When you book a bed and breakfast, it is always a gamble. Let’s be honest, paying to sleep in a stranger’s home can be well, a bit uncomfortable can’t it? Individuality is what makes a house a home, but that doesn’t always translate when welcoming strangers. We’ve all stayed in a dodgy hotel, but at least there you can complain without offense or ask to swap your room. The intimacy of someone’s home is something quite different. Especially with a small child. But when it is right, it is such a treat. And that was exactly what we had this weekend at Holly Tree House.
Booked for a family party in Suffolk, Holly Tree House is a bolt hole on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. It came recommended but for the reasons I mentioned earlier, it was still a risk. A risk that paid off. The proprietors Sharon and Graham could not have been more welcoming and their home is absolutely beautiful. Full of charm and as close to a warm hug as you can get from a home, our stop over was truly delightful.
Greeted with a pot of tea and a slice of delicious homemade cake, Sharon was already on a winner with me. But the room….wow. We had the Marlowe Suite, a 16th Century room with exposed beams, low doorways and sloping floors. It felt like a mix of Alice in Wonderland magic with opulent indulgence. And don’t get me started on the full size free standing bath. My morning soak could have lasted hours!
Jared was really enchanted by the little doors and “wobbly” floor in the room. And even Paul with his 6ft2″ height was utterly charmed by the doorways he had to double over to get through. The bed was just was a dream. And I can honestly say – for this alone – I would happily return anytime. I slept like a baby. Something I rarely do. I awoke feeling truly refreshed (the long bath didn’t hurt either!). Breakfast was a traditional English fry-up of the best order, with perfectly cooked eggs, locally produced sausages and top quality condiments. And the tea and toast just kept coming. Sharon and Graham could not have been more accommodating.
In a world where the media plasters the worst of human nature across our screens on a daily basis, it’s easily to become disillusioned with the human race. I certainly, can often expect the worst. And that is why it is important that I push myself to meet new people and experience new things. A change of scenery and the chance to meet some genuinely kind and interesting people, this trip was a reminder of all that is good with mankind. I could have sat and chatted with Sharon and Graham for hours. Which is another testament to their welcoming hospitality. Nothing was too much trouble and despite being under the weather, Sharon smiled continuously. If you want a countryside retreat, peace and tranquility, I can’t recommend Holly Tree House enough.