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Country Living – What’s Not To Love?

Norfolk is one of the most rural counties in England, with over 90% of its landscape given over to farming. A rich tapestry of fields, open countryside and quaint villages, it still retains much of its former glory, which is perhaps why so many visitors choose to come here to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy towns and cities. Country living offers a much more relaxed way of life, with a rich variety of wildlife at your fingertips, beautiful views to admire, as well as a real sense of old-fashioned community spirit.

There is so much for visitors to do, whether it’s a trip to the coast, a woodland walk, or a visit to one of our spectacular stately homes, such as Sandringham House, the much-loved country estate of the royals. Norfolk’s picturesque villages are brimming with traditional flint cottages and period houses, as well as medieval round tower churches, for which the county is famous. Offering cleaner air, a slower pace, and all-round peace and quiet, being in the middle of nowhere definitely has its advantages!

Snettisham Park
A 329-acre working farm, Snettisham Park gives visitors the opportunity to get involved in many exciting farming activities, from seeing lambs being born, to going on a spectacular 45-minute deer safari, where you will meet the magnificent red deer herd. Collect fresh farm eggs, enjoy a pony ride, or go on one of three wonderful farm trails. There is also the chance to unwind in the tea room or on the terrace, with views out over the cattle and sheep pastures. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome (excluding the deer safari).

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path
Taking you through fantastic scenery and landscape covering more than 90 miles, the famous Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path runs from Hunstanton and continues along the coast to Cromer, most of it passing through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a unique area of forest, heath and low river valleys. Walking along the gentle path treats all walkers to fabulous views of sandy beaches, endless skies, acres of Norfolk farmland and undulating countryside, while the thriving birdlife spotted along the way offers a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Rhododendrons at Sandringham

As spring gets underway, the Norfolk countryside bursts into life. Trees sprout bright green leaves, migrating birds return to our fields and waterways and wild flowers dot the countryside. Nowhere is this more evident than in Sandringham Country Park. Famous for its manicured gardens, woods and open areas, the park is the perfect place to experience the joys of spring.

In May, Sandringham’s rhododendrons erupt into their annual display of colour. One of the highlights of the park, these enormous shrubs attract visitors from far and wide every spring. If you’re visiting Norfolk this May, or if you live in the area and want to experience one of the county’s most famous sights, here’s how to make the most of Sandringham’s rhododendrons this spring.


Snapshot of Sandringham
Built in 1870 by the then Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Sandringham was once described as ‘The most comfortable house in England’. Its gardens where designed in the 20th century by famous planner and landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and have been attracting admiring visitors ever since.

In 1968, an area of 142 acres of Sandringham Park was opened to the public. This has since been enlarged to a whopping 243 hectares, giving visitors an enormous slice of stunning Norfolk countryside to explore. The most impressive rhododendrons at Sandringham are located within the park. Take a woodland walk through the estate in May and you’re guaranteed to come across a number of outstanding rhododendron displays.

Where?
Rhododendrons can be found throughout much of Sandringham Park. The estate is located to the north of King’s Lynn, around five miles from the King William. The nearest train station is in King’s Lynn. From there you can either catch a bus or cycle to the estate.

When?
Sandringham Park is open to the public throughout the year. It’s free to enter and you can pick up information about walking routes and activities in the park from the visitor centre. From mid April to the end of October, the private gardens at Sandringham are available to visit. Opening times are between 10:30am and 4:30pm.

Various events take place in Sandringham throughout the year, so check what’s going on in advance if you want to make the most of your visit.

Mother’s Day Sunday 26th March 2017

This year, Mother’s Day in the UK will fall on Sunday 26th March. If you haven’t yet got the date in your diary, or if you’d forgotten altogether don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to plan something truly special and show your mum just how much you care.

Treat  your mum to a lunch or dinner with all her loved ones.
A great way to celebrate Mother’s Day is to take your mum out for a delicious meal. At the King William, we’re always busy on Mother’s Day allowing all the mums to enjoy their families to the full without doing any of the work. Food is served all day from noon to 9pm, Do reserve your favourite spot to avoid disappointment. If you want to make a weekend of it, you could even book yourself and your mum a twin-room and spend a day or two exploring the stunning countryside that surrounds the Inn.

Get some fresh air – go walking
On Mother’s Day, all most mums want is to spend a bit of time with their family. Taking your mum out for a walk in the fresh air is a lovely way to spend the day together. Thanks to the UK’s excellent network of footpaths, you’re never too far from a country walk. If you’re staying at the King William – or stopping in for lunch – we’ll be able to give you tips on the most beautiful walks in the area.

Go on a day trip
Norfolk is home to a number of pretty market towns and seaside settlements. A day out in one of these characterful locations will give you the chance to go antique hunting, sample some of the region’s famous cuisine and explore one of the most beautiful corners of the UK. The nearby coastal villages,  the world renowned Sandringham and the county city of Norwich are all well worth a day’s exploration.

For more ideas on discovering Norfolk and everything it has to offer, take a look around our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

Sandringham Gardens

Sandringham House

One of Norfolk’s most famous addresses, Sandringham House has been one of the Royal Family’s favourite homes for generations. Beautifully designed, peaceful and surrounded by Norfolk’s stunning countryside, the house is one of the most picturesque in the country. And though there’s plenty to see in the house itself, the gardens that surround the stately home are also well worth a visit during your stay in the area.

If you’re planning a country retreat at the King William this summer, a trip to Sandringham Gardens will make a wonderful addition to your trip. Just a 15-minute drive from our front door, the gardens are a great place to relax, unwind and take in Norfolk’s sensational countryside.

Sandringham Gardens
Opened to the public by King Edward the VII in 1908, Sandringham’s gardens cover 24 hectares of elegantly landscaped and painstakingly maintained lawns, woodlands and formal areas. Taking in some of the most beautiful views in the county, the gardens are surrounded by the 240-hectare Sandringham Estate which takes in woodland, wetland, arable land and farmland – a must see for anyone interested in the Royal Family, landscape design and nature.

The gardens themselves contain two lakes, an expansive rock garden, a woodland garden and a secluded enclosed garden which was designed for George VI in 1947 by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe. Various features have been added by each generation of the Royal Family over the years, and today visitors can explore Queen Alexandra’s summerhouse, the formal North Garden, the delightful Stream Walk and the avenues of rhododendrons, azaleas and lavenders. You’ll also see a number of commemorative trees as you explore the gardens, giving you a sense of the house’s history and the important role it’s played in royal life over the years.

sandringhamgardens2Visiting Sandringham
Though the country park is open to the public free of charge throughout the year, you’ll need to buy a ticket if you want to visit the gardens themselves. Opening times vary so make sure you check the current schedule before you plan your trip.
One of the best ways to see the gardens is with a guided tour. Tours are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays though it may be possible to have a tour on another day if you book in advance.
A wonderful way to learn more about Norfolk’s history, and to explore it’s beautiful landscapes, a trip to Sandringham Gardens will be a highlight of your stay at the King William.

The History of Wolferton Station

Wolferton StationLocated on the historic King’s Lynn to Hunstanton line, the picturesque Wolferton Station opened to the public in 1862. By chance, this was the same year that the nearby Sandringham Estate was purchased as a private residence for the young Prince of Wales. As Wolferton was just 21/4 miles from the house, it quickly earned itself a reputation as the most upmarket station in the country. Within easy reach of The King William, Wolferton Station offers a unique glimpse into the glamorous past of rail travel and the unique role the Royal Family have played in shaping Norfolk’s landscape. A must see for all railway enthusiasts, Wolferton is an important part of our local history and heritage.

Early years – Thanks to its Royal patronage, Wolferton Station was completely renovated in 1898, transforming it from an everyday stop into a station fit for a king. The refit saw Wolferton kitted out with Tudor-style platform buildings including a specially designed Royal waiting room complete with oak panelling couches and easy chairs. Also a clock tower and ornate lamps topped with crowns were fitted. Between 1884 and 1911, almost 650 royal trains called at Wolferton. The station played host to numerous luncheon parties and was a focal point for many Royal occasions including the funerals of Queen Alexandra in 1925, King George V in 1936 and King George VI in 1952. In 1886, for the 21st birthday of the then Prince George, the station saw a special Royal service bring a circus to Wolferton. At the end of the performance, one elephant refused to be loaded back onto the train, ripping up a lamppost and demolishing the station’s gates before finally being coaxed back on board.

Closure – Wolferton_Railway_Station 2By the end of the 1960s, many of the country’s regional train lines were being cut and Wolferton saw its last Royal service in 1966. In 1970, railwayman Eric Walker, who had purchased the station following its closure, reopened the waiting room as a museum. Over 6,000 pieces of memorabilia were on display, most of which Walker had collected himself. When Eric Walker died in 1985, his son was sadly unable to support the up keep of the station. In 2001, the station was sold to railway enthusiast Richard Brown who has undertaken significant restorations and returned much of Wolferton to its former glory.

Today –Though some parts of the station are private, visitors can still explore the platforms and other selected areas. Souvenirs are available on site and the owner is generally very happy to talk to visitors and to share his extensive knowledge about the history of the station and its Royal connections.

5 ways to love November

Autumn in Norfolk UK

There’s no need to wait until Christmas to have a wonderful time.

Love Life today and enjoy Autumn in all its Glory.

Here are 5 ways to simply enjoy November to the full.

1) Mmm! Mussels…
Take a refreshing walk along the beach or through the colourful woods at Sandringham and then sit back and relax with the family by a cosy log fire in our bar, and enjoy a bowl of steaming Brancaster Mussels – making Winter all the more welcoming!

2) Clever savings! Winter Dining Restaurant Promotion (From 1 November).
For every £25 you spend in the restaurant (incl. Pre- Christmas parties!) we reward you with a £2.50 gift voucher – so when you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping you can still treat yourself to a great meal out.

3) MSM (Monthly Set Menu)
Introducing our brand new MSM Menu bringing you Great Food at Great Prices. Together with Tuesdays Curry & a Pint evenings at only £10, Your Dining Club Member Benefits, special event nights (see below) & our fabulous Daily Take Away service you can really start planning some regular days off in your kitchen.

4) Event Nights!
Wednesday 13 November 2013 – Mussels Night
Unlimited ‘Moules et Frites’ – Only £15 per person – Cooked & Served to order in 4 delicious sauces – Discover your favourite – Book your table now on 01485 571765

Wednesday 27 November Italian Night
Fun evening with a two course buffet of delicious Italian dishes. Only £17.50 per person. Proceeds & Raffle on the night in aid of the new Sedgeford village Defibrillator. Bring Your Friends & Book your table now on 01485 571765

5) Great Value 3 night Shortbreaks.
Classic Double Room Only £250, Superior Double Room Only £275.
This rate is for 2 persons and includes our award winning breakfast.

Enjoy your pre-Christmas and festive celebrations with us!
Plan ahead and book your special event now to avoid disappointment.
Call us now on 01485 571765

* Pre-Christmas Dinner Party – from 1/12 for parties of just 2 – 60 persons
Includes Voucher Scheme, Grand Christmas Prize Draw, Pre Dinner Cocktail for
Dining Club Members, festive crackers. See our website for menu.
* Christmas Day Lunch – Sorry! Sold out! – Reserve list only
* Boxing Day Lunch/Dinner – only a few spaces left!
* New Years Eve Dinner – set menu – bookings taken now.
* 3 Night Accommodation Christmas Package – Sorry! Sold out! – Reserve list only

For full details of all of the above see our website on www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk. or call us and book now on 01485 571765.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to The King William Country Inn & Restaurant!

Nick & Lili Skerritt