Luxury glamping accommodation set amid eight acres of whimsical Norfolk fir woodland, with a host of stunning beaches in reach
We don’t need science to tell us that trees can make us happier (though studies invariably tell us that they do). Just come stand among the woods at this aptly named campsite and you’ll have all the proof you need. Happy Valley is an invigorating natural space and the idea of owners Scott and Katy to built bespoke shepherd’s huts and open their woods to glampers is a welcome one. Mature oaks and beech trees climb skywards and there’s a beautiful weeping willow that swings and ripples in the breeze. It’s the numerous fir trees, though, that really give the place its character. They add greenery all year round, a wonderful woody aroma to the air and a soft bed of needles under foot. It’s what the Japanese would call ‘Shinrin-yoku’ – forest therapy – and you’ll find it goes down a treat.
Set amide the site’s mix of open spaces and denser woodland spots, the shepherd’s huts have a traditional, old-fashioned design and blend subtly into their surroundings. Inside, however, they’re still equipped for 21st-century travellers. There’s a fitted double bed, a wood-burning stove and a kitchen area with a modern cook wares, a gas hob and all the utensils you need, while a choice of books to borrow, speciality teas and freshly picked forest plants show real attention to detail.
While the eight-acre campsite features open grassy spaces, a small pond with an island and the magical woods themselves, the trees still continue outside of the site boundary, with the open landscape of Congham Heath beyond that. There are over 250 acres to explore in total, on foot or with a bike hired from Katy and Scott. The characteristic scenery is actually a common find in this part of the UK, with fir woodland planted on all the grand Norfolk estates and along the expansive beaches of Holkham and Wells, 35 minutes away. The Queen’s Sandringham Estate, for example, 10 minute’s by car, is dotted with fir trees, as well as great banks of rhododendrons in summer and daffodils in spring. Perhaps even the royals enjoy a little Shinrin-yoku every once in a while.
Norfolk Pe32 1 Dn, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Katy C.Joined in February 2017
From the host
A Norfolk Wildlife Trust Site, Happy Valley is nestled in 9 acres of whimsical woodland. If you're looking for a rural glamping holiday, our countryside venue in Norfolk has much to offer. Our woodland venue is teaming with wildlife and features its own bridged island on our pond.
Our mix of shepherd's huts, tree temple and luxury lodge treehouse, offer flexible, glamping for all tastes.
We also cater to larger events including weddings, parties and gatherings of all kind. Just drop us a line and we'll help bring your vision to life.
This stunning corner of Norfolk makes a wonderful setting for a reinvigorating rural retreat. If you follow the fence behind the house you’ll find a gate which leads into Congham Heath Woodland. This has public footpaths and trails running throughout and takes you to the village. Bring your bikes, there's some great trails through the woods.
There's plenty of award wining gastro pubs in close proximity. The Anvil Inn also serves good home made pub food. The Crown in Rudham is also very good. The ffolkes in Hillington has a great adventure play. If you’d like to go towards the coast then The Duck in Stanhoe has won The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2017 for East of England. Try the White Horse in Brancaster which looks over the marshes and The Jolly Sailors is a great family pub which welcomes dogs and muddy boots!
We have stunning walks all around Happy Valley. As you head towards Massingham there’s unspoilt Norfolk countryside to roam or there’s and Grimston Warren & Roydon Common just through the village of Grimston. The UK’s largest heath restoration project with wild ponies and beautiful Heathland. Wildlife is abundant. You’ll hear bird song throughout your stay and deers barking in the woodland. Please be respectful of the wildlife on your doorstep.
Brancaster Beach is very beautiful and we can let you know of a favourite seal spot here. Heacham & Old Hunstanton beaches are lovely as is Holme and Wells-next-the-Sea. Holkham beach is also quite stunning with miles of open sands to roam.
250-acre Congham Heath is practically this campsite's back garden. Footpaths run through the common (and cycle trails) and just down the road (a short stroll) there is also Grimston Warren and Roydon Common, beautiful heathland restoration projects that house a mosaic of habitats and wildlife. Thread them together in a pleasant walk, stopping off in Grimston village for a drink (see food & drink). If you do fancy using the car, it's a 20–30-minute drive to the beaches of the north Norfolk coast. Stop off on the way at the Queen's Sandringham Estate .
Food and drink
The Three Horse Shoes in Grimston is the nearest pub, a proper old establishment with local Norfolk ales, but there are a host of other options within easy reach. Enjoy the duck ponds in Great Massingham with a pint out the front of The Dabbling Duck (01485 520827) or feast on the hearty meals at The Rose & Crown (01485 521807) in Little Massingham. There are two more spots in Roydon – The Anvill Inn (01485 600625) and The Three Horseshoes (01485 600666) – which are worth an afternoon stop when walking the local heaths. Welcome hampers and pre-organised food options are also available at the campsite by request.