Alde Garden

Sweffling, Suffolk, England

Various interesting glamping accommodation in a garden in Sweffling. Glamping, gypsy caravan and cabin in the trees. May - Sept. No groups.

Key Points

  • A friendly and relaxed glamping site. Supervised children are welcome.
  • No groups over 6. No pets due to the ducks and chickens that wonder the garden.
  • Choose between a yurt, bell tent, gypsy caravan or The Hideout (a mini treehouse).
  • The owners run a tiny pub at this location which is open 4 nights a week.
  • 2 hours by train from London. 20 minutes drive from the coast.
  • There are communal facilities for guests - campfire, covered field kitchen, compost loo and jungle shower as well as toilet and solar shower block.
  • Walk or borrow bikes and enjoy the local footpaths, go fishing nearby or get a 50% discount on a day at the local Health Club. Or arrange a massage on site.
  • Please bring your own bedding, or let us know if you are coming on public transport and we can hire some.



Free bottle of organic wine for every midweek stay!!  (Quote QAOffer in 'extra info' section of form when booking).

Alde Garden is a tiny campsite in the heart of Suffolk with an eclectic range of rustic, quirky accommodation as well as a handful of small tent pitches. Just 2 hours from London by train, and only a 20min drive from Suffolk’s diverse coastline – Alde Garden makes the perfect spot for a holiday, retreat or short break.

Accommodation dotted around the garden includes yurts, bell tent, gypsy caravan, hideout plus ordinary tent pitches. Adjacent to the garden is Badger Cottage – a 4* self-catering holiday cottage, and The Sweffling White Horse – the owner's little pub, open 4 nights a week, offering real ale.

This site has won an Environmental award crowning them the most sustainable business in the Norfolk/Suffolk Tourism Awards.

Tucked away behind a perimeter of trees and hedges, the site has a range of communal facilities including a campfire, covered field kitchen, compost loo with handwash 'tippy tap', and jungle shower. Full of quirky benches, chairs, tables and archways, handmade from old wood, the rustic pathways take you through the trees, shrubs, flowers and wildlife areas and the garden is also home to many friendly ducks & chickens.

Despite the site’s strong focus on low impact living you’ll find an area tucked away with a fridge freezer, microwave & washing machine as well as a clean toilet block with ladies’ & gents’ showers and flushing toilets. Environmentally friendly holidays with a few home comforts!

The atmosphere in the garden is friendly and relaxed. Petite and compact, it is perfect for couples young and old, as well as small families, who wish to spend time amongst nature. It has been described by guests as “the perfect antidote to busy lives” and offers the opportunity to get away from it all and unwind.

There are 2 yurts of 16' diameter. The romantic Barn Owl Yurt with 4 poster bed, solar fairy lights, beautiful recycled woodburner & a wooden deck with outdoor chairs and table sleeps up to 4 and is named after a barn owl who can often be seen flying over a neighbouring field. Dragonfly Yurt can sleep a maximum of 5, with families in mind, is more robust and rustic with futons beds, recycled woodburner, large table with seating for 4, solar fairy lights and ornamental centrepiece with coloured glass. 

The Bell Tent sleeps up to 5 and comes with rugs and double bed plus single futons. There is a seating area outside with BBQ and chiminea. A woodburning stove and solar fairy lights and tea light lanterns create a cosy atmosphere. 

The Gypsy Caravan, a unique example of exceptional workmanship and beauty, restored using lots of recycled materials. Perfect for 2 using a comfortable slightly small double bed (6'x4'), with a bed underneath that could fit 2 small children, lit with solar and tea lights, and with a small woodburner. The adjacent old wooden donkey shed has been converted for extra living and cooking space including a traditional washstand, seating, cupboard space, a table and gas stove. There is also outdoor seating with a BBQ.  

Almost a treehouse, but The Hideout is a cute little wooden structure in a small clearing amongst the trees and scrubs hidden from sight. Perfect for 2 (adults only) it has a double mattress (bring bedding or sleeping bags), 2 bedside tables and carpet. With vinyl records for roof tiles and blinds that used to be decked chairs this is a recycler's dream. 

These accommodation options are available from 1 May to 2 October. No pets as ducks and chickens own the garden. Groups no larger than 6, please.

Minimum stay 2 nights from Monday or Friday.

Although children are welcome please ensure they are supervised to ensure others peaceful getaway, and also due to unfenced pond.

Also, see Badger Cottage for year-round quirky cottage accommodation for up to 4 also listed on


Room Types

Family Rooms
Whole property for 5 or more



 Compost toilet

 Shower - outdoor

 Shower - solar




 Washing machine

Paid Extras


 Extra logs / firewood



 Dining area

 Fire pit


 Pizza oven

 Seating area

Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks

 Pub within walking distance

 Public transport


 Quiet after 10pm


 Book a massage

On Arrival

 Bring your own linen

 Bring your own towels

 Personal check-in





 Kitchenware / Utensils


 Tea & Coffee

Shared Facilities

 On-site shop

 Shared bathroom facilities

Young Children


 High chair

 Take care - Near water


 Free parking

 Parking not alongside accom


 Quiet location


What is the housekeeping deposit for?

In case of damage or excessive cleaning necessary. This is £50 and refundable within 2 weeks of departure all being well.

Can I hire the whole site for a group event?

We do not take group bookings. No bookings for more than 6 people here.

Is there privacy from other guests?

This is a compact site with shared spaces to give you a sense of community. However each glamping unit has trees/shrubs around it with a private outdoor space to give you a feeling of privacy and space.

Can I park next to my glamping unit?

Cars are kept in the adjacent car park just a stroll away.

Can the kids play ball games?

There is no room for ball games. But there are play areas and other outdoor spaces to explore nearby.

Nearest Airport/s


Content updated on 19th September 2022 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Marie and Mark from Alde Garden