Glamping at Bressingham Gardens

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Diss

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
Peaceful glamping in an undisturbed meadow in beautiful Bressingham Gardens

The family behind the world-renowned Bressingham Gardens have opened up a glamping meadow for guests. Lucky visitors are now able to settle into bell tents pitched in a tree-lined, wildlife-watching wonderland within Bressingham’s 17 acres of landscaped Norfolk greenery. The gardens are home to an incredible 8,000 plant species, but when it comes to glamping, the numbers are impressive in the other direction. There are just two bell tents, offering peaceful adults-only breaks among the blooms.

Bressingham’s holiday accommodation began with its gorgeous Georgian Mansion being rented out for stays. After seeing its success, host Matt Bloom wanted to provide smaller and more back-to-basics accommodation firmly planted within the flora. As such, two bell tents have been pitched in a relatively undisturbed meadow; the grass kept unmowed save for the pathways, allowing the surrounding wildlife to flourish. There’s a traditional and lunar bell tent here, both furnished with the latter boasting more headroom. All conveniences are supplied — kettle and cafetiere for tea and coffee, stove for cooking, cutlery and the like — while a wood-burning stove and firepit keep things nice and toasty both inside and out. There’s a compost loo but no shower and the tents are off-grid though a fully-charged battery pack will power lighting inside your tent with solar lights outside.

But it’s Bressingham Garden itself that’s the real star of the show. The ongoing passion project of three generations of the Bloom family, this beautiful place is free to explore for those glamping. Here, guests are able to enjoy the wide array of European perennial plants displayed in the rolling Dell Garden, the conifers and heathers gathered in the wonderfully named Foggy Bottom Garden and the autumnal redwood in Adrian’s Wood. Be sure to set your alarm for an early morning, too, as then you’ll have the best chance of spotting the wilder life living here, from the robins, swallows and sparrowhawks, to the rabbits, hares and stoats.

Details

Facilities

Two bell tents are available in roughly one acre of meadow. Each comes equipped with bespoke wooden furniture, along with a wood-burning stove — a basket of firewood, kindling and paper is supplied, while extra firewood is also available for £10 per basket. A firepit is also located outside for outdoor cooking. There’s a gas stove with a gas canister provided and food can be whipped up using the included pan set, crockery, cooking utensils and cutlery. A kettle is in your tent for a morning brew along with a cafetiere and wine glasses for that evening tipple. The tents have LED lighting inside and solar lighting outside along with two LED lanterns for evening walks. Two hot water bottles should keep you warm in your king-size bed, while a tent padlock will keep things locked away safe. Private parking is nearby (roughly 100m from your tent), and while there’s no WiFi, there’s an excellent 4G connection. You’ll have access to an eco-friendly compost loo and mains water nearby but it's worth noting that there are no showers on site. Campfires are allowed in the provided fire pit only.

Suitable For

Glamping for adult couples — yes. Groups, parties, children, dogs — no. 

Nearby

Bressingham Gardens (01379 686900) is free to visit for guests and is the main feature of the site. The gardens are open to the public from 10.30am to 5pm, though the site itself is kept private from the areas in which the public will be exploring. Additionally, the Bressingham Steam Museum is also part of the site (open April-October), giving you the chance to board a steam engine to experience the gardens from a different perspective. For a spot of walking, you can visit Wortham Ling (two miles from site), a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Redgrave and Lopham Fen is also a little over two miles away, another Site of Special Scientific Interest that houses a diverse range of both plants and animals, along with the opportunity to follow the River Waveney.

Food & Drink

The Bressingham Steam Museum Cafe is ideal for a bite to eat close to the site. There are also a number of pubs, restaurants and cafes close to the Gardens. The Chequers Inn (01379 688175) is only a 2-minute walk from site, serving delicious food in a lovely, modern interior. The White Hart (01379 643597) is a couple of minutes further up the road, a cosy pub with a varied menu ideal for a tipple within close distance to the site. Number 11 (01379 644186) bar and restaurant is two-and-a-half miles away, priding itself on its locally-sourced ingredients and drinks. Or, if you want to pop out for some fish and chips, you'll be taken care of at Bailey's (01379 308130), a takeaway that you can bring back with you after a five-minute drive.

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The Owner Says

Nestled in a wildflower meadow, surrounded by trees, on the edge of the world renowned Bressingham Gardens, we can now offer our beautifully appointed bell tents. Reserved for two adults only, the bell tents are designed for simple but luxurious comfort, with a kingsize bed, bespoke wooden furniture, and snug seating. There is a wood-burning stove for cosy nights in, and all the kit you need to prepare a meal for two. There is also a fire-pit for tranquil evenings, flame-gazing, and barbecuing. Spend your days relaxing in the glade, wandering the many gardens, or exploring the Waveney valley and Norfolk-Suffolk countryside.

Come and experience the wilder side of Bressingham!

Social Distancing Measures

Coronavirus

Capacity has been reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in is contactless (in person), one group at a time, and unattended

Dedicated toilet for glampers

Deep cleaning of accommodation units and shared facilities between guests

Hand sanitising station at the toilets

Accommodation

Two bell tents, both sleeping two.

Sunrise Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
5m round bell tent, with made up king size bed, wood stove, bespoke wooden furniture, fully carpeted, with snug seating, all the kit you need to prepare a meal, and includes a BBQ fire-pit.

Sunset Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
5m round bell tent, with made up super-king size bed, wood stove, bespoke wooden furniture, fully carpeted, with snug seating, all the kit you need to prepare a meal, and includes a BBQ fire-pit

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Location

Contact Glamping at Bressingham Gardens, The Bressingham Gardens, Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk

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Getting There

Bressingham Gardens is located on the A1066 — the Diss to Thetford road. If you are approaching from Diss, from the east, then drive past the Garden Centre, then the Steam Museum, then past the Bressingham Hall for another 100m. You turn left into a small lane that has a blue sign stating “'NO ENTRY', which is opposite a road to the right which leads to Bressingham village.

If you are approaching from Thetford, from the west, then you drive past the Church on your right, then past the A1066 Chequers pub on your left for another 50m. You turn right into a small lane that has a blue sign stating “NO ENTRY”  — which is opposite a road to the left that leads to Bressingham village. Parking is free and is 100m from the tents.

Diss Train Station is three miles away and early morning public buses run from Diss Bus Station to Bressingham Garden Centre. Alternatively, it's a 20-minute cycle ride or roughly £10 taxi fare from the station.

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