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Horning firm setting pace with luxury experience – Business – Norwich Evening News

A Norfolk holiday firm says it is reaping the rewards of creating a luxury experience for tourists on and off the water.

Veteran Broads operator Len Funnell re-entered the sector in 2007 when he launched Horning Ferry Marina and he has since grown the business to include 38 hire craft and a portfolio of luxury riverside holiday properties.

The firm’s focus on taking Broads’ holidays upmarket was shown at the launch of its latest £200,000 cruiser on Monday – in view of its most recently developed holiday home Tealby.

The impressively sleek Mercury Emblem has two spacious cabins but has been designed for four to six people rather than the eight who would traditionally be accommodated on a boat of such size.

General manager Peter Reeve said: “For many, a holiday on the Norfolk Broads is a chance to get closer to nature and to slow down the pace of life, but over the years we’ve noticed that our customers want to do this with more comfort and style than traditional boats offer.

“We’ve invested significantly in the design and build of cruisers which offer luxury at an affordable price. Last year we introduced two new cruisers for this market and it was their success that drove the design of Mercury Emblem.”

The boat has all the mod cons, including satellite television, that have become the norm for new launches but, significantly, there is more space on board for people to spend time together or apart.

The four-bedroom Tealby is the latest in a development of four luxury holiday properties to be built.

Mr Reeve said: “It has proved so popular that bookings for this year are almost full and people are already booking for 2015 and 2016 to get the weeks they want.

“The design gives people an amazing experience of open plan living. With glass on three sides, when you are sitting in the living room it is like sitting in the middle of the Broads.”

He said Ferry Marina was also setting the pace by making boating holidays all-inclusive with no hidden extras such as the added cost of fuel.

“Our all inclusive program was hugely successful last year and our customers were over the moon with the value it offers them. Now that we offer these exceptional cruisers with the all inclusive offer, we can honestly say luxury on the Norfolk Broads is affordable too,” he said.

via Horning firm setting pace with luxury experience – Business – Norwich Evening News.

Campaigners overjoyed as river is dredged – News – Eastern Daily Press

The Loddon and District Business Association launched Keep Calm and Save Our River after concerns that part of the southern end of the River Chet at Loddon and Chedgrave was in danger of being cut off from the rest of the Broads. Work was carried out last year to de-silt and improve the banks of the northern end of the river, prompting fears that if the same treatment was not given further along its deterioration would turn away tourists and damage business.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition to persuade the Environment Agency and Broads Authority to make the work between Pye’s Mill and Loddon Staithe a priority – and work was completed a few days ago.

Andrew Walter, who spearheaded the campaign, said: “The Environment Agency, alongside the Broads Authority were convinced by the aims of our campaign that early dredging of the River Chet (between Pye’s Mill and Loddon Staithe) was vital to allow the River Chet to remain a feasible ‘roadway’ into this area and that this work would prevent future flooding.

“The River Chet is the lifeblood of this community and brings in thousands of tourists throughout the year. It is simply essential that it is kept navigable and local businesses and members of the Loddon and District Business Association are delighted at the progress of the works and the quality of the operation undertaken. Loddon is very much open for business.”

A spokesman from the Broads Authority said: “We have been dredging the River Chet for the last three years as far as Hardley Flood. In addition, our work to reconstruct Hardley Weir last May has added at least a foot of additional water depth to the Chet, which is beneficial to boating.

“The dredging of 1,500m³ of silt between Pye’s Mill and Loddon Staithe was in our work plan for next winter. However, we listened to the concerns of the Loddon and District Business Association and, as we were working close by at Hardley and had the support of European funding, we took the opportunity to bring the dredging forward.”

Any dredging remaining will be completed next winter once flood defence work has taken place.

via Campaigners overjoyed as river is dredged – News – Eastern Daily Press.