Amber's Bell Tent Camping at Mannington Hall Amber's Bell Tent Camping

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Sheringham & Cromer

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Short walk to the pub
Luxury bell tent glamping in the idyllic grounds of one of Norfolk's loveliest country house gardens

Mannington Hall is perhaps the quintessential English country house. A little outside the village of Itteringham, this stately Norfolk pile is straight from the pages of Country Life. This 15th-century moated manor is all medieval turrets and arched casement windows, but the real draw are Mannington's spectacular gardens. With a dizzying array of plants and trees (over 1,000 varieties of roses alone), the various contemporary and heritage gardens are a feast for the senses. There's a walled garden, willow tunnel and even a secluded classical temple. Landscaped lakes in the sprawling grounds boast a water meadow who's vibrant flowers are a magnet for dragonflies, kingfishers and even the occasional otter. Oh, to call this English country garden home. Well...  

Fringed by an oak dell, Amber's Bell Tents occupies a three-acre field that overlooks the water meadows beyond Mannington's gardens. The realisation of a long held dream, camping fan Amber and family had the inspired idea of hooking up with Mannington's committed conservationist owners, Lord and Lady Walpole, to present a luxurious, low-impact bell tent site. They actually began in the gardens themselves but, like a prized horse, were turned out into the larger field to enjoy more luscious, greener grasses. They've now been up and running for a few years and it's fair to say Amber's is a place that is immensely popular. It's not hard to see why.

Airy and spacious, Amber's 5m, bunting-adorned tents are made of breathable natural cotton – the perfect antidote to stuffy polyester tents. There are between three and seven, as the season changes, and all are kitted out with cute vintage touches – the applecart tables-cum-storage boxes, a nice little nod to Norfolk's famous cider orchards. It's a proper glamper's scene, with double beds, wood burners, rugs, fairy lights, lanterns and a cool box and cook kit. Yet for all the comforts it's still about being outdoors. The tents even have an awning so you can spend the evening losing yourself to the light-pollution-free night sky.

To make your stay that extra little bit fuss-free, there is an onsite tea room for your afternoon snacks and bespoke catering options can be taken in advance – all celebrating the best of local produce. Amber's onsite honesty shop is also stocked with the essentials you'll need for a good campfire, plenty of wood and fuel so you can toast those marshmallows into the last of the wee hours.  

With so much to do in Mannington itself from badminton and boules, to woodland walks, to childrens' nature courses ('The Minnows'), you may need reminding of the fact that the Broads and North Norfolk Coast (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) beckon just down the road.

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Facilities

Tents sleep up to 5. Single and double beds are provided depending on your needs and all bedding is included. Outside, you'll find a picnic table (per tent), combi bbq/firepit, plus a kitchen box equipped with utensils and vintage dishware. There's a washing up tap on the field for dirty dishes, plus loos and showers in the gardens about 200 metres from the tents. There's also an onsite honesty shop for fire essentials like kindling, charcoal, firewood and candles. Mannington Hall and Gardens are yours to explore. Nature packs for kids plus complimentary badminton and boules on offer. Extra partnerships the campsite boasts means campers can arrange for an intent massage from a local sports therapist or can have bikes dropped at the site to rent with no extra charge for delivery.

Suitable For

Glampers only. No tent camping or campervans. No dogs.

Nearby

With Norwich, the Broads and the North Norfolk Coast practically on your doorstep, there's no shortage of great days out. The CanoeMan (0845 4969177) gives guided tours of these iconic waterways, while Holkham Bay is one of the latter's finest beaches. Nearby Holt is surprisingly bohemian, with a good selection of fashionable independent shops and restaurants. For the litt'luns, Bewilderwood (01692 633033) is an award-winning woodland adventure park with rope bridges, zip-lines and treehouses. In case you haven't had your fill of stately piles, Holkham Hall (01328 710806), Felbrigg Hall ( 01263 837444), and Walsingham Abbey and Gardens (01328 820510) are all within easy reach. You can also cycle the picturesque lanes surrounding Mannington (you won't lose your way thanks to the complimentary cycle maps).

Food & Drink

Mannington Hall has its own tea shop and campers can contact Helen from the tea room before they stay to pre-order hampers, cakes, campfire stews, and other treats. Aylsham and Holt boast a couple of award-winning butchers – G F White (01263 732264) and P S Butchers (01263 713227), respectively. As for decent locals, The Walpole Arms (01263 587258) takes some beating. Just a mile from the site, this 18th century pub's traditional charms belie it's modern menu. The Walpole has won the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand Prize ten years in a row. Be sure to explore their stunning garden too.

Opening Times

Late March – Autumn.

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The Owner Says

We are a family run, bell tent campsite, set in the grounds of a beautiful hall. We provide fully equipped bell tents, alongside a wood fired sauna, pizza oven and acres of stunning grounds and nature.

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Accommodation

The 2½ acre field has up to 10 tents, changing from low to high season. There is also a bell tent in its own private meadow overlooking the great house.

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Location

Contact Amber's Bell Tent Camping at Mannington Hall, Mannington Hall, Mannington, Norwich, Norfolk NR11 7BB

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Getting There

Amber's is just off the B1149 Norwich to Holt Road (turn off at Saxthorpe). For sat nav/Google maps, type in Mannington Hall, Norwich NR11 7BB

Buses from Norwich to Holt to Corpusty. The site is around 2 miles away. Trains to Cromer or Norwich, then you'll need to book a taxi.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews

★★★★★

Nostalgic, relaxing, beautiful

Amber makes sure you have everything you need for the perfect stay. There are also suggestions on how to spoil yourself while you’re there and see the best this county has to offer. I’ve stayed at Mannington and Wiveton Halls. They're super clean, beautiful and full of wildlife. Amber has a great sense of style. The finishing touches make you feel like a friend, not a guest.
Sep 5, 2019 by Fiona
★★★★★

We had a wonderful 3 nights in the bell tents, even though we chose the only wet cold weekend of the summer.

Tents well stocked with provisions comfortable and clean. Very friendly staff and Amber is always eager to make your stay memorable and fun.
Sep 7, 2018 by Daphne
★★☆☆☆

Not for very young children or babies

Beautiful location and the first impression was impressive. However wasps are not managed in the field, leading to my baby being stung in the mouth. The kitchen box was filthy and didn't contain cutlery suitable for little ones. The showers are within the public toilets for the hall and there was nowhere to change other than behind the curtain within the cubical, again impossible with tots. We expected more given the price.
Sep 5, 2018 by Johnstons

Response from Amber's Bell Tent Camping at Mannington Hall

Thank you for your feedback and sorry for your baby being stung.  Wasps have been an issue for everyone across the UK this Summer.  We had 3 nests professionally removed and took advice on the best action for prevention.  Our staff are trained to maintain our high standards of cleanliness and presentation.  The kitchen utensils are used on open fires so do get tarnished.  90% of our guests are families.  We provide free travel cots and in this case sourced a high chair especially as requested.
★★★★★

Everything!

If you want a get away from it all camping/glamping experience stay here! The setting is perfect and the tents are perfect. The surrounding area is stunning norfolk countryside with a lovely local pub a mile away. Me and my 3 kids (4,6 & 8) stayed here for 4 nights in july and they had a ball. Making friends, running around the meadow in the dark with head torches and sitting by the fire toasting marshmallows. I read other peoples reviews which were very similar to mine and thought it sounds great but did not expect it to live up to the hype but it does! We even had the biggest storm i have ever experienced and the tent stayed dry as a bone! Amber was very welcoming and friendly. I will definitely stay here again. Darren
Aug 17, 2018 by Darren
★★★★★

Super stay !

Many thanks to Ambers bell tents for a fab stay in your cosy shepherds hut. Perfect location for a relaxing stay. Everything we hope for and more. Will be back later this summer for more of the same ! 

May 3, 2016 by Jerry
★★★★★

Highly Recommended!

This was our first 'glamping' experience with our 6 and 2 year old and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! The tents are beautifully furnished and nicely separated from the other tents so you have privacy whilst not feeling completely isolated.  The facilities are excellent and Amber was most welcoming and helpful.  This all made for a lovely, stress-free mini holiday for us. We hope to return and would definitely recommend it to others.

Aug 26, 2015 by Louisa Westney
★★★★★

Awesome sauce

A great setup here with awesome facilities and fun games and equipment provided. We really enjoyed our weekend stay here recently. Would definitely recommend. :D

Apr 14, 2015 by Vickerage

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • 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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