Luxury yurt glamping in a quiet meadow on a Norfolk estate
Sunny meadows, starry nights, walks beside a crystal-clear chalk river and drives out to the coast. If you sketch out your idea of a quintessential North Norfolk holiday, chances are Wild Meadow will pretty neatly fit the mould. On the banks of the River Wensum, four miles south of Fakenham, that's almost exactly what the historic Raynham Estate can offer, with a collection of off-grid but luxurious yurts in a wild meadow near the country house. The estate is home to a lord, but fit for a king – and we’re happy to announce that the glamping is royally good too.
It was the first Viscount Townshend of Raynham, a favourite of Charles II, who laid out this estate’s 800-acre parkland in the 17th century. The current Viscount has allowed a part of it, beyond the big house and garden, to grow just a little wild. Here, longish grass and wildflowers tickle the walls of the yurts he’s introduced to share the space with visitors. Inside, each yurt is effortlessly stylish. There are no boho drapes and rugs here. Instead it has a kind of modern rusticity with wooden floors, leather chairs, wood-burning stoves and properly comfortable beds. Outside there’s a barbecue, fire pit and acres of car-free space. The views are green; parkland and countryside with elegant Raynham Hall and the estate church peeking through the trees.
In warm, sunny weather, under Norfolk’s big skies, this place is simply blissful; tranquil, secluded and serenaded by skylarks. If it’s too hot or too wet, there’s space for supper (both cooking and eating) in the communal, lantern-lit Turnip Tent, named for the family’s proud farming heritage. You can celebrate it further by cooking up a highly recommended estate-reared Aberdeen Angus steak (just one of the locally-produced extras, available to book for your stay).
There are waymarked paths from the meadow, which means woodland, parkland and riverside walks are on the doorstep while you’re here. Raynham Hall is still very much a family home, though, and if your stay doesn’t coincide with one of their monthly tours, how about visiting one of Norfolk’s other stately homes? Houghton Hall, home of England’s first PM, and the Queen’s place at Sandringham are within 20 miles and it's 15 miles to the exceptionally family-friendly Holkham Estate, with tractor-themed playgrounds for kids, a good courtyard café and acres of deer-dotted parkland to explore. It links in well with any visit to North Norfolk’s beautiful coast – Holkham Bay itslef is one of the highlights and Wells-next-the-Sea, Brancaster and Blakeney are all close enough too.
East Raynham, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Tom R.Joined in November 2020
8 Ratings · 3 reviews
August 17, 2022
Poppy at Wild Meadow
Perfect family holiday
August 30, 2021
Ragged Robin at Wild Meadow
We stayed in a yurt at Wild Meadows for three nights in August 2021. We had a great time - the yurts were very comfortable for a family of four. The toilets, kitchens and showers were clean and well maintained, and the staff were friendly and helpful. There are plenty of areas to explore locally around the estate and the beyond. We visited the wonderful Norfolk coast, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve (with great outdoor play area) and Thetford Forest. Couldn't recommend the place more.
August 1, 2021
Bee Orchid at Wild Meadow
We spent a week at wild meadow and had an awesome time. From the minute we arrived we were greeted and made to feel welcome. Nothing was too much hassle.
The yurt was beautiful inside and the beds were amazingly comfortable. Our two boys slept in later than at home.
It can be lighter in the summer evenings inside the yurt due to the skylight but you soon get used to it. Also worth lighting a fire to take the chill off later in the evening since the temperatures drop quickly and can get chilly, but adds to the atmosphere. Logs and kindling are available from the team on request.
Having your own toilet, shower and kitchen area is a real plus, and makes the whole experience even better, especially post COVID.
Our boys spent a lot of time just running around the woods and meadows. It’s very quiet and safe and a great place for kids to be free and enjoy the countryside.
We walked on the local footpaths and visited the local pubs for dinner, all were excellent and within 10-15mins. Also pensthorpe is a must, the children had loads to do and was a great day out.
Overall we had a lovely week. The weather was hit and miss but guess that’s always the risk however there were plenty of things to do locally including the beach, Holkham Hall, Sealife centre, cycling and walking. All in all a great place and lovely holiday.
Family of 4 with 2 children 4&6yrs
From the host
Inspired by nature, this beautifully situated site has just 8 luxury hand-crafted yurts (each with their own WC and shower facilities) sleeping a maximum of 37 people, making it ideal for small groups of family or friends wishing to take a break together in a peaceful environment with luxury accommodation, or for like-minded lovers of nature and tranquillity. It sits peacefully in the Norfolk countryside in a wildflower meadow surrounded by the parkland of the historic Raynham Hall. The surrounding countryside with its public footpaths and quiet country lanes is ideal for walking and cycling and you're only 20 minutes' drive from the wide, sweeping, sandy beaches of Wells, Holkham and the rest of the north Norfolk coast.
In the heart of Norfolk, you are spoilt for scenery and walks - be it along the wide, sweeping, sandy beaches of the north Norfolk coast only 20 minutes drive away, or through the rolling parklands and fields of the surrounding area.
Wild Meadow is the perfect base for exploring all that Norfolk has to offer.
Guests at Raynham also benefit from exclusive discounts from local businesses and attractions including Pensthorpe Wildlife Reserve, WildRootz, Duration Brewery, Watatunga Safari and WhataHoot Gin School
The Raynham Estate stretches to more than 800 acres. You can explore much of it on waymarked paths which take you through fields, woodland and along the banks of the River Wensum. The historic house and gardens at the centre of the estate are opened to the public, usually once a month, for pre-booked tours only. Check directly to see if one coincides with your stay. The North Norfolk coast is a 20-minute drive away with Holkham, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Burnham Ovary Staithe and Brancaster all popular places to visit. Houghton Hall (01485 528569), built for England’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, is nine miles away and Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate (01485 545400), is 16 miles away. There’s more history at Castle Acre Priory (01760 755394) nine miles from Wild Meadow. For wildlife lovers, Pensthorpe Natural Park is just five miles from Wild Meadow (01328 851465) with conservation gardens, wildlife walks and natural play areas for kids and then there are the RSPB reserves at Titchwell and Snettisham (on the coast, both around 20 miles). The Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes (01263 740008) is another renowned birdwatching site, with a great bird-hide-shaped café and visitor centre there overlooking the marshes – the neighbouring village of Blakeney is the place to head to for seal-watching boat trips.
Food and drink
There are no pubs within walking distance of the Wild Meadow but a few top spots are just a short drive away – The Dabbling Duck (01485 520827) seven miles away in Great Massingham (said to be a favourite of the young royals and well named given the location beside the villages two picturesque duck ponds), the Bell at Brisley (07931 817585) also seven miles away and The Duck Inn at Stanhoe (01485 518330), 14 miles from site. For something really special, book in for an afternoon tea or the tasting menu at Morston Hall (01263 741041) in Blakeney. The town of Burnham Market (12 miles from Wild Meadow) is a good, if expensive, place to pick up supplies with independent shops, cafés and eateries close to the coast. For a more casual, family-friendly meal out (or takeaway) try Eric’s Fish and Chips (01485 525886) or Eric’s Pizza (01480 775415) at Drove Orchards, just off the coast road between Holme and Thornham, near Titchwell Marshes. There’s also a farm shop, fishmonger and seasonal PYO.