Amber's Bell Tent Camping at Mannington Hall Amber's Bell Tent Camping

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Sheringham & Cromer

  • 10m + spacing between camping pitches
  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Contactless check in
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Short walk to the pub
Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens

Mannington Hall is perhaps the quintessential English country house. A little outside the village of Itteringham, this stately Norfolk pile is straight from the pages of Country Life. This 15th-century moated manor is all medieval turrets and arched casement windows, but the real draw are Mannington's spectacular gardens. With a dizzying array of plants and trees (over 1,000 varieties of roses alone), the various contemporary and heritage gardens are a feast for the senses. There's a walled garden, willow tunnel and even a secluded classical temple. Landscaped lakes in the sprawling grounds boast a water meadow who's vibrant flowers are a magnet for dragonflies, kingfishers and even the occasional otter. Oh, to call this English country garden home. Well...  

Fringed by an oak dell, Amber's Bell Tents occupies a three-acre field that overlooks the water meadows beyond Mannington's gardens. The realisation of a long held dream, camping fan Amber and family had the inspired idea of hooking up with Mannington's committed conservationist owners, Lord and Lady Walpole, to present a luxurious, low-impact bell tent site. They actually began in the gardens themselves but, like a prized horse, were turned out into the larger field to enjoy more luscious, greener grasses. They've now been up and running for a few years and it's fair to say Amber's is a place that is immensely popular. It's not hard to see why.

Airy and spacious, Amber's 5m, bunting-adorned tents are made of breathable natural cotton – the perfect antidote to stuffy polyester tents. There are between three and seven, as the season changes, and all are kitted out with cute vintage touches – the applecart tables-cum-storage boxes, a nice little nod to Norfolk's famous cider orchards. It's a proper glamper's scene, with double beds, wood burners, rugs, fairy lights, lanterns and a cool box and cook kit. Yet for all the comforts it's still about being outdoors. The tents even have an awning so you can spend the evening losing yourself to the light-pollution-free night sky.

To make your stay that extra little bit fuss-free, there is an onsite tea room for your afternoon snacks and bespoke catering options can be taken in advance – all celebrating the best of local produce. Amber's onsite honesty shop is also stocked with the essentials you'll need for a good campfire, plenty of wood and fuel so you can toast those marshmallows into the last of the wee hours.  

With so much to do in Mannington itself from badminton and boules, to woodland walks, to childrens' nature courses ('The Minnows'), you may need reminding of the fact that the Broads and North Norfolk Coast (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) beckon just down the road.

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Details

Facilities

Tents sleep up to 5. Single and double beds are provided depending on your needs and all bedding is included. Outside, you'll find a picnic table (per tent), combi bbq/firepit, plus a kitchen box equipped with utensils and vintage dishware. There's a washing up tap on the field for dirty dishes, plus loos and showers in the gardens about 200 metres from the tents. There's also an onsite honesty shop for fire essentials like kindling, charcoal, firewood and candles. Mannington Hall and Gardens are yours to explore. Nature packs for kids plus complimentary badminton and boules on offer. Extra partnerships the campsite boasts means campers can arrange for an intent massage from a local sports therapist or can have bikes dropped at the site to rent with no extra charge for delivery.

Suitable For

Glampers only. No tent camping or campervans. No dogs.

Nearby

With Norwich, the Broads and the North Norfolk Coast practically on your doorstep, there's no shortage of great days out. The CanoeMan (0845 4969177) gives guided tours of these iconic waterways, while Holkham Bay is one of the latter's finest beaches. Nearby Holt is surprisingly bohemian, with a good selection of fashionable independent shops and restaurants. For the litt'luns, Bewilderwood (01692 633033) is an award-winning woodland adventure park with rope bridges, zip-lines and treehouses. In case you haven't had your fill of stately piles, Holkham Hall (01328 710806), Felbrigg Hall ( 01263 837444), and Walsingham Abbey and Gardens (01328 820510) are all within easy reach. You can also cycle the picturesque lanes surrounding Mannington (you won't lose your way thanks to the complimentary cycle maps).

Food & Drink

Mannington Hall has its own tea shop and campers can contact Helen from the tea room before they stay to pre-order hampers, cakes, campfire stews, and other treats. Aylsham and Holt boast a couple of award-winning butchers – G F White (01263 732264) and P S Butchers (01263 713227), respectively. As for decent locals, The Walpole Arms (01263 587258) takes some beating. Just a mile from the site, this 18th century pub's traditional charms belie it's modern menu. The Walpole has won the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand Prize ten years in a row. Be sure to explore their stunning garden too.

Opening Times

Late March – Autumn.

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The Owner Says

We are a family run, bell tent campsite, set in the grounds of a beautiful hall. We provide fully equipped bell tents, alongside a wood fired sauna, pizza oven and acres of stunning grounds and nature.

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Social Distancing Measures

We are really lucky at Mannington as we have a lot of space on the glamping field, which is in itself a good 3 acres, and is surrounded by big wild open space. We usually run with 10 tents here.  We will have 10 up but are reducing capacity to 6 over the weekend, and 4 during the week, which will enable us to leave the tents for 72 hours after each check out for maximum safety.   We will space the 6 tents out so they have at least 10m between.  We will be providing hand sanitising solutions within and outside of the bathrooms.  We have 6 loos and 3 showers.  We will be enabling a contactless check in service - but will be on the end of the phone if needed.  I hope this helps relieve any anxieties about coming to glamp with us. 

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Accommodation

The 2½ acre field has up to 10 tents, changing from low to high season.

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Fully-equipped 5m Bell Tent in a vintage style

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Getting There

Amber's is just off the B1149 Norwich to Holt Road (turn off at Saxthorpe). For sat nav/Google maps, type in Mannington Hall, Norwich NR11 7BB

Buses from Norwich to Holt to Corpusty. The site is around 2 miles away. Trains to Cromer or Norwich, then you'll need to book a taxi.

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