Shae Williams from Costessey, near Norwich in Norfolk, impressed owners of The Hoste in Burnham Market so much that they invited him as a VIP guest to stay in Room 5 of the hotel, which once played host to Nelson himself.
Nelson often frequented the Hoste, formerly the Pitt Arms, when he spent time in Burnham Thorpe, where he was born in 1758. Before being recalled to sea in 1792, he stayed overnight in Room 5 of the hotel to catch the early morning coach to London; he also used The Hoste as a recruiting post.
As well as the overnight break, Shae was invited to view the ‘Remember Nelson’ exhibition, curated by the Nelson Museum and opened in April to celebrate the hotel’s connections with the maritime hero and his protégé, Captain Sir William Hoste.
Shae Williams commented: “It’s been really exciting staying in Room 5, just like Nelson did, and I’ve learnt even more about him.”
Brendan Hopkins, owner of The Hoste commented: “We particularly admired Shae’s dedication and enthusiasm for history at such a young age. He’s an inspirational young man and we hope his experience at The Hoste has fueled his admiration for Nelson.”
Shae Williams stayed with his parents and brother at The Hoste on Friday 30th May.