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Issue 2 | Autumn 2012

Uniquely AWAY

Retreat to the country Win a fabulous break Suffolk attraction Beautiful Lavenham Autumn harvest Fresh, seasonal foods

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The online version of Uniquely Away can be viewed at The Away Team Editor Abigail Saltmarsh Deputy editor Karen Kelly Designer Mark Edwards Creative photographer Nick Read Feature writers Mary Williams Sarah Sinclair Head of sales and marketing Henrietta Larken For information on advertising, sales or sponsorship in Uniquely Away or other Uniquely Magazines publications contact or call 01603 929434 Uniquely Away is published by Uniquely Magazines Ferndale Centre 1 Exeter Street NR2 4QB © AMS Editorial Services Ltd Company No. 07089976 About the editor With almost 25 years experience, Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist, writing lifestyle, property, homes, travel and a range of general interest features. She is a regular contributor to national, glossy magazines and her pieces have appeared in The New York Times and International Herald Tribune. Abigail has also written extensively for the UK’s bestselling daily regional newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, as well as for the EDP Norfolk Magazine, the East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Magazine and the Evening News, in Norwich.

About the designer Based in Norwich since 2001, Mark Edwards specialises in graphic design, art direction and brand identity. Mark has worked on a diverse selection of design projects for a variety of clients including the BBC, TfL, L’Oréal Paris, NNF, Office Shoes, PWL Records, Superdrug, Hilfiger, Top Shop and Virgin Classics.

About the photographer Nick Read is highly experienced in lifestyle and magazine work. With more than 20 years behind the camera, he has worked for clients ranging from Bentley, McLaren, Chrysler and Secma sports cars to the BBC, Radio Times and United Emirates Air Lines. Nick, who lives in Suffolk but travels abroad for his photography work, frequently carries out home interiors shoots and has worked for national glossy magazines such as House Beautiful and BBC Good Homes, as well as exclusive homes estate agents Savills, Fine and Fine and Country.

Autumn has arrived and so has the second issue of

Uniquely AWAY

We received an overwhelming response to our launch publication and would like to thank all those who have encouraged and supported us from the beginning. As we explained in our first issue, Uniquely Magazines was born after a group of professional writers, photographers, designers and editorial specialists began to discuss bringing out niche publications with a strong emphasis on photography and design, as well as content. We wanted to create magazines that were beautiful to look at, as well as interesting and informative to read. This issue of Uniquely Away aims to continue to do just that. We wanted to showcase the continued splendour of Norfolk and Suffolk as the counties move into autumn and winter, and to suggest some great places to visit and interesting activities to enjoy. As the weather cools and the nights draw in, we also wanted to reflect the warmth of the area; the welcoming nature of the people who live here, the homely yet stylish pubs, restaurants, hotels and guest houses, and the inviting, exclusive holiday accommodation where you can retreat from the busy world. Once again, we have brought you a taste of the seasonal produce available in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as an insight into our vibrant and colourful arts scene. And there are also a few suggestions for Christmas. Please take part in the superb competitions we have in this issue and do send us your suggestions, ideas and feedback, in time for our January issue.

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Uniquely Away would like to congratulate the lucky winners of the competitions in our summer issue. Jim Parsons, of Great Glemham, who won a two night break for two at Mill Cottages, Yaxham, and a three-course dinner for two at The Mill Café Bar & Restaurant Carolyn Philip, of Middlesex, who won a stay for two people, in three luxury hotels run by Flying Kiwi Inns, as well as a three course meal, complete with a bottle of wine, every evening, and a home-cooked breakfast each morning The winners have been informed. Read on to enter three more magnificent competitions in this issue of Uniquely Away.

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Competition winners

Gastro pub

Art and artists



A local choice The Dabbling Duck Food and drink

Behind the camera Photographer Nick Read





A fresh choice The Green Grocers

Creative inspirations Exhibition spaces and artists



Harvest festival On the table this season

Say cheese Fielding Cottage

Art in the wild Rachel Lockwood

Thoroughly modern Furniture maker Toby Winteringham


Out and about

Escape to the country

Past and present

What, where, when



















Time out In West Norfolk

Comfort and joy The Ostrich Inn

Park life Oxburgh Hall

The Suffolk way Sailors’ Path

Warm and welcoming Exclusive winter retreats

Homes from home Norfolk Hideaways

Step back in time Medieval Lavenham

Fine wine Lavenham Brook Farm

Celebrity dining Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s


Animal magic Creatures of the autumn

Hidden history Hunsett Mill

Amber nectar Brancaster Brewery

The real deal Brewed in Norfolk

Spa and away Barnham Broom

This sporting life England rugby star Ben Youngs

In the editor’s diary A choice of events

Sparkling suggestions Christmas gifts

Festive fun Norwich Cathedral

In the know Amanda Bond


The Dabbling Duck “Ducks go a dabbling – up tails all!” THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

A local pub, with comfortable rooms and delicious food and drink The Dabbling Duck at Great Massingham prides itself on offering affordable quality, without compromise. Overlooking the pretty village green, with its two ponds, the award-winning inn extends a warm welcome to all its customers, from those living in the attractive village to the many visitors passing through. With six beautifully furnished guest rooms, an exciting, seasonal menu and a carefully selected range of ales and wines, it is the perfect place to stop, settle down and relax a little. The bar is open seven days a week from midday. Lunch is served from 12pm to 2.30pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 9pm each day. | 01485 520827 |

Your chance to dabble at The Duck C O M P E T I T I O N Uniquely Away has teamed up with The Dabbling Duck to offer one lucky reader a stay for two*

Today it still retains its historic feel. It has one of the most impressive greens in the country, which features large ponds that were used by an Augustinian Abbey in the 11th century to keep fish.

The winner of our competition will be able to enjoy an overnight stay at The Dabbling Duck, as well as a three-course meal, with a bottle of wine.

Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was educated in the area before going on to build the breathtaking Houghton Hall nearby.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to spend time in this beautiful corner of Norfolk and to visit the quintessentially English village itself.

Just a short distance from the Peddars Way, and set in a village surrounded by scenic countryside, the pub is popular with walkers. Dogs are also welcome here and cyclists frequently stop for refreshments or an overnight break.

It is thought the origins of Great Massingham date back as far as the 5th century AD, when the area was inhabited in the wake of the Roman withdrawal, by a group of Angles and Saxons.

To enter our draw to win this magnificent prize, simply send your name, address, email address and daytime telephone number to: or send a postcard to:

Dabbling Duck Competition, Uniquely Away, Ferndale Centre, Exeter Street, Norwich, NR2 4QB The competition closes on Saturday 15 December 2012. The winner will be announced in the next issue of Uniquely Away. The usual Uniquely Magazines terms and conditions apply. For full details visit *A date for the stay will be arranged directly with the manager at the Dabbling Duck and will be subject to availability.


Downtime at the Duck

With its warm welcome, relaxed ambience and comfortable surroundings, The Dabbling Duck, at Great Massingham, is a pub without pretension

Nick Read





Photography by Nick Read, except exterior, bar and taps supplied by The Dabbling Duck

t may have won awards for its fabulous food menu but The Dabbling Duck is steadfast in its determination to remain a village local.


Set in a building, which is thought to date back at least as far as the mid-19th century, and with its wooden floors and shelves of books, it has a homely feel that appeals to people of all walks of life. Manager Mark Orton explains the pub is very much part of daily life at the picture postcard village of Great Massingham. It is somewhere for locals to chat over a pint of beer or to tuck into a good meal, as well as a popular place for visitors to stay when they are visiting the area. “First and foremost we are a proper, village pub,” he says. “Apart from a period of about 10 years, there has always been a pub here so we are very much part of Great Massingham.

“This is somewhere people come to see their friends or to enjoy a meal out with their family. They like the atmosphere and the fact we are affordable.” He adds: “At the same time, however, we refuse to compromise on quality. We offer excellent food and we won the CAMRA Norfolk Pub of the Year Award in 2011. “We always source local ingredients where possible. What we offer here is affordable quality.” The tactile bar, made from a piece of solid oak, always offers a selection of local ales, including Adnams, Greene King, Woodfordes and Wolf Brewery. The Beeston Brewery’s Worth the Wait was taken on as a guest ale five years ago and remains so popular that it has not been taken off.

The impressive menus at The Dabbling Duck feature a range of seasonal dishes, with offerings including the likes of pan roasted pigeon breast with celeriac remoulade, black pudding and sun blushed tomato pesto, and grilled sea bass with roasted tomato and olives, spinach and basil new potatoes. There are always daily specials, which include such winter warming dishes as pies and stews of the day, as well as tempting desserts, such as white chocolate and vanilla cheesecake, with poached strawberries, and stem ginger and pear frangipane tart, with red wine syrup and vanilla ice cream. “We make everything ourselves here and it is all good food, with the best ingredients. So, for example, we serve fish and chips but it is lager and lime battered haddock, with crushed minted peas, tartar sauce and hand cut chips.”


In the morning, guests also sit down to either the Countryman’s Breakfast Table, which includes the likes of homemade muesli and smoked kippers with lemon and butter or the Countryman’s Full Breakfast, with a feast of ingredients, such as smoked back bacon, local butcher’s sausage and roasted field mushroom. The Dabbling Duck, which welcomes children, has six guest rooms. Each of these has its own careful yet comfortable design, with unique touches, such as the retro-style wireless sets. “People like to come to stay here because it does have an informal feel but at the same time we do have free wifi and space for business meetings as well,” says Mark. Just a short distance from the Peddars Way, and set in a village surrounded by

scenic countryside, it is not surprising the pub is popular with walkers. Dogs are also welcome here and cyclists frequently stop for refreshments or an overnight break. “We have so many different types of people here. Members of the aristocracy visit and we do have other famous faces from time to time but equally people know they can come in here straight from work or with their walking boots on.” With separate areas that can be booked (The Blenheim Room for larger groups and The Red Room for smaller parties), as well as the main dining area, The Library, and the child-friendly garden, The Dabbling Duck is flexible in how its space can be used. It offers a programme of entertainment and events throughout the year, including quiz nights, live music and its

annual beer festival; and Christmas parties for up to 40 people can be held between Monday 3 to Friday 21 December 2012. “We want people to have a good experience while they are here to ensure they will come back again,” says Mark. “It is informal at The Dabbling Duck but service is everything – and that is why they do return. “They like the fact we are a good local pub – and that we are one that also offers excellent food and rooms.” Words by Abigail Saltmarsh For more information call 01485 520827 or visit




Autumn harvest I

n fields across Norfolk and Suffolk, the autumn harvest is being brought in, ready to be sold in shops and markets, and served up to customers in delicatessens, cafés and restaurants.

Richard Ewin, and his brother Peter, run Norfolk Veg Box. The Great Ellinghambased company sources seasonal produce from the area and delivers it to order to homes in Norfolk and North Suffolk.

“This season we will have some lovely sweetcorn, as well as onions, parsnips and leeks, and, of course, nice autumn cabbages. Anything green should be looking good this season as we’ve not had a long summer of hot, dry weather.”

Many delicatessens and restaurants in the counties make an effort to source and prepare their dishes with local produce.

Customers order by phone or through the website, and can even ask for local cheese, oil and roasted coffee to be delivered too.

Daniel Smith, owner and chef at the 14th century Ingham Swan, which is renowned for its fine dining, says he always uses local ingredients where they are of the best quality.

“Most of it does come from this area – we only deliver the odd item that doesn’t grow here, such as bananas and oranges, if people ask us for them,” says Richard.

“This autumn we will be using apples, wild mushrooms, potatoes, beef and lots of fish from Norfolk,” he says. “Dishes might include crispy sea salt belly of pork

with scallops and saffron apple purée.”

Daniel, who worked for acclaimed chef Michel Roux Jr at the two Michelin starred La Gavroche, and was based at Morston Hall, in Norfolk, where he achieved his first Michelin Star as head chef, aged 23, prides himself on his regularly changing menus that embrace produce from the area. “At Christmas we will be doing a six-course tasting menu for £29.99, which gives people the chance to try lots of different dishes,” he adds. “It is a good idea to book as we expect it to be very popular.” Another establishment that is wellknown for its strong relationships with local suppliers is luxury boutique

Festive treats T

his Christmas treat yourself to some locally produced delicacies – or think about ordering them as a gift. Gnaw chocolate, for example, is made in Norwich. The bars come in more than 30 different flavours and are made to the company’s own recipes.

Seek out such different flavours as Gnorfolk chilli, Gnorfolk lavender and cherry bomb. They make great stocking fillers or unusual Christmas presents. Or order some fresh Norfolk seafood, fish, homemade pâté or cured meat

For more information on Gnaw chocolate call 01603 501518 or visit For more information on Cley Smokehouse call 01263 740282 or visit

from Cley Smokehouse. Smoked, cured and prepared in the smokehouse itself in the coastal village, these can be ordered online and delivered direct. The gift packs and boxed deliveries make novel and tasty Christmas presents.



Photography supplied by CoCoes

Fresh fruit for hot crumbles and delicious cakes, and locally raised meat for steaming stews and bubbling casseroles. Across Norfolk and Suffolk, produce is being harvested and reared for tasty, autumnal dishes hotel Strattons, in Swaffham. The family-run operation not only has an award-winning restaurant, but also CoCoes, a café and delicatessen, with a feast of offerings that change with the seasons. Owner Vanessa Scott explains the outlet was launched after guests kept asking to buy foods they were enjoying in the restaurant. “We make our own breads and cakes and they can buy and eat them at CoCoes too now,” she continues. “We make more than 20 cakes per day now. At this time of year we often use apples in them; we make a fantastic almond and Bramley apple cake, for example.

“We have our own orchards but are also supplied by Ashill Fruit Farm, which is very close to us.” Other local produce sold by the deli and enjoyed in the café includes charcuterie from Fruit Pig, a company that uses rare breed meat. This is sometimes combined with Norfolk-grown vegetables and made into sausages. “People love these as you get the vegetable flavour and the meat juices coming through. We sell an awful lot of them at Christmas, along with cheese and our own pickles.” Also popular in the approach to the festive season is CoCoes’ pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake. Swiss rolls, lemon curd and cinnamon meringues and

WARM SALAD OF GOAT’S CHEESE, BEETROOT AND WILD MUSHROOMS SERVES FOUR INGREDIENTS 250g Fielding Cottage Norfolk Mardler goat’s cheese Four rashers of smoked streaky bacon, grilled until crisp 175g assorted wild mushrooms roughly chopped Two medium-sized beetroots, peeled, chopped and cooked until soft in orange juice, then puréed in a liquidiser 175g baby spinach 100g Jerusalem artichokes, peeled, chopped, cooked and then puréed with a little cream and butter

METHOD Cut the rind off the goat’s cheese and place on a baking tray with a little rapeseed oil. Heat the grill. In a large frying pan, fry the mushrooms, again in the rapeseed oil, for one minute, seasoning as you go. In another pan cook the spinach in a little butter until soft. Place the goat’s cheese under the grill. Spoon some mushrooms on to each plate and then remove the goat’s cheese from the heat and put on the plate. Place a little beetroot purée neatly on top, followed by the artichoke purée, and finally a rasher of bacon.

For more information on the cheese call 01953 455185 or visit

sticky ginger cakes are also favourites. “We bake a lot of fruity crumbles at this time of year too. We pick wild plums in the hedgerows for puddings and cakes, and put them in brandies and gins,” says Vanessa. “We can make all sorts of dishes for people for the Christmas period if they let us know as soon as they can in December.” Words by Mary Williams. For more information on Norfolk Veg Box call 01953 457393 or 07712 443463 or visit For more information on The Ingham Swan call 01692 581099 or visit For more information on CoCoes at Strattons call 01760 725605 or visit



Season’s greetings

Plump squashes in all shades of orange, yellow and green, crunchy apples fresh from Norfolk trees and warm bread baked the night before – the autumn season sees tables overflowing at The Green Grocers


very season is a busy one for Luke Coathup, of The Green Grocers, in Norwich, but with the autumn comes, not only basket loads of new fruit and vegetables, but also a spectrum of festive fare. “It is always difficult to predict exactly what will arrive - and when - in the season, as it is so weather dependent,” he admits. “This year it is hard to know what will happen with the apples, for example, we may well see the main crop come in slightly later.

Win a Norfolk hamper for this Christmas Uniquely Away has teamed up with The Green Grocers to offer one lucky winner a sumptuous Norfolk hamper this festive season. This could include (subject to availability) a variety of tempting and tasty treats, such as Fielding Cottage goat’s cheese, Brays Cottage pork pies, Norfolk Preserves’ jam, Norfolk Finest Foods’ chutney, BoojaBooja chocolates, Little Melton Gourmet Yoghurt, bread from The Green Grocers and other delicious cheeses, pickles and delicacies.

To enter our draw to win this magnificent prize, simply send your name, address, email address and daytime telephone number to greengrocerscompetition or send a postcard to Green Grocers Competition Uniquely Away, Ferndale Centre Exeter Street, Norwich, NR2 4QB The competition closes on Saturday 15 December 2012. The winner will be informed and the hamper delivered before Christmas. The winner will be announced in the next issue of Uniquely Away. The usual Uniquely Magazines terms and conditions apply. For full details visit

“This is the time of year when most things are being harvested in Norfolk, however, the kale, onions, root vegetables and all the wonderful squashes.” Tucked away off Earlham Road, where it runs a café, delicatessen and shop, The Green Grocers prides itself on its array of local, organic and ethically sourced food and other products. It supports small producers and suppliers, tries to keep road miles to a minimum and ensures traceability on everything it serves and sells. “At this time of year, we also start getting a lot of different diced meats in, which are ideal for long, slow-cooked stews,” he says. “They can be served with local potatoes and we even do our own rosemary dough that can be added to stews as dumplings.” Home-baked bread from the shop has really taken off in recent times and is expected to pick up even more as the weather becomes colder and people start turning to hot soups and wholesome, filling sandwiches.

says Luke. “People like the fact there is nothing in it but flour, water, salt and yeast – there are no preservatives, provers or enhancers.” At any one time, the shop will display between 10 and 12 different types of loaf. These can also be baked to order. “I think people are becoming very interested in baking their own bread again and are often enthused by coming along and seeing how we have done it. In the same way as they can try dishes in our café, and then buy the ingredients here, they can also buy everything they need to make bread from us,” he adds. With the approach of Christmas, the store shelves also start to fill up with all manner of delicacies. Products such as Brays Cottage Pork Pies, Crush and Yare Valley rapeseed oil and Norfolk Preserves remain popular. The likes of Norfolk Finest Foods’ chutney and Booja-Booja chocolates also get snapped up. “People buy these things to eat themselves or as gifts for others,” says Luke. “We can make up hampers and we will also be doing a bread-making basket as a present this year, with everything in it you need to start baking your own bread.” And he adds: “We like to work closely with Norfolk and Suffolk producers in all these areas. It supports the local economy and ensures people can enjoy good quality food that comes from close by.” To order your Christmas turkey, and other meat and poultry, as well as fruit, vegetables and festive accompaniments, contact The Green Grocers before Saturday, December 15.

For information about hampers, the shop and

“We began by baking about 25 to 30 loaves a night – now we are doing 300,”

café opening times etc call 01603 250000 or visit

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here are people out there, according to Sam Steggles, who have tasted goat’s cheese abroad and decided it is not for them.


But, he says, his Norfolk variety appeals to a very different palette. “There are those who have tried it somewhere like France and found it has a strong ‘goat taste’ they are not keen on – and there are those who just have the idea they wouldn’t like it,” he says. “But the goat’s cheese we make is very different. It is flavoursome but it does not have that ‘goat taste,’ and people are often very surprised when they try it for the first time.”

A Mature Approach Norfolk may not be renowned for its goat’s cheese but Sam Steggles is tasting success as he introduces food-lovers to its fine flavours

Sam, who is the owner of Little Ellingham-based Fielding Cottage, is passionate about all things goat. He loves the animals, relishes making products from their milk and delights in the success he is having as more people discover the joys of goat’s cheese too. Sam, who was born on a farm near Long Stratton, in Norfolk, started the business just over two years ago. “Since the age of five, all I have wanted to do is farm,” he admits. “When I was 12, I was given a Jersey cow for Christmas by my parents – I looked out of the window and there she was, tied to the climbing frame!” After school he went to agricultural college but it was not until the birth of his first child in 2009 that he began thinking about keeping goats. “We went on a week’s holiday to Cumbria that September and came home with 10 goats,” he recalls. “We had done some research but it was pure coincidence that the woman who had the goats was near to where we were staying.”

No-one else was making goat’s cheese in East Anglia, and Sam, and his brother Bertie, who was also involved at the beginning, realised the food product was growing in popularity. So Sam went on a cheese-making course, returned home to test out his new skills and then booked a stall at a farmers’ market in Diss, in August 2010. “Friends and family loved it but we thought we would see if we could sell any,” he remembers. “First we decided to take just 10 cheeses - then we thought we would fill a cool box. All the cheeses sold out within a couple of hours.” Since then, business has snowballed. The herd of 10 has grown to 250 and from beginning with just one variety of cheese, Ellingham, he now has Chilli and Herbie Ellingham cheeses too, as well as Norfolk Mardler. “Ellingham is soft and creamy, not dissimilar to feta,” he explains. “The Mardler has been matured for eight weeks and has its own distinct flavour. It just melts in the mouth and is wonderful for grilling.” Fielding Cottage also sells unpasteurised goat’s milk, as well as goat’s milk soap and hand and body lotion – and Sam expects to launch some new cheeses towards the end of the year. “I do want to grow Fielding Cottage but I also want it to stay a family-run, local business,” says Sam. “Goat’s cheese is becoming increasingly popular, as more people find out about it, and perhaps try it for the first time. “And for us, it is something we are just enjoying more and more. It is fun to produce the cheese and we all just absolutely love the goats.” For more information about Fielding Cottage and where to buy its products visit or call 01953 455185

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“I was brought up in an artistic family but I think the first inspirations for my photography came from black and white films and the amazing lighting techniques of the big screen. “After realising I wanted to be a photographer, I studied at Norwich School of Art, then took a BA (hons) degree in Photography at Brighton Polytechnic . “One of my first jobs was at BBC Television Centre, Shepherds Bush,

shooting drama production stills of both interior and exterior set designs. Here I learned to use valuable lighting techniques to produce quality images. “This led on to photo journalism, including portrait photography of television personalities and politicians for the Radio Times and other publications. From there, I worked for advertising agencies, travelling extensively, focusing on a variety of exciting projects. “In recent years, I have relished being

freelance, following the briefs of a variety of clients and often facing the challenge of the great British weather. Working with the light and weather adds naturalism to any photograph. Being aware of repetitions, patterns, shapes and the colour harmonies of your surroundings – and being spontaneous – is important. “However, the weather works both for you and against you. Most of the time is spent waiting and predicting; you have to have a lot of patience to capture the right moment. The secret is to not shoot

Behind the Creative photographer Nick Read has a passion for his job. Here he explains why


the obvious but wait for the unexpected to happen. “My passion is for creative photography. I love working outside, harnessing the colour of the landscape. In the past few years I have, in addition, developed a specialism for photographing interiors of hotels and restaurants, for glossy homes and interiors magazines and those working in the property industry. “I enjoy helping to reflect the beauty of a space, such as the incredible Marble

Hall at Surrey House, on Surrey Street, Norwich. This is an immense room, with so much colour and decoration.

“I love getting out there exploring Norfolk and Suffolk, meeting so many interesting people.

“Yet the simplicity of smaller, interior, detailed shots where you can really bring texture and shape to light, also appeals to me hugely.

“Each job is different – no two days are ever the same.”


Words by Sarah Sinclair, photagraphy by Nick Read Uniquely Away would like to thank Aviva for allowing us to take pictures

“Working on Uniquely Away has given me the chance to explore all the areas of photography I enjoy best, producing a true variety of images, which are adventurous.

at the Marble Hall in Surrey House. This is the main entrance to Aviva’s office complex in the heart of Norwich and can be visited by members of the public within office hours.

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“For the last 10 years I have been painting exactly what I want to,” she explains. “But in a way, this seems like my beginning. “This past year has been a transformation; it feels like everything up to this point has been about learning and gathering information – and now I have made a leap forward.”

front cover of best seller Brick Lane, by Monica Ali, for example – she largely pursues her passion for natureinspired painting.

Rachel, who initially trained and worked as a scientific illustrator, has always known she wanted to focus on fine art.

She has published her own book, North Norfolk: A Painted Landscape, which is presented as a diary, and features landscapes around the Cley area, and she is known for her bright and bold pieces.

“At the beginning I hated the illustration as it was not what I really wanted to do but in the end it was the best training possible. I learned the discipline of observation and about absolute detail.

“I can now be completely selfish in what I do,” she admits. “My passion is colour and lines at the moment; long-legged animals, such as hare and deer, as well as trees.”

“It was intense, however, and, after 10 years, my brain just decided it didn’t want to do it any more. That was when I bought my oil paints and left it all behind.”

The trees will be a major element in her work at her next exhibition, Seeing the Light. Here, some of her latest paintings will be shown at Pinkfoot alongside those of her friend and fellow artist, Daniel Cole.

Today Rachel lives and works in North Norfolk, exhibiting her work through the Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley next the Sea, which she co-owns with Sarah Whittley. While her work has appeared in many books – her artwork can be seen on the

“Daniel lives in Cornwall but he and I have gone out together, exploring. This exhibition is about light in the landscape; the brilliant light we have here in Norfolk, the changing light and the broken light you find in the forest.”

Daniel, who has been an elected member of the Society of Wildlife Artists for 10 years, shows his work in the group’s annual exhibition held at the Mall Galleries, London, as well as other galleries around the UK. In addition to paintings inspired by the landscapes around the North Norfolk coast, he will be showing work from Cornwall at Pinkfoot. “Daniel and I began painting in oils around the same time and both now feel our work has changed a lot, so doing this together seemed a great idea,” says Rachel. “I have really enjoyed it and am now finding I am getting deeper and deeper into my work. “It is exciting – I am building up ideas all the time, collecting snippets wherever I go and thinking about painting the enormous landscape we have here in Norfolk in bigger and bigger pieces.” Seeing the Light is being exhibited at Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley next the Sea, from Sunday 28 October to Sunday 4 November For more information call 01263 740947 or visit




olly Miller has only recently opened The Gallery in Cromer yet she is already adding to the colour of North Norfolk’s arts scene.


After working for many years as head of the creative team at record label EMI Classics, and as a partner in a leading arts marketing agency, Polly moved to Cromer from London, seeking a complete change. “I got fed up with the commute and the hassle of living in London,” she explains. “So when my son got a place in a good school in Norfolk, and my sister, who lives in Cromer, said this building was available, I decided to make the move.” The Gallery opened on Church Street, in June, focusing on picture framing, as well as contemporary art, photography, glass jewellery and glass. Among the established painters represented at the gallery are Lara Bowen and Shyama Ruffell, both of whom work in oils and acrylic, and use strong lines and vivid colours to capture impressions of nature.

Natural objects are also the starting point for the cool elegance of Daniel Reynolds’s ceramics, which are regularly spotlighted in style magazines such as Elle Decoration and House and Garden. “Part of our philosophy is to give customers the opportunity to enhance their collection with a print or a painting by a highly respected artist,” says Polly. “We have water colourists and print makers like Sarah McMenemy and Andy Lovell, and the wood engraver Chris Wormell.” Many of the artists have close connections with Norfolk and Suffolk, she adds. “The images they produce, which are so positive and full of vitality, very much reflect the feelings that Cromer – and Norfolk as a whole – evokes in me,” she says.

Alison Varley

ewellery maker Alison Varley is renowned for her exquisite pieces in silver and gold.


Working from a studio in the countryside, close to Norwich and her beloved horses, she trained at Brighton Art College and then the Royal College of Art. “Initially I specialised in metal inlay work that reflected the techniques used in Japanese swords,” she explains. “I later developed what I was doing to make jewellery.” Today Alison designs and makes jewellery in silver and gold, with particular emphasis on exploring the many different characteristics that can be found within the metals. “I am influenced by line and asymmetry. I also love contrasting textures and making pieces that are very wearable,” she says.

For more information on the Gallery call 01263 515745 or visit

All the items individually made and her work has been widely exhibited across the country. One of her most important commissions has been to make the decorative finial for the staff carried by



The Belfry Arts Centre

the under sheriff of Norfolk, which was carved and engraved in the form of the Norfolk Coat of Arms. “I sell my work through my website and through various galleries, including Ethika, in Norwich, Flint Gallery, in Blakeney, and The Garden House Gallery, in Cromer,” she says. “I will also be showing it at the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society’s exhibition at the Forum, in Norwich, from Wednesday 3 October to Friday 5 October.” She adds: “I enjoy commissions and am happy to work to other people’s ideas, within the area of my general style.” For more information call 01603 871645 or visit


n the quiet North Norfolk village of Overstrand, The Belfry Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of exhibitions and events.

They will then be used in a metal and glass sculpture to be sited beside a path used by the children and their families to go to and from school.

Local, national and international artists take part, explains artistic director Nora Gaston.

“People can find out more about our workshops and events on our website,” says Nora. “We like to hold exhibitions and workshops that relate to them.”

“I like to work with the local community to bring art in from outside,” she says. “The idea is to stretch people’s imagination.” The centre also runs workshops, talks and arts-related events, and is home to the studios of four working artists. In this year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Nora has been leading workshops with primary school children, showing how to develop an idea, use symbols and translate concepts into 3D models. Ideas from these workshops will be forged in metal by Nigel Barnett, in the grounds of the Arts Centre, from Saturday 27 October to Wednesday 7 November, and are to be displayed in an exhibition.

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The beauty of wood

CLEAN LINES AND CREATIVE USE OF MARQUETRY – Toby Winteringham’s pieces are contemporary, colourful, and bring out all the natural beauty of the wood



2 1 FORK INLAY: this is part of a dining table, made from American black walnut and American black burr walnut 2 ASHDON: this is a coffee table, with oak legs and a bog oak top. The sides are sycamore, with coloured veneers 3 MARBLE HILL DESK: made from sycamore, with the top in burr elm. The darker wood is American black walnut

n a large workshop, close to King’s Lynn, but surrounded by open fields and farmland, Toby Winteringham designs and creates objects of natural beauty.


“It has been lovely to be able to work together,” he says. “It has been exciting developing pieces this way and finding we are both more able to appreciate what the other one does.”

From small mirrors and trays right up to dining tables and cabinets, each piece is individually crafted in a style that is sleek, eye-catching and exquisitely tactile.

Toby, who has recently been commissioned to complete much of the woodwork and furniture for a synagogue in London, enjoys the intrinsic beauty of different woods.

“I don’t consider myself an artist – more of a designer and craftsman,” says Toby, who studied at the Royal College of Art and has exhibited in places as far afield as New York, Milan and Dubai. His unique style has been developed over the years, with inspiration coming from different sources. “I remember seeing an exhibition of Shaker furniture at the Victoria and Albert Museum in about 1974 or 1975. It was something I had never heard of before and I loved the stripped down look, the clean lines and the honesty of it. “There was a lack of decoration, which I also found very appealing.” Much of Toby’s early work was “reduced to the essential elements” but, over the years, an increasing interest in marquetry and a growing fascination with geometric patterns has seen him start to integrate decorative techniques.

“Bog oak, for example, behaves like oak but has this wonderful colour because it has been in an oxygen-free environment,” he says.

4 LECTERN: in elm with a bronze front, made for the North Western Reformed Synagogue, in Finchley, London 5 SHIFT: here Toby collaborated with his daughter. Grace designed the marquetry. It was created from sycamore and dyed veneers



“It is something that is indigenous to Norfolk - an oak that has been buried for anywhere between 2,000 and 8,000 years, and which floats up to the surface every so often. Part of its beauty is that it is a finite resource.” Toby relishes the challenges presented by different projects. He likes sitting down with customers to discuss their requirements then watching how the pieces evolve. One aim now is to look at developing pieces for production as well as working on one-off commissions. “I do like working in Norfolk, especially here where it is so rural,” he says. “I love the big skies and the wildlife. It is a great place to be able to spend time and work with wood.”

“It is something of a betrayal of where I started from but I do enjoy it,” he admits.

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He now also collaborates with his daughter, Grace, a pattern designer who works through her London-based studio, Patternity.

For more information call 01553 841829

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Norfolk’s Vibrant New Gallery A vibrant centre for the arts in the beautiful North Norfolk seaside village of Overstrand,

Group painting from a workshop

The Belfry Arts Centre hosts an eclectic programme of exhibitions by local, national and international artists.

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hether you are a keen walker, an avid historian or someone who simply likes to relax on the beach, West Norfolk could well be the place to go to. This undiscovered area of the county has its own charms and attractions, often distinct from those of the better known and more popular parts of Norfolk. While it does boast major tourist attractions, such as The Sandringham Estate and Norfolk Lavender, it also offers quiet corners of outstanding rural beauty, pretty flint villages with exceptional restaurants, hotels and guest houses, and a rich variety of smaller historical sites, ready to be explored. Walking through West Norfolk is one of the best ways of experiencing its unique ambience. The Peddars Way, for example, which starts in Suffolk, at Knettishall Heath Country Park, and

follows the route of an ancient Roman road to Holme-next-the-Sea, takes in parts of West Norfolk. A wonderful place to start is Castle Acre, with its castle ruins and mound, and

remains of a priory. Now under the care of English Heritage, the original priory buildings were inspired by the monastery at Cluny in France, and were home to a community of monks until 1537, when Henry VIII disbanded all monastic houses. The priory’s ruins span seven centuries and include a beautiful 12th century church, with an elaborately decorated west front. A herb garden has been recreated, with plants the monks would have used for medicinal, culinary and decorative purposes. The Peddars Way carries on past picturesque Great Massingham and Snettisham, where Iron Age precious metals were discovered in the 20th century, and on through swathes of woodland, before reaching the sea. Connecting with this footpath is the Nar Valley Way, which also links with



The Wash Coast Path at King’s Lynn, and takes in some impressive beauty spots along the banks of the River Nar. History enthusiasts will also perhaps be interested in taking some time to

explore King’s Lynn itself. Lying to the far west of the county, before travellers move into Lincolnshire or Cambridgeshire, it has a wonderful heritage that is often overlooked.

Today, fine examples of former merchants’ houses still stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the elegant Custom House overlooks the original Medieval harbour. Finally, spending some time in West Norfolk on the coast is also pleasurable. Hunstanton has a lot to offer, with open, sandy beaches, rolling dunes and colourful red, white and brown cliffs. With its vast skies and westerly direction, this is the perfect place to relax and

Words by Mary Williams

Photography supplied by Norfolk Tourism, except main images by Nick Read

The town was once one of England’s most important ports. A centre for trade, its wealth came from salt, grain, wool, wine and coal.

unwind, and to enjoy watching the sun set at the end of an enjoyable and rewarding day out.





ith its overwhelming character, relaxed atmosphere and tempting autumn menu, The Ostrich Inn is a popular resting point for those visiting Castle Acre at this time of year.

“We are tucked away in a little piece of paradise,” she says. “We are right in the middle of the countryside, with so many historic places close by. There are great places to walk and cycle too but many visitors to the area don’t know we are here.

The attractive red brick building is very much part of the history of the picturesque Norfolk village, having been a stopping place for those passing through since as far back as the 16th century.

“It is a lovely part of Norfolk that is still unknown to a lot of people.” With its roaring open fires and glowing wood-burner, the bar at The Ostrich has a homely appeal. Comfortable chairs have been combined with dark wooden furniture, against a backdrop of richlycoloured, decorative walls. Guests can borrow board games, such as chess and backgammon, and pour over them all afternoon if they wish.

Close to both the castle and priory ruins, and within a stone’s throw of The Peddar’s Way, it offers hospitality to all sorts of visitors, from those looking for a an hour or two’s relaxation to others seeking a full dining experience or an overnight stay in one of its five welcoming bedroom suites, which can be booked online. General manager Tiffany, who runs the establishment along with assistant manager Stuart Bloom, says that even

after all this time, Castle Acre still retains a sense of hidden beauty and feels off the beaten track.

“We do try to retain a traditional feel as it makes it all feel very cosy – even the Ralph Lauren wallpaper has that effect!” she says. “When people come in after a walk, they immediately feel welcome.”


Photography by Jim Foster, except mirror and armchair by Nick Read

The pub serves a selection of ales, including local St Edmund’s Ale, and the exciting wine list is from Peter Graham. The restaurant part of The Ostrich has a slightly more formal, elegant feel. There is also a function room, which can be booked, as well as the garden, which can be used when the weather is warm, and has a sand pit for children, as well as table tennis. “Our food is modern English,” says Tiffany. “Everything is made here and bought from well-known local suppliers. We have lots of freshly caught fish and meat from our local butcher.” Starters from the kitchen include the likes of Norfolk oak smoked salmon, with granary bread and horseradish cream, as well as locally-made Mrs Temple’s Binham Blue, in a salad with pear, walnut and rocket, while main courses might be as enticing as

melt in the mouth beef goulash, with bacon and bread dumpling. The restaurant is also known for its winter-warming traditional puddings, and its Christmas dinners, for which bookings are now being taken. “Head chef Kerry Asker has now finalised our Christmas menu and we will be serving a selection of delicious dishes; two courses for £19.95 or three for £24.95, with plenty of choice,” she says. And she adds: “In the middle of October, we will also be changing our menu for the season. It will feature lots of warming dishes for the autumn, including venison stew, and other game.” For more information or to make Christmas bookings call 01760 755398

The Ostrich’s toad in the hole, with Impsons of Swaffham’s homemade sausages, creamy mash and gravy, or

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The Ostrich has overlooked the green at Castle Acre for over four hundred years. Today, visitors eat, drink, relax and absorb the unrivalled atmosphere, as they enjoy the inn’s unique food, wine, beer and hospitality, as well as comfortable, bright en suite rooms that come with a delicious breakfast. | 01760 755398 |

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The Saracen’s Head is a stunning Georgian Inn that is nestled in the depths of the North Norfolk countryside I d e a l f o r a d e li ci o u s m e a l o r a n ig ht o r t w o a wa y! Our head chef Mark Sayers, has spent the last 15 years here in Norfolk discovering and cooking some of the best and freshest produce that the county has to offer. Our menus, as you can imagine, are full of delicious temptations that have grown or been reared in this fine county. Crabs from Cromer, Lamb from Barningham Green, Samphire from Blakeney Marsh and Beef from Blickling. Some of the reasons we were shortlisted for the Aylsham Show food heroes awards this year!

There's something for everybody whether you're out for a walk at lunchtime or out with friends for a special meal in the evening. To find out a little more then visit our website where you will be able to find an up to date sample menu. Our six bedrooms were all renovated quite recently and have all the comfort that you would hope for, large comfy beds, en-suite bathrooms with fluffy towels and lots of hot water.

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A WALK IN THE PARK When the leaves are turning red and gold, and the bare branches of the trees begin to stand out against the wintery skies, it is a perfect time to explore the grounds of Oxburgh Hall

mposing Oxburgh Hall may be starting to take a gentle break from its busy summer season but visitors are still being invited to make the most of autumn at the 15th century manor house.


As well as hosting a range of indoor events, the National Trust property is encouraging people to stroll through its parkland and explore its woodland. Property manager Teresa Squires explains the stately home, near Swaffham, will be open from Saturday 27 October 27 to Sunday 4 November for the National Trust Walking Festival. “There will be free admission to the gardens and grounds throughout half term,” she says. “This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the hall at this time of year.” This will also be the last week of opening for the moated house itself until Saturday 9 March, although there



She adds: “If you have never been before, it would be well worth making time to visit the house in October.

Helen Gregory, outdoors manager at Oxburgh Hall, says there is an array of places to discover within the grounds.


“Oxburgh has quite an autumnal feel. As it is not huge, and is late Medieval and Victorian Gothic, it is very atmospheric inside.

“Oxburgh is a unique place and wonderful to visit in the autumn, with all the colour of the trees. As well as the garden, for example, there is the open area known as Oak Yard and then three separate woodlands – The Wilderness, My Lady’s Wood and Home Covert.”

“At this time of year it also has a very different light. It sits well in the landscape and is made of red brick, which really picks up and reflects the golden sun.

Mature, broad leaf horse chestnut, oak and ash trees present an exquisite palette of shades in the autumn, while evergreen conifers, such as the Atlantic cedar, look beautiful in the winter.”

“People can also go right to the roof to see all around and take in the wider surroundings.”

And she adds: “We have our woodland trail with three different lengths of walk so people can enjoy the grounds here at their own pace.

• MEET SANTA at Oxburgh on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December, and Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December, from 11am to 4pm, £4 per child (includes a present).

“This really is a lovely place to visit at any time of year.”

For more information on these and other events visit or call 01366 328258

The gardens, shop and tea room remain open from 11am to 4pm at weekends, however, giving visitors a chance to do their Christmas shopping, relax over refreshments and enjoy the estate.

• THE SKY AT NIGHT, on Friday 26 October, from 6.30 pm to 9.30pm, when visitors can view the giant planet Jupiter and its bright Galilean moons from the south terrace of the hall. In the company of an expert, the evening will begin with an introductory slide show, followed by a set meal in the tea room, then heading outside (weather permitting) to discover the wonders of the autumn night sky. To book places priced £25 for adults or £12.50 for children call 01366 327242 or email

Photography by Jemma Finch, except aerial image by Mike Page

will be some one-off events in the runup to Christmas.



he meandering River Alde, the beautiful woods of the Blackheath Estate and the great expanses of marshland and reed beds - a stunning variety of Suffolk landscapes is being opened up to more visitors.


This autumn sees the re-launch of the Sailors’ Path, giving members of the public the chance to walk an ancient route along the county’s heritage coastline. The six-mile walk begins on the beach at Aldeburgh and passes through RSPB North Warren, an area of grazing marshes, reedbeds, heathland and woodland.

Where the Sailors’ Path name comes from is a bit of a mystery but one local legend suggests sailors who moored at Snape Maltings to unload goods would find their boats stuck at low tide so had to walk home to their cottages in Aldeburgh.

The path became their commuting route and is now one of the most beautiful natural walks in Suffolk. Today, highlights include Aldeburgh, one of Suffolk’s most historic coastal towns, and the Alde Estuary. There is wildlife to spot all the way and the walk ends in a grand finale at Snape Maltings, home of the world-famous Snape Proms. The Sailors’ Path Project is one scheme being delivered in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by Balance, a European funded project to address the need for visitors to connect with nature.



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Visitors to Suffolk for the Sailors’ Path can also enjoy the Benjamin Britten centenary, starting November 2012. The composer was famously attracted to Suffolk on account of its vast skies and moody seas, and with singer Peter Pears and writer Eric Crozier founded the Aldeburgh Music Festival, which continues to be held at Snape Maltings. Funding has enabled the route to be regenerated. It now has improved access and new signage, and has seen the installation of interpretation panels to tell the story of the path and local environment. The scheme is also being sponsored by holiday cottage provider Suffolk Secrets, with funding from Suffolk County Council.

Suffolk brand manager for Visit East Anglia, Amanda Bond, says: “Suffolk is renowned for its diverse range of landscapes and, of course, its stunning coastline.

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“The Sailors’ Path amalgamates all of this into one manageable walk, which not only has historic significance but also showcases the best Suffolk has to offer. “Plus, with Snape and Aldeburgh at either side, it’s easy to work the Sailors’ Path into a wider break to these popular seaside and cultural destinations”.



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Find us in Gunthorpe, a secret treasure in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside. Just eight miles from the stunning Norfolk coast and close to beautiful Blakeney, Moreston and Holt. 17th century White Horse Farm offers a luxurious and tranquil stay at self-catering barns Blackberry, Walnut, Primrose or Cowslip, or with B&B at Sweetpea Barn. The barns are set in stunning three-acre grounds, which boast a kitchen garden, grass tennis court and a ruin – the perfect spot for a candlelit supper. | | 01263 860693

Luxury cottage holiday accommodation in the beautiful south Norfolk countryside, this sympathetic eightbarn conversion retains many original features. Each barn boasts its own private outdoor seating area and is situated on a working dairy and arable farm in a peaceful rural setting. All Properties are well equipped for a real home from home feel. Linen and towels are included, full central heating throughout, cooking and washing facilities, cots and highchairs for the little ones. Relax and unwind in the shared hot tub or have fun with the kids in the onsite games room. Fitness room and soft play area for little ones. Perfect for families and those who enjoy walking, fishing, golf and cycling, the local area has much to offer for guests of all ages.

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17th century brick and flint barns at White Horse Farm, in tranquil Gunthorpe, in North Norfolk.

ossing another log into the woodburner or throwing a handful of pine cones into the grate – there is nothing quite as relaxing as hearing the crackle of a real fire.

“With log fires burning, they can be very cosy in the winter,” says John. “We are surrounded by beautiful countryside so visitors can walk through the gate to enjoy a country walk, and perhaps watch the birds, which can be seen all year round.

Many holiday properties in Norfolk and Suffolk entice the off-season visitor with a roaring fire while others offer inviting interiors, where under-floor heating, heavy throws and thick rugs make an autumn or winter break tempting.

“They can then return home to a warm barn, where the fire is going, to relax with a glass of wine and watch television,

John and Louise Clark have five luxury,

or they can go to one of the superb pubs or restaurants we have in the area. Again, many of these are very welcoming in winter, with open fires and delicious hot food.” Holiday homes like these can be superb places to spend Christmas too, he adds. “We offer a dining facility, where dinner is prepared by a chef and then delivered to the door,” he says. Barns such as those at White Horse

WINTER W Clear blue skies above, frosty ground below and a welcoming place to return to at the Wheatace Hall Barns


SUFFOLK IN AUTUMN OR WINTER • Take a walk through the gardens and parkland grounds of the National Trust’s Ickworth house, near Bury St Edmunds • • Make the most of a guided walk with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, to learn to spot the creatures around you at this time of year •

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• Visit the market town of Woodbridge, with its pretty shops and inviting cafes • Go on a journey through Suffolk’s past, from the Iron Age to Romans and Saxons at the Ipswich Museum • • Visit the historic Fisher Theatre in Bungay, with its autumn and winter concerts, family shows and film nights •


with gym equipment, and an enclosed hot tub, which is wonderful when it is cold outside.”

original features, such as beams, and can be opened up on to their private terraces in summer, while also being warm and welcoming in winter.

Farm, and those at North Barsham, near Walsingham, and Wheatacre Hall Farm, close to Beccles, in Suffolk, have been carefully and stylishly decorated to offer year-round comfort.


Words by Abigail Saltmarsh

“People love the quietness we have here – in the autumn they can go for walks and see the changing countryside and the lovely colours of the trees,” she says.

Joanna Burroughs, of Wheatacre Hall Barns, who also offers accommodation at the high end of the market, says it was important to create properties that were appealing during the cold as well as warm weather.

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“We also make sure they are comfortable if they want to stay in; we have a soft play barn, which is great for the children when the weather is cold, a fitness barn,

Her eight barns retain many of their

For information on Barsham Barns call 01328 821744 or visit

WARMING end of the day. Norfolk and Suffolk holiday homes can offer the perfect winter retreat


White Horse Farm Barns

White Horse Farm Barns


• Head to Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Hickling Broad at dusk to see the waders and wintering birds of prey, including the resident flock of common cranes • • Take the Bittern Line train from Norwich to Sheringham, and have seaside stroll, followed by a warming plate of fish and chips •

• • Enjoy the crisp fresh air during a game of golf on one of the county’s fine courses • Spend the afternoon in vibrant Norwich with its shopping centres, department stores and many independent shops

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• Soak up the beauty of the surroundings at Thetford Forest, on foot or by bicycle, and look out for winter wildlife



Hetti Simpson had a range of jobs before she launched Norfolk Hideaways – and she admits she had no idea at the time just how quickly it would grow

t is hard to pin Hetti Simpson down – when she’s not haring across Norfolk to check on her latest picture postcard flint cottage, she could be visiting a converted barn, bakery or chapel.


Hetti, who has owned and run Norfolk Hideaways since 2009, specialises in marketing select holiday homes, which are situated along the coast, between Cromer and Heacham.

Far from the madding crowd

“We have everything from a pretty beach hut up to beautiful period homes that sleep 14,” she says. “We only take on properties that are of a high standard and are in perfect locations for those staying in the area.” Hetti admits she is passionate about her job and still seems surprised at how quickly it has snowballed. “I had a business recycling mobile phones before,” she explains. “We collected them for charities, refurbished them and sold them on. Before that I was a recruitment consultant.

says. “It has been incredible. Today we have almost 200 properties on the books and that number is increasing all the time.” At the beginning, the focus was on the stretch of coast between Heacham and Wells-next-the-Sea, but Hetti’s success has seen geographical expansion as well. “We do now go down to Sheringham and Cromer but I think that will be it,” she says. “We are a small team of just four or five people working at any one time and we all know the properties pretty well. We want to be able to maintain that.” While she is careful to ensure her properties are up to a high quality, she also puts much of her success down to the enduring attraction of the county. “We have wonderful countryside and breath-taking beaches here; you don’t have to be a birdwatcher to enjoy going out on the saltmarshes. “The food is great and we have good shopping too,” she says.

“I was looking for a new business to open up and so collaborated on this and the deli in Thornham with a business partner. We then decided she would take the deli and I would have Norfolk Hideaways.”

And she adds: “People come in the spring and summer but autumn and winter are wonderful times of year to visit too. This is when you can get out exploring and practically have the whole beach to yourself.

To get a feel for the holiday lets business, and to have a good-sized property on the books, Hetti moved out of her own North Norfolk home for a spell.

“This is when you can be far from the madding crowd.” For more information on Norfolk Hideaways call 01485 211022

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PAST AND PRESENT With its beautiful buildings and overwhelming charm, Lavenham is the perfect place to spend an autumn afternoon


trolling in the sunshine through the streets of Lavenham, visitors absorb the unique ambience of the English village and enjoy a sense of walking through the past.

regulate the wool trade, this was once an important meeting place and remains one of the most impressive of the many historic buildings in Lavenham.

Renowned for its exquisitely preserved Medieval buildings, the Suffolk centre has a fairytale-like feel, where its crooked, and often colourful, timber-framed buildings could almost be a stage set or backdrop to a costume drama.

Over the years, it has also been a town hall, prison and workhouse. Today it houses exhibitions on local history, farming and industry, and the story of the growth of Lavenham as a centre for wool trade.

The village is thought to date back to Saxon times but it was in the 15th and 16th centuries that it prospered and really grew into what it is today. Indeed, in the Tudor period it was one of the wealthiest places in the country, with its famous coarse broadcloth, known as Lavenham Blue, exported across Europe. Today, visitors to the village can find out more about its past by spending time at The Guildhall, on Market Place. Built by the Guild of Corpus Christi, one of three guilds founded in Lavenham to

One of the best ways to explore Lavenham is on foot. A number of circular walks weave through the streets, passing many of the historic sites. Along the way, visitors will find an array of galleries, boutiques and antique shops. There are places to stay, and to enjoy fine dining. For those visiting in the autumn or winter, there are places to come into the warmth, and revive themselves by flames in the same inglenook fireplaces that those passing through Lavenham hundreds of years ago would have rested by.

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mong the interesting shops and galleries to visit in Lavenham is Marshbeck Interiors.


Set in a converted chapel, it was set up by Terry and Shirley Marshall, and is now managed by their son Stuart.

“And what can’t be preserved can be recreated, as long as the same skills can be retained and passed on to others.” For more information about Marshbeck Interiors call 01787 247548 or visit

“We supply high quality, reproduction furniture from different periods,” he explains. “The aim is to support local specialists; those who have traditional furniture-making skills that might otherwise be lost.” The fascinating showroom is an Aladdin’s cave of treasures, with pieces ranging from Georgian and Regency styles through to Art Deco. The finely crafted items of furniture come in all sizes, from sizeable bureaus and dining tables down to ornate children’s chairs. The shop also stocks small, traditional-style gifts, beautifully made in wood and metal. “Lavenham is all about preserving the past,” says Stuart, who as a cabinet-maker, creates some of the items himself.





s Nick Thomson stands at the top of his Suffolk vineyard he can see the grapes ripening on the vines below him and his orchard heavy with apples. Running Lavenham Brook Farm has been a dream come true for Nick, who also has a herd of prize-winning pedigree Red Poll cattle, and a flock of Suffolk sheep. “In the early 1960s I used to come up here with my mother, looking for a holiday cottage. There were Red Polls everywhere, and I thought they were absolutely stunning,” recalls Nick, who worked as an insurance under-writer in those days. “I then moved to the area myself, to Monks Eleigh, in 1971, and then Lavenham in 1985 and still found them wonderful animals. “Then, when I was coming up to retirement, I started looking for land for a fishing lake, and discovered the only one available in the area came with 80 acres of arable land. I wondered what I could do with the rest of the land and realised that the answer was to raise Red Polls myself.”

Nick chose nine breeders, with three calves and, with the help of farm managers Denise and Chris Thomas, went on to grow the herd to 75. “Our animals are respected and cared for,” he says. “They have grass-based diets and only have to travel about five miles to be butchered at Long Melford. The meat is hung in whole sides for the optimum time to develop its flavour and ensure exceptional tenderness. It is delicious.”

“This is a beautiful valley and how the farm looks is very important to me. So with the apples, for example, we did choose to grow them on open centred trees – you cannot grow so many but they look so much more attractive.” Eight different varieties of heritage apple are grown on the farm – Adam’s Pearmain, Kidd’s Orange Red, Laxton’s Fortune, D’Arcey Spice, Ribson Pippin, Worcester Pearmain and Tydeman’s Late Orange. All are used for juicing.

Today, the farm has expanded to cover a total of approximately 150 acres, three of which now comprise an orchard. This has also been lovingly developed, with Nick choosing to plant rare varieties, and opting for aesthetics over cost-efficiency. “One of the things I am so pleased to have achieved here is to have brought the countryside back to the way it was, with grassland either side of the river,” he says.



“Some of these used to be the most fantastic eating apples but people have forgotten about them as they tend not to be chosen by the big supermarkets because they are not the right size. Knowing we are growing them and people are enjoying the juice is very satisfying,” says Nick. What has been even more than satisfying, however, has been the success of the Lavenham Brook Vineyard, which he started back in 2003.

Now growing on approximately 10 acres of his beautiful farmland, are vines bearing his award-winning Bacchus and Pinot Noir grapes. “We went for these varieties because they are very good and we knew we would be able to sell them,” he explains. “When we made the first few bottles as a bit of an experiment, we had no idea how the wine would taste but it was very good.” The Lavenham Brook Bacchus 2010 was, in fact so good that it scooped a gold medal in the UK Vineyards Association’s Wine of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, while the Lavenham Brook Pinot Rosé won a silver. Also producing the Lavenham Brook Symphony and a sparkling wine, Nick feels the vineyard has great potential and could, once fully developed, be capable of producing up to 30,000 bottles a year.


“We are thrilled with how it has gone. We sell it through some local shops, as well as at shows and via our own website. We also sell it at our shop here at the farm gate or by the cellar door,” he jokes. Lavenham Brook Farm is a commercial operation, but it is one with a heart. Nick refuses to compromise on his passion for looking after the land around him – and if that means everything takes a little longer or is a little more labour intensive, then so be it. “We have created large amounts of hedgerow as we have gone along, put in an otter holt and added lots and lots of owl boxes,” he says. “We now have wildlife here in abundance. “Rearing the cattle, keeping the sheep, and growing the apples and grapes, has allowed us to do that. It is exciting to be producing wine now but putting the land back to how it was has also been extremely rewarding.” Words by Abigail Saltmarsh, photography by Nick Read For more information on Lavenham Brook Farm or to order produce, including the award-winning wine, call 01787 248590 or visit



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Overlooking Market Place, in historic Lavenham, Marco Pierre White’s restaurant Wheeler’s is part of The Angel Hotel

A heavenly host ome say it was first licensed in the 1420s – others date it from the 16th century.


But, overlooking Market Place, opposite The Guildhall, The Angel Hotel promises divine dining and a celestial stay, however old it might really be. The former coaching inn, one of the many historic buildings in attractive Lavenham, was taken over by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s last year.

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Brandade of fine quality smoked mackerel, with fresh horseradish and toast Melba Hot foie gras, fried duck egg en brioche and Merlot vinegar MAIN COURSE

The Governor’s steak and ale pie, with swede purée Smoked haddock, grain mustard, beurre blanc, poached egg DESSERTS

Before opening, it was refurbished inside, and given a similar style as other restaurants in the group, explains general manager Rob Jackson. But the dark colours, and contrasting black and white David Bailey photography, is a look that suits the character-filled Angel. “Marco came down for the opening and to see the restaurant established,” he explains. “The menu, which is very meat

Mr White’s rice pudding prunes d’Agen à L’Armagnac Classic bitter chocolate mousse

and fish driven, is always extremely important to him. They are all his own recipes; designed around seasonal produce, and largely created with what is available in Suffolk.” He adds: “Lavenham has some wonderful restaurants and the opening of Wheeler’s has meant there is now another great place for people to come for an evening meal or Sunday lunch.” While also known for its extensive list of old and new world wines, The Angel has retained its image as a local pub as well. Those living nearby, and visiting Lavenham, often stop by the bar to order a pint of local beer or Marco’s own brew, The Governor ale. Upstairs at the hotel are nine en suite bedrooms, some of which have a view out on to Market Place and are beamed. Those staying here can also enjoy a home-cooked breakfast. “We will have a full Christmas menu that Marco will be announcing closer to the


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Wheeler’s time,” says Rob. “People have already started booking.” The Angel, which also has a garden for guests to enjoy when the weather is warm enough, is run by local staff, who are knowledgeable about the area, and can suggest superb places for visitors to Suffolk to explore. “Lavenham is only an hour away from London so it is a great place to visit for a day, a weekend or longer,” says Rob.

“With its superb architecture, and interesting history, it is a fascinating place to see. “And for us to be in such a beautiful location, right on Market Place, opposite The Guildhall, is just wonderful.” Photography by Nick Read For more information on Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s at The Angel call 01787 247388 or visit

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ccording to David North, head of people and wildlife at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk offer magnificent opportunities for wildlife watching throughout the year. “However, at this time, when birds arrive to winter here, it can be quite a spectacle,” he says. “The winter is a great time to look out for any flocks of birds, in fact. This is when they often roost as a community, keeping together for warmth.” He suggests daytime coastal trips to areas of marsh and wetland, and a



sunset visit to Hickling Broad, where a number of exciting species can be seen. And he adds: “As the countryside becomes more open in the autumn and winter, it also becomes easier to see animals out in the forest and fields. These may be creatures that are always here but we rarely see them when there is a lot of foliage.”

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE One third of the world’s population winter here. They have pink feet and legs. Spot them at Cley Marshes, in particular.


RED DEER Despite being Britain’s largest land mammal, this is rarely sighted. This is rutting season at Minsmere for the largest free-roaming herd in England BRENT GOOSE This is a small, dark goose. Large numbers can be seen in the Wash and out on the saltmarshes. These arrive here from Russia in about October. BROWN HARE Although these long-limbed, fast creatures are always with us, this is a great time to catch sight of them out in the fields.


MARSH HARRIER Once endangered, these birds, with their long tails, are quite a spectacle at Minsmere, North Warren, Strumpshaw Fen and Hickling Broad.

ROE DEER Grey, pale brown or, occasionally, black, in the winter, this deer can be seen in fields or woodland and is more visible at this time of year.

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CHINESE WATER DEER This is a small deer, with large rounded ears that give it a bear-like appearance. Look out for it in and around The Broads.

WIGEON This is a medium-sized duck with a round head and small bill. It joins other large flocks of wintering ducks in the coastal wetlands.

Words by Mary Williams, photography: Mute swan

GOLDEN PLOVER This medium-sized plover forms large flocks at this time of year and flies in tight formation with rapid, twinkling wing beats above the fields.

STOAT Look out for it when it is “in ermine� or its coat goes white in winter. This part of the country is thought to be right at the southern edge of where this occurs.





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THE FORMER MILL KEEPER’S COTTAGE WAS RIGHT AT THE HEART OF THE BEAUTIFUL BROADS AND HAD itting on the banks of the River Ant, next to a Grade II listed windmill, the cottage was part of the picture postcard scene relished by those passing Hunsett Mill on the water, as well as others living in the environs.

Close to the village of Stalham, upstream from Sutton Broad, the historic building was right at the heart of Britain’s largest nationally protected wetland, and was surrounded by conservation land.

So when the current owners of the property bought it in 2004, with a view to renovating and extending it, they knew the project had to be carried out with care.

Dating back to 1860, the cottage had been home to the keeper of the mill, which was used for pumping water. In 1900, the advent of electricity rendered wind powered pumps obsolete, and since then the house has been used as a private residence.


“We kept it as it was for a short while,” explains Joanna Emery, one of the owners. “It had been extended in the past but we later decided to take it right back to the original building and then to enlarge it in a very different way.”

“It has, however, remained an important piece of history, and while we wanted to do something cutting edge, we also had to come up with a design that protected

the image of the cottage and the windmill,” she explains.

The owners brought in international firm of architects ACME, who came up with a unique design that went on to win awards including the Royal Institute of British Architects Manser Medal 2010, for the best new house in UK, and a Campaign to Protect Rural England Norfolk Award, also in 2010. Director Friedrich Ludewig says it was a unique project. “Every project is interesting and challenging but this one was quite special. It was in such a beautiful position and we had to somehow ensure the mill



PPROACH TO BE RESTORED AND EXTENDED WITH RESPECT FOR ITS HISTORY AND SYMPATHY TO ITS SURROUNDINGS and the cottage were kept looking as they always had done,” he explains.

a second home themselves, it is let to holidaymakers.

The solution they came up with was to create an extension that is hidden behind the main cottage as people approach from the water. Shadow-like, it then seems to unfold from behind it.

The four-storey windmill, which has also been repaired and renovated, has four floors inside, with circular rooms. At present these are empty but the owners are considering converting them in the future.

“In Norfolk, in the past, buildings of great importance were made in flint while those of lesser significance were clad in dark wood. We, therefore, designed it to be black so it would not stand out, and to make it appear as if the original house was repeating itself.” Today, Hunsett Mill has five bedrooms and, when the owners are not using it as

The cottage itself now has a clean, modern interior, which moves seamlessly between the old and the new areas, and presents a feeling of space and light. “Inside, the house is simple but comfortable,” says Joanna. “We do love the juxtaposition of the old

and the new. The house has the cosiness of the old cottage as well as the airiness of the new part. “We are pleased with what has been achieved – we did not want to try to reproduce a building that was old but rather to create something that was modern and interesting, and that did not look out of place.” Words by Abigail Saltmarsh For more information on Hunsett Mill call 01485 211022 or visit or

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trolling through the restaurant, and out on to the terrace, visitors to The White Horse, at Brancaster Staithe, often just stop to stare.


Before them, lies the most magnificent panorama – the creeks, the saltmarshes and then the sea. It is in this breath-taking setting that James Nye and his family have launched two acclaimed establishments and now run their own micro brewery, supplying them both with local ale. The White Horse is an award-winning inn, with 15 en suite bedrooms, and an extensive restaurant menu, featuring a range of local produce. Just a short walk away is The Jolly Sailor’s, a character-filled, 18th century family pub, renowned for its dishes, such as fish and chips, Cromer crab and smoked prawns.

“My father’s family had a caravan here and so he always spent his summers and other holidays in this part of Norfolk,” says James, whose family is based in Hertfordshire. “It was always somewhere he loved; the people, the fishermen and the landscape.” Cliff Nye, who runs Anglian Country Inns, inherited the caravan and then went on to buy a cottage, followed by The White Horse and then The Jolly Sailor’s. The White Horse was renovated and extended, completely transforming its appearance. At the back, eight architectdesigned en suite rooms were added, and were given sloping sedum roofs, to allow them to blend in with the spectacular landscape. “My father loves good food. He wanted to create a place where people could stay comfortably and we could serve dishes

with ingredients that were fresh from the sea. At this time of year we have mussels and then there are the oysters – and it all comes in from the back garden!” With the purchase of The Jolly Sailor’s, the Nye family found themselves adding locally made ale to their already broad offering. “It came with a brewery but we hadn’t a clue how to make beer,” James admits. “We were going to close it down when we met Teddy Maufe, who grows barley at Branthill Farm, and he encouraged us to give it a go.” So James hired a brewer and together they began to develop recipes for new ales. “I suddenly found myself very enthusiast about it,” he says. “I gained more and more understanding as we worked through the recipes, and I soon realised how well it fitted in with running a pub.”


JAMES’S BEER TASTING NOTES BRANCASTER BEST So named because of the location of the brewery, this is a session ale, with a hoppy flavour and citric taste OYSTER CATCHER Called after the wading bird, this is a premium drinking beer, with a golden colour, which is slightly stronger THE WRECK With its name inspired by the wreck on Brancaster beach, this is a darker, heavier beer, with fruity notes, which warms the cockles in winter MALTHOUSE So named because the biggest malthouse in the country was located in Brancaster in the 1800s, this is a malty, mid-strength beer SHARPIE Called after the boat that James and Cliff enjoy sailing, this has a bitterness and piquancy that gives it an interesting taste

The first beer to be developed was Brancaster Best; then came Oyster Catcher, The Wreck and Malthouse. Most recently, Sharpie has been launched. Today, the beers can be bought by the bottle or on tap at The Jolly Sailor’s and The White Horse. Bottles are also available at several other outlets in Norfolk. “They do go very well with the food we offer here,” he goes on. “Oyster Catcher, for example, is particularly good with mussels, while The Wreck goes well with wintery dishes, such as venison stew, which is made with meat from Houghton Hall.” The whole operation will remain a family business, insists James. His mother Tina focuses on the interior design, his sister Gemma does artwork for the walls of the establishments and his brother Howard runs one of the Hertfordshire businesses.

“We do have an appetite for more businesses, particularly up here in Norfolk,” he says. “But we will only grow when we are ready - and take something on if it feels right. We do love it up here, so if there is a fantastic opportunity, we will have to see what happens. “There is something captivating about this place. You just do not get the huge skies and the open beaches anywhere else – it has something very special.” Photography by Nick Read For more information on Brancaster Brewery call 01485 210314 or visit

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The real world With its ideal soil conditions, and perfect barley growing climate, it is no wonder Norfolk is becoming known for its micro breweries.


ull up a bar stool at any pub in Norfolk selling real ale and you are likely to find at least one pump with a local name on it.

“The other 50 percent of the equation is the soil we have here. It is a light, sandy loam over chalk, which again is just perfect.”

The county is becoming known for its beer – and it is not just the big brewery ales that are being drawn from the cask.

So good is the quality of the Maris Otter barley grown in Norfolk, in fact, that it is sent as far afield as California, as well as to major national breweries, such as Young’s.

Right across Norfolk, smaller operations are busy brewing up, serving their own tipples, made to carefully developed recipes, which they are then sending out by the barrel-load for beer drinkers to enjoy.Teddy Maufe runs Branthill Farm, on the Holkham Estate, where he not only grows much of the barley used but also sells the beer made from it at The Real Ale Shop. “North Norfolk has the perfect micro climate for growing barley,” he explains. “We get the cooling effect from the North Sea in the summer, which delays the natural ripening process and gives the barley a better quality.

“We grow about 400 tonnes a year here and 100 of those go to the micro breweries,” says Teddy. “The barley is sent from here to Crisp Malting, at nearby Great Ryburgh, and then it comes back to the farm as malt. The micro breweries come here to collect it and deliver their beer for the shop at the same time. It comes full circle.” At The Real Ale Shop, and through its website, beers can be bought by the bottle or box. A Trail Blazer box, with a mixture of beers, can be put together or customers can pick and mix to their own tastes.

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“This winter we hope to introduce some bespoke beers as well,” he adds. “These will be limited edition runs from local breweries that will be really quite special. “They will almost become collector’s items - although obviously we do hope people will drink and enjoy them as well!” Words by Sarah Sinclair For information on The Real Ale Shop call 01328 710810 or visit


Brewing up Jo Coubrough is relatively new to the Norfolk brewing scene but already her real ale has become a talking point at the bar.

“I started out as a primary school teacher and then we bought the Crown Hotel, at Wells, and I went on to work there,” explains Jo, who is married to TV chef Chris Coubrough.

“It is a big event, which has grown significantly over the years,” he says. “We have a fair range of beers from across East Anglia, as well as a good number from Norfolk and Suffolk breweries. “People like to sample an everincreasing range of beers so we do bring them in from across the country too – we once even had a beer from Shetland.”

Jo spent time watching expert brewers before carrying out her own research and taking a course. She then launched Jo C’s Norfolk Ale and rented space in another brewery for a year before setting up on her own in West Barsham.

He goes on: “But we are lucky here to be rich in breweries. There are nearly 30 in Norfolk and around 20 in Suffolk, which gives people a good choice.”

“I now brew Norfolk Kiwi and Bitter Old Bustard,” she explains.

Jo brews once a week, producing 10 barrels, which she sells in firkins and mini-casks. She supplies all the Flying Kiwi Inns’ pubs, as well as others in East Anglia, the Midlands and the north of England.

She continues: “Norfolk is a wonderful place to brew because the Maris Otter barley is grown right here. We have some delicious beers here and they all taste very different. “I always think of it like making a cake. If you ask several people all to make a Victoria Sponge, they will each use the same ingredients but follow different recipes and cook it in different ways – and so each will end up with a cake that tastes very different.” Words by Sarah Sinclair

“I also take it to beer festivals; I won the bronze award with Norfolk Kiwi at the Norwich Beer Festival last year,” she says.

his autumn sees the Norwich Beer Festival celebrate its 35th anniversary – and to mark the occasion some 200 cask-conditioned real ales will be on offer.


Martin Ward, who organises the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) event that takes place at St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, expects up to 20,000 people to stop by to sup a little.

“After having my children, however, I began to think about whether there was something else I could do – and, after talking to lots of people, thought running a brewery could offer me the opportunity to do something very different.”

“Chris likes to tell people that one of them is named after him – it is, in fact, the Norfolk Kiwi! The bustard is a bird that became extinct in this country and was reintroduced.”

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The beer festival runs from Monday 29 October to Saturday 3 November, and will also feature a range of traditional ciders and perries. There will be live music, tasting sessions and information about brewing processes. Food will also be available. “It is a chance for people to visit Norwich, have something to eat and enjoy sampling all the different beers,” says Martin. “We try to make each year a little different and to ensure everyone who comes enjoys what we have on offer.”

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n the recently refurbished spa at Barnham Broom there is always a tranquil ambience. The lighting is kept dim, scented candles give off a spicy aroma, and soft colours have been carefully chosen to create a mood of relaxation. The luxury spa is just one of the attractions at the hotel, which is known for its golf course, fitness centre and award-winning restaurant as well. Located 20 minutes’ drive from Norwich, and set in 300 acres of Norfolk countryside, the 46 bedrooms have all recently been refurbished, explains hotel spokesman Nick Lane. “The idea here, and in the spa, was to

create a sense of luxury and peace,” he says. “We want to entice people who are looking for a relaxing break, to encourage them to have a complete change and to escape their busy lives.”

Nick. “At lunchtime they can have a bite to eat in the Sports Bar, with its stunning views over the golf course, or in the evening dine in Flints Restaurant, which has been awarded two AA Rosettes.”

Guests staying at the hotel – and people living nearby or with second homes in the area – book into the spa to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy a game of golf out on one of the two 18hole championship courses, he adds. It is also a wonderful season for exploring the countryside close to Barnham Broom.

They may opt for a treatment, such as reflexology, reiki, Indian head massage or Hopi ear candles, or whole pampering packages. The therapists also offer massage, body and facial treatments and manicures. “We have the fitness centre too, with its pool, aromatherapy steam room and sauna, where people can also relax,” says

bookings for winter breaks, Christmas and New Year stays.

It is also offering festive party nights and Christmas meals.

These have menus that include the likes of traditional roast turkey with duck fat roast potatoes, cranberry stuffing, panache of vegetables, chipolata wrapped in bacon and red wine jus, followed by chef’s homemade Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

For more information on Barnham Broom Hotel, Golf and Spa call 01603 759393 or visit

Photography supplied by Barnham Broom, except water, towel and mirror by Nick Readr

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“Guests can then come back into the warmth, relax by the fire, and look out on the changing colours of the landscape; the beautiful reds and golds on the trees.”



This Sporting Life

EARNING HIS STRIPES Rugby is a family affair for Norfolk-born Leicester Tigers player Ben Youngs. His father was former England scrum half Nick Youngs and his brother Tom plays alongside him on the team. Having made his England debut in the Six Nations win over Scotland, in 2010, Ben is now looking forward to the Autumn Internationals

Where in Norfolk were you born and where did you grow up? I was born and grew up just outside Aylsham, and lived there until I was 14, when we moved to just outside Saxthorpe. What did you enjoy about your childhood in the county? It was probably the freedom and being able to run around. In Norfolk you are quite out of the way and it all feels very spread out, so it was mainly the space of the countryside – it was also great having the coast so close. When did you first start playing rugby? I started playing when I was seven, at my local team, Holt Rugby Club. I played there until I was 12 and then moved to North Walsham Rugby Club.

When did you discover a passion for the sport and know you wanted to make a career of it? From quite a young age, I knew I liked it. I just loved playing. But it wasn’t until I was about 15 that I knew I wanted to make it my career. I wasn’t very academic and it was something that I seemed to really enjoy and was fairly good at as well. I managed to combine all that with the hard work, and figured it was my best shot at doing something. Can you tell us how you came to join Leicester Tigers? I was part of their Elite Player Development Group in Norfolk, which trained at Swaffham. From there I got put forward and had a number of trials and, eventually, I was selected to join the Academy.

What are the highlights of playing with the team? One of the main highlights is the fact that you see some of your best friends every day. You have a good laugh and at times it is like being back in the classroom! And when you get to play in front of people in big stadiums, with fantastic atmospheres, and you are playing with your mates, it is a great job. Is it enjoyable playing alongside your brother? Yes it is, though we haven’t actually played that much together. Tom has changed positions from centre to hooker, and one of the first times we played together with him in his new position was in the Aviva Premiership Final in May. That was a tough defeat to take so I am looking forward to this season, when I am fully fit, to be running out at Welford Road with him.


How did you feel when you were chosen to play for England? It is hard to describe. When you are chosen, it is very nice – but you still haven’t got on the field yet. When you get on the field, and you actually run out, that is probably the best moment. There is an incredible amount of pride and passion. It was a very proud and surreal moment for me – it was incredible. How is your international career going? I think it has been all right. Like all things, you have your moments where it is up and down. I had a really enjoyable and fun tour to South Africa in the summer. Unfortunately, however, I was injured so missed the last game. We will see whether I am involved in the Autumn Internationals – I would love to play some role with England in that.

What will be the highlights of this forthcoming season if you can play? Playing with my brother will be one. And hopefully we will be able to bring that Aviva Premiership title back here to Welford Road. Is Leicester Tigers a good place for up-and-coming rugby players to start? I think it is a great place but it is also very hard if you come in as a youngster because the expectation, and the culture, is so different to that of school. You have to learn to wash, cook, clean and do all those things you probably took for granted at home. On top of that you have to work very hard in your rugby. But everything you have to do in moving away from home, shapes you as a person – and makes you as a person. And I think that being here makes you a stronger character and a better person.

Do you return to Norfolk often? Yes, I do return as often as I can. I was back recently for a wedding – it was a lovely day. When you are injured you have more time at the weekend, so recently I have been back a bit more often than I would have been if I was playing. What are your favourite aspects of Norfolk? Probably the countryside and the coast – Wells and Brancaster are really nice and it’s not everywhere that you can wake up and look across the field, on a frosty morning, to see a stag standing there. It’s a very special place. Words by Sarah Sinclair, photography by Tiger Images For more information on Leicester Tigers visit




Abigail Saltmarsh suggests events for this autumn... the Editor’s


Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 October

Wednesday 10 October

Head, Hands and Heart Norwich

Birdwatching for Beginners RSPB Minsmere

For more information call 01728 648281 or visit

Sunday 21 October Give October a colourful start at Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society’s 40th anniversary exhibition in The Forum, Norwich. Members celebrate their skills both as individuals and as collaborators. And, for the first time, some have been working together, combining crafts in

an innovative way to create something new – a potter working with a wood turner and a paper maker teaming up with a calligrapher, for example. The head produces the ideas, the hands do the work and the heart expresses what it is feeling – is the message behind the event.

Apple Day Gressenhall

Another great Apple Day is to be held at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. From 10am to 5pm discover the very best of autumn with all things apple – pressing, tasting, buying and naming. Visitors can bring apples For more information visit

from the garden to be identified by members of the East of England Apple and Orchards Project. They can also play apple games, see apples being pressed, taste juice and enjoy delicious cider. Simply scrumptious!

For more information call 01362 860563 or visit

Jon Evans

Minsmere is a superb place to start birdwatching. Join the experts on this beginners’ walk to learn how to use binoculars properly and to find out which field guides The event starts at 9.30am are best. Then use this information and lasts for two and a half to three hours. to enjoy watching birds in Booking is essential. their natural environment.



Wednesday 24 October

Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November

Deer at Dawn Photography Workshop Holkham

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Snape Maltings

Get close to the herd of fallow and red deer at Holkham, accompanied by deer keeper Glyn Ingram. At the same time, Nigel Downer, professional photographer and lecturer in natural history and the natural environment, will share his tips for

The 24th international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival is being held at Snape Maltings this year. Organised by The Poetry Trust, it will see 25 poets from all over Britain, as well as from countries, such as America, Ireland, Palestine,

photographing the animals. The workshop is suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced photographers. Bring a camera, suitable footwear for walking in parkland and clothing for all weathers. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Somalia, South Africa and South Korea, travel to the East Suffolk coast to take part in 54 interconnecting events. Aldeburgh is renowned for the depth and creativity of its programme and this year’s line-up features new poets, as well as some familiar faces.

For more information call 01728 687110 or visit

Wednesday 24 October

Saturday 10 November

Glyndebourne at the Theatre Royal Norwich

Brodowski Quartet Holkham

Bill Cooper

One of the globe’s most highly-regarded opera companies is presenting Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro and Dvorák’s Rusalka. Glyndebourne on Tour will perform a brand new production of Mozart’s classic on Tuesday 30 October, Thursday 1 and Saturday 3 November.

The story revolves around Figaro and Susanna, who are determined to marry. This angers The Count, who decides to pursue Susanna himself. Then the haunting tale of Rusalka runs on Wednesday 31 October and Friday 2 November. This tells of a water spirit who falls in love with The Prince who swims in her lake home each day. Unfortunately he can’t see her and the only way she can become visible is if she makes a pact with an evil witch to lose the power of speech in return.

For more information call 01603 630000 or visit


For further information call 01328 713111 or visit

The Brodowski String Quartet, which burst on to the London music scene in 2008, winning a clutch of major prizes, will perform in The Marble Hall at 7pm. Some of the most celebrated of all string

quartets make up the Brodowski’s programme, from Haydn’s last complete work for the genre to Smetana’s revolutionary From My Life and Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet Number One in D major Op 11.

For more information call 01328 713111 or visit

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Saturday 17 November

Saturday 24 November

Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair Long Melford

The Norwich Original Fleamarket St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls

RB Ceramics

Visit the We Are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair. With more than 45 stalls, this event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. From 10am to 4pm, participants will be showcasing the latest in

contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items, including jewellery, clothes, bags, pottery, soaps, cards, soft furnishings, home-wares and more. Visitors can also enjoy delicious homemade cakes, with a cup of tea, served in vintage-style crockery, by Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom.

RB Ceramics

Further more information visit

For antiques, collectables, retro and vintage pieces, drop in at The Norwich Original Fleamarket, between 9am to 4pm. Held once a month, this event has been taking place in Norwich for the last 37 years. Now there are up to 90 stands, selling autographs, books, buttons, coins, ceramics, clocks, dolls, glass, jewellery, vintage clothes and accessories, and much more. The Cloisters Cafe sells delicious homemade sandwiches, cakes, coffee and tea. Staged by the same organisers, the Christmas

Nostalgia Fair will take place in St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls on Saturday 15 December. As well as the usual treasures and gifts, find Christmas cards and decorations, and vintage linens, lace and cutlery to dress the festive table.

For more information visit

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December

Medieval Christmas Market Dragon Hall Go back in time at the Medieval Christmas Market in Norwich’s historic Dragon Hall. Beneath the magnificent crown post roof, and throughout the ancient building, costumed stallholders from all over the UK and northern Europe will be selling toys, gifts, clothing, wreaths, food, jewellery, pottery, glass and more. Period musicians will be performing and there will be local ales, from the awardwinning Tipples Brewery, mulled wine, and food inspired by German Christmas markets.

The market will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days.

For more information call 01603 663922 or visit


Thursday 6 December to Saturday 8 December

Throughout December

Festive workshops Oxburgh

Christmas services Norwich Cathedral

Prepare for Christmas at special events organised by Oxburgh Hall. On Thursday 6 December, create your own natural decoration at the Festive Foliage Workshop. Pieces will be made using willow, foliage, nuts and seeds from the estate. Then on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December, there

are wreath making workshops at the hall. Enjoy a festive day making the decorations with the expert help of the former head gardener. Morning coffee, a light lunch and afternoon tea are provided at both events, which run from 10am to 4pm. Booking is essential for this very popular event.

For more information visit call 01366 327242 or visit

Thursday 6 December to Saturday 8 December

Dickensian Christmas Kentwell Hall Enjoy a magical Victorian Christmas experience in Suffolk. This year sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens – and Kentwell Hall’s Dickensian Christmas takes visitors back to his era. They will be able to see how the house, near Long Melford, is set up in period style, meet a Victorian family as they portray life at a great country house and learn how those living at that

time prepared for the festive season. Booking is essential.

For more information call 01787 310207 or visit

Christmas worship at Norwich Cathedral begins on Saturday 8 December with the Christingle Service at 3.30pm. This is a family service, which features oranges and lighted candles. Then on Saturday 15 December, at 3pm, the Express Steam Dreams Carol Service comes steaming into the Cathedral in the form of a special carol service. Iconic locomotive, The Tornado, which has taken part in a BBC Top Gear Race with Jeremy Clarkson, will arrive at the station in Norwich earlier in the day.

Its passengers then take part in this service at the Cathedral, and members of the public are welcome to join them for traditional and favourite carols. On Christmas Eve, it is the Crib Service, at 12pm, where children can come dressed as shepherds, kings or angels. Then later on, at 11.15pm, the Midnight Eucharist of Christmas will be held, led by the Bishop of Norwich. At 10.30am on Christmas Day itself, members of the congregation are invited to celebrate the birth of Christ at Family Eucharist.

For more information visit


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rugs mirrors bags lamps Berber Holkham Ancient House, Coast Road Holkham Village, Norfolk NR23 1AD Open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm Telephone 01328 711517 Berber Holt Bayfield Brecks, Cley Road Holt, Norfolk NR25 7DZ Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm Telephone 01263 715555

Polly’s Feltz is a handicraft business in Fakenham, Norfolk creating high-quality felted handbags, slippers and other felted items using pure new wool in a wonderful range of colours. Polly exhibits her craft at various fairs in the Norfolk area, details of which can be found on her website Polly can also be contacted on 07932622132 or

Discover a world of wonders at Fosco the Henchman’s marquee which is stuffed full of fun, games, puzzles, crafts & more. T ere’s fun for all ages with a frriendly personal service. Th

Specialists in niche games

Opening Hours: Tuesday 10.30-4.30 Wed-Frii 9.30-5.30 Saturday 9.00-5.00 Sunday 10.00-4.00

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Jan Constantine Cushion, £79.95 Hamptons Home and Garden, Reepham, 01603 871050

Zsa Zsa handmade ceramic vase by Jo Davies, small, in cream or black, £190, large, in cream, £380 The Gallery, Cromer, 01263 515745

Tyler & Tyler sparring hares, white brick cufflinks, £32.50 Caravan round rug, £129

Jarrold, Norwich, 01603 660661

Marks and Spencer, Ipswich, Norwich Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn 0845 609 0200

Caravan bird jug, £35 Marks and Spencer, Ipswich, Norwich 0871 983 5999

Casa bronze vase, £45 House of Fraser, Norwich 0844 800 3750

Matthew Williamson butterfly cushion, £18 Debenhams, Ipswich, Norwich, 08445 616161

Moroccan slippers, £25 Berber Interiors, at Holkham or Bayfield Brecks, Holt 01328 711517 or 01263 715555

Donna Wilson Ernest zig zag pouffe, in green, £350 John Lewis, Ipswich, Norwich, 08456 049 049



Log cabin tin, £12.50 Moroccan candles, £13.95

Marks and Spencer, Ipswich, Norwich 0845 6090200

Berber Interiors, at Holkham or Bayfield Brecks, Holt 01328 711517 or 01263 715555

Handmade felt slippers in jade, £25 Polly’s Feltz, Fakenham, 07932 622132

Trumpet ornament, £25 Next, Ipswich, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, 0844 844 8000


Stripe duck egg shade, £42 and sillick base, £70

Jasper Conran hand painted teapot, Tiverton Range, £25 Debenhams, Norwich, Ipswich 08445 616161

Black bird ceramic tealight holder, £6.95 Swank Interiors, Bressingham, near Diss 01379 687542

Laura Ashley, Ipswich, Norwich 0871 983 5999

Handmade peony Elite bag in felt, £40 Polly’s Feltz, Fakenham, 07932 622132

Lara Bowen Red Hellibores, signed limited edition print, 415mm x 315mm, £80 The Gallery, Cromer, 01263 515745



Paul Hurst

In the build-up to the festive season, Norwich Cathedral will be hosting a range of family events


oncerts, craft-making and festive fun –

CNorwich Cathedral is opening its doors to welcome families in for a spectrum of activities this Christmas season. In addition to the expected range of carol services, there will be plenty of events to choose from, says Cecile Tuddenham, marketing manager of the Cathedral.

Words by Abigail Saltmarsh

“On Friday 9 November, for example, there will be a sleepover in the Hostry. This is a family event that will include an evening supper, film and story, before bedding down exactly where the poor people of Norwich slept over 400 years ago,” she explains. “It runs from 6pm on the Friday evening to 10am on the Saturday morning.”

For information on the sleepover or to book call 01603 218320 or email

For information on the willow weaving workshops or to book call 01603 218316 or email

For information on Alan Gray’s demonstration

She continues: “Then we have the Norwich and Ghent Family Learning Christmas Festival from 10am to 4.30pm, on Saturday 24 November, and 12pm to 3pm, on Sunday 25 November. This is a free family event, which explores the theme of historical links between Norwich and the Low Countries.

Tickets for The Tender Tyrant will be available from early October from Prelude Records, on 01603 628319, St George’s Music Shop,

“Joy Whiddett is a sculptor who works mainly in willow, producing life-size figures and animals. Participants will make a small sculpture in willow of a traditional Christmas bird, such as a goose or partridge, which they will be able to take home.” On Thursday 29 November, from 10.30am to 1pm, Alan Gray of East Ruston gardens will be giving a demonstration, with a Christmas theme. This will take place in the Hostry and booking is essential. “Then we have some concerts,” adds Cecile. “On Saturday 1 December, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, it is The Tender Tyrant, with Keswick Hall Choir. This will feature the music and influences of Nadia Boulanger and will include works by Widor, Faure, Lili Boulanger and Aaron Copland. The musical director will be Christopher Duarte.

“There will be a variety of craft and textile activities aimed at children aged two to 13, as well as the opportunity to make a decoration to hang on a giant Christmas tree in the Cathedral.”

“On Saturday 8 December, at 7.30pm, The Mediaeval Baebes return to Norwich Cathedral, with a Christmas show that will incorporate many of their new songs, and on Saturday 15 December, it is the Christmas Baroque Concert by Candlelight.

On Saturday 8 December, there will be Christingle Craft Activities at the Cathedral, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and then willow weaving workshops are being held on Saturday 17 November

“This begins at 7.30pm and visitors will be able to enjoy the spirit of Christmas as they listen to seasonal music by the Cathedral Consort and Norwich Baroque.”

or to book call 01603 218450 or email

between 9.30am and 12.30pm, and 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

on 01603 626414, and The Cathedral Shop, on 01603 218450

Tickets for The Mediaeval Baebes and the Christmas Baroque Concert by Candlelight are available from Cathedral Shop, on 01603 218450

Spend Christmas or New Year on the Norfolk Broads




In the know Nick Read

I grew up by the sea so this is hugely important to me. I enjoy its diversity too, the fact that one minute I could be in the middle of the countryside, and next, being held up by the horses at Newmarket Racecourse. It’s full of the unexpected. In your opinion what makes the county so appealing to visitors? In short, its subtleness, charm, relaxed vibe and non-manufactured experiences. In general, our visitor attractions make use of what is naturally available to them. This is what makes Suffolk so special and unique. Together with its strong sense of heritage, variety of family attractions, great local food and drink producers and fantastic cultural offering, Suffolk truly offers something for everyone.

Amanda Bond, Suffolk brand manager for Visit East Anglia Are you local yourself? I’m from Devon originally but was based in London for much of my working career before moving to Yorkshire. Although I’m not from around these parts, we do have family in Suffolk and I’ve found people here to be extremely friendly and welcoming. It’s a great place to live. What do you enjoy about living in Suffolk? Suffolk is absolutely charming. Apart from the stunning, iconic Medieval structures, it boasts endless open skies and beautiful coastlines.

What would you suggest people do if they had just one day to spend in Suffolk? My favourites include a visit to Christchurch Mansion, in Ipswich, and then lunch on the marina in the town. I love being on the coast, and the walk from Walberswick to Southwold is breath-taking. Suffolk’s wool towns, such as Lavenham, offer a rare glance of Medieval England and can be visited on foot or by bike. A day at the races is always good fun and we’re fortunate enough to have Newmarket on our doorstep, which makes it rather special. Ensure to combine this with a trip to The National Horseracing Museum. Tell us about some of Suffolk’s hidden gems? The landscape that inspired Constable at Flatford is captivating, especially when combined with a breath-taking amble from the Suffolk and Essex border at

Manningtree. Woodbridge is an attractive market town, which has many facets to its charm, including being home to one of the last surviving tide mills one of the last surviving tide mills dating back to the 1700s. This, together with the views of the River Deben, is spectacular. Combine it with a bit of shopping, and great food, and you have the perfect day out. Is there anything new for this autumn or winter you can tell us about? This November we see the launch of the Britten Centenary, a year-long event centred on the life and works of Benjamin Britten – the Suffolk born composer, conductor and pianist and pioneer of 20th century British classical music. Expect a festival of some repute in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings. Do you have any final suggestions for visitors? Suffolk is a county for all seasons, with its great mix of attractions, festivals, heritage and family friendly activities. To fully appreciate what’s on offer, spend a few days and take time to explore. There is a great choice of places to stay, from self-catering cottages, to boutique hotels and intimate guest houses. Base yourself in the centre of Suffolk and you’re pretty much only an hour from everywhere in the county! For more information visit

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Uniquely Away Issue 2 - Autumn 2012  

Magazine devoted to exclusive holidays, leisure and experience in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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