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NEW – EV Charging Station

 

Belle Grove now offers a charging point for electric cars. It is a tethered 7KW unit on a 3m cable & compatible with all plug-in vehicle brands. As a fast unit, it can take a car like a Nissan Leaf from flat to full in about 4 hours.

Free to use for all Belle Grove guests!

For Your Information

 There are now more than 13,000 public charging points where you can top up your batteries.  To locate fast or rapid charging stations, consult a website such as https://openchargemap.org/siteor  https://www.zap-map.com/live

In this general area, there is a public charging point at RSPB Minsmere Bird Sanctuary, 12 miles away on a book-a-slot basis.  On the coast, the Bell Inn at Walberswick and The Crown in Southwold have car chargers.  The Darsham Hamper on the A12 is a usefully located as is the Plough Inn at Beccles and several in Norwich.

 

 

 

Dinner in the Gate House

Guests recently celebated their wedding anniversary here and invited friends for dinner. They sent this lovely pic of the dinner table all dressed up and ready to go… (all items as found in situ).

Africa Retrospective Pt. 1

We post occasional Retrospectives on social media being a series of photos from our days running Trans Africa Overland trips. Not exactly ‘News’ we admit but we’ll include a few here from time to time as not everyone uses Instagram or Facebook.

These particular shots (sorry about quality) were all taken in the 1990’s at a time the only trans-Sahara route was to follow the Moroccan/Mauteanian coast – literally drivng along the dune-lined beach all day to avoid being cornered by the incoming Atlantic tide.

 

Read all about it  in African Approaches: roads to a far-off place

Maharajah tent

Some time ago we acquired a pre-loved ‘Maharajah’ tent with the idea of making it available to guests who’d like to hold some sort of celebrations here. It’s taken a year to get round to try erecting it (no instructions) only to discover missing parts. However we hope to solve that fairly soon and will signal when it’s ready. In the meantime here’s a preview…

Doggie Days

It’s not only people that like to holiday here – these dogs are having a fine ol’ time….

And couldn’t resist this……..!

Note:  main resorts like Southwold ban dogs on beaches between April and October but there are plenty of other nearby beaches where dogs are free to run.

Brocante

The nearby market town of Halesworth is known for its antique and vintage shops – as well as a monthy brocante. Every so often we join in to dispose of some surplus bits and pieces – see pics!

You may like to know that, exclusive to Belle Grove guests,  is an on-site  ‘Emporium’.  This stocks a miscellany of pre-loved textiles & cushions, lamps, tribal artefacts, china, glass, books etcetera etcetera.

Salvage Hunters & Chinese movie

You may remember that Salvage Hunters filmed here in January. The result now forms part of Episode 5 of the current series 12.

Other excitement?  This month, Belle Grove was used as a location for a 2 day shoot of scenes in a feature film for the Chinese equivalent of Netflix. As it is in Chinese we doubt we’ll ever see it but it would be nice if we could, as it used many iconic Suffolk locales such as Somerleyton, Blythburgh Church, Southwold Pier, Rendlesham Forest and so on. The house was crammed with 20 or so crew, making it very tricky to get ‘behind the scenes’ shots but here’s a few to give the flavour.

 

Dragon Quest

On account of the fact that there is an unmistakeable dragon squatting on our chimney,  a source of fascination for many children,  we have created a Dragon Trail. This involves locating a number of dragons (of differing type including dragonflies) semi-concealed around the grounds

The Trail exists all through the year givng purpose to exploring the grounds. A clue guide  is provided and children stand to earn a special badge and fun-size chocolate dragon. However it isn’t that easy so younger children will require an adult companion.

Here are some examples:

Snow !

Haven’t had a proper snowfall like this for years as Suffolk is one of the driest counties in England. How lovely to be reminded how beautiful it makes everything.

Griffin Lodge – Part III (do scroll down to Parts I & II !)

Now the en suite bathrooms…

Lined with granite sourced in India. This has a digital drench shower over the bath.

This bathroom has a different colour granite but the same sort of drench shower over the bath.

This has a spacious marble lined shower (no bath)

And this one has a even more spacious marble lined chandeliered shower. Party time?!