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The Oaksmere Hotel, Eye, Suffolk
A boutique country house hotel on the Suffolk-Norfolk border, The Oaksmere bills itself as a place to 'wine, dine and recline' - which sums it up rather well, as an excellent venue for doing nothing much in particular. Set in 17 acres of its own grounds, in a rural part of East Anglia that's not big on essential sights, it has a strangely isolated feel for somewhere so easy to reach; there's not really much more to do than drink, eat and lounge about and read the papers. It has its own excellent restaurant, a pubby bar, and a set of spacious and very comfy rooms that are as good a reason as any to come and stay.
We love the low-key country house feel, with grounds to stroll in and country walks on your doorstep.
The Oaksmere is in the Suffolk countryside, with sleepy villages like Brome nearby. Thetford is a 30-minute drive away.
By car: The hotel is 2 hours 30 mins from London, 1 hour 15 mins from Cambridge and 45 mins from Norwich. There is free parking on-site.
By train: London Liverpool Street to Diss station takes around 1 hour 30 mins. The station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Lazy folk from London looking for good food and a place to loaf about doing nothing in particular will like it here. The terrace and grounds are a fabulous spot on a hot summer's day.
Service & Facilities
We love that they have their own pub, with sport showing on the TV.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
There are two ground floor rooms with private terraces that are suitable for bringing your dog.
The beds have bespoke headboards with knobs and buttons that control almost everything in the room - lights, music, A/C, even the window blinds. The large rooms in the Victorian wing are the most spacious, elegant and contemporary of the guest rooms.
Deluxe King, Executive King, Junior Suite, Master Suite
Facilities include: Hypnos bed, ensuite bathroom, Elemis toiletries, Nespresso coffee machine, local teas, bluetooth audio system, Sky TV
Food & Drink
They've set up their own butchery in one of the outbuildings to ensure they have the best and freshest ingredients. We love the cote de boeuf, aged on-site and cooked over charcoal.
The Oaksmere: Mediterranean inspired dishes, grilled meat and fish, seafood, British tapas, pub classics, Afternoon Tea. Food served daily from 12pm. Mains from £13.