Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall)

Mannington Hall, Mannington, Norwich, Norfolk NR11 7BB
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Glamping in the grounds of a quintessentially English country house.

Mannington Hall is perhaps the quintessential English country house. A little outside the village of Itteringham, this stately Norfolk pile is straight from the pages of Country Life. This 15th-century moated manor is all medieval turrets and arched casement windows, but the real draw are Mannington's spectacular gardens. With a dizzying array of plants and trees (over 1,000 varieties of roses alone), the various contemporary and heritage gardens are a feast for the senses. There's a walled garden, willow tunnel and even a secluded classical temple. Landscaped lakes in the sprawling grounds boast a water meadow who's vibrant flowers are a magnet for dragonflies, kingfishers and even the occasional otter. Oh, to call this English country garden home. Well...   

Fringed by an oak dell, Amber's Bell Tents occupies a three-acre field that overlooks the water meadows beyond Mannington's gardens. The realisation of a long held dream, camping fan Amber and family had the inspired idea of hooking up with Mannington's committed conservationist owners, Lord and Lady Walpole, to present a luxurious, low-impact bell tent site. They actually began in the gardens themselves but, like a prized horse, were turned out into the larger field to enjoy more luscious, greener grasses. They've now been up and running for a few years and it's fair to say Amber's is a place that is immensely popular. It's not hard to see why.

Airy and spacious, Amber's 5m, bunting-adorned tents are made of breathable natural cotton – the perfect antidote to stuffy polyester tents. There are between three and seven, as the season changes, and all are kitted out with cute vintage touches – the applecart tables-cum-storage boxes, a nice little nod to Norfolk's famous cider orchards. It's a proper glamper's scene, with double beds, wood burners, rugs, fairy lights, lanterns and a cool box and cook kit. Yet for all the comforts it's still about being outdoors. The tents even have an awning so you can spend the evening losing yourself to the light-pollution-free night sky. 

To make your stay that extra little bit fuss-free, there is an onsite tea room for your afternoon snacks and bespoke catering options can be taken in advance – all celebrating the best of local produce. Amber's onsite honesty shop is also stocked with the essentials you'll need for a good campfire, plenty of wood and fuel so you can toast those marshmallows into the last of the wee hours.   

With so much to do in Mannington itself from badminton and boules, to woodland walks, to childrens' nature courses ('The Minnows'), you may need reminding of the fact that the Broads and North Norfolk Coast (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) beckon just down the road.


Click here to find out about Amber's other Norfolk site at Wiveton Hall.

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Our tents are in a beautiful 3  acre field overlooking the water meadow on the grounds of the estate.  The tents have lots and lots of room, so there'll be much more privacy and seclusion as well as space for the kids to run around. It's prime bird spotting territory with the owls making their presence known in the evening, so bring your binoculars!

Field Shelter

There's an open sided barn on the field which will add some well needed shelter for cooler days, with some seating and tables we hope it will create a social space too.  The wood store is housed here, and a table tennis table for some chilled out ping pong. There is cold water on the field and hot water for washing up outside the shower block.

Sauna

The stoves were such a hit in the tents this year, we thought we'd step up the heat and add a beautiful wood fired sauna to the Amber's Bell Tent Camping experience.  Get warmed up on those cool bright starlit nights!

Pizza Oven

Now we have oodles of space, so what to do with it..  We thought a pizza oven would be a nice addition.  We know there's gastro pubs galore on the doorstep, but nothing like making your own bespoke authentic crispy woodfired pizza to end your day in the North Norfolk countryside.

Meadow for One

If you've been to stay with us before, you'll have camped down on the meadow near the lawns in front of the house.  Well this year this meadow will be home to just one bell tent for a truly exclusive camping experience.  

For 2016 we are also planning wild camping with hammocks and tarps, yoga and wellbeing retreats and bushcraft and foraging weekends....check the New for 2016 page on our website for updates.

If you haven't already, like us on Facebook and share with your friends.  We pride ourselves on being a homegrown family business with the personal touch and with your help and support we're excited about the future of Ambers Bell Tent Camping!

Reviews of Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall)

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★★★★★

Super stay !

Many thanks to Ambers bell tents for a fab stay in your cosy shepherds hut. Perfect location for a relaxing stay. Everything we hope for and more. Will be back later this summer for more of the same ! 

★★★★★

Highly Recommended!

This was our first 'glamping' experience with our 6 and 2 year old and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! The tents are beautifully furnished and nicely separated from the other tents so you have privacy whilst not feeling completely isolated.  The facilities are excellent and Amber was most welcoming and helpful.  This all made for a lovely, stress-free mini holiday for us. We hope to return and would definitely recommend it to others.

★★★★★

Awesome sauce

A great setup here with awesome facilities and fun games and equipment provided. We really enjoyed our weekend stay here recently. Would definitely recommend. :D

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Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens...image Emma Higgins@www.gottakeepmovin.com

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens...image Emma Higgins@www.gottakeepmovin.com

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens...image Emma Higgins@www.gottakeepmovin.com

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens...image Emma Higgins@www.gottakeepmovin.com

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

Amber's Bell Tent Camping (Mannington Hall): Luxury bell tent and shepherd's hut glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens.

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