Experience, Connect and Recharge


Swallowtails is part of the 'Skylarks Camps' organisation providing a wonderful camping experience within the idyllic grounds of the Astley Estate (Swallowtails Retreat) or near Wells Next the Sea (Swallowtails by the Sea).

Swallowtails ticks all the boxes for the perfect camping holiday and the stunning North Norfolk coastline. Both campsite are situated in quiet secluded countryside locations. and are well away from any roads. All you hear is the sound of nature.


Swallowtails is not just a base to enjoy North Norfolk, but a place to spend quality time as well if you want to stay put and relax. At Swallowtails, we offers socially distanced Yoga and Mindfulness outdoor activities for all ages designed to allow them you to connect with nature and make new friends! 


As well as offering extra large grass pitches with no extra charge for awnings and gazebos (no electric hook ups), we offer stylish, cosy, hassle free boutique glamping in the form of spacious insulated luxury yurts at Swallowtails by the Sea and 6m 'Lotus Belle' tents at Swallowtails Retreat. We offer yurts/bell tents that accommodate 4- 6 guests comfortably. 


‘Why not come to a spot hidden in the countryside where you can dream under dark Norfolk skies, spotting shooting stars and knowing that a wood burning stove is warming your yurt for your return. Wake up refreshed within your quilted bubble and listen to the sound of the woodland as it comes alive. 

Where are we?

We have 2 new pop up campsites in North Norfolk due to Holt Hall being shut for the summer. 

Swallowtails Retreat (Astley Estate)

We now have a beautiful site in Swanton Novers in North Norfolk which is 7 miles southwest of Holt set in the grounds of The Astley Estate down a private track - Plantation Lane). It is surrounded by a completely organic estate and there is a nature reserve and public footpaths from the pop up campsite itself. 

There is also a neighbouring campsite which has a bar and restaurant (serving take aways at the moment with Covid19 - Old Brick Kiln Campsite) which is a 5 minute walk down an idyllic tree lined country footpath. 

Swallowtails By the sea (Near Wells Next the Sea)

This campsite has one of the best sea views in Norfolk. Just a 5 minute walk to the Norfolk Coastal Path and the estuary creeks which are a fantastic place to wild swim.

We are also within walking distance of Wells Next the Sea with it's expansive white sandy beach and the coast.


Who are we?


  • We are a couple who have lived in Norfolk since moving from London in 2005. In Freya’s case, it was a return to her home county after an eleven year absence in London studying and working as a scenic artist for theatre, film and television. We are environmentally minded and try to limit our impact on the environment as much as possible. We spend a lot of time at the campsite with our two children during the time that the campsite is open and really enjoy getting to know our guests.