Grab a camp chair and check out our ultimate guide to glamping in Norfolk. Not a mallet or sleeping bag insight!
If you’re done with pitching tents and packing up half the house for a few nights of bad sleep – check out our guide to the best ‘glamping’ in Norfolk.
Trust me – all the Muddy comfort boxes have been ticked. I don’t know about ‘them’ but I always say “a happy mummy is a happy camp!”
It’s certainly a blooming business, so feel free to share any I’ve missed – we’d love to hear your recommendations too.
Best Choice of Locations, Amber Tents, various
Amber Bell Tents has a range of small, family friendly sites across Norfolk including Mannington Hall, Wiveton Hall, Hoveton Estate (next door to BeWILDerwood) and Walcis Farm.
Each offering something a little bit special from outdoor adventure to wild swimming to fruit picking.
The kids and I recently stayed at the brand new Hoveton Hall site and had a fabulous weekend getting back to nature. Every little detail has been considered – good quality beds & bedding, cooking facilities, vintage kitchenware, lanterns, picnic benches and a fire pit. Plus the facilities are top notch – hot water showers, play areas and even phone charging points – phew!
Prices start at £145 (peak) and £95 (off peak) per night.
Best Activity, MarGin Glamping, North Norfolk Coast
Walk and glamp the beautiful Norfolk Coast and the guys at Margins will set up your safari tent accommodation along the way.
Choose from four walks, each varying in distance between 32-84 miles and you’ll receive a comprehensive pack with maps and local information. All the glamping sites are located close to the coastal path, your bags will be waiting for you and everything is provided for a good nights rest. Plus wake each morning to a breakfast hamper full of local fresh goodies.
Mr O and I will be reviewing at the end of the month and I will be sharing lots of great places to eat and drink along the way.
Prices start at £180 for three days and two nights based on two sharing. (32 mile walk)
Best Boutique, The Grove Hotel, Cromer
Glamp in style at The Grove Hotel and have access to their 2AA Rosette restaurant, indoor swimming pool and Massage Hut.
Five Mongolian yurts, sleep between 4 and 8 people and have all the creature comforts plus fire pits, BBQ’s and hammocks. You can pre-order a food hamper to make your stay that little bit easier or if you’ve had enough of camp cooking, treat yourself to breakfast, lunch or dinner in the main house!
The mudlings will be amused for hours bouncing between the pool and garden with its table tennis, tree house and play area. Plus there’s a secret path down to the beach and the traditional seaside town of Cromer.
Prices start at £240 for four people for two nights.
Best off the grid, Gorsey Meadow, Hockering
Gorsey Meadow is the type of place you book if you want to take your foot off the pedal and let the kids run feral for a few days.
The site has five bell tents and the owners offer a bespoke booking service to make sure groups are well matched and positioned on the site. From the welcome basket with nature note books for the kids to the tailoring of duvets and decoration by age, gender and occasion – every stay is magical.
There is a flushing toilet and shower (with hot water) both in cute little recycled sheds. There’s also an honesty shop with snacks and essentials, a games shed, a washing up station, fire pits, bug hotel, swing and a small marquee with toys to shelter from sun and rain.
Prices start at £230 for a two night midweek stay and £250 for a two night weekend stay .
Best Pop Up – Bumble Bell Tents, wherever you want!
Just like a pop up hotel, each tent is fully dressed with luxurious touches – from high spec bedding, cushions and faux fur, ambient lighting and macrame magic.
Putting the sexy into camping, there’s a range of bell tent hire options available from Basic Bee to Queen Bee and my personal favourite – a festival Bee Hive for friends and family.
Lots of helpful extras are available to book – food packages, kids equipment and toys and even an Emperor tent which can be used for an adult only chill out zone or a kid’s play area – depending on your parenting style!
Pick your location and they’ll do the rest – camping will never be quite the same again!
Prices per night start from Basic Bee £100 midweek/£135 weekend, Bee Comfy £125 midweek/£175 weekend, Queen Bee £200 weekends only and Bee Hive £2000 for x10 Queen Bee tents.
Best Woodland Magic, Happy Valley, Grimston, West Norfolk
Happy Valley is nestled in 9 acres of whimsical woodland and offers a mix of shepherd’s huts, tree temples, and bell tents. Or if you fancy a going five star – Toad Hall is their woodland lodge with private hot tub, underfloor heating, wet room and king size accommodation.
For the Mudlings, you’ll find books/games, rope swings and acres of ancient woods to explore. For adults – a wood-fired hot tub is available to book, hammocks to relax in and a fire pit for a spot of night time marshmallow toasting.
Prices vary based on accommodation and number of people.
Best for Dogs, The Little Beach Bell Company, Tiffey Valley, Wymondham
Because dogs deserve a holiday too, right?
This small and intimate camping experience is based at Walnut Tree Meadow on Barnards Farm which is also home to ‘Centre Paws’ – an activity centre offering dog therapies, grooming and all round holiday fun for you and your dog.
Stay in one of five bell tents supplied by The Little Beach Hut Company and pamper your pooch with a cut and blow dry, agility training or simply let them run free in the fully enclosed exercise field.
This is a little more basic – camp beds, blankets, BBQ and a few camping necessities such as a lantern are provided and you can pre-order extras such as chairs, games and cool boxes. There’s a toilet, a hot shower and washing up facilities plus fresh produce can be bought from the farm for your morning fry up.
Dog friendly tearoom on site (obviously), farm walks and even a pet sitting service if you fancy a night off!
Prices start from £80 per night, £140 for a weekend and £275 Monday – Friday. Based on two sharing – additional person per night £5 and under 3s free.
Best Lodges, Wild Luxury, North Norfolk
Wild meets luxury at three private North Norfolk camps – Thornham Bay, The Hideaway and The Wild Camp.
A mix of award-winning Serengeti & Zambezi Lodges at Thornham and The Hideaway – all within walking distance of the beach and great places to eat, drink and shop along the coast.
The Wild Camp has five comfortable bell tents and is available for exclusive hire only – so great for friends and family group getaways.
Tons of things to do for the kids on all three sites – including a tree swing, volleyball, a zip line and lots of den building opportunities. And for the ladies – there’s a ‘Pamper Pod’ at Thornham Bay with hair dryers/straighteners, make-up stations and spa treatments available upon request.
Various optional extras available – breakfast hamper, baby equipment, fire pits and even a ‘Silent Disco’ pack!
Prices vary based on lodge size, campsite and season but as a guide they start from approximately £650 for a three night break in a Serengeti Lodge (sleeps six) and £1095 for the Wild Camp exclusive hire (sleeps 12).
Best Tree houses, West Lexham, West Lexham Manor
A mix of one and two storey eco-friendly tree houses, bell tents and self catering cottages set in 21 acres. The estate is an eco-friendly paradise, run on over 90% renewable energy and full of spaces just waiting to be explored. Fields, woods, tennis courts, boating lake (life jackets provided) – nowhere is off limits.
I was lucky enough to stay in ‘Sunrise’ last year – think hippie chic meets Little House on the Prairie. I loved the willow staircase to the mezzanine, the stained glass windows and the large balcony overlooking fields and rivers.
Don’t fear – all the essential mod cons are present; fridge, kettle, small hob, microwave, crockery, wood burner and heating. Plus if you’re feeling the communal vibe, you can head over to the shared outdoor kitchen with it’s pizza oven and fire-pit.
The toilet and shower block are worthy of note – definitely boutique hotel standard. There’s even a bathtub – a sigh of relief if you’ve ever taken babies or small tots camping and struggled getting them in a shower.
Best Party Glamp, The Fire Pit, Wendling
Surrounded by seven acres of countryside, the Fire Pit has everything you need to create a fun festival style getaway.
Exclusively available for private group hire, the site includes six bell tents, a furnished warehouse bar, Leila the Retro Double-Decker Bus and Priscilla the Vintage Mini Caravan. Plus the pièce de résistance – the penthouse if you like – The Wren’s Nest. This amazing willow domed structure is one of only two in the world you can stay in.
I loved the shabby chic relaxed vibe and could easily imagine being here with groups of friends sitting around the fire pit in the comfy armchairs with the retro lamp shades whilst hoards of kids run around playing in the fields and on the double decker bus.
If you fancy popping along to check it out – every Friday the Warehouse bar is open between 5 – 11pm serving great cocktails and street food.