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The Bartlet

Cautley House officially opens!

We’re very pleased to announce Cautley House was officially opened on Friday 18th March after lying unoccupied for 10 years.

Doreen Savage, the Mayor of Felixstowe did the honours of cutting the ribbon at a celebration attended by friends and family of Heather and Peter Blemings, the owners of Gipping Homes. Some other recognisable faces were there too, including the Mayor's consort, Peggy Osborn and local historian, Dick Moffat. The latter was honoured during the celebration after Gipping Homes named the public bypath passing along the front of The Bartlet 'Poor Richard's Path.'  

On the long awaited opening of the development, Heather told us “this is a mighty milestone for us and one we feel very privileged to be sharing with those who have supported us during the last few years as we have fought to bring these two buildings (The Bartlet and Cautley House) back to life.”

“Peter and I, would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has worked on the project and helped to bring this day about.”   

Cautley House, previously known as The Bath Hotel, has played host to many an illustrious guest in its time including the German Imperial family in 1891.

However, the hotel closed permanently in 1914 after the militant suffragettes, Evaline Burkett and Florence Tunks set alight to the property during the Votes for Women campaign. You can read more about Evaline and Florence’s story here.

Cautley House is doubtlessly set to welcome many a guest again now that it has been restored by Gipping Homes to its former glory, and families too as our new residents put down roots along Felixstowe’s beautiful coastline.

The Cautley House Open Home is open every weekend from 11am – 3pm or by appointment. If you would like to book an appointment or have any questions about Cautley House, please call 01473 834945.

Easter open days include Good Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11am – 3pm.