Pure Peace & Relaxation
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Samantha Adjemian samples a night in the country at Brasted’s Lodge. Tucked away in the Norfolk village of Framingham Pigot, Brasted’s Lodge is the kind of boutique B&B I feel loathed to tell anyone about, such is it's special charm. If pure peace and relaxation, in a beautifully converted period property set amongst stunning countryside takes your fancy, this is definitely a place for you.
After a fabulous meal in Brasted's restaurant, it really was no hardship to walk five paces to their converted Lodge – a collection of six guest rooms set within what feels like a private house, such is its homeliness. My companions and I had checked-in earlier in the day. My room was The Beach Hut, in homage to the many that adorn our Norfolk coastline.
A small but perfectly formed room and very apt for a Piscean given its nautical theme throughout. Think different shades of cream with the odd flash of blue and shabby chic white bedroom furniture. Instead of a bathroom, I had a wet room that was uniquely 'tiled' with pebbles; a further nod to the maritime theme and really unusual. And there were more lovely touches, from the personalised welcome note waiting for me on the bed, to fresh milk in the fridge for my tea, to the oh-so comfortable super king size bed with its delightful bed linen. For me, it was the sort of bed you never want to leave!
Keen to see the rest of the place, I ventured to see the rooms my companions were in. All the rooms are thoughtfully named and my fellow female was in Lady Jane's room, named after the wife of the owner of Framingham Pigot village, Mrs Jane Du Brow. With a mahogany sleigh bed, beautiful flock wallpaper and a free standing bath, she was very much at home! David was in JB’s – named after John Brasted, the man responsible for founding the Brasted’s business back in 1984. A light and airy room with a large bay window, super king size bed, walk-in shower and a free standing bath, decorated beautifully in rich plums and creams.
A trip upstairs revealed Squires Retreat, named after the village owner Ben Du Brow – a huge room with a stunning four post mahogany bed and all the colours and fabrics as carefully chosen as the furniture. What became apparent after my exploration of the other guest rooms, is the overall feeling of quality. The soft, quality carpet, the heavy lined curtains that ooze luxury, to the wall mounted flat screen TVs, to the fluffy white towels and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Not just that, it is the unstuffy atmosphere and discreet service that promotes the feeling of having the place to yourself - even in the communal areas.
The Snug is a cosy room with open fire, bare brick walls and comfy chairs. Perfect for a night cap from the honesty bar. And the dining room is light and airy with doors that open onto the terrace, and where breakfast is also served.
After a good night's sleep all round, it was just two of us who enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before a morning meeting. A selection of warm pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh coffee greeted us, followed by a lovely cooked breakfast on contemporary white china. It was a fine and relaxing start to the day. If only we could have stayed longer. Testament to the restful nature of this place are the parents who escape from their children for the weekend and come here literally to get some sleep! I will be returning!