Deck chairs at Wiveton Hall, Norfolk April 18, 2017 11:50
Our Denys & Fielding journey has already taken us to some really interesting places. And while our small outdoor living company is pretty embryonic, thankfully, it keeps throwing up inspiration at just the right time. Yesterday was no exception.
Wiveton Hall is a beautiful mismatch of holiday cottages, a shop, pick your own farm, gorgeous cafe and garden walks with sea views over the Norfolk marshes. It is a pretty magical place and we are thrilled that a small selection of our beach chairs and deck chairs are now in stock at the shop. When the opportunity came to organise the delivery of our deck chairs and beach chairs, I was determined that this was one trip that wouldn't be made by the courier company. So, going in the opposite direction from (most) of the Easter bank holiday traffic, I headed up to Norfolk to visit this beautiful place.
As luck would have it, my visit coincided with an open day for the gardens. The sun was out, a crisp, gentle breeze was blowing in from the sea and I was kid free - HEAVEN! I took the hint and headed out to the grounds to enjoy a walk around the gardens.
The path took me around dappled woodland, brimming with bluebells in full colour. Dense clusters of cow parsley, about to burst with new blooms, danced along the edges of the wood and around a large, natural pond. Around the big house and through a higgedly piggedly set of outbuildings, a more formal walled garden appeared, with beautiful old pear trees nestled against the stone walls of the garden. I loved the mix of formal flower beds in between a small orchard at one end of the garden and potager style veggies and flowers at the other. In the corner of the walled garden was a gardener's hut - complete with old tweed coats that have seen better days, hanging from the open window. In the background, I could hear children exchanging imaginative stories with a serious 'RADA esque' dose of drama - convincing each other of the 'ghosts' that live in Wiveton Hall. No need for a smart phone or iPad here. These kids were revelling in the sights, smells and stories, real or otherwise, that this beautiful placed conjured up.
Along with gorgeous gift and home wares, there is also a 'coop' with vintage furniture and a lovely choice of retro enamel signs for sale. A seriously good cup of tea is also yours, courtesy of the cafe, which was in full swing when I visited; serving tasty, seasonal plates of food to hungry visitors.
Wiveton Hall is now open for the summer season. To find out more about Wiveton Hall, or to plan your trip, visit: http://www.wivetonhall.co.uk.