Ling's Meadow

Stanton Road Farm, North Common Hepworth, Diss, Norfolk IP22 2PR
19 383 33 11 21 23 25 30 8

Spacious (and well spcaed-out) tent pitches and pristine bell tent glamping set within well maintained meadows.

A butterfly dances delicately over the lush grass swaying lazily in the soothing midsummer breeze. Buzzards and kestrels circle overhead, spying on hares that dot the meadow below. And, amidst this idyllic scene, you are reclining in the sun, the laughter of children embarking on an adventure in the background. Sounds like a certain popular cider brand’s latest cheesy advert, right? Wrong. For this idyllic scene is what awaits those campers lucky enough to stumble upon Ling's Meadow.

Nestled within a particularly peaceful pocket of their 80-acre wheat and barley farm, close to the Suffolk border, Ling’s Meadow is the Shearer family’s camping dream come true. In a four-acre meadow, this seamless new glamping venture merges effortlessly into its surroundings. The beautiful blue living van has been built by a local carpenter, with exquisite beds carved from knobbly natural wood, while the gypsy wagon and shepherd’s hut (booked together and sleeping four) were found, dilapidated on nearby farms and painstakingly restored to their gorgeous current standard. There are also twin five-metre bell tents, fully-furnished and bedecked. The roll-up sides simply beckoning you in to unwind.

For regular campers, spacious, circular tent pitches have been hued into the meadow grass with meandering, mown paths connecting them. It leaves a natural network to explore. In the height of summer when the grass is at its tallest, the pitches offer the perfect secluded hideaway.

So as not to compromise the tranquility of this bucolic bolthole, only 25 guests can be accommodated at any one time. The verdant meadow is also refreshingly vehicle-free, with trolleys provided for lugging your gear around. No man (or woman) is an island though, and for those looking to shoot the breeze with their fellow camping compadres, the communal kitchen and dining area is the perfect arena for socialising.

Offsite, East Anglia is yours to explore, from the Broads and the coast to charming rural villages and their medieval churches. In keeping with the site’s green ethos (water is recycled, so it can be used on the farm garden), guests are encouraged to explore the region on two wheels, and helpfully National Cycle Network Route 13 and Regional Route 30 run just to the north of the site.

At its heart, Ling’s Meadow is a campsite run by people who genuinely adore camping and who know exactly what campers want. As friendly matriarch Kath says, “We love camping in our own bell tent and are happy to admit that occasionally we enjoy a bit of luxury too. Because we enjoy it so much our aim is to provide an affordable glamping experience.” Many campsites try to bridge that gap between rustic and luxury, with varying degrees of success. With their boundless hospitality, dished out from their gorgeous 17th century farmhouse, we think the Shearers have it pretty spot on.

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Ling's Meadow is all about a slower pace of life - whether it be lying among the tall meadow grasses listening to bird song, or stargazing around an open fire. It is also a celebration of the great outdoors, where you can lose yourself in bug hunting, den building, kite flying, alpaca trekking and campfire cooking.

We are only able to accommodate up to twenty five guests at a time so the site is naturally quite quiet and has a relaxed, friendly and communal feel. As we are small the meadow is also perfect for groups of family or friends who would like to book the whole site for a get together.

The bell tents, Norfolk shepherd's hut and gypsy caravan, living van and tent pitches are set in amongst a natural 4 acre meadow on our small family farm. The meadow changes over the season, with short grass and flowers in April and May, lush long green grass and swooping house martins in June, clouds of butterflies in July and tall golden seed heads in August and September. Each year we change the layout of the pitches depending upon which areas of the meadow need to be cut and which are given a rest and left to grow.

The tent pitches are circles cut into the meadow, joined by the winding cut paths. When the grass is at its tallest you can't even see that they are there! Each of the  six pitches is large enough to accommodate a family sized tent with a small gazebo. We also have a larger cut area for families or small groups that would like to pitch two tents next to each other. Fire pits with grills are available to borrow free of charge.

Our two 5 metre bell tents, family sized living van, cosy two person hut and restored gypsy caravan are equipped with most of the things that you will need for your stay. To keep things affordable however we offer extras such as provision parcels and bedding separately so that you can choose the kind of holiday that you would like. We have re-purposed original furniture from the farmhouse for storage and homemade bunting, solar chandeliers and crochet blankets add extra comfort. Each glamping accommodation has its own outdoor seating area and fire pit with tripod and grill.

If you are travelling light, or can't face the idea of putting up your tent in the dark after a long day, we also provide 5m unfurnished bell tents, ready and waiting for you on one of the six meadow tent pitches. Each comes with a ground sheet but we also have double futon mattresses and bedding sets to hire if you fancy some extra luxury.

All of the communal facilities, including a canvas camp kitchen, spacious and airy compost loos, wood heated shower, clay pizza oven and bike shed, are designed to have as little environmental impact as possible and are together at one end of the site. Cut paths wander their way from here to the accommodation and pitches. We believe that the meadow really belongs to the local wildlife, so we always leave a large section undisturbed for the roe deer, barn owls, tawny owls and hares. For the same reason we keep the meadow vehicle free (we provide wheelbarrows for moving kit around). 

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★★★★★

Absolutely Lovely

Ling's Meadow is one of the most delightful campsites I have stayed at. Kath has done everything with great care and generosity: the communal kitchen and fire pit are great touches. We loved the mown paths through the beautiful meadow and the way our little tents almost disappeared in the long grass. My son particularly liked the loos, the frisbee-eating trees and the damsons (we took away a huge bag full and are looking forward to the delicious jam).

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★★★★★

Gorgeous week

We had the best time camping at Ling's Meadow. The space was amazing - we felt as though we had our own privacy even in such an open area, as everything and everyone was so thoughtfully placed. Even though we brought our own tent, we made our own "glamping" fun - our tent complete with air beds, duvets and fairy lights! And the provision of a fire pit just added to the magic. Toasted marshmallows and sleepy evenings warmed by the flames. Joy. We had a couple of blustery nights to begin with, so the kitchen marquee was perfect to hide out in at supper time! Fully fitted out with utensils, clean work surfaces, space to cook, lovely lights and picnic tables, and most importantly sheltered from the weather! We were also amazed by how beautifully kept everything was, especially the loos and shower, which I generally dread in shared living environments, but at Ling's these were immaculate, and smell free - honestly! I wouldn't have believed composting toilets could possibly be free of stink, but these ones were gorgeous - fresh flowers and everything! Shower was generally lovely and warm - more so on the sunnier days, as the water is partially solar heated and partially stove heated. Ling's and the surrounding area is lovely to explore, but there's also great transport links to get a bit further out - we managed Cambridge, Norwich, Holkham Beach, and more. Kath and Neel were just the loveliest hosts, and were there if we needed them, whilst giving us space. They also had a lovely selection of eggs freshly laid by their chickens, and access to various treats from the nearby farm shop. Very tasty. Overall a really welcome break and a beautiful place. We will definitely visit again! Thank you!

★★★★★

A wonderful campsite

Our daughter arranged to hire the whole site last weekend for her husband's birthday. As grandparents, we were assigned the Shepherd's Hut, known as The Ranny, rather than a tent (from what we saw we would have been equally comfortable in either). Well, it was such a lovely experience! The Ranny is very compact and cosy with everything we needed. Cath and Neil could not have been more friendly and helpful. All in all we spent a happy and restful few days, hanging out with family and recharging our batteries. The birthday party was good too!

★★★★★

A beautiful break

Spent a relaxing and peaceful few days at Ling's Meadow last week. It's a beautiful part of the country, surrounded by open space and countryside, just outside a small village. Kath was on hand to help point everything out, and all the facilities were great - well looked after, and with lots of helpful hints about how to get the best out of things ( including the composting toilets!). It was a fab location to head off rom and explore the local area on my bike - which I could then lock safely away in the bike shed at the end of the day - very useful. Being buried away on your own pitch "hidden" by the grass was like something out of a novel, and following the "path" mown in the grass to get to your tent takes you back to childhood...made me smile every time :-) No hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants a beautiful, tranquil, peaceful and idyllic getaway.

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A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

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A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

Ling's Meadow: A lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife – the perfect destination for a spot of bell tent bliss.

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