The Lakes - Luxury Glamping East Anglia
Luxury Glamping East Anglia at the lakes
This area was once a working gravel pit, all work stopped here in 2015 and since then we have restored the area to nature and created a beautiful wildlife haven.
It consists of 75 acres of wilderness with lakes, riverside trails, wooded areas and a wildflower meadow.
We currently have four huts sleeping 10 people between them, we can supplement this with three bell tents so in total can accommodate 25.
The huts are centred around a communal area - the Nest - a safari tent set on elevated decking overlooking the main 8 acre lake. The Nest has a definite wow factor!
As well as being great for couples wanting to get away, this site lends itself particularly well to group bookings, whether it’s a family gathering or groups of friends getting together. Due to the lack of barriers between the site and the water we don’t feel The Lakes is suitable for children below the age of 5 or for those children who can’t swim.
We have four huts, two have their own kitchen areas, private facilities with a flushing loo and shower shack adjacent to their hut.The other two use the Nest as their kitchen and have use of Aquarius - an enclosed shower hut with flushing loo- that is sited a maximum of 30m from your hut. Each hut has private use of one side of Aquarius.
Mallard and Teal are set about 30m apart on one side of The Nest whilst Pheasant, Barn Owl and Aquarius are similarly spaced on the other side. We have tried to keep each hut as secluded as possible whilst retaining some element of a link between them. They can be booked individually, in pairs or all four as a group booking. Each hut has ample space around it to accommodate a bell tent for extra beds if needed.
Mallard Shepherd Hut - a traditional style shepherd’s hut with a cosy wood burner and covered veranda set overlooking the largest lake. This hut sleeps two in a double bed. You will have private use of the flushing loo and shower situated at the back of the hut. Facilities include a covered kitchen area with sink, camping gas hob, cool box plus ice blocks, glasses, crockery, cutlery and all the cooking utensils you will need. There’s a small table and chairs on the veranda and also a picnic bench by the kitchen shelter.
Al fresco cooking is done on your own Kadai firebowl next to your hut. Alternatively you may wish to join together with others and cook in the Nest, around the larger communal fire pit or wood fired pizza oven. Shared fridges and ice compartments are available for you to use in The Nest, which is set about 50m away.
Teal Shepherd Hut - a traditional style shepherd’s hut with a cosy wood burner and covered veranda set overlooking the largest lake. This hut sleeps two in a double bed. You will have private use of the flushing loo and shower situated at the back of the hut. Facilities include a covered kitchen area with sink, camping gas hob, cool box plus ice blocks, glasses, crockery, cutlery and all the cooking utensils you will need. There’s a small table and chairs on the veranda and also a picnic bench by the kitchen shelter.
Al fresco cooking is done on your own Kadai firebowl next to your hut. Alternatively you may wish to join together with others and cook in the Nest, around the larger communal fire pit or wood fired pizza oven. Shared fridges and ice compartments are available for you to use in The Nest, which is set about 70m away.
Pheasant Shepherd Hut - a traditional style shepherd’s hut with a cosy wood burner and covered veranda that lies nestled against a group of trees overlooking the largest lake. This hut sleeps two in a double bed. You will have private use of one half of Aquarius, a fully enclosed shower hut and flushing loo that is about 30m away. Bath mats and hand towels are provided here but as with all huts at The Lakes you will need to bring your own towels for bathing and swimming.
Although Pheasant does not have its own cooking area it does have a coolbox, a Kadai firebowl and seating along with a picnic bench for food preparation. Apart from this, everything you need to prepare a delicious al fresco feast can be found inside The Nest which is 40m away.
Barn Owl Shepherd Hut (the bunky hut) - this hut sleeps four in one double and two bunks and is aimed mainly at families with smaller children. It has a wood burner, external seating with a picnic bench and its own fire pit. It is situated at one one end of our site, in a little clearing of its own with stunning views of the lake. This hut is set only 10m from the shower hut and will have private use of one side of the shower hut.
There is plenty of space for at least two bell tents near to Barn Owl.
Extra Bell tents - measure 5m in diameter and sleep between 4-5 people depending on size. We will provide matting on the floor, inflatable airbeds and the obligatory bunting and fairy lights. You will just need to bring your own pillows, bedding and towels. If you hire an extra bell tent they will share your kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Hot tub for hire
Although the huts at The Lakes do not have their own hot tub, we have a mobile tub, so you are able to hire a two person wood fired hot tub for just one night or the duration of your stay. Perfect for relaxing at the end of the day, amazing to lie back in the warm water whilst watching the stars.
We think our communal safari tent is what makes this site so special. Set in an elevated position it commands a fantastic view of the lake and whole site. The covered porch has plenty of deckchairs and bean bags on which to relax.
Inside you will find comfy leather sofas, a wood burner to ward off any evening chill, throws to snuggle under and board games galore.
Dining tables with seating for over a dozen are in the middle whilst at the back with easy access to the outdoor cooking shelter lie two kitchen areas. These are extremely well equipped and will enable you to prepare meals with most of the comforts of your own kitchen at home.
Communal Cooking area
We have a covered cooking area that houses our wood fired pizza oven and large BBQ fire pit. It is also equipped with a large external sink and food prep table for pizzas.
Activities at The Lakes
Whether you are coming to simply relax, finish that book you’ve had on the go for weeks, thrash your partner at backgammon or something altogether more active we have space for everyone at The Lakes.
We have three jetties dotted along the lakeside; perfect for going wild swimming, setting sail on our small Topper, or trying out one of our paddle boards.
Alternatively you may prefer to stick to solid ground and with 75 acres to explore not counting the rest of the farm you will not be disappointed.
We have created a nature reserve you are free to explore, grade by Welsh mountain ponies. It follows the river and you may even spot a kingfisher flitting along the banks. We have numerous waterfowl - our current residents include 12 swans, flocks of graylag and Canada geese, waders and oyster catchers. As well as waterfowl we have owls, skylarks, warblers and other songbirds.
In essence the Lakes is a place to relax, unwind and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with the comfort of home.
Why is East Anglia such a good place to go Glamping?
- High quality accommodation
- Luxurious linens & finishes
- Green credentials, sustainable solar power
- Log Burner
- Covered cooking area
- Private, unique experiences
- Comfortable & relaxing
- Access to lakes
- Picnic areas
- Natural swimming
If you’re looking to stay in The Lakes, there are a number of accommodation types to choose from. If you’re visiting the farm for a romantic getaway, book one of the three beautiful Shepherd huts dotted around The Lakes. Perfect for two, they’re spread across the site to give you plenty of privacy and ensure a peaceful and relaxing stay.
If you’re travelling with kids in tow, or if you’re away for the weekend with a group of friends, book our family bunk hut. Featuring a double bed and a bunk bed, the hut sleeps four and is the ideal location for an unforgettable family adventure.
Alternatively, if you’re planning a getaway with a large group, why not book out the entire area and give your friends and family a selection of huts to choose from. The perfect choice for a special occasion or a relaxing getaway, The Lakes is the ideal destination for your next escape.
The Shepherd Huts in this part of the farm are spaced out to give you lots of room to relax and unwind. If you need extra accommodation for friends or family, we can put a spacious four-metre bell tent up next to your hut. These comfortable and stylish tents offer flexible accommodation that’s perfect for any extra visitors who want to come and stay. (Ask for details)
As well as a choice of luxurious huts, The Lakes features a spacious safari tent that serves as a kitchen and communal area. Inside the tent you’ll find comfortable sofas and a well-equipped cooking area where you can prepare tasty meals with local produce from the nearby area. Outside, you’ll find a beautiful raised deck that takes in views of the nearby lake – the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing drink after a busy day out exploring the local countryside.
If you want to get back to nature and enjoy a more laid back way of life, The Lakes is the perfect East Anglian destination. Spend your days exploring the 750-acre site, spotting wildlife and getting to know the waterways and woodlands that make up the area. Welsh mountain ponies graze the land in and around The Lakes and you may also spot roe deer, red deer and muntjac as you explore the area.
Kids will love building dens in the nearby trees, lighting campfires and wild swimming in the picturesque waterways. There’s plenty of space for children of all ages to run wild and have fun, making this the perfect destination for your next family adventure.
After a day spent getting close to nature, relax with a drink outside your hut or jump into the communal hot tub for a well-earned soak.
Offering a diverse natural environment, luxurious accommodation and a great choice of activities, The Lakes makes an unbeatable destination for a Glamping getaway.
Why not book your Shepherd Hut now and start looking forward to an unforgettable escape of your own?
What we provide at The Lakes :
- All bedding and linen
- Kitchenware and cooking utensils
- Washing up liquid and tea towels
- Basic groceries - tea, instant coffee, sugar, oil, vinegar, a few herbs and spices
- Gas hob or ring
- Fire pit for cooking on plus first load of wood
- Environmentally friendly hand wash, body wash, shampoo and conditioner
- Loo roll
- Rechargeable torch
- Small first aid kit
Things you can purchase on site:
- Further supplies of wood at £5 a bag
- Hampers for breakfast, lunch or supper and even for late night snacks whilst sitting round the campfire
- Hire of a wood fired hot tub for your private use
- We are developing a small honesty shop that will stop locally sourced food and campfire essentials
Extra beds at The Lakes
We are able to provide bell tents that sleep up to five children or four adults and can be booked in addition to a two or four person shepherd’s hut. They will be kitted out with double or single air beds, you will need to bring your own sleeping bags and pillows. The cost is £40 per night. If you book a bell tent, this will be erected close to your shepherd's hut and will share your kitchen and bathroom facilities
We suggest you bring:
- Towels for bathing and swimming
- Warm clothes, waterproofs and wellies
- Wet suits for swimming
- Insect repellant
- Food and drink for your stay
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