Belle Grove

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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!)

Dark Skies

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!

 

No extra charge for Gin Evening!

Everyone’s thoughts are turning to Christmas and New Year. But it’s good to plan beyond by putting a date in the diary – something to look forward to that will break up those interminable winter months.

So…

…we’ve dreamed up a special treat for those booking the weekend of 1st-4th February 2019.

All those who book a short break at Belle Grove over that weekend (or a longer break come to that!) are invited to a special Gin Tasting Experience in the on-site Dragon House on the evening of Saturday 2nd February.  There’s no extra charge, it’s all about sampling a series of unusual gins with accompanying tonics and nibbles.

Even better, no worries about driving home!

PS. Think what an excellent Christmas present this would make for your nearest and dearest!

PPS  Be quick, this weekend is booking up fast!

Exotic marquee!

Recently we seized the opportunity to acquire a pre-loved Indian marquee (from Billy Connolly since you ask). Having experimented with putting the 30′ x 20′ tent up and down, we now feel confident to make it available to hire for erection on site.  Just enquire!

NEW – Private Catering

We are always happy to point guests toward catering providers but sometimes the group size is too small to interest outside caterers. So for groups of 4 – 8 we have started to provide privately catered dinners in the main house. An intimate atmosphere can be provided in our attractive dining room (photos attached).

A copy menu from September is also attached to give an idea. Ask for sample menus.

Trip Advisor

Holiday Cottage Provider of the Year

VisitEngland Awards

Enjoy England
 

Griffin Lodge at Belle Grove

New 5 bedroom holiday house available from late 2016

 

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