Norfolk mansion renovated as a boutique hotel

UK: A property named “Norfolk’s best kept secret,” has opened after a quarter of a million pound refurbishment.

The five bedroom boutique property is in an 18th century Grade-II listed building known as Belle Vue House.

It was purchased in late 2014 by Martin and Louise Wardle, hoping to build an institution in Louise’s home town of Denver. The pair have aimed for a design fusing the Victorian with the modern.

Mrs. Wardle, who works full time as a VP at a marketing firm, said: “We walked past the building and went to the pub and got talking about it and they mentioned it was on the market. Before we knew it we thought about taking it on and running our own guest house.”

The two had stumbled upon the property on a dog walk and decided to operate it as a full time guest house soon after. Each of the five individual rooms have a unique themed aesthetic.

Other design cues include the rustic breakfast room, which offers English morning classics to its guests.

Mr Wardle said: “People are coming to us who have never come to the area before and they go out and explore and use the local facilities. People have described the house as a ‘gem of a place’, ‘one of the best B&B’s’ and ‘Norfolk’s best kept secret’ – it’s comments like that which make it worth doing and it’s nice to know people take away nice memories of Denver and Downham Market.”

The pair are hoping to add three extra bedrooms by Easter with a holiday cottage addendum. Norfolk’s capital has also seen development, with Norwich gaining a boutique hotel in late 2018.

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