A colorful, whimsical hideaway, this hotel on the Holkham Hall estate is more laid-back and family-friendly than the austere Victorian exterior suggests. Inside, the shabby-chic design contrasts with a hip and sophisticated vibe. Bedrooms are on the small side, but comfortable, with elegant, handmade furniture and modern bathrooms. The hotel restaurant is one of the finest in the area, with an emphasis on modern European cuisine. The dune-backed Holkham Beach (where the desert island conclusion of Shakespeare in Love was filmed) is a few minutes away; show your room key to avoid the access fee of a couple of pounds.