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Historic building up for award

PUBLISHED: 17:46 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 05 July 2010

ONE of Lowestoft's most historically important buildings which is also providing top-rated accommodation has been nominated in the 2008 Waveney Sunrise Coast Tourism Awards.

ONE of Lowestoft's most historically important buildings which is also providing top-rated accommodation has been nominated in the 2008 Waveney Sunrise Coast Tourism Awards.

Britten House, on Kirkley Cliff Road, is the birthplace of composer Benjamin Britten and it was his home for 21 years.

As well as being associated with one of this country's finest classical music composers the building is also a five-star rated guest house.

Ann and Colin Ceresa bought the building in 2006 and after 18 months of extensive renovation work opened for business in July 2007.

The new business quickly established a reputation for excellence providing eight substantial rooms including a suite of rooms and has been given a top five-star rating by the Quality in Tourism organisation.

“It involved a lot of hard work in getting the business just how we wanted it but we feel it has been worthwhile,” said Ann.

“We want to make the most of the building's superb setting overlooking the promenade and South Beach but also to celebrate its history. Our aim is to provide tourists with the very best Suffolk has to offer and to assist Lowestoft with its historical heritage,” she said.

As well as being nominated in the Waveney Sunrise Coast Tourism Awards Britten House is also in the final of the Suffolk Tourism Awards.

There is still time to enter this year's competition and categories include best bed-and-breakfast, best self-catering establishment, best holiday park, best hotel and best attraction.

The awards are being promoted by Waveney Tourism Forum and supported by the Lowestoft Journal and the Beccles and Bungay Journal.

Readers are welcome to nominate businesses for the awards and to encourage businesses to nominate themselves explaining why they should be considered.

All nominations will be reviewed by the judging panel made of members of the Waveney Tourism Forum.

The winners will be announced at the Sunrise Coast Tourism conference and awards ceremony on November 25.

To nominate a business, fill in the form and return it to: Sunrise Coast Tourism Awards, The Journal, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1NB.

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