Sunshine and Felbrigg Hall/Gardens

Hall 1

Felbrigg Hall is a 17th Century country house near Cromer in Norfolk.  It has a Jacobean exterior and a Georgian interior, and is administered by the National Trust.  It is surrounded by pasture land and a large number of sheep and cattle roam the outskirts. The formal gardens, and especially the Walled Garden are worth seeing, especially on a sunny summer day.

We arrived around mid-day and made our way to reception.  We were given our ticket, and a map of the estate. We then stopped into the courtyard area for a drink and a nibble.  Fresh scones with clotted cream were on offer as were Cromer Crab sandwiches and salads.  A tasty local treat to be sure.

The library in the Hall is atmospheric and what many people would see as the archetypical English study.  The house also abounds with beautiful fireplaces.

 

The gardens are a real treat.  We spent much of the afternoon in the Walled Garden. There are quiet corners to enjoy the colour and sunshine, and garden benches seem abundant.  The outstanding features to my taste, however, were the dovecot which had white doves rousting on the tiled roof, and a circular fountain with multi-coloured waterlilies and flittering dragonflies.

 

This is a great alternative or addition to a Cromer beach-holiday, and well worth the trip inland.

Padre

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