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General

  • Cosy warm glamping in Suffolk woodland
  • Five miles from Bury St Edmunds
  • Pods with decking, BBQ area, wetroom, double bed and TV/DVD player

‘Luxury glamping in the heart of Suffolk’ is how the West Stow Pods peeps describe their pads, which sounds just stonking for those who like to combine mod cons with scenic nature.

The roomy pods are set deep in the wildlife haven-heavy Suffolk woodland a mere five miles from Bury St Edmunds, with walk and cycle paths snaking all around the surrounding scenery, and with an array of other activities in the area from canoeing to tennis to fishing (Larkwood Trout Fishery is just down the road).

Each mega pod has outdoor decking and a barbecue area – from which you can supervise the making of dinner while supping a glass of wine – and indoors, a double bed, sofa bed, wetroom with loo and shower, kitchenette with fridge, toaster, microwave and tea-making facilities. For curling up after a long day’s walking and barbecue supervising, the pods also have a flatscreen Freeview telly with DVD player.

Heating and lighting are included in the rate and there are electrical points handy for charging all your gadgets (camping should not have to mean leaving behind one’s hairdryer).

The pods are designed to be comfy and secure in all weather: sheep wool insulation keeps them warm in winter, a foil layer cools things down in summer, and the double-glazed (and lockable) French doors reduce condensation and, with the specially designed roofing material, cut down any noise from heavy rain.

Remember to bring all the bedding, cooking and other equipment you’d normally take when camping – hairdryers optional, of course.

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Recommended for its cleanliness, excellent hosts & perfect pitch size. 29/06/2017

juliebruno

  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    West Stow pods are truly awesome & magical. :-) Set in a private copse of woods on the outskirts of an idyllic Suffolk village they are hidden away & yet many places of interest are easily accessible by road or on foot. Doggie heaven if you don't adhere to current elf & safety advice about throwing sticks. ;-)

    The owners are friendly & welcoming & made me feel very much at home. Ed was an extremely efficient at communicator via email with any booking queries that I had.

    One woman & her dog enjoyed a blissfully relaxing 2 nights where all that could be heard at night was the hooting of owls & the occasional muntjack or Maudie's snoring from the fantastic walks that we had shared that day. The bed was comfortable. The shower in the wet room was perfect.

    All a far cry from previous grim camping holidays where I was forced to trudge across a muddy field to a concrete toilet block that resembled something from a prisoner of war camp. I am converted to glamping, especially if my grumpy teenager does not have to be involved.

    Disliked: 

    There is nothing to dislike about travelling solo with your dog & feeling safe & warm under the stars at night, knowing that Ed & Yan are just across the field should you require anything urgently. :-)

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Perfect for a relaxing getaway. 10/06/2016

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Hi James,
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. Really happy that you found our site relaxing and hope to see you again. Ed

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Fishing

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Games room

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Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

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Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

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Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Forest

Luxury

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

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Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Bar nearby

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Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

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Location

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  • Old School House, Ingham Road, West Stow Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, IP28 6EX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.3067°N 0.6696°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bury St Edmunds: Bus Station — 4.6 miles
Ixworth (Suffolk): Bus Stop — 6.9 miles
Mildenhall: King Street Coach Stop — 7.1 miles
Train stations
Bury St Edmunds Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Thurston Rail Station — 7.1 miles
Kennett Rail Station — 7.9 miles
Ferry ports
King's Lynn Ferry Landing — 33.1 miles
Airports
Cambridge Airport — 22.1 miles

Directions


From Bury St Edmunds
Head south on Chancellery Mews toward Risbygate St/A1302, and turn left onto Risbygate St. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Parkway and continue on this road. Go through 2 roundabouts. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Compiegne Way. Go through 1 roundabout for about a mile.

When you reach the second roundabout, take the first exit onto the A134. Go through 1 roundabout and continue for 1.2 miles. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto the B1106 and go though another roundabout and take the fourth exit. Turn left towards Ingham Road and continue up to our entrance.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Walks, walks and more walks stretch off in every direction in this part of Suffolk, from the half mile stroll to West Stow to the pine and oak-filled wanders on the north of the Lark Valley.

Mildenhall, Little Saxham and Ickworth are among many mapped walks from two to ten miles in the countryside around Bury St Edmunds, and Suffolk County Council has also compiled 18 ‘easy access’ walks suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs (all start at a car park and most have facilities along the routes).

Cyclists have several signed bike routes to pick from for both leisure and long-distance, and there are route maps around Bury St Edmunds, Beccles, Ipswich and Lowestoft as well as rides around the King’s Forest and Newmarket. More into mountain biking? Head out of Bury towards Thetford or Brandon Country Park for the best trails.

This is also Anglo-Saxon land: West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is close by, a recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village on the site of the real one discovered and excavated from the late 1950s; even reluctant youngsters will have a hoot exploring here, especially as they can dress up in period costume.

Spend anything from a couple of hours to a day around the village: the site edges the West Stow Country Park, with woodland, country trails, bird hides and an adventure playground. Kings Forest is also a popular local option for families craving the great outdoors (look out for the fallow deer).

If the kids have a history buzz on after the Anglo-Saxon Village, the excellent Moyse’s Hall Museum tells the tale of Suffolk through the ages, including a section on witchcraft for the more ghoulishly minded offspring. The ticket price can be combined with the Anglo-Saxon Village as a Heritage Ticket discount.

If not, Suffolk yields a good hoard for picky travellers all within a half hour drive: the rare breeds farm and maze at Kentwell Hall and Gardens; play centres and kart circuits, Go Ape! – including for juniors – in nearby Thetford Forest, and getting eagle-eyed at the inhabitants of bird of prey sanctuary and hospital The Raptor Foundation at Woodhurst.

Must see

  • Ickworth House, Park and Gardens (5.9 miles)
  • Grimes Graves (12.3 miles)
  • Newmarket Racecourses (13.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (5.0 miles)
  • Ickworth House, Park and Gardens (5.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

West Stow Pods cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

Any confirmed bookings can be transferred to another period - subject to availability.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

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A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. West Stow Pods will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

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