August 2023

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April 12, 2024



The bedrooms are:

3 – Southwold

10 – Woodbridge 

11 – Alde

Meanwhile at West Lodge Park …

Life doesn’t stand still at West Lodge Park either, with improvements around the hotel including:

The overflow car park received new white lining and the main car park received new tarmac in parts. 

Congratulations to…

To :
Chris Hall and team for the award of a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for WLP.
Ashley Beale and team for the award of 5* Scores on the Doors at SAX for food hygiene
(we have the same award already at WLP).
Richard Young, Chris Hall and Emma Beale for sales at WLP to the end of March which broke all records.
Ashley Beale and Chris Hall for excellent Tripadvisor ratings, both hotels currently 4.5/5 or 90% respectively.

To :
the following Simply the Best winners: Alex Howse – Francesca Marcia – Michelle Larner – Brodie Duffy

March 2023

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March 11, 2023



Phase two starts shortly, and will add three more luxury bedrooms, more dining space in The Coach Room, a lift to the first floor, a small reception area, and an upgraded terrace outside.

Exciting plans to come include a new front lounge scheme, a new reception area scheme, a revamp of the Mary Beale Restaurant and Terrace Bar, new schemes for many bedrooms and bathrooms and an improved front car park.

Outside in The Beale Arboretum, we have planted dozens of new trees, including more Giant Redwoods to add to our burgeoning collection, and many donated specimen trees from Kew Gardens. The winter weather has been cold and dry, and we really need a wet month or two for the grounds to recover from the drought of last year.

Bedrooms, restaurant tables, special events etc are all easily bookable online on

And sales are up over 8% at West Lodge Park compared to the previous year, a good result considering the economic headwinds we are trading in, the cost of living crisis impacting on our guests and staff and with electricity costing us £1000 per day at West Lodge Park alone……

After many years we have parted ways with Handelsbanken for our banking arrangements and have moved to The Co Op bank, and we look forward to an excellent relationship with them over the years to come.

In 1995, my grandfather, father and I planted 50 hornbeam trees at WLP to commemorate 50 years of the Beale family at the hotel, and to celebrate our success in gaining the National Collection status for our collection of hornbeams (Carpinus betulus)

We built ironwork to support the trees, and strung straining wires between the posts, tying the branches together to create a pleached hornbeam hedge.

We always knew that one day the hedge would be strong enough to support itself, and that day is today, some 28 years later, as we are taking down the ironwork and wires at last.

Paolo and Dominic are taking out all the ironwork using a powerful petrol angle grinder (pic), and for the first time in those 28 years the magnificent hedge will be self-supporting.

February 2022

Published on 

February 11, 2022




Estates News!

ew Lodge – one of our key staff accommodation buildings has received a £35k makeover with new facilities, decorations and furniture.

This is planting season in the Beale Arboretum, and many new trees are now in the ground including several Sequoiadendron giganteum varieties for what we hope will be our fourth National Collection in due course. You can see the up to date Arboretum news here

Look out too for special bedroom offers including Winter WarmerNew Year Escape and Settle in Sunday