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.
Hi again. This is our second night in the village of Bressingham, and we're staying in a lovely B&B with large rooms, a large shower, a comfy bed, and we even have a balcony.
Our accommodation has been variable but always at least satisfactory, and most of it has been of high standard. The current one stands out so far though.
We left Skegness two days ago and headed for the Battle of Britain museum at Coningsby. They have Spitfires, ...
... NORWICH CASTLE AND did the complete tour. this is one of the best example of an intact medieval castle.
We walked around the Cathedral but we were to late....closed
So it was to find the oldest pub for dinner .."the Adam and Eve"....we past the Wig and Pen.....nearly as old.
GOOD meal, and a slow walk back to the hotel.
... Stratford station. All 3 of us plus bikes plus a woman with a pushchair squeezed into a lift. When the doors opened on the opposite side we found we were so wedged in that we could nt get out at all. Thought that might be the end of our hol.
We arrived at our hotel at about 5.30, drank too much celebratory red wine and went to ...
... 2 19th Calais to Auchy au Bois 48 miles.
It ll be good to get going after the months of preparation
Day 3 20th Auchy au Bois to Rancourt 58 miles.
Pass a lot of WW1 battlefields and cemeteries.
Day 4 21st Rancourt to Mons en Laonnois 56 miles
Cross the Somme river
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.