Sprowston Manor

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Sprowston Manor Hotel
Sprowston Manor - geograph.org.uk - 195050.jpg
Sprowston Manor Hotel
Sprowston Manor is located in Norfolk
Sprowston Manor
Hotel chainBritannia Hotels
General information
LocationSprowston, Broadlands, Norfolk, England
AddressWroxham Road
Coordinates52°39′52.03″N 1°20′28.99″E / 52.6644528°N 1.3413861°E / 52.6644528; 1.3413861
Technical details
Floor count3
Other information
Number of rooms94 en suite bedrooms
Number of suites19
Number of restaurants2, The restaurant 1559
Zest Cafe Bar & Grill
Number of bars2 bars, 1559 Lounge Bar and Zest Cafe, Bar & Grill
Facilities18 hole golf course
On-site indoor swimming pool
Hotel website

Sprowston Manor Hotel is a AA 4 star hotel, part of which is the 19th-century Sprowston Hall. It is located on the north east suburbs, of the English city of Norwich, close to the suburb of Sprowston and village of Rackheath, within the county of Norfolk, United Kingdom.[1]


The hotel is situated within 170 aces of parkland. It is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north east of the centre of the city of Norwich and is 4.3 miles (6.9 km) from Norwich railway station. The nearest airport is in Norwich and is 4.8 miles (7.7 km) west of the hotel.[2]



John Gurney builder of Sprowston Manor.

Sprowston Hall was purchased by John Corbet II formerly belonging to the Bishop of Norwich, for £176 in 1540. On the death of John Corbet II in 1559 the manor of Sprowston was left to his wife Jane.[3] It was sold to Sir Thomas Adams, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1645. In the 18th century the manor was acquired by Sir Lambert Blackwell, a governor of the South Sea Company, who was created a baronet in 1718.[4] In the 19th century the manor went through a number of families until it came into the hands of the Gurney family and John Gurney, who was mayor of Norwich and blind, rebuilt the hall between 1872 and 1876. The hall is constructed in three storeys of red brick.

During the Second World War the hall was commandeered by the military for use by the GOC Eastern Command.[5][6]


The manor house underwent major redevelopment in 1973, when it was converted to a hotel. The hotel has a total of 94 en- suite rooms of which 19 are suites. Part of the hotels 170 acre parkland is an 18-hole championship golf course. There is also an indoor swimming pool and spa. The hotel has 12 meeting rooms and frequently hosts conferences, banquets, exhibitions and is used as a wedding venue. Sprowston Manor is also home to the 1559 Restaurant which is located in the oldest part of the building, and also Zest Cafe, Bar and Grill. The hotel is part of the Marriott International group of hotels. The hotel is approached along an oak lined driveway. Features of the original manor house include high ceilings and oak paneling to some of the rooms

Championship golf course[edit]

The golf course at Sprowston Manor replaced the hotel's original layout in 2003, incorporating an additional 20 hectares to produce a course measuring 6500 yards, with a par of 71 and including 70 bunkers.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, ISBN 978 1 84348 614 5
  2. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0319217264.
  3. ^ http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1509-1558/member/corbet-john-ii-1514-59
  4. ^ "Sir Lambert Blackwell, 1st Bt". The Peerage. 16 July 2011.
  5. ^ Norfolk Heritage-Sprowston Manor
  6. ^ The history and antiquities of the city of Norwich By Charles Parkin
  7. ^ Marriott Sprowston Manor, Norwich - 12 August 2008 - Associate Membership Programme - English Golf Union