£700,000 renovation transforms derelict service station into guest wing at Crown Lodge Hotel in Outwell

One of the guest rooms at The Crown Lodge Hotel in Outwell.

One of the guest rooms at The Crown Lodge Hotel in Outwell. - Credit: Archant

A £700,000 renovation has transformed a formerly derelict service station into the “stylish and cosy” guest wing of a boutique hotel in Outwell

The expansion project at The Crown Lodge Hotel – a family-run business that has been in Outwell for more than 40 years - took just under two years to complete and has created 12 new jobs for the community.

The scheme began in 2016 following the purchase of a neighbouring derelict service station, which was made possible by a commercial mortgage from HSBC.

Tim Gibb, director at Crown Lodge Hotel, said: “We have been fortunate over the years to have experienced high demand for our boutique rooms.

“As a result however, we reached the point where we couldn’t fulfil the volume of bookings being requested – a great problem to have, but we knew it meant we’d need to expand.

“Taking on the old service station could have been a risk as it was such a difference space, but we’ve been able to transform it into a stylish and cosy new hotel wing.”

Alongside 18 guest rooms, the hotel is home to the Rosette-winning restaurant, The Moorings, as well as additional conference and event facilities.