Get your Glamp on in Norfolk

If you love the idea of being in the great outdoors, going off the grid and reconnecting with nature then you must pay a visit to Round the Woods [...]

If you love the idea of being in the great outdoors, going off the grid and reconnecting with nature then you must pay a visit to Round the Woods this summer.

Situated on a private 18-acre nature reserve in Norfolk, this luxurious glamping destination is for anyone who likes the idea of camping but does not want to compromise on home comforts.  Opening on 12th April, Round the Woods invited House of Coco for an exclusive sneak preview of their new addition to the site, the stunning Willow Roundhouse.

Inspired by an interest in the environment, outdoor living and self-sufficiency, Kate Symonds and Seb Burns quit their London jobs and set up Round the Woods glamping site near Norwich as a way of combining their passion with spending more time with their sons and enjoying the land.   The couple along with their family built the Willow Roundhouse over two years, using natural, sustainable and local materials resulting in an impressive, deluxe glamping retreat.

Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by Kate and Seb who set about loading our cases on to the trolley and show us around the site.  This location is truly special with vast open woodland.  It includes communal spaces, a pizza oven, an outdoor fire pit, a pond, shower facilities and an open meadow ideal for exploring.   I can tell this is the break I need, an opportunity to pause and reset.

Set in the far corner of the meadow is the Willow Roundhouse, flanked by daffodils and bluebells.  An outdoor deck wraps around the house, a picnic bench, BBQ, outdoor chairs and a huge hammock make it the perfect spot for alfresco dining and relaxation.

Opening the door to my home for two nights, I am surprised and impressed by the gorgeous interior design.  The Willow Roundhouse successfully brings nature indoors, with the use of natural materials and lots of windows to create a light and airy space.  As you walk in you are immediately struck by the wooden floor that features a spectacular tree design created from log disks made from the site.  The roundwood frame wraps the interior like woodland branches, all crafted from larch and sweet chestnut.  The twisting branches wind up to a round ceiling surrounding a fabulous circular skylight. A sumptuous King size bed with cotton linen and goose down bedding is directly underneath guaranteeing guests a night under the stars.    Kate and Seb have paid attention to all the design details, every nook and cranny is full of delightful handpicked special touches from the snug throws to the twinkly fairy lights that climb around the wooden interior frame.

There is plenty of space to take it easy. Curl up with a book on the hanging chair nestled close to the wood burner or kickback on one of the comfy designer seats that convert into beds.   It’s spacious and romantic for two, but equally large enough for up to seven people. The soft curves and warm tones of the clay walls coupled with large windows, create a calming, open-plan space.  There is a well-equipped handmade kitchen with an oven, hob and grill as well as a bench seat and dining table that looks out across the meadow.   

We were lucky to have glorious weather so spent most of the trip on the deck playing swing ball and chilling in hammock.   Round the Woods is the perfect place to disconnect.  Whether you want to kick back and rest or have adventurous kids who like to explore, there is something for everyone.  During our stay we discovered the den hidden in the woods, toasted marshmallows in the outdoor fire pit and spotted lots of local wildlife.     After two peaceful days, tech-free, I felt recharged and rejuvenated.

A two-night break in the Willow Roundhouse from £380.  For more information visit www.roundthewoods.co.uk

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