About Wild With Nature
Manor Farm has been in the care of our family for three generations. Once a traditional arable farm complete with chickens, pigs, turkeys and vegetables, we are now slowly returning the farm to nature and transforming it into something truly spectacular.
If you want to escape the pace of the modern world, get close to nature and create unforgettable memories with friends and family, Wild With Nature is the perfect choice for your next Norfolk escape.
Set on the edge of the Brecks, in the heart of East Anglia, Manor Farm is surrounded by beautiful Norfolk countryside. Spread over 750 acres, the site is made up of a mixture of farmland, wild flower meadows, lakes and woodland.
The farm is entering a new phase and moving away from intensive farming methods; alongside becoming organic we have put the vast majority of our land into conservation.
By letting parts of the farm lie fallow, creating wild birdseed plots and wildflower meadows we plan to transform the landscape into a wildlife haven.
We are Andy, Rebecca, Rosie and Thomas and are the current custodians of the farm. The Thornton family have been caring for the land here since Andy’s grandfather first moved down from the Borders after the Second World War.
After working as a ski instructor Andy returned to the family farm in 1993. It was at this stage he started to develop an interest in how conservation and caring for the environment can run alongside a commercial farming business.
Rebecca trained as a doctor in Leeds and moved to Norfolk in 1994. After twenty years working as a GP she decided to leave the NHS and help Andy run the farm.
Like many farming families we have had to diversify and find alternative means of earning an income from the land. We live on a beautiful farm and welcome the chance for others to experience the peace and tranquility on offer here.
Wild With Nature
Wild With Nature is a collection of glamping sites, all off-grid, set on Manor Farm. Designed to allow you to make the most of what the local countryside has to offer, these unique spots will help you to relax, unwind and reconnect with the natural world.
Choose from a number of bespoke accommodation options. Book a luxurious shepherd’s hut for a romantic escape for two or hire out an entire area and enjoy a weekend in the wild with your friends and family.
Spend your days swimming in the lakes, building dens in the woods and exploring nature trails. In the evenings, pull up a chair by a crackling campfire, relax with a soak in the wood-fired hot tub or simply lie under the stars and gaze up at one of the best night skies the UK has to offer.
Manor Farm, and Wild With Nature are set in the Breckland village of Shropham. The area was made famous by author Mary Mann, who lived at Manor Farm and wrote about rural life during the early 20th century. Shropham was the setting for one of her most famous books, the Tales of Dulditch.
Although Shropham feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the modern world it is less the two hours from London, 40 minutes from Cambridge and just 30 minutes from the heart of Norwich. Norwich Airport is less than half an hour from the site and Stansted is around an hour away. The closest rail station is 10 minutes away at Attleborough and has regular links to Norwich and Cambridge.
Come and get Wild With Nature and enjoy the very best that Norfolk has to offer.