ABTC @ at Little Massingham Estate Amber's Bell Tent Camping

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Fakenham

  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
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  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Games room
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Secluded bell tent camping on a wild North Norfolk estate

A Roman road as straight as a camper’s tent peg runs from 11th-century Castle Acre out to the North Norfolk coast. Today it makes up part of the Peddars Way, a scenic long-distance footpath that runs right past a new glamping site on the Little Massingham Estate. Hidden in a glade surrounded by oak trees, you wouldn’t know Amber’s Bell Tent Camping is there unless you were looking for it. And it’s worth looking for. With hammocks in the trees, acres of wild space to roam and some of Norfolk’s best beaches within a half-hour drive, it’s the perfect place to quietly find a little freedom.

The Little Massingham Estate is actually one of multiple Amber’s Bell Tent Camping locations. There are several other spots in Norfolk, all on similarly grand, country estates, so you can trust that the accommodation – bell tents with proper beds, soft furnishings and wood burners – are a thoroughly popular option. Three of the tents are in a little dell, sat atop decks and with the most secluded feel, while four more are in a young plantation of oak trees that children will love to play hide-and-go-seek in. All tents have campfire pits outside and there’s a washblock (newly built for 2021) a short stroll away. A beautiful old brick barn with a slightly jaunty roof also makes for an excellent social space and games room, with a pizza oven and plenty of picnicking space outside.

If talk of a 2,000-acre country estate fills your head with images of water fountains, manicured lawns and ornate gardens, then you’ll need to think again. The Little Massingham approach is a little different. Vast tracts of the land have been set aside for their new re-wilding project and glampers can take to the footpaths to see the pigs and wild grazing ponies. Hedgerows are left largely untrimmed to follow their natural growth, bulging and brimming with blackberries in late summer.

Plans are afoot to offer tractor-and-trailer tours of the estate in the not-to-distant future, helping visitors learn more about the exciting re-wilding project and what’s involved. Until then, you’ll have to make do with cycling along the Roman road to Castle Acre Priory (now looked after by the good folk at English Heritage), pedaling to the pretty pub in Great Massingham or driving out to the coast to swim in the sea at Brancaster Beach or eat fish and chips in Thornham. It’s a tough life, eh.

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Facilities

The cotton canvas bell tents are fully furnished, featuring single and double beds (depending on your needs) and all bedding and linen included. Wood burners, storage and soft furnishings inside, plus a kitchen box equipped with utensils and vintage dishware. Outside each tent, you'll find a picnic table and fireside log seating and a BBQ/firepit. An ancient agricultural barn has been converted into a communal space, with light airy windows in the middle and a good space for relaxing and picnicking outside – there's also a wood-fired pizza oven here you can use. A brand-new, purpose-built washblock has three showers and three loos, plus washing up facilities. Tents are situated in a dell and young woodland, so space aplenty for play and adventure, with rope swings in the trees and nature discovery packs for littl'uns keen to get up close and personal with their natural surroundings.

Suitable For

Bell tent glamping only. Your own tents, campervans and caravans are not permitted and dogs are not allowed at this site.

Nearby

If you go back down the entrance track you pop out onto a quiet lane that was once a Roman road and now forms part of the Peddars Way, a 50-mile-long trail that runs from Thetford and the centre of Norfolk out to the coast (where it joins the Norfolk Coast Path). It’s about 14 miles to this confluence at Holme (just under half an hour by car) but the whole stretch of coastline around that area is beautiful and diverse. If you want big sandy beaches, try Brancaster or Holkham Bay. If you fancy spotting wildlife, try Titchwell, Blakeney, Cley or Morston Quay. If you want history try Sandringham or Holkham Hall (or, nearest, and en-route to the coast, Houghton Hall). The handy thing about the curvature of Norfolk’s coastline is that most seaside spots are pretty much equidistant from the glamping site. It’s not all about the coast, though. There’s a nice walk from your bell tent over the fields to the pub in Great Massingham, a picturesque village with two duck ponds, and English Heritage-owned Castle Acre Priory (0370 333 1181) is just a 10-minute drive away.

Food & Drink

It takes about 15 minutes to cycle or 45 minutes to walk to the Dabbling Duck (01485 520827) overlooking the village green in Great Massingham. It’s a well-named pub given the village’s picturesque pair of duck ponds, which always have plenty of feathered occupants, and it’s a fine spot for an evening meal or a pint. A tad further, but in the direction of the coast, the Rose & Crown (01485 521807) is another fabulous option, with a slightly more off-the-beaten track feel. While, out on the coast, the village of Thornham has a range of options, from good gastro pubs to a nice deli, a farm shop, fish’n’chips and even a café in a Mongolian yurt.

Open

Late May–September.

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The Owner Says

On the far reaches of North West Norfolk, this 2,000 acre estate is truly a place of raw beauty. There are forests and health land. Wild ponies and piggies. They all play a part in the important rewilding work that is happening here and across the county with Wild East.  It's a really really special place. With conservation at it's heart; we are proud to represent
Nestled deep deep within this rambling wilderness resides the cosiest of sites. 7 of our furnished bells lie in situ in a woodland and dell, offering a sheltered settlement of style and comfort within miles and miles of untamed landscape. Under the big Norfolk skies, 2 of our 5m bells sit up on decks in the bluebell dell, and a small couples' retreat also decked in the corner. The adjacent oak woodland is home to 4 more bells, canopied under the young trees creating a really lovely timbered retreat. There's the old field barn overlooking the wood, which is a fantastic sheltered space for campers to gather - great for an exclusive glamping gathering.

Accommodation

Seven furnished bell tents. Three are raised on decks in the bluebell dell, while four are under young trees in the adjacent oak wood.

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Fully equipped 5m Bell Tent in a vintage style

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Location

Contact ABTC @ at Little Massingham Estate, Little Massingham Estate, Church Lane, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2JS

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