Top tips on choosing your wedding venue

Samantha PillingWeddings

Top Tips Choosing Wedding Venue

Your wedding venue is going to be one of the biggest decisions you’re going to make. Not only will it take up a huge chunk of your overall wedding budget, it also needs to portray your character, fit in with your wedding theme, cater for the number of guests you’re looking to invite and be available! Most wedding venues get … Read More

The Victorian sunken garden

Samantha PillingHistory, The Gardens

Rose Basket

Sir William Gilbert added the sunken rose garden at Grim’s Dyke in the late 19th Century. Sunken rose gardens became very popular in the Victorian area, growing in popularity throughout the Edwardian period of the early 1900s. It could be that Sir William added in this delightful secluded area, as he knew how much Lady Gilbert loved gardening – and … Read More

Ten things you MUST see in London

Samantha PillingEntertainment

Visiting London

Grim’s Dyke hotel is conveniently situated in Harrow Weald, just outside the main hustle and bustle of London. However, it’s also near three train stations and, with the M1 just under 3 miles away, you can easily visit London in as little as 13 minutes by train or under an hour, if travelling by car. If you’re looking to spend … Read More

Murder Mystery at The Grim’s Dyke

Samantha PillingEntertainment

Murder Mystery

  Grim’s Dyke has often been used as a film and TV location, providing the perfect backdrop for everything from comedy and romance, through to murder and intrigue. Its dramatic architecture and typically English interior provide the perfect environment for the ever-popular murder mystery. The Grim’s Dyke as a film location In the late 60’s, Grim’s Dyke was used as … Read More

MGM musicals

Samantha PillingEntertainment

GIGI

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) dominated the box office in the 1930’s. They were one of the largest, most glamorous and revered film studios in Hollywood and credited for inventing the Hollywood stable of stars’ system; developing budding stars and making them appealing to audiences. Their motto was Ars Gratia Artis – meaning art for art’s sake and their goal was … Read More

Cream teas at Grim’s Dyke – a quintessentially English treat

Samantha PillingFood and Drink

Cream Tea

Traditionally an afternoon speciality of Devon and Cornwall, cream teas are now enjoyed throughout the entire country. We at Grim’s Dyke believe that nothing quite beats a nice hot cup of tea, served with a generous warm scone, smothered in strawberry jam and clotted cream… and that’s why we serve them as a delightful afternoon treat, in the Drawing Room, … Read More

The Victorian Cottingley Fairies hoax

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COTTINGLEY HEADER

In 1919, two young girls captured the imagination of the public, along with spiritualists and theosophical societies alike, with their photographs of fairies. Taken at the end of their garden, Elsie Wright and Francis Griffiths had captured the first ever photographic evidence that fairies existed – and the Cottingley Fairies were born. The Cottingley Fairies were a set of five … Read More

Giant Rhubarb (Gunnera Manicata)

Samantha PillingThe Gardens

Giant Rhubarb (Gunnera Manicata)

Here in the grounds of Grim’s Dyke, we have an amazing specimen plant that can grow up to 2.5 metres tall, with a spread of up to 4 metres. Commonly known as the Giant Rhubarb, this plant adorned many a stately garden – and is it any wonder? This prehistoric-looking plant cuts and imposing figure in any large garden, with … Read More

How to choose flowers for your wedding day

Samantha PillingWeddings

Wedding Flowers Grims Dyke Blog

There’s a massive amount of planning to be done, once you’ve agreed to get married. Initially, your focus will be on the all-important wedding dress and venue however, once those key factors are in place, your attention will inevitably turn to your wedding floral arrangements. So, how do you choose what flowers to have on your wedding day? Here’s some … Read More

It’s not too late to organise a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend

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Grims Dyke Heart Chocolate Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day gives you the perfect opportunity to organise a surprise for your loved one, and the idea of a romantic weekend away is one of the most favoured of surprises. However, we often think these weekend surprises take a lot of organisation, as well as a long timeline; but this isn’t always the case. Here at Grim’s Dyke, we … Read More