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Antiques Trail

The VisitWaveneyValley website has a new Antiques Trail covering local market towns. Worth checking out and downloading if antiques/vintage/retro is your thing!

https://visitwaveneyvalley.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Antiques-Trail.pdf

And don’t forget the various antique street markets in the area over the summer. For example, Bungay Antiques Far Sunday 22nd  July and the stupendously successful fair at Halesworth on Sunday 26th August.

Festival Fringe Event at Belle Grove

This one off Fringe Event of the 2019  Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is ONLY taking place on Sunday 29th September,  providing a unique opportunity to savour the finest local brekkie ingredients here in the 5* environs of Belle Grove.

If you’ve already heard of the Fry Up Police  you’ll know they started as something of a mischievous social media phenomenon but have emerged as the online authority on Full English breakfasts –  when it comes to traditional fry ups, their overriding ethos is to source topnotch local .

For this event FUP is offering its new and superlative All Day Breakfast Buns * The entrance charge of £5 pp is redeemable against the bun as described below…. 

* Penny Bun Bakehouse buns will be filled with a choice of the finest locally sourced free range bacon from Blythburgh Pork or award-winning sausage patties from Archers Butchers or  Low Farm eggs,  together with gorgeously melty cheese, fried onions and ‘baconnaise’. You can always have the lot in one bun for an extra £1!

There’ll be plenty of seating to allow you to enjoy the unique award-winning surroundings as well as a stylish Maharajah tent to provide protection from the sun or drizzle, depending!

Some more information here.

Operation Turtle Dove

Turtle Doves are in steep decline – their population fell by 95% between 1967 and 2012. One reason for this is the lack of seed food on farmland in the summer.

The turtle dove is a summer visitor arriving in late April and leaving in September. Without the right habitat and food source, it can’t maximise its’ possible 3 broods a year. They are on the ‘Red List’ of conservation concern. https://www.bto.org/our-science/publications/psob

Such populations as exist are mostly found in East Anglia so we’re really lucky to have not one but two pairs of turtle doves at opposite ends of the site. One can hear their gentle purring call in the mornings and evenings. The RSPB is  kindly providing exactly the right food/seed for them by way of encouragement.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/projects/operation-turtle-dove/

 

Latitude is coming!

18th-21st July 2019

Belle Grove is only 4 miles from Henham Park, as the crow flies, home to the wonderful Latitude Festival, . Avoid traffic jams and reach it via the back roads.

Headliners this year are George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Lana Del Rey, Jason Manford, Michelle Wolf and Frank Skinner  in the beautiful surrounds of Henham Park.

https://www.latitudefestival.com

The raw milk revolution in Suffolk

Must tell you about Fen Farm Dairy, only a few miles away. The young couple who own it sell unpasteurised milk from the farm gate and were the very first UK farm to install a Raw Milk Vending Machine (now showing at the V & A as part of the “Food, bigger than the plate’ exhibition. They went on to develop the famous Baron Bigod brie-type cheese (served at Prince Harry’s pre-wedding breakfast) and cultured butter. They’ve won all sorts of farming  and business awards, were voted 1 of the 12 Best Cheeses in The Independent and one of the storyline threads on The Archers is even based on how they used Montbelliarde cows to provide the milk for the new cheese!

So here’s your chance  to pop up and collect some of their delicious products or buy the cheese or butter from many deli counters (including at Neals Yard and various other classy outlets in London) !

https://fenfarmdairy.co.uk

 

 

Orchard

In January 2018 we planted 115 mixed fruit trees on traditional stock (that is, not dwarf) on an unused section of land. We worried about the effects of the ‘Beast from the East’ but surviving that and the summer drought, they are looking extremely happy and healthy. The orchard makes a pleasant stroll for our guests. These pics taken in early May.

Singapore Sling dinner for 12

The latest in-house event was an Asian inspired dinner courtesy of Lilian at https://www.lilianskitchen.co.uk.     Here are some pics.

Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture Retreats

We have partnered with Niroshini Acupuncture as one of its special  ‘retreats’.  The founder, Melissa Day, offers cosmetic acupuncture (non-surgical face lift procedures) and holistic treatments as part of all-women Transformative Retreats to include treatments,Qi Gong classes, crystal healing sessions and much else. A private chef provides Ayurvedic “balancing” meals.

Detailed information here  http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/niroshini-transformative-retreats

“A must-do for any group of women looking to invest in themselves with something completely unique, nourishing and transformative.”   Danielle Stewart, journalist/reviewer

 

Special dinner opportunity!

Belle Grove guests now have the chance to hire the dining room in ‘dragon house’ for an outside-catered (your choice) special dinner. We are happy to dress the table in a style to suit you, for example, as  this recent black tie dinner for 20. Just email for details!