Reopening date has been announced for The Golden Lion Hotel in Hunstanton
A historic hotel on the seafront has been brought back to life – with a reopening date announced.
The Golden Lion Hotel on The Green in Hunstanton is in the midst of an extensive refurbishment courtesy of the team at Strata Architects. This has included a new addition of a conservatory lounge with a ‘glass lantern-style roof’ overlooking the front.
After proposals submitted to West Norfolk Council in November to revamp the hotel were approved, the building is now set to open on Friday, March 22.
The architect firm has shared insights into what to expect from the new look.
On a Facebook post, Strata Architects said: “The historic Golden Lion Hotel in Hunstanton reopens on March 22, following an extensive refurbishment.
“The building was the centre point of the vision of Henry L’estrange in the mid-1800s as he looked to create a new seaside resort and was the only building between the village of Heacham and the Lighthouse on the cliffs for over 14 years.
“Originally called The New Inn, The Golden Lion has welcomed visitors for almost 180 years and we are delighted to play our part in the next chapter of this historic building.”
A report sent in with the application said that staff hope to make better use of the hotel’s remaining west-facing garden, a space that has been “underutilised and is largely unknown or appreciated by passers by”.
The Golden Lion Hotel’s planning report said: “Consideration has been given to the original building as well as the later extensions – both single storey – the one to the North being more in keeping with the original architecture and detail especially as seen in the stone windows being arched to match.
“Whilst it respected the stone work mid rail datum of the original building, just as the earlier extension had, it lost some of the finer details, and the stone windows, some replaced in formed concrete, are square with no arch detailing.
“It is the stone datum that we have also acknowledged in this proposal allowing the new roof profile to sit just below.
“Equally, the new roof profile will sit above the original windows on this elevation, preserving the windows and allowing them to be viewed as original details from within the proposed room.
“Essentially the proposal will softly plug into the existing fabric without physical harm.”