WHAT’S THE SCOOP? If you’re looking for a warm welcome, you won’t be disappointed at Southern B&B. Owners Paul and Linda could give many five-star establishments a run for their money with their friendly approach and attention to detail. The B&B is situated in the village of Brundall, just five miles from Norwich city centre and with easy access to the Norfolk Broads. Whether you’re staying for a single night or several weeks, both you and your pet will be made to feel like part of the family.
ARE MUDDY PAWS WELCOME? Most definitely. Your dog will need to bring their own bed and food bowls though, and it’s worth packing some throws and towels too, in case of bad weather.
AND WHEN I’M DOG TIRED? Paul and Linda have opened up their home to guests – quite literally. They live upstairs while you have the run of the ground floor, bar the kitchen. This consists of a cosy lounge, an elegant dining room and spotless bedroom with en-suite. You can come and go as you please, via your own private entrance and garden, and there is free parking for one car. The TV in the lounge is kitted out with Netflix and there are plenty of leaflets with local information to peruse. You’ll also sleep like a baby at night because the local area is so quiet.
HOW ARE THE SCOOBY SNACKS? Absolutely amazing. Linda does all the cooking while Paul serves it like a pro, white gloves and all. Breakfast is a fine affair with a choice of cooked and continental options but the couple really outdo themselves when it comes to evening meals. This is not something you’d expect your average B&B to offer but this is no average B&B. For £17.50 per person, Paul and Linda will happily cook up a four-course feast and serve it in your own private dining room, complete with music and candles. They went out of their way to serve fresh, home-cooked food for one awkward veggie (me) and a carnivorous male (Nick) – and even Ernie enjoyed some delicious dog biscuits. This was all on top of the lovely welcome hamper in our room, which contained two bottles of water, two mini bottles of wine, some fruit, chocolate and cake – seriously above and beyond what we were expecting.
ANY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH? Yes. Lily the resident Spaniel, below, will be on hand to check you in and say hello. If your pup is lucky, she may even invite them to play in the garden!
WHERE’S GOOD FOR WALKIES? The recently-established Brundall Countryside Park is a five-minute walk from the B&B. It’s the closest place for your dog to enjoy some off-lead action and there’s a nice little trail that loops around some allotments. The peaceful Mid-Yare National Nature Reserve is close by, too – the meandering River Yare goes to the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Norwich itself is incredibly dog-friendly and has lots of historic sights you can explore with your dog. If you don’t like the idea of driving in to the city, hop on the train at Brundall Gardens. The station is a five-minute walk from the B&B and the journey takes just seven minutes.
WHAT ERNIE LOVED: Having room to roam, playing with Lily, all the lovely walks on the doorstep
WHAT I LOVED: Chats with the friendly owners, being so close to Norwich, all the food!