Secret Meadows Glamping
Suffolk is fast becoming something of the UK's glamping capital. The cluster of luxury glampsites scattered around England's eastern rump leave urban exiles spoilt for choice. And it isn't hard to see why. It’s a rural, relatively unspoiled county, and very handy for the capital. But with such a wealth of posh pitches to choose from, it takes something pretty special to turn the head of blasé Londoners – in fact, something exactly like Secret Meadows.
Sadly ‘secret’ in all but name now (can you imagine having these meadows to yourself?!), Secret Meadows comprises six über-luxurious lodge-style tents spread across the idyllic 115-acre White House Farm. Each has a four-poster king size bed, double cupboard bed and two singles, a fully-equipped kitchen area, with fridge and barbecue, plus a loo and shower. The ‘Gypsy’s Rest’ caravan and Middle-Earth themed ‘Hobbit Box’ are further options, tucked against brambly hedges and trees in the most secluded areas of the site. The former has been lovingly furnished in vintage-style, adorned with cute little windows, a stable door, fitted cupboards and double bed (all hand-crafted). A neighbouring shepherd's hut provides extra living space, with a fully-equipped kitchen, gas-powered refrigerator, wood-burning range cooker/stove, private loo and shower, hot running water, and a quirky built-in double cupboard bed. The Hobbit Box, meanwhile, is precisely what it says on the tin – an old wooden horsebox with a large verandah on the back where a horse ramp used to be, while inside quirky oval windows and sumptuous furnishings give a modern edge to what still feels very much like fairy-tale-style of accommodation. You don’t have to be a Tolkien fan to appreciate its splendour.
We could, of course, go on – to tell you all about their Gold Green Tourism award, the bubbly wood-fired hot tub or the bespoke glamping packages on offer (which include bushcraft courses ranging from whittling your own knife to full-blown survival skills). There's certainly no doubt that Secret Meadows is an extremely slick operation. However, that doesn't really capture the spirit of the place. Secret Meadows oozes effortless rustic charm, and the site is also positively abuzz with wildlife, with everything from dragonflies to barn owls drawn to the vibrant wildflower meadows, indeed it comes as no surprise to learn that you’re actually staying within a designated ‘County Wildlife Site’. With the Suffolk coast just waiting to be explored as well, and the charming town of Woodbridge nearby, Secret Meadows' location is also hard to beat. This is one secret that's well and truly out. Oh well...
FacilitiesEach tent sleeps up to 6 people with a king-size 4-poster bed, special double enclosed wooden cabin bed and 2 singles (beds are already made and linen and towels are provided). All accommodation features a fully-equipped kitchen area with Belfast sink (hot and cold running water), slate worktop and a traditional kitchen dresser. There's a gas-powered refrigerator, BBQ, dining area with candle chandelier and a comfy sofa. Each unit has its own private loo and shower and is set in its own wooded area overlooking one of the many wildflower meadows. One of the tents has electricity and Wi-Fi, while, for others, electric sockets are in a building on-site for mobile phone charging or hair drying.
Families, large groups – yes. Dogs – yes, outside of summer holidays.
The Suffolk coast is but a short drive from the site and boasts a wealth of great days out. The Orford Ness Nature Reserve offers acres of walks to enjoy. Cosmopolitan Aldeburgh is well worth a visit – not least for the marvellous seafood. Speaking of grub, Snape Maltings Farmers' Market is a foodie's dream, with vendors selling some of Eastern England's finest local produce. Just outside Woodbridge, the important Anglo-Saxon burial mounds of Sutton Hoo are essential visiting for any budding Tony Robinsons. Other historical sites of interest include Framlingham Castle in the charming village of the same name. Jamie Oliver's mate Jimmy Doherty has his famous Jimmy's Farm of TV fame just down the road near Wherstead.
Food & Drink
There's an onsite farm shop stocking a wide range of locally-sourced delectables. You can also choose from a selection of food packages including a Breakfast Hamper, Slow Food Package and a Barbeque Box. Of course, you can always cook your own in the traditional wood-burning range or BBQ on the Kadai. There's a wealth of great pubs and restaurants in the area. The Galley (01394 380055) in Woodbridge offers a refined a la carte menu, while the excellent, red-brick Turks Head (01394 610 343) is within easy walking distance. A little further afield, The Ship (01728 648219) in Dunwich serves up hearty fayre and local ales (including Harvey's) – all in this atmospheric old smuggler's haunt.
Family camping has never been so comfortable. Nor so imaginative. Whether it's peeping from the oval window in the curvy Hobbit Box or steaming in the wood-fired hot tub, this is a place that will fuel creative little minds.
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WORKSHOPS AND HIRE PACKAGES: Latest details can be found at our website www.secretmeadows.co.uk . Workshops include all day bushcraft (including barbeque lunch) and half day whittling or shelter building workshops. Some of our most popular hire packages are locally-sourced luxury Breakfast Hampers, Barbeque Hampers, and hen coop hire (children love looking after our friendly hens and collecting fresh eggs for breakfast!). The wood fired hot tub is also very popular (and we highly recommend it).
AWARDS: We're delighted to have a Green Tourism Gold Award (retained since we opened in 2012) as the environment is at the heart of what we do (we're owned by a nature conservation charity). We also have a Greenest Micro Business Suffolk award.
IN THE PRESS: Secret Meadows has been featured in several national papers and magazines including The Saturday Times, Guardian, Sunday Express and Country Living Magazine.
Thank you for looking at our listing. Do get in touch if you have any queries. We hope we can welcome you to Secret Meadows!
Just north of Woodbridge, leave the A12, following signs to Bredfield. Follow for the road for ¾ mile, then take the first left signed to Hasketon. Follow this road for exactly 1 mile, then take the right turn (opposite some houses). The site is ½ mile along this road on the right.
Nearest train station is Woodbridge (regular trains from London Liverpool Street/Ipswich/Lowestoft). The regular 64 bus from Woodbridge station to Hasketon Church takes around 13 mins. Click this link for times.
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