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Restoration recognises Cromer Cottage Hospital's past

Published: 10/09/2021

Nod to the past as Cromer Cottage Hospital restored for new chapter as luxury apartments.
Contrary to popular belief, a 'new home' can hold a story of the past. That’s certainly the case at Collison Place, Cromer.

Ilex Homes are renowned for their work lovingly restoring character properties in North Norfolk. This latest project is no exception, having converted the elegant Victorian building into six luxury 2/3 bedroom apartments.

Named aptly after Mr G W Collison who generously paid for its initial build back in 1888, the double fronted building played an important role in its community as a cottage hospital.

In a nod of recognition to this, is its name today.

True to its era the building retains high ceilings and sash windows where sunlight pours in and one can look out, soaking up the picturesque coastal town of Cromer.

The team have worked hard to recognise this property's past and integrate it with its future.

Heading to the Norfolk Record Office archives in Norwich they unearthed historic plans for an extension to the then Cromer Cottage Hospital, dating back to 1903.

Keen to share the journey they're on, the team posted the exciting find online writing: "Absolutely fascinating to retrieve this lost local knowledge on how the building was used."

In memory of that chapter they plan to get official copies together and create a plaque for the building.



It's this attention to detail that recognises chapters past. Ilex Homes have worked hard to create the luxe and comfort of a 2021 home within the aesthetics of historic architecture - down to things like restoring the original balcony balustrading to its former glory.

From the authentic Victorian tiled hallway upon entrance, to the warmth and glamour of a contemporary indigo shaker style kitchen with white marble effect quartz worktops, the entire feel of the property is married smoothly for the next chapter in this building's history: as a welcoming and vibrant home by the sea.

Looking to today, Cromer delights in hosting a selection of shops and restaurants, including the critically acclaimed No1, run by Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston.

From exploring a medieval church with the highest tower in Norfolk to the spectacular Victorian pier, at the end of which is a restaurant and a 500 seat pavilion theatre. There is also a modern Lifeboat launched from the end of the pier slipway.

Of course it goes without saying there's a sandy beach and the sea to enjoy. Most famous of all though, Cromer crabs.

It is finally time to open this building up to the public once more and the team at Sowerbys are delighted to take prospective buyers for viewings from the beginning of October.

To book a viewing call Sowerbys on 01263 710 777.