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Glamping and camping in the wilds of north Suffolk with ample space to roam and endless time to think

Deep in the wilds of north Suffolk, keen camper Jonathan set up this seven-acre campsite with his dad in 2011. It’s a simple spot exuding a Cool Camping vibe, with two grassy fields separated by a small lake with some adjoining woodland to explore. The position is perfect for bucolic strolls across the well-marked paths and bridleways of nearby Thornham Walks and for exploring the historic Walled Garden on the adjacent estate, which has recently been restored and is open on weekends.

Above all Swattesfield is a great place to simply do nothing and enjoy getting back to nature. You can erect your tent in the bottom field, spacious, green and peppered with daisies in the summer, or pitch up in the woodland beyond – ideal for those seeking a little more privacy. Glampers meanwhile have a range of options. Initially, Swattesfield kicked things off by offering boutique bell tents, complete with a full-size double bed and handy cooking facilities. Buoyed by their success, however, they then went on to build further glamping structures. Guests can now also find a pair of octagonal timber huts, with cute, peek-a-boo windows, and a converted Suffolk hay cart, refurbished to provide comfort, warmth and style while retaining its historic charm.

All of the glamping units come with their own gas ring, cooking utensils, picnic bench and campfire pit, with firewood available onsite. Regular tent campers, meanwhile, are equally encouraged to keep things old-school, with firepits for use and marshmallows for sale. It’s all part of the character of the place – a character that can only be realised with an owner who clearly loves camping himself. Some of Jonathan’s mates even built him a fabulous outdoor pizza oven almost entirely out of recycled materials – definitely something to use at some point during your stay!

Overall, Swattesfield is a site with a pleasantly chilled-out atmosphere situated in a very special location. The space the meadow affords could easily have been a recipe for ‘Tetris tents’ in their dozens, yet instead the opposite has been created. And, for that, we couldn’t be more grateful.

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The campsite owner says

Swattesfield is set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside with access to delightful woodland walks and wildlife. There are two grassy fields separated by a small lake with some adjoining woodland to explore. It's a seven acre site with plenty of space yet an intimate feel, with around 20 tent or campervan pitches alongside our glamping accommodation allowed at any one time. There are no marked pitches so you can camp where you'd like; in the woods, in the glade, by the hedgerow or by the pond. We do get very busy during the holiday periods, If you are looking for a more peaceful stay we would highly recommend visiting during the off peak season or mid week.
 
As well as the tent and camper pitches there are Boutique Bell-Tents with all the creature comforts you'd need to have a thoroughly enjoyable stay. At five metres across, these are big enough for four or five people and have a full-size comfy double bed as well as two or three child beds. Our Bell tents have coir matting throughout with Solar lights, USB charging points, a gas hob and all your cooking equipment, your very own picnic table and fire pit.
Another option are the unique Pixie Huts; These octagonal wonders have four peak-a-boo windows, a comfy full-sized double bed and two smaller foam beds for any little imps. With their own decking area and dining table and over-looking the south facing skies of Suffolk you'll soak up the best of the sunny days, and in the cooler or wetter months just fire up the multi fuel wood burner or heater to get the hut nice and toasty. The huts have their own picnic tables, fire-pit and all your cooking facilities. These really are the new way to camp; cosy, cutesy and a great place to wind down and relax.
Another exclusive for Swattesfield is our converted Suffolk Hay Cart fit for two adults and two children, there is a double bed with another underneath for the kids. All your cooking equipment is supplied making the Hay Cart a real cosy camping experience especially when the stove is lit! You can still spread out onsite under your personal canopy with tables and chairs to use whilst toasting marshmallows over your fire.
Open fires are allowed and encouraged but only in our fire pits, and use of our handmade Pizza Oven is free for all to use. Toilet facilities are clean and there is plenty of hot water for the two showers. There is a large outside double sink unit for pot washing and a communal kitchen with free gas, stoves, pots, pans and microwave

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