The Chestnut Bell Tent
- A five-metre bell tent with a full-size double bed (extra fold-outs if needed)
- Gas hob, picnic table, cooking equipment and fire pit provided
- One of three bell tents in the main camping field of a seven-acre campsite
The Owner Says
Made in the UK these tents are something special, having been built on their own wooden platform with no centre pole and internal canopy they come with all the creature comforts you'd need to have a thoroughly enjoyable stay. At five metres across they have a full-size comfy double bed as well as two or three fold out child beds (if required). There is coir matting throughout with torch lanterns, a gas hob, all your cooking equipment/cutlery/plates, your very own picnic table and a fancy fire pit. We also include at no extra cost a solar powered USB unit for charging small electrical items such as mobiles. This bell tent is located in our main camping field which also houses the communal kitchen, our Suffolk Hay Cart, 2 Pixie Huts and the facilities block.
Features & Facilities
Campfires are allowed in the designated fire pits provided and can be hired onsite. There is a homemade Eco pizza oven for use by all. Logs and Kindling can be bought onsite for the pizza oven and firepits. You can bring your own but all logs have to be dried kilned. No electric hook-ups for pitches but we do have plug sockets for charging phones and electric vehicles. A clean toilet/shower block, with 4 separate showers, 6 sinks and 6 toilets, hairdryers, USB ports and UV hand dryers. A small campsite shop onsite sells camping equipment and can re-freeze ice packs for you. A large, outside double sink unit for pot washing. Gislingham village shop is a 15-minute walk away. Thornham walks runs from our campsite, leading to our local Roscoes deli, the Forge Cafe, playground x2, den building area, walled garden, the local fishing lake and a selection of pubs; The four horseshoes, The Whitehorse, Bull Auberge, The Rail way Tavern and neighbouring villages. Dogs are welcome but must remain on leads at all times on our site. Drinking water taps and fire stations throughout the site. Recycling is requested onsite and bins provided in the main car park. cars must remain in the car park at all times other than sleeping vehicles, disability, or dropping off and picking up luggage/camping equipment on arrival and departure. No vehicles allowed past the main field for safety reasons. Easy access to main roads to visit local and countyside attractions, whether that is wild swimming, parks and our local beaches or Pleasurewood Hills theme park, Dinosaur Park, Bewilderwood, Museum of East Anglian Life or Bressingham Steam museum and Gardens etc. There is something for everyone!
Gislingham village shop (01379 788522) is a 15-minute walk away and there’s also a play area on the green for little ones. ‘Thornham Walks’ is directly accessible from the site – 12 miles of waymarked footpaths (open daily 9am–6pm April–Oct; shorter hours outside this period). It’s a mile and a half to Thornham Fishery (07810 653600), with 3 mature well-stocked lakes – don’t forget your rod and rod licence if you want to give it a go! By car, the Museum of East Anglian Life (01449 612229) is 20 minutes away. Set over 70 acres, there is plenty for everyone, including steam engines, a farm zoo, gypsy caravans and events throughout the year.
Food & Drink
The Thornham Estate’s Forge Tea Room (01379 788566) and Roscoe's Deli (01379 783373) are a 20-minute walk away and serve lunch and dinner. Or try the Four Horseshoes pub (01379 678777) at the other end of Thornham Magna, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is about a 30-minute walk.
Bring bikes or good walking shoes to wear the kids out or head to the playground on the local village green. Then enjoy the wildlife and the peace and quiet of this smallsville rural campsite run by a father and son team.
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To find the campsite from the A140, follow the signs to the Thornham Walks and continue past the Walks entrance , continuing along Gislingham Road for about a mile and then turn right soon after seeing a 'school' sign and 'Slow' marked on the road – there is a Swattesfield Campsite sign on a tree to the left marking the entrance to the site on the right. And if you're travelling from the opposite direction through Gislingham: exit the village past the Church and towards Thornham Magna. About 1/2 mile out of the village and soon after travelling under a train tunnel you will see a 'school' sign and 'Slow' marked on the road – there is a Swattesfield Campsite sign marking the entrance which will be on the left. Continue up the farm track about 60 metres and turn into the campsite car park on the right hand site entrance.
The nearest station is Diss (6 miles away) which is on the direct mainline from London Liverpool Street and often stops at Manningtree, Colchester, Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich. It's only an hour and a half from London and there are usually cabs waiting at the station (although we would advise to book in advance) or you can put your bike on the train and cycle.