A sleek, stylish, and scenic Suffolk boatyard pod for fun family escapes, complete with seafaring experiences on the edge of the Broads National Park.
  • Sleeps: 2-4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Nestled on the bank of the River Waveney, on the edge of the shimmering Broads National Park, the Suffolk town of Beccles is the ideal setting for water-based relaxation and adventure.

A long-established local icon, Hippersons Boatyard is a working boatyard, and a family-run haven comprising floating escapes, glamping hideaways, and seafaring experiences to suit all holiday tastes.

Their newest addition is Secret Garden, a cosy, east-facing pod for couples and families who enjoy life by the scenic river… but prefer to rest their heads on dry land!

Privately set in its own garden space, you can sit and watch the glistening water-world glide languorously by from the spacious and furnished decking, chatting and laughing over drinks and nibbles.

Inside awaits a sumptuous living space with high, gently curved ceilings. Here you’ll discover a squishy leather corner sofa and a TV to help cooler evenings go by with ease, while the glamping kitchenette comes equipped with everything you need to prepare meals, snacks, and riverside picnics.

(For extra foodie treats, why not order a goodie-packed hamper from Beccles Station Café to greet you on arrival, or arrange a fresh, tasty breakfast to be delivered straight to your deck every morning?)

Bedroom-wise, there’s an elegant double room to snuggle up in, as you drift off to sleep against a gentle soundtrack of wildlife. Meanwhile, big and little kids alike will love the second ‘secret’ bedroom; a light and cheerful space with an L-shaped bunk bed.

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At a glance

  • A cosy, stylish pod for 2-4 guests, nestled in its own garden by the River Waveney, on the working, family-run Hippersons Boatyard and glamping site in Beccles, Suffolk.
  • The self-contained pod features two bedrooms; one double, and one ‘secret’ hideaway bunk room that kids (big kids included!) will love.
  • There are options to order a goodie-stuffed hamper from Beccles Station Café on arrival, or for a tasty breakfast to be delivered to your deck each morning – just ask!
  • Relax on your spacious, furnished decking and watch the world glide by, or choose from experiences that include a guided kayak or canoe tour, or self-drive boat hire.
  • If you’re staying for 3 nights or more, you can take advantage of the owners’ ‘Sparrows and Amazons’ experience package, complete with guided river tours and local foodie recommendations.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs


Riverside garden glamping pod, sleeps 2-4 guests.  Garden space with furnished decking, private parking 1 minute walk away.  Inside: electric wall heaters, living space with leather corner sofa and TV, kitchenette with microwave, double electric hob, small fridge.  Double bedroom, ‘secret’ second bedroom with L-shaped bunk bed, shower room with WC. Eco wood fired hot tub available as an extra at £15 per night.

On site: guided river tours, self-drive boat hire, tailored experience packages.

Local Activities

Canoeing, kayaking, pedal boats, paddle boarding, self-drive boat hire, foodie stops, pubs, restaurants, wildlife-watching


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Complete your morning freshen-up routine in the spacious shower room, then enjoy an al fresco morning coffee as you plan the day’s adventures.

Watch the boats come and go, or perhaps enjoy a chat with friendly owner Simon about the boatyard’s latest projects (which you may also get to see, if you’re lucky!)

There are also plenty of experiences on offer, to help you explore the Waveney Valley in all its natureful glory. Take a guided canoe or kayak tour, hire a pedal boat or paddle board… or how about stepping aboard your very own self-drive boat for the day?

If you’re planning to stay for a few days, you can take advantage of Hippersons’ very own ‘Sparrows and Amazons’ experience package, for a fun-filled break steeped in local loveliness.

Starting with a reservation at the award-winning Royal Oak Fired Pizza on your first evening, and a delicious mini hamper on arrival, you’ll enjoy a guided wildlife canoe tour (keep an eye out for the kingfishers!) and a self-drive boat trip that will guide you in the direction of some amazing local pubs.

Swap stories at the end of yet another fun-filled day, as you savour a sunset tipple with your loved ones – seriously, could holiday life get any lovelier?

Things to note

Pets permitted by arrangement. Eco wood fired hot tub available as an extra at £15 per night.

Where you'll be staying

Beccles, Suffolk

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