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Brakehill Lodge Farm Camping

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· Norfolk, Norfolk, England
1 acre hosted by Clare T.
4 glamping pitches
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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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37 Ratings · 21 reviews
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Tianna X.recommends
May 6, 2024
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent
Amazing farm!
We just booked just one night at this amazing farm, but we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our stay. Our host, Claire, went above and beyond by providing us with a barbecue kit and a fire pit—complete with plenty of wood, which we didn’t even finish using! The facilities were excellent, and the views from the farm were simply top-notch. Additionally, Claire added a thoughtful touch by placing fresh flowers in the tent, enhancing the already charming and lively atmosphere. Highly recommend for a delightful escape to nature!
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March 29, 2024
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The hut was lovely and the owner was very accommodating and welcoming. She offered a lots of different things to help prep breakfast (we asked for a toaster) and she even brought us a hot water bottle.
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Dominic G.recommends
July 9, 2023
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent - 8aa7
Lovely and peaceful, clean and well maintained. Clare and family are very friendly and welcoming. The ducks parading by on their evening wander is hilarious. This is my second visit with my son and we'll definitely be back.
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Gemma S.recommends
August 28, 2022
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent - 8aa7
Lovely stay
We had a lovely peaceful stay at Clare’s site. Beautiful bell tents really comfortable. Me and my partner came with our 8 year old daughter who loved feeding the ducks, seeing the horses and relaxing in the hammock! Extremely friendly host and we hope to come back!
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Nicola R.recommends
August 8, 2022
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent - 8aa7
Beautiful stay
Second time at the camp, we love how peaceful it is and out 4 year old loves the hammocks and the pool table We come for a day/evening of playing together as a family and relaxing in the bell tent. No doubt we will be back next year
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Rosemary W.recommends
July 31, 2022
Wildflower Orchard Bell Tent - 8aa7
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!
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Norfolk, Norfolk, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Clare T.

Joined in March 2021
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. New for 2023 is our Wood fired Pizza oven - just drop me a text on 07899905963 and I can have your order ready on arrival. That's dinner sorted! Take a look at our craft courses Facebook page and you may find a new hobby while you are here - Countryside and Craft Courses
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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.

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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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