The moment you set eyes on the splendid oak staircase at The Dales, you know that someone took a great deal of care to create a house of substance and style. Commodore Henry Douglas King, MP acquired the Victorian rectory in 1910 and set about creating the splendid oak panelled interior and comfortable surroundings that we see today.
Throughout its history, The Dales has been a comfortable retreat, taking advantage of peace and seclusion in its 4 acres of grounds. Commodore King allowed the house to be used as a convalescent home for soldiers wounded in the First World War. After his death, the house became the family home of the Spurrell family until 1948 when it was acquired by Norfolk County Council for use as a residential home.
So alongside the mullioned windows and stained glass you will find comfortable beds, state of the art televisions and DVD players. But, as you play croquet on the restored lawns or listen to the strains of live jazz coming from the garden, you can almost imagine yourself as a weekend guest of Commodore King.