If you’d asked us – that’s me and fiancée Christine – what our idyllic weekend getaway would be, well we’d have said…
We struck gold coming to West Lexham. We were invited to a weekend that was perhaps not your ultimate idyllic getaway. It was called… well, I think it was nameless in fact – how do you describe a get-together for environmental activists to rediscover their calling in life, bone up on soul-and-mind-enriching campaigning approaches, and re-envision the future of the planet?! But if it sounds full-on, lovely West Lexham helped transform it into a joyous, profound, and incredibly relaxing experience. I wasn’t brave enough to jump into the lake, but Christine loved it after the initial shock wore off and I’m dead set on it when we come back (we will definitely be coming back!).
The open air kitchen is now officially the only way I want to cook and eat, which is proving a bit of a challenge in our London flat. The Saturday night quiz at nearby East Lexham was riotous fun in the nicest way, and the rain thundering down on the marquee drowning out the quizmaster (her voice, not actually drowning her) couldn’t dampen our spirits.
A lovely old farm, a haven, a getaway, a social enterprise, a place to meet likeminded people? All of those really and more. They have new ideas shooting up as quickly as all the plants and trees, it’s like Ground Force on heat. It’s full of energy and so exciting – I’m intrigued to sample the local ales I heard so much about (“we want to turn this part of Norfolk into a champagne region for beer”), see the beehives take off, and more.
How much did we fall in love with West Lexham that weekend? Well… we subsequently booked our wedding there! Read more about Christine and Joe’s intimate woodland wedding with vows beneath a beech tree
By Christine and Joe