Monthly Archives: May 2014

In the grounds…

In case you’re wondering,  this  photograph (as taken by one of our lovely guests in April) isn’t of  the interior of one of our barns.  Although it’s cosy enough to be, if a tad ‘distressed’…

Belle Grove 11This is the ‘Shepherd’s Hut’,  located in the grounds, that Nick knocked together last year from bits and pieces. Apart from storing cricket bat & balls,  croquet set (yes we’re making a croquet lawn – well, patch of grass) & astro binnoculars, it has been used as a bookworm’s retreat, for yoga sessions and simply ‘chilling’ with a glass of wine while watching the sun go down across the fields.

And as seen from the other end…

Belle Grove 10And while we’re at it, here’s a nice shot, taken by the same guest, of the swing seat that overlooks the top pond.

Belle Grove 12


a very special event on our doorstep

The week commencing Saturday 14th June promises to be an exciting one for our lovely medieval parish church, St Andrew’s: On June 21st there will be a Concert for the Summer Solstice featuring original compositions by  well-known Roger Eno (brother of Brian Eno)  in collaboration with Jon Goddard.   The event is styled ‘Phosphorescence’, an overarching term conveying the quality of radiant light that occurs in the church at different times of day, especially the shadowy light of early evening and which stimulates ‘seeing’, both literally and spiritually. A series of art installations by Gill Dove will be on view,  the artwork  an entirely fresh response by Gill to the ancient feel of the environment.   Her work can be viewed to the accompaniment of an aleatoric sound installation by Roger Eno, inspired by East Anglia (and in particular its churches).   This is a very special opportunity to experience an installation that allows Roger’s music, previously ‘exhibited’ in the prestigious venues of Salthouse, Snape Maltings and Tate Britain, to be played in situ.The exhibition will be held in the church daily from 14th to the 22nd June between 12 noon and 8pm.  Lots more about the musicians & artist on www.westhallspecialevents, from where you can also buy tickets

Anyone for tennis?

If you want to play tennis during your stay you can do no better than The Pit Stop Cafe and Courts in Southwold. Although there are courts in nearby Halesworth and Beccles, you have to book/collect keys through the Library and Town Hall respectively which isn’t always convenient. Here you can ring to book a court and even hire racquets and balls at ridiculousy low cost – and have a cup of tea after!

The Common, Southwold, IP18 6BQ     tel:  07887 901 027