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Fritton hotel trade suspended

PUBLISHED: 13:24 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:42 03 July 2010

THE Somerleyton Estate announced today it was suspending its hotel operation, Fritton House, citing the tough trading conditions during the last quarter of 2008 - and their pessimistic forecast for 2009.

THE Somerleyton Estate announced today it was suspending its hotel operation, Fritton House, citing the tough trading conditions during the last quarter of 2008 - and their pessimistic forecast for 2009.

However, the estate is retaining control of its growing events business and Fritton House will be available to hire for weddings, private and corporate events and private lettings.

Owner Hugh Crossley said the decision had not been taken lightly but was necessary to protect the sustainability of the business.

He said: “The Estate's long term ambition remains focused on developing Fritton House which would give us the economies of scale needed to ensure robust levels of profitability. However, having failed to win a vital planning consent at the end of last year and with the worsening economic climate, I am clear this is the best mid-term strategy for the long term viability of the business.”

A core team of staff will remain to support the events business. “

Like practically every business today, we have to react to the effects of the global downturn,” said Mr Crossley.

From February, the nine rooms will be available to hire for private groups or for corporate teams needing a private space. Surrounding facilities, including the parkland, lake and adventure playground, will be available for private hire.

Hugh said: “We would like to thank all the guests and diners that have supported the Hotel over the past three years.”


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