Pre-Pitched Empty Bell Tent (30 at Swattesfield Campsite)
Rent an unfurnished, pre-pitched bell tent in our lovely countryside camping field, with plenty of space, and campfires allowed in fire pits.
The Owner Says
We can pitch an unfurnished 5m bell tent in our lovely countryside camping field wherever you'd like; in the woods, in the glade, by the hedgerow or by the pond. Open fires are allowed in our fire pits and use of our handmade Pizza Oven is free for all to use. Our toilet facilities are clean to use and there is plenty of hot water (provided by our onsite bore hole) for the showers. There is a covered double sink unit for pot washing with washing up liquid provided for free. Our communal kitchen located on the main field also houses a microwave, 4 gas hobs with FREE gas and some pots/kettles and pans for all to use. Please note, although we do allow fires in our own supplied fire pits, we do ask all campers to use our supplied wood which supports the open fire facilities we offer - we have kindling and reasonably priced nets of seasoned hard wood to purchase as an extra. This option is for an empty, unfurnished pre-pitched tent - you will still need to bring your own mattresses, bedding, and cooking equipment.
About Swattesfield Campsite
Tents, campervans, small caravans and motor homes, dogs, kids – yes. Noisy groups – no. The site is also available for whole-site hire so please enquire by email for information and pricing.
Gislingham village shop (01379 788522) is a 15-minute walk away and there’s also a play area on the green for little ones. ‘Thornham Walks’ is directly accessible from the site – 12 miles of waymarked footpaths (open daily 9am–6pm April–Oct; shorter hours outside this period). It’s a mile and a half to Thornham Fishery (07810 653600), with 3 mature well-stocked lakes – don’t forget your rod and rod licence if you want to give it a go! By car, the Museum of East Anglian Life (01449 612229) is 20 minutes away. Set over 70 acres, there is plenty for everyone, including steam engines, a farm zoo, gypsy caravans and events throughout the year.
Food & Drink
The Thornham Estate’s Forge Tea Room (01379 788566) and Roscoe's Deli (01379 783373) are a 20-minute walk away and serve lunch and dinner. Or try the Four Horseshoes pub (01379 678777) at the other end of Thornham Magna, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is about a 30-minute walk.
Bring bikes or good walking shoes to wear the kids out or head to the playground on the local village green. Then enjoy the wildlife and the peace and quiet of this smallsville rural campsite run by a father and son team.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 105 reviews
Peaceful site in beautiful surroundings
It was great being able to choose where to pitch. A lovely secluded location with lots of wonderful walks and cycling opportunities near by. Good toilet facilities. Jess and Phil were very friendly. I hope to return.
Perfect get away.
Couldn't have wanted more. My husband and I needed a quiet secluded spot to rest and relax. Swattisfield was perfect. Evenings spent round the camp fire (which we hired along with the firewood. ) A good book and a glass or 2, or 3 of wine, my idea of heaven. Even the dog made friends. Gorgeous walks, Great little dog friendly pub nearby and the lovely little town of Eye only a few minutes up the road. Have been before and will definitely go back again. Much thanks to the owners, who are very friendly and accommodating.
Lovely little campsite, where we hired a firepit and grill, logs & kindling. Camped under a beautiful ash tree, with a large sink in the corner for drinking water, veg washing etc. Use of the communal gas rings became nescessary as our camping stove replacement didnt fit- so used it to boil our kettle- there are 2 whistling kettles there already though. We arrived on bank holiday monday , and enjoyed our peaceful stay. Heard owls, robins, ducks, and pheasants. On our walk were delighted to see a hare hopping off, and a couple of muntjac deer!
We took our dog Olive on Monday 21st August and the owners of Swattesfield Campsite treated us so well. We can't thank you enough, we had a lovely stay!
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Comfortable stay with great campfire experiences
Swattesfield is quite a small, well run campsite. It was lovely to literally choose where to camp and we were impressed with all the things they had thought of. For example, a communal kitchen with gas stoves and kettles so we could fill our hot water bottles easily in the evening, lots of drinking water taps all around the site and washing up areas. I had been concerned that you couldn’t take your car right to the pitch, but this was not a problem, firstly, in the main field it is possible to take the car there for loading and unloading, and secondly there are trolleys to help you get your stuff further afield and it really isn’t far. The toilets, showers and little shop were also all fine, though you will need to go to a supermarket for much food. We enjoyed the half an hour walk to a cafe on Thornham walks, and I believe you can visit other places (by car) if you are staying longer. The staff are very friendly and helpful. However, the highlight for my teenager and myself was definitely the camp fires. Swattesfield hires out fire pits and sells kindling and logs. We went for the fancy fire pit with a grill that you can move up and down to get the optimal cooking position. We enjoyed lighting and sitting round the fire all three evenings, and decided to cook all our evening meals on it rather than going out. It turns out even cheap meat tastes Delicious when cooked and smoked over the open flames. A short stay, but very enjoyable and I definitely recommend the fire pits if you stay here.
Swattesfield Campsite is located at Gislingham Rd, Thornham Magna, Eye, Suffolk IP23 8HH
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To find the campsite from the A140, follow the signs to the Thornham Walks and continue past the Walks entrance , continuing along Gislingham Road for about a mile and then turn right soon after seeing a 'school' sign and 'Slow' marked on the road – there is a Swattesfield Campsite sign on a tree to the left marking the entrance to the site on the right. And if you're travelling from the opposite direction through Gislingham: exit the village past the Church and towards Thornham Magna. About 1/2 mile out of the village and soon after travelling under a train tunnel you will see a 'school' sign and 'Slow' marked on the road – there is a Swattesfield Campsite sign marking the entrance which will be on the left. Continue up the farm track about 60 metres and turn into the campsite car park on the right hand site entrance.
The nearest station is Diss (6 miles away) which is on the direct mainline from London Liverpool Street and often stops at Manningtree, Colchester, Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich. It's only an hour and a half from London and there are usually cabs waiting at the station (although we would advise to book in advance) or you can put your bike on the train and cycle.