Swattesfield Campsite

UK England East Anglia Suffolk

Gislingham Road, Thornham Magna, Suffolk IP23 8HH
Chilled-out campsite in a very special, very rural location.

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 site exuding a very cool vibe, with two grassy fields – one for camping, the other for glamping – separated by a small lake. There is some adjoining woodland to explore, and the position is perfect for bucolic strolls across the 12 miles or so of well-marked paths and bridleways of nearby Thornham Walks, and for exploring the historic Walled Gardens on the estate, which has recently been restored and is open on weekends. For food and drink, the Four Horseshoes pub (said to be the oldest pub in Suffolk!), Forge Café and Coach House restaurant are within walking distance, although it’s a great place to do nothing and get into nature. You can pitch your tent in the bottom field or the woodland beyond, or take up residence in a boutique bell tent (large enough for 5) or a well-equipped pixie hut (for 2) with its own outside decking and cooking area. Plus there’s a converted hay cart that's large enough for two adults and two children. There are men’s and women’s shower and toilets with plenty of hot water, a communal fridge, freezer and food prep area with double sinks – plus they have some ingeniously suspended firepits for cooking, and some of Jonathan’s mates recently built him a fabulous outdoor pizza oven out of recycled materials. Overall, it’s a site with a lovely chilled-out atmosphere situated in a very special location.

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The Owner Says


Our favourite spot

Tents, small campervans, dogs – yes. Caravans, big groups, young groups – no.

The local area


Best local places to eat and drink

The Thornham Estate’s Forge Tea Room (01379 783035) and Thornham Coach House (01379 783373) are a 15–20-minute walk away and serve lunch and dinner. Or try the Four Horseshoes pub (01379 678777) in nearby Thornham Magna, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is about a 25-minute walk.

Why stay with us?

Campfires allowed in the pits provided and there is a homemade pizza oven for use. No hook-ups. Simple but clean toilet block, with 2 showers, 6 sinks and 6 toilets. A small shop sells camping equipment and food essentials can re-freeze ice packs for you. Library for use and board games to borrow. A large, outside double sink unit for pot washing. Gislingham village shop is a 15-minute walk away.

Reviews

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★★★★★

What a lovely place to stay,

Just got back from a amazing 3 night stay in this lovely campsite, they have good clean facilities, a little shop with a few bits and pieces if you forget to pack something, the campsite is nice and quiet and lovely nearby walks, the site manager David was so helpful making sure our stay was a pleasure and was more than helpful when it came down to looking for place to visit we had a lovely time and definitely be going back. Many thanks Rob..

by Robin
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