Thornham pubs sold to boutique hotelier

Lifeboat Inn Thornham ANL-150910-113413001
Lifeboat Inn Thornham ANL-150910-113413001
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The Lifeboat Inn and the Chequers Inn, in Thornham have been sold to hotel group Agellus Hotels.

Both pubs were previously owned by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White but they were put on the market earlier this year. They were sold on the instructions of the joint administrators of Victory Inns Property UK and Agamenon Inns Property UK.

Chequers Inn, Thornham ANL-150910-113619001

Chequers Inn, Thornham ANL-150910-113619001

The Lifeboat is a 16th-century inn with 13 en-suite bedrooms, a 70-cover restaurant, character bar and a breakfast room.

It comes with 0.8 acres and stunning views across the salt marshes to the North Sea.

The business benefits from having a large car park and terraced garden areas.

The Chequers occupies a prominent position front the A149. It is a Grade II-listed 17th-century inn with a traditional bar, 70 cover restaurant, 12 en-suite letting bedrooms, separate cottage and a studio.

There is a large car park, terrace and a play area in 0.6 acres.

Fleurets who handled the freehold sales, reported strong interest in both properties. Agellus Hotels is a privately-owned hotel company that owns and manages a select group of restaurants with rooms, gastro pubs and boutique hotels.

The company specialises in distinctive individual properties offering exceptional food, accommodation and service. Other Agellus owned properties include the Tuddenham Mill, near Newmarket, the Westleton Crown and the Ship, in Dunwich.

Rufus Harper, operations director of Agellus, said: “This is an exciting time for Agellus Hotels, The Lifeboat and The Chequers are properties we have known and admired for some time and we felt the acquisitions presented an opportunity for us to bring some investment and experience to them to get them back to their glorious best. We are looking forward to building on the hotels existing character and reputation and developing the offers with the teams on site to delight our future guests. We are confident they will once again be two of the best places on the North Norfolk coast to stay, dine and unwind.”