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ChristineAs you will be aware from the History Page the Ambers, home of Drinkstone Park Bed and Breakfast was built in the grounds of Drinkstone Park a mansion demolished in 1951.

We moved to Ambers in November 2003, Christine has lived in the village all her life and I was born in Long Melford so neither of us has gone far – well if we did we came back!

The gardens here extend to some three acres, when we arrived they consisted of some lovely mature trees including some magnificent yews, grassland and concrete roads. The concrete was laid by the American tank regiment who occupied the mansion during the war. We were to later find that not only did we have the obvious concrete driveways but most of the mansion was buried in the ground! Nevertheless we set to work to restore the older parts of the gardens and create new areas of interest. Christine herself a Chelsea Gold winner in floristry, in her previous life she was a floristry lecturer, was most creative with planting and colour schemes. Her late father, well known plantsman and keeper of the National Collection of delphiniums, Kenneth Harbutt, was most helpful with his advice. Ken was also the keeper of the National Collection of gooseberries and was instrumental in the planting of our fruit areas.

Blue Room - garden view from bathroom
View from gardens

Time has moved on and the concrete roads have been removed and the gardens laid out and becoming established, however it is never finished of course. Four years ago we were asked to open the gardens for the local church, which we happily did. On the day I remember it rained, during one shower a couple approached me and said “you should open as part of the National garden Scheme” I burst out laughing as I felt with our accumulation of weeds it was nowhere near good enough. Apparently not the case, as these good people were from the NGS looking for new gardens to support the charity. The result is that we now open four or five times a year for the NGS, also opening for clubs and groups to visit the gardens in aid of the scheme.

The Bed and Breakfast started itself some six years ago and works well with the gardens, Christine and I thoroughly enjoy the company of our guests, many of whom return year after year. We hope that you too will come and enjoy Christine’s breakfast a relaxing time and of course the gardens await you.