About the Estate
Kelling Hall dates back to 1913 & was built for Sir Henri Deterding, one of the founders of the Royal Dutch Petroleum company. It is thought to be the first important commision for the architect, Sir Edward Maufe. The building shows his early links with the Arts and Crafts movement due to its butterfly plan, knapped flint walls, & a grey tiled, gabled roof.
Designed to be the finest sporting Estate in Norfolk, it remained within the Deterding family for many generations, until 2008, when it was sold to the Widdowson family &, after many months of sensitive restoration, it remains very much a family home.
Through diversification The Kelling Estate has grown to 2,250 acres, keeping conservation & biodiversity at the fore front of our mind. 500 acres of the Estate is restored woodland, 100 acres grazed pasture & conservation & approximately 1,700 acres of land is farmed on an arable rotation basis, with crops including cereals, barley, potatoes, parsnips & sugarbeet.
In 2018 we were delighted to have been shortlisted for The Purdey Awards for Game & Conservation, held annually since 1999 they seek to promote a wider appreciation of the outstanding game & habitat conservation work carried out by shoots throughout the United Kingdom.
With North Norfolk's stunning coastline & beautiful countryside, its no wonder that tourism is the largest industry sector in the county. With so much for visitors to enjoy on our doorstep, it seemed sensible to increase our portfolio by acquiring properties for holiday accommodation & long term residential lets.
In November 2012 the opportunity arose to purchase the Pheasant Hotel. With it being set in 2.5 acres to the north of the Estate, in An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty & with tourism increasing, it seemed it would be a good addition to the current offering.
The Pheasant renovation project started in January 2013, with the refurbishment of all 30 bedrooms. All public areas also underwent a complete overhaul, including the restaurant, bar, kitchens & lounge areas. The exterior was re-rendered, a new drive way laid, gardens re-landscaped, new windows fitted & a biomass boiler installed - all of this completed in 47 days.
With the business expanding & the need for more space, an Orangery was added in 2017, we then went on to construct a second floor enabling the addition of 2 junior suites.
In April 2018 the Estate expanded further with the acquisition of Holt Garden Centre formerly known as Emcy Garden Centre.
During this time renovation work has been carried out, however in early 2020, extensive work began with the aim of creating, not only a garden centre, but a tourist destination.