Just nine months after opening its doors after a total refurbishment, The Packhorse Inn, has doubled its number of guest bedrooms.
The four new rooms, which open onto a terrace, are in the former Coach House of the Suffolk inn. Named – Kennett, Lark, Ouse and Stour – after four of the rivers which flow nearby – the rooms are all en suite and benefit from the luxury of underfloor heating. The stylish décor has been the inspiration of the owner, Philip Turner’s wife Amanda Turner. Situated on the ground floor, the new additions are suitable for disabled access and are also designated “dog friendly” with just a small charge for the additional cleaning required.
With full occupancy on the first day the rooms were available, the team at The Packhorse has reason to be cheerful: “It was a gamble to continue with capital investment before we had an established trading pattern, but, with weekly turnover achieving 60% more than originally predicted, we soon knew it was the right thing to do.” explained owner Philip Turner.
Manager Hayley Lee agrees: “With eight rooms and of course the recent AA 5 Star rating, we are now a much more attractive destination, able to accommodate even more guests looking to stay in a beautiful rural location with the luxurious comfort associated with boutique hotels. However, the emphasis is firmly on hospitality and the excellent local food and drink of a “pub with rooms”, all in the true British inn tradition.”