A time to celebrate…
Overlooking the pier and set in a prime position in the town is the Hotel De Paris which celebrates its 116th birthday this year after the remodeling of the building by the Norfolk born architect George Skipper in 1895/96. Originally built in 1820 as a marine residence for Lord Suffield, in 1830 the building was converted into a hotel by Pierre le Francois. The hotel has welcomed many guests including the famous playwright Oscar Wilde and provided a Christmas job to none other than Stephen Fry whilst he was studying at the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology in King's Lynn. Now owned by the family run company, Leisureplex, the hotel still provides a welcome break for many visitors to Cromer.
Only five years younger than the De Paris Cromer Pier celebrated its 110th birthday , there has in fact been a pier or jetty in Cromer since 1391 with the last wooden jetty built in 1846 and, described as a "plain wooden structure", measuring just 70 yards long. Bad weather later severely damaged the wooden jetty leading to the jetty having to be dismantled and Cromer being left without a pier. This brief spell of emptiness spurred the 'pier commissioner to consider a more fashionable structure, and it was in 1901 that the new pier opened.
If you have not yet visited Cromer you will find this classic Norfolk seaside town between Sheringham & Overstrand and is situated on a cliff top, overlooking fine sandy beaches. Popular since the late 1700s many come to walk along the pier or to sample some of its famous crab (which is celebrated with its own festival each May). Cromer has also provided inspiration to many literary greats including Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Gaskell and the poet A.C. Swinburne. The town also boasts the tallest church tower in Norfolk at 160ft as well as being the home of Henry Blogg – the coxswain of the local lifeboat who in his 37 years of service saved 518 lives.
Alfa Travel operates short breaks to the Leisureplex owned De Paris Hotel which occupies the finest position in Cromer. All 61 bedrooms have central heating and bath or shower & WC with excellent views from most bedrooms. There is a delightful restaurant and small dance floor with entertainment most evenings.
For more information on the Hotel De Paris or any of the 19 hotels in the Leisureplex group or to order an Alfa brochure go to www.alfatravel.co.uk or call 08451 305666.