It was a beautiful day here in Norwich yesterday, so I decided to head to Whitlingham Broad Campsite for a peak. I hate to admit it but the campsite is right on my doorstep and I have never been there! With half term just around the corner I thought it would be a good idea to check it out and perhaps take my children there for a couple of nights.
The site is situated in the beautiful surroundings of 80 acres of Country Park with the world famous Norfolk Broads in your back garden and just 15 minutes by bike to Norwich’s historic city centre. If you want to head further afield, the North Norfolk Coastline and Suffolk Heritage Coast is about 30-45 minutes from the city. However, with Whitlingham Broad just across the road and plenty of woodland walks close by, I would be more than happy to stay here and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.
The six bell tents at the campsite had been packed away for the season. I was excited at taking a look at their two Shepherds Huts and Yurt which are available throughout the year. I had never seen a Shepherds Hut before. When I opened the door I squealed with delight! It was so cute and the cosiest place I’d ever seen! Even though I hadn’t seen the other one yet, my mind was already made up. I was definitely going to bring the children here over half term. They would love it! You can never predict the British weather but with the wood burning stove and double glazed windows, I knew we would stay toasty! Inside is beautifully decorated with bunting and pictures on the wall of a Shepherds Hut with a light on during a snowy winter. It’s a picture that most definitely encourages you to stay here in the colder months. The beds are fully made up with duvets, pillows and throws and there is a fire pit/BBQ and a picnic table outside for cooking and dining. If you want a break from cooking you could always pop over the road to Whitlingham Park Cafe at 9am for your breakfast. As much as I loved this Shepherds Hut, I decided to go and see the other one…and I’m glad I did as this one had bunk beds!!! This was the one! The hut that we would stay in. My kids love bunks! My mind was already on overdrive as to the dates we would stay and what we would need to bring. But before I went ahead and made my booking I had to check out the on-site washrooms. This is something I’m quite particular about. Completed at the end of 2016, their new washrooms are spacious, airy and have oodles of lovely hot water and the toilets are in the building right next door. Perfect!
Now all I needed to do was to call the owners, the very accommodating Fergus and Linda, and make my reservation.
Here’s to our first glamping experience in a Shepherds Hut! I can’t wait!
Until next time…love glamping!
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