Ivy Grange Farm Glamping

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Halesworth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Peace and tranquility in rural Suffolk, but there's plenty around to do

London media world refugees Kim and Nick Hoare have created a real slice of rural bliss just outside the small Suffolk town of Halesworth, where 4 yurts and a new Shepherd's Hut form the nucleus of their thoughtfully planned glamping site. It's a place where attention has been given to every sort of detail, and the enthusiasm and passion of the owners shines through at every turn.

The yurts are beautifully furnished, with their own wood burners, big comfy double beds and pull-out futons, plus outside decking with a gas hob and open fire pit – great for taking in the sunsets with an evening glass of wine. The shepherd's hut, meanwhile, sleeps up to three, with a fitted double bed at one end and a smaller futon-bed at the other. It, too, has a wood-burner and quaint little touches wherever you glance – old taps have been transformed into quirky lighting and a stack of novels lies in wait for rainy days – while all of the glamping accommodation has access to a wonderfully well-appointed open kitchen for the most sociable dining.

In addition to the three-acre field, there's a restored barn with tables and chairs, a lovely woodland (i.e outdoor) shower, supplied by solar-heated hot water, and you can pick the produce you need from their well-tended vegetable troughs around the barn – a blackboard inside lists what's ready for harvest that day. It's all brilliantly done, and perfect for family groups or indeed groups of families.

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Facilities

The smallest yurt (Swallow) and the shepherd's hut sleep 3, Lapwing and Barn Owl can accommodate 4, whilst the largest (Yellowhammer) can sleep 5. All have a rechargeable lantern, solar-power fairy lights and their own wood-burners; outside each one has decking area with a barbecue and calor gas stove. There’s a brilliantly equipped outside kitchen, the barn has charging points for phones as well as table football, table tennis, games and books – and WiFi. Next door to the barn is a toilet and shower block, and there’s also a lovely solar-powered outdoor shower for sunny days and moonlit nights. Cookware is provided, and a large basket of logs for the stove, but you will need to bring duvet covers, sheets and towels.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, groups – yes.

Nearby

The site is right on National Cycling Route 1, so great to explore the flat and intensely quiet roads nearby (there is a selection of bikes to borrow). You could also cycle to the Big Dog ferry nearby, a service which takes you to the marvellous and unique Locks Inn pub just outside Geldeston. If on the other hand you just want to stay put and drink in the peace of the camp, you could join one of the birdwatching courses or wildlife night walks they run from time to time. The coast is not far away at Southwold, a seaside resort that was gentrified before the term was even invented. As a consequence there are great places to eat and drink, and the bonus of a decent beach and excellent pier with homespun attractions. The handsome small town of Beccles is just a few miles north, the southernmost outpost of the Broads and a great place to hire a boat or canoe to explore the waterways.

Food & Drink

The Queen's Head at Blyford and Queen's Head at Bramfield are both worth a visit and St Peter's Brewery, a 15th century moated former-abbey, just 5 miles away in "The Saints" is a must. definitely not to be missed. Continuing the theme, if you are a brewery fan, check out Adnams at Southwold and try the brewery tour and check-out the fabulous kitchen store and cafe there. The market town of Halesworth has a good range of independent food shops as well as a larger Co-op, so you don't need to worry about bringing masses of food with you. Westhall village is home to The Racehorse Inn, just over a mile away and a lovely quiet walk or bike ride.

Opening Times

Mid-March–October.

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The Owner Says

Want to re-charge your batteries, explore glorious coastline or quiet country lanes by bike or on foot and enjoy some of Suffolk's amazing gastro pubs and restaurants?  Then you've found the right place!  Situated close to the coast in an idyllic rural location we aim to offer just what you need to make your stay enjoyable and relaxing, with bikes and maps to borrow, our fun cob pizza oven as well as the covered safari kitchen, an ace barn with full sized table tennis and table football, armchairs and a library of books plus sensible things like charging points, wi-fi, lovely hot showers and flushing loos.  Den-building areas in the copses, campfires and a steady supply of marshmallows and starry skies appeal to children both young and old and help create memorable holidays.

The 4 yurts and our new Shepherd's Hut are generously spaced in a 3 acre meadow, each sitting on raised decking with its own camping gas stove, campfire and bar-b-q.  What better than to sit out as the sun goes down, enjoying an al-fresco meal as you watch the swallows skim the meadow and then see the bats come out as dusk settles, whilst the tawny owls hoot in the trees.  Once inside your yurt or hut, besides your cosy wood-burner the comfy double beds have lovely thick duvets to ensure a really good night's sleep under the inky black sky with the Milky Way arcing above.  In the morning, take a luxurious Woodland Shower - with piping hot water this is a delight at any time of the day (or night) - and you can hear the bullfinches whistling and occasionally see a rabbit hopping through.  Heaven!

Out and About:  and once your batteries are fully charged, there's plenty to do whatever floats your boat!  There's all the traditional seaside things going on at Southwold and Walberswick just ten miles away; both offer great beaches for swimming and sandcastles, pubs, wonderful fresh fish straight off the boats, and, of course, crabbing! If you're a fan of Roger Deakin's Waterlog, you can try some of his favourite local wild swimming spots (we're always happy to share our favourites with guests) or rather more mysteriously, discover some of the places that W G Sebald explores in his Rings of Saturn novel, all very close to us here.  Explore the Broads in a canoe or hire a day boat and check out our favourite riverside pub, The Lock's Inn at Geldeston.  Bring your walking boots and join one of our monthly full moon walks, or ask us about any of the good local walks by riverbank, coast or inland. If you're a bird-lover, simply relax on your decking and watch the yellowhammers, buzzards and bullfinches, or head off to RSPB Minsmere or any of the great Suffolk Wildlife Trust sites.

Bikes:  Once outside the five-bar gate you are on National Cycle Route 1 and the world is your two-wheeled oyster with plenty of quiet lanes and cycle routes for exploring.  One of our favourite local rides is to St Peter's Brewery, a lovely 15th century abbey with a great pub and restaurant set in the middle of idyllic rolling countryside (there's even a cycling Brewery Tour you can follow if you're a fan of craft beers!).  Keen cyclists ourselves, we're always happy to recommend favourite outings.  If you're bringing your own bikes we have good undercover storage or we have a selection of "well-loved" bikes you are welcome to borrow plus plenty of local maps.

Accommodation

4 lovely fully-furnished yurts and 1 brand new Shepherd's Hut.

Kestrel Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
A beautifully equipped, cosy Shepherd's hut set in its own section of meadow with campfire pit and amazing dark skies! Our rural idyll is the perfect setting for a romantic break, family holidays or get-together celebrations.

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Getting There

Despite being so rural, the site is easy to reach, close to the A12 and just a short drive from Bungay and Beccles. From Bungay, turn left at Ilketshall St Lawrence primary school (Hog Lane) and then first right (Butts Road) – the site is about half a mile down on the left. If travelling from Halesworth, turn right at the Spexhall crossroads (the first right turn on this road) along Nollers Lane, then take the first left (Butts Road) and follow the road for 1.3 miles, ignoring the right hand turn to Westhall village. The site is on the right.

Hourly trains run to Brampton and Halesworth on the London to Lowestoft line via Ipswich, and Nick and Kim are happy to collect from either station – indeed the site offers an "own steam" discount for those arriving by train, bike or foot.

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