabulous beaches!? Why not leave your beach luggage in the car and come and have a Pimms or glass or wine and tapas on the terrace overlooking the Titchwell marshes and beyond to the sea?
If you look closely through the wine glass in this picture below, you can see the sand dunes and sea!
Briarfields Hotel is, of course, a dog friendly hotel. There’s a water bowl for your dogs even before you reach reception. All the pet friendly rooms are downstairs with very easy access out to the field adjoining the hotel. This is one huge plus for Briarfields Hotel. It has a large grassy field where you can take your dogs for walks without having to lead them on any roads.
This field also acts as a helicopter landing site, so if you’re coming by helicopter, it’s the perfect place to stay!!!
Dog blankets and treats are also provided, so no mistaking that this hotel is dog friendly!
I think this is an extremely well set out establishment. There is a central bar which serves as a reception desk on one side (although you’d never guess it was part of the bar), and a bar from the other 3 sides which means that you can order a drink from wherever you happen to want to sit – perfect!
The whole bar area is dog friendly and has ample room to eat and drink. Tables, chairs and booths, perfect for putting your dog underneath!
The restaurant is wonderfully light and airy, and you get no sense of being over-formal at all. In the summer months the windows are opened onto the terrace and you can have a leisurely dinner overlooking the marshes – amazing. This part of the hotel, the restaurant, isn't dog friendly.
There are 7 dog friendly rooms all on the ground floor, and 23 rooms altogether.
The rooms are as to be expected on the North Norfolk Coast – very neat, tidy, with lovely bathrooms and all the modcons you need. Most of the rooms have baths with shower attachments, but some rooms even have a bath and a shower. Some have 2 basins, others have one. The rooms range from standard, superior and deluxe. Some of the rooms also have walk in wardrobes, perfect for the longer stay!
The dog friendly rooms are all downstairs in the converted barns. And 6 of these downstairs rooms have their own parking space just outside, so no carrying your bags all around the hotel, just open the car door and walk to your room.
There is also one room which is set up for disability access.
Wifi is in the main building and in all but 2 rooms, but as with a lot of areas in Norfolk, there are 2 rooms which don’t connect (if you live here you get used to it!!).
The majority of the rooms are set out around the courtyard, a real suntrap for those sun lovers, with a fountain in the middle. If you wanted to bring your drink out here rather than sitting on the terrace, that’s another option.
The garden, terrace and children’s play area all have the amazing views over the Titchwell reserve and the sea. The terrace backs onto the restaurant, has glass surrounds to protect you from the wind if there is any and also gives you a good place from which to watch your children if they’re playing on the swings or slide.
A perfect way to end your day with a glass of something, and a few nibbles before going into dinner.
As with all hotels, if you don’t have a dog, you’ll also very much enjoy Briarfields! There really is a little bit of everything for everybody!
This hotel is perfectly situated for visiting Titchwell RSPB site, as well as the NWT Holme Dunes, NWT Cley Marshes and RSPB Snettisham. All of these nature reserves are on the North Norfolk Coast and as Norfolk is one of the best places in the UK to watch birds, then Briarfields is a perfect location.
Walking the Norfolk Coast Path is also one of the great outdoor activities in Norfolk. And although the Norfolk Coast Path skips over Titchwell (it goes inland due to the nature reserve), if you’re planning your own walks, you can always catch the Coasthopper bus to Thornham or Brancaster where you can join the path.
This is the perfect place to base yourself for all activities on the North Norfolk coast.