West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.

When Ariana said to me a few years ago that she would like to go camping, I shuddered violently enough to spill my cuppa. 

That's how much I love camping!!

It's okay when you're little, and you don't mind the adventure of getting up in the middle of the night to slog through a field to find a dark, dank toilet to wee in. But when you're my age, the adventure is getting to wee without a child or pet trying to watch you. 

I've earned the right to like my modern comforts; my warm bed, my hot running water, my ceiling heights...

But I also (just about) remember how much I used to love camping when I was a child. My brother and I would camp in the garden by the woods, toast marshmallows on sticks, and emerge from the tent when the grass was still soaked with dew to feel brave and strong and ready to conquer anything—except that one time when a pair of hedgehogs scared the living daylights out of us even before we'd fallen asleep. 

But our garden was huge enough to not really notice the house when you were at the back, and it's not really an adventure if the tent would be half in half out the house. So I held in my fears and said okay let's go camping!!!

But it really was okay. Because we didn't go camping, we went glamping! 

I made a pact with Ariana that we could go camping as long as I didn't have to stay in a tent and wee in a field. She looked confused by the former but quite pleased about the latter. So I Googled 'Norfolk Camping Locations' and was soon inundated with sites depicting static caravans, two men tents, and toilet blocks that would make me want to wee in a field. 

we could go camping as long as I didn't have to stay in a tent and wee in a field.

Then I spotted a small advert (thank you Google analytics) in the middle of the page for a glamping site and my heart leapt. 

Glamping. 

This would be the answer to keeping us both happy.

So I changed my search to "Norfolk Glamping Locations" and my wishes were granted. 

It took a lot of research to decide on West Lexham Glamping site. The main reasons that sold it to me were:
  • It is far enough away from where we live to feel like a proper staycation, but not in the middle of nowhere enough to make it feel like Deliverance. 
  • The bathrooms are some of the nicest ones I've ever seen!!
  • It's ecologically sound, with 90% renewable energy and their own source of mineral water. 
  • There was a lake to swim in!!
West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year. There are of course the usual offerings of a Norfolk glamping site, the BBQs, bell tents, proper beds etc. But the little added extras made it stand out for me. 

So I booked and crossed my fingers and toes that it would live up to its website. 

It did...

We first went to West Lexham Glamping Site in 2018, and we loved it so much we stayed again this year. And it was even better as we could use the (ecologically) heated pool and there is a beautiful Zen garden to relax in too. 

West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year. My partner is a wild camper so he found the whole site totally luxurious, and me—as a happily open holiday snob—well I think I may be a (gl)amping covert.

It's so romantic, sleeping under the stars, cooking on an open (BBQ) fire, being woken by the birds and sheep. Not romantic in that way though, with a small child sleeping inches away that'd be rather wrong, plus also even in the middle of summer the nights get cold and dark so I was bundled up in so many layers of clothing it would have been nigh on impossible to break through to any skin. 

But it was romantic in so many other ways that helped us connect as a family.

Plus Ari felt like she was on an adventure and she was in a safe environment to be able to do that. 

West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.
The kitchen area, for use for the whole campsite. It's well-equipped and even has a brick and stone built pizza oven that can be fired up with the logs provided.


We couldn't use it because of the gluten cross contamination issues, but it smelt wonderful.
West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.


Our bell tent was called Riverside, which was very apt as it was right beside the river.


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West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.


West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.
West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.
        
 The Beautiful Zen garden, which had the nicest sounding wind chimes I think I've ever heard. I'm going to get some for the garden when we move house. 

West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.
West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.

West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.

West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.
The pool was a winner for us this year. We swam when it was raining, what a lovely experience. It's warm and clean and perfect!

West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.

West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.
Just like Swallows and Amazons!!

West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.
West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.   


West Lexham: The Norfolk Glamping Staycation of the Year.
And finally ( I took these pics from the website as I thought taking pictures of the toilet block was a bit weird! But they are just as nice in real life!) the shower block. 
  • The walls are tiled in awesome patterns. 
  • There are enough to go around
  • There's even a bath!!
  • The floors are heated!!
  • And it's all cleaned and restocked everyday!!


I really can't recommend West Lexham glamping enough. Thanks for a wonderful holiday and I'm sure we'll be back next year. 

Check them out here for all the facilities and holiday lets - they have treehouses and barns available too. 



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