For more than 200 years, this historic building has remained in the Gurney family. Dating back to the 18th century, Northrepps Cottage was built on the Northrepps Estate by Barlett Gurney. Designed in Gothic style by William Wilkins, it was the last great landscape gardener of our time, Sir Humphry Repton, who designed the gardens.
One of our most notable residents was renowned British scholar, Anna Gurney. Despite being wheelchair-bound, Anna was known to take to the cliff tops and beaches during raging storms, directing rescue operations for stricken vessels and firing a cannon from her lap. She also invented and funded the installation of a breeches buoy. Anna brought every shipwrecked sailor to Northrepps to dry out, providing new clothes, a bible and enough money for their passage home.
Over the years, the Cottage has welcomed many famous visitors, including the great prison and social reformer Elizabeth Fry (nee Gurney), and has been a much-loved private home of the Gurney family right up until the late 1960s.
In 2009, after extensive renovations, today’s owners, Simon and Deborah Gurney, opened the building as a splendid country hotel to be enjoyed and admired by visitors to Norfolk. The Gurney family also owns nearby Forest Park, an award-winning holiday park just a 10-minute woodland walk from the Northrepps Estate.