Dunston Hall De Vere
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Our Wedding was at St.Andrew's Church, Thorpe St.Andrew, Norwich followed by a reception at Dunston Hall.
Once settled in and unpacked I thought I would go and poke around the town to get a feel of the place. My little bit of heaven soon extended out from Acorn Cottage. The sun was still shining so I decided to dispense with our coats. Yes, Madam Millie has a coat too; three to be exact. We set off towards the town and within a reasonably short distance discovered the North Walsham War Memorial Park.
As I walked ...
... myself away from the school environment and taking leave of practical tasks by booking a two-night stay away from home.
Yesterday saw me frantically whittle through the research I had done previously on holiday lets. I had scaled my choices down to the North Norfolk area so that I could have more 'me' time and less travelling. Those trips up to Scotland are starting to seem longer and more ...
... in North Walsham. I also managed to get one lot of laundry washed, which is now drying over the radiator and some on the airer. I'll pack in the morning. Much too tired to pack tonight.
On the note of being tired, I will head off to the land of nod and dream of time out in a lovely wee cottage from daily tasks and worries.
No delays. Air New Zealand were very efficient in swapping planes. We were only 20 minutes late and stiff tail wind would allow us to catch that up. We arrived back in the UK on time and within an hour were on the Underground. Had time for lunch at Liverpool Street before catching the train. Uneventful trip home. We ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dunston Hall De Vere Norwich
I found the hotel extremely pretty on the way down the driveway and I was looking forward to spending the night here, as a change from the average Travel Lodge/Holiday Inn fare.
Second Rate Food
Considering this is a four star hotel, the food in both the La Fontaine restaurant and the carvery were far inferior to our local pub! However, the service in bars, restaurants and reception was very good.
I certainly would not be returning to Dunston Hall in the future. This has made me wonder whether all other De Vere Hotels are similar.
Perfect start to a new year
We satyed at Dunston Hall on the 1st January, to get away from the heavy new year celebrations. We came here a year before and had a wonderful break, and this time was no different. The drive up to the hotel is breath-taking, and the hotel is beautiful. Staff were polite, and friendly, and all facilities were great. We had dinner in the carvery, but chose from the menu, and we both thought the food was great. It is a fantastic place, and we will be visiting again very soon.
Initially I excited about the prospect of visiting a working 'restored to it's former full Elizabethan glory' (to quote the literature) country house. But my enthusiasm deminished with every step from the car. There was no doorman for starters, although the reception was staffed, warm and friendly.
Nice and Relaxing
Just come back from a five night stay at De Vere Dunston Hall Hotel. Very nice, we had a four poster room which is in the original part of the hotel. Room very spacious and clean and great view down the drive and into the trees and beyond. Staff were especially friendly, meals were great and carvery well good. The leisure facilities are excellent and the pool nice and relaxing. Overall a great stay, you can do as much or as little as you want.
Some years ago, after attending a works 'do' at this hotel, I promised I would come back and sample the carvery. I have finally gotten around to it. I could not get down from Lincolnshire to make Mothering Sunday but arranged to get down for the next day. I booked a table over the telephone and subsequently had a quick look on the web to search for any reviews. Well the reviews were not particularly favourable towards the carvery and I considered cancelling. I ultimately decided to give the Hotel the benefit of the doubt and make my own decision. I am glad to say that it was a good decision. The carvery meal was the best I have ever sampled. We were a party of just four - my mother, sister, wife and myself. The staff were very friendly and courteous and I will DEFINATELY go again.
Ok for a "lads" weekend
Following booking problems, where I was quoted one price by one representative and then asked to make a credit card reservation by another for a higher price had been offered, our stay was satisfactory, ok for a "lads" weekend but I would not take my other half here for a romantic weekend! Despite the ornate facade, I thought the hotel was very ordinary indeed - American style - and characterless. The carvery restaurant atmosphere, decor and food was poor to average and the service was poor, probably because they were trying to cram too many guests in.
Peaceful weekend in the country
Beautiful hotel set amidst wonderfully well kept grounds. Staff was friendly and very accommodating. Meals were judged adequate by one who does not judge hotels by their food.
Wonderful setting, shame about the food
A beautiful old house in a wonderful setting, gorgeous terrace with views over surrounding countryside. A very disappointing meal in the carvery with indifferent service and dry overcooked food.
Lovely surroundings, shame about the staff
The building itself is gorgeous, and the surroundings are immaculate. The major disappointment was with the staff though, reception were friendly enough but the bar and restuarant staff were not very friendly or helpful. In the bar a gaggle of barstaff mingle at the top end joking between themselves and sneering at the customers. The gentleman who served my wife was miserable and made it obvious he didn't want to be there, and he looked quite scruffy, beard, long hair, etc. The food was ok, the a la carte food was good, the bar snacks were very poor and very expensive for what you actually got. The carvery was ok ish it was extremely busy and the staff looked extremely overworked and understaffed. Overall a very average stay.