Owner of historic B&B excited as 10-month Covid closure ends

Clive Harvey, 71, pictured outside his Gothic House B&B just off Magdalen Street

Clive Harvey, 71, pictured outside his Gothic House B&B just off Magdalen Street - Credit: Victoria Pertusa

The owner of a grade-II listed bed and breakfast in the heart of Norwich is gearing up for the return of customers after 10 months without income. 

Clive Harvey, 71, of the Gothic House just off Magdalen Street currently has 37 guests booked from May to June, which equates to 52 nights. 

After being deemed ineligible for any financial support from the government or city council during the lockdowns, Mr Harvey is eager to welcome customers back as part of step three of the government roadmap from Monday, May 17.

Clive Harvey pictured inside the historic Gothic House which will welcome guests back on Monday, May 17

Clive Harvey pictured inside the historic Gothic House which will welcome guests back on Monday, May 17 - Credit: Victoria Pertusa

Ahead of reopening, Mr Harvey said: "I will be doing extra cleaning and tidying up over the weekend as a final push.

"I do need the income from the B&B as it is an essential aspect of my life. I can only give thanks that I have saved money to get me through the last 10 months.

"I am so grateful to all these people who have made bookings which feels so nice. Yesterday, a lady phoned who stayed here three years ago. She spoke so highly of the place and wanted to come to visit her grandson at university."

Clive Harvey is excited to welcome back guests as part of step three of the government roadmap 

Clive Harvey is excited to welcome back guests as part of step three of the government roadmap - Credit: Victoria Pertusa


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Mr Harvey has been running the business on his own since the summer of 2007 and attracts many customers eager to learn about the Regency building. 

Believed to be built in the early 1800s, it is known to have been a residence for city mayor Barnabas Leman. 

The Gothic House B&B is a Regency, grade II-listed building

The Gothic House B&B is a Regency, grade II-listed building - Credit: Victoria Pertusa

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The B&B has been attracting visitors from across the country with bookings including places such as Bedfordshire, Bristol and East Sussex.

Mr Harvey said: "Just a little while after I had opened I would notice cars outside with either National Trust and English Heritage stickers on them.

Inside the Gothic House which is ready to welcome back customers after 10 months of lockdown closure 

Inside the Gothic House which is ready to welcome back customers after 10 months of lockdown closure - Credit: Victoria Pertusa

"At first I considered this a bit of a joke and a coincidence until I pointed it out to a friend and they said 'they would do wouldn't they'.

"The penny dropped and I thought if they are a member of the English Heritage or National Trust of course they will come to a city steeped in history like Norwich. 

"They are hardly going to stay at a Premier Inn as they are naturally drawn to a place like this."

A staircase at the Gothic House, which is run by 71-year-old Clive Harvey 

A staircase at the Gothic House, which is run by 71-year-old Clive Harvey - Credit: Victoria Pertusa

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