In picturesque Great Massingham, The Dabbling Duck is a successful village pub, run with great warmth by experienced, hands-on manager Mark Dobby and his wife Sally, a professional photographer, whose prints decorate some of the walls. As soon as you walk in, you’re struck by the cosy, rustic decoration: wooden floors, tables and bar, hops hanging from beams, and shelves of books. There are eight bedrooms – including three garden rooms – plus the recently refurbished Duckling Cottage, a few doors away, which sleeps six. Sally and Mark have also just renovated the house next door to add four spacious bedrooms with roll-top baths and walk-in showers. The pub has a well-deserved reputation for its own Mucky Duck gin, real ales and curated wine list. The terrific food is made using local produce and prepared by skilful chef, Dale Smith. There is a beautiful oak-beamed barn with a cosy wood burner, an outside bar and a kitchen serving street food and wood-fired pizza. The barn opens up onto the pub garden, which has a play area for little ones.
Doubles from £110
+44 (0)1485 520827; thedabblingduck.co.uk