Welcome to The Gunton Arms, an exceptional retreat situated within the tranquil Norfolk estate of Gunton Hall in Norfolk, England. This distinctive property seamlessly combines the ambiance of a shooting party with a remarkable display of contemporary artworks and hearty, meat-focused cuisine. Let’s delve into this extraordinary holiday destination.
Owned by art dealer Ivor Braka, The Gunton Arms is a remarkable transformation of a flint hunting lodge, radiating a unique sense of style and artistry. Upon entering, you’ll encounter an eclectic array of contemporary artworks, featuring exotic butterflies by Damian Hirst, neon script by Tracey Emin, and erotic photographs by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi, among others. The outdoor space is adorned with captivating sculptures, including a Sol Lewit ziggurat pyramid.
This visual spectacle is complemented by a relaxed and shabby-chic atmosphere, attracting a diverse crowd of well-heeled Londoners, local aristocrats, celebrity musicians, renowned artists, and a surprisingly youthful local clientele who gather to enjoy the pool and bar during quieter moments.
The Gunton Arms prides itself on its laid-back atmosphere, reflected in its approach that does away with formal receptions. The staff, once located, are affable, accommodating, and laid-back, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Accommodations at The Gunton Arms are truly spectacular. Offering 16 impeccably designed rooms, including four in the coach house and four in the barn house conversion, each space showcases impeccable taste, blending comfort with eye-catching fabrics, standout antiques, and striking artwork. The spacious bathrooms are a delight, adorned with soft grey Egyptian marble, free-standing baths, and sunflower head showers.
Dining options at The Gunton Arms are diverse. In the Elk Room, you can observe Chef Stuart Tattersall expertly preparing steaks over an open fire beneath the colossal antlers of an ancient fossilized elk. The menu boasts tempting selections such as sirloin steaks, pork chops, Gunton red deer rump, and rib of beef, accompanied by goose fat roast potatoes and Béarnaise sauce. Seafood enthusiasts will savor locally caught mussels and Cromer crab. While the menu leans towards meat, lighter snacks are available, although vegetarian options are limited.
For breakfast, guests can relish a hearty spread, including fresh juices and a variety of cooked options to kickstart the day.
The Gunton Arms also offers pet-friendly rooms, ensuring that your four-legged companions are welcome to join your holiday.
If you require an extended stay or are traveling with a larger group, The Gunton Arms presents the Suffield Lodge. This luxurious four-bedroom flint and thatched cottage, also designed by Robert Kime, accommodates up to eight people, making it ideal for family gatherings or getaways with friends. Nestled in a private corner of the estate with picturesque views, this cottage provides a tranquil and comfortable retreat.
Whether you’re an aficionado of contemporary art, a culinary enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape in the Norfolk countryside, The Gunton Arms offers a distinctive holiday experience. It’s a place where history, art, and modern comfort converge to create indelible memories. Book your stay at The Gunton Arms and immerse yourself in the natural and cultural treasures of North Norfolk.