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Historic hotel gets a new lease of life
Article date: 13 May 2013

Situated in the centre of the Suffolk market town of Beccles, The King’s Head Hotel is an imposing building. The hotel has served visitors to the town for centuries and, following an extensive refurbishment, costing over £2m, is all set to embark on an exciting new era.

The traditional coaching inn was designated a grade II listed building in 1971, described as ‘17th and 18th centuries, with alterations’. The Georgian-style parts flank the earlier section of the building, which is two storeys high, with three gabled dormers.

While retaining the traditional character of the hotel, the restoration has brought the facilities bang up to date, providing high levels of comfort for visitors.

The hotel has a total of 20 bedrooms, comprising four family rooms, two twin rooms, one room with disabled access and facilities and 13 double rooms. The rooms all feature an en suite bathroom, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV and hair dryer.

Care has also been taken to ensure that the building recognises important aspects of both its own and the town’s history. The clock-making and printing industries are an important part of that history and are well represented in the building, through bespoke commissioned artworks. Photos and information about local history are also displayed for visitors.

Beccles is a thriving town with narrow streets and an attractive mix of architecture. Situated in the heart of the Waveney Valley, the town provides a base for discovering the gently rolling countryside of Suffolk and Norfolk, exploring the area’s many pretty and interesting villages and market towns or taking in the stunning Suffolk coastline. The historic city of Norwich is also a 20-minute drive away.

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