Stan Richards, better known as gamekeeper Seth Armstrong in the Yorkshire Television soap opera "Emerdale", opened the new Gamekeeper's Lodge at Dersingham Hall last Saturday. He is pictured above with Simon Massen who runs the Gamekeeper's Lodge. Also at the VIP opening was North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.
The next stage in the four-star hotel and leisure development at the Hall involves the the main hotel building set to open in the autumn.
There will be nine bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The leisure centre, with swimming pool, solarium and gym, is due to take its first customers early next year.
Work on the hotel will be helped by the English Tourist Board, the Rural Development Council and the East Anglia Tourist Board.
A conference centre called the Pell Room is available for hire at the Gamekeeper's Lodge.
Mr Simon Massen, a director of Leisure 90 said, "The Lodge is something everyone will be welcomed to; I want it to become a real part of the village."
Luxury homes in the heart of Dersingham
Unfortunately Mr Massen's venture was not the success it was hoped to be and ended up becoming residential. The public launch of what was described in the Lynn News dated 26 August 2005 as, "an important new homes development takes place this weekend. The Old Hall scheme is creating luxury apartments and mews-style and detached houses in a courtyard setting close to the church and within walking distance of the shops.
Central to the development is the 16th century Dersingham Hall, a traditional manor house which is being converted into luxury apartments, including a penthouse covering the whole of the top floor. The rest is a mix of conversions and new-build, but has all been designed to blend sympathetically with the surroundings and is contained inside the original estate wall."
Here is an artist's impression of the Old Hall development.