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Abbey Farm – glamping in Norfolk

Michael Edwards discovers chic comfort at Abbey Farm, Alby

lounge - glamping in Norfolk

Ever considered glamping in Norfolk? At Abbey Farm glampers get all the advantages of traditional camping; fresh air living, freedom and glorious rural views over seven acres of the East Meadow – but none of the downs of camping.

The futuristic domes, with design hints of sci-fi living, have instant hot water showers, a smart television, luxury White Company duvets, impressive wi-fi, polar insulation, two-ring hob and microwave. There are even two sets of wine glasses, regular sized and flutes for bubbly. All behind a front door that you can securely lock.

This is a designer living straight from the pages of a luxury lifestyle magazine. Sleek black wood furniture contrasts with the white insulated walls of the geodesic dome. Rugs are artfully positioned on light grey wood flooring and deep duvets give an air of Scandinavian design. There is space to strategically position an armchair by the vast window, with a cup and the cafetière waiting on a side-table, to take in the views.

kitchen glamping in Norfolk

Unsurprisingly, this rustic retreat is popular for long-weekend escapes with family or friends, so book early for three-night Friday to Monday stays. Abbey Farm’s domes can host up to 6 guests. In the bedroom area there is a wide double bed, another double on the mezzanine level and a sofa bed too.

It is all minimalist design genius. A black wood cuboid houses the bathroom and provides the back wall for the lounge and bedroom. At the opposite end to the bathroom entrance sits the kitchen. Above is the mezzanine floor with that second sleeping area.

welcome pack glamping in Norfolk

Hosts Jonathan and Lara provide a welcome pack of high-end luxuries. As well as tea, coffee, jam, breakfast oats and apple juice, Abbey Farm gin and beer are delivered too. A box of pastries from Winibees Sherringham bakery is an indulgent treat.

That gin is distilled locally, “My idea was samphire infused gin to represent the coast,” says Jonathan “but it didn’t work. Lara’s citrus flavours were much cleaner.” Living just a few hundred yards away from the dome the couple are only a phone call away in case of emergencies.

hot tub glamping in Norfolk

A wooden decking terrace provides the base for outdoor living. Guests can order BBQ kits or a pizza kit, such as the ingredients for a nudja pizza, for the BBQ and pizza oven. On the deck there is a wood-fired hot-tub taking three to four hours to heat-up. Fire-starting skills develop rapidly at Abbey Farm whether you are staying for 3, 4 or 7 nights. As well as the hot tub there is a wood burner to light and the BBQ too. Fortunately, there is an endless supply of chopped logs.

Located on a quiet country lane and close to footpaths, Abbey Farm is an ideal starting point for country rambles or rural bike rides. Alternatively, the North Norfolk coastal path is a mere 15-minute drive away at Overstrand. From there you can walk two miles along the beach into Cromer, maybe for a Cromer crab sandwich lunch?

Blakeney harbour - glamping in Norfolk
Blakeney harbour

Heading further west along the coast, Blakeney offers a variety of walks through the wildlife rich wetlands. Although the area is home to thousands of seals the best chance of spotting a seal is to take an organised boat trip. Remember to pack your binoculars.

Closer to Abbey Farm, there are two grand National Trust houses within a 10-minute drive. Both Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall have a number of well-signposted walks within the grounds. Even better, Blickling Hall has the Bucks Arms pub if you want to take a break from self-catering.

aerial glamping in Norfolk

All in all, this is an idyllic location, between the Broads and the North Norfolk coastline, for glamping. Abbey Farm’s lavishly decorated domes and hamper pampering take glamping to luxurious new heights.

Abbey Farm – glamping in Norfolk

Visit abbeyfarmnorfolk.com for more information.

4 night breaks begin from £675.

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Last modified: December 1, 2021

Written by 5:26 pm Around The UK