Small-scale luxury bell tent glamping in Oxnead, halfway between Norwich and the Norfolk coast
If it weren’t for the detailed instructions, leading you down a narrow private road, across the River Bure and into the woodland beyond, you would never believe that Keepers Meadow even existed. While the grand Oxnead Hall – a 16th-century manor backed by pristine gardens – is unmissable from the road, the glampsite lies secluded amidst the trees.
Such privacy is, of course, the appeal of Keepers Meadow. And with just three bell tents spread across the entire site, it’s clear the owners want to retain that peaceful and secluded ambience. A newly built shower block contains an individual shower room for each of the tents, finished to perfection with full-length mirror, complimentary soap, and wall-mounted hair dryer. You also get your own personal kitchen area, fully equipped with everything you need. The attention to detail really marks the place out; from BBQ utensils down to a cafetière, everything seems to be covered.
The bell tents themselves vary in size. Two sleep up to four people, while the third, larger tent can sleep six. They include a double bed and bunks, with space to add an extra little one by squeezing in a travel cot. The décor is suitably quaint with bunting, scatter cushions and light, wooden furnishings – with plenty of space around them for kids to boot a ball around or fling a Frisbee.
Anglers will be pleased to hear that, if you head back through the trees, it’s possible to fish for trout in the River Bure. The river here is split into two segments, after it was rerouted as a means to work four-storey Oxnead Mill, built in 1851. Even if you’re not coming to fish, it’s worth the stroll simply for the chance to look across at Oxnead Hall, a beautiful redbrick building with sections dating as far back as the 16th century. A stroll in the opposite direction, leads you to the Bure Valley Railway, with Buxton Station just ten minutes away on foot. Hop on a steam train and you can chug all the way into Wroxham, the heart of the Norfolk Broads.
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Immaculate Luxury Bell Tents
10 of us stayed from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th June 2018 Set within quiet beautiful surroundings are the 3 immaculately presented bell tents each with their own ensuit and kitchen facilities. The cleanliness of the site is second to none, cutlery, plates, pans, bed linin etc.. are of the highest order. Each Bell tent has a wood burning stove fully supplied with all the fuel you need to keep it going. The lights and decor within the tents put a touch of class that sets it above the competition. The owners Gary and Michelle are so lovely and attentive, we owe them a debt of graditude for all their hard work in making the weekend so special. Book this accommodation I promise you won’t regret it.
Birthday celebrations in style!!
As a non camper....I have to say I’m a convert. Well a convert to Glamping at Keepers Meadow. Amazing location, amazing facilities (comprehensive and extremely clean) and the owners could do enough to make our stay memorable, including the mystical flames for our fire pit, you have to try it. In summary a faultless stay, a total gem for the tourism industry in Norfolk. Keep up the amazing work Gary, Michelle and family. We all hope to be back soon.
Amazing weekend! Already booked to return!
We have just returned from a great weekend at Keeper’s Meadow. As a family, we booked the whole campsite. We had 3 lovely tents decorated to a very high standard – it was especially lovely that our thoughtful host Michelle had tailored the children’s bed linen to suit their ages. Our two toddlers were so excited to sleep in their butterfly and dinosaur beds. Each tent has its own superb shower/toilet room and kitchenette area, all so well stocked that we didn’t want for anything. The daytimes were so enjoyable knowing that the children were safe, with the campsite being fenced on all sides. They had so much space to run around and play, with adjoining woods to explore. Our children very much enjoyed a journey on the nearby steam train, only a short walk away, which can take you to several lovely surrounding locations. An excellent indoor play area just 12 minutes away for our one rainy afternoon. We didn’t need to do any other site seeing as we were more than happy just enjoying Keeper’s Meadow! We spent lovely evenings around the campfire, enjoying the barbeque and then toasting marshmallows under the beautiful evening sky. Our hosts Gary and Michelle were so friendly and always happy to help, providing us with 2 items which we had forgotten to take. Nothing was too much trouble. A wonderful glamping experience and great to spend quality time together as a family. We have already booked the whole site again for next year and can’t wait to go back!
Glamping at its BEST!
Am I surprised that Keepers Meadow has 21 Excellent reviews and nothing less.......absolutely not! I've been meaning to leave a review for sometime but only just got round to it. Apologies. If you're in two minds as to whether to book a break here or not then don't hold back as you won't be disappointed. I booked our first stay here before they had any reviews but due to its location and photos showing it's 'home from home' comforts I thought I'd take a chance. My wife, three young children and I have stayed a couple of times and will be returning asap. From the moment you drive down the winding track leading to the house 'hiding' this tranquil hide away up to the time you need to pack your bags and set off home, you are spoilt by the attention to detail, glamping luxuries and warm welcome from the owners, Michelle and Gary. All I'd suggest you pack are your clothes, a couple of bottles of wine and a phone charger, other than that almost everything else is supplied. The bell tents are warmed (if needed) by a small but sufficient log burner, have electricity points and lovely soft lighting in the means of fairy lights. Our children loved them to the point we're on the look out for a similar set for their bedrooms. Even as a family of five, there's was sufficient room for us all and our belongings. The beds are cosy and of a good size so you won't feel squashed. Each tent also comes with its own separate kitchen and BBQ area as well as a shower block, again housing your own shower, toilet and sink. Hot water was never an issue and they're kept very clean and well maintained. As for space, there's plenty for the children to play including a wooded area which we ventured into to take on our own 'Bear Hunt' :-) The owners, Michelle and Gary are the perfect hosts. Nothing is too much whether it be asking for local attractions, directions or wifi issues - we originally had a problem picking up the wifi but they soon got on to it and got us back online. Overall, Keepers Meadow is a wonderful glamping experience which will leave you with one burning question........when can you next return??? Ged and Family x
I stayed here for three nights in early July with my parents and five year old son. From the initial booking to our departure from the tent, the service we received was second to none! The owner Michelle, ensured we received details of everything we would need to know from getting to the site to cooking equipment and local areas of interest before our arrival. Upon our arrival at Keepers Meadow, we were greeted by Michelle and shown to our tent. I use the word tent in the loosest sense as it was more like a boutique hotel room! Sensational is the word I would use to describe it - from the beautiful double bed, cosy bunk bed and twinkly fairy lights to the welcome log burning fire (gorgeous at night to keep you toasty warm) and little touches such as cosy rugs and umbrellas. The kitchen is in a quant summerhouse/she'd decorated with fairy lights with a large gazebo to eat under. Each tent had its own kitchen, equipped with everything you need to cook plus a BBQ and fire pit, which you can hire for the duration of your stay for a small amount. Our hosts, Michelle and Gary, met our every need and were exceptional. The location is perfect - remote enough to feel peaceful but within ten minutes walking distance to the nearest village for provisions, not to mention the lovely Bure Valley Railway. We loved our stay at Keepers Meadow and will definitely be back. The only change we will make is to stay for much longer! A truly magical glamping experience!
Stayed at Keepers Meadow last summer, 5 adults and 4 children in 2 tents. We had a fantastic time, everything was fresh, clean and tidy. Lots of thoughtful little touches like tea, coffee etc, well equipped kitchen, picnic table for each tent plus child sized one and loads more. Setting was idyllic, right next to the river and not far from the steam train. If you picture glamping in your mind, Keepers Meadow is it. Will definitely stay again.
Brilliant family break
I stayed at Keepers Meadow last summer with family (we had 2 tents, 4 adults and 4 children), we have booked to return this summer and the children can't wait. We were made very welcome on arrival, our kitchen area, bathroom and tent were spotlessly clean. Would also highly recommend 'Bewilderwood' for a day out with children...
Keepers Meadow is such a wonderful place for a family holiday. The site far exceeded our expectations. It is immaculate and felt like we were the first family to use the facilities. Lots of thought and planning has gone into making sure that everything is there that could possibly be needed. Our hosts for the week were very welcoming. When the children approached them they spent time answering lots of questions and sharing their excitement at their first glamping experience. The surroundings are beautiful, we enjoyed lots of local tourist activities but without a doubt the children's favourite experience was collecting their own wood for their fire pit, and climbing trees in the surrounding woods. Lazy evenings were spent playing with the children of our neighbouring families, making memories that will last a life time. Keepers Meadow offered our children the type of holiday we hoped for. They were close to nature and carefree! Thank you to our hosts, and the other families we shared the site with.
Gorgeous little place!
Loved our weekend break here last year. Such a quaint and peaceful little hideaway. Owners had thought of everything. Shower room was better than home and we didn't need to pack anything but our clothes, towels and toiletries- 'bliss' for the wife! Would definitely pay another visit as so many lovely footpaths to explore- tempted to bring our bikes next time...