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Alde Garden (c) Stephanie Chapman


If you’re looking to go glamping or camping in Suffolk, we think we know why. There’s something about sleeping under the stars that tends to bring out the romantic side in people: perhaps it’s the feeling that the modern world is far away, or maybe it’s simply having a big sky above you and the time to sit back and watch the sun set. Whatever your reason, we can help: here’s our list of some of the best places to go camping and glamping in Suffolk!
Alde Garden sign (c) Stephanie ChapmanAlde Garden is a tiny campsite next to one of the best pubs in East Anglia
Photo (c) Stephanie Chapman


Situated just over a mile from the coast in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Run Cottage Touring Park is a desirable stop for any camper or glamper. With luxury oak-framed glamping pods full of creature comforts available to keep you warm at night, plus plenty of pitches scattered throughout the idyllic surroundings, Run Cottage Touring Park something to offer everyone, not to mention a warm and friendly atmosphere that immediately makes you feel at home.


These cosy wooden huts were invented in Suffolk, and for centuries provided shelter for shepherds during the lambing season. Both pretty and practical, they’re perfect for people who want to leave their phones and laptops behind and enjoy real peace and quiet, and a simpler way of life.
Best of Suffolk offers two shepherds’ huts in Butley on the Suffolk coast. They’re set in a gorgeous private garden, have many original features, and are beautifully furnished. Further south in stunning Constable Country is Borleymere Shepherd’s Hut; another traditionally built hut with cosy interior, plus a kitchen next door. The lakeside hut sits in a meadow on the edge of woodland, and is perfectly situated for camping in Suffolk and exploring the Stour Valley.


What could be more romantic than an authentic gypsy caravan? At Gypsy Hollow in Westhall near the Suffolk/Norfolk border two people can stay in an original bow top gypsy wagon. It has all the traditional features: external candle lamps, a small queenie stove to keep you snug and warm (fuel provided), and luxurious goose-down pillows and duvet. It’s a place where you’ll get true solitude; while you enjoy your stay there you have private use of the site, including the summerhouse and the newly refurbished kitchen and bathroom with spa.


Alde Garden is a tiny yet inimitably quirky site, ideal for glamping in Suffolk. If a stay in their traditional gypsy caravan doesn’t grab you, then what about sleeping in a luxurious Mongolian yurt, Native American style tipi, or even a woodland camping hut? This site between Saxmundham and Framlingham has it all, plus many environmental features such as a jungle shower, though if you’re not feeling that brave there are more standard facilities available too. The owners of Alde Garden also happen to run the pub next door, The Sweffling White Horse, officially named the best pub in East Anglia by CAMRA in 2015!
Washing line at Alde GardenThe glamper's life is slow of pace
Photo (c) Stephanie Chapman


Though relatively new, Swattesfield Campsite in Thornham Magna has already been named as one of The Guardian’s ten best campsites, partly because of its eclectic range of options. Nestled amongst the more standard tents across the seven acres you can find large bell tents, shepherds’ huts, and two ever-so cute pixie huts: octagonal hobbit-esque houses with peek-a-boo windows and pointy roofs. It’s a perfect place to get back to nature with plenty of local walks and trails for you to explore, and when you get back why not cook your tea in the outdoor pizza oven?


Hidden Meadows near Lowestoft is set in 25 acres of glorious woodland and wildflower fields. An eco-friendly site for glamping in Suffolk, with a wide variety of flora and fauna, this is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Your peaceful stay will be in large framed Safari Tents furnished with luxurious leather sofas, wood burners, and even Victorian style iron beds with memory foam mattresses. It’s also the only holiday destination we know of that provides you with chickens for the duration of your stay, so you can have fresh eggs every morning of your holiday!


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