Glamping Suffolk near Southwold
Glamping at Sweffling Hall, Suffolk lies in a rural triangle between Framlingham to its inland west, coastal Southwold to the north east and seaside Felixstowe to the south – Suffolk’s own golden triangle of fun, adventure and charming discovery.
OUR SAFARI TENTS
Your Lantern & Larks home from home is a canvas-wrapped three bedroom rural hideaway, equipped for practical day-to-day comfort and furnished with a gracious, relaxed elegance. Solid decking floors run throughout the spacious interior, extending to the terrace at the front and practical porch entrance to the rear.
THIS TRULY IS: ‘COMFORT UNDER CANVAS’.
The living area is open-planned with plenty of room for families and friends to enjoy the ‘at home’ parts of your holiday together. A solid, wood-burning stove is the lodge’s warming heart. It makes for a cosy retreat from our seasonal chill. A sofa and array of casual seating circle a large coffee table. Sit back and relax with a glass of wine, or prepare for Monopoly mania or several strenuous sessions of snap.
DINE IN COMFORT
You can sit up for breakfast and supper in the dining area. A pine table and high-backed chairs seat six with ease. From the practical selection of tableware and ornamental dressings in the kitchen, you can decide whether to lay the table for a simple family feast or add those touches of candle-lit elegance that make dinner the highlight of your day.
All the bedrooms are roomy and separated for privacy and comfort. The tents have three bedrooms; one double; one twin; and a bunk bed. All beds are all in solid pine with comfortable mattresses and plush duvet sets throughout. Each has ample room to lose holiday clutter and to hang, stack and drawer clothes and toiletries too.
YOUR VERY OWN SHOWER AND TOILET
The wooden door to the great outdoors here adds to your privacy because this is also where you’ll find the shower and WC. The shower runs off an independent hot water system and the spray can be altered to suit with its adjustable head. Both ‘rooms’ are plumbed in, to drain and flush away from the standing.
NOW YOU’RE COOKING
Home cooking takes on various forms. The kitchen has a butane hob for copious cups of tea – ideal for simple meals or a stir-fried treat. Simmer an all-in casserole on the hob of the wood burning stove or warm up a curry carry out inside.
STEP INTO THE OUTDOORS
Zip yourself out of the dining area and into the practical nerve centre of your Colonial canvas hideaway. Here, there is room for all those outdoor necessities – muddy wellies, dripping coats, sandy buckets and spades.
Gather the family around the fire pit, on your decked terrace and get comfortable on the stylish cane outdoor sofa and armchairs, barbeque to your heart’s content with local produce cooked to taste on the intoxicating ballet of flames.
On a Lantern & Larks holiday, your garden is whichever delightful slice of the British countryside you choose to stay in. Each will be situated in a peaceful corner of private land or farmland, making the most of the local flora, fauna, tranquillity and views.
Explore the locality, the village life, footpaths, the sounds and sights. Then sample the broader highlights of the area’s woodland, moors, coastline, towns, hills and valleys, waterways and lakes, its country houses and the many varieties of regional treasures that gave us reason to light our special lantern here.
For little legs, Easton Farm Park is ideal. Meet your first Suffolk Punch, enjoy pony rides, cart and train rides; feed the farm animals and hug a bunny (but you have to give it back). Firmer legs and inquisitive minds will enjoy the steam and engineering exhibits at Long Shop Museum, Leiston or the Cold War museum at RAF Bentwaters. With energy to spare – take to the parapets of Framlingham Castle to protect your lands from marauding little sisters, to be rewarded for your valour with the order of the ice cream. Step back in time and immerse yourself in this land of castles, legend and hearsay. It is steeped in a history of coastal defence from the Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo to Henry II’s 12th Century Orford Castle and the Dutch defences of 16th C. Landguard Fort. The Suffolk coastline offers a collection of uniquely beautiful places to see, delights to experience and things to do. The coastal estuaries alone offer much to make even the least interested of you ‘twitch’ just a little. The Blythe estuary enters the sea at Southwold. As well as being home to Adnams ales, its marshland is home to a veritable A to W of wildfowl from Avocet to Wigeon via Dunlin and Knot. To the south, inland Woodbridge is a centre for sailing and other water bourne excursions on the tidal River Debden, that spills gently into the sea above Felixstowe. Between them, the Alde opens up at Snape, whose Maltings deserve a definite tick for visitors young and old. The estuary meanders through marshland and reed banks towards Aldeburgh, one of the most picturesque small fishing towns set between reed and wave. Enjoy the best fish ‘n’ chips ever, washed down with the finest of ales and discuss between you the poignancy of Maggi Hambling’s ‘Oyster’, or perhaps just skim stones on the North Sea. Here the Alde turns right, creating a gentle seal-friendly sanctuary to the right of a southbound crunchy gravel spit, whose shingles are washed tirelessly by North Sea waves in a breeze tailor made for flying your kite. From Aldeburgh a visit to Thorpeness is a must. Take a boat out on the Meare, a gentle waterway created in 1910 by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie and inspired by Peter Pan. Recount the story of Never Never Land as you cross the water. Look out for pirates and the iconic House in the Clouds – another of Ogilvie’s J.M.Barrie-fuelled follies – once a water tower disguised as a house; now, a house converted from a water tower … it could only be so in Suffolk.
From £385 for a 3 night low season break
From £500 for a 3 night mid season break
From £655 for a 3 night high season break
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