SOUTHERN B&B, BRUNDALL, NORFOLK
WHAT’S THE SCOOP? Paul and Linda, the owners of this dog-friendly B&B, give many five-star establishments a run for their money. Situated in the village of Brundall, just five miles from Norwich, the B&B is a great base for exploring both the city and the Norfolk Broads. Both you and your pet will be made to feel like part of the family.
ARE MUDDY PAWS WELCOME? Most definitely. Well-behaved pets are welcome and they might even get some treats, if you’re lucky. Your dog will need to bring their own bed and food bowls though, and it’s worth packing some throws and towels for the furniture 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 and peaceful.
We really appreciated having room to spread out during our stay – the separate lounge area really made it feel like a home-from-home and Ernie enjoyed exploring the garden, which a great place to enjoy a drink during the summer months. The welcome hamper provided is also seriously impressive (keep reading to find out what’s in it).
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. 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), completely tailoring the menu to our tastes. This was on top of the lovely welcome hamper waiting for us in the bedroom, which contained two bottles of water, two mini bottles of wine, some fruit, chocolate and cake – way above and beyond what we were expecting.
ANY FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH? Yes. Lily the resident Spaniel, above, 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 around the accommodation, 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!