the hoste history
The Hoste Arms Manor was originally the manor house of Burnham Westgate, built in 1550. It was first recorded as being an inn and hotel in 1651, playing host to customs officers amongst others. It was owned by the Pitt family and became The Pitt Arms and a well-known coaching inn, being the first stop from Wells on the way down to London. Admiral Lord Nelson was known to have visited The Pitt Arms every Saturday to receive his dispatches during his period of unemployment from 1788 to 1793.
The Pitt Arms served many roles over the years. It once housed the livestock auction market and later the assizes, where the famous Burnham housewife murderers had their preliminary trials before being sentenced to death at Norwich prison. It was even a brothel in the late Victorian period.
In 1811 The Pitt Arms changed its name to The Hoste Arms. Captain Sir William Hoste was Nelson’s protege and flew the flags after winning the battle of Lissa, in rememberance of Nelson who had been killed six years previously. The Hoste family were huge land owners in the area who had recently purchased Sandringham. The Hoste Arms fell under brewery ownership in the 1860s and suffered 130 years of decline.
the hoste today
The Hoste Arms was privately acquired in December 1989 and was rapidly transformed from a pub with no bedrooms and a small dining room, into a thirty-six bedroom hotel with a top class restaurant serving 150 meals a night. It grew from 2000 with the acquisition and conversion of Vine House, the development of the original Railway House, Railway Carriage and the building of three self-catering Luxury Holiday Cottages. The Hoste Beauty Spa was launched in March 2011.
The ownership of The Hoste Group transferred to Brendan and Bee Hopkins in April 2012. Brendan and Bee first stayed in the hotel twenty years ago. Under their ownership, The Hoste Arms has become The Hoste. A stylish new Garden Room and reception area were added in May 2013, the number of bedrooms increased to sixty-two and the Beauty Spa extended.
Today The Hoste is a unique and luxurious retreat at the heart of the North Norfolk Coast and the perfect base from which to explore all that this beautiful part of the country has to offer.