Travel along the main north Norfolk coast road between Sheringham and Hunstanton and, just west of the village of Morston, you’ll pass a very missable hand-painted sign bearing the legend ‘B&B and campsite’. This is Scaldbeck Cottage, which turns out to be a fine-looking traditional Norfolk flint cottage with a petite camping field just beyond its garden. It’s an informal affair.
Access to the site is around the back of the cottage, under trees and past upturned rowing boats, while a path off through the garden leads to the loo/shower. Do pop a mallet in with your luggage, because although the grass looks soft enough, the ground beneath it is really quite hard after the first inch and will take a certain delight in bending your pegs should you attempt to ram them in with your foot.
Just a five-minute stroll from bustling Morston Quay, the site is ideal for hikers who want a base from which to attempt sections of the Norfolk Coast Path. Simply take the excellent Coasthopper bus to whichever point you want to walk along, then let it bring your weary legs back in the evening. There’s a cooked breakfast available (£8) if booked the night before – either a full English (‘a breakfast for kings’) with a slew of home-made ingredients, or a veggie alternative. In the event of fire, famine, pestilence or the sword, the cottage also has a couple of rooms for B&B.
(info supplied by the campsite)
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My husband and I have just returned from 5 days of camping at Scaldbeck Cottage and we had the most wonderful time. We usually stay further down the coast but decided on a change of scenery and it certainly is some of the most amazing scenery. The campsite is literally a stone's throw from the marshes (and I can't throw!) just the other side of a line of trees. It is the quietest, most serene campsite we have ever been to apart from the birds who start early on their dawn chorus, I can't say this was a bad thing to be woken up by!
We decided to have breakfast cooked for us half way through the holiday and it was really tasty, try the homemade jams as they are amazing! As you will read from other reviews there is only one loo and shower together, however, there were times during our stay that the site was full to their quota of 12 people and I had to wait once for a matter of 20 seconds, I couldn't see this as an issue. There were also times when we had the campsite to ourselves which was bliss.
We weren't really that interested in birdlife but they certainly persuade you to be interested, it's teaming with wildlife on the doorstep. There is a pub in the village, the seal trips on the quay, and it's only just over a mile (you can walk the coastal route or drive) to Blakeney which has a good selection of restaurants/pubs and some shops.
This campsite is certainly on our saved list, a wonderful stay.
We stayed in this wonderful campsite for 2 nights at the beginning of April and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were the only people on the site and it was great to have it all to ourselves.
Only 12 people max - so no crowds.
Brilliant location - right next to the public footpath and Morston Marshes. This is a great place to visit if you enjoy nature.
Ned, the owner, is very friendly and can provide you with lots of information on how to walk to the seals, tide times, kayaking spots etc.
You can have fires, either on the floor or in the large BBQ.
The shower is excellent and is included in the price.
There aren't any rules to adhere to - it is a very informal affair.
The only slightly bad thing is the chickens wake you up in the morning if you are a light sleeper! There is only 1 toilet and shower which are in the same room, so if 12 people were staying on the site then this may be a slight problem.
If you visit this campsite then you are sure to have an amazing time.
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Tents – yes. Campervans, caravans – no.
Loos: 1 Unisex. Showers: 1 Unisex. Other facilities: Outdoor washing-up area, picnic tables. Stuff for children: No. Recycling: Everything.
Dogs: Yes, under control (chickens around). Fires: Open fires allowed in designated area (must bring own wood), BBQ and breeze blocks available. Other: Don’t feed the horses.
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Train station: Sheringham (11 miles) – Sheringham to Norfolk line. The Coasthopper bus (www.coasthopper.co.uk) from Sheringham to King’s Lynn stops right outside the site.