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Ling's Meadow

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· Hepworth, Suffolk, England
4 acres hosted by Katherine S.
3 glamping pitches · 6 tent pitches
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Spacious tent pitches and glamping set within a lush, four-acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife

A butterfly dances over lush grass swaying lazily in the soothing midsummer breeze. Buzzards and kestrels circle overhead, spying on hares in the meadow below. And, somewhere amid it all, you are reclining in the sun, listening to the laughter of children embarking on an adventure. Sounds like a certain popular cider brand’s latest cheesy advert, right? Wrong. This idyllic scene is what awaits those campers lucky enough to stumble upon Ling's Meadow.

Nestled within a peaceful pocket of a rewilded 80-acre farm, Ling’s Meadow has been delighting campers since it opened in 2013. Kath, who runs the site with husband Neel and whose family have farmed here since the 1930s, says: “There’s just something about Suffolk fields...” And we can’t help but agree: there’s certainly something about this one. The long grass, the flat landscape and the wide expanse of sky are part of it but, above all, it’s what the Shearer’s have done here that makes this place so special. They keep cars out of the meadow and numbers of campers and glampers low for an atmosphere that’s free range and friendly.

There’s space for just six tents in spacious, circular pitches that are hewn into the meadow grass with meandering paths to connect them. Then there are a pair of ‘slow camping base camps’; unfurnished bell tents with simple campfire cooking kit provided.

And then, there’s the glamping proper: the fully kitted-out star dome. Warmed by log burners and the love that’s gone into it. You’ll see it in the star dome – a unique construction of the Shearer’s own design. It’s there in the facilities too: a rustic camp kitchen and the family-friendly compost loo cabins.

A signposted walk offers a tour of the farm. Look out for deer, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes as well as the sheep and alpacas whose grazing is part of the land management here. Offsite, East Anglia is yours to explore, from the Broads and the coast to charming rural villages and their medieval churches. In keeping with the site’s green ethos, guests are encouraged to explore the region on two wheels. There are bikes to borrow if you don’t have your own and, handily, a couple of cycle routes run just to the north of site wending their way around the surrounding Suffolk fields. There really is something about them but nothing quite compares to Ling’s Meadow.

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Hepworth, Suffolk, England, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Katherine S.Joined in November 2015
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17 Ratings · 26 reviews
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Rhiannon N.recommends
October 9, 2023
Hedgehog
A delightful autumn stay!
From the moment we booked to stay at Ling’s Meadow, it was delightful. From clear and helpful communication of what to expect, to being greeted by the friendly alpacas on arrival, I’m so glad we booked for their last weekend of the season. This was one of the cleanest; most well stocked and maintained campsite we have stayed at. Fire pits, bikes, games and a wood fired oven were all provided and the hot showers topped it all off. I couldn’t recommend this more.
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Neil H.recommends
August 18, 2023
Fox Camp - double
I was highly impressed with this welcoming site. There has clearly been a lot of love gone into every aspect of the experience and it shows. The plots are well maintained, and the facilities are excellent. Highly recommended.
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Stuart L.recommends
May 31, 2023
Meadow pitch
Lovely meadow, great facilities, beautiful sunset 👍
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Keith M.recommends
May 9, 2023
Meadow pitch
Right in the middle of farmland, with llamas and sheep to appeal to the kids, this campsite is the perfect eco retreat from the fast lane. Set in a very large field, and yet with only 9 or 10 pitches, it is remarkably well thought through, with large tepee communal tent for rainy days, a great well-equipped shared kitchen for those not wishing to lug their own kit, very stylish hot shower and drop-loos, all powered by solar and natural means. Off grid, but definitely stylish camping!
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Loissimes ?.recommends
May 7, 2023
Meadow pitch
Great eco campsite
A wonderful fully eco camp site , we loved the communal kitchen and large tipi , great when you only have a small tent !
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Tamion C.recommends
September 13, 2022
Meadow pitch
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!
spent a lovely week here, here's why... 1. it's far enough from main roads that it's wonderfully quiet 2. it's big enough that you're not too close to anyone (pitches are individually set out and separately bookable if booked direct) but open enough that you still feel you have friendly neighbours to wave to in the morning 3. there's a great little set-up with a communal kitchen, mini iceblock freezer, pizza oven, swapshop and solar powered charging point + marshmallows and firewood for sale 4. there's a mini teepee, mud kitchen and games for adults/kids alike 5. there's an amazing HUGE communal teepee - ideal if the weather's crap and you're feeling claustrophobic in your tent (we had sun all week but still chilled there sometimes) 6. the woodburning shower (hot twice a day), urinal and loos (those composting drop ones) were beautifully done and didn't smell! 7. the owners were genuinely lovely, friendly and helpful yet wholly unobtrusive 8. they have alpacas! ONLY downsides might be the lack of campsite shop proper (though Spar is less than 2 mins drive) and you can't park at your tent (i like that, my wife less so). we camp 3-4 times a year and VERY rarely return to a campsite. but this will now definitely be a regular fixture in our calendar, especially as they're apparently upgrading the shower next year and the meadow will look far more mature and beautiful (unfortunately they'd mowed just before the drought!). only request: climbing frame, swing and slide for kids?
From the host
Ling's Meadow is a small, rural hideaway on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. The focus is on Slow camping in a nearly wild 4 acre meadow alive with butterflies, bees and birds. The campsite hosts a maximum of 25 campers across six large tent pitches and a magical stardome. For a real Slow camping retreat you can also book an empty bell tent plus bush camp kit for outdoor cooking. Shared facilities include luxury compost loos, wood heated shower, camp kitchen and all the kit you need for outdoor cooking, den building, bug hunting, bird spotting and relaxing. The campsite is set on a small family farm dedicated to growing crops for wildlife. Herbal leys, clover mixes, wild flower meadows and wild bird seed mixes support farmland pollinators, wildlife and birds as well as providing grazing for alpacas and a flock of grass fed sheep. Guests can take a farm walk and look out for roe deer, birds of prey, brown hares, fieldfares, yellowhammers, foxes and badgers.
Nearby attractions

The site is ideally located to explore the best of East Anglia, with Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, Cambridge and the North Norfolk Coast and Broads all within easy reach. The Peddars Way Walk is one of the area's best walking trails, while the High Lodge Thetford Forest is great for exploring on two wheels. Local pick up by the campsite owners is available for walkers/ guests using public transport. For a day at the seaside, Holkham Bay and Southwold's famous pier and lighthouse are your best bets. Kids and parents alike will love Jimmy's Farm (01473 604206) and the award-winning treehouse adventure park, BeWILDerwood (01692 633033).

Food and drink

The Mill Inn (01359 221018) is just a 3 mile walk from the site in nearby Market Weston – perfect for a sample of the local ales and pub grub. For ale aficionados, the Star Wing Brewery (01379 890586) is also nearby, as is St George’s Whisky Distillery (01953 717939) which offers tours as well as a chance to buy. Wyken Vineyards (01359 250262), is just a short cycle ride away – it's also is also home to gorgeous, oak-beamed Leaping Hare (01359 250287) restaurant and a country store. For the finest local produce, Wyken also holds a farmer’s market every Saturday. Further afield, The Bell Inn (01379 898445) at Rickinghall and No 4 Hatter Street (01284 754477), are decent shouts for food. There is also a well stocked farm shop within walking distance and an award winning bakery in the next village.

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