A ‘high demand’ for bedrooms has prompted a boutique hotel in Outwell to embark on a refurbishment and expansion programme.
The Crown Lodge Hotel, a family-run business operated for more than 40 years, has spent £700k on transforming a derelict service station into a guest wing after a surge in demand for bedroom space.
The expansion takes the number of bedrooms at the property to 18, with the project taking just under two years to complete.
The scheme began in 2016 following the purchase of the neighbouring derelict service station, which was made possible by a commercial mortgage from HSBC.
Tim Gibb, director at Crown Lodge Hotel, said: “We have been fortunate over the years to have experienced high demand for our boutique rooms.
“As a result however, we reached the point where we couldn’t fulfill the volume of bookings being requested – a great problem to have, but we knew it meant we’d need to expand.
“Taking on the old service station could have been a risk as it was such a difference space, but we’ve been able to transform it into a stylish and cosy new hotel wing.”
Alongside 18 bedrooms, the hotel is home to the Rosette-winning restaurant, The Moorings, as well as additional conference and event facilities.