Are you sitting comfortably? Because as boutique hotels in Norfolk go, this one is a little different. True, there are other luxury hotels in England housed in historic buildings, but few that set out to tell their story as imaginatively – and boldly – as we hope to here at The Harper.
The setting is Langham, a pretty village a mile inland from the hauntingly beautiful North Norfolk coast. Locals remember the brick and flint-built barns just off North Street in the village as home to Langham Glass – a cottage industry that outgrew its premises as glassblowing boomed. Several years and one remarkable transformation later, the main barn is now home to one of the most distinctive hotels in Norfolk. Retaining the fabric of the building and retelling its story with a bold, industrial aesthetic in its public areas, The Harper complements modernity with continuity, marrying past and present without an ounce of country house chintz.
It’s a look that’s something of an homage to the hotel’s namesake. Stanley Harper Cutmore was Norfolk through and through. Grandfather to the Cutmore-Scott family who own and run The Harper, Stanley was a mechanic by trade. He ran Cutmore’s of Barrack Street, Norwich with his brother Jim, together keeping the business in the Cutmore family for three generations. He and his wife Ivy loved the coast and came here often. Fittingly, the iron, copper, oak and slate of The Harper’s interior today lends it an unfussy, faintly mechanical air that evokes not only the building’s industrial past but also Stanley’s life and work. We think he would approve.
This place has always been a hub of North Norfolk life, and we intend to keep it that way. A local living room where people come to converse, debate, cosy-up or celebrate, it’s just the right combination of rough-hewn and refined – with a relaxed but lively vibe we hope you’ll find infectious.