Luxury £23m Suffolk venue could reopen as boutique hotel


One of Suffolk’s top venues could reopen as a boutique hotel, spa and restaurant, after it emerged that its owner already has big plans well underway.

Shrubland Hall was sold in 2009 for £23m to new owner Dr Muhammed Farmer, and marked the first change in ownership for the Grade-II listed property in 200 years.

Now Farmer has revealed on the building’s website plans to reopen the property on November 25 under its new name, Shrubland Royale.

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The website describes how the new venue hopes to take ‘prestigious guests’ to the hall ‘on a journey back to the future’.

And its Facebook page states: “The hall has been renovated to a high level to provide exquisite comfort and tranquillity.”

Guests will have to wait with baited breath to catch a glimpse of the interiors however, as no pictures are currently showing on the website.

It says: “We have deliberately not put new pictures as we want our guests to experience and cherish the changes and the environment we have created.”

Farmer has also applied for permission for wedding ceremonies and receptions – although the Shrubland Royale website states there would be only one wedding a year.

The application submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council details the history of the hall.

It says: “In 1960 the 6th Baron De Saumarez established a well-known and successful residential health clinic, (hotel, restaurant and spa), within the hall.

“Since Dr Farmer purchased the Hall he has slowly been refurbishing it to modernise the facilities to reopen it as a boutique hotel, restaurant and spa.”

A post on the hall’s Facebook page says the menu at its restaurant is designed by award-winning chefs Felice Tocchini, Gurpareet Bains, Marc Veryat and Christine Bailey.