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