8 things we love about The Dialhouse
Fancy a quirky country stay with luxury themed rooms, a 70's vibe cocktail bar and everything you see is for sale - step inside The Dialhouse!
1. Themed Rooms
The Dialhouse is a large Georgian Guest House bursting with character and hidden rooms including a private dine behind a secret bookcase door, a pantry with table views into the kitchen, converted squash court toilets and eight individually styled bedrooms which tell the tale of Georgian discoveries from around the Globe.
We recently stayed in the Natural History room, the door to which was hidden behind a mirrored wall off a landing full of weird and wonderful objets.
Soft shades of green, yellow, cream and gold juxtaposed nicely with the quirky forest print wallpaper – spot how many animals you can count! Lots of mirrored shelving with jars full of sea shells and another hidden door to the bathroom. Pinned butterflies in frames, shell mirrors, quartz lamps and a springbok skin rug – it’s beautifully busy and strangely calming.
As with the overall Dialhouse design, the furniture was an eclectic mix of vintage pieces with great bedside cabinets and a vintage dressing table. The room opened out to large enclosed balcony with table and chairs – perfect for drinks in the warmer months.
All the Muddy prerequisites were ticked: Large comfy bed, dressing gowns, quality linen, home-made cookies, fresh milk, great shower and designer toiletries. Plus complimentary sloe gin!!
2. Funky Art
The whole place has the feel of a cool, well designed antiques saleroom. Ex TV Director – Hannah Springham is one half of the dynamic duo behind the Dialhouse (hubbie Andrew Jones is the Exec Chef) and the art is very reflective of her own personal style – fun, colourful and quirky!
Pretty much everything in the Dialhouse is for sale and subsequently the decor is forever changing, making every visit unique. I never leave empty handed and on this trip succumbed to a vintage projector which had been turned into a lamp.
Always allow an extra hour to shop, plus upstairs you’ll find The Green Room – a preloved clothing boutique with lots of designer labels!
4. Retro vibe
From the dining room playlist to the record player in each room (vinyl box on the landing) – the Dialhouse is rocking the retro vibe. We loved stepping back in time and listening to a bit of Tubular Bells before bed.
The Pink Cocktail Bar is a great place to hang out pre & post meal and perfect for a small private get together.
5. Creative menu
The food is as creative as the surroundings and the recently introduced set menu is great value at £18 for two courses or £23 for three. Alternatively you can dine from the A La Carte menu where mains start at £14. Both offer a selection of traditional and fancier options – perfect for all palates.
We started with the Pork Crubeens and Salt Cod Croquettes – delicious.
I fancied good old fashioned comfort food and opted for the Chicken, Ham and Leek pie which was packed with meatiness. Mr O had the Spinach Risotto with preserved mushrooms and Parmesan, which was also wonderfully tasty.
There’s always room for dessert and we shared the Tarte Tatin with ice cream. Made fresh, the menu warns of a 20 minute wait, but it’s worth every second. Absolutely beautiful and just look at that caramelised sugar – mmmm!
I’ve also tried their Sunday Roast and Afternoon Tea and can highly recommend both. No scrimping on veg or sandwiches here – get your big pants on as these are both belly burstingly delicious.
6. Wedding packages
If you’re looking for something just that little bit different, the Dialhouse offer two wedding packages based around a set number of guests. Fully licensed for ceremonies (and booze) they only work with the best wedding suppliers and can guide you to wonderful local florists, cake makers, musicians etc.
Exec Chef Andrew will work with you to create your perfect wedding breakfast – from a Tudor Style Suckling Pig Feast to a Traditional Afternoon Tea.
There are two wedding packages available, both of which include rooms, but if you are looking at a larger wedding, you can take over the whole venue including the eight featured bedrooms.
Relax and unwind either in the privacy of your own room or in the dedicated spa room. The Dialhouse work with a handful of recommended freelance beauticians with a range of treatments and it’s a good idea book ahead if you’re in need of a little pampering.
8. Workshops & Courses
The Dialhouse offer a programme of cookery and craft workshops, so keep any eye on their FaceBook page to see what’s coming up. They also work with some local destination venues to offer ‘experience stays’ and you can book anything from Alpaca trekking to Seal spotting with a rather lovely picnic to boot!
For more information visit our Little Black Book Dialhouse listing.
The Dialhouse, Reepham, Norfolk, NR10 4JJ Tel: 01603 879900