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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 no en suite’. 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 marron chickens and 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 (£7) 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.

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A very small friendly family run site on the Norfolk Coastal Path at the edge of Morston marshes taking a maximum of 12 campers in personal tents only. (Please note: no hire tents, camper vans or caravans.)There is a fresh water sink unit on the camping field. A shower, hand-basin and toilet room exclusively for the campsite is attached to the main cottage a few yards away.

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★★★★★

Scaldbeck Cottage

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.

Good points:

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.

Bad points:

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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★★★★☆

Scaldbeck Cottage

Went here with 12 friends (altogether) for a weekend break (we all live in Norwich), a mainly adult group with older teenagers. We were blessed with good weather, apart for a downpour just after we had finished eating and pitching on the Friday eve - the site appeared well drained and no puddles despite a night of heavy rain. We used the fire pit with our dutch oven to bake bread and used their BBQ on the Saturday eve. It was great having our own ’private’ campsite. There is plenty of room and space to play ball and mess around as men/boys do. The toilet/washbasin and shower are all in 1 room which means there needs to be a degree of co-ordination/co-operation, which was no problem as we were all friends - I think it may be a little more problematic if you were sharing with ’strangers’. This is the reason I only gave it 4 stars. The area is lovely with plenty of places to walk, straight from the site. There are trips out to Blakeney point to see the seals, which we have done on prvious occasions which is great fun. We liked it so much we have just booked again for a long weekend in the summer.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

I was in 2 minds whether to post a review because it would be a shame if this little site were booked out continuously but we feel we owe it to Ned the owner - it is truly wonderful, very special, very unique, friendly, cheap, and amazingly located. 2 mins walk from Morston Quay, has ponies and hens surrounding you, and we were there for 4 days with 2 tents, there were only 2 other little tents there and both groups were really nice. We loved it and will DEFF go back again. Stayed in a huge campsite down the road a few weeks previously which was also clean, well run, etc, but if it’s peace and quiet you’re after, go to Scaldbeck Cottage. Thanks to Ned for the loan of his freezer too, and for providing some wood to mend our larder! And to Jane who owns the ponies for giving us a pony-trap ride!!!!!

★★★★☆

Scaldbeck Cottage

If you want to get away from the crowds and enjoy a laid back atmosphere then this is the perfect site. Since no more than 12 tents are allowed there is a huge amount of space to set up your tent. No feeling of being crammed in here. The location is fantastic. Morston Quay is right out the front of the cottage and from here you can take a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point, well worth the money. This is a nature lovers paradise. Morston is situated in a perfect spot to explore the North Norfolk coast either on foot, by bus on the brilliant coast hopper bus or by car. The owner, Ned, is wonderfully eccentric and was happy to tell us stories of his family, who have lived in Morston for several generations. The facilities are clean and well maintained but very basic. However, this seems to fit with the feel of the campsite. We really felt like we had been camping rather than on a luxury, all mod-cons characterless site. There is no shop in Morston, the nearest being in nearby Blakeney so take your initial supplies with you. It is easy to park outside the shop in Blakeney and the store is well stocked for locals and campers. The fish shop next door is very good. The Anchor pub in Morston does not quite have the charm one expects on first viewing from outside but with so many fine pubs in nearby villages to choose from, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you are going to be their late then make sure you have enough torches as the walk back to the campsite is a little wild. The Dun Cow at Salthouse does great reasonably priced meals with local ingredients. The Picnic Fayre delicatessen in nearby Cley is wonderful if a little on the expensive side. There is so much to do in the local area that it is impossible to fit it all in. I can’t recommend this site highly enough.

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Pitches

Maximum occupancy of 12 people (0 hard standing). No electric hook-ups.

Who's In

Tents – yes. Campervans, caravans – no.

On Site

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.

Off Site

Norfolk Coast Path – the 47-mile walk goes right past the campsite and takes in some of the country’s most interesting coastline, from salt marshes and mudflats to cliffs (yes, in Norfolk). Seal-watching boat trips from Morston Quay (¼ mile) – see the seals (and birds) on Blakeney Point; Bean's Boats 01263 740038; and Temple Boats 01263 740791. The campsite owners are happy to book one for you. Sailing School, Morston Quay (¼ mile) – various courses for children and adults; 01263 740704; http://www.norfolketc.co.uk.

Food & Drink

Wiveton Hall Cafe, Morston Hall, Cley Smokehouse, Picnic Fayre in Cley, Kings Head in Blakeney.

Anchor Inn (free house), Morston (¼ mile) – highly regarded food (book ahead) if somewhat chaotic service; 01263 741392.

Open

Easter–Oct (or later, if weather permits)

The Damage

£6 per person. (Max.12 people only)

Getting There

From the A149, follow the signs to the Bluejacket Workshop.

Public Transport

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.

Tags

Beaches  Bicycle routes  Campfires permitted  Fishing  Good for kids  Good walks  Remote location  Short walk to beach  Surfing  Tent pitches  Waterside location