Suffolk Hay Cart
- Sleeps 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
- Cooking facilities
- Beds Provided
- In room Wifi
- Pet Friendly
- Bed Linen Not Included
A snug converted hay cart that’s perfect for couples or families of up to four on a Suffolk campsite with its own lake and woodland.
- A unique converted hay cart with a double bunk bed and log burner
- Gas hob, cooking equipment, picnic bench and fire pit area provided
- The prime position on a seven-acre campsite with views across the main camping field
The Owner Says
Our Suffolk Hay Cart is perfect for up to two adults and two children. An exclusive for Swattesfield and converted by hand, there is a double bed with another double underneath for two little ones to share making the Hay Cart a real cosy camping experience. The accommodation comes complete with all the equipment needed to cook for yourself, either on the gas hob or the open fire, and there's a handy picnic table for al fresco meals. We also provide your own covered awning to give you extra space outside. At night, load up the log burner inside and keep yourself toasty under the covers.
Features & FacilitiesCampfires allowed in the pits provided and there is a homemade pizza oven for use by all. No hook-ups. Simple but clean toilet block, with 4 showers, 6 sinks and 6 toilets. A small shop sells camping equipment and can re-freeze ice packs for you. Library for use and board games to borrow. A large, outside double sink unit for pot washing. Gislingham village shop is a 15-minute walk away.
ActivitiesGislingham 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 & DrinkThe Thornham Estate’s Forge Tea Room (01379 783035) and Thornham Coach House (01379 783373) are a 15–20-minute walk away and serve lunch and dinner. Or try the Four Horseshoes pub (01379 678777) in nearby Thornham Magna, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is about a 25-minute walk.
Family FriendlyBring 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.
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. 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.