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We are now closed!

How things change. In a recent post we explained that we were open for business!

BUT please note that we have NOT been open since the Government directive on all movement save essential travel. We have already contacted those guests due to arrive over the next few weeks and will have to await and respond to developments as regards the future position.

We’re sure everyone could do with a good holiday after all this but that may be some time yet, alas.

Stay safe.  Here’s a couple of photos to cheer you up.

 

Mother’s Day

We prepared for a Mother’s Day family meal for guests but it didn’t quite happen for reasons we all know!

Operating as normal

This is not an easy time for anyone and doubtless the situation will continue to evolve. However Suffolk is currently showing as a very low risk area and, as many of you reading this will know, Belle Grove’s separate properties are in a rural setting with plenty of opportunities to walk in the countryside or along the coast without mingling with crowds.  One way and another, social distancing here is pretty easy – a real haven away from the ‘madding crowd’, with or without four-legged friends!

Whilst we have had one or two cancellations from parties including elderly folk, there have been a number of new bookings from those who have had their normal holiday plans scuppered

You may be aware that Suffolk and Norfolk have shown to be low risk areas. Belle Grove  itself is in a rural setting with plenty of opportunities to walk in the countryside or along the coast without mingling with crowds!

Be assured that we have taken steps to protect the health and wellbeing of guests and staff.  Our linen is already professionally laundered and our usual high standard of housekeeping now includes disinfecting high contact surfaces such as door handles, light switches, remote controls, keys and so on.

Award-winning local producers can be found nearby and Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys all deliver here. (Given demand, it may be that you would have to order further ahead that may normally be the case).

If you need a rest from the great outdoors, cosy up with  indoor entertainment, what with good Wi-Fi, Smart TV’s, Bose sound, Bluetooth adaptor, Amazon Echo smart speakers and extensive DVD library – not forgetting the traditional pastimes of jigsaw puzzles and board games.

Please contact us with any queries or concerns or telephone 0986 873124.

Gin Experience Evening

Wow, on Saturday night Belle Grove guests tried at least 9 different gins (lost count by the end) from all over the world.  While we enjoyed all,  smooth classic Sipsmith and Japanese Roku were voted favourites. A chilli-infused gin – appropriately from Chile  – was interesting too!

In case you’re wondering, we lay on these complimentary events in the main house in lieu of off-season discounts.

Visit England Award

Pleased to announce that, once again, Belle Grove has been awarded a 5* Gold rating!

The Upper Barn also now qualifies for a One Step Ahead Award. This means catering for those who are a little less mobile on account of its manageable facilities, not least the ground floor bedroom and en suite walk-in shower.  If you wish to book because of this accessibility, please ensure you indicate your need on the booking form so we liaise with you as to specifics.

Complimentary ‘Gintastic’ Evening 2020!

In what has become a popular annual event, all those who book a short break at Belle Grove over the first weekend of February – this year it’s  31st January –  3rd February 2019  are invited to a special complimentary Gin Tasting Experience in the on-site Dragon House on Saturday 1st  February 7pm.  It’s all about sampling a series of  unfamiliar gins with accompanying tonics and nibbles, then selecting our favourite.

This year’s Tasting covers gins from Japan, Germany, Scotland and the US as well dear old England of course! These are just a few  of the contenders plus a few images from last year…..

Thanksgiving Dinner

We had fun setting up a guest’s Thanksgiving Dinner last week, so here are a few images (turkey and pumpkin pie followed) !

 

Witches & Ghouls

Halloween usually coincides with Half Term so that’s our excuse for going overboard with the spooks…….

Capturing Summer

A guest wrote this  while staying here with friends during the lazy hazy days of last summer…

” through infinite blue

a thousand bird songs swirl

luscious lazy June

a bee sucks pollen

buzzes hastily onward

I sit easy by my friend

papers flap their news

blooms of summer are sweeter

wine, cool in the mouth

wind stirs in the high ash”