After half a year’s renovation, The Oaksmere in Brome has opened its doors to diners.
Formerly known as The Cornwallis, the site, off the A140 near Diss, was purchased by local businessman Fraser Duffin in February this year, and since then dedicated local tradesmen have worked on bringing the historic building back to life.
Although The Oaksmere’s bar area has been open since April, last week saw the opening of the restaurant, outdoor terracing and wine and cocktail conservatory. From September 5, the new ten boutique hotel rooms will also be available for bookings.
The outdoor space is the result of a collaboration with Thomas Hoblyn, British landscape and garden designer and three-time gold medalist at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The Oaksmere merges two pieces of architecture, the Tudor Dower House and the Victorian Rectory.
The restaurant, named after executive chef Colin Jennings, is in classic Victorian decor, finished with contemporary ideas.
Mr Duffin said: “We hope our guests will find it an ideal setting in which to relax and enjoy their dining experience.”
Lunch in the bar will be served from September 5, and breakfasts are offered in The Oaksmere even for those not staying in the hotel.
Another business innovation is the wine and cocktail conservatory. It has been set up as a celebration space, serving classic recipes and frozen creations too. Michelle McDonald, operations director of the new bar and restaurant, said: “Now there’s no need to travel far to enjoy a Singapore Sling!”
The hotel rooms have been madeover, with the aim of retaining their period character, with the addition of modern luxuries such as Hypnos beds, whirlpool baths and large Sky HD televisions.
Mr Duffin said: “We’d like to think that these are the finest boutique hotel bedrooms in East Anglia, and worthy of such a beautiful building.
“I’d like to give enormous thanks to all the skilled local tradesmen who have worked so hard to create a destination that stands out from the crowd. The reopening of this historic building has brought back many locals with great stories of the old Oaksmere and Cornwallis days.”