Saxmundham: the opening of the Bell Hotel postponed to summer 2022

10:30 a.m. April 28, 2022

10:58 am April 28, 2022

Plans to reopen a historic hotel in east Suffolk have been postponed until the summer.

The Bell Hotel in Saxmundham was previously due to open in the spring – but ‘unavoidable’ delays have pushed back the opening date.

Beales Hotels completed its purchase of the Victorian building earlier this year after it went up for sale during the Covid pandemic.

Phased renovation plans have shown the Grade II listed hotel will eventually include 15 rooms and suites, with Beales working with firms such as Cotton Tree Interiors, in Saxmundham, and Brooks Architects, in Leiston, to sensitively restore the building.

Beales Hotels recently acquired The Bell Hotel in Saxmundham
– Credit: Beales Hotels

The initial opening was slated for later in the spring, but in a recent Facebook update, the hotel revealed the launch would “likely” be delayed until the summer.

The message read: “As many people who have been involved in the renovation of an old building know, delays are often unavoidable.

“The kitchen needs a complete overhaul, which unfortunately delayed our plans to open in the spring.

“We are now likely to open in the summer of 2022.

“We want to do things right for the community and our guests.

“As soon as we have a more specific opening date, we will let you know.”

Ashley Beale, General Manager of the Bell Hotel

Ashley Beale, General Manager of the Bell Hotel
– Credit: Beales Hotels

Following the initial takeover by Beales Hotels, Ashley Beale, General Manager of The Bell Hotel, said: “Suffolk has always been a holiday retreat for connoisseurs, and its popularity continues to grow year on year. .

“Visitors love the natural beauty of coastal towns and nature reserves like RSPB Minsmere, as well as the cultural heritage that can be explored in places like Sutton Hoo, Orford Ness, Snape Maltings, Framlingham Castle and Bawdsey Radar.

“With so much to do and exquisite local produce to feast on, we aim to make the Bell Hotel a place of destination for holidaymakers as well as a comfortable base for business travellers.”

Kasandra J. Stone