bush house farm
things to do
Our campsite is .....
..... set on a quiet country lane in rural north east Norfolk in a beautiful, tranquil spot next to the Norman church of St Micheal's. The village centre of Sutton is a short walk away with a village pond, a pottery (where you can have lessons if you are a 'would be' potter?!), a garden centre and its own Broads access; the main claim to fame of the village is that it has the tallest disused windmill in Europe! We are just 3 miles from the coast and set at the north end of the Norfolk Broads. Despite the quiet and tranquility we are within easy reach of the local town of Stalham with its array of shops, cafes, petrol stations and pubs.
The local area boasts a wealth of things to do including fabulous walking, wildlife/bird watching, country houses, messing about on the rivers and broads, beaches and traditional seaside towns. Or you can just relax and enjoy those big Norfolk skies and particularly the stunning sunrise and sunsets.
We are approximately 3 miles from the coast and have many long sandy beaches within easy reach. Whether you want to walk, swim, picnic or just sit there is endless space to find a quiet spot. There is large seal colony at Horsey with viewing platforms and plenty of nearby parking. There is a lighthouse at Happisburgh which is worth a visit to see the substantial coastal erosion that threatens this seaside village.
Where to eat
There a variety of pubs nearby - one within walking distance. All do good food and enjoy a typical country pub atmosphere. The Harnser on Stalham Green and The Greyhound in Hickling are just two.
There 2 recommended restaurants in nearby Stalham (approx. 2 mile away), one an Indian and the other a bistro style English. Both are recommended.
There are numerous take aways also in Stalham but the Fish & Chip shop at the top of the High St is not to be missed!
Where to shop
The nearest shop is a short walk away and provides all the basic necessities. There is a Tesco supermarket on the outskirts of Stalham (approx. 2 miles) and larger Sainsburys & Waitrose (North Waltham) and Asda (Gt Yarmouth).
Norwich has the usual array of city centre shops as well as a traditional market with colourful canopy and market stalls.
Gt Yarmouth is well stocked with familiar high street names as well as having a seafront with all the usual attractions and facilities.
The North Norfolk coast and the Norfolk Broads are internationally important in terms of the flora and fauna on display year round.
At Bush House Farm in the last six months we have seen deer, stoat, marsh harrier, kestrel, sparrow hawk, tawny and barn owls, partridge, pheasant, as well as other more common wildlife on our land. Do bring a pair of binoculars and a wildlife recognition book with you if you can!
Not to be missed is our Grey Seal colony at Horsey (5 miles) - the seals 'pup' in the Winter but there are almost always seals to see during the summer as well.
For Broads wildlife a visit to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve at Hickling cannot be beaten. You will get right out on the marshes and will almost certainly see marsh harrier 'in action'. The reserve is a stronghold of the bittern, but this bird is (in my experience) much more likely to be heard than seen! The reserve is also an important site for the swallowtail butterfly, one of the UK's largest. I would particularly recommend one of the NWT's guided wildlife boat trips from Hickling.
Bird watchers come to NE Norfolk in large numbers. The bird life is as good in the winter as the summer with important numbers of migratory as well as local species. For those who fancy a trip further afield, the coastal salt marshes at and around Cley on the North Norfolk Coast are well worth a visit.
NE Norfolk offers exceptional walking at any time of year, with the well drained Norfolk soils giving firm footing at any time of year, even out on the marshes and river banks. Particular favourite walks of ours are Horsey Mere and the seals, Martham Broad circuit, Thurne village from Potter Heigham, and the beach from Sea Palling to Happisburgh. There are many others, and for the more adventurous the Weaver's Way lies right on our doorstep.
We are James and Julie Thallon, new residents of Bush House and owners of the campsite since June 2016. For Julie this is a homecoming as she was brought up locally and used to walk along the lane where the campsite is now on her way to primary school each morning.
We have a wealth of local knowledge to share with you and are keen to help you with local facilities and ideas of things to do. James can offer information about local walks and where to see the best wildlife/birds. Julie is a keen baker and is happy to take orders for cakes and biscuits if requested in advance. Equally we can provide advice about where to visit and eat and generally how to get the best from your stay.
The Norfolk Broads are unique in terms of the nature and scale of the landscapes that make them so beautiful. Our very own Sutton Fen reserve was recently celebrated as one of Britain's last remaining 'secret wild places' in an ITV Countrywise special in August 2016.
Sutton lies between Hickling Broad and Stalham and Sutton 'staithes' (meaning 'wharf') on the NE Norfolk Broads. The Broads really are best experienced by getting out on the water and you can do this by booking a motor day launch, sailing boat (evidence of experience required) or canoe from any of a number of locations within a mile or two of Bush House Farm or by organised boat trip from Wroxham.
Finally, the local rivers and broads have excellent coarse fishing, free in most places. The nearest spot to us is about 10 minutes walk away at Sutton staithe but options for anglers of all ages and abilities abound and there are many local tackle and bait shops.
We are open from April - October
Open to caravans & motorhomes
Electrical hook up (included)
Fresh water supply (included)
Chemical toilet disposal (included)
Roomy pitches with ample space for awnings
Free use of owners hard tennis court
Pub, shop & petrol station less than 1 mile
Dogs welcome but but be kept within the fenced area of the campsite
Quiet rural location with views
Beaches within 3 miles
Broads with boat hire and river trips