Thinking about a glamping holiday this spring or summer? If you were looking for a home away from home, make sure the Lantern & Larks UK sites are on your list. Because not only are the ‘tents’ suitably homely, we had in fact decided within five minutes of arriving, that they were even better equipped for ‘cosy nights in’ than our own homes.
Located in the fields of Sweffling Hall Farm, Suffolk, the ‘tent’ we stayed in is more appropriately described as ‘canvas-wrapped rural hideaways’, and sleeps up to six people very comfortably. The other site is located in Bleasdale, Lancashire.
Having had a long-time (unfounded) aversion to camping, we decided that glamping was the way forward. And the Suffolk site was perfectly located for a stopover before we headed to Latitude festival the day after. Lantern and Larks is around a 30-minute drive to the Southwold festival.
Having hit terrible traffic in the rush to escape London, we called the site manager, Laura, to let her know we would be late. Far from being a problem, Laura asked how far away we were and said she would get our in-tent wood burning stove lit before we arrived. For a London-dwelling family, the thought of cosy sofas, in the middle of peaceful countryside with a warm stove awaiting us, sounded like heaven.
Laura helped us with our bags from the car with the aid of a wheelbarrow, and trundling across the field we left our troubles (and the Wi-Fi) behind. It was thrilling to simply pack away the iPads and other gizmos and gadgets – what a treat to actually have conversations and focus on playing games.
The warm welcome that greeted us in the tent also extended to our neighbouring campers. People were sat out on the decking around their fire pits, and already regaling us with tales of their trips to the pub, local nature walks, tiring the kids out with football and running round in the fields – all the finest things in life.
Climbing the decking into our tent, we ran around like children ourselves, amazed at the fittings, the fresh smell, the gorgeous soft furnishings, the warmth from the stove and the calming atmosphere.
There are only between three and six tents on each site, so there is never a feeling of being hemmed in. After treating ourselves to a candlelight dinner and chilling out on the sofas, we caught an early night on the dreamily soft beds. A great night’s sleep to prepare us for a fun-filled festival ahead.
We can’t wait to go back this summer to spend a more satisfying amount of time at Lantern & Larks. Waking up feeling refreshed, being able to take one final dignified shower (before festival madness descended) and sitting on our terrace with a freshly cooked bacon sandwich, was a great start to our weekend. Gazing out over the quiet countryside, it was easy to imagine we were in France. But were, in fact, just a couple of hours from London. A home from home, indeed.
One double bed room, one twin room and one bunk room, with solid pine beds and plush furnishings
Dining area with a pine table and six high-backed chairs
Cutlery and kitchen appliances
Sofas and casual seating with loads of cushions
A butane hob and woodburning stove
Decking terrace area with fire pit in front of the tent
WC and shower rooms – actual rooms, no expense spared here!
An honesty shop is on site, selling essentials, like toilet roll and firelighters.
Breakfast, BBQ, campfire and lots of other food packs can be ordered. We had a breakfast pack which included the most delicious bacon and softest bread, which we swiftly turned into tasty bacon sarnies!
To do in the area
Both sites are located in a peaceful corner of private land or farmland
In Sweffling, there is a local pub, The White Horse, which is within walking distance
Suffolk Wildlife Park
(21.2 miles A12 North Kessingland near Lowestoft)
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