We’re pleased to announce the publication of Jo’s new book Beyond Dragons: an architectural romance.
Signed copies available at Belle Grove, otherwise to order from all good bookshops and online.
What a great Christmas present!
From morning to evening – making short work of harvesting the barley in the fine weather…
We are expecting that our new venture, Griffin Lodge, will be ready for guests from late September.
This is next door to the barns but completely separate from them, with private driveway, garden and parking. As will be seen via the link, it will sleep 10 people in 5 bedrooms, all en suite. Two of the bedrooms can be set up as twin or superking beds.
We like to greet our Christmas guests with that welcoming festive feel…
In preparing for the Festive Season, one of the very first things we do is order the Christmas wreaths from our friend Jenny who assembles them from locally-gathered holly, greenery and berries intertwined with anything from pheasant feathers, dried oranges, apples or chillies, teasels, fir cones and anything else seasonal she can lay her hands on. It really starts to feel like Christmas once these are hung on all the doors…
Belle Grove may be in the countryside but is by no means isolated. Apart from being near the seaside, there is much of interest in the nearest market town, Halesworth, only 2 miles distant.
The town is a multi Gold Award winner in Anglia in Bloom and offers a huge range of ‘things to do’ – all sorts of events at The Cut Arts Centre , exhibitions at Halesworth Art Gallery, walking on the Millennium Green (the largest in England), displays at Halesworth Museum (which, among other things, has these really beautiful Bronze Age axe heads found nearby) + a Golf Club, a plethora of eateries, coffee shops. There’s a weekly market and monthly brocante & produce market + great antiques such as the Black Dog Antiques Centre. Find out more about the town and the area at www.blythvalleyexperience.com which has a wonderful photo gallery.
In other words, this is a great location at which to base your holiday!
Pronounced hoo-ga, this Danish word defies literal translation. In essence it means enjoying life’s small but soothing moments – perhaps nibbling cinnamon pastries with one hand while reading a good book with the other…it’s about investing in emotional wellbeing through the simple and homespun (mind you, the traditional hand knitted socks may be a step too far).
Hygge comes into its own as the nights draw in. Imagine going for a brisk country walk or a ‘blow’ along the shore, wrapped up against the wind which whips at your hair and brings a glow to your cheeks – and then coming back to a welcoming cosy and comfortable cottage. Picture snuggling down amid soft cushions, flickering candles and basking in the warmth of a wood-burning stove, with a delicious deli supper washed down with lashings of guilt-free wine.
That sounds like winter evenings at Belle Grove! When you go home, your soul nourished, it’ll be to talk about what a great ‘hyggelit’ (hygge-like) time you’ve had!
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Pleased to announce that Belle Grove has a brand new broadband/wifi system. No sign of BT upgrading the old copper wire of our land line / installing fibre optic to support fast speed broadband – so have taken advantage of new radio transmitted broadband having established that we can receive an uninterrupted signal from the local transmitter. Set up a receiving dish, installed lots of new cables and pressed the button. More reliable, lightning-proof and faster download and upload speeds.
A unique holiday retreat in the heart of Suffolk yet just 20 minutes from Southwold, comprising 5 luxury barn conversions sleeping between 2 - 6+ Read more