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Seaplane treat for visitors to estate

PUBLISHED: 12:45 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 05 July 2010

The Cessna 182 seaplane

The Cessna 182 seaplane

FOR thousands of people the picturesque Somerleyton estate is a perfect place to spend a day wandering around the tranquil countryside.

But soon visitors will be feeling sky high as they enjoy a unique bird's eye view of the sprawling historic estate from a seaplane.

FOR thousands of people the picturesque Somerleyton estate is a perfect place to spend a day wandering around the tranquil countryside.

But soon visitors will be feeling sky high as they enjoy a unique bird's eye view of the sprawling historic estate from a seaplane.

From September 25 to 29 a specially adapted Cessna will take off from the estate's Fritton Lake to give people a breathtaking view of one of East Anglia's most scenic vistas.

The 15- or 30-minute journey for one or two passengers will traverse the skies over the estate with flight paths to include the neighbouring Burgh Castle, Norfolk Broads and resorts of Lowestoft and Southwold.

Although private planes have landed on the Somerleyton estate in the past, it will be the first time that a seaplane will offer trips to the public.

And if eagle-eyed passengers are lucky, they may even spot estate owner the Hon Hugh Crossley taking a stroll with his new fiancée Lara Bailey.

Spokeswoman for the estate Jennie Durham said: “Mr Crossley has been thinking about having a seaplane on the lake for a while. He thought it would be an unusual and very nice way to view the estate and the surrounding area.”

The Cessna 182 with Aerocet amphibious floats is the only floatplane of its kind operating in the south of England and will be flown by former British airways pilot John Russell.

Flights cost £120-£280 depending on the duration and number of passengers. For details or to book a flight, call 01493 484008.


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