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.
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.
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. “
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.
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 theBBC weather site or aLocal 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.
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!)
Guests at Belle Grove have long been telling us that they absolutely love the darkness of the skies here. Belle Grove is 20 minutes from the a Dark Sky Discovery Site on the coast and is itself a wonderful place to take in the wonders of the night sky and seasonal meteor showers such as the Geminids in mid December and the Perseids of August.
We provide an easy to use telescope which is kept in the open-to-all Shepherds Hut as well as binoculars. Astronomy books are kept in the Hut too.
A red torch for reading star maps etc is provided. White light is a detriment as every time you use white light, your eyes react. The pupils contract, making their aperture smaller, and a smaller aperture always means less light-gathering, whether we are talking about your eyes or your optical equipment. But a red flashlight allows you to see your star charts, find an eyepiece in your accessory case, or pick your way over telescope cables and other obstacles without affecting your night vision. The better your night vision, the more you can see in the eyepiece!
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Griffin Lodge at Belle Grove
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