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Visitor Reviews - Alde Garden (camping + Yurt Tipi & Gypsy Caravan)

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Alde Garden (camping + Yurt Tipi & Gypsy Caravan)
Low Road
Sweffling
Saxmundham
Suffolk   (Browse area)
IP17 2BB   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
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Pitches: 11
Open: 1 May - 31 October

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


Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  No Motorhomes  Glamping 

Reviews:  9 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: CampingSwede 3 reviews from this member

We really enjoyed this individual camp site. A range of different units to hire and pitches for your own small tent. We were in a yurt. They are quite close to the campfire, which was a slight issue for us as we wanted to sleep early but disturbed a bit - no one was unruly it was just too close for us. Facilities are adequate - a couple of flush toilets, a treebog and one shower for men and one for women, plus jungle showers (saw a few users of that). But we never met anyone else in them. Fridge smelt. But lots of space in fridge and freezer. Great little honesty scheme for food - tins, pasta, sausages, etc.

Dragonfly yurt was less fancy than the Barnowl one but it was fine for family of 4 - lots of space. It was a cold couple of nights so enjoyed the wood stove and lots of wool blankets, etc.

The communal camp fire was OK. The kitchen facilities were a bit tight and some washing up a bit haphazard but it was all OK to use.

Loved the site, with chickens and ducks wandering around and a slight unkempt feel to it. Loved that it was small. Nothing for the kids so they spent a lot of time faffing around with the birds and in the maze of paths. No place for balls or whatever.

The pub seemed popular with locals. Lots to do locally with lots of places to eat. We enjoyed fish and chips on the beach at Dunwich, for example. Mark and Marie were friendly and present but not overly pushy at all. Highly recommended.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Grumpssuffolk 2 reviews from this member

We have stayed here twice now and will surely be back for more. As a couple who work hard we like to visit sites with a laid-back vibe and friendly hosts - this has both! Alde Gardens is ideally placed for visiting Framlingham, Saxmundham, Rendlesham and more. There are several areas for nice walks and bike rides. The pubs are good, particularly The White Horse at Sweffling with its oldie worldie feel. Eating breakfast al fresco surrounded by the chickens that laid the breakfast eggs can't be bettered. The toilets and showers are always clean and tidy. We use our own crockery and cutlery but there are plenty available if needed. This campsite is intimate and comfortable and sets the benchmark for other small campsites. Thanks Marie and Mark for your hospitality - we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sasara0 14 reviews from this member

Simply lovely. What a wonderful site. We stayed here in July, we didn't have a booking but just turned up after making a last minute phone call. The site is small but very well set out you don't feel like you are imposing on other peoples camp. Their kitchen area is fantastic. This is a very Eco site and you need to embrace this. There's a compost loo and a jungle shower. If you don't fancy this there re regular loos and showers. We felt that the owners had thought of everything. On arrival we were given a tour of the site and were shown where everything was and how it worked. The eggs left in the kitchen were gorgeous. The pub was a dream with fantastic real ale and ciders. This is a site of my dreams, loved it and would definitely return. Great value for money, next time I will book the gypsy caravan. Thank you Alde garden x

Date of Visit: September 2011 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Boffey 2 reviews from this member

Absolutely stunning little site. We stayed in the yurt and enjoyed one night all on our own (go in September once the kids are back in school).

Fantastic hosts who keep the environment at the heart of everything they do. THE best long drop compostable toilets, a superb selection of ales and ciders, bikes you can take out, chickens you can feed (seed provided) decent solar powered showers and a communal campfire with all the gear and wood you need to cook a fine evening meal.

I have since heard the pub they were converting (on the site) is now open - I would be guessing this should be a treat too! We're going back this year.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: JFMcNulty 1 review from this member

WE spent a couple of nights here. The site is certainly petite, we welcomed the fact that it is not large and is not laid out in a regular pattern. The pitches are small and larger tents might be more awkward to accommodate on some pitches.

We had been advised (and had brought a smaller tent for that reason). The cooking area is generous and seems well equipped though we did not use it.

The shower worked well (I think they can supplement the heating with an immersion heater if the day is not too sunny), and though the toilet blocks are small they were nonetheless easily the cleanest we saw of the three sites we visited in Suffolk.

The solar powered night lights add a magical atmosphere in the twilight. The informal arrangements (not casual, just informal) seem to encourage communication among the site users, and the chickens and ducks add to that as well.

We would certainly come here again if we were ever in the area camping. The Tipi looks majestic and we might hire that next time, or else the caravan.

Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Ellak 1 review from this member

We stayed in the gypsy caravan. I've always wanted to stay in one. We loved the campsite so much I cannot praise it enough. My daughter had children to play with all morning before going out and in the evening when we were back.

We are already thinking of our next time there hopefully. Seeing my child happily playing while I chat round the fire is the best way to relax.

We loved it through and through. I was looking at another place with a gypsy caravan in the S.West before I booked Alde garden however when Marie said she'll pick us from the station, she won us over and she wouldn't accept payment for the lift!

All in all its a great camping place. No luxury but I didn't want luxury.

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