Lotus belle tent on a medieval moat in Norfolk

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Norwich Moat Island Glamping

  • Sleeps 5 (max 5 adults, 4 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
Luxury 6-meter lotus belle tent on a medieval moat in rural Norfolk
  • Natural swimming pond to enjoy
  • A wood-burner inside, fire-pit outside to keep you nice and toasty
  • Double bed, double futon sofa bed, plus a single futon sofa bed

The Owner Says

Our Lotus Belle can sleep up to 5 guests, the inside of the tent is a double bed, double futon sofa bed and a single futon sofa bed! All beds are made up with duvets and pillows with 100% cotton sheets and pillow cases.

  • Inside we will supply one torch to help you find your way to the toilet and shower block or one of our composting loo's when it is dark outside!
  • A cool box. Cool packs available in the communal kitchen fridge freezer.
  • A two burner gas stove (outside) and dining ware as follows... plate, bowl and mug for each person, cooking pots, frying pan, kettle, tea/coffee pot, spatula, wooden spoons, serving spoons, masher, sieve, tea/coffee strainer, bottle opener, can opener, cutlery, scourer, tea towels. There will also be a box of basic pantry essentials....oil, salt, pepper and sugar.
  • The fire pit also doubles up as a bbq and has seating around it.
  • Lights and electric inside the Lotus Belle.
  • Cold drinking water taps close by and hot water washing up facilities with washing up liquid in our communal camp kitchen. The kitchen has a full size range cooker and a fridge freezer for campers to use and is a very nice place to socialise and watch the sun go down.
  • Fire starting kit and some wood for the first night supplied. More can be purchased on site.
  • Luxury Loo's and Hot Showers. Two loo's and two showers in each of the Ladies and Gents or if you wish to be greener please use one of our compost loo's.
  • Mobile reception is limited here but 4G is available to most providers.
  • There is a restaurant called The Rat Catchers just outside the estate. It takes 5 minutes to cycle there or 15 to walk! Also Cawston and Reepham are only a few miles away.

Features & Facilities

Tents sleep up to four people with a proper master bed and then the option of futon or sofa-bed-style extras (bedding, linen and towels provided for all except in the BYOB Stargazer). Tents also have electricity, storage, seating, rug floors, wood burners, kitchenwares and a kettle, plus, in the stargazer tents, clear panel ceilings for enjoying the night sky. Luxury toilet and shower block (two toilets and two showers in each of the ladies and gents), plus compost toilets dotted around the site. An outdoor communal kitchen with a fridge freezer, range cooker, sink, pots, pans, utensils and a big long dining table. Campfires allowed and BBQ provided. Natural swimming pool.

Activities

10 miles from Norwich, 10 miles from the Norfolk Broads and 15 miles from the coast, Moat Island Glamping is outside of the honeypot spots – it's quiet and rural around Haveringland – but well placed to make the most of them. It's a half-hour drive to the best of the beaches and 20 minutes to Coltishall where you can rent canoes (or 25 to Wroxham which is a bigger boating centre). There are other attractions closer to home: The National Trust-owned Blickling estate (15 minutes; 01263 738030) is a great place to go for a walk. The pay-to-enter gardens and house are full of history or you can just explore the wider estate (free apart from the parking) and have a picnic beside the lake. There's a good café in an old stables beside the car park, too, and a decent pub. The National Trust also owns Felbrigg Hall (01263 837444) and Sheringham Park (01263 820550), both 30 minutes away. Just down the road from Blickling, pretty Aylsham has a farmers market in the main square on the first Saturday of each month and has several good cafés. It's also the end of the line for the Bure Valley Railway (01263 733858), which runs between Aylsham and Wroxham, one of the main towns in the Norfolk Broads. It's worth getting a ticket and hopping off at a few stops along the way. There used to be a second train line but this is now the Marriott's Way, which is just a stones throw from Moat Island Glamping. Glampers with bikes can hop on the flat trail and pedal all the way into Norwich (it takes around an hour), where they can enjoy the cathedral, castle, the lanes and the beautiful city centre.

Food & Drink

There's an excellent steak house, The Ratcatchers (01603 879729), a 15-minute walk down the road, while the nearest watering holes are a drive away. The Kings Arms in Reepham (01603 870345) is a 17th-century coaching inn with many of the original features and great character – Woodforde's Wherry is the locals' favourite on tap. The Bell in Cawston (01603 871216) has a fantastic beer garden out back on a summer's day. And The Black Boys in Aylsham (01263 732122), overlooking the square, serves hearty portions and has outside seating that's particularly pleasant on weekend market days.

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Getting There

The nearest mainline station is in Norwich, from where buses run to Aylsham, Cawston or Reepham. However, this is a rural spot and there's no decent bus service to Haveringland itself. Moat Island Glamping is just a 5-minute bike ride from the Marriots Way, however, which follows an old railway route all the way into Norwich. It makes Norwich train station a 12-mile cycle from the glamping site. Moat Island Glamping is also less than 20 minutes by car from Norwich Airport.