Hazel

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Fakenham ABTC @ at Little Massingham Estate

  • Sleeps 5 (max 2 adults, 4 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
A vintage-themed bell tent where you can sleep under canvas in the grounds of a Jacobean manor house on the Norfolk coast.

  • A barbecue, grill and picnic bench are included for outdoor cooking and eating
  • A wood-burning stove and beds with linen provided help keep your bell tent cosy
  • One of just five bell tents in the grounds of Wiveton Hall

The Owner Says

These 5 metre deluxe bell tents are fabulously roomy. At 12' high in the centre, there's plenty of wiggle room, and with a massive 5 metre diameter, they provide a palatial pad for two, a perfect nest for a couple's retreat and plentiful room for the whole family.

If you're new to bell tent camping, the benefits are not just in size. Camping under natural cotton canvas is a completely different sleeping experience to the standard polyester tent. No waking up feeling parched and sweaty. The breathable nature of the material, together with the four big vents the tents have, means you are actually sleeping in the fresh air. The vents and the main door have a separate bug screen, allowing the air to circulate through the tent, which all in all is very conducive to a good night's rest.

You will also have a wood burning stove in your fully furnished tent, everything you'll need for cooking and eating, a fire pit and BBQ as well as access to Wivetons shop, award winning cafe and pick your own fruit farm.

Features & Facilities

The cotton canvas bell tents are fully furnished, featuring single and double beds (depending on your needs) and all bedding and linen included. Wood burners, storage and soft furnishings inside, plus a kitchen box equipped with utensils and vintage dishware. Outside each tent, you'll find a picnic table and fireside log seating and a BBQ/firepit. An ancient agricultural barn has been converted into a communal space, with light airy windows in the middle and a good space for relaxing and picnicking outside – there's also a wood-fired pizza oven here you can use. A brand-new, purpose-built washblock has three showers and three loos, plus washing up facilities. Tents are situated in a dell and young woodland, so space aplenty for play and adventure, with rope swings in the trees and nature discovery packs for littl'uns keen to get up close and personal with their natural surroundings.

Activities

If you go back down the entrance track you pop out onto a quiet lane that was once a Roman road and now forms part of the Peddars Way, a 50-mile-long trail that runs from Thetford and the centre of Norfolk out to the coast (where it joins the Norfolk Coast Path). It’s about 14 miles to this confluence at Holme (just under half an hour by car) but the whole stretch of coastline around that area is beautiful and diverse. If you want big sandy beaches, try Brancaster or Holkham Bay. If you fancy spotting wildlife, try Titchwell, Blakeney, Cley or Morston Quay. If you want history try Sandringham or Holkham Hall (or, nearest, and en-route to the coast, Houghton Hall). The handy thing about the curvature of Norfolk’s coastline is that most seaside spots are pretty much equidistant from the glamping site. It’s not all about the coast, though. There’s a nice walk from your bell tent over the fields to the pub in Great Massingham, a picturesque village with two duck ponds, and English Heritage-owned Castle Acre Priory (0370 333 1181) is just a 10-minute drive away.

Food & Drink

It takes about 15 minutes to cycle or 45 minutes to walk to the Dabbling Duck (01485 520827) overlooking the village green in Great Massingham. It’s a well-named pub given the village’s picturesque pair of duck ponds, which always have plenty of feathered occupants, and it’s a fine spot for an evening meal or a pint. A tad further, but in the direction of the coast, the Rose & Crown (01485 521807) is another fabulous option, with a slightly more off-the-beaten track feel. While, out on the coast, the village of Thornham has a range of options, from good gastro pubs to a nice deli, a farm shop, fish’n’chips and even a café in a Mongolian yurt.

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