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A glorious little East Sussex campsite that's worthy of the farm's prize-winning history

It’s now over a hundred years since Stud Farm in East Sussex had its glory days of a Grand National winner. Shannon Lass, champion of the 1902 race, was trained here on the South Downs, galloping across the green landscape with the dazzlingly blue backdrop of sky and sea. Alas, today the farm has hung up its horse racing shoes in favour of a more laid-back pace to life. There are sheep, pigs, cattle and acres of arable farming space, while horses still clip-clop their way across the livery yard but are here for casual hacking and rides rather than weekend trips to Aintree. The farm is also home to an excellent little campsite; a perfect place to breathe in the sights and sounds of small-time Sussex agriculture.

Just a mile and a half from the coast and slap bang on the South Downs Way, Stud Farm Campsite certainly boasts a sought-after setting. Campers in the know should book here early. With just 15 regular pitches and five ‘backpacker’ spots for car-less campers, the campsite has a habit of filling up quickly, especially on summer weekends. The atmosphere is one of back-to-basics simplicity. Campfire smoke wafts in the evening breeze, with firepits for hire and logs for sale, while facilities – toilets, taps but no showers – are a thoroughly basic affair. The result is a paired-back campsite with a pleasingly casual atmosphere. Walkers pass through as they pace the full length of the South Downs Way and families come for short breaks, bathing in the English Channel as they forgo their weekend showers.

By car, busy Brighton and ancient Lewes are within easy reach. The former is on hand for a vibrant city break by the coast, the latter for stepping back in time and sipping tea in ivy-clad cafés. You needn’t to and fro in the car, however. From the campsite it only takes around 20 minutes to walk to the nearest beach on Telsombe Cliffs waterfront and, when you return, a quick detour via the local pub offers a handy place to refuel. When you get back to Stud Farm, meanwhile, there’s the farm’s own lamb, pork and sausages for your evening supper. Plus, of course, the obligatory evening marshmallows. Bliss.

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Our picturesque campsite is located on the beautiful South Downs Way, offering pitches for tents and camper vans only, (sorry no large caravans or motor-homes). The site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with breathtaking views over the Downland and sea. It's also only a 20 minute stroll from the  gorgeous Sussex coast and within easy reach of Brighton.

The site is purposefully basic and offers a toilet facility, (portaloos) and a drinking water tap also used for washing up. Fire pits can be hired to create a camp fire or barbecue (camp fires directly on the ground are NOT permitted). Logs & fire lighting packs can be purchased along with breakfast & barbecue hampers & marshmallows. The campsite is dog & family friendly and you are able to park next to your chosen pitch. This is an ideal location for walkers, cyclists and riders, offering them a reduced rate.

Stud Farm is a mixed working organic farm. Previously a horse stud and home of a Grand National winner in 1902. It is now a working sheep farm, along with pigs, cattle and arable farming. It also offers horse livery, with a range of stables, paddocks & packages available as well as an outdoor school and homemade hay & straw for sale. We produce our own lamb, pork and a range of sausages & pork burgers, all available for purchase and along with our free-range eggs can be supplied to hungry campers! The beautiful farm house offers B&B with equine companions welcome. Perfect for a ride along the South Downs way. Also look out for our open day running every year on the Sun & Mon of the first May bank holiday.

We are based in lovely Telescombe, a historic and picturesque village recorded in the Domesday Book. It is nestled at the foot of the South Downs with Telscombe Tye to the South. It houses the ancient church of St.Laurence which dates back to the twelfth century. Stud Farm forms part of the village along with the village Hall and houses such as The Manor and the Old Rectory. It has less than 50 inhabitants and therefore still remains quiet and unspoilt.

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