Caley Hall Hotel
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A weekend at the seaside!
"Having decided to visit Hunstanton with our two young children, we contacted Caley Hall. Their response was prompt and they offered us a favourable rate for B&B in a family room. We had the choice of two double beds and a shower, or a double, single and put-you-up bed, with a bath. We opted for the latter.
On arrival the young lady at reception kindly took us to our room, which is very unusual these days. Our room was not huge but very clean and exactly as described in terms of beds and bath. On a warm weekend we appreciated the air conditioning unit, which someone kindly explained the workings of. Tea making facilities and shampoo etc were all provided, as well as an informative folder with meal times etc.
The rooms were set out in little apartments.....like bungalows with their own entrance. Caley Hall had been a farm and most of the rooms were on the ground floor in the 'stable blocks' which ran off from the main farmhouse. They had shared courtyards with patio furniture and made you feel very private and relaxed.
We booked for the evening meal, which was only served between 6 and 8pm. The restaurant staff were polite and efficient in the evening. Food was very good, with a good choice, costing Â£23 adult for three courses and Â£9 per child. Fresh fish was available, cooked to your liking and served plain, with butter, a creamy dill sauce, and another choice, which I forget!
Breakfast was not as well organised as the evening meal had been; we were given a table but no-one explained how the breakfast system worked to us or welcomed us really. There was a slightly smaller range of food available than stated on the menu, although my daughter asked for some hot chocolate to drink, which came promptly.
Reception offered a DVD loan service for Â£3 which was great with a good range of films and a book borrowing service and lots of local information.
All in all, a lovely place to stay, in very close proximity to the beach, although I would say the walk was nearer 15 minutes than the stated 5-10 minutes! We drove!"
- Travel date: Tue 12th of September 2006
Clean and comfortable
"Stayed for 1 night in July after bagging a lower price on laterooms.com. The standard double room we were given was certainly not as spacious as the picture on their website suggests and in fact was quite cramped. We were probably allocated one of the smaller rooms because of the discounted price we had paid. However, the room was bright, clean and had a comfortable bed. Nice and quiet setting with the rooms more like chalets laid out around a courtyard. The bar is like a gentlemanâs club with deep leather armchairs and very middle class. Didn't try the evening meal as a touch too expensive for us at Â£46 for 2. Lovely buffet style breakfast where you are shown to your table. Friendly staff, especially the young girl who shows you to your room. Couldn't say the same about the girl on reception who could hardly be bothered to raise her eyes to greet us and took our money on departure and our request for a leaflet for one of the local attractions with similar disinterest."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of July 2006
'better than a two star'
"Having stopped at some terrible 4 star hotels in London we were a bit apprehensive booking the 2 star Caley Hall Hotel. What a pleasant surprise awaited us, the restaurant was excellent, meals were well presented , good choice, we had halibut one night which was as good as a certain restaurant in Padstow,Cornwall and much cheaper.The lamb was delicious,with more than ample vegetables. Nice selection of wines at fair prices. The selection of sweets was as good as you would get at much higher rated hotels.The lounge bar was furnished to a high standard, with a good selection of wines, beers and spirits. The staff were polite and gave a very good service. No need for lunch with a breakfast like this, juice, fruit, yoghurt, toast and marmalade, plus of course the huge english breakfast. The rooms are of a good standard clean with all the things needed to make your stay comfortable,television, dvd player, ironing board, iron, air conditioner, fridge very handy for the odd bottle of wine. Not cheap but well worth a higher rating."
- Travel date: Sun 9th of April 2006
Nice and clean with great amenities..
"We stayed at the Caley Hall Hotel and it was very comfortable. The room was clean with a great shower. One that you didn't have to figure out or adjust. It was great value for money and in a central locations for exploring the aread. It would be nice to stay in the summer as they have a lovely courtyard. We went to the Orange Tree for dinner which was really good. Also, we had a fabulous lunch at the White Horse Inn (on the water)."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of February 2006
"Booked this hotel as a late booking for one Sat. night on bed and breakfast basis in a standard room. It was great, lovely spacious rooms, Comfortable bed, good bathroom in fact the room was perfect. The hotel is in a lovely quiet setting. The buffet breakfast was perfect. Food was cooked to perfection, (Loved the fried eggs on muffins)Plenty of choice of cereals, toast fruit etc also.The dining room was lovely plenty of space between tables and spotlessly clean.We only stopped for one night but would certainly stop here again for longer. We have stayed in several places in the area and this is the best yet. Deserves more than 3 stars in our opinion. Well done Caley Hall Hotel. We shall certainly be visiting you again in the near future."
- Travel date: Sun 29th of January 2006
"We booked the Caley Hall Hotel as a last minute late summer treat and were a little apprehensive as it is always a gamble with unknown accommodation. One of the reviews of this hotel cast it in a very bad light , and the remaining reviews were very favourable.
All I can say is that the the person who gave the bad review probably has much higher expectations than we do or else needs a white stick !
We found the hotel excellent , the location is superb , the staff friendly , the price for the room reasonable.
The setting for the rooms ,mostly on the ground floor , is like a collection of small bungalows all with their own patios and tables and chairs. It is only a 5-10 minute walk to the beach at old Hunstanton which is quiet and unspoilt and at the start of the wonderful north norfolk coastal area , which we love so much we intend to retire here.
Back to the Hotel - The breakfasts are buffet with tea or coffee served and are really good and will set you up for the day. We didn't try the evening meals as we do not like to eat three courses and feel that an a la carte option would be a good idea as only a fixed three course meal at Â£23 per person was available ( a tad expensive ?).
Anyway our overall impression was that this is an excellent hotel and we will certainly be back."
- Travel date: Sat 10th of September 2005
Very Good if not Excellent
"We have holidayed in Hunstanton for the past 3 years this is the third hotel we have stayed at and it is by far the best. We were met at reception by Alex who made us feel at home straight away, nothing was too much trouble for him he even carried our cases from the car park to our the room.
We had a De Luxe room that would put quite a few 4* hotel rooms to shame. It was tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean we even had a sewing kit.
Alex showed us how to operate the shower so that we were not blown out of the bathroom window and also how to push the plugs down in the sink and bath.
The television had all the channels including sky sports so I could watch the golf from America at night. We had a small fridge to keep our beer and sherry in, tea and coffee facilities and some decent complimentary soap accessories.
The bar and lounge area are beautifully decorated with big comfortable seats and staff that fuss over you without being obtrusive. Our order for dinner was taken promptly and pre dinner drinks were served here in a relaxing atmosphere.
We ate in the restaurant for five of the seven night we stayed Â£23 a head may seem a bit steep but when that includes all you can eat starters fresh fish brought in from Kings Lynn each day ( I saw the fish van every morning and the butcher ) and all you can eat sweets and cheese board it represents very good value for money. The breakfast was buffet style but the waitresses will serve you if you ask they will also cook you different style eggs if the are not too busy. My one complaint was that the bacon and sausages were a bit on the cool side.
Talking to other guests who have been coming for a number of years they say the hotel has been transformed over the past year by the new owners who seem to have refurbished nearly all of it.
We met Arran and his wife the owners one day and their beautiful 6 month old daughter who sat and smiled at us for five minutes, she, like us, seemed well fed.
Cleanliness and laid back hospitality seems to be the norm at this hotel and that is reflected by the brass clocks on the wall at reception. They tell the time in London, New York and Hunstanton for the ones with a keen eye you will note that the Hunstanton clock has stopped, very apt for the area.
This is the place to relax and unwind we will be definitely be back and hopefully the sausages and bacon will be warmer"
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of September 2005
The Perfect Setting
"My wife and I have just returned from a two night stay at the hotel. After reading other reviews of quite different experiences we were not sure what to expect!.
However we were pleasently suprised!
First impressions were of a pretty well maintained yard and buildings and helpfull reception staff. The room was a ground floor standard twin which was very spacious and clean and tidy. We had a tv, ironing board, fridge, hairdryer and excellent tea and coffee provisions.
The double bed was very comfortable and we spent lots of time in it!!.
On the minus front we would of liked to of had a seperate shower cubicle rather than one over the bath which leaked slightly, and I personally had trouble getting into the bathroom at night in the dark as there was no outside handle on the sliding bathroom door.
The breakfast menu was help yourself continental style and was excellent with all the expected food from fryup to cereal etc.
The evening 3 course meal was well cooked however portions were at a premium, with very few vegetables and we personally felt that it was not good value for money.So on our second night we travelled into Hunstanton and had a superb as much as you can eat meal at the local Chinese, it was help yourself and every different dish was presented in seperate heated dishes, it for people like us who enjoy a chinese meal was 1st class and only Â£11.99 each. Drinks were a little over priced but who cares when the meal is so good.
Another place we recommend is The Orange House at Thornham, about 3 miles from the Caley heading towards Wells. This b&b and bar looked as if it had just been renovated in a very modern light wood style, with lots of lighting. It was very well presented and the staff were very friendly, even when I entered with my Ipswich Town jacket on (it was raining).
We only had drinks but the resturant looked very nice and inviting.
We travelled from Caley all the way into Wells, a lovely laid back fishing village with youngsters crabbing on the quy. how that brought back fond chidhood memories, all the way to Cromer and back travelling through some lovely villages made up of beautifull flint, stone and brick houses.
With Sandringham just up the road and loads of other places to visit there is plenty to keep you and children occupied.
The Caley is well situated just outside the main Hunstanton, nr the cliff, it is a quiet and friendly place to stay and is well maintained and clean.
A little evening entertainment would of been nice and the choice of Sky tv.
But if like us you are looking for a relaxing and pleasent place to stay to just unwind from the normal hectic working schedule this is an excellent choice.
We would highly recommend this hotel and look forward to staying again in the future."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of July 2005
Great Value! - Great Food!
"We spent 3 very relaxing days in July at Caley Hall Hotel and throughly enjoyed it! We opted for a "deluxe" room - one of the better rooms, since it was only Â£5 per person more (Â£54 p/p/p/n). We were greeted by a friendly man who promptly showed us to our room - on the first floor. Not a great view (trees - no sea!) but the room was very clean and spacious with good quality (fairly new) pine furniture, a sleigh bed, table and chairs, fridge, TV and DVD player (we borrowed a couple of DVDs from reception during our stay). The bathroom wasn't huge, but was more than adequate and absolutely immaculate - probably refurbished very recently - fully tiled, with a shower over the bath that on full power felt like it might take my skin off!
Our room had a staircase actually within the room, with a large patio area outside. The hotel is like a maze of buildings with lots of patio space with tables and chairs, and very peaceful.
We had dinner on 2 nights (and at the Neptune next door on one night - very good also). Both nights the meals were excellent, and the staff were very friendly and seemed to actually know a bit about the menu, which is often quite rare . The menu is a fixed 3 course meal for Â£23. Not cheap - but given the local area probably quite reasonable. The starter to have is the "buffet" option - quite a large selection of salads/cold meats/fish etc. For main course there was a unique fish option - a choice of 10 fresh fish, then you choose how you want it cooked and which sauce you want with it. The halibut I had was probably the best I have tasted (We saw the fishmonger's van pull up every morning so it must have been fresh!). All of the desserts are set out on a cold counter with at least 6 or 7 different choices each day - it was a shame we didn't stay for longer!
Breakfast was equally as good, a large buffet selection with about everything that you could think of. On one day the chef came out of the kitchen as I was selecting my breakfast, and asked me if all was okay and if he could get me anything. The service, as with the evening, was excellent throughout our stay.
Apparently this hotel is still a two star. Based on our experience I really can't see why. We have (more than once) stayed at worse four star hotels, so I'm sure that this will change shortly. Definate thumbs up!"
- Travel date: Mon 4th of July 2005
Not worth the money
"We spent a weekend recently at Caley Hall Hotel. On the plus side, the location is great as it is away from the chavvy side of Hunstanton. First impressions are good as the gravel drive, old building and sunny places to sit with your beer are also good. The staff were friendly and pleasant. However, this place is tired and grotty and you can see why it is only 2 stars. Our room was on the ground floor, as most of the rooms are. The furnishings made me feel like I was staying in my nan's house - naff paintings on the wall, brass fittings, peach coloured chairs, fake arrangement of peach roses in a vase, overpowering smell of air freshener etc. But, to be fair to Caley Hall, there were no surpises as that was exactly what the pictures on the website warned of. Indeed, channel 6 on the television is a slideshow of shots of the hotel and rooms set to bad 80's music - so the owners must be proud of it at least! The bathroom was odd... the toilet cistern squealed and whistled for about 5 minutes after every flush and the bathwater took double that time to drain away. For Â£49 pp/pn this is just bad value for money. The hotels in this area have the market cornered and the only reason we stayed there is we couldn't find anywhere else cheaper! Don't bow to the limited selection of eating out options in Old Hunstanton either. Again, Caley Hall, The Neptune and the Lodge Hotel, all on the same road, have that corner of the market sewn up too. Caley Hall would charge you Â£23 for a 3 course meal - the other two are on a par and have main courses around the Â£15 - Â£20 mark. I think that is extraordinarily expensive for what can only be called run of the mill dining.
So in summary, Caley Hall: shabby chic without the chic."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of June 2005
A lovely hotel in a good location
"I booked this hotel after bidding on ebay (check their own website for full details) and what an excellent weekend we had. We arrived Friday evening and a very friendly and courteous young lady showed us to our room - the hotel is made up of a number of out-buildings which feel like a maze at first with our room in the section that was once the grain store, although youâd never have guessed it as it has been very well converted. It was light, very clean and spacious with an ensuite bathroom with shower attachment, an iron and ironing board, tv, fridge, a hairdryer that actually had enough lead and well placed plug socket so it reached the mirror, big bath towels that you could wrap around you, a hospitality tray that had more than just a couple of teabags (in fact there were about 6 each of tea & coffee) with biscuits, and plenty of drawers and hangers so we were very pleased â it was obvious the owners and staff had thought it out well and put the customers first. We also noticed that there were ramps in the restaurant and bar and as many rooms are on the ground floor we would guess they are accessible for disabled guests.
To get to the bar & restaurant you walk through a conservatory type corridor that has bay windows on both sides so that it looks a bit like a row of Elizabethan shop fronts, which are the windows to the restaurant on one side and overlook the main patio area on the other, very charming. The same young lady served us, and we sat in the very comfortable lounge area which has a number of leather Chesterfield suites and a big open fire (gas but it looked real) or you can sit at the chunky pine tables and chairs by the bar. Surprisingly the bar tariff is about the same as in pubs and not the usual inflated hotel prices. The lady took or meal order while we were seated in the lounge and we were shown into the dining room when our starters were ready. The restaurant is a good size so that the tables arenât too close together. There was a very good selection of starters and main courses with fresh vegetables which are brought to you or there is a buffet selection of cold starters/main course which consisted of various meats, fish, salads, olives etc and a very impressive buffet dessert selection of homemade gateaux, cheesecake, mousse, fruit pie/crumble (a different selection the next evening), fresh fruit and fruit salad, jug of cream and bowls of whipped cream and cheese and biscuits. Breakfast consisted of cereals, fruit, fruit juice, toast and the normal cooked items, which were all buffet style. This hotel is not a place to go if you are on a diet, and if you are then just forget it for the time you are staying and enjoy! We would definitely recommend eating your evening meal here as currently (April 2005) it is only Â£23 for the 3 courses which is excellent value for money when you see how much you get.
The hotel is just a few minutes walk from Old Hunstanton beach, which we walked along to Hunstanton (had to work off some of the breakfast somehow!). We went to the Sea-life Sanctuary and the very large joke shop then had lunch in the Mariners which was recommended to us, but if you are still full from breakfast give it a miss or eat later as the portions are a good size for around Â£5-Â£6 each. The cod was huge and fresh and the batter light but you may have to wait for a table as it was busy even on a cold spring Saturday. Thereâs plenty to see around the area and a visit to Sandringham House and gardens is recommended, although the Norfolk Lavender place was expensive considering they mass produce - we managed to buy pots of lavender from a house just up the road from the hotel for less than Â½ of the price. We drove to Wells Next The Sea (visit the cider shop just up the road from the front â free tasting and Â£2 per bottle) and there are a few pretty villages on the way (Burnhan Market). On the way back we stopped at the Lifeboat Inn in Thornham which is a 16th century smugglers ale house and has a massive open fire (lovely smell).
The Caley Hall hotel is currently 2 star but we were told they are hoping for an upgrade, which would be well deserved. We have stayed in a couple of 4 star hotels that this hotel beats hands down. We highly recommend this hotel and would love to stay again - in fact we would say itâs one of the nicest hotels weâve stayed in!"
- Travel date: Mon 11th of April 2005