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.
Pixie Huts from £185, Boutique Bell Tents from £160, Hay Cart from £185. Tent pitch from £12, and Campervans from £17 per night.
Open Easter–end of October.
Bring bikes or good walking shoes to wear the kids out or head to the playground on the local village green. Then enjoy the wildlife and the peace and quiet of this smallsville rural campsite run by a father and son team.
AccommodationAround 20 unmarked camping pitches, 5 bell tents (sleeping 4/5), 2 pixie huts (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children) and a converted Suffolk hay cart (sleeping 2 adults and 2 children).
Grass Pitch for a Campervan/Tent
The Chestnut Bell Tent
The Kestrel Pixie Hut
Suffolk Hay Cart
Pre-Pitched Empty Bell Tent
Ash the Woodland Bell Tent
Swattesfield Campsite, Gislingham Road, Thornham Magna, Suffolk IP23 8HH
The market town of Eye is only 5 minutes away and all this with an easy train ride from London Liverpool Street and only an hour from Cambridge, 30 minutes from Norwich and 55 minutes from Southwold and Aldeburgh.
The nearest station is Diss (6 miles away) which is on the direct mainline from London Liverpool Street and often stops at Manningtree, Colchester, Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich. It's only an hour and a half from London and there are usually cabs waiting at the station (although we would advise to book in advance) or you can put your bike on the train and cycle.
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