Keepers Meadow

UK England East Anglia Norfolk North Walsham

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
Small-scale luxury bell tent glamping in Oxnead, halfway between Norwich and the Norfolk coast

If it weren’t for the detailed instructions, leading you down a narrow private road, across the River Bure and into the woodland beyond, you would never believe that Keepers Meadow even existed. While the grand Oxnead Hall – a 16th-century manor backed by pristine gardens – is unmissable from the road, the glampsite lies secluded amidst the trees.

Such privacy is, of course, the appeal of Keepers Meadow. And with just three bell tents spread across the entire site, it’s clear the owners want to retain that peaceful and secluded ambience. A newly built shower block contains an individual shower room for each of the tents, finished to perfection with full-length mirror, complimentary soap, and wall-mounted hair dryer. You also get your own personal kitchen area, fully equipped with everything you need. The attention to detail really marks the place out; from BBQ utensils down to a cafetière, everything seems to be covered.

The bell tents themselves vary in size. Two sleep up to four people, while the third, larger tent can sleep six. They include a double bed and bunks, with space to add an extra little one by squeezing in a travel cot. The décor is suitably quaint with bunting, scatter cushions and light, wooden furnishings – with plenty of space around them for kids to boot a ball around or fling a Frisbee.

Anglers will be pleased to hear that, if you head back through the trees, it’s possible to fish for trout in the River Bure. The river here is split into two segments, after it was rerouted as a means to work four-storey Oxnead Mill, built in 1851. Even if you’re not coming to fish, it’s worth the stroll simply for the chance to look across at Oxnead Hall, a beautiful redbrick building with sections dating as far back as the 16th century. A stroll in the opposite direction, leads you to the Bure Valley Railway, with Buxton Station just ten minutes away on foot. Hop on a steam train and you can chug all the way into Wroxham, the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

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Facilities

Bell tents come furnished with beds, bedding, and wood for the woodburner provided. Mains lighting and sockets in tents as well as a selection of fairy lights. Each has its own fully equipped kitchenette, including fridge (with ice box), twin electric hob, cooking equipment, utensils, crockery, cutlery, kettle, toaster and a private shower room. There's also a wood-burning stove, a BBQ and a firepit for your own campfire. There's a communal washing up area, where you'll also find a microwave. Canoe hire, cycle hire and day passes for trout fishing in the river are all available. Camping chairs provided and picnic table under cover of a gazebo. Private woods to explore and deer to find. 

Suitable For

Glamping only. Groups – yes. Dogs – no. 

Nearby

Canoes can be hired and delivered to the site to dabble on the River Bure. Or why not take off on one of the local footpaths through the surrounding countryside. It's a 10-minute walk to Buxton Station (01263 733858) – hop aboard a steam train on the Bure Valley Railway and whistle south into the Norfolk Broads. Just outside the pretty village of Horning, Bewilderwood (01692 633033) is a particularly popular family attraction. Based on the series of books by local author Tom Blofeld, it brings the watery environment of the Broads to life – both as a land of make-believe and an overgrown adventure playground full of rope bridges, ladders, zip wires and tree houses. For more 'grown up' Norfolk culture, try a visit to Blickling Hall (01263 738030), probably the finest Jacobean mansion in Norfolk. With craft shops, beauty salons, eateries, mini golf, a petting zoo and fun fair (throughout August), Wroxham Barns (01603 783762) has plenty to offer for both young and old alike. For a day at the seaside Great Yarmouth (about 35 mins away) Cromer (25 mins) are your best bet – the latter is home to a sandy beach and a charming old pier. 

Food & Drink

The nearest watering hole is around 4 miles away by car in Skeyton. It's called The Goat Inn (01692 538600) and is a beautiful, thatched 16th-century pub, family run and serving great food. Other top picks nearby include The Black Boys (01263 732122) in Aylsham and The Fox (01603 755362) in Hevingham
, each a within a 10-minute drive. The Crown (01263 733534) at Banningham is another excellent local (5 miles away). For fish and chips, the Buxton Fried Fish and Chip Shop (01603 278256) takes some beating. 

Opening Times

March–October
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The Owner Says

Just a stones throw from the banks of the River Bure you’ll find our Bell Tents fully equipped with the luxuries of a modern hotel room. Each has its own shower room, kitchenette and dining area for the sole use of its occupants, all under cover. Nestled beside its own piece of woodland and off the beaten track, our peaceful location is known to very few and couldn’t be better placed for a lovely selection of country walks, canoe trails and cycle routes.

Accommodation

3 pre-pitched, furnished bell tents.

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Location

Contact Keepers Meadow, Keepers Cottage, Oxnead, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 5HP

Getting There

The nearest train station is in Worstead (0845 748 4950).

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