Historic hotel in Mundford to be given new lease of life

Julian Duffen outside Lynford Hall Mansion Hotel
Julian Duffen outside Lynford Hall Mansion Hotel
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A historic country house hotel near Thetford is to be given a new lease of life after it was bought for a six figure sum by a local businessman.

The Lynford Hall Mansion Hotel, in Mundford, has been purchased by Julian Duffen, who wants to invest several million pounds in extensive works to bring the hotel into the 21 Century.

Mr Duffen, who is managing director of Norwich-based Air Livery Ltd, has taken on the hotel from Lynford Hall Premier Venues.

Peter Whalley, general manager at the hotel, said: “There’s going to be a huge investment - bringing it upto the 21st Century and investment in staff.

“It’s a vibrant place to be and we’re trying to bring it back to its old glorious self.”

A bistro will be installed, conference facilities updated and its 38 bedrooms revamped.

Mr Duffen has also recruited a new management team with more than 120 years of hotel, catering and commercial experience.

Mr Whalley added: “The future is set with a long term plan and investment to bring it upto modern standards. It’s a huge project.”

The original hall belonged to the Sutton family and was later sold to Stephens Lyne -Stephens, who built the present Lynford Hall with his wife.

The site has hostred many historical figures including American ambassadorJoseph Kennedy and his son John F Kennedy, who would become president of the United States.

King Edward VII also considered purchasing Lynford Hall but favoured Sandringham instead.