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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!

Easter discount!

It’s been a strange Spring so far – pre-Easter has been busy but Easter itself not so much, perhaps because it’s pretty late this year.  So we have introduced a 15% discount for full week bookings over Easter week (w/c 19th April). The online booking system calculates this automatically.

 

 

New big-time movie!

Suffolk resident Richard Curtis is a well known figure responsible for ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and ‘Love Actually’. He’s scripted a new film based locally and directed by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Danny Boyle.  Titled Yesterday,  it’s due for release in June.

Here is a trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uqvgPm8U4c

Also see this interview with Richard Curtis fllmed in nearby Halesworth.

 

BTW, you maybe interested to know that the locality is home to any number of well known figures – see http://blythvalleyexperience.com/celebrity-watch/

 

The latest journalist review…

We recently hosted a Sunday Express  journalist testing a Nissan electric car and who needed to stay somewhere with an on-site EV Charger. He had considerable problems in charging the car at the very outset in London so it seems that the Belle Grove stay was the most positive part of his experience!

Thankfully the Belle Grove accommodation was the jewel at the centre of the mess of a trip. Its quirky decor, eerily peaceful silence and stunning backdrop make it the perfect countryside getaway. The properties on the site are all five-star converted barns which range in size are well-equipped and there is even an electric charger on the grounds. This Tesla 7.kWh charger is perfect if you have an electric car because you can use your car all day, plug it in overnight and have a full charge by the next morning. You are left to your own devices at the self-catering barns and they are set into a peaceful corner of the countryside, far enough away to not be disturbed by traffic but close enough to the town that you don’t feel too far out of it.

Gintastic evening

We hosted our first complimentary Gin Appreciation Evening the other night and there was certainly a lot of appreciation going on! Seven, very different, craft gins were sampled along with tonics and a good time had by all.

‘Winter is Coming’ – or is it here?

We have had dustings of snow so far rather than full-on snowfalls like much of the country but snow, frost and fog together make magical moods around the gardens

What’s the Weather ?

East Anglia is famously the driest part of the British Isles so rain isn’t often too much of a problem. In fact, there is a bit of a micro climate in this part of the East as it is often hot and dry when the rest of England is wet and cool – and, we have to admit, vice versa when the sea mist rolls in!  For local weather indications, log onto the BBC weather site  or a Local Weather Station

By the way, there is a useful little gadget for guests to consult, which shows temperature, time tides and the full moon cycle.

Complimentary Gin Experience

Our gin tasting evening on Saturday 2nd February is proving popular! There’s just one property (the Granary) still available  for guests booking  the weekend 1st- 4th February.

It is to be held in the farmhouse and there will be quite a range of unusual gins to try + nibbles. And you won’t have to worry about driving!

 

 

Happy Christmas 2018

We try and make things as festive a possible here providing a real Christmas tree for each property (which we will dress or leave the wherewithal for guests to do – it’s mostly children who go for this option!)