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“This 16th-century property has a new lease of life as a private members club. Bright and beautifully upholstered furnishings create an artsy vibe in the 9 airy bedrooms in the clubhouse which is home to a restaurant, log fires and a sitting room. ”

“This 16th-century property has a new lease of life as a private members club. Bright and beautifully upholstered furnishings create an artsy vibe in the 9 airy bedrooms in the clubhouse which is home to a restaurant, log fires and a sitting room. ”

Hotel Review

Fritton Lake sits on the Somerleyton Hall Estate on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and is believed to have been an inn for smugglers and traders in the 16th-century. The clubhouse boasts eight large bedrooms and spacious bathrooms, six on the first floor and a family suite with two rooms and family room on the second floor. Think relaxed country house; it very much has the feeling of staying at a friend's comfortable, understated, and cosy country pad. Owners Hugh Somerleyton and wife Lara have decorated the rooms with coloured, patterned fabrics and headboards which adorn luxury beds with goose down pillows. Antiques, hand-woven rugs and carefully chosen artwork lend charm, colour and style to the rooms creating a relaxed atmosphere on every floor.

Cosy up beside one of the fires, start a family argument around the pool table or sit and watch siblings battle it out on the air hockey! There is a private dining room, an outdoor south-facing terrace and a sitting room, plenty of space for everyone, even four legged friends.

Stay a night or two and enjoy temporary membership which allows you to enjoy unlimited access to Fritton Lake's sustainable wildland and access to lawn and clay tennis courts, croquet, gym, 22m outdoor heated (28 degrees year round) pool, wild swimming, floating sauna, paddle boarding and much more. During the summer months there's a sandy beach by the lake with a beach bar, definitely the place to be!

Matthew Stevenson HORT DIP - trained at RHS Whisley (fondly known as Matthew the forager) leads foraging trips around the lake and talks you through the benefit of wild food including foliage, food and fungi while exploring the beautiful, organic environment. His jeep safari is an absolute must during your stay as it includes entrance into the re-wilding area, sights of water buffalo, pigs, buzzards, Exmoor ponies, deer and more.

Head Chef Stuart Whyard has been delivering a delicious seasonal menu for over two years at Fritton Lake. He uses produce grown, reared, or foraged from its thousand-acre nature restoration project where traditional arable, sheep and dairy farming have been replaced with longhorn cattle, water buffalo, wild pigs which roam freely on the wildland. He plans his menu around food provided by the estate complemented only where necessary by produce from only the very best local suppliers, creating a sustainable foodie experience for all guests. Expect club classics, tasting menus and an exceptional Sunday roast. He plans his menu around food provided by the estate complemented only where necessary by produce from only the very best local suppliers, creating a sustainable foodie experience for all guests. Specials include shallot tarte tatin, lightly cured sea bass and aged beef filet.

Full members enjoy access to exclusive events and rates all year round, but you don't need to be a member to stay here, though once you have you'll find membership hard to resist. An unforgettable stay for all of the family.

 

Written by Lulu Townsend

Recommended For

  • Foodies
  • With champagne dinners and whisky tastings this property is for those who enjoy fine dining.
  • Learning
  • About Roman Britain at the Burgh Castle Roman fort, just 5kms away.
  • Families
  • Bring the dog and the kids - The Fritton Arms accepts both!
  • Other Activities
  • Evening whisky tasting at the hotel.
  • Kayaking
  • Boating and canoeing on the lake
  • Tennis
  • Two grass and two clay courts
  • Yoga
  • Yoga classes (chargeable)
  • Sights nearby
  • Somerleyton Hall
  • Safari
  • Jeep Safari
  • Country Escape
  • Short break
  • Great walks
  • Watersports
  • Active Holiday
  • Wildlife Area
  • Tennis coaching
  • Birdwatching
  • Pet friendly
  • The Farm cottages are dog friendly
  • Designer
  • Wedding license
  • Eco
  • Owner managed
  • Gourmet
  • Luxury
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Full of character
  • Petanque
  • Child friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Boutique
  • Chic
  • Gym
  • Inn
  • Antiques
  • Village
  • Free wifi
  • Beach nearby
  • Disabled access
  • Charming
  • Intimate

Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • 22 metre outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Pet friendly
  • The Farm cottages are dog friendly
  • Massage
  • Treatment room for sports massage
  • Games room
  • Pool table and air hockey
  • Fireplace
  • Wedding license
  • Bar
  • Parking
  • Bath robes
  • Outdoor dining
  • Cots available
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Petanque
  • Child friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Free wifi
  • Sitting Room
  • Room service
  • Disabled access
  • Suites
  • Wifi

Activities

  • Learning
  • About Roman Britain at the Burgh Castle Roman fort, just 5kms away.
  • Other Activities
  • Evening whisky tasting at the hotel.
  • Kayaking
  • Boating and canoeing on the lake
  • Tennis
  • Two grass and two clay courts
  • Yoga
  • Yoga classes (chargeable)
  • Sights nearby
  • Somerleyton Hall
  • Safari
  • Jeep Safari
  • Great walks
  • Watersports
  • Wildlife Area
  • Tennis coaching
  • Birdwatching

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