The old port of King’s Lynn may not be the most obvious place for a weekend away but it’s actually one of England’s most historic towns, with more listed buildings than York and a waterfront district lined by Hanseatic warehouses and medieval mansions that is as unique as it is underrated. It’s also home to one of North Norfolk’s best boutique hotels in the Bank House, which occupies a handsome Georgian banker’s house right on the quay, a creakily grand and evocative old place, done up with a good dash of contemporary style, and with a choice of twelve distinctive rooms. It was refurbished by Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich who took the place over around a decade ago after cutting their teeth on the excellent Rose & Crown in Snettisham, and they've done it up with the same sense of contemporary style. Rates vary according to size and levels of comfort, but most of the rooms enjoy marvellous views over the river – although the large Captain’s Room and Bath Room are definitely the ones to go for if you can. Ask also if you can have a peek at the downstairs cellar, which like some of the nearby houses dates back around eight centuries and can be booked for private parties. The bar, once the bank manager's office, has an open fire and comfy sofas, and is buzzy and popular with non-residents, and the hotel’s corner restaurant serves great food all day, from breakfast through lunch and afternoon tea to dinner (and a fab carve-your-own Sunday lunch) and enjoys lovely views over the quayside; again it's very popular with non-residents so be sure to book a table if you're staying.
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What to expect?
A handsome old house on King's Lynn's historic waterfront that is one of North Norfolk's best boutique hotels.
Open all year.
How do I get there?
The Bank House is bang in the centre of King's Lynn's historic quayside quarter, close to everything you might conceivably want to to do and see in the town. It's a bit of a hike with luggage from the train station though – you might want to take a taxi.
12 beautifully designed guest rooms, all different, many with views over the river.
- DVD Player
- Flatscreen TVs
- Sensational Views