Those of you who have already stayed at Belle Grove will know that the farmhouse on site is a new build. Indeed, many of you watched it being built! Assisted by a cluch of stalwart Polish workers, Nick project-managed it all as well as undertaking much of the building work.
In December 2011, the completed house was declared Overall Winner of The Daily Telegraph Building Awards made in conjunction with Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine. It has featured in magazines and on television, including ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’.
A few times a year, tours of the house are available through Invitation to View. Visitors are welcomed to lived-in historically and/or architecturally interesting houses on pre-arranged dates, joining tours conducted by the owner. Currently the scheme includes 87 properties, the majority in East Anglia: grand manors and abbeys to modest but fascinating halls and farmhouses. Visits are rounded off by tea and home baked biscuits or cakes. If you’re at all interested in old buildings, architecture or licensed property voyeurism generally, do check which Suffolk or Norfolk properties are available during your stay. Belle Grove Farmhouse or ‘Dragon House’ joined the scheme in 2013, the only newly-built property ‘on the books’ but note that our own tours are limited to the summer months and must be booked in advance. See www.invitationtoview.co.uk or book direct at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk.
We and other owners are asked why we do it. One answer is to reclaim the house from teenagers (order restored once a month). We see it as an ‘Invitation to Dust’, kicks us into action. Seriously, it’s fun to show the work to interested people and we’ve made some good friends along the way.
Very occasionally, we are able to provide B & B in the house as an ‘overflow’ facility for visitors to guests booked into Belle Grove. Enquiries by email only.