The Secret Campsite Beech Estate

UK England South East England East Sussex Battle

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Tent pitch camping and wild glamping in a Sussex woodland hideaway

There’s camping, and then there’s off-grid camping. Eco Camp at Beech Estate is most definitely the latter – no electricity, no mobile phone signal and a wheelbarrow for weaving your gear through the trees to the tent – if that all sounds like too much effort, then you may want to move on in search for something more suitable. If it sounds like the perfect escape, you’re in for a real treat.

Beech Estate is one of three campsites from the 'Secret Campsites' group – the others being a bell-tent-only affair at Wild Boar Wood in West Sussex and meadow camping and glamping at The Secret Campsite near Lewes. The Beech Estate site is the largest of the three. Set in the utmost of sylvan seclusion, the wild glamping bell tents are spaced out in individual clearings in the woods of an estate that spreads, in total, across some 2000 acres. If that doesn’t sound like camping heaven already, then just wait for the punchline: the 600 acres of woodland on which the campsite is located is for the exclusive use of guests to walk, mountain bike and generally run wild.

For those who think it isn't really camping until you've set up shelter yourself, there is a selection of 'pitch your own' tent spots, as well as a some in a tranquil meadow clearing.

Additional 'faraway' woodland pitches are available on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and wild-glamping bell tents are also available, complete with beds, chairs, a picnic table, cookware, a firepit, logs and an eco cooking stove. It’s fair to say these are functional rather than luxuriously appointed, but then that's just what you’d expect in this off-grid, back-to-basics paradise.

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Facilities

There's room for 30 odd tents right in the woods plus 8 of the site's own bell tents, which each fit a couple comfortably or 2 adults and up to 4 kids. Inside, you’ll find comfortable beds, carpet, coffee table and lantern. These 5 metre diameter tents are located in a woodland glade, each with it’s own cooking implements, cool box, bbq tools, 2 chairs, table and tableware. Outside the tents you’ll find an open fire and grill for cooking. Unique gas-fired bucket shower systems, eco toilets and flushing toilets are also provided. The woodland offers limitless walks, forest rises for bike riding and areas for kids to make dens and run wild. The woodlands and meadows support birds of prey such as Hobby, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawks and Barn Owls. The meadows are full of Orchids, Ox-eye Daisies, Quaking Grasses, Bird’s Foot Trefoil and Knapweed. As it stands, 34 different species of Butterfly have been identified on Beech Estate (including Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies) as well as a number of rare insects.

Suitable For

Families, chilled-out adults, tents, relaxed groups – yes. Caravans, campervans, dogs – no. You can also hire the whole site exclusively.

Nearby

Beech Estate lies right in the heart of East Sussex and is excellently situated to drive to many of the regions top attractions. The historic town of Battle (1066, and all that) is just three miles away. Cosmopolitan Hastings, home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, is also a short-drive away. A few miles down the A271, you'll find the historic village of Herstmonceux. Besides its historic windmill, visitors flock the Observatory Science Centre and the Tudour opulence of Hertmonceux Castle. If you're planning a day trip further afield, the stunning Seven Sisters Country Park is well worth a visit. Its chalk cliffs and lush, rolling hills are the quintessential Sussex scene and nearby Eastbourne has buckets of timeless seaside charm.

Food & Drink

The White Hart Inn (01424 838382) in Netherfield serves up classy pub grub in a truly beautiful location. Visitors can expect a friendly welcome and some great seafood fresh from the Sussex coastline at The Netherfield Arms (01424 838282). The Squirrel Inn has a fine selection of ales (including local tipple Harvey's) and has live music every month.

Opening Times

April–end of October.

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The Owner Says

Get away from it all by pitching your tent among the trees at our campsite in the wonderful 600-acre Beech Estate Woodland in Sussex or take it even easier with a stay in one of our “wild glamping” bell tents.

The off-grid campsite has just 30 total pitches, including our forest tent pitches and faraway pitches for real camping, as well as our 'wild glamping' pre-erected bell tents. The campsite is located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Campfires are allowed on all pitches and bell tents and the privately-owned forest is yours to explore.

Forest Tent Pitches: set inside the woodland. Various pitch sizes including single pitches, double pitches, mini-group pitches for up to 4 or 5 families and a larger group option.

Faraway Tent Pitches: Set in the forest further from other campers. Including single pitches, two double pitch and a mini-group pitch option for up to 4-8 families.

Hammock Pitches: set in the trees.

Glamping Bell Tents: The option of 2-4 bell tents set on adjoining pitches. 8 in total.

Group Glamping and Camping Combination: There is the option of combining your own pitched tents with our ready-pitched glamping bell tents. There are a maximum of 4 bell tents within a close range of each other that can be combined with 3-4 other pitches.

Large Group Option – Woodland Meadow (8 to 15 Families): The Woodland Meadow is ideal for a larger group of families wishing to pitch their own tents together.

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Accommodation

Pitches vary in size, with some suitable for singles, doubles and a few larger pitches for small groups. 'Forest tent pitches' are set in glades in the woods and amongst the trees, while there are also more isolated 'faraway tent pitches' set deeper into the woods away from other campers. There are also 8 'wild glamping' bell tents, plus a tree-line woodland meadow space for larger family groups. Groups should contact the office to check availability before booking.
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Location

Contact The Secret Campsite Beech Estate , Beech Estate, Netherfield, Battle, East Sussex TN33 9QU

Getting There

The Beech Estate Woodland Campsite is in a secret location, part of the 2,000 acre Beech Estate. Beech Estate is hidden in East Sussex between Netherfield and Ashburnham, near the historic town of Battle. Once your booking is confirmed, detailed instructions are provided. Once there, they have areas for car parking away from the pitches. Cars may not be driven to your pitch. Wheelbarrows are provided to move your equipment to the pitch (and the wardens will assist if you need it). It may be a 5 minute walk – but it’s worth it once you set up not to have cars in the campsite. Much safer for kids as well! Nearest Station: Battle (3 miles away). Trains run regularly from London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street take about 1hr 20 mins. Taxi From Battle Station: About 10 minutes Bus: The nearest bus stop is on the edge of  the town of Battle. Bus Route 95. Walk: The walking distance from Battle is approximately 3.0 miles.

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