A new luxury boutique hotel is set to open in North Norfolk in 2018, under the direction of the Bijou Collection brand.
The Harper will be a 32-bedroom hotel, with two restaurants, and a spa, located a mile from North Norfolk’s Champagne coast, and will be part of the development of the former site of Langham Glass.
The complete £6m transformation project to convert the site into a selection of holiday homes and the hotel was first approved in 2006 but held up due to the recession. Work began in 2012.
The Harper has been named after Stanley Harper Cutmore, who was said to be ‘Norfolk through and through’.
Grandfather to the Cutmore-Scott family who own and run The Harper, Stanley was a mechanic by trade. He ran Cutmore’s of Barrack Street, Norwich with his brother Jim, together keeping the business in the Cutmore family for three generations.
The iron, copper, oak and slate of The Harper’s interior lends it an unfussy, faintly mechanical air that evokes the building’s industrial past and Stanley’s life and work.
The Harper will be home to two restaurants, the more casual everyday eatery Stanley’s and the fine dining experience The Stove run by executive chef Nik Hare.
The Harper will be owned and run by Bijou, a family-owned and family-run collection of companies that operate in the hospitality and leisure industries in the UK and France.
The group’s first venue, Silchester House opened in 1997 and the brand has been steadily gaining momentum ever since.
The Bijou Collection now comprises six venues in the UK and France, with the group involved in a selection of hospitality and leisure-related activities, from yoga retreats to weddings.