Thursday, 21 July 2016

Burwash Manor, Barton, Cambridgeshire

We recently visited Burwash Manor and Farm in the village of Barton in Cambridgeshire.  The site consists of a couple of court yards surrounding by old farm buildings we have been converted into a variety of boutique type shops, a large food hall and tea shop.

If you want to really spoil your garden bird visitors this is one fancy feeding station.

Interesting use of old tyres.

Lots of lovely flowers and herbs to chose from at The Manor Florist.

After having a wander around the courtyards with all there shops and farm shop we decided to visit the Flock tea shop for some lunch before heading off along the farm walk.

If you have the time you can do the Running Fox Walk which takes you around the farmland and grounds of Burwash Manor.  It is not easy to follow as when we visited the signs had not been maintained but with the help of the available maps you can find your way around.

One of several Cows you will see around the site.

There is a small herd of Llamas, which are always interesting to watch.

Dead remains of trees are always interesting they have some many patterns and textures.

This meadow is full of yellow flowers and edged with Cow Parsley.

The lovely pink of the Red Campion.

A must photo opportunity for the young and old, having their photos taken by warning signs.

Can you spot the 'small' satellite dish in this picture?

While walking in the Countryside I have often heard Skylarks but rarely spot them, so I was really pleased to get this action shot.

One wooded area we passed by had evidence of Badger activity in the past, all the entrances looked like they had not been used for some time.

While we were walking around this sea plane kept circling around over head, I guess as we are some way off from the sea the pilot was getting in some air time.

I had never got a decent photo of a Pheasant, so was pleased to get this shot, although when I first saw it in a farm yard, I was not sure it was real as for several minutes it just sat there and did not move a muscle.

We eventually ended up walking through part of the village of Barton on our way back to Burwash Manor, the village signs are always interesting pieces of artwork.

They do get some strange wildlife in their village pond though, this duck appeared to be carved out of wood?

Back at Burwash Manor a Pied Wagtail had decided to have a ride on the back of the Fox Weather Vein.

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.