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Glamping comes to Cromer

The Grove, Cromer, has indeed gone through something of a metamorphosis since Richard took over control.  He’s the third generation to preside over The Grove, which has historically been known as a favourite holiday destination due to its close proximity to the beach, cliffside walks and all the other elements Cromer has to offer, and he’s now putting his stamp on the facilities of this amazing venue by adding Glamping.

Charlie Hodson, Executive Chef, has been instrumental in bringing about the move to Glamping.  His background in hospitality is well known as he has in fact worked alongside Gordon Ramsay, launched restaurants in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols as well cooking for royalty.  More recently Charlie has brought a great deal of recognition to The Grove by achieving 2 AA Rosettes with his dedicated team, even though he only joined The Grove 7 months ago!

It’s clear Charlie has unstoppable drive and ambition, bringing Glamping to Cromer is an inspired move and adds to what is already an amazing setting, with beautiful accommodation in the main building as well as six separate cottages, a swimming pool and an award winning restaurant!  However, by adding Glamping to their facilities it has added a whole new dimension to the his venue and Cromer itself.  It’s clear Charlie, Richard and the team have worked hard to pull this together, teaming up with Magical Camping to provide this new facility.  Today’s event was a taster, showing us the potential of what they will have to offer and also showcasing some of Norfolk’s finest suppliers in the process.

Glamping has been adopted further west along the coast but it has never surfaced anywhere this far east, until now.  While Magical Camping are relatively new to Tipis they are no stranger to glamping in general, they already have 30 bell tents they’ve been hiring out for the past 3 years.  It was therefore inevitable that they would lay on an amazing facility to house today’s welcome event.  Set design was carried out by Chantal Beck, of Angels by the Sea who did an amazing job, transforming it with a variety of themes ranging from Decadent to Vintage.  I’m lucky enough to be working Chantal in a few weeks time on a bridal shoot….details to follow.

As a Cromer resident, and living literally around the corner from The Grove, I’m really pleased for Richard and look forward to visiting again very soon.


For more information on today’s suppliers have a little look below:

Magical Camping

Matt set up Magical Camping around three years ago, hiring out luxury bell tents, he’s recently become the sole supplier of these luxury Tipis in Norfolk.  They offer luxury Bell Tent & Tipi hire for all occasions.

While they’re a small business based in rural Norfolk, they’re able to handle anything from a private party to a festival and will always guarantee to give you their attention to make your event something that you will never forget.

Having had many years experience within a service industry, they know how to treat their customers, you will receive the best possible service from any one of their team. From initial contact to setting up your tent to the dismantling of your tent, even when you have finished your holiday and you’ve left, they are always on hand for any questions that may arise.

They have great working relationships with a number of sites and can recommend a variety of great campsites within Norfolk and Suffolk…have look at their website to read more on this.

So whether you are looking for a wonderful ‘glamping’ experience on the North Norfolk coast or a rural retreat in Suffolk, they’re are able to supply your fully furnished, pre-erected tent at the campsite of your choice.

Angels By The Sea

Chantal runs Angels By The Sea, she specialises in providing a stylish setting for your event, in fact Weddings for a large part of her business, although she’s more than able to tackle any event, as can be seen above with her meticulous attention to styling and detail.

Chantal has a very clear vision on how Angels By The Sea can add to your next, here’s her take on what drives her:

“I set up the business with a view to helping people create memorable magical events which they could not only be proud of but that they could really enjoy, embrace and treasure forever. Mostly, Angels By the Sea’s clients are brides, looking for hidden treasures to hire and wanting bespoke styling for their big day.

I LOVE weddings and to be able to help in this way gives me such a buzz….I am a little addicted to styling weddings if I am honest! I tailor to needs but I have an eye for all things that have the following themes: rustic, country chic, boho, relaxed, French inspired.  I love fabric, lace being my favourite and I like to include it wherever I can in a wedding! I have an Aladdin’s cave of treasures for brides or event planners to hire, from little pieces to big pieces of furniture. I also assist professional photographers on styled shoots and find this really exciting.  I am not sure what came first, the organisational skills or the eye for detail. Either way, I am thrilled to do what I do and my company is my passion. If you contact me to help with your event, shoot, wedding, I promise to deliver nothing short of perfection!

Argent & Sable

Argent & Sable provided the signage and furniture at today’s event.  They are a husband and wife run business which draws on the couples wealth of expertise and experience in interior design, house renovation and restoration, set design and their respective degrees in the Arts.

Justin Neale is the creative director, maker, creator and artist. He is a dynamic and creative person with a tenacious and proactive personality. Justin has the ability to imagine great creative concepts and ideas and through his extensive skill base can create and turn these ideas into a reality.

Danielle Neale is the other creative director. Danielle is a creative and highly motivated designer in her own right, with a first class honours degree in Textile Design at Norwich University of the Arts. Her extensive knowledge of the interiors industry and wealth of experience leaves her well equipped to manage Argent and Sable.

They make and create all the signs themselves in their studio in Norfolk, where they hand- paint, distress and create the signs down to the very last detail. They have chosen to use reclaimed wood for their signs and use beautiful gold flex in order to complete the aesthetic of the sign for when it is lit up in your home, hotel, business or event.

They use traditional paints that have a nostalgic chalky quality and also use a natural beeswax to seal the paint. The frames are an eclectic mix of antique/old ornate and painted and distressed, each one creates the perfect surround for these individual and highly sought after unique pieces of art. Each item is signed by the artists.


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And at night….it really was magical.  Glamping under the stars….now THAT is the way to go!

It was a beautifully clear night, the fire was gently flickering, toasted marshmallows at hand and huge sofas to lounge in.  Outstanding!

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