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Moat Island Glamping

England / Haveringland, Norfolk
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Full description
Whimsical, luxurious glamping accommodation with generous facilities and a natural swimming pond, enchantingly secluded within the moat of a rural Norfolk estate.

Surrounded by idyllic Norfolk countryside, Moat Island occupies a fairytale location: within the wild moat of a former medieval hall on the Haveringland Hall Estate.

Boasting eclectic, magical accommodation to suit families, friends, and groups, you can also jump from a hand-crafted jetty, straight into the shimmering natural swimming pond, filled with native plants and dragonflies that flit past as you take those lazy afternoon laps.

Haveringland Castle, a unique, imaginative, and luxurious castle-hut-on-wheels complete with turret, is the ideal choice for a break that makes you feel royally pampered!  

Sleeping up to five guests, the ‘castle' is beautifully secluded amongst woodland and sweet-scented fruit trees, with kitchen facilities provided. Feast on that home-cooked banquet in your very own tower under the stars, surrounded by soft-twinkling fairy lights, while a crackling wood-burner will keep you perfectly toasty on cool evenings.

Also sleeping up to five guests is the enchanting Cabin by the Dell, a beautifully crafted wooden haven with modern kitchen facilities, cosy furnishings, and a covered terrace for morning coffee and evening cocktails.  

During the summer months, any extra cabin guests can pitch up in a roomy on-site bell tent... simply bring your own sleeping bags, and you're away!

If you prefer glamping under canvas yourselves, there are four spacious, furnished Lotus Belle tents to choose from. Each comes complete with a kingsize bed, a double futon sofa bed, and a single bed, all dressed with fresh cotton sheets and pillowcases.  

These are no ordinary tents... not only do they feature lighting and electricity, but there's a woodburner for toasty evenings in, and a firepit for marshmallow toasting under the stars.

But if you're worried about missing out on that star-studded canvas once you've headed back inside, don't! Simply choose a Stargazer, with transparent roof panels that allow you to keep an eye on the ever-changing sky, even as you snuggle up in that downy bed.  

(You can also "perfect the art of cloud-watching" by day, as The Times recently put it.)

A small selection of unfurnished tents - including a Stargazer - also mean you can bring your own bedding along for a refreshingly simple, back-to-basics camping experience... the choice is completely yours.

What about facilities, you may ask? Eco-friendly options include compost loos near each tent and cabin, and there's also a deluxe shower block and camp kitchen, expertly crafted from the overgrown Christmas trees that once dotted the site.  

With every holiday need covered, you can feel free to take a dip in that sun-dappled natural pond, or spend your time exploring the many natural delights that Norfolk is famous for... from long, golden beaches to restaurants serving mouth-watering local produce.  

Things to note

4 night minimum stay during peak times, 2 nights during off-peak at weekends and single nights mid-week. Entire site-hire is available on request. Larger groups can book the Cabin and Castle together, with an unfurnished bell tent for extra guests in summer.

Tried and tested

"What an incredibly special place. I stayed in the Furnished Oak tent and it was absolutely beautiful. The bed was super comfortable and the pillows and white cotton linen was lovely. The site really is a hidden gem. All you can hear is the lark. The swimming pond was a real treat. Being able to sit in the pool and observe dragon flies and bees and all of the beautiful surrounding planting. More than enough wood was left for the indoor fire and outdoor fire pit. The outdoor kitchen block was also fully stocked, with each tent having access to its own equipment and fridge. Each tent also had access to their own wet room shower and toilet in a spotless modern block, as well as a compost toilet closer to the tent. I found this place on Instagram and it more than lived up to my expectations. It really is a very special place and I hope I can return later this year."

"Moat Island offers a unique experience; the moat that surrounds the beautiful modern yurts brings wildlife, the natural swimming pond was as refreshing as it was crystal clear, and yes a little cold in mid-October but reinvigorating nonetheless. The site has beautifully crafted communal areas and high end bathroom facilities. The surrounding woodland is full of wildlife, fungae and fresh air. What really makes moat island so great is the staff. From booking to the wave goodbye, they supported us, made us feel welcome and left us in peace in perfect measure. Thank you for what was a very well needed break from city life. We will be back soon."

"Just back from an October half term short break at Moat Island Glamping with our three teenagers and we had a wonderful time. Lewis and Roy have made it very pandemic-safe, with every tent having their own loo and shower, as well as their own fridge, crockery, cutlery and washing up basin in the kitchen area. Despite the cold weather we enjoyed a dip in the beautiful wild swimming pond and with the woodfired stove in the tent and comfy beds made it really cosy. We enjoyed toasting marshmallows on our own fire pit and had nice meals in a local pub and Indian restaurant. We will definitely be back - it's the best night's sleep I've ever had under canvas!"

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The basics

The basics


Region: Haveringland, Norfolk
Cost (from): £65 per night (bell tent)
Sleeps: 5 per unit
Bedrooms: Open plan
Bathrooms: Varies
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1911

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Facilities

Facilities

Eclectic glamping accommodation, sleeps 5 guests.

Haveringland Castle: kingsize, double and single beds, kitchen with microwave, fridge, hot water, dining or sleeping tower, wood-burning stove, private compost loo, use of shower and sink.

Cabin by the Dell: open plan sleeping space, kitchen with oven, fridge, hot water, wood-burning stove, private compost loo, use of shower and sink.

Furnished Lotus Belle/Stargazer tents: King size bed, double futon sofa bed, single futon sofa bed, torch, cool box, two-burner gas stove, lighting/electricity, wood-burning stove, firepit.

Selection of unfurnished bell tents.

Linen is provided, along with logs for the wood-burners and a barbecue tripod for your firebowl.

On site: shower block with power showers/flushing WCs, communal camp kitchen, natural swimming pond with jetty, parking

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, swimming, nature watching, paddle-boarding, Norfolk Broads, beaches, market towns, pubs, restaurants

At a glance

At a glance

  • A magical glamping haven, set within the moat of a former medieval hall on Norfolk's Haveringland Hall Estate.
  • Accommodation sleeps 5 guests, and includes:
    • Haveringland Castle, a quirky hut-on-wheels with kitchen facilities
    • Cabin by the Dell, a wooden cabin with kitchen facilities
    • Selection of furnished/unfurnished 6-metre bell tents (including Stargazers)
  • Facilities include private eco-composting toilets, a communal camp kitchen, and a bespoke-crafted shower block with power showers and flushing toilets
  • There is also a natural swimming pond and jetty on site, with native plants.
  • Attractions in the local area include paddle-boarding and nature walks. There is a restaurant just outside the estate, accessible within a 15-minute walk.
Tried and tested

"What an incredibly special place. I stayed in the Furnished Oak tent and it was absolutely beautiful. The bed was super comfortable and the pillows and white cotton linen was lovely. The site really is a hidden gem. All you can hear is the lark. The swimming pond was a real treat. Being able to sit in the pool and observe dragon flies and bees and all of the beautiful surrounding planting. More than enough wood was left for the indoor fire and outdoor fire pit. The outdoor kitchen block was also fully stocked, with each tent having access to its own equipment and fridge. Each tent also had access to their own wet room shower and toilet in a spotless modern block, as well as a compost toilet closer to the tent. I found this place on Instagram and it more than lived up to my expectations. It really is a very special place and I hope I can return later this year."

"Moat Island offers a unique experience; the moat that surrounds the beautiful modern yurts brings wildlife, the natural swimming pond was as refreshing as it was crystal clear, and yes a little cold in mid-October but reinvigorating nonetheless. The site has beautifully crafted communal areas and high end bathroom facilities. The surrounding woodland is full of wildlife, fungae and fresh air. What really makes moat island so great is the staff. From booking to the wave goodbye, they supported us, made us feel welcome and left us in peace in perfect measure. Thank you for what was a very well needed break from city life. We will be back soon."

"Just back from an October half term short break at Moat Island Glamping with our three teenagers and we had a wonderful time. Lewis and Roy have made it very pandemic-safe, with every tent having their own loo and shower, as well as their own fridge, crockery, cutlery and washing up basin in the kitchen area. Despite the cold weather we enjoyed a dip in the beautiful wild swimming pond and with the woodfired stove in the tent and comfy beds made it really cosy. We enjoyed toasting marshmallows on our own fire pit and had nice meals in a local pub and Indian restaurant. We will definitely be back - it's the best night's sleep I've ever had under canvas!"

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