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 11am. It was an honesty box to pay (so Norfolk!) and then a self guide map around the estate. The snowdrops were beautiful, plentiful and in early February I think we saw them at there best. Along with the snowdrops there is a sculpture garden, interesting church and a chance to look around the walled and formal gardens, they will of course be much better in the summer but you go a clear idea of how good they will look later in the year. It is still a private home and I love the fact on the doorstep of the main hall 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 in 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 http://raveningham.com/