Plans drawn up for luxury glamping site North Norfolk Glamping at South Creake
Plans have been drawn up for a new luxury glamping site at South Creake offering accommodation to families – and their ponies if they want to bring them along on holiday.
A planning application has been made for five fully furnished safari tents, which sleep up to six, a bespoke star gazer dome for up to three people and three timber barrel pods, which can also sleep up to six. In addition there would be five pitches available for caravan hook-ups, touring tent pitches or bell tents.
For customers wishing to bring their ponies or horses with them, two paddocks could accommodate up to four equine guests at any one time. The back of the site leads to a bridlepath, an old Roman road, which provides a safe hacking route to Holkham and access to walking and biking in the countryside.
The business, which would be known as North Norfolk Glamping, is also considering bike hire, encouraging people to leave their cars on site.
The accommodation is planned to be sited on a 12-acre paddock at The Common next to the home of Caroline Fowler, who bought the land and her farmhouse a year ago where she lives with her husband, James, and their three children, Darcy, Jude and Beattie.
Caroline, who previously lived in Northamptonshire and ran a recruitment business for eight years, told the Lynn News: "I have holidayed in Norfolk for the last 20 years and this is something which I have always wanted to do.
"My family and I have run a successful camping park for 20 years. We have spent the last year renovating the house and preparing the land. We are a family of five and sometimes have struggled to find suitable holiday accommodation.
"That's why I had the idea of having some of the units for larger families. We aim to provide luxury glamping and also offer a rural experience. On the farm we have several animals such as pygmy goats, chickens, pigs and turkeys which might appeal to visitors to see.
"I am planning to provide fresh food locally sourced, including own our eggs and apple juice from our orchard. I have already established a good relationship with local restaurants and suppliers. We believe strongly in supporting the local community and using local produce."
She said at the outset she would be able to manage the day-to-day running of the site, but anticipates that employment opportunities could arise with seasonal workers and part time assistants in the second year of business.
More by this authorJulie Graham, Business Editor