A very cool clock at West Lexham, where you can camp, glamp, or stay in a treehouse or cottage

West Lexham camping

Travel: Treehouse Glamping in Norfolk

Treehouse Life

Is there anything more lovely than camping in the woods? Waking early to sunlight peeping through the leaves, and the sound of birds singing the sunshine into the day. Or snuggling down by a log fire in the dusk of evening, hot marshmallows roasting in a flame as fairy lights twinkle. It turns out there is. Sleeping (and living) in a treehouse.

A treehouse at West Lexham - kitted out with everything you could need, from hot water bottles and proper beds, to balconies and barbeques, this really is 'glamping!'

Treehouse at West Lexham

I have always wanted to sleep in a treehouse, and so when Actually Daddy and the kids gifted me a Coolstays voucher for Christmas it was inevitable that we would end up at West Lexham. With two treehouses, and two tree ‘temples’ (at ground level, so perfect for families with toddlers), we were spoilt for choice, but we went withΒ Sunrise,Β the biggest treehouse, and in our opinion, the best!

Twinkly path lights lead us to our home in the middle of the trees. As we climbed the steps we weren’t sure what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t this.

Sunrise treehouse at West Lexham has three bedrooms, including this loft mezzanine double room full of rustic charm.

Sunrise treehouse loft bedroom

When you think of a treehouse, you imagine a small, hut-like construction perched precariously in amongst the branches of an old oak tree. Good ‘playing out’ but a bit nerve-wracking for daily life. What we got was a full-scale wooden house on stilts; the treehouse part comes from the dwelling having several trees growing right through the floorboards, the roof, and indeed, the table! Sunrise treehouse has three actual bedrooms, with beds. And doors. Cupboards and chests of drawers. Windows of their own, rugs, and flowers. Pretty much like being at home, in fact. Only far nicer.

A giant table stands at the centre of the treehouse living area, complete with trees growing through its curved edges - the perfect social centrepiece.

Treehouse table

 

The decor in Sunrise treehouse is rustic and charming, from colourful chests of drawers and rugs, to wildflowers in every room.

Treehouse decor

Our living space was huge. We had lots of room to spread out, and GG immediately made herself at home in the big wing-backed chair, curled up in a blanket with her book. She had just come off the coach from her school camp week and was shattered, so I knew better than to talk to her. I simply lit a fire and let her hang out until she recovered.

All the treehouse dwellings have wood burning stoves and plentinful logs and kindling are supplied for a cosy evening, whatever the weather.

Wood burning stove

We were lucky with the weather, so all our eating was done outdoors. The treehouse had a large balcony and its own barbeque and picnic bench, so we heated croissants at the garden kitchen every morning and ate silently as the sun warmed the trees and the sheep grumbled companionably in the next field.

West Lexham signage

The grounds at West Lexham are stunning, and vast, so although you’re sharing a kitchen, and all the outdoor areas, it never feels like you’re on top of other campers. Other treehouse dwellers and bell tent campers came and went from the giant kitchen table, where we served up a proper meal on our first night; but there was always a pagoda to sit under with the kids’ favourite ‘whatever’s in the fridge’ lunch.

The grounds at West Lexham are beautiful and vast. There's always somewhere to sit for lunch, and shelter from rain or sun, even when the main kitchen table is occupied. These pagodas were a pretty place to play a game or eat a snack.

Pagoda

The farm is beautifully designed, with quirky little additions, from the unusual tiles in the very smart bathrooms (the showers have underfloor heating – how’s that for posh camping?!), to this cutlery embedded into the paving of the gardens.

What do you do with your old cutlery? Cement it into your paving stones as decoration, of course!

Quirky design

No-one bats an eyelid if you walk round in your pyjamas at West Lexham, but we were keen for a hot shower – you know how when you’re camping you avoid the showers for as long as you can, then queue for a miserly drizzle of luke warm (if you’re lucky) spray? Not so here. In fact, GG managed a long soak in a proper bathtub, emerging completely recovered from her week of late nights and raft building, ready for a busy day on the lake.

There's a boating lake at West Lexham, and it feels so very Famous Five to paddle up and down with the kids - they even learned to say rowlocks correctly!

Boating lake

We didn’t leave the farm all day, as there is so much space for walks, trees to climb and a huge lake to explore. We suited up in life jackets and took one of the two boats out for a rowing lesson. Though I’m not sure how much the kids learned, beyond the correct pronunciation of ‘rowlocks,’ which to this day they seem to find hilarious.

Boathouse

Boathouse

There are delightful spots all around the farm, from a tumbling little weir, to this lovely summer house, where I can imagine a small wedding reception taking place. The farm actually does host weddings, organising a small number of personalised events every year. The site sleeps 90, in the various camping accommodations and cottages, so it would be a lovely place to hold a festival style wedding.

The pretty summer house at West Lexham would be a lovely place for a small wedding ceremony.

Summer house

We climbed trees and explored the gardens – flower and vegetable, the children delighted to spot ripening raspberries and gooseberries alongside the roses.

West Lexham Garden

Then as we rambled we came across a swimming pool and that was that. The lack of swimming costumes and goggles didn’t hold them back, and in they went – despite the chill air!

Swimming Pool

Cold

The day was finished off perfectly with dinner in the local pub, the Ostrich, where a perfectly good steak was followed up with a perfectly enormous chocolate brownie. Then it was back to sit round the giant communal fire pit for more marshmallows, and getting to know our neighbours.

Everywhere you go at West Lexham there are quirky features, like this little stone pathway in the garden, perfect for children to explore.

Quirky gardens

Everywhere you go at West Lexham there are quirky additions, like this little stone pathway, perfect for children to explore. Then there are the jugs of wildflowers dotted around the site and in the treehouses. The owners really have thought hard about how to make their glamping site pretty and interesting.

Wildflowers

The perfect place to hang out at the weekend…

Strawberries

Good to know

  • West Lexham has 2 treehouses and 2 tree temples, fully kitted out with beds, blankets, hot water bottles, stove, and lanterns. There are also 6 fully furnished bell tents, and various cottage and en-suite options to stay in. Prices for treehouses start at Β£239 for a 3 night short break for two people. All facilities are free of charge to use.
  • West Lexham is situated in Norfolk, a 2-3 hour drive from London, and half an hour from the north Norfolk coast. We lunched at Wells beach, where there are a variety of very good restaurants, a huge stretch of unspoilt beach, and some rather good ice-cream. Cromer is a short distance further on, famous for its crab.
  • There are plenty of decent pubs near the site, and some rather smart restaurants, though it’s a good idea to bring a quick and easy meal to cook in the large kitchen for your first night. There is lots of fridge and cupboard space to share, and all pots, pans, cutlery and crockery are provided, as are washing up materials.
  • There are 5 bathrooms with showers or bath in the communal shower block, plus two more toilets. Pathways through the woods have motion-sensitive lights, and are covered in bark chips, so mud is minimal.
  • Wood and kindling is provided for the stoves in the treehouses.
  • There is adequate parking on site, and none of the tents or treehouses is far from the car park.

 


*We booked our stay at West Lexham using a Coolstays voucher I was given for Christmas. West Lexham very kindly gave us a complimentary second night, so that we could review our treehouse more fully.

A review of the treehouses at West Lexham - a beautiful glamping site in Norfolk

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