Visitors are often surprised by this area. A rural and peaceful location our visitors have enjoyed winding down with walks along the river and around the Castle and Priory. The attractive coast line is not far and there are plenty of stately homes of Norfolk. What a summer of endless blue skies and sunshine.

The gardens were open at the beginning of the month for the National Garden Scheme and we received an amazing 450 visitors who helped raise nearly £3,000 for the wonderful nursing charities that the scheme supports. Tea money on the day raised £1,000 for the Friends of Castle Acre Church. Perhaps we should thank the wonderful article in the July edition of The English Garden Magazine. 



And summer looks as if it is going to continue. September has to be the best month in Norfolk.








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We have never seen the River Nar quite so flooded. We are well away from the flood plain and this photo is taken from the Jubilee Bridge which is just below us. The rain has at last stopped, birds are singing and all the dog walkers are out in force.

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So I did it. Ninety NGS Gardens visited last year. You can read all about them at the Garden Gate is Open: https://thegardengateisopen.blog/



Back at Tudor Lodgings we have become grandparents and so no longer are able to offer B & B because young Alfie and his parents, from time to time, need the bedrooms. However the Self-catering Barn, with its nice new shower, is available for either weekly lets or min stay 3 nights. The weather over Easter has been awful but our visitors have been able to keep cosy in between walks around and about Castle Acre.


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This year The National Garden Scheme celebrate ninety years of opening gardens to raise funds for nursing charities such as Macmillan, Marie Curie and Hospice Uk. I am off to the first of ninety gardens that I plan to visit throughout 2017. Robinson College, Cambridge is open today and tomorrow.







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St. Georges day and we have a very jolly Quartet of Bishops attending breakfast today.
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Castle Acre Nature Note

An Eagle Owl is the latest resident to the village of Castle Acre. Bubo can be recognised by her deep wooing and is sighted perched in pine trees and on television aerials. Have not spotted her flying yet but with such a wingspan it must be quite a sight.

Just waiting for  Nick (nickpix) to snap up this one.

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20 Tudor Walks

The "20 Tudor Walks" which appeared in The Times Saturday January 31st, included King's Lynn and Blickling, both not far from Tudor Lodgings Bed and Breakfast. Bring your copy of Wolf Hall and enjoy the Tudor experience!
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NGS 2015 Booklet - Gardens Open For Charity

National Garden Scheme Norfolk 2015 Booklet has now been printed. It contains so many lovely gardens to visit starting next month with the wonderful Bagthorpe Hall, situated nearby, which is open for the stunning snowdrops.
National Garden Scheme




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Dibley

Alas we no longer have faithful Dibley with us,  she so loved to start the day with a Swaffham Sizzler and loved life until she was 16.   This weekend we have had visitors from Lancashire and Warwickshire who have enjoyed beautiful days, crisp frost, sunshine and snowdrops.

Dibley sunbathing in the Knot garden
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November update

So why no blog since August? Dare I say, the usual excuse, just too busy!
Thrilled to have had all my guests over the past months but glad the Bed & Breakfast season is calming down. Very pleased self-catering visitors are still enjoying the autumnal delights of Castle Acre.
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August update

July has flown buy and I can't believe it is August already. Lots of lovely guests and we have been very busy in the garden. We opened our garden with 9 others in the village and 420 people came, walked, admired, bought plants, ate delicious teas and in spite of an hour of heavy rain, we raised £3,000 for village charities.
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Breakfast - what's that then?

So thrilled to receive a recent review on Trip Advisor from, I presume, someone walking the Peddars Way and Coastal footpath who claimed 'and the best breakfast of the week was here'. 

So what exactly is the Best Breakfast?

Freshly squeezed orange juice (never the bought stuff),
Fruit that is available and prepared for eating.
Yoghurts and cereals out of packets (so that you know what they really are). 
Newly laid eggs, bacon that tastes and the famous Swaffham Sizzler, both from the Butcher, mushrooms and Norfolk grown tomatoes. 
Good sliced toast, proper tea and freshly ground Colombian coffee.
And Quiet .................

"And now leave me in peace for a bit! I don't want to answer a string of questions while I am eating. I want to think!"
"Good Heavens!" said Pippin "At breakfast?"
(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)



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