Snowdrops at Raveningham Hall

Although not on our doorstep, mum and I went for a drive out towards Beccles to Raveningham Hall to see there much talked about snowdrops. It was a cold and windy day, but we wrapped up warm and headed out, it took about 50 minutes to get there, and the gardens opened at 11 am. It was an honesty box to pay (so Norfolk!) and then a self-guided map around the estate. The snowdrops were beautiful and plentiful, and in early February, I think we saw them at their best.

Along with the snowdrops, there is a sculpture garden, an interesting church, and a chance to look around the walled and formal gardens, they will be much better in the summer, but you get a clear idea of how good it is they will look later in the year. It is still a private home, and I love the fact that on the main hall doorstep, they have huge wicker chairs for visitors to sit on and pretend they are lord and lady of the manor! After our walk, we popped into the simple little tea room and had a warming bowl of soup before heading back to the barns. Opening times are varied, so best to look at their website first