A private members club was given a zero-star food hygiene rating after mouse droppings were found in the kitchen.

Fritton Lake Private Members Club is the brainchild of Lord and Lady Somerleyton.

It is known as Norfolk's 'own version of the Soho Farmhouse' which offers a luxury heated outdoor swimming pool, a floating sauna and the opportunity to pursue activities on the lake and to dine in the clubhouse, the former Fritton Arms.

Yet an inspection in February conducted by Great Yarmouth Borough Council's food hygiene department produced a damning report stating "urgent improvement is necessary".

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The inspector's report said mouse droppings were found in the kitchen, food storage containers and corridors. 

The owners say it has now been reissued with a four-star rating after it voluntarily closed its doors for a day Eastern Daily Press: The idyllic setting at Fritton Lake The idyllic setting at Fritton Lake (Image: Supplied)

The report described that a "mouse infestation appeared" and the inspector wrote the facility must immediately "dispose of all food likely to be contaminated from the mouse infestation".

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It instructed the owners to "clean and disinfect" all surfaces, equipment and storage and to "survey the premises for entry points and proof them".

Other findings in the report detailed how chopping boards were stained, electrical sockets were broken, and the vacuum cleaner was stored on top of electrical equipment.

Eastern Daily Press: Lady Somerleyton at the launch at Fritton Lake Lady Somerleyton at the launch at Fritton Lake (Image: Somerleyton estate)

Fritton Lake is a private resort and part of the 5,000-acre Somerleyton estate, with its jewel in the crown being a 2.5-mile freshwater lake.

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The club is based on the Soho Farmhouse model, which is a luxury private members organisation based in Oxfordshire.

Eastern Daily Press: The fabulous outdoor heated swimming pool at Fritton Lake. The fabulous outdoor heated swimming pool at Fritton Lake. (Image: DJ Joshua Roberts)

A spokesman for The Club House at Fritton Lake said: "The Environmental Health Agency, quickly reissued a four-star rating following a routine visit that resulted in a 24-hour voluntary closure.  

"No contaminated food was served.  

"Based at the centre of a 1000-acre nature restoration project, we offer a delicious locally sourced menu for our members and guests, seven days a week.

"There is no issue in our trading and we are confident that we are operating to the highest possible standard."

The new food hygiene four-star rating is yet to have been published online.

Eastern Daily Press: Fritton LakeFritton Lake (Image: Supplied)

Eastern Daily Press: Water sports on Fritton LakeWater sports on Fritton Lake (Image: Somerleyton Estate)