College Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Beccles

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
Farm stays in off-grid safari tents on the Norfolk-Suffolk border

Clamber about on hay bales, feed lambs and collect eggs from the chicken coop... such is life at College Farm – and not just for the farmer. These daily delights come as standard when you’re staying in one of the site’s safari tents. It’s a getaway with a little taste of life on the farm. The location on the Norfolk-Suffolk border and the top-notch accommodation under canvas appeal to lots of people. But there’s no denying that it’ll be little farm hands who’ll love it here the most.

College Farm is part of the Feather Down network of farm stays which all offer off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with log burners, en suite loos and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation doesn't vary much, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on, with hosting left in the capable hands of the farmers.

Here, that’s Marcus and Lucy whose warm welcome is a constant in the glowing reviews this place attracts. They’ll show you around the site that's home to eight of Feather Down’s tents, all facing fields grazed by the College Farm cows. The smaller, fluffier animals, the lambs and chickens, are even closer in an enclosure at the top of the glamping field, so you can visit them when you want. There’s also an honesty shop for supplies, a swing, a slide, a trampoline and the legendary Hay Play Barn where kids can tumble about among the bales.

If you can drag them away for a day out there’s plenty for them to do with more clambering about at Bewilderwood and dino-fun at theme park, Roarr! But it’s not just little kids who are well entertained in this part of the world. The Broads, the beaches and the wildlife which East Anglia is famous for are all within easy reach.

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
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  • In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
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Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children (bedding and towels supplied for all). The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue and a fire pit. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area, space for games and play equipment including a trampoline outside. There's also the Hay Play Barn, where kids can tumble about among hay bales, a lamb enclosure and chicken coop.

Suitable For

Glampers – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs – no.


The site is on the southern tip of The Broads which is, of course, a great place for all sorts of water-based activities such as boat, canoe or paddleboard hire. The village of Beccles, six miles from College Farm, offers a good place to get on the water (try The Canoe Man) and in it, at the popular Beccles Lido (01502 713297). There is an abundance of well-known coastal spots to suit all tastes from Horsey Gap, great for seal watching, to Aldeburgh, which is perfect for a spot of shopping and an ice cream on shingley shores (both are around 30 miles from College Farm). The charming city of Norwich, 20 miles from site, has a network of medieval lanes to explore, and more medieval parish churches than any other northern Europe city, as well as two cathedrals and a Norman castle. For kids there's Bewilderwood (01692 633033), the tree-house adventure park, Africa Alive (01502 740291) and Roarr! dinosaur park are all within 40 miles of site.

Food & Drink

The on-site honesty shop sells basic supplies and there's a barbecue pack available to pre-order (host Lucy contacts guests directly to offer this). College Farm also has a pizza oven. There are lots of farm shops in the surrounding villages, including Maisebrook Farm Shop (01502 711018), about eight miles from site. Ask Lucy and Marcus for further recommendations.



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The Owner Says

College Farm has the perfect glamping Norfolk/Suffolk border location on the southerly tip of The Norfolk Broads.  It’s just a half-hour's drive to the well-known coastal towns of Southwold, Walberswick and Aldeburgh, and equally close by are the amazing Bewilderwood, Roar dinosaur park and Africa Alive.

There are plenty of activities for children and they are all located at the top of the campsite field so children can play independently whilst not being far from their parents. There's a lamb enclosure and a big chicken coop  which are always open for interaction with the animals, and over the Easter period the lambs can be bottle fed.  The hay play barn is a paradise for energetic children (and parents!) with bale jumping, tunnelling and scope for endless imaginary games.  There is a trampoline too, next to the slide and swings.  The signed walk down to the river is a lovely way of getting a clearer picture of the farm, seeing our herd of mixed beef cows grazing the marshes and spotting some of our great wildlife here.

We love getting to know all our guests, and want each to have a Feather Down experience they will remember for a lifetime.

Social Distancing Measures

All available accommodations will have private facilities. Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected, and ventilated for you prior to your arrival.

If you or a family member are feeling sick or have been confirmed, we ask you to contact our booking office as soon as possible and for you to not come to our location. We will rebook your stay to another date.

Arrival and departure times have been amended for an extra cleaning routine

When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host.

During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed.

The pizza evening has been adapted or cancelled

The farm tour has been adapted or cancelled

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Eight safari-style tents with en-suite loos.

Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse Shower

Safari tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
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College Farm, St Mary's Road, Aldeby, Beccles, Norfolk NR34 0BD

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Getting There

From the M25 and the west, take the A143 at Bury St Edmunds towards Great Yarmouth. If approaching from Norwich, head south on the A146 towards Lowestoft until Gillingham then join the A143. Continue until you see a right turn signposted for ‘Aldeby’. Continue for one mile until you see 40mph signs on a left bend, turn right into Aldeby Street. Turn right onto St Mary’s Road. Continue up this road for one mile. College Farm is at the top of the road on the right.

The closest railway station is at Beccles, six miles from site. From there you would need to travel by taxi to site, book in advance.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews


Amazing fun and perfect hosts

Nothing was too much trouble for Lucy and her husband. The children had an amazing time on the farm, playing with animals , jumping on hay bales they slept so well each night. Accommodation was very comfortable and extremely clean. All in all a great long weekend .

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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