Ling's Meadow

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Bury St. Edmunds

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Spacious (and well spaced-out) tent pitches and pristine bell tent glamping set within a lush, four acre meadow, abuzz with Suffolk wildlife

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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Facilities

1 full furnished canvas stardome (sleeping up to six people in one double bed, bunk beds and two single futon beds), 2 fully furnished bell tents (sleeping up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children in 1 double bed and 2 futons beds plus inflatable mattress); 1 fully furnished living van and 1 shepherds hut set side by side (sleeping up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 small children in 3 double bunks); 6 tent pitches; 2 pre-pitched 4–5 person unfurnished bell tents available to hire. Linen and towels provided for 7 night glamping stay. Extra mattress, travel cot, and blankets available. Stardome, bells, living van and shepherd's hut include fire pits and grills, with complimentary basket of logs provided (wood can also be bought on site) plus outdoor seating. Stoves and all cooking utensils provided; cool boxes with freezer blocks; water carriers. There are 2 composting toilets and 1 wood-heated shower. For other campers; communal kitchen with cooking equipment, BBQ area and pizza oven, canvas covered dining area and washing up facilities. Secure cycle shed with bike tools and cycle route information. Bicycles to borrow (limited supply – request in advance). Bicycle hose down area and kit washing available. Communal campfire and fire pits to borrow.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, small groups – yes. Caravans, camper vans, dogs – no. Larger groups are welcome to book the entire site (up to 20 people).

Nearby

The site is ideally located to explore the best of East Anglia, with Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, Cambridge and the North Norfolk Coast and Broads all within easy reach. The Peddars Way Walk is one of the area's best walking trails, while the High Lodge Thetford Forest is great for exploring on two wheels. Local pick up by the campsite owners is available for walkers/ guests using public transport. For a day at the seaside, Holkham Bay and Southwold's famous pier and lighthouse are your best bets. Kids and parents alike will love Jimmy's Farm (01473 604206) and the award-winning treehouse adventure park, BeWILDerwood (01692 633033).

Food & Drink

The Mill Inn (01359 221018) is just a 3 mile walk from the site in nearby Market Weston – perfect for a sample of the local ales and pub grub. For ale aficionados, the Old Chimneys Brewery (01359 221411) and shop is also nearby, as is St George’s Whisky Distillery (01953 717939) which offers tours as well as a chance to buy. Wyken Vineyards (01359 250262), is just a short cycle ride away – it's also is also home to gorgeous, oak-beamed Leaping Hare (01359 250287) restaurant and a country store. For the finest local produce, Wyken also holds a farmer’s market every Saturday. Further afield, The Bell Inn (01379 898445) at Rickinghall and No 4 Hatter Street (01284 754477), are decent shouts for food. Kath can also provide food hampers, brimming with local produce – enquire before booking.

Opening Times

May to end September

Family Friendly

Children chase one another through the long, wild grass like a savannah scene in the latest David Attenborough documentary. Luxuries and extra comforts have also been craftily woven into this natural site, though, making it suitable even for less primative types.

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The Owner Says

Ling's Meadow is a small, rural hideaway on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. Six large tent pitches, a magical stardome, two furnished bell tents, a locally made living van and a restored shepherd's hut, are all hidden within a 4 acre meadow alive with butterflies, bees and birds. Luxury compost loos, wood heated shower, camp kitchen and all the kit you need for outdoor cooking, den building, bug hunting, alpaca trekking, bird spotting and relaxing.
The campsite is set on a small family farm which grows, wheat, barley and sugar beet and keeps alpacas, chickens and shetland sheep. The farm is part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme and has areas specifically set aside for wildlife.

Pitches

6 tents pitches, 1 stardome, 1 bell tent, 1 shepherd's hut, 1 gypsy caravan, 1 living van and 2 pre-pitched, unfurnished, 5m bell tents for hire. (A maximum of 25 people can be accommodated on site.)

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Location

Contact Ling's Meadow, Stanton Road Farm, North Common, Hepworth, Diss, Norfolk IP22 2PR

Getting There

By car: For local traffic, Ling's Meadow is just off the B111 between Barningham and Stanton. From further afield you can reach the B111 via the A14 and then the A143. The A14 links up with the A11 and M11 from the west, the A1 from the north and the A12 from the south east.The site is only two hours from north London (one and a half on a clear run). Take the M11 and then A11 to the A14 and follow for Bury St Edmunds. Come off at Bury St Edmunds Central and follow the A143 towards Felixstowe. From south or east London it is probably quicker to take the A12 to Ipswich and then join the A14 to Bury St Edmunds. In both cases follow the A143 from the Bury St Edmunds Central exit to the B111 turn off at Stanton.

Nearest railway stations are Thetford, Diss and Stowmarket. Bury St Edmunds is only slightly further away. All have taxi ranks good bus links. Stowmarket and Diss stations have regular, direct services to and from London Liverpool Street. Thetford has regular services to and from London Kings Cross and to the north via Peterborough. There are reasonably regular bus services from Diss and Bury St Edmunds to Hepworth but times can change so it always worth checking. Both journeys take about half an hour and have buses that arrive in Hepworth between 2 and 3pm.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 15 reviews

★★★★★

Heaven in a Campsite

We hired Ling's Meadow as an exclusive site for a birthday celebration last year and had such a wonderful time that we immediately rebooked and went this year too and we are now planning for 2020! The site is so special. It's very peaceful and feels so far removed from anywhere else. It's a small site and the pitches are well spaced from each other. The camp kitchen is amazing and we made some great pizzas in the pizza oven (assisted by Neel). The kitchen area (which is new this year) is perfect when you are there as a group or have exclusive hire of the site. The shaded seating area is a great place to enjoy your meals (in the shade, if you happen to catch the great weather like we did). All the facilities are beautifully designed and well maintained. I particularly like the environmental focus that Kath & Neel have, so the facilities are comfortable and sustainable. The glamping accommodations are lovely, especially the glorious stardome, and they are well equipped for those who want to experience the camping lifestyle without buying the whole caboodle. We can't wait to return again to this glorious campsite. I would definitely recommend it if you love eco-camping, quiet, relaxation and lots of nature!
Jul 11, 2019 by natalieahickman
★★★★★

perfectly chilled

I arrived by bicycle and stayed in my tiny tent. It was a mainly wet weekend so having dry, spacious communal areas really made my stay comfortable and provided a focal point for meeting other campers. I was able to store my bike in the dry, the camp kitchen was really well equipped and all the communal areas were kept clean and well stocked throughout the day. The pitches are well spaced so you also have some peace and privacy and the facilities are not overused. Overall rather than simply being rented a pitch, I felt like I was being hosted by people who really care about what they are doing. I'm looking forward to another visit.
Jun 10, 2019 by Astra
★★★★★

Can't wait to go back!

We hired Sloe bell tent for our first foray into camping with a baby, and it was a hugely positive experience thanks to the thought that Kath clearly puts into making sure guests are as comfortable as possible, all while being as eco-friendly as possible. That means you get to enjoy "doing your bit", and learn lots, with none of the hard work. The location is great, with walks to pubs, shops etc. following the comprehensive local information provided. I only wish we could have stayed longer!
Jun 2, 2019 by Claire Scammell
★★★★★

Book it now! You are in for a treat😊

We had the most magical time at Lings Meadow this last weekend of their camping season. The site far exceeded any expectations and I loved every single thing about it...from the cosy accommodation to the generous camping supplies...the home-laid eggs...the semolina to dust the pizza shovel.....the fresh flowers and flannels in the loos.....The attention to detail is extraordinary and it seemed nothing would be too much trouble for the kind and welcoming hosts...we are only sorry we have to wait until 2019 to return...😜
Oct 2, 2018 by The Grierson Family
★★★★★

Prairie-like hideaway with thoughtful details

We loved this place! So much of it was a delight to discover. The setting is wonderful, and what they have done with the meadow is stunning. There were so many thoughtful touches which made our stay extra enjoyable - communal tent with sheltered benches, crockery and cutlery to use, bikes to borrow, firewood and marshmallows to buy - what's not to like?!? Such friendly hosts and quirky extras like Alpacas to feed - our kids loved it, we loved it. We can't wait to return!
Sep 17, 2018 by Anna
★★★★★

Just Fantastic!!

Wow, what a delight this wonderful, small and friendly campsite is. The kids loved the whole place and the little paths cut in the meadow that they could run and have fun in. We didn’t need to go anywhere as it was so lovely and gave the kids such freedom to be there. The facilities are just brilliant and I cannot get over how much attention to detail there is. I loved the loo’s and even took pictures to show to friends (that’s how great they were!) We spent a magical 4 days here and will definitely be back. Neel and Kath were so warm and lovely. Thank you both, we will definitely be back! Karen and family
Aug 19, 2018 by Karen
★★★★★

Tranquil, safe and wonderfully comfortable

Kath and Neel are fantastic hoasts to this most idyllic of settings. We stayed in the stardome with our 2 daughters, one of which is a little spirited and still learning her boundaries. However we felt safe on this site to allow her to be free and enjoy the beautiful, well equipped campsite. A purely joyful 4 days. Thank you!
Aug 14, 2018 by Ellen Lever
★★★★★

Fairytale campsite

I have read all the five star reviews below and I can only say that these beautifully written stories tell the absolute truth about this amazing site! Kath and Neel are absolute whizards and have created a site from their hearts.
Jul 20, 2018 by Marike and Foppe
★★★★★

Awesome hosts, beautiful location.

We had the most awesome stay at Ling's Meadow. As newbie campers it far exceeded our expectations. We had a lovely greeting from Kath, the Bell tent was gorgeous and spacious, and the facilities were luxurious compared to our impression of camping ones. The set up is so well thought out from the kitchen area to the 'football pitch'. Thank you so much, we can't wait to come back!!
Jul 15, 2018 by Kathrine
★★★★★

Totally tranquil

We had the best two nights at this campsite. Everythig about it is lovely! It made our first experience camping with our 16 month old so much easier. We will definitely be visiting again.
Jul 28, 2017 by A Marsh
★★★★★

Magical and convenient

We arrived on bikes bringing only a tent, our small boy in a trailer, sleeping stuff and a few essentials and everything else we needed was there. The camp kitchen is fun and well equipped and the composting loos enlighttening in several ways. We walked to a local pub for dinner and ate a feast from one of the preordered breakfast packs. Kate and Neel were so welcoming and provided so much so our stay was really comfortable. We enjoyed feeding the alpacas and chickens and hearing all about them. The large, but small in number, pitches meant sitting around the borrowed fire pit surrounded by tall wavy grass and lots of wildlife. We loved the place so much that after cycling home we booked our next, longer, stay. Next time we plan to make use of the communal fire and den building kits.
Jul 15, 2017 by Jo D
★★★★★

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!
Jun 12, 2017 by Laura Ballingall
★★★★★

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!
Jul 28, 2016 by FionaB
★★★★★

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.

Aug 3, 2014 by Stephen Weller
★★★★★

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).

Oct 4, 2013 by nasatyr

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