Heronsdale Manor Farm

UK England South East England East Sussex Heathfield

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  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Rustic camping and caravanning on an East Sussex farm

Two compost toilets, two hot water showers, and a tap; that’s about all there is by way of facilities at Heronsdale Manor Farm Campsite in East Sussex. If you’re looking for bell tents, bunting and pizza ovens, you’ll want to move along quickly. We love all those things too, and there are certainly lots of them in this neck of the woods, but sometimes you just want a spot of good old-fashioned camping. And that’s exactly what’s on offer here.

Campers first stayed in this farmer’s field back in the summer of ‘84 when Lizzie, who now runs the place, was knee high to the heifers in the surrounding fields. Back then, it was just a tiny handful of caravans or motorhomes who would roll up and make use of the hole-in-the-ground toilet. Things have moved on since then – but not all that much, if we’re honest. There are now a couple of hot showers, a couple of compost loos and a chemical disposal point. The big views and chilled atmosphere are still the same.

The site sticks to the tradition of allowing just about everyone: campervans, motorhomes, caravans and people with their own tents too. Without the confines of electric hook-ups and pitch markers, it is pretty much ‘pitch where you please’ within this three-acre field but the lie of the land and the size of the space means there’s always room for kids to play. In true farm campsite style, there’s no reception, just a sign on the gate to welcome you in. Lizzie will pop by at some point to check all’s in order. She can sell you firewood and hire you an off-ground firepit; we’d certainly recommend it. With no lights on site, the stars here are worth staying up for.

In essence, Heronsdale Manor Farm Campsite is just a field on a farm – but there’s no denying it’s a lovely one. It has distant views of the South Downs, a little dell at one end and it’s surrounded by fields of maize, wheat and barley. Footpaths lead out into the countryside, some through the farm’s 40-acre woodland, filled with bluebells in spring. It’s a 20-minute cross-country walk to the nearest pub in Waldron; the closest of many Sussex villages you might like to explore. Walking, cycling, steam train rides, lovely gardens and the seaside provide more old-fashioned fun on days out. But it’s not far from modern delights either. The bright lights of Brighton and Eastbourne are only half an hour away, though many people come here to escape them.

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Facilities

Bluebells in the 40 acre wood on the farm

Winnie the Pooh at Ashdown Forest,

National Trust properties

Sheffield Park Gardens,

Batemans - the home of Rudyard Kipling

Wakehurst Place

Bluebell Railway

Cuckoo Trail

Suitable For

If you love the countryside, walking and nature, then we are a small campsite with plenty to do. Walk the dog to the pub for a pint of local beer. Take the kids for a cycle ride to the coast on the nearby Cuckoo Trail, or head to a nearby National Trust venue. Or just observe and listen to the Sussex countryside at its best whilst reading a book in the peace and tranquillity.

Nearby

There are lovely walks around the farm and the surrounding countryside. It’s a 20-minute walk to the village of Waldron, where there’s a pretty village church, a cricket ground and a pub. The Sussex villages of Chiddingly and East Hoathly are about an hour’s walk (both around three miles from site). For more shops, eateries and sights head to Lewes, a 15-minute (11 mile) drive from site. You can visit the outdoor Pells Pool, Lewes Castle, the Harvey’s Brewery shop and lots of secondhand book and antiques dealers. For longer walks or mountain biking, try the 14-mile Cuckoo Trail or for stunning views, head to the top of the South Downs and the South Downs Way. At the Seven Sisters Country Park (0345 6080193), you can also kayak and paddleboard with Buzz Active (01323 491289) on the River Cuckmere.

Food & Drink

There are 3 pubs within walking distance - The Star Inn in Waldron, The Six Bells at Chiddingly and The Blackboys Inn in nearby Blackboys. If you like to travel a little further there are plenty of pubs we can recommend within 15 mins drive.

Coffee at Muffins in East Hoathly where there is also a wood-fired pizza van on Wednesdays from 4-8pm.

The Beach Deck - Eastbourne Seafront

Open

April–September.

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The Owner Says

Why not take some time out from the rat race to get back to nature and come camping. Relax with friends over a camp fire with a glass of wine and melting marshmallows!

We are a rustic campsite located on a working farm in the heart of East Sussex. Our campsite is set in a 3 acre field which is mainly flat with some wooded areas. We are open to tents, campervans, motorhomes or caravans so whatever your preferred way of staying in the countryside there will be a perfect spot to pitch on our campsite.

Our simple campsite offers drinking water, hot showers, compost toilet facilities, and waste disposal (recycling, general waste and chemical disposal point). Camp fires are allowed and fire pits can be hired and logs purchased.

We welcome children and well behaved dogs, but guests must be aware that this is still a working farm, with tractors, machinery and livestock in adjacent fields.

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to open our shower and compost toilet facilities between 12th April and 17th May. You will therefore need to bring your own portable chemical toilet if you are booking during this period.

Pitches

20 grassy pitches.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 22 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch in the Dell

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch by the Entrance

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch in the Dell

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch by the Entrance

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Free pitching available

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Location

Contact Heronsdale Manor Farm, Heronsdale Manor Farm, Moat Lane, Waldron, East Sussex TN21 0RT

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Getting There

Whether coming from north or south, leave the A22 at the Shaw Roundabout between Uckfield and Hailsham, signposted for East Hoathly. When you reach the village centre the road bends right into the High Street. Instead of following it round, turn left into Waldron Road. After 200 metres the road splits, stick to the right (Graywood Road), signposted towards Waldron. After a mile, take a left onto Moat Lane. Heronsdale Manor Farm and the campsite (signposted) will be on your right after another half a mile.

The closest train stations to Heronsdale Manor Farm are Buxted (five miles) or Uckfield (six miles). Bus services to Waldron, which is still a mile from the campsite, are infrequent, so a taxi is recommended for the last part of the journey if coming by public transport.

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