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Our Wedding was at St.Andrew's Church, Thorpe St.Andrew, Norwich followed by a reception at Dunston Hall.
Today was a nice quiet "geeky" type of day. The ones that librarians love! We spent many a joyful hour at the Norfolk Archives! It was actually a lot better than it sounds. Andrea's ancestors (The Carman family) go back to the Norwich area. Andy had carried out a fair bit of research online before we came. The ladies at the Archives were very good explaining to me the difference between microfilm and microfiche and where ...
Drove straight to Colchester,where we got seriously lost amidst the one way system, before eventually finding our way to the Military Tournament. It was a huge affair, involving massed bands, re-enactments, displays of many different kinds and a full funfair. Very quickly we ran into a couple of blokes who had been in the Scottish regiment with Craig ...
... depth of these waterways is usually less than 4 metres deep. Thirteen of the broads are completely navigable whilst three others have channels open to navigation running through them.
Some of the things we did included:
- an enjoyable 18 mile bike ride along the Brue River where a path runs along a narrow gauge heritage railway running from Ayslham to Wroxham. ...
... of goat and chicken-proof plants for the garden while they surprised us with local musical instruments and a song. It was an emotional goodbye as we left with Bonnie to do our final packing at the hotel and leave for the airport. The journey home was uneventful as we slept a lot of the way on the overnight flight. We were greeted at the airport by our families and the children ran down the arrivals corridor with gifts for us too. I ...
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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.