Fakenham Road, Stanhoe, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8PX
It’s not often you can pitch somewhere steeped in wartime history. Dreamy Hollow is home to three and a half acres of First World War training trenches, with evidence indicating these were dug by The Lovat Scouts back in 1915. “It's got a character about it that just grips you” describes campsite owner Nigel Day who first believed the tracks were drainage ditches, before aerial photographs taken by the RAF revealed its vast, snaking network. Today, Dreamy Hollow is a wonderfully withdrawn, back-to-basics campsite, perfectly positioned to explore the beautiful North Norfolk Coast.
The seven pitches at Dreamy Hollow are as individual as the campers who pitch there. Some are secluded and sheltered, whilst others are elevated with fantastic views across the open Norfolk countryside. ‘The Hollow’ is a firm favourite, so be sure to book well in advance. This peaceful, south facing space has it's own communal fire-pit and is close to the WC's and drinking water point. ‘The Glade’ is a superb choice for families and groups, with ample room (29m x 27m) to accommodate two huge tents (up to 12 person), or numerous smaller tents, providing they are six metres apart. Facilities? Okay, they are not quite up to Savoy standards, however the invigorating ‘Jungle Showers’ are fun and always immaculately clean.
There’s an age-old saying that residents of Norfolk have “one foot on the land and one in the sea”, however there’s an interesting spread of sights in between. The picturesque Norfolk Broads beckon for boaters, bird-watchers flock to its marshy nature reserves and the county’s unspoilt coastline is bordered by flint houses and boats hauling in today’s fresh catch. And when civilisation calls, campers can head for the vibrant city of Norwich. In addition to a castle, cathedrals and medieval churches galore, Norwich has a decent selection of lively pubs, cafés and restaurants.
Set in one of the most sparsely populated parts of England, Dreamy Hollow is ‘proper camping’ and an ideal destination to get away from it all. Together with welcoming Nigel, the site is run by a Christian Limited Company with a vision to develop neglected land and turn it into a unique, secluded camping experience. And with beautiful woodland pitches and a dramatic history, we think they’ve succeeded.
The Owner Says
A unique woodland campsite with secluded pitch's with facilities for campfires. Ideally placed for beaches on North Norfolk's area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Tours and experiences of our very rare, possibly unique WW1 Lovat Scout training trenches can be arranged but campers are not allowed unescorted access.Our pitches are all unique and of different sizes and elevations. Please check your tent size against the pitch size allowing 6m between tents. The site is not suitable for caravans. We now have one Pitch accessible to camper vans and trailer tents. No cars are allowed on pitches so children can safely play. Please check carefully that the pitch you have chosen meets your needs before booking as alternatives may not be available. As a seasonal woodland campsite images of pitches may vary from actual. A mandatory extra £7 is added per booking for logs which can be refunded if unopened.
Please note only Camper Glade is accessible to camper vans.
Events. Please note the following:
War at the Hollow 12th to 13th May 2018
Lovat Scout Memorial Concert 2nd July 2018.
You are welcome to camp if a pitch is available but please be aware there will be a large number of visitors on site and it may be noisy at times.
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Fantastic Site to get away from it all
We've now stayed twice in a month at Dreamy Hollow and we've not done that anywhere else in years of camping. Secluded pitches, no overcrowding. Facilities basic but spotless. The firepits are a real plus, we rarely consider a site without them now. We have had a warm welcome both times from Nigel and Mark who are very friendly and have a great local knowledge of places to go. There is some noise from the road at the front but staying on Pippin it's not too bad. Most noise is from the sounds of nature, birdsong throughout the day and owl cries at night which is what camping is all about. Well placed for Wells, Kings Lynn, Sandringham and the beautiful beach at Holkham as well as the fantastic Norfolk Lavender centre. Definitely will be back soon. Only comment is a site plan showing the pitches locations would be handy when booking. Thanks guys
Thoughtfully maintained and private
Stayed with my partner and 16 month daughter. Greatly enjoyed it - a lot of thought has been put into creating the individual and well separated pitches and the site was well maintained. The only slight downside was the road noise - we stayed Friday to Monday in June. I have to say though that it wasn't as bad as in some of the reviews above - and I tend to notice road noise. My daughter loved exploring the site, and the links to the site history are great - especially the haunting memorial at the back.
We really enjoy being able to camp amongst the trees
We have been a few times & are still trying to find our perfect spot as there are so many perfect pitches. Myself and husband have tried a smaller pitch 'pippins pitch' with our dog and it was very private & cosy. But we tend to go with my parents (one struggles wiv health problems) and the site warden and Nigel have been very helpful and fair. Very pleasant people & a beautiful site. We always enjoy the chance to come to this site...
Unique campsite. Great experience!
This is a unique campsite and a great place to camp if peace and quiet is your kind of thing. We stay at Nigel's Nook as recommended by Nigel on a 4 men tent. We had plenty of room and felt very private and safe for our almost 2 year old girl. The lower pitches, like this one, are quieter but lose the sun earlier and don't get in until mid morning. Mark welcomed us on arrival. He was very friendly and showed us around the site. We had a lovely time. A great place to get away, but close enough to many places to visit during the day. Thank you!
We had a fantastic stay at Dreamy Hollow - there clearly has been a lot of thought put into creating the site with about 12 pitches of varying size which offer a cozy private feel. We couldn't drive to our pitch but there were trollies on hand for moving things and the site isn't that big so it wasn't too much of an issue. Toilets and showers were clean and there was plenty of hot water! We were the only people staying at the site during our stay, however I imagine if the site was full there might be a queue for the showers and loos as there were only 2 of each. Each pitch had a fire pit and a table and chairs which were a great bonus. The site was well located for exploring the local area with the coast only about 15-20 mins drive away. I would definitely recommend Dreamy Hollow if you are looking for a chilled low key trip - we loved it.
Pleasant stay despite a few issues
Pros: Friendly welcome from Adam Large good condition pitch as described Nice woodland setting Good value for money Not much light pollution, so good for stargazing Fire facilities were good Cons: Poor lighting in toilets and only two for the campsite Basic shower facilities - limited privacy Quite loud road noise
Me and my girlfriend visited Dreamy Hollows last week and my first impressions were it was a very nice campsite, we were greeted by Nigel the owner and he made us feel very welcome, he gave us a tour and settled us in very easily. Its a very quiet, nice campsite, we had our own pitch and whilst ours was right next to other people we felt quite alone, secluded in our pitch. Other pitches looked fantastic, most on different levels and secluded really well. We visited Wells-next-the-sea and also visited Blakeney Village where we had a tour off the coast and watched seals in their natural environment, as I say its quiet with a few nice pubs nearby so if that's what your looking for it was perfect.
Not quiet or relaxing
While the site is totally beautiful, it is along a road and while we sought relaxation and nature the only noise we heard were cars throughout the day and night. Worse traffic noise than our home in London (not the intention of a camping weekend). When we asked to move, an alternate (quieter) site was not available and the owner refused to refund our money - though we wouldn't have booked if we knew we'd be on the road. Beautiful site, but not a place for quiet relaxation. Business practices are bad. I do not recommend.
Amanda and Karl
This campsite is wonderful! Really interesting site with separated little plots that each have their own character and charm. We stayed on Nelly's plot, which feels semi private even though you can people watch quite easily as it's elevated, and came home one afternoon to find someone had strung some fairy lights around the tree above our tent. If you wanted something more private feeling, Joe's or Nigel's pitch would be better, and though we enjoyed Nelly's a lot we might go for one of those pitches next time for that reason. Nigel and Naomi were so friendly and helpful, you can tell they're really passionate about the campsite.
The facilities (2 toilets, 2 showers and a drinking water tap) are very clean and though the showers are outside, they're still nice and warm. If you're someone who wants electricity and fridges etc on your campsite this may not be for you. The only thing we had a tiny issue with was the solar lights in the toilets not always coming on at night, or switching off whilst you were still in there - but this was easily remedied wearing head torches at night.
We're already planning our next trip there :)
Chrissy and Jonathan barber
My husband and I spent a weekend here and really enjoyed it. Initially we were concerned about no electric hook up but it wasn't needed as the camp fire on each pitch is really all you need on a mild sunny evening. When we were there a little cluster of toad tadpoles were being protected on the site by staff and it was great to see. The pitch we were on was secluded and peaceful allowing a slowed pace of life, if only for the weekend.
There is so much to like about this campsite, and we would recommend a visit. But before you go you do need to know that the facilities are basic. The solar lights weren't holding their charge so there were no lights in the toilets after 9pm and the eco outside shower didn't have any hot water on one of the days. There's no washing up facilities either. It was a bit noisy at night with the road so close, as well as owls, monk jack deer and pheasants wondering around! HOWEVER...the site pitches are spacious and interesting and the trenches and woods are a brilliant place for the kids to explore. Ideally located for exploring the coast too. Nigel gave us a a warm welcome and was helpful when he was around. Bit to basic for our 16 year old daughter but if you like adventure this is the place for you!
We have booked here this year for the 3rd time. It's a lovely campsite close to so many wonderful sites and days out.
We have booked Nigel's Nook again this year it's a lovely spot and if the sun is shining it's just perfect!
We take our dogs and our 3 yr old little girl and they all love it, the showers are basic but they do the job and it's such a quiet chilled place. The fact that you can have a fire is great as many sites don't allow them anymore.
I would not recommend this campsite if you like a hairdryer and somewhere to charge your phone and the kids iPads, this campsite is for real campers. We will be returning here for many years to come.
An absolute gem of a camp-site, varying size pitches comprising nooks and open spaces. Clean facilities and a charming owner. Next to a main road for exploring the, but hardly any road noise. We loved it so much we cancelled a booking and stayed for the week!
Great weekend! With the dogs😊. Perfect location for anybody who wants a quiet stay not too far away from the beach.
Really good layout and the facilities whilst basic are clean.
Definitely returning soon!
Another wonderful stay!
This was our second visit to Dreamy Hollow and the site is looking better than ever this time we took friends and family for a birthday camping weekend celebration the site is a real stunner offering the comfort and safety on a well maintained campsite with the raw and rustic wild feal Nigel and team have created. It's a great family environment and we will definitely be visiting again in the future!
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