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Ivy Grange Farm Glamping

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Halesworth

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Staggered showering times
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Peace and tranquility in rural Suffolk, but there's plenty around to do

London media world refugees Kim and Nick Hoare have created a real slice of rural bliss just outside the small Suffolk town of Halesworth, where 4 yurts and a new Shepherd's Hut form the nucleus of their thoughtfully planned glamping site. It's a place where attention has been given to every sort of detail, and the enthusiasm and passion of the owners shines through at every turn.

The yurts are beautifully furnished, with their own wood burners, big comfy double beds and pull-out futons, plus outside decking with a gas hob and open fire pit – great for taking in the sunsets with an evening glass of wine. The shepherd's hut, meanwhile, sleeps up to three, with a fitted double bed at one end and a smaller futon-bed at the other. It, too, has a wood-burner and quaint little touches wherever you glance – old taps have been transformed into quirky lighting and a stack of novels lies in wait for rainy days – while all of the glamping accommodation has access to a wonderfully well-appointed open kitchen for the most sociable dining.

In addition to the three-acre field, there's a restored barn with tables and chairs, a lovely woodland (i.e outdoor) shower, supplied by solar-heated hot water, and you can pick the produce you need from their well-tended vegetable troughs around the barn – a blackboard inside lists what's ready for harvest that day. It's all brilliantly done, and perfect for family groups or indeed groups of families.



The smallest yurt (Swallow) and the shepherd's hut sleep 3, Lapwing and Barn Owl can accommodate 4, whilst the largest (Yellowhammer) can sleep 5. All have a rechargeable lantern, solar-power fairy lights and their own wood-burners; outside each one has decking area with a barbecue and calor gas stove. There’s a brilliantly equipped outside kitchen, the barn has charging points for phones as well as table football, table tennis, games and books – and WiFi. Next door to the barn is a toilet and shower block, and there’s also a lovely solar-powered outdoor shower for sunny days and moonlit nights. Cookware is provided, and a large basket of logs for the stove, but you will need to bring duvet covers, sheets and towels.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, groups – yes.


The coastline, the estuaries, the excellent pubs and restaurants serving local food and, invariably, wine and beer!  We are right on National Cycling Route 1, so great to explore the flat and intensely quiet roads nearby (there is a selection of bikes to borrow). You could also cycle to the Big Dog ferry nearby, a service which takes you to the marvellous and unique Locks Inn pub just outside Geldeston. Discover the delights of family-friendly RSPB Minsmere (home to Springwatch for several years) and the amazing new Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve at Carlton Marshes.  If on the other hand you just want to stay put and drink in the peace of the camp, you could join one of the birdwatching courses or wildlife night walks they run from time to time. The coast is not far away at Southwold, a seaside resort that was gentrified before the term was even invented. As a consequence there are great places to eat and drink, and the bonus of a decent beach and excellent pier with homespun attractions. The handsome small town of Beccles is just a few miles north, the southernmost outpost of the Broads and a great place to hire a boat or canoe to explore the waterways.

Food & Drink

Our village community run pub, The Racehorse, is fab for well-kept craft and keg-beers and wines. The Queen's Head at Blyford and Queen's Head at Bramfield are both worth a visit and St Peter's Brewery, a 15th century moated former-abbey, just 5 miles away in "The Saints" is a must. definitely not to be missed. Continuing the theme, if you are a brewery fan, check out Adnams at Southwold and try the brewery tour and check-out the fabulous kitchen store and cafe there. The market town of Halesworth has a good range of independent food shops as well as a larger Co-op, so you don't need to worry about bringing masses of food with you. Westhall village is home to The Racehorse Inn, just over a mile away and a lovely quiet walk or bike ride.



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Contact Ivy Grange Farm Glamping, Butts Road, Westhall, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8RN

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Getting There

Despite being so rural, the site is easy to reach, close to the A12 and just a short drive from Bungay and Beccles. From Bungay, turn left at Ilketshall St Lawrence primary school (Hog Lane) and then first right (Butts Road) – the site is about half a mile down on the left. If travelling from Halesworth, turn right at the Spexhall crossroads (the first right turn on this road) along Nollers Lane, then take the first left (Butts Road) and follow the road for 1.3 miles, ignoring the right hand turn to Westhall village. The site is on the right.

Hourly trains run to Brampton and Halesworth on the London to Lowestoft line via Ipswich, and Nick and Kim are happy to collect from either station – indeed the site offers an "own steam" discount for those arriving by train, bike or foot.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews


Beautiful countryside, lots to do and see, wonderfully comfortable glamping and well-equipped

We needed to escape from home, where we've both been working since the start of lockdown. We also love exploring bits of our own country that we don't know - like Suffolk. Choosing to glamp in Nick and Kim's yurt was initially a matter of cost. It was a fraction of the price a cottage, even one much further from places we wanted to visit. As it turned out, Ivy Grange Yurts was terrific value, being super comfortable AND an adventure, as well as in the perfect spot. We made breakfast on the wood burner, cooked supper on the camping gas rings just outside the yurt, and even made pizza from scratch - very deliciously - in the oven Nick and Kim built themselves. Our 11yr-old daughter was thrilled with that. She also loved playing demon ping pong. And the mini-adventure of the outdoor shower (it was October, which made it doubly exciting!). Nick and Kim are keen to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum, but they are never preachy. In fact, it enriches the whole experience. Couldn't recommend Ivy Grange Farm Glamping more. PS The Hoares also made it very easy for us to follow the covid19 rules almost without noticing.

Peaceful, well maintained campsite

Tranquil campsite in a lovely spot in Suffolk. Friendly and family orientated, helpful owners without being overbearing and ecologically aware.
Sep 16, 2018 by Geoff

Perfect escape

The perfect site run by the perfect hosts. There is everything you need and more, we couldn't have wished for a better time. The pizza oven was big hit and the pizzas benefitted from Kim's wild garlic. We started the day with their outdoor showers and ended with a campfire; amazing! We will be back! Charlotte and Andrew 

Apr 19, 2015 by Tman27

Peace and tranquility

We stayed at Ivy Grange Farm  in Lapwing Yurt in May 2014 for a week, we being me, my wife and two boys aged 4 and 1. Nick and Kim were the most generous of hosts in every way, and had really put so much thought into the needs of their guests on all levels. The Yurt itself was sumptuous inside, and we felt really spoilt. Though we didn't use the wood burner due to having glorious weather, had it been cooler we would have loved having the warmth and comfort that this would have afforded. Cooking outside on the decking was a real treat. Usually when we camp we squat round a trianga stove, and much as I love these, cooking with children can be hazardous and with the provisions here we were able to cook worry free, while the children played on the decking and in the meadow. When it did rain we were able to cook under shelter provided outside the old barn, which had now been turned into a lovely shower block which was clean and warm at all times, with plenty of space to put your belongings, and baskets too to leave things there. Brilliant. The barn also provided a huge games room / reading and dining area. The games room was traditional with board games / table football and table tennis i.e no computer type games you may find at other sites which have games rooms, which was bliss. At night there is no light pollution so You can star gaze while sitting round a traditional camp fire. The children loved this as did we. We cannot praise Nick and Kim highly enough who were very thoughtful and kind with us and our boys. In fact they invited our older son Elijah to help them make a cob style wood burning pizza oven from scratch, and turned this into a dragon which he then named. He has wonderful memories of this as do we. If you are cyclists the lanes around are wonderful to explore, and safe. We had our four year old riding on the road for the fist time, with vehicles showing great respect. In the future we hope to return and wish Nick and Kim all the success they deserve in such a worthy venture. Here you will find a slower pace to life which many of us require in the modern world. Nick and Kim have provided a space in which individuals may re-connect with themselves, families can re-connect with reach other, and all may immerse themselves in the peace and tranquility of nature  as it is mean to be experienced. Thank you to you both.

Aug 23, 2014 by James Shute

blissful rural retreat

We stayed for 4 nights in the lovely Yellowhammer yurt, during a week of uninterrupted Suffolk sunshine.  Yellowhammer was very spacious for the two of us, and would also be great for a family of 3 or 4 (as mentioned by another reviewer above, the Barn Owl yurt or the bell tent would both be roomy enough for a couple). The friendly, attentive owners Nick and Kim have thought of everything to make a stay at Ivy Grange Farm enjoyable and relaxing - their attention to the details really stands out. The yurts are decked out to a very high standard and make a great romantic cosy hideaway - and they're spaced out such that you feel like you have your own private area of the large field (but not too far to wander across to neighbouring yurts if you were staying as part of a group). We loved the Yurt's decking area and al fresco dining (open fire pit for BBQs, plus outdoor gas stove). The overall facilities are fantastic; the communal barn is a beautiful old building and the outdoor showers were hard to tear away from! It was a really nice touch that several bikes were available to help yourself to, and the quiet lanes for miles around are excellent cycling territory. We'd return in a heartbeat !!

Aug 4, 2014 by Jo

Simply wonderful!

We stayed for 3 nights (originally booked in for 2 but we loved it so much we booked in for an extra night!). This really is a special place; tranquil, peaceful and very far away from the London we left for a few days. The yurts are not only beautifully decorated but really clean and well kitted out with everything you would need. We loved the al fresco cooking and being able to pick and cook the vegetables / herbs / fruit from Kim&Nick’s various vegetable patches around the meadow.

It’s really great that there are only a small handful of yurts in the meadow as it helps give the place a feeling of space and privacy and it feels less like a ‘campsite’. The outdoor showers were great fun, with the option to have them day or night (by candlelight).K

Kim and Nick are wonderful hosts, genuine, friendly and helpful. We look forward to our next visit!

Jul 16, 2014 by Becca

We loved our little Woodpecker Yurt!

Surprised my fiancee with a 3 night break at Ivy Grange Farm and we both had an awesome time! Nick and Kim were lovely hosts and even picked me up some (delicious) bacon from their favourite butcher before we'd arrived! 

The nearby countryside is perfect for a bike ride (bikes can be hired free of charge!) so I would definitely recommend that if you stay here you make use of the bikes and the surrounding area! 

We stayed in Woodpecker Yurt which was very luxurious and probably a little TOO big for just 2 people but it was really nice to have the extra space. 

The weather wasn't amazing and we had some heavy rain, but nothing beats cosying up by the wood-burner with a couple of mugs of tea and listening to the rain tapping on the top of your little home.


PS: Barn Owl looked perfect for couples, we would probably save ourselves a bit of money and book there next time! 

Jun 6, 2014 by Darrell

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