Saturday, 9 July 2016

Mangreen Country House Hotel, Swardeston, Norfolk

Early June we spent a couple a few days around Norwich in Norfolk, we stayed at Mangreen Hall just outside of Norwich.  It was not easy to find as it is down a small by-road off the A140 Ipswich Road, but this does mean that you are out in the country side.

According to the Norfolk Heritage Explorer "Mangreen Hall dates to around 1700 and was probably built for Henry Davy.  It is thought to sit on a Medieval moated site"

Kellys Directory for 1883 references "Mangreen Hall as the seat of the Rev. William Fellowes M.A. John Steward Esq. and the trustees of Hudson Gurney Esq. Lords of the Manor."

The house was renovated last year to allow for bed and breakfast, it has been done tastefully to still allow for the character and age of the house.

The dining area where they serve a lovely full English breakfast, it also doubles up as a Cafe on certain days of the week.

There are a couple sitting rooms for you to relax in or have a meeting.

Our room was one of the loft style bedrooms, accessed by a narrow, steep staircase, once used by the staff of the house.

The view out of our window was lovely and peaceful, be prepared to be serenaded by the birds especially around dawn and dusk.

As well as bed and breakfast the Hotel offers a Personal Growth Centre, Time Share Swimming Pool, purpose built Conference Centre and Wedding venue with its own Chapel in the grounds.

The various rose bushes around the gardens were putting on a good display in the beautiful sunshine.

A lovely sunny spot in the garden to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after breakfast, while we plotted our days route.

We came across this quite large bush in the grounds which we had never seen before, we then came across a couple of varieties at Bressingham Steam and Gardens, which were labelled as Viburnum Plicatum, Japanese Snowball.

Walking around the gardens we came across the Candle Chapel.

And then the Light Centre, nestled amongst the shrubs where you can hold your Wedding Ceremony.

In the back ground of this shot you can just see the Conference Centre.

This large tree, with its stone circle caught our eye when we drove in, as you walk towards it its size becomes more impressive.

My Husband helping me demonstrate the width of the trunk, this tree must have been here for several hundred years, maybe part of the original planting of the garden.

This pine cone with its flower like form helps to identify the tree as a Cedar.

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