Take an alpaca walk on an exceptionally friendly, family-run Suffolk farm surrounded by meadow grass and wildflowers.
  • Sleeps: Varies
  • Bedroom: Varies
  • Bathroom: Communal
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Low-impact and lovely, Ling’s Meadow is a small, relaxed and extremely welcoming farm camping site in Suffolk, close to historic Bury St. Edmunds.

The farm has been in the owners’ family since the 1930s, and additional residents these days include chickens, a barn owl and a herd of fluffy alpacas! Teeming with wildlife, you can expect to catch sight of deer, foxes, hedgehogs, bees and a wide variety of birds during your stay.

Friendly owners Kath and Neel do all they can to ensure their beautiful surroundings stay that way, and it shows. Campsite facilities are eco-friendly, waste water is recycled on the farm, and there’s even a 10% eco discount if you leave the car at home and arrive by public transport.

Choose your down-to-earth accommodation from a wide variety of options – though there will only ever be a maximum of 25 guests on site, leaving you with plenty of wide open space to enjoy.

The canvas-covered handmade StarDome is a stunning cross between a yurt and a geodesic dome, complete with wooden floor, stargazing skylight and solar chandelier. Sleeping up to five people in cosy beds, you can enjoy your own slice of meadowland with outdoor seating and firepit.

Windhover, the Living Van (named after the farm’s visiting kestrel), is locally-crafted, and sleeps up to four people in peace and comfort. She includes a carved bed, beautiful stained-glass window lights and plenty of storage space. Windhover is paired with a restored shepherd’s hut, Ranny. Ranny sleeps has an extra pull out small double, or can be used as an additional living space.

Both the StarDome and Windhover & Ranny have their own crackling woodburning stoves and intricate décor.

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At a glance

  • Friendly and sustainable family-run camping site in Suffolk, close to Bury St. Edmunds.
  • Parking is available, and there is a 10% eco-discount for those arriving by public transport.
  • Choose your couples’ or family accommodation from a canvas-covered StarDome, a Living Van/shepherds’ hut combination, and pre-pitched bell tents. Camping pitches are also available.
  • Please bring towels, a torch and extra layers.
  • Communal facilities include a kitchen, solar/wood-fired shower and composting toilets. USB charging for phones is provided, and a solar powered freezer provides ice blocks for cool-boxes. Please note that there is no mains electricity on the meadow.
  • The site is close to a farm shop and a local village mini-market, with a wealth of attractions close by. Alpaca walks for age 8 and over are available on-site.

Features

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups
  • Off-Grid

Facilities

StarDome sleeps up to 5, double bed, twin bunks, 2 single futons, blankets, furnishings, storage, wood fired stove, solar chandelier, star lights, battery lantern, books, fire pit & tripod, table & benches, log basket, kitchen equipment, cool box, pot wood fired rocket stove, kelly kettle, water carrier, storage box, USB charger.

Living Van and shepherd’s hut sleeps up to 4, 3 double beds, blankets, side table, cabinet, worktop, fairy lights, lantern, fire pit & tripod, grill, outdoor seating, log basket & kindling,  kitchen equipment, cool box, pot wood fired rocket stove, kelly kettle, water carrier, books & playing cards.

Pre-pitched Bell Tents sleep up to 6, coir matting, canvas tarp cooking shelter, fire pit, tripod, grill, wood fired rocket stove, kelly kettle, cast iron dutch oven and frying pan.

Local activities

Historical buildings, lakes, country parks, castles, golf, cycling, horse riding, birdwatching, festivals, museums, National Trust properties, horse racing.

Accommodation Options

Windhover & Ranny shepherds huts

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Tent-wise, you can pitch your own, or treat yourself to a Slow camping experience by booking one of the pre-pitched empty bell tents with canvas tarp shelter and outdoor bushcamp cooking kit.

Communal facilities include a timber framed camp kitchen, canvas dining shelter, composting toilets and a wood fired hot shower. The on-site BBQs and wood-fired pizza oven give you a wonderful excuse to concoct endless sizzling suppers.
 
With accommodation and dining covered, it’s time to explore.  There’s plenty around for the kids to involve themselves in (the owners’ three children have a wealth of new ideas!) – and of course, you’ll want to get to know the resident alpacas better by taking a gentle farm walk with them. You can also say hello to the Shetland sheep and farm hens.

For those who love getting out and about, there are many wonderful walks, including the nearby Peddars Way Walk and Thornham Estate’s winding way-marked rambles. High Lodge at Thetford Forest is ideal for adventure-seekers, or how about a Go Ape Treetop Adventure?

With so much to see, do and immerse yourselves in all around, you’re sure to find you won’t miss that phone or laptop. So why not leave them at home for a change, as you reconnect with your loved ones in the very best of the Great Outdoors?

Things to note

The site is open between 5th May and 30th September 2023. Bedding is provided but please bring towels. Exclusive hire is possible for large groups, enquire for details. No pets permitted. Ling’s Meadow is a no smoking site. Check in is from 3pm, check out is 11am. 1 night minimum stay camping, 3 nights glamping.

Where you'll be staying

Diss, Norfolk

What the guests of Ling’s Meadow say

“Thank you for creating such an inspirational site in a patch of paradise.”

“A lovely peaceful campsite with a very warm welcome.”

“Simply beautiful. Our own piece of heaven.”

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