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- Peaceful country park with a friendly atmosphere and green views
- A 20-min stroll to Rattlesden; cycle and walking routes from the site
- Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds and Long Melford within a 25-minute drive
For first-rate wanders around the fens, ponder a stay at Barn Owl Campsite in East Anglia – then take a look at the pics, pack those walking boots and get going. This site in Suffolk has strolling and cycle routes nearby and is a 20-minute drive from town tramping in the medieval settlements of Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds.
Guests might want to linger in the former for old architecture dating back to the time when it was one of the 20 wealthiest places in England, from the Guildhall and Little Hall to the Gothic St Peter and St Paul's Church and a host of half-timbered cottages. Browsing shops and art your thing? Lavenham has 30 independent stores and galleries too. Diehard Harry Potter fans can often be seen swooning over the house where scenes of the boy wizard’s younger days were filmed as well.
Bury St Edmunds also has architecture aplenty, including the ruins of an abbey with formal gardens and an aviary in its surrounds. For more landscapes of the manicured sort, stop by the Italian-style palace of Ickworth House, 25 minutes from the site and slightly west of Bury – but make sure to have a gander at the town’s huge ninth-century cathedral before you do.
Other popular Suffolk villages are Long Melford for antique shops and the Tudor mansion of Kentwell Hall (25 minutes’ drive), as well as summertime open-air plays and concerts; Hadleigh, meanwhile, is the place for River Brett roams around the same distance away.
But if you’re not up for travelling far? The park’s a 20-minute stroll from the village of Rattlesden, which has a small shop, a post office and a couple of country pubs.
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This is a fantastic 'back to basics' site laid out …
Lovely quiet back to basics site with lots of space & helpful owner.
Excellent campsite set in lovely countryside
Nothing to not like about this place, great area, nice people.
Capacity reduced to increase social distancing
Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests
Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided
More frequent emptying of bins
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Jumbo tent pitches
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
- Coach stations
Stowmarket: Bury St Coach Stop
— 5.2 miles
5.2 miles Ixworth (Suffolk): Bus Stop — 7.6 miles
7.6 miles Bury St Edmunds: Bus Station — 7.9 miles
- Train stations
Elmswell Rail Station
— 3.7 miles
3.7 miles Thurston Rail Station — 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Stowmarket Rail Station — 5.4 miles
- Ferry ports
Harwich International Ferry Terminal
— 23.3 miles
23.3 miles Shotley Point Marina Ferry Landing — 23.5 miles
23.5 miles Shotley Point Marina Ferry Landing — 23.5 miles
— 29.7 miles
Twitcher? You can drive 35 minutes from the park for the blue tits and woodpeckers seen among the trees of the Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve; walkers can also rove through forestry at Melford Country Park, a 25-minute drive away.
For bigger creatures – 2,000 of them if you’re one for counting – Banham Zoo is 45 minutes away and has habitats filled with exotic critters such as ruffed lemurs, Goeldi's monkeys and dwarf caimans.
Before all this, carrying on for five minutes in the car to Sudbury from Cavenham leads to boating trips and a look at the paintings at the gallery in Thomas Gainsborough’s former home. Guests who deserve a tipple or two can also treat themselves at Giffords Hall Vineyard, 45 minutes away.
- Ickworth House, Park and Gardens (9.5 miles)
- Christchurch Mansion (15.2 miles)
- Bressingham Steam and Gardens (15.5 miles)
- Lavenham Guildhall (6.5 miles)
- Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (7.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||11 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||11 p.m.|
Barn Owl Campsite cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
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.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
- Does Barn Owl Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Barn Owl Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Barn Owl Campsite? Twitcher? You can drive 35 minutes from the park for the blue tits and woodpeckers seen among the trees of the Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve; walkers can also rove through forestry … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Barn Owl Campsite?
Camping and touring Arrive: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. Depart by: noon