The Old Post Office

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Harleston

07847 626 030   3 Old Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9BE

  • 2 Double/Twin Rooms, 1 Bunk Room
  • Contemporary Boutique B&B
A one-of-a-kind boutique guest house and spa on the Norfolk-Suffolk borders

There's a secret surprise in the ancient market town of Harleston, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, and you're going to love it. The Old Post Office is a sanctuary of calm in a beautifully re-imagined Georgian building, offering both lavish guest rooms and a Hammam spa – a real one-of-a-kind boutique experience for celebrations and special days.

The building itself is a stunner – originally a bank, later a post office, and lovingly restored from an almost derelict state. There are just three guest rooms, each individually styled with real flair, and with a cream tea included on arrival, it feels special the minute you walk through the door.

The Gurney Room is a light-filled oasis of sage-coloured walls and stripped-back floorboards – the bed is a gold, leather, super-king four-poster under artisan pendant lamps, there's a designer sofa in front of the marble fireplace, and a roomy cast-iron bath. The Shakespeare Room has restored, French, 18th-century twin bedsteads and more of a vintage feel, though like all the rooms, you can expect high-end bed linen, sleek bathrooms with rainfall showers, natural loofahs and organic black soap, USB sockets, Bluetooth speakers and the rest. Or, for sheer novelty, how about the Waveney Room, which they claim as a world first – if we say Scandi-style bunk room for grown-up sleepovers, that's only the half of it. It's a gorgeous stone-and-white room with quadruple bunk beds and two en-suite bathrooms. What that means in practice is four king-sized beds in twin bunk formation with an actual staircase for access, and enough room to sleep four to eight people. It's a true one-off.

Meanwhile, the spa sits down in the old vaults of the building, showing off the old arched brickwork. Book a sauna-style treatment and massage here, add afternoon tea or a meal of Lebanese meze, and you have the fixings of a hugely relaxing day. A few minutes walk from the house and you're bang in the middle of a fabulous old town of narrows streets and alleys sheltering indie shops, bakeries, delis, cafes, pubs and restaurants, with a historic market held every Wednesday. A short walk or cycle ride away is the Waveney Valley, where half-timbered country pubs and vineyards make for relaxing days out. The whole experience is one secret surprise that you're going to want to share – or maybe just keep it to yourself?



Open all year.


Double rooms from £165 a night, including breakfast and cream tea on arrival. Waveney Room from £285 a night.


Contact Website  07847 626 030  The Old Post Office, 3 Old Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9BE

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  • Adults Only
  • Car-free option
  • Boutique B&B

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