Lantern & Larks - Sweffling Hall
Child friendly glamping, Suffolk
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About Lantern & Larks - Sweffling Hall
Comfortable and stylish child friendly glamping - with a warm shower - in the picturesque Suffolk countryside.
My husband Ben, our 2 year old Fraser, and I visited Lantern and Larks for a long weekend. It’s a perfect hidden-away setting for a special family holiday.
We loved being able to enjoy the wonderful aspects of camping without having to do all the work traditionally associated with it, and loved having the unusual luxury of running water, and cooking facilities. The tents are very well-equipped and there’s very little you need to bring - it makes the experience not only easy but a real pleasure.
We ate out on the decked terrace, cooked barbecues, snuggled inside when the evenings got cold by the warmth of the log burning stove, wandered to look at all the animals on site, played lots of games and read lots of books.
We felt rejuvenated after our trip. Even though we were with our toddler we had a calm and relaxing time, making full use of the outdoors and genuinely feeling at one with nature.
The tents are described as “canvas-wrapped three bedroom hideaways”, and each one is exactly the same. The tent sleeps up to six people.
Each bedroom sleeps two people: one of the bedrooms has a large double bed, one has twin beds, and one has bunkbeds. Each bedroom has proper furniture in which to store clothes as well as bedside units. The beds are very comfortable and it’s lovely having cosy duvets and pillows. You are very much in a tent though (you can see the grassy ground below through the floorboards!)
Every tent consists of an open plan living area/dining area/kitchen area; three bedrooms; a shower room; and a toilet. The kitchen, toilet and shower room all have warm running water - AMAZING! So nice to get up in the night and be able to nip to the loo without traipsing across a field with a torch!
The lounge has a large comfortable L-shaped sofa and coffee table with extra chairs providing plenty of room for the family to hang out and play games, read books or just loll about.
The kitchen is a great big area with ample storage for any food you buy and providing almost everything equipment-wise that you need to prepare meals. The butane hob and pans provided mean you can cook up a feast and make cups of tea a-plenty (you’ll need to buy long matches and can do this while you’re there).
There’s a log burner in the open plan area - a starter kit is provided and you can buy more wood and firelighters and matches while you’re there if you need more. If you book a fire pit you get unlimited logs for your stay.
The dining area has a dining table with six chairs. Nearby there's a long, low cupboard unit, perfect to have a place to drop things when coming and going. We really enjoyed how well-appointed the whole tent was with every detail thought of, for example hooks in the right places and a very large amount of wardrobe space/shelving in the bedrooms. The tents are so large that there’s ample room for everyone and everything.
Things to do for Kids
Swefflling Hall is a gorgeous location for children. Situated amongst lovely fields, there's a large area for children to roam around between all the tents. There’s a big tractor, horses and lots of hens to look out for. Each tent has a decking area to sit outside and play games on. Adults can supervise from the comfort of one of the deckchairs provided!
Things to do for Grown Ups
Ummm…sit on the decking and enjoy a glass of wine and a good book? How does that sound? Once the children are in bed you can use the outdoors/open plan living area but you may need to be aware of noise depending on how soundly your children sleep. We found that we stayed up just an hour or two after Fraser went to bed, we read by the light of the lanterns and finished off our wine and chocolate, and then were ready for an early-ish night especially as we realised Fraser - and we - would be ‘up with the larks’!
It’s so worth going for a pre-organised food basket from Lantern and Larks to make some of your meals easy peasy. We had a breakfast basket full of fresh bread, cereal, butter, marmalade, milk, local eggs, bacon and sausages - 10/10 it was fantastic! There’s a little honesty shop on-site where you can buy a few bits and bobs and also take the batteries for your lanterns (provided) to charge.
A big Waitrose and a big Tesco are located just a short drive away in the nearby town of Saxmundham. Here you can stock up on food, drink, magazines and any other essentials you need (many things are provided - or you can buy - at Lanterns & Larks so you won’t need too much).
Bring more books and toys than you think you’ll need! There’s plenty of space for children to play in, and we wish we’d brought Fraser’s train set and Duplo!
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