Invitation to View 2017

It was a great delight to once again open our doors for Invitation to View. We hid all the dirty wellies and half eaten dog toys; polished the banisters and warmed the home-made scones.

This year we are doing 8 days and they have booked surprisingly well. If you would like to put your name down for the September dates, please do book early to avoid disappointment as the ad people say (sic)!

For those lovely people, who have just visited, if you would like a copy of the presentation, you are most welcome to take a copy direct from here.

Every year, we discover more and more fascinating facts about the Lodge and this year was no exception. A huge thankyou to all those people who revealed things about the history or the previous owners.

We had stories about:

  • an alcoholic past owner nakedly shaking their naked wife over the moat by her ankles to get her to reveal where the cellar key was hidden; 
  • the developer who put double-glazing in the Lodge from his long lost cousin; and
  • modern day Wingfields who are finding connections for all the historic Wingfield buildings.
Philip Aitken from 2016 and his wise and learned History Group

Philip Aitken from 2016 and his wise and learned History Group

 

 

Save the date - Saturday 16th September 2017 'Artists on Artists'

It may be a long way off, but we are holding a very special film day with invited artist directors. The theme is Artists on Artists and we don't mean it to sound rude. We will be showing films about artists made by artists. Lots of Q and A's with directors and lots of wonderful food and the Sprocker's Arms will be in full flow! The bar lady will be her usual cheeky self but we forgive her because her cockney accent is so good!

Finally Letheringham Lodge has a business grade fibre Internet connection

After a massive wait, while the road was dug up to our telephone exchange, we have now got a wonderful business class internet connection. It is very fast, reliable and had massive future expansion built in.

The connection is based on a 100M bit per second leased line, with a second one connected but dormant ready for quick commissioning and the option of 2 more if we need them in the future. The circuits are uncontested, in other words we do not share them with anyone else, this means we get a truly business class service. The circuit is symmetrical, which means both downloads and uploads are the same fast speed.

Lots of thanks to TalkTalk Business for working so hard on getting this installed, it has turned out to be a year long project! TalkTalk Business really helped us out with a temporary solution while we were waiting - and waiting - for OpenReach to install the fibre.

Big Smile!

 

Opening our doors to magic people

It is that time of the year that we joyously open our mad little pad to the public and invite history societies and Invitation to View visitors to tour the house and grounds.

Yesterday, the Ufford History Society came and despite teasing showers of rain, the tours were a great success. Some interesting history theories were abound which we will put to the next set of historians. Maureen Morgan saved the day by being the best sous-tea-chef in the history of this Lodge!

A huge huge thank you to Cookfood.net who produced the cakes! Everyone was extremely flattering about 'my' carrot cake. They were kind enough to offer a 30% discount as it was a community event. No food other than yours will ever pass my lips.

Today Suffolk Preservation Society is coming and we have a huge debt of gratitude to them for helping us fend off aggressive developers.

Saturday sees the Suffolk Historical Building Society visit us and on Sunday and Monday we have Invitation to View.

Again, a huge thank you to Cookfood.net

 

Guests love Letheringham Lodge Cottages

We are over the moon at the wonderful guests who have come to stay with us. 50% have rebooked already with one party coming to stay over Christmas which is extremely exciting. Thank you for being such lovely guests.

We had no idea that we would attract such lovely guests and how much fun it would be having people stay in our cottages.

A key attraction is the fact that each cottage comes with a private moated BBQ island and even in April, this proved to be a draw! Wait until the summer!!

If you would like to see what these lovely people wrote, please have a look at our Airbnb listing for their generous and kind reviews.