Misty Blues

Indulge in a walk in nature and beat those Winter blues. Even on a grey, wet autumn day you’ll tend to return with more then you’d hoped for.

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Nature Meditation in the forest which felt like a little bit of Norfolk Narnia   

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Toad Hall in the morning mist stands quietly  

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Happy Valley on Twitter - @norfolkvenue

Happy Valley on Twitter - @norfolkvenue

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The infamous Black Shuck

The infamous Black Shuck

Winter walks bring on a different kind of magic. Natures palette never fails to inspire. We are now going into our third winter here as Happy Valley & one thing I’ve learnt is to allow myself to slow down through the winter months just like the landscape that surrounds. This is a contrast to the rest of the year when it seems to never stop. Adapting to this change can be tricky but required for growth.

🎄Christmas Vouchers available 🎄  hello@happyvalleynorfolk.co.uk

🎄Christmas Vouchers available 🎄

hello@happyvalleynorfolk.co.uk

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Words that came to mind after this walk -

Reflection

contemplation

mindfulness  

gratitude

XXX

Autumn at Happy Valley

The beauty transforms through colour and this time of year is rather special at Happy Valley. The mix of trees in the forest make for the most splendid colour display and you can experience Nature therapy at it’s best.

The evidence is forever mounting that being immersed in Nature has huge health benefits and it’s not hard to see why. Experiencing the forest, embracing the seasons and getting outside with your loved ones is why the guests at Happy Valley keep on returning.

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Norfolk Sunsets are hard rivalled and you get the very best views at Toad Hall.

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What our Guests Say -

Very grateful to have received this award for the 9th time in a row. Lucky to be blessed with some amazing guests who all love Happy Valley as much as we do. #HonestHosting

Very grateful to have received this award for the 9th time in a row. Lucky to be blessed with some amazing guests who all love Happy Valley as much as we do. #HonestHosting

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Wilderness Weddings

If you're looking for a Woodland Wedding with a bridged Island, Party Barn, Luxury Lodge, Glamping, Camping and a hot tub then Happy Valley is the Venue for you. You can create the Wedding YOU want at this hidden gem in North West Norfolk. An unspoilt part of the Norfolk countryside with magic written all over it. Natural Springs a plenty and enchanted forests engulf .

Forget the restrictions and embrace the woodland wilderness for a festival Wedding. Hired for 3 days and 2 nights you can be assured that the memories made will last you a lifetime. Here at Happy Valley taking your time is at the top of our ethos. 

There's no funny extras like Corkage fees or restrictions on caterers and bar. You really do have the blank canvas to create whatever Wedding you desire. We've seen Festival Weddings, Bohemian and Free Spirited Weddings, Traditional Style Weddings, Woodland Weddings, Vintage Weddings, Neon Weddings and everything else in between! 

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Love these images of the Barn by Craig Williams for Becky & Wills special day

Here we have the band on the island, weeping willow line the island providing a secluded and intimate space.

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You can't have a woodland wedding without a tree swing.

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I've taken a few pics from a variety of Weddings at Happy Valley. Set in the heart of North West Norfolk this wedding venue is surrounded by Woodland and has magic written all over it. Unspoilt surrounds on a Norfolk Wildlife Trust you sure to feel super serene even on your Wedding day.

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Happy Valley by night.

 

You can find recent pics of Happy Valley over on the instagram page - https://www.instagram.com/happyvnorfolk/

A Jane Bourvis Gown a Lovettes’ Rustic and Whimsical Woodland Wedding

Recently we welcomed back the gorgeous Carragher Family as they grabbed a weekend away with their beautiful baby girl.

This Wedding was one of my favourites. Since then we've added the Glamping cabins and Dutch Party Barn and Hot Tub to the Venue. 

 Posted by Annora Sutton For Love My Dress Blog

Our couple held their reception in a marquee at the wonderfully named Happy Valley

Finding Happy Valley was such a relief and a joy. It was brilliant discovering that our wild and natural venue actually existed – a beautiful house surrounded by trees, fields and a pond with a ‘secret’ island.”

Hannah, a doctor, married Chris, a project manager, on the 11th of July, 2015, at All Saints Church in Thornham, Norfolk, followed by a reception at Happy Valley. The couple’s big day was captured on camera by Red on Blonde, but let’s begin by taking a look at the couple’s captivating wedding film – and by the way, be prepared to wipe a tear or two away as the film was created by one of our absolute favourite film makers in the universe, the utterly wonderful Jon Aleksander of Happy Wedding Films.

I had always dreamed of a wild and natural forest wedding (think Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves!). The venue initially proved elusive but once we found Happy Valley, the rest fell into place (with a lot of hard work, obviously)Our videographer was one of several Love My Dressfinds. We chose Jon of Happy Wedding Films after spotting a film of his on the blogWe received our trailer last month and we adore it – we are so very lucky to have such a special reminder of our day. I also love the music Jon chose – as soon as the first chords started I was in tears. He is such a very talented man.”

Hannah looked absolutely stunning in an ethereal gown crafted by the one and only Jane Bourvis. Our bride fell in love with Jane’sbespoke creations after spotting one of her gowns on Love My Dress

I came across Jane Bourvis after seeing this real wedding feature on Love My Dress. Jane and her lovely assistant, Edel, were so very patient and welcoming. Jane creates all of her dresses as one-offs, mostly from vintage lace. My dress was created using a 100 year old veil.”

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“I loved the fact that it had a story, a ‘past’, but that it was now part of something more, something new and unique, just for me – It was such a special feeling and a total privilege. Maybe one day I can hand it down a generation to add to its story.”

Isn’t that naked cake below just the most spectacular? It was created and decorated by a friend.

 

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Chris and I met at a Scotland rugby game when I was at university in Edinburgh – my stylish tartan trousers obviously made an impression! We had been together for around four years when Chris proposed on a boat while we were sailing the Whitsundays. It was a total surprise, only my dad had been pre-warned.”

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Hannah finished her look with Rachel Simpson’s mint green, ‘Mimosa’ T-bars and her scent was Orange Blossom Cologne by Jo Malone.

Hannah and Chris knew they’d found the perfect photographers for them, after spying this real wedding, captured by duo behind Red on Blonde, on Love My Dress. You can find Red on Blonde listed in our Little Book for Brides, a carefully curated directory of wonderful and hardworking wedding suppliers.

Han and Toby were great on the day – inconspicuous enough to capture some super natural shots, whilst making their presence known enough to organise our families for group pictures – not an easy task! They embraced our craziness and fit into our day as though they were guests, whilst being total professionals. Our photos came beautifully presented and I will always remember watching the slideshow with Chris and both laughing and crying (happy tears of course!) at their attention to detail.”

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“ My mum had arranged with my friend, and riding instructor, Sarah, a surprise four-legged guest in the form of Harvey, the horse I learnt to ride on from the age of 13, and had competed on and had on loan. He is the epitome of ‘not judging a book by its cover’ – the most special horse and he scrubbed up so well. ”

My mum had arranged with my friend, and riding instructor, Sarah, a surprise four-legged guest in the form of Harvey, the horse I learnt to ride on from the age of 13, and had competed on and had on loan. He is the epitome of ‘not judging a book by its cover’ – the most special horse and he scrubbed up so well.

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“For our décor, we collected lampshades from charity shops, recycled bottles from a local café and encouraged everyone we knew to stockpile jars for the flowers. We borrowed vintage teacups and saucers from my auntie and a talented cousin made the hessian bunting and table runners.”

“For our décor, we collected lampshades from charity shops, recycled bottles from a local café and encouraged everyone we knew to stockpile jars for the flowers. We borrowed vintage teacups and saucers from my auntie and a talented cousin made the hessian bunting and table runners.”

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“We dismantled pallets for signage and hired some amazing festoon lights and garden games from Penny at The Little Lending Company(who have recently joined Little Book For Brides). Penny has such an amazing selection of props to hire out and was so helpful with our last minute additions.”

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“ During the afternoon, our brilliant band,    The Woodleys   , played some covers as well as their own songs. A lasting memory is when they played Mumford and Sons ‘I will Wait’ for the second time (as an encore) and we all piled onto the dancefloor and grass outside the marquee and danced and danced – my mum, in particular, showcasing some ridiculously high quality moves! ”

During the afternoon, our brilliant band, The Woodleys, played some covers as well as their own songs. A lasting memory is when they played Mumford and Sons ‘I will Wait’ for the second time (as an encore) and we all piled onto the dancefloor and grass outside the marquee and danced and danced – my mum, in particular, showcasing some ridiculously high quality moves!

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Hannah and Chris’ relaxed wedding breakfast was catered by Purple Plum and their gorgeous flower covered, naked wedding cake was lovingly made by a friend.

During my dad’s speech we released some Tortoiseshell butterflies that my dad had nurtured through the summer, in memory of those that couldn’t be with us on the day. It wasn’t until we saw our photos that we realised my Dad and I each had one on our shoulders during the rest of the speeches.”

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Words of Wedded Wisdom

Surround yourself with positive people, who know you best – the sort that will listen to you patiently when you need to download. Don’t be too disappointed, or take it personally, when some people don’t behave with the social ‘etiquette’ you perhaps expect.

Go with your gut on suppliers, don’t try to cut costs at the expense of your own sanity. Find your creative friends and relatives and harness and celebrate their talents, without abusing them. And, as many brides before me have said, take a moment to breathe it all in together on the day itself.

And Love My Dress was a great resource throughout the planning process. A huge thank you to Annabel and Lyndsey for fielding various queries and stresses. It was an honour to be a Lovette!

Hannah and Chris Happy Valley Wedding

Great advice from our lovely Lovette! A huge thanks to Hannah and her husband Chris for sharing the details of their big day, as well Red on Blonde for documenting it so very beautifully. If you’d like to see other bride’s wearing Jane Bourvis’ beautiful gowns, please follow this link.

Have a great week!

Annora x

 

Photographer – Red on Blonde
Film – Happy Wedding Films
Venue – Ceremony at All Saints Church in Thornham, Norfolk, followed by a reception nearby at Happy Valley
Wedding Dress + Veil – Jane Bourvis
Headpiece – Fresh flower crown created by Jo Flowers
Shoes – ‘Mimosa’ by Rachel Simpson
Bride’s Scent/perfume – Orange Blossom Cologne by Jo Malone
Groom – Kilt and jacket purchased from The Kilt Company
Bridesmaids – H&M dresses
Flowergirls – ‘Estella’ dress from Monsoon + gold sandals from Debenhams
Florist – Jo Flowers
Cake – Created by a friend of the bride
Transport – A vintage Jaguar from The Marriage Carriage Company
Entertainment – Dave Harper + The Woodleys + 

Rings – Tustains
Catering – Purple Plum
Décor – Favours, signage and guest book from Stag Design; festoon lights and garden games from The Little Lending Company; petal confetti from Shropshire Petals
Stationery – Created by the couple, using a Noolibird stamp and printed by TW Printing, Leamington

Christmas Glamping at Happy Valley

Winter at Happy Valley is always pretty magical and this year has been no exception. Guests have enjoyed cosying up by the woodburner and exploring our little bit of Norfolk heaven glamping in the woods. The Winter sun has been abundant enabling some vital forest bathing to nourish the soul.  Woodland walks surrounded by wildlife and the fresh scent of pine does wonders for your well being. 

Excited was an understatement when it was time for our first Winter Glamping Season to commence at Happy Valley. The whole family got involved with getting the huts Christmas ready and the bookings came in.

King Nutkin (below) always a favourite with our guests. It's not hard to see why with it's King Size super comfy bed and Wood Burner . Indoor Kitchenette and beautiful woodland views. She's also got a private heated shower and toilet room.

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We went searching for forest finds to decorate the huts and Christmas started to come alive with magic. Protected by the woodland canopy with the sweet smell of Pine, Happy Valley is a great place for a rural escape over the Winter Months.

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Winter Glamping Christmas at Happy Valley

 There's even a squirrel who nests in the tree which runs through the decking and King Nutkin is a favourite picnic spot!

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Late Deals run throughout January and February. Use discount code HVN01 and received our best offers - email hello@happyvalleynorfolk.co.uk

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Below is Denver Rest basking in the Winter Sun. She houses a Real double bed, kitchenette, outdoor kitchen and sits next to our Tawny Hut which serves as a spare bedroom for guests with a super king bed it's laid back luxury at it's best. 

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WATCH THIS SPACE - our Treehouse build starts Feb 2017  

Find Happy Valley on Instagram - @HappyVNorfolk use Hashtag #HappyVNorfolk

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With open spaces and dense woodland there's no excuse to stay and wander to your hearts content.

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Here's a review from Marie who recently came to visit us at Happy Valley - 

We had an absolutely lovely time at Happy Valley. Katy was very welcoming and the accommodation  had everything you need for a few days away in the country. The location was ideal - just a short drive from a plethora of villages and the coast, and the hut itself was beautifully decorated. All in all we had a fantastic time and can't wait to come back in the future.

We'd love to have you stay at Happy Valley or if you'd like to hire the entire site for your Wedding in Norfolk then please do get in touch.

Email - Hello@HappyValleyNorfolk.co.uk or call Katy 01485 600719

 

 

Norfolk Skies over Happy Valley

I'm literally obsessed with Winter Skycapes right now. However many incredible Norfolk Skies I witness i'm always mesmerised by their beauty. Here's a few i've taken in the past couple of weeks in and around Happy Valley.

Norfolk Skies at Happy Valley

We've had many a misty morning clearing out to breath taking sunsets. Seeing Art in Nature constantly inspiring me. Even on the drabbest of days I force myself outside and it never fails to life my mood. And the moon. The moon is something else right now.

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The nights are drawing in but the sunsets make up for it. Here's the Little Massingham Road leading to Happy Valley.

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We've got a couple of weekends Winter Glamping available at Happy Valley - if you'd like to book then please email - hello@happyvalleynorfolk.co.uk or call Katy on 01485 600719 - 07739892144

All our cosy huts are equipped with heaters or Wood buner, have their own private heated shower and toilet. Kitchenette, hob, Woodland Garden, Fire pit etc. Relax, Unwind, Escape for a mini break in Norfolk and soak up some forest bathing or breath taking skyscapes. 

Tribe Norfolk

Lastly, I just wanted to connect with you to let you know of an Instagram Account i've set up for ALL the fine folk of Norfolk - I've met so many amazing people through Social Media and there's an abundance of talent here so I wanted to bring everyone together to form connections and to make others aware of what could be right on your doorstep. Please get involved and use the Hashtag #TribeNorfolk in your Instagram pics or post your creations here so others can find you. Anything Norfolk based, pretty pictures, products, services, charities THE LOT - please pass the news on and recommend to any other fab Norfolk people you think need a mention. Connect, Unite, Tribe Unity, Affiliate, Collaborate, Connect Norfolk and find what's right on your doorstep. 

#TribeNorfolk

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