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LINGS MEADOW Glamping Norfolk

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Cost

From £60 per night

Accommodation sleeps

Bell tents sleep up to 5, living van sleeps 4 and shepherd's hut sleeps 2

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CONTACT DETAILS
Ling’s Meadow
Stanton Road Farm
North Common
Hepworth, Diss
Norfolk  IP22 2PR
Tel: 01359 250594

Email: info@lingsmeadow.co.uk
Website:  lingsmeadow.co.uk

Glamping Norfolk

Lings Meadow is a small eco camping site on the Norfolk and Suffolk border offering glamping in bell tents, a living van and a shepherds hut. It is the perfect quiet spot for hiding away amongst the tall meadow grass and stargazing around the campfire. We are only able to accommodate up to twenty five guests at a time so the site is naturally quite quiet and has a relaxed, friendly and communal feel. As we are small the meadow is also perfect for groups of family or friends who would like to book the whole site for a get together. The bell tents, living van, Norfolk shepherd’s hut and tent pitches are set in amongst the natural 4 acre meadow. The meadow changes over the season, with short grass and flowers in April and May, lush long green grass and swooping house martins in June, clouds of butterflies in July and tall golden seed heads in August and September. Each year we change the layout of the pitches depending upon which areas of the meadow need to be cut and which are given a rest and left to grow.

THE BELL TENTS – sleeps up to 5
We love camping in our own bell tent and we are happy to admit that occasionally we enjoy a bit of luxury too. Because we enjoy it so much (and want to share the joy!) our aim is to provide an affordable bell tent camping experience. To give you the freedom to travel light we have equipped our 5 metre bell tents with most of the things that you will need for your stay. To keep things affordable however we offer extras such as provision parcels and bedding separately so that you can choose the kind of holiday that you would like.  We have re-purposed original furniture from the farmhouse for storage and cotton bunting and crochet blankets add extra comfort as well as a splash of colour. The bell tents each have their own area in the meadow with their own fire pit, tripod and grill, but if you prefer you also have access to the communal camp kitchen. Each tent can accommodate up to four adults or two adults and three children.

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We will provide

  • 1 double bed and mattress (with duvet and 2 pillows)
  • 2 single futons and mattresses (with duvets and 2 pillows)
  • Extra blankets
  • Storage for your belongings
  • Fairy light chandelier and a lantern
  • Fire pit with tripod and grill
  • Wooden fireside benches/table
  • Basket of logs (wood can also be bought on site)
  • Eco firelighters and matches
  • Cooking utensils/kettle/pots and pans
  • One pot wood fired rocket stove (and kindling to start you off)
  • Cutlery and dishes
  • Cool box with freezer blocks
  • Water carrier
  • Storage box for food

We can also provide a single blow up mattress with duvet and pillow or travel cot on request

You might also want to bring
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Towels and bedlinen (we provide these for 7-night bookings, or for a small fee)
A torch
Extra layers
A good book or two
Binoculars
Your own gas stove and canisters if you would feel more comfortable using one that you are used to from home.

READY PITCHED 5M UNFURNISHED BELL TENT
If you are travelling light and can’t carry your own tent, if you are wondering what it is like
to sleep under canvas, or if putting up your own tent just sounds like too much hard work,
then there is always our pre-pitched bell to consider. At 5m in diameter it is incredibly
spacious for two adults and a family of two adults and up to four children would still be very
comfortable. It comes with a ground sheet but you will need to bring sleeping bags or
inflatable mattresses and bedding with you. For a small extra fee we can add in a double
futon mattress and bedding. The tent can be pitched on any of the six circular pitches on
site with plenty of space around it to cook dinner or lay back and stare up at the clouds.
Possibly the most exciting thing about the pre-pitched tent is that come rain or shine it will
be ready for you when you arrive and you don’t need to pack it up when you leave!

SHEPHERDS HUT – sleeps 2
If the romantic in you is looking for outdoor living combined with old world charm then we
could have just the thing. We fell in love with our Norfolk shepherd’s hut at first sight. Our
has been lovingly restored using reclaimed materials and have found the hut a home at
the top of the meadow.

The Ranny includes a pull out double bed for two and a table and seating, but as the hut
was meant as a temporary home it is compact and cosy. It has a window on either side
and a stable style door for your view out across the meadow. It has it’s own wood burning
stove for warmth (although it is pretty cosy anyway) which can also boil your kettle.

The hut comes fully furnished with all the kit that you might need for your stay. We include
a duvet and pillows for the bed, with linen and towels too. The hut is lit using a light fitting
reclaimed from our farm buildings. It has now been converted to solar power. We also
provide a lantern and fairy lights. The solar panel next to the hut also provides power for
two USB points.

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We will provide;

  • 1 double bed with mattress cushions, duvet, 2 pillows, linen and towels
  • Extra blankets
  • Fold down side table
  • Storage box
  • Fairy lights and a lantern
  • Fire pit with hot plate
  • Wooden picnic table
  • Basket of logs and kindling (wood can also be bought on site)
  • Eco firelighters and matches
  • Cooking utensils/kettle/pots and pans/teapot
  • Chopping board
  • One pot wood fired rocket stove for cooking (and kindling start you off)
  • Cutlery and dishes
  • Cool box with freezer blocks
  • Water carrier
  • Washing up bowl
  • Selection of books and playing cards

Outside The Ranny has its own sheltered seating area and a fire pit with a hot plate to star
gaze around at night whilst cooking your tea. As far as we can we have tried to be true to
the hut’s past and the ethos of Ling’s Meadow and want to capture that feeling of simple
living outdoors. The hut can accommodate two people. Due to its size, and the addition of
the wood burning stove, it is not really suitable for younger children, but older children
would probably find it a lot of fun if parents are willing to share a double bed!

LIVING VAN
Our family sized living van has been lovingly made by local carpenter and eco builder, Alan
Powley and includes a unique carved bed and beautiful stained glass window lights in the
mollycroft roof. The van has a raised double bed with another double bed space
underneath. The mattress on the lower bunk folds back to create two seats and a den area
for children. There is plenty of space for either four adults or a family of two adults and two
children. A stable style door provides both privacy and a view out across the meadow. The
van is light and airy with lots of windows and coloured glass roof lights, made by local
glass artist Clair Rice, that give it a warm glow when the sun shines through. At night the
van is lit using solar power. We also provide a lantern and fairy lights.
Outside the living van has its own sheltered seating area and a fire pit to star gaze around
at enjoy some outdoor campfire cooking. As far as we can we have tried to be true to the
living van’s past and the ethos of Ling’s Meadow and want to capture that feeling of simple
living outdoors.

We will provide:

  • 2 double beds (top double with standard mattress and bottom double with folding
    mattresses)
  • Duvets and pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Fold down side table
  • Storage cabinet with worktop
  • Fairy lights and a lantern
  • Fire pit with tripod and grill
  • Wooden outdoor seating
  • Basket of logs and kindling (wood can also be bought on site)
  • Eco firelighters and matches
  • Cooking utensils/kettle/pots and pans/teapot
  • Chopping board
  • One pot wood fired rocket stove for cooking
  • Cutlery and dishes
  • Cool box with freezer blocks
  • Water carrier
  • Washing up bowl
  • Selection of books and playing cards

You might also find it useful to bring a torch and a camping stove if you have a favourite
one at home. Linen and towel sets can be hired from us for a small fee if this would be
easier than bringing your own. We provide sets for 7 night or more bookings.

TENT PITCHES ALSO AVAILABLE

OUR FACILITIES

All of the communal facilities, compost loos, shower and bike shed, are designed to have
as little environmental impact as possible and are together at one end of the site. Cut
paths wander their way from here to the bell tents, huts and pitches. We believe that the
meadow really belongs to the local wildlife, so we always leave a large section undisturbed
for the roe deer, barn owls, tawny owls and hares. For the same reason we keep the
meadow vehicle free (we provide trolleys for moving kit around). The farm is not connected
to the mains and we have had to be creative when providing our toilets and shower. The
farm philosophy has always been to tread lightly on the land and we want to continue to do
what we can to protect the environment.

CAMPFIRES
Camping is just not camping without the opportunity to sit by an open fire, toast
marshmallows and watch the sunset over the meadow. Our large brick-edged communal
campfire is lit with lanterns, has log seating and looks out across the fields around the
campsite. It has its own tripod and grill for campfire cooking. We also provide smaller fire
pits with grills that you can use on your pitch. Seasoned logs can be bought on site (£5.00
a trug) or at the local farm shop. We provide eco firelighters and matches and we also
have a fire lighting kit so that you can have a go at starting your fire with a flint and steel!
Marshmallows are available to buy in our bike shed!

CAMP KITCHEN
Our canvas camp kitchen has picnic benches, worktops and shared camping equipment
for cooking and dining. It also has storage boxes for food and a cool box. We provide a
single pot wood fired rocket stove for cooking. At night the kitchen is lit with solar fairy
lights and a bike wheel chandelier as we have no mains power on site. We provide
facilities for recycling glass, paper and kitchen food waste. We also have a mini freezer for
freezing your cool blocks in the bike shed.

INFORMATION CENTRE
To let you know about recent wildlife sightings, activity on the farm, local walks, cycle rides
and upcoming events we have an information area here too. For budding naturalists we
also have an explorer kit with identification charts and magnified bug boxes.

WASHING UP
A canvas covered washing up area can be found just next to the bike shed. It has a large
butlers sink with draining board and eco friendly washing up liquid and tea towels. All of
the water on site is drinking water but we also provide a stand pipe here to make it easier
to fill up water containers. The sink is near to our rocket stove and when this is hot you can
stand your kettle on the top to heat water for washing up (this helps us to save hot water
for showers).

COMPOSTING TOILETS

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Composting toilets are a great solution where conventional toilets are not an option and
they provide a fantastic way of saving water. We want to do our best to help fuel the idea
that composting toilets can be both practical and beautiful, so we have made ours
spacious, light and airy with their own sink units, mirrors and potted plants.

SHOWER
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Our third wooden hut contains a large shower with space to get changed and hang up your
clothes and towels. The water for the shower is heated using a combination of solar panels
and our rocket stove. The water heats up in the afternoon, ready for showers in the
evening or the next morning. When we are busy we don’t have enough hot water for
everyone to have a hot shower every day so we ask that campers are considerate of
others when using the facilities. We often overhear our campers comparing tips on how to
save water and as well as making us smile, we know that it helps to boost the communal
feel of the site.

BIKE SHED
We want to encourage our campers to use sustainable transport where possible, so we
provide a secure bike shed on site that can take up to six bicycles. As well as bike stands it
contains a bike pump, puncture kit and a cycle map for Suffolk. We also have a small
selection of bikes that can be used free of charge during your stay. We make sure that the
tires are pumped up and they are ready to go, but all of the bikes are second hand and
have seen many adventures before so we ask that you check them to make sure that you
are happy before you set off.

PROVISIONS
Some of our campers arriving in the evening miss out on the local Farm Shop, so we offer
a range of provisions parcels that can be delivered to your tent when you arrive. All of the
produce is sourced locally or baked or grown at the farm shop. We would be grateful if you
could give us plenty of notice so that we can place your order with the farm shop well in
advance, but it is possible to order up to a couple of days before your stay. We will provide
a cool box for items that need to be kept cold. Parcels cater for between two and four
people depending upon your appetite! An option to request a parcel is provided on the
booking from. Just let us know which parcel you would like and which bread option you
would prefer. Some of the contents may vary slightly from time to time depending upon availability.

OUT AND ABOUT
We are only 12 miles from the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, 33 miles from Norwich
and 40 miles from Cambridge. There are lots of things to see and do in our area but here
are just some

  • Knettishall Heath
  • High Lodge at Thetford Forest including Go Ape Tree Top Adventure or a Segway ride
  • Suffolk coast including Southwold
  • North Norfolk Coast including Cromer and Holkham
  • Pretty villages of Lavenham and Long Melford
  • Royal estate of Sandringham
  • Ickworth House
  • Blickling Hall
  • Grimes Graves flint mine near Thetford
  • Sutton Hoo
  • Framlingham Castle
  • Bury St Edmunds, it’s Cathedral and Regency Playhouse
  • Cambridge
  • Historic city of Norwich with castle and cathedral
  • St George’s Whisky Distillery which offers tours
  • Wyken Vineyards and Farmers Market
  • For the children Jimmy’s Farm, Banham Zoo, Thrigby Hall, Oasis Camel Centre and BeWILDerwood

PRICES From

BELL TENTS (Damson and Sloe)
£70 per night (midweek)/£80 per night (Fri-Sat and during August)
£430 per week (Friday – Friday/£480 during August)
5m bell tent (up to 4 adults/2 adults + 3 children)

UNFURNISHED BELL TENT
From £15 per night plus per person fee

SHEPHERDS HUT (The Ranny)
£60 per night (midweek)/£70 per night (Fri-Sat and during August)
£370 per week (Friday – Friday/£420 during August)
Although not suitable for small children but older children would love it, if parents are willing to share a double bed!

LIVING VAN
£80 per night (midweek)/£90 per night (Fri-Sat and during August)
£490 per week (Friday – Friday/£540 during August)
Minimum two nights booking (three over bank holidays) for bell tents, the living van and
shepherd’s hut. Do contact us though if you would like to stay for one night as we may be
able to say yes if there is something free at the last minute.

EXTRAS From
Linen and Towels (per person per stay) £5, Wood £5, kindling bundle £0.50, Locally made
Charcoal (Full 5kg bag) £9, Locally made Charcoal (Half Bag) £5, BBQ provision parcel
£24, Light breakfast parcel £18, Cooked breakfast parcel £20, Full farmer breakfast parcel
£30

10% sustainable travel discount if you arrive by public transport
Open May to October
Sorry no pets

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