The Chestnut Group has acquired two costal inns from Agellus Hotels to add to its existing five-strong estate.

It has added The Westleton Crown and The Ship at Dunwich to its collection of East Anglian inns.

The Ship is a country pub with 16 en-suite rooms, while the Westleton is a traditional coaching inn with 34 en-suite bedrooms.

The Chestnut Group was set up in 2012 by former City worker Philip Turner.

He said: “It’s long been our view that the region is vastly underestimated as a destination for eating and staying despite boasting an amazing land and seascape, rich history and culture, incredible fresh produce and a wealth of sporting experiences and activities.

“With properties near Cambridge, Newmarket, Sudbury and in Bury St Edmunds it was a natural progression for us to look to the coast so we can truly encompass all aspects of East Anglia.”

Mark Harrod, owner of Agellus Hotels, commented: “We are extremely proud of all we have achieved with The Ship at Dunwich and The Westleton Crown, and now we have decided to hand the ownership over to The Chestnut Group, who very much share the same vision for the region.

“Looking to the near future, it is our plan at Agellus to use the sale of these inns to allow for further development of our properties on the Norfolk coast and Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk.”