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!
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.
…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!
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!
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.
Gosh, Christmas is on the horizon. How did that happen?!
Remember that we can now issue Gift Vouchers.
Any £ amount to suit you.
Book within 12 months of issue for a holiday any time up to 18 months of issue.
The voucher comes complete with an envelope.
If this idea appleals to you or you’d like more info, Just contact us
Belle Grove now offers a charging point for electric cars. It is a tethered 7KW unit on a 3m cable & compatible with all plug-in vehicle brands. As a fast unit, it can take a car like a Nissan Leaf from flat to full in about 4 hours.
Free to use for all Belle Grove guests!
For Your Information
There are now more than 13,000 public charging points where you can top up your batteries. To locate fast or rapid charging stations, consult a website such as https://openchargemap.org/siteor https://www.zap-map.com/live
In this general area, there is a public charging point at RSPB Minsmere Bird Sanctuary, 12 miles away on a book-a-slot basis. On the coast, the Bell Inn at Walberswick and The Crown in Southwold have car chargers. The Darsham Hamper on the A12 is a usefully located as is the Plough Inn at Beccles and several in Norwich.
Guests recently celebated their wedding anniversary here and invited friends for dinner. They sent this lovely pic of the dinner table all dressed up and ready to go… (all items as found in situ).
We post occasional Retrospectives on social media being a series of photos from our days running Trans Africa Overland trips. Not exactly ‘News’ we admit but we’ll include a few here from time to time as not everyone uses Instagram or Facebook.
These particular shots (sorry about quality) were all taken in the 1990’s at a time the only trans-Sahara route was to follow the Moroccan/Mauteanian coast – literally drivng along the dune-lined beach all day to avoid being cornered by the incoming Atlantic tide.
Read all about it in African Approaches: roads to a far-off place
Some time ago we acquired a pre-loved ‘Maharajah’ tent with the idea of making it available to guests who’d like to hold some sort of celebrations here. It’s taken a year to get round to try erecting it (no instructions) only to discover missing parts. However we hope to solve that fairly soon and will signal when it’s ready. In the meantime here’s a preview…
It’s not only people that like to holiday here – these dogs are having a fine ol’ time….
And couldn’t resist this……..!
Note: main resorts like Southwold ban dogs on beaches between April and October but there are plenty of other nearby beaches where dogs are free to run.