Heydon Grove Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Holt

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
Safari tent stays on a North Norfolk farm, 15 minutes from Blickling Hall and 30 minutes from the coast

Life at Heydon Grove Farm in North Norfolk has been pretty much unchanged for years. The same family has farmed this land for four generations and, in the village down the road, the most modern building dates from 1887. It was about the same time that tourists started flocking to the coast at Cromer, 15 miles away. And they never stopped. Over time, North Norfolk has become known as a UK holiday hotspot and, as a result, it's spurred Heydon Grove Farm to embrace just a little bit of change; opening the farm gates to guests so that you can enjoy it too.

Heydon Grove is a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and its old-world charm seems particularly appropriate in this setting. Log burners and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms are particular highlights – along with the more modern touch of an en-suite loo. While you’ll find a similar set up at every Feather Down farm, the on-site experience is unique, as hosting is left in the capable hands of partner farmers.

Here, at Heydon Grove Farm, that’s Rory. He, or one of his family, will welcome you to the site and show you to your tent; one of five in a flat farmer’s field. They have big skies, far-reaching countryside views and shared showers a short walk away. He’ll also let you know if there’s a tractor-ride tour during your stay and show you where you can collect fresh eggs in the morning. There’s a children’s play area, an honesty shop, pizza oven and bikes for hire too.

The flat country roads around the site are the perfect place for a ride with nearby Heydon village the first stop on any tour. This conservation village seems trapped in time. It’s privately owned by the residents of nearby Heydon Hall, an Elizabethan manor house with parkland you’re welcome to explore. Further afield, the obvious attraction is the coast, a 30-minute drive away. There’s crabbing at Cromer, seal watching at Blakeney point and seaside fun at Sheringham; traditional, timeless fun in a traditional, timeless place.



Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Bedding and towels are supplied. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue and a fire pit. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has a space for games and play equipment, and undercover arts and crafts room for kids and an honesty shop.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, couples, dogs – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.


The closest village to the site is pretty Heydon village (two miles away) where there's a pub, a few shops and the Elizabethan Heydon Hall. It is a private family home, but visitors are welcome to walk in the surrounding parkland. A little further on (six miles from site), the Blickling Estate (01263 738030, birthplace of Anne Boleyn, is open to visitors. The beaches of the North Norfolk Coast, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are less than 15 miles away. There's traditional seaside fun at Sheringham, crabbing at Cromer and seal spotting at Blakeney National Nature Reserve, all within a half-hour drive. Historic Norwich with its medieval streets is less than 20 miles away.

Food & Drink

There's an on-site honesty shop with a few basic supplies for the campsite plus you can book barbecue, breakfast and fruit boxes (direct with the farm in advance of your stay). In Heydon (two miles from site) you can head to The Earle Arms (01263 587376) for a pub meal or to Heydon Village Tea Shop for a cream tea (01263 587211). Reepham, five miles from site, has a couple of further options for eating out, a good butchers and a convenience store. There's also a village shop. Don't miss your chance to try fresh crab or fish and chips at Cromer, where there are plenty of options for eating out.



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The Owner Says

Heydon Grove Farm can be found in the midst of beautiful Norfolk countryside and close to the seaside town of Cromer. Heydon Grove Farm is a family-run farm that goes back four generations, close to the quaint towns of Sheringham, Holt and 12 miles from the historic city of Norwich.

Heydon Grove is an arable farm growing crops such as malting barley, sugar beet and haylage. The farm also plays host to neighbouring farms’ herd of cows, chickens, farm dogs and a cat – who loves nothing better than a good cuddle and a treat. You’ll also be able to collect your own eggs from the farm’s chickens every morning.

This farm is a fantastic natural playground for young and old alike. The little ones can explore the play area with swings, a slide, a climbing frame or the indoor arts and crafts room for the wet days. Discover the natural surroundings of the farm and enjoy fun activities by biking around the small country lanes of Heydon. Local tractor rides can be organised as well but must be requested in advance.

In this rural idyll, there is still luxury to be enjoyed at Heydon Grove. Each tent has its own cooking stove and a BBQ area on-site to cook your hearty stews. There are also washing facilities for you to make use of. There are plenty of succulent BBQ meats, breakfast and fruit boxes available on request. If you have any special requirements, please let the farm know in advance. At Heydon Grove, friendly dogs are welcome to enjoy this Norfolk farm holiday too.

Close to the farm, you can visit the beautiful church of St Peter & St Paul’s Church and the Heydon Hall, both buildings steeped in history. Heydon Hall is an Elizabethan house and the village of Heydon has an award-winning pub where you can treat yourself to fresh seafood and local ale.

Take a 30-minute drive to the coastal town of Cromer where you will enjoy multiple attractions in the area. Walk along the coast and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the sea. Visit the medieval city of Norwich and explore the preserved buildings of Norwich Cathedral and the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. There are a lot of activities to occupy visitors young and old on this Feather Down Norfolk experience.

Social Distancing Measures

All available accommodations will have private facilities. Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected, and ventilated for you prior to your arrival.

If you or a family member are feeling sick or have been confirmed, we ask you to contact our booking office as soon as possible and for you to not come to our location. We will rebook your stay to another date.

Arrival and departure times have been amended for an extra cleaning routine

When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host.

During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed.

The pizza evening has been adapted or cancelled

The farm tour has been adapted or cancelled


Five safari tents in a farmer's field.

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Getting There

From Norwich, head north by joining Cromer Road/A140 briefly then choose Reepham Road (towards Reepham) for two-and-a-half miles. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Drayton Lane and then the second exit at the next roundabout to stay on that road. Next, turn left on to the B1149/Holt Road. Stay on this road for about eight miles until you reach a crossroads. Turn left, signposted for Heydon. After two miles, turn right onto Heydon Road and after a further mile turn left on to Blackwater Lane. Take another left after about 400 yards to arrive at Heydon Grove Farm.

This rural area really requires a car (unless you are a seasoned cyclist and can travel from the closest train station to the site under your own steam). The closest stations are on the coast but to reach them you pass through Norwich, which is not much further (17 miles, just over 30 minutes' drive) so getting off there is the most sensible option.


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