Traditional camping has long been a family activity for us. When the children were younger, we used to go camping in north Norfolk with friends every year. We would take masses of gear, all piled into a trailer and it would take forever to pack and unpack. The kids would become feral, days spent on the salt marshes, covered in mud. No screens necessary.
At Manor farm we wanted to create a glamping site where people didn’t have to bring everything from home; they could just turn up with clothes, food and drink but all the other essentials being provided on site.
We created two sites with two different visions: HPM for couples to relax and reconnect with each other and The Lakes, for friends and families to get together in a relaxed setting. Kids would have the freedom to run wild and enjoy the natural surroundings.
We wanted to keep everything as environmentally friendly as possible in keeping with changes we were making on the farm.
In September 2018 – ordered first shepherd’s huts from English Shepherd’s Hut Company. For the previous 5 years we had been visiting their stand at the Norfolk Show to look at the huts and chat, however, the timing not right for us on the farm.
In November 2018 we submitted planning permission application which was approved in Spring 2019.
Winter 2018 was spent researching off-grid power, equipment we wanted to include.
First huts delivered to the farm November 2018, destined for the Lakes but site too waterlogged to access.
We hadn’t wanted to jinx anything by starting work before planning was approved so had a lot to do on site, in a short period of time, after approval in order to open that summer, 2019.
The Nest, communal safari tent was erected at The Lakes in April 2019.
In May 2019 the two shepherd’s huts for Honey Pot Meadow, Orchid and Cowslip, were delivered.
We then decided to add the Sundowners so guests could enjoy the views from an elevated position. Also, to provide guests with somewhere separate to cook rather than having to do it inside the hut where they would sleep. Initially the Sundowner huts were going to be open to the elements, but they slowly evolved into their current, enclosed state. These were built in June 2019.
Off grid, sustainable energy was essential for both sites, so a solar power system was installed at each site in early July 2019.
In May 2019 a borehole was drilled at the Lakes to provide fresh water.
Both sites were completed and commissioned in July 2019.
We opened Honey Pot Meadow to our first guests on July 19th and The Lakes in August.
Since summer 2019 we have gone from strength to strength, providing relaxing getaways to happy guests. Covid-19 has brought its challenges this season but we are pleased that we have been able to provide some much-needed respite and joy in the form of staycations at Wild With Nature.