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Wardley Hill Campsite

England / Kirby Cane, Norfolk
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An ecological take on glamping and camping in the unspoilt natural vista of the Waveney Valley.

If you love the great outdoors but find your tent-pitching skills are more Bungle the Bear than Bear Grylls, come and claim your unique glamping haven at Wardley Hill, a rustic six-acre ecological campsite in the Waveney Valley.  Located right on the edge of the idyllic Norfolk Broads, the area is renowned for its peaceful surroundings and timeless natural beauty. 

At Wardley Hill the vibe is calm and informal, with all tastes catered for.  How about a tranquil getaway in a shepherd's hut, their compact hammock hut, or perhaps a cosy tree tent for two...or maybe you'd prefer relaxing in Alice's Wonderland-inspired bell tent, taking afternoon tea on vintage china? 

Wardley Hill has it all covered in this eco-friendly paradise, which features three clean composting toilets made from reclaimed timber, a waterless urinal, recycling facilities and an open-topped shower with plenty of piping hot water.   Fire drums made from old washing machines are readily available, should you feel the need to burst into a medley of campfire songs at any point during your stay! 

This friendly, laid-back site boasts a babbling stream, and you'll be surrounded by woodland full of wild sweet-scented foliage for the birds and bees to enjoy, as you watch them and the world go by from the comfort of your tent.  There's plenty of space for energetic outdoor family games in an adjoining field, and you can even bring the dog along.  Or you can drop the pace in the campsite's own library, and there will even be the brand new addition of a boat for spring 2018!

Away from the site, you'll find plenty of absorbing ways to spend your time, with the Waveney Valley's plentiful nature reserves, military museum and stately homes all to explore.  The nearby Beccles Lido features an invigorating open-air swimming pool - and don't miss out on a river trip aboard the Big Dog Ferry!

All you have to do now is choose from one of Wardley Hill's unique ecological glamping experiences.  If stylish bell tents are your thing, the Lotus Belle is a wonderfully comfy home-from-home, sleeping two people in a double bed - there's even a rug and two bedside cabinets.  An extra warm blanket is provided for cold nights or snuggling under the stars, and when you're ready for a nightcap after a long day exploring the area's natural beauty, you'll find a bottle-opener and two glasses right to hand!

The roomy traditional Emperor Family Bell Tent is just the ticket if you're bringing extra guests along.  Inside there's a double bed and two singles, plus a barbecue and solar lighting inside and out to add to your magical camping experience - in short, everything you'll need for the perfect al-fresco family break!

If a bell tent and a double bed wasn't quite what you had in mind for your nature-ful break - and let's face it, who needs mattresses anyway? - the Hammock Hut is a cosy micro house that sleeps one or two people in hammocks suspended inside.  The hut also features heating, a plush sofa, a gas stove, solar powered ligting and USB charging points... so you can keep your Instagram followers updated!

The newest addition to the collection is the aurthentic and rather charming Shepherds Hut, a warming retreat with views over the green fields and no shortage if cosiness inside, with its own crackling fire. With equally eco-friendly credentials, it is fitted with a hidden solar panel providing light and even USB sockets to ensure you can remain connected to the world. At night you can relax in front of the glowing fire - the perfect end to any day!

Last but by no means least, for a romantic getaway with a difference how about escaping to the snug-licious Tentsile Connect?  This portable two-person tree tent complete with removable fly sheet will mean your feet literally won't touch the ground. Conveniently pre-pitched (or should that be flown?) for you. Simply climb in and spend some quiet time connecting with nature - pure bliss.

Of course, if you prefer a more traditional camping experience then you won't be disappointed as Wardley Hill Campsite is first and foremost a campsite, catering for four small campervans and fifteen tent pitches in a car free environment.  

So come and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at Wardley Hill, an authentic nature-inspired sanctuary with something for everyone!

Things to note

There's a car park at the top of the site, with trolleys available to transport your equipment. If you'd like to bring a trailer tent, please contact Wardley Hill in advance. Check-in for the glamping experiences is from 3pm and check-out by 11am daily. The entire site is closed in November and for Christmas.

No pets/smoking permitted in tents or shepherds huts, towels and toiletries plus any additional cooking equipment not listed should be brought, cars are not allowed in the camping zone. Bags of wood & firelighters available to purchase. Camping is £6 per adult and £3 per child per night. Glamping is from under £11 per night per person based on 4 people sharing the Emperor Family Bell tent for one week.

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The basics

Region: Kirby Cane, Norfolk
Cost (from): £11 per person per night (glamping)
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
Minimum stay: 1 night (Hammock Hut, Tree Tent or Camping)
Property ref: 195

Facilities

Lotus Belle tent sleeps 2 in a double bed, pillows, sheets, gas stove, kettle, teas & coffees, mugs, glasses, bottle opener, wind-up torch, clock, firebox, BBQ, 2 chairs. 

The Hammock Hut sleeps up to 2 in separate hammocks, small gas stove, heating, tea & coffee, mugs, remote control solar power lighting, USB chargers, electricity socket, sofa, table, chairs, fire drum.

Family Emperor Bell Tent sleeps up to 4, double bed, 2 single beds, bedding, tea & coffee making facilities, fire pit, solar power lighting, BBQ.

Connect Tree Tent sleeps 2 with a removable fly sheet.

Shepherds Hut sleeps up to 4, double bed, single bed, sofa, bedding provided, composting toilet, solar shower, solar lighting, USB sockets, wood burning stove, gas cooker, sink.

Communal toilet & shower facilities are available for all accommodations onsite. A library is available and a boat will be ready for guests in spring 2018.

Local activities

Forest walking, cycling, beaches, coastal walks, museums, festivals, bird watching, horse riding, golf.

At a glance

  • Six-acre ecological campsite with car-free tent pitching and separate space for small campervans (no bigger than a Volkswagen Transporter). Caravans not permitted.
  • Easily accessible by road and rail, located at the top of Wardley Hill Road, just off the A143.
  • Full access to campsite facilities.
  • All glamping experiences (aside from the Tree Tent and Hammock hut) come with fresh bedding and tea/coffee making facilities. Bring your own towels, pots and pans.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the bell tents and must be on leads when on the campsite.
  • Village shop, Italian restaurant and award-winning child and dog-friendly pub The Artichoke at Broome are all within easy walking distance.
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