Grade II listed hall sold for £23million in 2009 could reopen as Shrubland Royale hotel

Aerial picture of Shrubland Hall, April 2006.

Aerial picture of Shrubland Hall, April 2006.

One of the most spectacular properties in Suffolk could soon reopen as a hotel, health spa and restaurant.

Shrubland Hall, previously used as an exclusive health clinic, went on the market in 2006 for the first time in 200 years with a guide price of £23million, and was sold in 2009.

It has now emerged the owner, Dr Muhammed Farmer, hopes to reopen the Grade II listed building on November 25 as the “Shrubland Royale”.

Its website tells of how it hopes to take “prestigious guests” to the hall, which sits in 1,333 acres of parkland, “on a journey back to the future”.

And its Facebook page states: “The hall has been renovated to a high level to provide exquisite comfort and tranquillity.”


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However, the changes have not been revealed – no pictures of its interior are currently published on its website.

It says: “We have deliberately not put new pictures as we want our guests to experience and cherish the changes and the environment we have created.”

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Dr Farmer has also applied for permission for wedding ceremonies and receptions – although the Shrubland Royale website states there would be only one wedding a year.

The application sent to Mid Suffolk District Council details the history of the hall.

It says: “In 1960 the 6th Baron De Saumarez established a well-known and successful residential health clinic, (hotel, restaurant and spa), within the hall.

“Since Dr Farmer purchased the Hall he has slowly been refurbishing it to modernise the facilities to reopen it as a boutique hotel, restaurant and spa.”

A post on the hall’s Facebook page says the menu at its restaurant is designed by award-winning chefs Felice Tocchini, Gurpareet Bains, Marc Veryat and Christine Bailey. Each chef is producing a menu for each season of the year.

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