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31 North Drive
Tel: 01493 855742
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Friendly family run traditional B&B mixing modern with original Edwardian period features, in a good location complete with sea views – guest house accommodation at its best.
Where to find it
Swiss Cottage can be located at the northern end of Great Yarmouth seafront, just 20 miles from the city of Norwich and near to many wonderful Norfolk Broads villages. Great Yarmouth itself is classed as Norfolk’s premier seaside town and it is certainly the biggest with three beaches, the famous Golden Mile (Norfolk’s answer to Las Vegas – it even has its own casino) and the delightful Venetian style waterways gardens which can be accessed immediately over the road from Swiss Cottage. Beyond this you’ll find beautiful sand dunes and a sandy beach stretching for miles. With local resorts such as Hemsby and the Victorian Gorleston-on-Sea, there’s plenty of day out potential too for families, couples and retired guests.
What to expect
Owners Bob and Barbara have run Swiss Cottage since 2014 and continue to make yearly improvements to what is a fine Victorian house dating back to 1902. Their desire to modernise was an ambitious aim but ten years on it is really beginning to reap its rewards. Nine guest rooms spanning over three floors are all unique in style and reflect the history of the home superbly. During these extensive renovations they discovered some fascinating facts about the Victorian home too that Bob delights in sharing.
A piece of history...
Evidence of an original staircase used only by servants to reach their quarters without interrupting the grander parts of the house and a basement where an aga and cast iron pipes for washing were uncovered, gives an intriguing glimpse into a Downton-esque world adding some depth to your stay. I found myself dreaming of life 100 years ago here, as I sipped my breakfast tea in the dining room overlooking the gardens and sea beyond. The history of the home has been brought alive through uncovering original fireplaces in three of the rooms which are immaculate despite their age. These features are complimented by the purchasing of some wonderful Edwardian wash basins too that provide a unique stay.
Incorporated into modern luxury...
What makes this place special is the effortless ease with which such remarkable history is interwoven with modern day luxury to offer the best of both worlds. All rooms are en suite with contemporary facilities such as raindrop showers; linen is fresh and designed with modern day living in mind and the reading lounge has classy leather sofas for comfort and relaxation.
What’s available here?
There’s a good selection of rooms on offer from singles to super king doubles and a downstairs disabled access bedroom complete with grab rails for those with walking issues. Rooms seven and eight have wonderful views over the gardens, sand dunes and sea beyond. The rooms are spacious, many with sofas and chairs to unwind in. Price wise expect to pay no more than £88 for a super king with view in peak season, considerably less out of season, and as low as £35 for a single occupancy too. There are no hidden extras and a full breakfast is included, as well as offers on multiple nights.
Bob and Barbara are on hand to give advice on places to visit knowing the area well, as any problems are dealt with immediately and without fuss. I only happened to mention it was a little chilly and before I knew it extra blankets had been added to my bed and my room warmed for my return. With an interesting home, modern facilities and excellent customer service, Swiss Cottage forms the perfect base for an enjoyable break in Great Yarmouth, staying close to all amenities but just far enough away for a quiet good night’s sleep.
Swiss Cottage has won various accommodation awards and is open from the beginning of March to the end of October although there is some flexibility here. There are usually discounts available for three or more nights - please see our News & Offers pages for up to the minute special rate promotions.