Brick Kiln Farm
Locating Campsea Ashe can be a little tricky. For one, the village's railway station calls itself Whickham Market. But once you've solved this riddle of the road, navigating your way through the horizon-less green fields of rural Suffolk, you'll know Brick Kiln Farm when you see it, such is the aura of utter contentment that emanates from this herbaceous hideaway.
Conveniently located just off the A12 (but not so close that the passing traffic is heard) adults-only campsite Brick Kiln Farm is helmed by the wonderfully welcoming family team of Tina – who lives onsite in a charming chocolate box cottage – along with brother Guy and their mother. Tina’s father, also called Guy, sadly passed away in December 2018. He was an integral part of daily life at Brick Kiln Farm, keeping the grounds immaculate. The main camping field, named ‘Guy’s Field’ by Tina in tribute to her late father, is a tranquil, flat one acre field with decent-sized pitches (10 x 8 metres) clearly marked. Each pitch has a firepit, with wood and kindling available to purchase on site, and cars are permitted. The neighbouring Orchard field offers a peaceful garden setting where campers can pitch their tents in secluded hedged enclosure under the shade of the fruit trees. For camping couples, the Sunset Pitch suits a single small tent, nestled in the far corner of the site and offering a peerless spot for watching dusk descend.
A pleasingly relaxed pitching policy pervades at Brick Kiln Farm. On arrival, you check yourself in at the erm… ‘check-in hut’. Look for your name and allocated pitch on the whiteboard and, if you don’t see your name, you’re free to plot up wherever you like. For any supplies purchased, an honesty system operates – simply keep a tab of any items purchased on the clipboards provided, then square things up at the hut before you leave.
30 grass pitches; 3 showers and 3 toilets; no EHU. The kitchen area has 2 sinks, a fridge and freezer, utensils, mugs, crockery, cutlery and camp stove. Board games, outdoor games and books are available on site. Firepits and seasoned wood available to buy on site. Orchard/Garden area, along with Guys Field; flat hedged field.
Tents, campervans, caravans (although there are no electric hook-ups) – yes. Children are not permitted. Group bookings or exclusive hire of site for events are available. Tina is also a Wedding, Baby Naming and Funeral Celebrant. This means she can perform your ceremony either on site or wherever you wish. Campers who appreciate peace and the countryside and a good wood fire!
The delights of the Suffolk Coast are easily reachable including Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Southwold. Southwold. Close to Snape for concerts, shops and food. The 12th century Framlingham Castle and its counterpart in Orford will please the history buffs, while the twitchers can spot some of Britain's rarest birds at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve. Woodbridge on the River Deben and Sutton Hoo. Local farm shop 'FarmCafe' for breakfast, brunches and lunches and cream teas. Good local pubs nearby in Snape, Blaxhall, Easton, Pettistree, Ufford and Melton.
Food & Drink
The Duck, Campsea Ashe is a pretension-free gastropub that's just a short stroll from the farm. Snape - 'The Crown', 'The Golden Key' and 'The Plough and Sail.' Blaxhall 'The Ship.' Easton 'The White Horse.' Framlingham 'The Station' and 'The Railway.' Melton 'The Wilford Bridge'. Ufford 'The Crown.' Pettistree 'The Greyhound.'
Easter – end of October.
The Owner Says
Peaceful camping for adults only (18+) in a quiet, rural setting. Fire pits on each pitch and wood available to buy on site. Dogs welcome. Shower/loo block. Kitchen with fridge, kettle, microwave. Cutlery and crockery. Under cover seating area with games and books. Hairdryers and plugs for small electrical appliances. Friendly atmosphere. 15 minute walk to local pub 'The Duck'. Dark skies and lots of stars!
Brick Kiln Farm is situated on the outskirts of the village of Campsea Ashe in unspoilt, quiet Suffolk countryside, surrounded by fields. Awake to birdsong and explore the surrounding countryside and enjoy the peace and quiet.
From A12 South: Take exit for B1078, right at top of slip road, take immediate second left after flyover. Directly opposite slip road on to A12 South.
From A12 North: Come off the A12 just after the Marlesford Farm Cafe, at cross roads turn right and follow lane to Brick Kiln. Or take exit for B1078, turn right on to lane next to slip road, almost like a U turn. Follow lane to Brick Kiln.
Wickham Market Railway Station – this is actually based in Campsea Ashe, a taxi can be booked in advance to collect and drop. Brick Kiln is a 5 minute drive but a 15-20 minute walk from the station.
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