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Glamping Site & Award Winning Public House In Sweffling, Suffolk For Sale

Sweffling, Suffolk, UK
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Beautiful Countryside Location in Suffolk
Unique Highly Rated Glamping Site
All Year Trading Licence
Traditionally and Ethically Run
Grounds of Approximately 1 Acre
CAMRA Award Winning Pub
Multiple Accommodation Options
Lots of Scope to Extend Trade
Buyer with Similar Ideology Sought
Many Energy Saving Technologies


This is a business for sale as a going concern, not an empty premises for sale or let.


We are delighted to be appointed to bring to the market these two ready-made thriving businesses situated in an idyllic location in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Offering multiple accommodation units and an award winning public house there is much to be excited about when taking a closer look at this exceptional opportunity.

Alde Garden Camping & Glamping and The Sweffling White Horse were created in 2010 by the current owners, having bought the site as a derelict pub and garden. The present owners are aware of many ways to dramatically improve turnover for both the holiday site and the pub without negatively impacting on the ethos and atmosphere, but instead have run them as lifestyle businesses, putting ethics over profit in every way. They have thoroughly enjoyed their 14 years of running the site this way, and new owners may choose to do the same – however a list of potential areas for uplift can be sent on request.

It is of particular note that the site benefits from many energy saving technologies. Environmental ethics are stitched into the very fabric of the businesses with the site having solar panels, solar hot water and lighting and wood fired heating throughout. As evidence of this the pub has an energy performance certificate rating of 'B' which for a property of this age is quite a rarity. We understand that the overall energy costs for the site is significantly lower than the national average cost for a similar site giving some comfort in these current times.

A new owner is sought who shares a similar ideology but who has the passion and vision to further develop the business whilst retaining the character and beliefs that the current owners have instilled into the site.


The site is situated in a quiet hamlet on the outskirts of the village of Sweffling, surrounded by farmland and woodlands, footpaths and cycle paths. The market towns of Framlingham and Saxmundham are just a 10 minute drive from the site, and Saxmundham features a rail line connecting with trains to London.

Within 20 minutes drive from the site is Suffolk's delightful coast and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The dark skies are perfect for stargazing, and the local RSPB reserve at Minsmere (as featured on Springwatch) is just 10 miles from the campsite.



The Sweffling White Horse is a multi award-winning free-of-tie traditional village pub with a strong emphasis on real ale. The pub has been voted the local CAMRA branch Pub Of The Year for 5 of the 10 years it has been trading.

The pub is a two-storey brick and timber building, built in 1810 and was originally a coaching inn. It closed in 2003 and previous owners made repeated attempts to obtain change of use to convert it to a residential dwelling. Applications were strongly opposed by CAMRA and the local community, and the pub was put back on the market, and purchased by the current owners in 2008. Since opening in 2011, the pub immediately caught the attention of CAMRA who featured it in the Good Beer Guide and presented the first Pub of the Year award in 2015. The same year, the pub was awarded East Anglian Pub of the Year – making it one of the top 16 pubs in the country. It is now a thriving, community-focused pub which is full of character and is well supported by locals in addition to being very well known further afield.

This two-room pub has a very unique interior – reflecting the look and feel of an alehouse in the early 19th century. There is a public bar with quarry tiled flooring, seating and a large inglenook fireplace featuring a wood-fired Esse range. The adjoining lounge bar has a wooden floor, large fireplace with wood-burning stove and further tables and chairs. A corridor from the public bar leads to gents and ladies toilets. There is no bar – instead drinks are served from a taproom door and ales are stored in a chilled room behind the kitchen. The pub has retained lots of original features, and has traditional pub games including bar billiards and darts.

The Sweffling White Horse is currently run as a wet-led pub, but it has previously served food. There is potential to extend the pub kitchen (subject to planning) to expand on the food prep area and potentially create a dining area. The pub also has a large cellar and an attractive covered courtyard area for outdoor drinking. The pub has a good reputation for live music, and before the pandemic hosted regular music nights.

A wood-fired central heating system runs throughout the building, powered by a beautiful range cooker in the public bar. Solar panels on the roof provide hot water when the range is not in operation, and the pub also has solar PV panels.

Above the pub is the owners' accommodation featuring a spacious living room, kitchen, double bedroom and bathroom. Adjoining the pub building on the South side is an extension which comprises two self-contained one bedroom flats, one of which is currently rented out on an assured short-hold tenancy. This extension abuts the owners' accommodation, so there may be scope to re-configure the residential aspect of this building, subject to planning.

A small courtyard behind the pub is currently unused but could be put to use as either tenant's outdoor space or a further outdoor drinking area. The site also has a car park with space for 23 cars, and an informal agreement with a neighbour for the use of a nearby field as overflow parking.



Alde Garden was the first glamping site in Suffolk, and is now well established with many returning guests, fantastic reviews, great media coverage and having won several environmental and hospitality awards.

The camping and glamping site has a licence to operate all year, and features 2 handmade 16 ft yurts, a traditional gypsy caravan, a 16 ft bell tent, a stilted wooden hut and 5 tent pitches. Each of the glamping options has its own secluded outdoor space and cooking shelter. Also on site is a shepherds' hut which is currently used by the owners but could be incorporated into the business (or another structure could be added in its place) as the planning consent and licence covers an additional structure for use as holiday accommodation.

The site also features a beautiful handmade 20 ft roundhouse made from cob, cordwood and strawbale with a green roof. This substantial and quirky building has been built by the owners to a very high spec and is very near completion – but there is scope for the new owners to add their own personal touches. When complete it will form a holiday cottage to sleep 4 and will command a high rental.

Communal facilities within the campsite include a large shared kitchen barn, campfire, compost toilet, jungle shower, indoor toilet and shower block, several sheds including a large workshop/shed, large wood-store.

Adjacent to the garden is Badger Cottage – a converted brick built stables which now forms a 4 star holiday cottage with two galleried bedrooms, suitable for up to 4 guests. The living room features a wood-burning stove and there is a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom. The cottage is heated by a wood-fired central heating system and electric heaters, and has a small courtyard for sitting out. Badger Cottage has many original and quirky features, and is again licensed to open all year.

The holiday site has received some great media coverage and reviews, including '10 of Britain's Best Campsites with Pubs' (The Guardian 2021), one of 6 'top wildlife escapes' (Sunday Telegraph 2021), one of '20 Best British Campsites' (Sunday Times 2017), 5* rating on Cool Camping, 5* 'excellent' rating on Tripadvisor, 4.8* rating on Google, 4.8* rating on Facebook. The holiday business has won many awards throughout its trading period – recent awards include 'Eco Tourism Award for Norfolk & Suffolk' 2019. Now in its 13th year of trading, the holiday site comes with a large following of regular visitors. At last count, approximately 2 out of every 5 guests was a returning visitor.

The businesses offer a great lifestyle opportunity (with plenty of scope) for potential buyers looking to run an ethical operation in the beautiful countryside of rural Suffolk. The vendors will require that the campsite, cottage and pub stay under single ownership and run alongside one another by the purchasers.

Viewing strictly by appointment made through EMF only. Proof of availability of funds and ability to proceed will be required prior to viewing.

Please visit their websites located at:






Sweffling White Horse Pub - Friday to Monday Evenings & Sunday Lunch.

Alde Garden is currently operated limited months of the year. Both operations could be run more extensively to suit a new owner looking to increase turnover.




Nil - We are advised that the businesses currently enjoy the benefit of Small Business Rate Relief.

This information has been provided to us by the vendor and any interested party is advised to enquire of the local authority to check the position with regards to business rates that will apply to a new owner.


The Energy Performance Certificates relating to the site are included within the sales particulars or can be provided separately upon request.



For the benefit of the goodwill, fixtures, fittings & equipment in respect of the businesses, excluding the sellers personal possessions. Stock payable in addition on completion at valuation. This is a business for sale as a going concern.


Strictly by appointment only, please call our Norwich Office on (01603) --- --- to make an appointment.


Finance may be available to suitable purchasers.


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1. MONEY LAUNDERING REGULATIONS: Intending purchasers will be asked to produce identification documentation at a later stage and we would ask for your co-operation in order that there will be no delay in agreeing the sale.

2. General: While we endeavour to make our sales particulars fair, accurate and reliable, they are only a general guide to the property and, accordingly, if there is any point which is of particular importance to you, please contact the office and we will be pleased to check the position for you, especially if you are contemplating travelling some distance to view the property.

3. Measurements: These approximate room sizes are only intended as general guidance. You must verify the dimensions carefully before ordering carpets or any built-in furniture.

4. Services: Please note we have not tested the services or any of the equipment or appliances in this property, accordingly we strongly advise prospective buyers to commission their own survey or service reports before finalising their offer to purchase.

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