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Swattesfield Campsite
Gislingham Road
Thornham Magna
Suffolk   (Browse area)
IP23 8HH   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01379 788558

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Pitches: 15 plus Pixie Huts, Bell Tents & Suffolk Hay Cart
Open: Easter To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 13 Reviews
              9/10 from 13 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  Motorhomes  Glamping 

Reviews:  13 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Belper Bloke 2 reviews from this member

At last a amazing camp site, run by a proper manager Dave, top bloke. Stayed two weeks ago only one other unit on site, so much to see and do from the site, its flat with shelter if needed. No caravans which is a good thing as there is no EUH, free shower, if very basic, freezer, great camping shop, and guess what ? a pub down the road. We went on the train from Diss to Norwich great city to visit, Southwold for a day out, and lots of local walks. Top Place.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jbb1003 5 reviews from this member

We stayed for a weekend as a family with three children aged 2-7.

Our children had a ball, and kept disappearing off to hunt for tadpoles in the small pool. The campsite manager was very friendly - almost excessively for our somewhat quiet nature, but he meant very well, and was more than helpful to us.

The facilities are excellent. There is even a microwave, something I have never seen on any campsite in the UK - and the manager lent us a picnic table to use as well. We did not try out the showers.

The field is car-free, but you can drive your car up to unload so long as you move it back afterwards. This is nice for the kids, and also improves the general view.

There is noise from the nearby trainline (which doesn't run that late) - but the train is visible, providing endless entertainment for our two year-old, and also from a bird-scarer in a nearby field which is quite loud but didn't bother us.

We plan to return.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Susiewillis14 1 review from this member

My partner and I recently stayed at the campsite and were pleasantly surprised with what we found.

We were greeted by a friendly warden, who seeing we were a couple showed us which pitches were likely to be quietest and he was right. Both nights we slept until 8. 30 which is late for a campsite!

The area is so peaceful and picturesque. As other reviews state, there are regular trains passing near by, but these did not both us at all. The access to thornham walks is fantastic and the campsite provides an excellent base to explore both Suffolk and Norfolk.

Although we didn't have children there was certainly plenty to keep kids entertained meaning they were not a nuisance.

The facilities were much better than what we were expecting, they are often described as 'basic' which made us fear the worst but they were clean, fully functional and hot water was never an issue. The fridge was a bonus!

However, the site got quite busy at the weekend so for those who seek a really quiet stay a mid week visit might be best

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: DandB 14 reviews from this member


Swattesfield campsite is situated in lovely countryside with pleasant surrounding villages, a secluded location, well away from main roads.

Although there is a train line nearby, it is far enough away that the sound is quite faint.

You can access the Thornham walks directly from the gate which is a huge plus for the campsite for us. Walk through woods, surrounding countryside and villages around the Thornham estate along quiet, well waymarked paths.

The nearby Forge Café does a nice cuppa, cakes and meals, and is recommended, as is the Four Horseshoes inn, where we had a good food and drinks at a fair price.


The site itself is pretty in a natural way, and surrounded by trees, hedges and wildlife - a real ‘relax and enjoy nature’ kind of place. The pitches are unmarked, and the provided fire pits are great, adding to the back to basics feel.

Although we had the site to ourselves, with the size of the site and the number of pitches that are advertised, I can’t imagine it feeling too busy. It really does feel as if it is run more as a hobby than commercially.

The facilities block is basic, but clean and more than adequate, with plentiful hot water. Washing up is undercover. There was a ‘fridge and freezer for campers use, map of the local area, a couple of shelves of books to borrow from, etc.

We found the owner to be friendly, helpful and laid back. He appears to rely on campers natural consideration for others rather than a long list of rules to be followed, asking only for sensible things like parking your car near the entrance once you’ve unloaded to keep the site car free, and keeping fires off the grass to keep it looking nice.


I must qualify that our visit was partly to celebrate a special birthday, and so we opted to stay in one of the glamping accommodations, the shepherds hut, which was fantastic, with a great wood burning stove to keep the chill at bay in the evening, even solar lighting. And even though we came to ‘glamp’ on this occasion, this is a site that would love to visit again with our tent.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: MrsNoviceCamper 10 reviews from this member

This is a great little campsite with all the facilities you could want on a camping trip.

There's a clean toilet block with separate male and female toilets and showers. (There's only one shower in each so I imagine there could be quite a queue in busy periods. ) The pot washing facilities had plenty of hot water and spare bowls and washing up liquid.

Logs and kindling are sold on an honesty system and fire pits provided free of charge.

The little shop was a nice touch with helpful camping related items, and the kids loved the pick and mix.

The campsite is on the the Thornham Walks which offers a pleasant stroll round the countryside. The Four Horse Shoes is a lovely pub too.

The only negative that I found was that when we arrived there was no one around to let us know where to pitch. Eventually we just picked a spot and went for it, and it was fine, but if the site had been busier this could have caused a few problems.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ktob 1 review from this member

Had an incredible stay here in one of the luxury bell tents with my partner, every comfort had been thought of and provided including extra details like lanterns, beanbags and fresh flowers on arrival. The pizza oven was fantastic! Very comfortable and clean, the memory foam mattress and ample space in the tent made it very luxurious indeed. Jonathan was very helpful and hospitable, making it a real pleasure to stay here, we felt welcome and at home.

I would definitely recommend this campsite and the bell tents which were fantastic, ten out of ten!

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