Oak Lodge Glamping
Oak Lodge Glamping, Mill Drove, Northwold, Thetford, Norfolk IP26 5LQ
Like all the best glamping sites, it’s difficult to pin down any one thing that makes Oak Lodge Glamping so special. Even the setting is difficult to describe. Like a classic Britney song, it’s ‘not a meadow, not yet a forest’. While there’s ample, open grassy space in which children can run wild and play games, the field is also broken up by an array of well-established trees. They create a real sense of seclusion and nicely divide up the different pitches. Every spot feels private and has its own little mix of sun and shade, yet you never feel hemmed in.
In total there are just 12 pitches across the 10-acre glamping site. Seven spots are occupied by pre-pitched, creamy bell tents, furnished inside with mattresses, bedding and a few homely items like freshly picked flowers, coffee tables and a small chest of drawers. The remaining two spaces, meanwhile, are filled by classic showmans’ waggons; vintage gypsy caravans with metal work that curves and bends your reflection in its shiny metal surface. The shiny finish continues inside, where there are fitted sofas, beds and a vanity area by the window. You have to have a taste for real glamour for it to suit but, if the shine is all too much, then the bell tents will hit the spot perfectly.
Along with old rope swings and special wildlife lookout areas, wisps of smoke indicate that campfires are all a part of the fun here. Every pitch has a firepit and outdoor furniture and a few complimentary logs are supplied on your arrival. If you run out of marshmallows there’s a tiny village post office in Northwold (1 mile away) handily placed next door to the local pub. You can buy a few goodies there for making your evening smores. Or you can gather a little more on any day trips you take. Oak Lodge Glamping has a pretty central Norfolk location, meaning that, beyond the local cycling routes in Thetford Forest and the River Great Ouse, days out in Norwich and exploring the North Norfolk Coast are also less than an hours' drive away.
The Owner SaysOak Lodge Glamping is situated in beautiful Norfolk countryside near the Thetford Forest. We offer accommodation in bell tents and glamorous gypsy caravans. It’s perfect for people who want the outdoors and back-to-basics experience, but don’t fancy pitching their own tent. With us, you will get pre-erected bell tents with comfortable real mattress beds and homely décor. The bell tents are pitched in among the trees on level ground and each tent has its own camping table, chairs and firepit. We provide a communal kitchen and luxury shower/toilet unit and supply solar powered leisure batteries, ample for light and charging devices but we encourage glampers to enjoy the simple pleasures of campfires and outdoor lights. We supply each bell tent with some complimentary logs for first camp fire, extra can be purchased on site. The gypsy caravans are also located in the forest in their own private spaces and are supplied with bedding and beautiful décor, you will still get the outdoors camping experience but with luxury and style. The campsite is 10-acres and away from a busy main road, the perfect place for adults to relax and unwind, for kids to explore and run around, and for pets to enjoy.
Fab little stay
We went with three families (8 adults, 7 kids, all under five) over a long weekend and had a great time. Maeve and her partner did their best to look after us and there was plenty of stuff to keep the tots occupied and happy. The caravan with shared kitchen and large outdoor dining table was a bonus.