FORGET the inflatable beds with obligatory slow punctures, or midnight trips to the terrifying toilet block, head to rural Suffolk to experience the kind of camping that certainly won’t leave you cold, soggy and counting down the days departure.
Now that’s what I call a tent, says Lifestyle Editor Catherine Bennion-Pedley.
THE PAD Lying in a roll-top bath with a candle flickering away, I couldn’t believe I was technically camping.
The four safari lodges at The Lost Garden Retreat in Hintlesham have plusher, more spacious bathrooms than most homes – with invigorating rain showers, too.
Each is lakeside, complete with BBQ, fire pit and wood-fired hot tub, and inside are two king-size beds, bunkbeds, a den, a leather sofa and a huge dining table.
Our tent, The Fisherman’s Hideaway, had stylish nautical nods throughout, with vintage furniture and a fairy-light-adorned headboard made of oars in the main bedroom.
Kids can ride their bikes and build dens in the surrounding woodland, plus there’s plenty of lawn to play games on. It’s perfect for a special family break or a birthday get-together.
OUT & ABOUT Got little ones in tow? Get to Jimmy’s Farm – yep, the one off the telly.
Just 20 minutes’ drive away, it has everything from guinea pigs to wallabies, a sandpit, playground and bouncy pillow, plus a garden centre and stable shops.