Murder mysteries – why we love them!

Samantha PillingEntertainment, Latest News

Murder Mystery

One of the most popular entertainment nights we host at Grim’s Dyke hotel, is our comedy Murder Mystery evenings. You get to enjoy a 3-course meal with wine, whilst also turning amateur sleuth, as you watch a full performance from a cast of 6 or 7 professional actors. But why do we British love a good murder mystery – especially as we didn’t even invent them? … Read More

The tradition of wedding favours

Samantha PillingLatest News, Weddings

wedding favours

When it comes to cutting back on the expense of a wedding, the favours you give away to guests could be considered a ‘nice to have’ extra that can easily be cut out altogether – but that would be a huge mistake! The History of Wedding Favours Wedding favours have a long history and a significant one at that. You’re not … Read More

Plant your own herb garden

Samantha PillingLatest News, The Gardens

herb garden

Man has been using herbs, in the kitchen and for health-related reasons, for as long as history has been recorded. The Victorians in particular, loved to use herbs and flowers in their everyday lives – and no Victorian home was complete, without its own herb garden. Herbs such as Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme were the staple herbs of any Victorian kitchen, as is the case … Read More

Host your own dinner party – the W.S. Gilbert way!

Samantha PillingHistory, Latest News

dinner party

Mrs Beeton’s Dinner table Setting During the Victorian era, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and his wife, Lucy, hosted some amazing dinner parties at Grim’s Dyke. They were the talking point of local society, not least because the family lemurs often made an appearance! Victorian dinner parties were all about status, refinement and attention to detail – and Lady Gilbert excelled in these areas. If … Read More

What does your choice of wedding flower say?

Samantha PillingLatest News, Weddings

wedding flower

It’s long been known that flowers can convey a hidden message, with each colour and variety holding a secret key. When it comes to picking your wedding bouquet flowers, for many, it can be a simple case of selecting the most suitable colours for your overall wedding colour scheme – but have you considered what your choice of wedding flower … Read More

How to look after your Roses

Samantha PillingLatest News, The Gardens

roses

Lady Gilbert had her own rose garden in the grounds of Grim’s Dyke and women the world over love to receive them, but how many of us know how to really look after them – regardless of whether they are growing plants or cut flowers? Cut Roses You can tell roses are fresh, by gently squeezing where the petals join the stem … Read More

Filming locations: Grim’s Dyke and your home…?

Samantha PillingEntertainment, Latest News

filming locations

Grim’s Dyke has been a much sought-after filming location for the last 40 plus years. Known for its Gothic-influenced Victorian architecture, typical English interior décor and 40 acres of beautiful garden and woodland, it’s little wonder film and TV production companies want to take advantage – but could your home be used as a film location too? Renting your property … Read More

Top 10 tips for organising your company conference

Samantha PillingFood and Drink, Latest News

company conference

Planning a company conference can seem like a daunting task, when you first attempt it, especially if you have no previous experience. Here are our top 10 tips, to help make organising your conference easier and less stressful! Plan early! When it comes to planning your event, the earlier the better! Good venues are often booked up months (if not … Read More

Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Gondoliers’

Samantha PillingEntertainment, History, Latest News

Gondoliers

The twelfth savoy opera written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan was entitled ‘Gondoliers’ (also known as ‘The King of Barataria’). The satire within this opera was firmly focused on two of Gilbert’s fascinations –class distinction and the absurd convergence of natural persons with the legal system. Gilbert avoided major criticism from the British nobility and monarchy, by setting this … Read More