It’s a great place to do nothing and get into nature.You can pitch your tent in the bottom field or the woodland beyond, or take up residence in a boutique bell tent or a well-equipped caravan complete with its own outside decking and cooking area. Plus there’s the Pixie Hut and the Shepherd's Hut – ideal for a family or small group. They have some ingeniously suspended firepits for cooking, and some of Jonathan’s mates recently built him a fabulous outdoor pizza oven out of recycled materials.
Overall, it’s a site with a lovely chilled-out atmosphere situated in a very special location.
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Camping Cool just got even cooler - sub-zero in fact! For 2014 we have made some massive improvements that makes Swattesfield Campsite a unique site to stay at and a true Top 10 UK campsite as featured in The Guardian.
Are you inspired by Lord Of The Rings? Have you ever fancied living like a hobbit in an ever-so-cutsey house? Well, welcome to our very own two Pixie Huts; Weggle and Swaggle! Our octagonal wonders have four peak-a-boo windows, a comfy full-sized double bed and two smaller beds for any little imps. With a wood burning stove and over-looking the south facing skies of Suffolk this is already proving to be popular with our regulars! The huts have their own outside decking area, fire pits and all your cooking facilities including a Pizza Oven for all campers to use. These really are the new way to camp; cosy, cutsey and a great place to wind down and relax.
As well as our Pixie Huts we also have our Boutique Bell-Tents with all the creature comforts you'd need to have a thoroughly enjoyable stay. At five metres across these are big enough for four and of course have the full-size comfy double bed as well as all your cooking equipment.
And if all that wasn't enough we also have a real top-of-the range Shepherds Hut big enough for four, they also have a wood-burner inside to keep you toasty as well as all your cooking facilities outside.
If our sumptuous accommodation is just too much for you and you fancy the traditional ways then don't worry as we've still got six tent pitches for those that like it under canvas. I say pitches but they're unmarked to keep Swattesfield Campsite as natural a countryside location as can be. We also cater for VW camper van sized campers - anything bigger and they just wouldn't fit!
With 12 miles of direct walks from the site and an 11th Century pub, Forge Cafe and Coach House restaurant within 25 minutes walking distance there's more than enough to keep you fed and watered. There's even a play area 15 minutes easy stroll away for the kids as well fishing lakes a little further afield. The market towns of Eye and Diss are only 5 and 10 minutes away and all this with an easy train ride from London Liverpool Street and only an hour from Cambridge, 30 minutes from Norwich and 55 minutes from Southwold and Aldeburgh, Swattesfield Campsite really is an ideal place to have a relaxing break.
I hope to see you soon!
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This is a fantastic site, very, very pretty and well run by Jonathan and Phil who are very easy going but accommodating when you have a need.
The showers and toilets are pretty basic but the location is superb and caravans are banned so if you are a proper camper this is a great site. There are plenty of decent pubs and shops nearby. Firepits are available for real fires.
The site is great and very safe for children who have plenty of room, including a woods and playing field, to make their own fun. There are a few homemade swings and he most fantastic natural 'bushcraft' den.
The site is not far from the London/Norwich main line, which can be irksome sometimes but the trains are few and far between, just the odd one very late at night or very early in the morning.
We've been three times now, including a week-long break so it's definitely recommended.
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Our Pixie Huts, Weggle and Swaggle, are delightful places to stay and the kids (big and small!) will love them. Cosy, comfy and cute :)
Boutique Bell-Tents are big and beautiful. Large enough for four they have all you need to enjoy this countryside site.
Our Shepherds Hut is wonderfully constructed with a double bed and two bunks, they have a wood-burning stove and pretty much everything you need for your stay - just bring your toothbrush!
We'd love you to stay with your own tent! Our pitches are unmarked to keep the site unspoilt and if you've got a VW sized camper then you're welcome too!
Tents, small campervans, dogs – yes. Caravans, big groups, young groups – no.
Campfires allowed off the ground. 12 pitches, 3 bell tents, 1 caravan, plus 2 double rooms in the log cabin. No hook-ups. Simple but clean toilet block, with 2 showers, 6 sinks and 6 toilets. Small shop sells camping equipment and food essentials. Gislingham village shop is a 15-minute walk away.
Thornham Walks – 12 miles of waymarked footpaths accessible from the site (open daily 9am–6pm April–October; shorter hours outside this period).
Food & Drink
Open first spring Half-term until last Half-term of the year which is quite late this year!
Open from 4th April 2014 and closing on 3rd November 2014
Pixie Huts from £195 per Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday break - that's for the hut, for up to four people; as little as £12.90 pppn!
Boutique Bell Tents from £170 per Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday break - that's for the hut, for up to four people; as little as £10.63 pppn!
Shepherds Hut from £195 per Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday break - that's for the hut, for up to four people; as little as £12.90 pppn!
Tent Pitches from £12 and Campervans from £17 per night.
And if you don't fancy cooking, would like a special greeting pack (I'm thinking Champagne, chocolates, flowers!), or a breakfast, lunch, nibbles hamper then these can be provided on request - basically whatever it is you would like to make your stay super special or just want to a treat we can provide it be it a massage, baby-sitting, dog-sitting/walking etc we'll provide it - though no tattoos...I don't like needles!
To find the campsite from the A140, follow the signs to the Thornham Walks and continue past the Walks entrance , continuing along Gislingham Road for about a mile and then turn right soon after seeing a 'school' sign and 'Slow' marked on the road - there is a Swattesfield Campsite sign marking the entrance on the right. And if you're travelling from the opposite direction and through Gislingham, exit the village past the Church and towards Thornham Magna. About 1/2 mile out of the village and soon after travelling under a train tunnel you will see a 'school' sign and 'Slow' marked on the road - there is a Swattesfield Campsite sign marking the entrance on the left.
The nearest station is Diss (6 miles) which is on the direct mainline from London Liverpool Street and often stops at Manningtree, Colchester, Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich. It's only an hour and a half from London and there are usually cabs that can bring you to us waiting at the station.