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Glamping at The Grove

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Glamping at The Grove

Glamping- glamorous camping - has swept the nation as the perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy the country under canvas, yet with all the luxuries one expects from a high-class hotel. And the craze is heading Cromer in Norfolk as one of town's oldest accommodation providers, the Grove joins forces with Magical Camping to provide wonderful holidays in the most beautiful surroundings.

Magical Events, run by husband and wife team Matt and Lisa Mazurek from Dereham, supply classic Victorian bell tents and tipis for campsites all over Norfolk and UK They have been looking for a Cromer-based site for a number of years and have now found the perfect spot. The Grove, on Overstrand Road, is a Georgian summer house built by the founders of Barclays Bank and enjoys four acres of grounds, with walks through Warren Woods to the cliffs and the beach, plus an award winning restaurant, swimming pool and some quirky items including a decked pill box overlooking the gardens!

Glampers can also enjoy discounted rates on bike hire and surf lessons from Pedal Revolutions and the Glide Surf School in Cromer, as well as a welcome hamper from the Grove with goodies from local suppliers Icarus Hines and Crush Foods. In fact the tents will be named after local cheeses – Gurney's Gold, Copy's Cloud and Binham Blue to name but a few.

The five-metre canvas bell tents come complete with all beds and bedding, lighting and vintage furnishings.

The Grove has been owned and run by the Graveling family since 1936, and during the sixties, seventies and eighties John and Ann Graveling and John's sister Edna often held or hosted Pathfinder, Scout and Girl Guide camps during the long summer months.

Current owner Richard Graveling was just a boy when camping was a regular feature.

"I remember when there were rows of old bell tents out on the field, and of course when we were very young we used to love pottering around and exploring – probably being a real nuisance!" he said. "We sometimes still have friends camping out on the field and so it's always been a big part of summer here. So when my head chef Charlie Hodson got in touch with Matt and Lisa we were delighted that their approach would bring the past back to life here."

Mr Mazurek is looking forward to the summer – and bell tents are not the only string to the company's bow.

"We have invested in several Giant Hat Tipis – an alternative to traditional marquees – each capable of seating 70 people and also being linked together to provide space for up to 200. They are perfect for festival-style events, weddings, or any other celebration – we can even have open fires inside and handmade bespoke tables and benches for guests."So not only can we seat the guests in our amazing Giant Hat Tipis, we can also provide sleeping accommodation within our many Bell Tents. Its like a pop up hotel - just a lot more fun!'

Glamping season starts from May and runs until the end of October. For details on glamping please call Matt on 01362637483 / 07525260550 For details on the Grove please call Richard on 01263512412 / 07887775117

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