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North Walsham hotel that was secret retreat for Agatha Christie ranked in top 25 most romantic places to stay in UK on TripAdvisor

PUBLISHED: 11:56 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:29 27 February 2017

Owners of the Beechwood Hotel at North Walsham, Emma and Hugh Asher, celebrate the hotel being listed in the top 25 romantic UK hotels in the 2017 Travellers Choice  awards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Owners of the Beechwood Hotel at North Walsham, Emma and Hugh Asher, celebrate the hotel being listed in the top 25 romantic UK hotels in the 2017 Travellers Choice awards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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An intimate north Norfolk hotel, once used as a secret getaway by legendary crime writer Agatha Christie, has been ranked amongst the top 25 for romance in the UK by loved-up reviewers on a leading travel website.

The Beechwood Hotel at North Walsham, which has been listed in the top 25 romantic UK hotels in the 2017 Travellers Choice  awards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Beechwood Hotel at North Walsham, which has been listed in the top 25 romantic UK hotels in the 2017 Travellers Choice awards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Beechwood, in North Walsham, won the hearts of guests in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2017 awards.

The hotel, run by husband and wife team Hugh and Emma Asher, is lauded by praise in page after page of almost 750 online reviews.

The couple, who bought The Beechwood in 2015, expressed delight at the accolade.

“It means a lot to us - we get an immense sense of pride to see guests returning to the hotel,” said Mr Asher. “And have tremendous satisfaction from people saying how great the hotel is.

“The bedrooms are very romantic with four-poster beds and roll top baths and we try to provide fantastic service and atmosphere.”

From the mid-1930s to 1967 The Beechwood was known as The Shrubs and was the home of Drs Peter and Margaret McLeod who were close friends of crime writer Agatha Christie.

Dame Agatha was a regular visitor, staying with the McLeods in room number 9 for a month at a time, writing her novels in a summerhouse in the grounds.

The world famous author would travel incognito to the town using the surname of her husband Sir Max Mallowan.

Six things that reviewers say make the Beechwood special

The warm welcoming staff and thoughtful service

The history and associations with Agatha Christie

The themed evenings including murder mystery nights and New Year’s Eve Casino Royale party

The traditional English afternoon teas

The menu featuring fresh local ingredients ideally sourced within a 10-mile radius of the hotel

All the dishes being hand made on the premises including ice creams and sorbets


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