Lucas Hickman Smith have secured planning permission for the conversion of The Ancient House at Holkham into hotel rooms for the Victoria Inn.
The Grade 2 listed building at the entrance to the Holkham Estate is indeed ancient. The original core of the building is shown on the earliest known map of the area from 1590, but its appearance today, including the spectacular set of Elizabethan-style chimneys, is mostly the result of a heavy re-modelling in the 1885. The new hotel rooms will replace a retail unit, which in its turn replaced hotel rooms that had occupied the building for most of the twentieth century. The conversion work will leave the outside of the Ancient House virtually unchanged, and the internal layouts work very closely with the existing fabric.
Construction work is expected to start later this year.