Where to stay: E of England

Deepdale Farm
Burnham Deepdale on the North Norfolk coast
Backpackers’ hostel and campsite with several sustainable features


Deepdale is a 1000 acre working arable farm with an independent award winning hostel and campsite on the beautiful north Norfolk coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Apart from its attractions as an idyllic rural retreat it has been used as a location for tv and film productions including the James Bond blockbuster “Die Another Day”.

The chilled out Stables Hostel was set up by backpackers for backpackers and offers comfortable accommodation in dorms, twin, triple and quad rooms, which all have en suite shower rooms. It centres round a partially covered old stable courtyard and the buildings, which date back to 17th century, have been restored in the traditional Norfolk style. There is a farmhouse kitchen and a cosy lounge with a wood burner for those less warm evenings.

In addition the Deepdale Granary Group Hostel, also 17th century, has been recently refitted with self catering group accommodation sleeping 18 people in four bedrooms.

Deepdale Camping is a family friendly site with five well kept paddocks It has modern toilet and washing facilities and stresses it is quiet and not for the party crowd. There are also authentic Sioux Native American style tipis which prove very popular.

There are plenty of outdoor and watersports activities on hand. Extensive facilities include a café, BBQ area, laundry and drying room, information centre, Internet access, payphone, mail holding and luggage storage and the 'Dalegate Market' with its host of shops and services.

Green features 

Deepdale is an eco-friendly facility with many sustainable features so as to keep Norfolk the way it should be.

Separate bins are provided for recycling paper and cardboard, plastic, glass and cans
In the office they re-use paper as note books and envelopes and have installed double sided printers to reduce our paper use.

The toilets all have a low flush option, the campsite has waterless urinals and the showers have a low-flow water setting. The toilets at the Dalegate Market are flushed using rainwater and we are designing a system to use rainwater for other toilets.

Specialist systems are in place to record and monitor the crop needs of the carrots and potatoes, so that irrigation is only applied when the crop needs it.

There are energy efficient oil boilers but the real energy savers include solar panels on the campsite toilet block and both hostels – they supply power for the under floor heating in the Stables. There are low energy bulbs in every light fitting, movement sensors for lights in public areas, and hot roof insulation.

On the farm they regularly plant trees and repair hedges with help from the Countryside Stewardship scheme and carry out other measures to help conserve wildlife. They also make strenuous efforts to minimise the use of chemicals and sprays.

Deepdale has won awards as Britain’s most beautiful farm and for sustainable tourism.


Deepdale Farm
Burnham Deepdale
Norfolk, PE31 8DD
Tel: +44 (0)1485 210256

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