Our site is located in Ditchingham on the former site of the All Hallows Community Convent. The Sisters of All Hallows kindly offered our community a long-term base and premises set in several acres in the tranquil convent grounds and we first opened our doors to companions in 2011.
Our furniture showrooms are housed in 19th century Gothic red brick buildings. At our site you will find a maze of corridors, archways, windows and staircases worth a visit for the architecture alone.
Customers are welcome to wander the ground floor at their leisure. Many of the original features remain intact, including fireplaces, decorative scriptures and an impressive gallery in what was the Sisters’ refectory.
Julie Eason, Emmaus customer.
I love this place, the architecture, the gardens, the apples in the orchard, the children’s play area, the shopping, the workshop, the companions, the staff, all lovely.
There is a small courtyard garden, with customer seating and sunshades for hotter days. Even on clear winter days it’s a great spot to take a tea or coffee out from The Old Orchard Cafe.
The courtyard garden leads out into a lovely apple orchard. Drifts of snowdrops, followed by daffodils, fruit blossoms and a huge crop extend seasonal interest. There are lots of old English apple varieties which we press for juice every year and for the eager eyed a quince and medlar tree too.
In the orchard, we have a children’s play area to keep the kids entertained before or after your shop. Stepping stones, a wobble board, small adventure trail and family sized swig nest make it great fun for all ages.
With the Godric, Angles and Peddars Way all within a couple of miles we make for a great starting point or lovely diversion on many of the Waveney Valley walking and cycling routes. Outney Common is a couple of miles down the road so for the more adventurous why not combine us with a canoe trip down the beautiful river Waveney.