Locating Campsea Ashe can be a little tricky. For one, the village's railway station calls itself Whickham Market. But once you've solved this riddle of the road, navigating your way through the horizonless green fields of rural Suffolk, you'll know Brick Kiln Farm when you see it, such is the aura of utter contentment that emanates from this herbaceous hideaway.
Conveniently located just off the A12 (but not so close that the passing traffic is heard) Brick Kiln Farm is helmed by the wonderfully welcoming mother and daughter team of Tina and Sophie, from the charming chocolate box cottage that's been in their family for three generations. Just like its chilled-out owners, there's a pleasingly laissez faire attitude to pitching here. For the campers there's The Meadow – a tranquil, flat one acre field with enough room for everyone to pitch where they want. The glampers have The Orchard, a gorgeously, secluded hedged enclosure that's ideal for a spot of bell tenting. The Brick Kiln tents (courtesy of Norfolk-based Magic Camping) are a delight of shabby-chic design with lots of lovely extras such as comfy beds, bean bags, a proper barbie and a cafetière for your morning rocket fuel. For those looking to really do it in style, there's Gloria, a cool retro 1970s Royale caravan bedecked with lots of cute Cath Kidston style interiors. There's even plans afoot for a quirky 'landlocked beach hut'!
Facilities-wise, Brick Kiln has elements of the traditional back-to-basics site but with lots of little touches of comfort to ensure a fuss-free stay. There's a central communal toilet and wash block, with toiletries thoughtfully provided. A converted barn houses a fully equipped kitchen/dining area, that's fully wired should you need to charge your phone (though we're confident your mobile will remain as suitably switched off as you).
Tina and Sophie really can't do enough to help, even picking any car-less campers up from the station. There's a delightful little honesty shop (just pop your money in an envelope and posting in the box) selling lovely local produce and other essentials. Oh and did we mention they allow proper campfires?! Kindling and logs are available to buy onsite to get your roaring fire under way, marshmallows at the ready– 'cos camping just ain't camping without one.