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Ready for guests…

We like to greet our Christmas guests with that welcoming festive feel…

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It’s beginning to feel like Christmas…

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…

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The Halesworth Experience!

Belle Grove may be in the countryside but is by no means isolated. Apart from being near the seaside, dscf4400there is  much of interest in the nearest market town, Halesworth, only 2 miles distant. crinkle-crankle-wall

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!

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Hygge is the new buzz word

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).

two-pairs-of-feet-near-fireplaceHygge 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.

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Autumn Newsletter

Click HERE to see the Autumn Newsletter – why not sign up for the quarterly email Newsletter via the Home Page?

 

Brave New World

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.

The greening world

Love it when everything greens up – here are  just a few scenes in the grounds this May starting with the entrance & following the track to the ‘back field’.

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Couldn’t resist

This has got nothing to do with anything except that it’s brilliant (found on twitter if we remember rightly)!

 

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beat the Jan/Feb blues

Suffolk is at its most serene in January and February but offers plenty of diversions – spin pebbles into the sea, IMG_0387kick sand on empty beaches, collect pine cones in brooding forests and take brisk walks along coastal paths and over heathland………IMG_0963Nothing beats a winter ramble followed by a glass of mulled wine and a hearty meal in one of the many cosy pubs hereabouts.

Other than its reputation as a destination in its own right, the key to Belle Grove is locale – nestling in the countryside but just a hop, skip and jump from the renowned Heritage Coast.There’s easy access to numerous lovely market towns and villages including Southwold, Walberswick, Halesworth, Bungay, Beccles, Dunwich, Framlingham and Snape – and all of them have great eateries, delicatessens, drinking establishments, second-hand bookshops, vintage boutiques and quirky shopping.

Fresh produce is one of the glories of the area whether the freshest of fresh fish from the coast, award-winning pies or vegetables and locally produced meats from the many Farmer’s Markets.

Speaking of rejuvenating, we have the perfect solution for a St. Valentines treat. Not only can you whisk your loved one away to Belle Grove for a uniquely romantic experience but you can also take advantage of treats of the spa variety courtesy of My Personal Sanctuary.

Accommodation rates after New Year are at their lowest, so why not consider a short break…