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Tinsmith's House B&B
23 Oakfield Rd
NR11 6AL
Tel: tel: + 44 (0) 1263 733226 or mobile + 44 (0) 7943 291834
From £80 to £125 per night depending upon seasonal adjustments and the number of nights stay.

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Tinsmith's House B&B

Aylsham, North Norfolk


A beautifully renovated 18th-century tinsmith's workshop, this gorgeous B&B is one-of-a-kind. Styled with a superb collection of art and design pieces, it's more than a pretty face. With sublime home-cooked breakfasts, charming owners and friendly dogs, it has a big heart too.


The perfect spot for exploring North Norfolk, the property is well placed for cherry-picking the best that the county has to offer. Aylsham is set in stunning countryside with Norwich a 20-minute drive away, the coastal villages and glorious beaches of the North Norfolk coast, are also nearby. The town of Aylsham itself, where the property is located, is a historic market town on the River Bure, with a delightful Market Square (National Trust owned) and narrow high-street to explore. Award-winning butchers, a farmer’s market twice a month and pubs and cafes in which to watch the world go by equal many contented sighs from us. When it comes to going further afield, whichever direction you go, you're onto a winner, but the Broads, Holkham, Blakeney, Cley, Cromer and Wells (approximately 45mins away) come specifically recommended. There are plentiful country houses in the area too, including Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall, owned by the National Trust.

To offset the eating you're likely to do considering the gastronomic excellence in the area, there are numerous energetic pursuits to engage in, if you feel inclined. After your Full English, you can walk and cycle into the countryside from Tinsmith's House as fast as your legs will carry you, sail on the Broads, or zip off to the beach to swim or build sandcastles. The best beaches on the North Norfolk coastline are only a 10 - 15 minute drive away and are wonderfully unspoilt and uncrowded. A perfect way to spend the day, with a book and a blanket, particularly when followed by a lovely piece of home-baked cake and a pot of tea back at the ranch.

To get to Aylsham from London, it's a 2hr 30minute drive via the M11. 

About The Owners

Paul Vater and Paul Barratt have had successful careers working in the arts and design field and moved to North Norfolk from London in 2012. At Tinsmith's House, they have a small design studio and a wonderful collection of art and design objects that are displayed around the house, illustrating their brilliant and unique style and taste. 

  • The property itself. Originally an industrial workshop, it's clad with wooden panels and is both unique and historically intriguing. Everything inside the house is delightful too - the owners have a wonderful eye for interesting, beautiful art and objects.
  • The yummy breakfasts. Locally sourced bacon and sausages, plump mushrooms and tomatoes and perfectly cooked eggs, or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Fruit, pastries, coffee, cereals, freshly-squeezed juice: what an absolute feast. 
  • The owners. Paul and Paul are such a welcoming couple who make you feel instantly at ease. They genuinely want their guests to enjoy their stay and are full of local information about the best places to eat and visit.
  • The dogs, Dusty and Cleo. Though they're not allowed in the guest rooms, the dogs are friendly and gentle and a fun element of the house.
  • The bathrooms. Both bathrooms are well appointed. The en-suite to Elephant has a large shower stall, no bath. The main bathroom is dedicated to guests staying in Blofields, it has luxurious touches, with the roll-top bath, separate shower stall and natural light and choice furnishings. Ideal for a soak after a long day on the beach.

  • The ground floor has an open plan living room and kitchen, with a separate dining room that opens onto a garden.
  • The two bedrooms upstairs on the first floor are both doubles, the Elephant Room and the Blofields Room, furnished with antique and contemporary furniture.
  • The Elephant Room is light and airy, with views of the town's rooftops and large windows. It has its own en-suite shower room.
  • The Blofields Room has a double aspect with views toward the town’s centre as well as over the garden and includes a super king-size bed, TV and DVD and has exclusive access to a luxurious bathroom.
  • Home-cooked breakfasts are made with the freshest, local ingredients.
  • Free WiFi is available.
  • Bottled mineral water, tea and coffee making facilities are provided.
  • Hand-sprung mattresses, luxury bed linen and towels are provided.
  • The owners have two dogs, so unfortunately no pets can be welcomed. 



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