A beautiful, contemporary B&B with unique and comfortable rooms – and a great breakfast! 

Paul Vater and Paul Barratt swapped their lives in trendy north London a couple of years ago to settle down in Aylsham, Norfolk, buying this very stylish three-storey house and workshop, which was indeed originally the local tinsmith's, and making it into a beautiful and highly desirable boutique B&B. Our guess is it will be pretty much unlike anywhere else you will have stayed, particularly in what is largely an undiscovered part of north Norfolk. There are just two rooms, simply furnished, bright, spacious and contemporary, which like the rest of the house provide ample display space for the couple's collection of modern and contemporary art. Breakfast is taken in a rather retro-style sun-room that overlooks the garden and you can hang out as much or as little as you like in the downstairs living room, which is stuffed with books on interesting subjects and yet more art and intriguing objects. One of the rooms has an en-suite bathroom and digital radio and CD player, while the other has a DVD player and TV and its own bathroom across the hall. There's also free wifi throughout, and breakfast is fab – and fastidiously locally sourced. One other thing: you will be sharing the house (though not your bedroom) with Dusty and Cleo – two gorgeous Labradoodles who manage to make the place feel even more like home (though of course it means you can't bring your own pooch). All in all a beautiful place to stay, and bang in the centre of Aylsham. 

The Owner Says

Tinsmith’s House is a tranquil and comfortable base from where you can easily reach the wonderful waterways of the Norfolk Broads as well as the unspoilt beaches along the east coast. There are countless country walks, grand houses, gardens and attractions like Cromer, Sheringham and Holt on Tinsmith’s doorstep. The salt marshes and villages of the North Norfolk coast such as Cley, Blakeney and Stiffkey are within a 20-25 minute drive as is the fine city of Norwich - trully a perfect place to enjoy a Norfolk break.


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