• Michael Lambert

January is here.....missed December!!

In November we told you about the progress with the new bedroom and living space. In December we could have told you that it was all finished carpeted, furnished and most comfortable. Unfortunately December’s update didn’t happen! There was a little health problem needing a small operation, which turned into a bigger operation. All successful and no ongoing problem but recovering has taken a few weeks leaving Christine to do just about everything!

January has been surprisingly busy with the Bed and Breakfast with many of our guests who have stayed before returning for another visit, some for business others just for a break away from it all.

We are delighted to have received an award from Booking.com in their 2016 Guest review Awards and would like to thank all our Booking.com guests who have contributed a review. We do appreciate that booking through an agent is often very easy and convenient, to this end we have made it easier for you to book direct online through our website or on Facebook. You will always get that slightly better deal when booking direct!

The excavation of the cellars was completed late last year, with a safety fence surrounding the area, Christine has planted up with ferns and we wait for Spring to see this new feature begin to mature.

Joshua’s Cellar

There were four Joshua Grigby’s, the first acquired the land and created The Park, the

second built Drinkstone Park Mansion, the third lived in it and the fourth is still here! Buried in his tomb in the walled gardens at Little Court.

In 2014 while trying to plant a laurel hedge we discovered a tiled area, then having to divert the hedge we discovered the top of a brick arch. This was the start of our folly, a unique garden feature now known as “Joshua’s Cellar.”

The first thing we found was the actual foundation stone that was placed there by Joshua Grigby dated 1763. In the arched alcove to the right of the stone we found the remains of a small fireplace, we since discovered that this was the red wine store and the fire ensured that the red wine was always served at the correct temperature. To the right of this is the stairway that went up to the butler’s pantry. Next to the stairway we found a tunnel, this we have been told led to the servant’s quarters. For the full story look on our website www.drinkstonepark.co.uk

There have been times we wished we had never found that piece of floor that led to Paul finding the archway, at the end though we have an interesting feature that our visitors enjoy.

Drinkstone Park built in 1763 demolished 1951

Reviews are the lifeblood of any bed and breakfast, we are fortunate that our visitors give us excellent reviews. Of particular help to us and I am sure to people considering a trip are the TripAdvisor reviews such as the one below.

“Experience this 5 star Bed and Breakfast is a must with wonderful caring owners”

Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Owing to family circumstances we have now stayed at Drinkstone Park with Michael and Christine many times over the last few months. The B & B is cosy and warm as is the welcome you get on arrival and throughout your stay. We can recommend without any hesitation that this lovely country location as a base to tour and enjoy the beautiful county of Suffolk. We are looking forward to our next visit on 18th January 2017 for couple of nights. Very happy visitors.

We do appreciate the time and trouble our guests go to and thank all who review us so positively, it is a pleasure to have you here.

Tim Moss No1 Builder and Norman build the dwarf walls.

We will be opening the gardens for The NGS charities again this year with the first public day being May 29th, we also have several clubs and associations booked in for private visits. We are also happy for people to pop in providing a contribution to the NGS charity is made in line with our open days. Sorry but Cream Teas and Lorna’s cakes will not be available unless arranged prior to your visit.

An addition to the garden this year is a Victorian style greenhouse made in the traditional cedar fashion. Tim and Norman are busy with the dwarf wall now.

Woodpecker Joinery expect to be delivering and fitting towards the end of February – more information will be posted here and on our Drinkstone Park Facebook page as the project develops.

Have you liked our Facebook page yet? May be something you could do now if not – ta very much.

That’s about it for the moment, if you are already booked to visit we look forward to seeing you. If not then check availability either through our website, Facebook or give us a call on 01359 272513 or 07958 911 456 and we will do our best to assist you;

Book Direct is Always Best.

Thank you taking the time to read my ramblings.


Due to the effect of coronavirus we are not reopening to the general public

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