Ivy Grange Farm Glamping

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Halesworth

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Glamping in the heart of the Suffolk countryside

London media world refugees Kim and Nick Hoare have created a real slice of rural bliss a few miles inland from Southwold, just outside the small Suffolk town of Halesworth – a gorgeous spot where four yurts and a romantic shepherd's hut form the nucleus of their thoughtfully planned glamping site. It's a place where attention has been given to every sort of detail, and the enthusiasm and passion of the owners shines through at every turn.

The yurts are beautifully furnished, with their own wood burners, big comfy double beds and pull-out futons, and outside decking with gas hob and open fire pit – great for taking in the big skies and glorious sunsets with a glass of wine each evening. There are cauldrons and cooking pots in the shed, and a wonderfully well-appointed open kitchen for more ambitious (and more sociable) dining. In addition to the three-acre field, there's a restored barn with tables and chairs, a lovely woodland (ie outdoor) shower, supplied by solar-heated hot water, and you can pick the produce you need from their well-tended vegetable patch – a blackboard in the barn lists what's ready for harvest that day. It's all brilliantly done, and perfect for family groups or indeed groups of families.

As for the location, it's very rural, and right on National Cycling Route 1, so great to explore the flat and intensely quiet roads nearby (they have a selection of bikes to borrow). Or you can cycle to the Big Dog ferry nearby, a service which takes you to the marvellous Locks Inn pub just outside Geldeston. If on the other hand you just want to stay put and drink in the peace of the camp, you could join one of the birdwatching courses or wildlife night walks they run from time to time. The site is a haven for wildlife, whether you just want to sit on your decking and check-out the yellowhammers, buzzards and bullfinches, or head off to RSPB Minsmere where at the right time of year you can hear the bitterns booming. The meadow also has butterflies, hedgehogs, dragonflies and even hares throughout the year. There's nothing better than sitting round your campfire as the sun sets, enjoying an al fresco meal as you watch the swallows, and then as dusk settles the bats and finally the owls hooting in the trees around. Pure bliss.

Price

Prices from £190 for a yurt for 2 nights, with discounts and special offers available for longer stays and mid-week bookings outside of school holidays. Minimum booking is for 2 nights. Full prices (and special offers) are on the website.

Opening Times

Open mid-March–October.

Accommodation

Four yurts that comfortably sleep 3–5 people, and a shepherd's hut that sleeps 2–3.

Kestrel Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
A beautifully equipped, cosy Shepherd's hut set in its own section of meadow with campfire pit and amazing dark skies! Our rural idyll is the perfect setting for a romantic break, family holidays or get-together celebrations.

Swallow Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 3
Great for a family of three with a gorgeous red wool lining around the walls and a pale linen colour on the roof, there is also a wood burning stove. The yurt it furnished with an elegant French double bed with upholstered headboard (including gold braid!), a comfy futon chair/single bed and a lovely dresser.

Location

Ivy Grange Farm Glamping, Butts Road, Westhall, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8RN

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Getting There

By car, it's 2 hours from London, less from Cambridge and Norwich, and easy to reach from the A12 and the M11. Head for the A144 Bungay/Halesworth Road. From Bungay, turn left at Ilketshall St Lawrence school (Hog Road) and then first right (Butts Road), and it's the first farmhouse, half a mile on the left. From Halesworth towards Bungay take the first right at the Spexhall crossroads along Nollers Lane. Take the first left (Butts Road), follow the road for 1.3 miles, ignoring the righthand turn to Westhall village, and it's the next farmhouse on the right.

By train (the London/Lowestoft line, hourly service), you can be collected from Brampton or Halesworth stations (Halesworth is best for food shopping on the way up) and there's an 'own steam' discount for those arriving by train, bike or foot. Pick up the connecting train at Ipswich if coming from other destinations.

There are bikes to borrow at the site, as well as undercover storage for your own bikes.

Hourly trains run to Brampton and Halesworth on the London to Lowestoft line via Ipswich, and Nick and Kim are happy to collect from either station – indeed the site offers an "own steam" discount for those arriving by train, bike or foot.

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We (a group of three families) have now visited Ivy Grange Yurts twice and are already planning our next return visit. The entire set-up makes for the perfect away break for parents, children and couples. The yurts are spotless (on arrival!) and luxurious, with all the necessary facilities for adults to 'fool' the kids (and themselves) that they are having an authentic camping experience - outdoor shower (with lovely hot water), wood fires and barbecues (all ready to be lit), a little woods for the kids to 'lose' themselves in (although they are actually visible to adults pretty much all the time), fully equipped outdoor and indoor kitchens, pick-your-own patches of fruit and veg, jars of marshmallows and fleets of torches (all at the ready), and a lovely big barn with ping pong and football tables, lots of kiddies games and big comfy armchairs (to take cover when it rains). On both occasions we stayed there, there was a couple in the 'fourth' yurt, and on both occasions they seemed to be loving it as much as the families did. The place is big enough and the yurts are spaced out enough that you can have as much or as little to do with others staying there as you like so I think it would be a great place for a romantic break too. Honestly, I can't fault the place!
Jul 23, 2014 by AI AI

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