Luxury bell tent glamping on the North Norfolk Coast within the grounds of a 17th-century manor house
Sitting on the final frontier between land and sea, Wiveton Hall is one of the North Norfolk coast’s most undiscovered gems. As if marking the point where the country dissolves into the sea, its partially wooded boundary stops where tidal streams begin, running through puddled fields towards the sea. Walk in one direction and you’re flanked by fields of golden wheat, in the other and its marshland, semi-submerged at high tide and speckled with sanfire, dune grass and seaweed. The hall itself is a gorgeous flint-faced home built in 1652 and presiding over the surrounding land like a wise, old Grandfather. Before it spreads an eclectic mix of younger enterprises – there’s an excellent café, a pick-your-own fruit farm, an art barn, shop and roadside stall, plus the house gardens, which can be explored for £2.50. But best of all, thanks to Amber Wykes, there’s now a dainty little campsite too!
Comprised of just six fully furnished bell tents, the Wiveton Hall site is on the smaller end of the camping scale, with up to five people per tent and the opportunity to book the entire site to yourselves if you're coming as a group. Even before they were pitched the omens here were good. Amber’s far from new to the scene – she runs a handful of glamping sites at country estates across the UK and their reputation precedes her. This smaller spot offers yet more room for her to continue the glamping business without sacrificing the space and privacy that makes each of the other sites so special.
Inside, the tents include a full double bed for couples or a single bed arrangement for groups, while a wood-burning stove keeps you cosy and warm in the colder months. There are rugs, fairy lights, lanterns and a cool box, plus a hamper of vintage inspired cooking wares that includes everything you could need. Grab some goodies from the farm shop and you’ve got yourselves a feast!
It is ultimately the location, though, that is Amber’s real trump card. The immediate vicinity is appealing for obvious reasons – don’t underestimate the amount of time you can spend nibbling your way through the strawberry fields and canes of homegrown raspberries! But even once your drag yourself away from Wiveton Hall there is plenty to do nearby. The villages of Cley, Wiveton and Blakeney are all within easy walking distance and you’ll have to roll a dice to decide between the six pubs within a mile of the site. By car, meanwhile, the best beaches on the coast are all just five or ten minutes away – Holkham, Wells and Brancaster beaches, to name but a few – or take the ferry out from Morston to Blakeney Point and spy on the largest seal colony in England. It’s a truly remarkable site and extra special in spring and early summer when dozens of seal pups join the older tribe.
Wiveton, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Amber W.Joined in March 2015
From the host
Beautiful, vintage inspired family sized bell tents in the grounds of Wiveton Hall. Situated on the North Norfolk coast between Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea, Wiveton Hall is a dreamy, flint-faced, Dutch-gabled, Jacobean manor house built in the 17th century. Its unique atmosphere, combined with the fabulous fresh food on offer in the café, make it one North Norfolk’s favourite venues. There’s a pick-your-own fruit farm, a vibrant café, a wonderful shop, regular events, art exhibitions and beautiful gardens.
Sheringham and Cromer are well known for their piers and blue-flag beaches, but the quieter sections of the coast to the west are often more rewarding. Go for a long walk in the woods of expansive Holkham beach – in one direction you end up heading out across the dunes to scenic Burnham Ovary Staithe, the other leads you round to Wells beach and then, ultimately, the town of Wells-next-the-Sea itself. Drive through the deer dotted estate grounds to Holkham Hall (01328 710227), where you can walk around the parkland or visit certain rooms inside the grand 18th-century country house. You can't be this close to Blakeney without paying some sort of a visit to the seals. There are footpaths that lead you relatively close to Blakeney Point, where the colony spends most of its time. You still have to watch from the other side of a stretch of water though, so a boat tour (01263 740505) is still the best way (even if it's not free!) Tour times depend on the tide, so check in advance.
Food and drink
The farm offers Pick-Your-Own strawberries and raspberries and grows an extensive selection of fruit and vegetable that are used in the cafe as well as for sale in the roadside stall which is open from 9.30am–4pm every day (late May–August). Wiveton Hall Café serves seasonal food, with ingredients sourced from the farm or very near by – something reflected in the regularly changing menu. There's also a small shop stocking a full range of homemade produce including jams, marmalades and chutneys. Finally, if that's just not enough, there are half a dozen pubs all within walking distance of the site! In Wiveton there's the Wiveton Bell (01263 740101), Cley boasts The Three Swallows (01263 740526) and The George (01263 740652), while Blakeney is home to The White Horse (01263 740574), The Blakeney Hotel (01263 740797) and The Kings Arms (01263 740341).