Philip Turner, the founder of East Anglian-based hospitality company, The Chestnut Group, is championing the East Anglia to become one of the country’s best destinations for exception hospitality.
Turner, who is the cover star for the December print edition of Boutique Hotelier, recently acquired two inns in Suffolk, marking the group’s first foray on the coast, to add to The Chestnut Group’s strong portfolio of chic boutique pubs with rooms, and he is now ready for the businesses to motor.
When he founded the group in 2012, leaving his financial job in London, he was inspired to bring a new level of hospitality to East Anglia, and celebrate all the destination has to offer.
Having grown up in the area, initially Turner was driven by the ‘distinct lack of hospitality venues in East Anglia’, saying the resource and beauty of the region wasn’t being exploited in the way it should.
Speaking to BH, he says that as the epi-centre London moves further east, the customer base exposed to The Chestnut Group gets bigger, which is a ‘good position to be in’. “The exit point on a Friday night is East Anglia, so we see now a huge number of people coming to the area for the weekend.”
Business is also being bolstered by the fact that Cambridge has become a key economic driver in the region, with the ripple deriving from that helping to play into the lap of The Chestnut Group properties. Plus Turner says that because 60% of imports come through the port at Felixstowe, the Government have huge reasons to ensure that the infrastructure in East Anglia remains robust.
The December issue of Boutique Hotelier also features Lord and Lady St Levan, owners of Mount Haven in Cornwall who are in the midst of a four-phase renovation project at the boutique by the sea, and we look at the hotly-anticipated new boutique hotel openings for 2019.