Forget frugality, bring on the fun and frivolity! Harness hedonism instead of hardship! Within the 18th century walls of Carrington House, you can enjoy extravagance, glamour and gorgeousness, if only for the weekend. After this, promise the owners, the world will seem a better place!
Carrington House, from the people who brought you Cliff Barns, combines the facilities and style of a boutique hotel with the individuality and exclusivity of a private home, making it the ultimate house party venue for friends and family as well as a stunning venue for corporate, team-building events. Located in the pretty Norfolk village of Snettisham, this Grade II listed building has been totally transformed by interior designer Shaun Clarkson (The Pigalle Club, Odettes, The Wallace) and set designer Russell Hall.
A grand Georgian residence on the exterior, complete with magnificent adjoining cottage, only the bright chartreuse door belies the wow factor within. Here you have three striking reception rooms, nine beautiful bedrooms, a stunning dining room, a sound-proofed leisure lounge and a large, live-in kitchen, as well as a professional catering area for larger events and celebrations.
Add to this a Disco Room with a sound system, DJ decks and mirror balls, iPod docks in all nine bedrooms, three X-flat screen TVs, a hot tub in the garden and your guests have a treat in store.
Stylistically, Carrington House is bold, graphic and glamorous, with every room exuding individuality and originality. The dining room has a huge, black lacquered table seating 22, surrounded by white leather upholstered chairs. The room oozes elegance and is ideal for celebratory suppers or magnificent Sunday lunches. The den, with its roaring fire, is a relaxing retreat in which to chill out and watch your favourite films on the state-of-art HD plasma screen or listen to the latest tunes via music console and iPod dock. For more formal occasions, head to the Pavilion Room - a modern twist on a traditional drawing room, designed entirely with cocktails in mind.
In the subterranean, sound-proofed cellar, complete with chill out area, guests will find plenty to amuse themselves with DJ decks, dance floor, karaoke machine, six foot cinema screen and dressing up room.
Wander upstairs, and take your pick from six very different bedrooms including The Versace which has a bespoke raised bed for that extra special night's sleep; The Hollywood, an American twin straight from the set of a 1950s movie; and the Orient-inspired Chinoiserie, complete with two large luxurious single beds, which can be transformed into a giant double for even more fun. Alternatively, the Red Room is fantastical in every way with a very versatile eight-poster bed that can be for two singles up to a pleasure-seeking sleep chamber for six. With a nod to the swinging style of the 60s, the adjoining yet very private cottage features three double bedrooms, a super stylish sitting room, luxury bathroom and private walled terrace. The Cabin Room comes with freestanding bath whilst the Terrace Bedroom with its private patio brings the outside inside with a bespoke bed featuring a woodland silhouette.
Outside, enjoy the ultimate in exclusivity with a beautiful secret garden, hidden by copper beeches with a white, wrought iron gazebo and a glass-topped tree root table seating twelve. A sophisticated walled terrace, luxury sun loungers, a mirrored trellis and stunning patio furniture conclude the experience.
The house sleeps 18, plus two on a double sofa bed. Any extra guests can be accommodated in The Rose and Crown pub, a minutes walk away.
Carrington House can provide the very best in beauty treatments, yoga and massage as well as entertainment in the form of DJs, musicians, comedians or magicians. A whole brigade of staff can be booked to cater for your every need, from highly accomplished chefs that can prepare feasts using specialist local ingredients to silver service waiters and bartenders to mix and muddle.
The in-house nanny service can take the greatest care of your little ones, and a high chair and babysitting service are available. Your surroundings will stay spick and span with daily chambermaids.
3 night weekends from £3,650 to £3,850 self-catering (full catering available)
Single night stays available midweek, from £1,200.
5-8th August 2016
2-5th September 2016
16-19th September 2016
30th September -3rd October 2016
4-7th November 2016
2-5th December 2016
16-19th December 2016
Situated on the north west Norfolk coast, on the edge of the village of Snettisham. The nearest big supermarket is in Kings Lynn or Hunstanton, Farmers market at Fakenham and in the village Hall in Snettisham. Tesco Direct can deliver here.
Airport: Norwich (1 hr); Stansted (1.5 hrs)
Station: Kings Lynn (8 miles)
For more active members of the party, everything from bike rides around the village to shooting trips, seal watching (a few miles away at Blakeney) to kite surfing and trout fishing to horse riding can be organised.
Guests with simpler tastes can indulge in a spot of village-style retail therapy with a corner shop, bursting with everything from gob stoppers to fresh bread, a butcher for those all important Sunday morning sausages, a hairdresser and a second-hand store, ideal for extra dressing up items. For people who just want a proper pint and quality pub grub, head to the Norfolk Dining Pub of the Year, The Rose and Crown, a two minute walk away.
(18 + sofa bed)