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Brakehill Lodge Farm Camping
16 reviews
· Norfolk Ip25 6 Su, England
1 acre
4 units
4 Glamping
Small, secluded, homespun farm campsite in rural Norfolk, a short drive from Thetford Forest Park
Barley shimmering in the breeze, tractors working in the fields and row upon row of vegetables. Norfolk is the breadbasket of England and if you’re going to go camping here there’s no finer place to stay than on a farm. And, when it comes to quiet farm stays, there’s one particular spot that stands out. Or rather, it doesn’t stand out at all, but harmlessly blends in to the point you might never know it’s there. And that’s Brakehill Lodge. More than a mile from the nearest A-road and at the end of a long private drive, Brakehill Lodge Farm is the very epitome of a secluded farm stay. The camping field is sheltered and intimate, encircled by tall trees that break the wind but still leave views of blazing sunsets, and the old pig barn has been converted into a convenient communal space for campers, with a pool table, sofa and leaflets about local attractions. Outside, there are fairly lights and potted flowers and you can borrow the badminton racquets for games. It’s homespun and small scale – just right for a simple weekend in the tent. The campsite is actually just one of owner Clare’s enterprises. She also runs popular craft courses, including pottery, willow weaving, peg looming, soap and candle making and more – with some of the proceeds going to support the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. In all, it makes for a charming concoction that shows rural enterprising at its best. She even sells homemade bread and honey fresh from the farmhouse. Famously flat, the local Norfolk countryside is a dream if you’ve brought your bikes and want some family-friendly exploring. There’s a handful of good pubs within pedalling distance but most folks head the half-hour drive south to Thetford Forest Park, for marked trails and good walking routes. On a sunny day, try the parking area at the St Helen's Picnic Site for paddling and swimming in a pretty section of the Little Ouse River. If it’s particularly hot it can be surprisingly busy, given how hidden in Thetford Forest it feels, but when you return to the tiny campsite at Brakehill Lodge Farm you can be sure of peace and quiet again.
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Norfolk Ip25 6 Su, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Clare T.Joined in March 2021
17 Ratings · 16 reviews
Rosemary W.recommends
July 31, 2022
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent
First time Glamping
Loved this peaceful little campsite! If you want somewhere to go to properly unwind and relax, this is the place to go! I loved the historic barn with pool table and fuse ball, the pretty sitting places & hammocks dotted about and the fairy lights. My son loved the ducks and ponies too. The wash facilities were top notch with great hot showers. If you want to be able to cook there is cooking equipment but I did use my own camping cooker as the burner provided isn't really suitable for cooking more than a tin of soup or beans. The bed was very comfy and squishy too! Supermarket was about 12 mins drive away. We went on a couple of walks around the vicinity and to the park down in the village. Was a lovely break!
Hannah C.recommends
July 10, 2022
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent
Camping with the Kids
Clare was an amazing host, such a beautiful site. Lots of lively touches and thoughtful things for guests to enjoy.
Arthur B.recommends
July 4, 2022
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent
Lovely Stay
We loved our stay in our lovely and luxurious bell tent. Clare was the perfect host making sure we had all we needed (even providing us with Milk which we forgot to buy for our tea!). The location is also a fantastic place to get a way from it all!
Heather R.recommends
May 30, 2022
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent
Beautiful setting, very cleverly set up. We loved the wild planting, rustic buildings and secluded seating areas.
Dominic G.recommends
May 15, 2022
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent
Stayed for a night in a bell tent with my 11 year old. The tent was lovely and had everything needed, the bed was very comfy and we had a great nights sleep. We made good use of the BBQ and fire pit, and loved having a visit from the resident family of ducks!
Caroline L.recommends
August 29, 2021
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent
Asked my boys (aged 5 & 7) what their favourite things were about our stay at the farm. They said the campfire and the games in the barn... and the chickens, and watching the combine harvesters on the fields next to us, and the 'midnight' walks and seeing a deer, a hare and bats. and EVERYTHING! Thank you, they really loved it and I really loved that as parents we had a good nights sleep in a proper bed that was made up and ready for us and we didn't have to worry about putting a tent up and there was plenty of space and everything we needed during out stay was there! A really lovely couple of nights stay.
From the host
Brakehill Lodge camping offers a relaxing stay in a peaceful farm location.  Surrounded by fields, you can take leisurely walks to spot the local wildlife, or bring bikes to enjoy the great outdoors. We are a very small campsite, but can offer all the delights of spending time sitting round a campfire or sleeping under the trees.  Take a look at our craft courses Facebook page and you may find a new hobby while you are here - Countryside and Craft Courses
Nearby attractions
Part of the beauty of Brakehill Lodge Farm is the seclusion and time spent reading a book, sitting by the campfire and generally doing very little. The real local draw is Thetford Forest, about 15–30 minutes away (depending on which part your heading to), which has miles of marked trails for both walking and cycling and, meandering through the middle, the Little Ouse River, which has a few good wild swimming spots (St Helens Picnic Site at Santon Downham is particularly good for summer paddling with kids). It’s also a half-hour drive into the city of Norwich – visit the cathedral (01603 218300), the castle museum and generally roam the tight lanes area and explore the market – and 35 minutes to the closest stretches of the Broads.
Food and drink
There's a small shop a mile away in Carbrooke but for most major conveniences (including a supermarket) it's four miles to Watton, where you'll also find the thatched, dog-friendly Willow House pub (01953 881181). Elsewhere, it's four miles to the more modern Red Lion (01953 483858) in Caston, good for fish and chips, while the renowned White Hart (01953 850214) in Hingham is particularly popular and has a good range of real ales and ciders on tap. Some local takeaways (including fish and chips) also deliver directly to the campsite – details are provided in the campsite welcome pack.
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