About us & our location
About us & our Location
Welcome to our Hotel in Great Yarmouth
No doubt about it - family is King! Andover House, our little sanctuary by the sea arose from the ashes by taking a little talent and skill from each of my family members. My husband Phil brings a wealth of building knowledge. He literally knows the building inside out! My retired fighter pilot Dad is a whizz at accounts and keeping the troop sound and level-headed. Mum simply makes the entire building sparkle & shine, its in her blood. And finally, my two younger brothers are incredibly talented at spreadsheets, websites and everything techie... thank goodness! We began our adventure at Andover House in 2006. This is our story so far...
Phil and I met in Norwich while working for a company that creates live brand experiences. Our work with some of the clientele gave us an insight into the world of hospitality. Andover House presented the opportunity for us to combine and share our skills to create a special hotel experience in Great Yarmouth.
Built in the mid 1800's, our striking building stands central on a beautiful tree-lined avenue close to the sandy beach. When we took it over in 2006, our main aim was to sympathetically revive the entire building and focus on the Victorian features while adding our contemporary style.
Continual improvements followed over the years with the completion of more guest rooms in August 2016 by knocking through into next door.
Food has always been incredibly important to us. From day one, we dedicated time to ensuring our chefs are on the same page when it comes to delicious offerings.
As for the entire team, we have searched high and low to gather our small team who share our passion for exceptional service. Together, we aim to continually deliver a warm welcome to all who walk through our doors.
Then the Coronavirus took hold. We closed our doors, not knowing what was to come. We are thankful that our team and their families have all been well. We are also grateful to all the regular guests who have sent messages of kindness and hope. The weeks of lockdown have allowed us a little time to re-evaluate and concentrate on ensuring everything is ready for our guests' imminent return.
We love our little hotel by the sea and hope you do too.
Jump in the car...
There are plenty of opportunities to travel around the area. You can bring your car with you to stay in Great Yarmouth, as our hotel offers free parking. The City of Norwich has plenty of fantastic shops. We love the cobbled street of Elm Hill, Norwich Castle and the Cathedral is stunning inside. Blickling Hall, a stately home with gardens. We recommend the walk around the lake and taking a picnic blanket for croquet on the lawn.
Wroxham, hub of the Broads from where you can hire a boat for the day, eat fish & chips, shop and feed the ducks any left overs! Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens, a unique garden rich in wildlife with a network of dyke systems and private broad.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is a fantastic zoo, one we have been back to a few times. Sheringham Park, a favourite of ours... a fabulous display of rhododendrons and azaleas from Spring. Find the gazebo viewing towers with fantastic coastal vistas and miles of scenic countryside paths.
Staying closer to Great Yarmouth?
Great Yarmouth beach has a vast 15 mile stretch of soft sand underfoot. Absolutely beautiful and great for a morning run! Great Yarmouth Racecourse, fixtures run from Easter through to the end of October.
Grosvenor Casino is only a one minute walk from our doors. Time & Tide Museum, a highly recommended museum tried and tested by us. Nelson Museum, housed in a Georgian Merchant’s house.
Burgh Castle, a Roman 3rd century 'Saxon Shore' fort. Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth has over 20 large rides and is home to the 1932 traditional wooden rollercoaster. Sea Life Centre Great Yarmouth has a new shark encounter experience and you can see it from our front doors.