Grand living on the edge of England

On the eastern edge of England, tractors chug along narrow lanes and posties tip their hats. Wolterton East Wing in sleepy North Norfolk offers grand living for 14 against a backdrop of salt marshes and panoramic skies. Burn some logs, watch movies in the media room, sleep wrapped in soft cotton and the quiet hug of the English countryside.

Peace and tranquility on a historic country estate

Tractors chug along narrow lanes. Where the land ends, seascape pubs sit waiting with an abundance of locally caught seafood. Pretty beach huts stand to attention in front of wide horizons. Posties tip their hats in pretty flint-and-stone villages, and migratory waders pick their way through the reed beds in search of food.

A trip to North Norfolk is a journey that takes you to the edge of England, where time is just a concept, and a forgotten era of peace and civility embraces you. At Wolterton East Wing, 14 friends and family can eat, drink, laugh and sleep in Georgian splendour with Persian rugs, original artwork and enjoy far reaching views of the Park’s 10 acre lake.

Live the grand life in the east wing of a 300-year-old Norfolk hall with your own complimentary concierge service and executive chef happy to cook for you in the Smallbone kitchen or drop off menus to warm in the Aga. Gather in the private garden and sink into the furniture made from wood cut on the estate. Play croquet, cricket or table tennis. Cook up a feast on the Chesney outdoor wood burning stoves.

Bring your dog and chuck driftwood on the lonely beaches, then come home to evenings in front of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV in the media room. Surf the net on 35Mbs EE: the fastest thing in Norfolk. Sink a pint of Woodford’s Wherry bitter in the Saracen’s Head, then retire to Vi-Spring pocket mattresses and Egyptian cotton.

Gardens and grounds

You’ve one-third of an acre of prime English landscape all to yourself. Sit out on the terrace table and chairs beneath big skies and light the coal barbie. Break off from the bangers and burgers to play a little ping pong, rounders, croquet or cricket. Keep the garden-party feel going with boules or giant Jenga.

Head to the lake for wild swimming or canoeing, wander the walled garden, ask us about ordering a hot tub, and explore 500 acres of parkland.

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Living spaces

This is grand living in the English Georgian style. Life at Wolterton East Wing is all high ceilings, lake views, Persian carpets, original artwork and period furniture. Live like Lords and Ladies in a stately home built by the brother of Britain’s first Prime Minister and one of the four ‘power houses’ of Norfolk.

Wolterton East Wing is posh but it’s never too proud to be homely. Get a fire roaring in the hearth of the drawing room, summon up some Netflix or Amazon Prime Video and you’ll feel right at home beneath the chandelier on the Howard-style sofas. Or make it a proper movie night with the 75” TV in the media room.

There’s also nothing 18th century about the Bluetooth speaker, the Blu-ray player or the 35Mbs EE Wi-Fi. Load more logs onto the fire, admire the oil paintings, bag a book from the library or a board game and find a quiet corner, stare at the lake across the park, contemplate a seat in the House of Lords. Guests will have an opportunity to take a private, complimentary tour of the Main Hall to learn more about the massive restoration project and the history of the estate.

The complimentary concierge service can arrange wine tasting, cocktail making, cookery classes, pampering, Thai massage, personal trainers, and a host of other activities. Our insider knowledge and expertise in the local area will take the stress out of planning your holiday, leaving you to enjoy more of what matters.

Cooking and dining

You might want to call up our chef for celebratory meals or drop-off menus. Then again, you might not when you see the Smallbone Brasserie oak kitchen with Aga and Rangemaster cookers, three-metre central island, three fridges and two Miele dishwashers. But it’s your call.

Eat around the massive 15th-century table that seats 14 in the kitchen, the glorious Georgian dining room with chandelier and Persian carpet, or out in the large private garden adjoining the park on the dining terrace with steak and sausages from the coal barbecue. Our team can arrange for the very best meat and fish to be delivered from local butchers and fishmongers.

Tackle takeaways from Bann Thai, No.1 Cromer for fish and chips (or battered Brie), or Husk Woodfired Bakery for crispy pizzas. Head out and about to eat Sunday roast at the Saracen’s Head or snaffle an aged Highland beef steak burger followed by burnt-honey parfait at the Wiveton Bell.

Head to the Gunton Arms to try venison from the deer park and beef from the local herd at Blickling cooked over an open fire in the Elk Room, or seafood, mussels and Cromer crab caught by local fishermen. Nibble your way through the seven-course tasting menu at Morston Hall or try Scottish langoustine or Périgord truffle cestini at Meadowsweet.

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And so to bed. To sleep deeply and dream amid Colefax and Fowler fabrics, pocket Vi-Spring beds, fine Egyptian-cotton sheets and goose-down pillows. Georgian mahogany furniture and Persian carpets complete the sense of opulent relaxation.

Pick from seven bedrooms sleeping 14. On the ground floor, bedroom one offers a king bed with private shower room, while bedroom two is a superking with en-suite. Moving up to the first floor, bedroom three is a showstopper with a double four-poster and lake views, while bedroom four provides a twin zip & link also with views of the water. These two bedrooms share a bathroom on the first floor.

The grandest room of all, Bedroom 5, is located in the tower and offers a superking, en-suite bathroom, and spectacular views of the lake. In the basement, bedroom six which is a superking shares a shower room with bedroom seven, a kingsize room.

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What people say

What people say

Fantastic accommodation, delightful grounds and the main house is a real piece of history too. Communication and assistance during our stay from the hosts really was above and beyond, would thoroughly recommend! - Dave
Wow - what a place! We had a ball as ladies of the manor for a few days. The East Wing surpassed all expectations and beyond. Such luxury! From the fresh flowers in every room to the sumptuous bedrooms and bathrooms, you have thought of everything. Loved exploring the grounds and indulging our flower passion in the cutting gardens. Thank you so much. - Tina
Big family gathering for a special birthday and a long awaited family gathering! We couldn’t have chosen a better place to spend it. The East Wing doesn’t disappoint with its beautifully restored rooms. Luxurious beds and bedding made for a wonderful night's rest. We loved the grounds and the charming walled garden, which made the perfect spot for stargazing on a clear night! Other highlights included the lake, the private garden, the sheep! Thank you for the welcome hamper (yummy) and thank you to Chris for being so attentive. Wow! What a lovely place! Thank you from all 14 of us, including the dogs! - The Cosgrove Family

Bushcraft, butchery and buckets of fun

Stay on site for archery, canoeing, paddle-boarding, bushcraft and butchery. Head out for golf at Royal Cromer and Brancaster or adventure golf at Crabstix. Take a ferry from Morston to view England's largest Grey Seal colony, spot five species of savannah animals at Africa Alive, or just have buckets of fun digging around on beaches at Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cromer.

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