The Bell Hotel in Saxmundham has been forced to adjust its highly anticipated opening date once more as ongoing works reveal a number of structural issues to be addressed before the building can be safely re-opened.

“As we strip the building back to its foundations, we have found some concerning structural degradation that must be fixed before we open” General Manager Ashley Beale explained, “several areas of cellar and ground floor ceiling were very close to falling through and, whilst we fully appreciate that another delay is not ideal for anyone, our top priority has always been to not only provide a stunning four star boutique hotel that both locals and visitors can enjoy, but that everyone can safely do so”.

Despite the structural works great progress is still being made throughout the Hotel and owners, The Beales Group, are setting their sights on opening in time for Christmas.

“A new bar is being fitted in the next two weeks and several rooms are now starting to reach the decorating stage. We will have a much clearer idea of opening date as we move into September & October”.

Work is also well underway to make The Bell Hotel fully wheelchair accessible for the first time in its history, with a new level entrance being formed by the rear courtyard, fully DDA compliant customer bathrooms, a lift & several accessible bedrooms.

“We are very grateful for all of the amazing support we have received since taking over in April and cannot wait to welcome people through our doors for some top quality food, drink & rooms”.