Hadlow Hideaways Glamping

UK England South East England East Sussex Uckfield

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
East Sussex eco glamping with hot tubs

In this glamping age of treehouses, shepherd’s huts and two-storey timber pods, the classic under-canvas experience of sleeping in a bell tent can often feel a little left behind. Not so at Hadlow Hideaways, a private glamping getaway in the High Weald AONB, 35 minutes from the south coast. On the edge of a private wood in East Sussex, this collection of creamy bell tents offers a perfect nod to camping of old – think campfires, little gas stoves and fold-out camping chairs – whilst also firmly providing for the modern glamping family. Each of the bell tents has its very own kitchen shack and an ‘en suite’ toilet and shower room, for example, while, inside there’s a king-sized bed and a wood-burning stove. Oh, and did we mention that every tent has an accompanying hot tub?

Much of the comfort of camping here is owed to site’s hosts Natalie and Conor. Not only are they friendly and knowledgeable about the local area – they can give pointers to the old Victorian pub in Hadlow Down, perhaps, or recommend a good walk in the South Downs – but their attention to detail is second to none. On starry nights you’ll find the telescope they have provided comes in handy. Children will love the toy box. On rainy days there are books and card games. And their welcome hampers, full of homegrown and home-baked goodies, are a godsend. You’d think they’d have been managing campsites for decades, not a couple of years.

While the site is small and exclusive – there are just five tents in total, two of which are larger ‘emperor’ tents that can sleep up to six people – you’re not the only guests: There’s a drift of pigs and a clutch of chickens, as well as plenty of wildlife. Natalie is only too happy to rally little’uns in the morning to help her as she feeds the animals and collects the eggs, while the best of their own produce can be purchased in a handy breakfast hamper.

Elsewhere, there’s plenty to keep you busy within easy reach. It’s 15 minutes to the South Downs, 35 minutes to the Seven Sisters Country Park or Birling Gap and 40 minutes to Brighton. Despite intentions, however, many glampers find themselves staying put for hours instead. Whether it’s admiring the view, reading the paper or soaking in the hot tub, Hadlow Hideaways is often a good place to sit back and do nothing at all.



Bell tents are on a raised deck with a wood-fired hot tub alongside. Inside, they feature a king-sized master bed and futon-style extra beds, a wood-burning stove, charging points for phone and tablets, bedside furnishings, tea and coffee making facilities, rugs and storage boxes. The deck links to a private kitchen hut with everything you should need and a rustic shower room and toilet. All constructed with the environment in mind, the wood is FSC certified and eco-friendly Faith In Nature toiletries are provided. Towels, dressing gowns and linen are all provided too. Hadlow Hideaways is on a working farm setting with pigs and chickens.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs are not permitted.


In the High Weald AONB, there’s plenty of good walking on the doorstep, not least to one of the local pubs (see Food & Drink). Further afield, it’s a 15-minute drive to Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum (01825 840573) – a multi-faceted family attraction where there’s also an estate to explore and a huge wildfowl collection – while Sheffield Park, the other side of Uckfield, is a magnificent National Trust garden, from where steam trains run to East Grinstead on the Bluebell Railway (01825 720800). If it's raining, you might consider a trip to the Jacobean mansion of Rudyard Kipling, Bateman's, in nearby Burwash, while, on particularly sunny days, the coast probably calls. It’s 40 minutes to the seaside around Eastbourne and Birling Gap, while it’s 50 to Brighton and Hastings respectively. And, if you’re interested in 1066 history, the battle of Hastings actually took place in Battle, 30 minutes by car.

Food & Drink

It’s a three-minute drive of 25-minute walk to The Grove Farmhouse Café (01825 890415), a light, glass-fronted old building with farm shop fayre alongside the café. The pond-side Blackboys Inn (01825 890283) is a touch further down the road, though, in the opposite direction, it’s a five-minute drive and 30-minute walk to Hadlow Down where the old red-brick pub, built in 1885, wins on the history front. It has listed status and retains many of its original interior fittings and features, all much lorded over in pub guides and CAMRA circles. At the rear right is ‘the snug’, a small carpeted room with a bar billiards table, while in the main area the spartan public bar fittings are much as they were in Victorian times with a wood-block floor and a long Victorian counter.



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The Owner Says

Hadlow Hideaways is a unique eco camping experience located in a picturesque valley in East Sussex. We are located on the edge of a small woodland in the village of Hadlow Down which is approximately 20 minutes from the south coast. With the South Downs National Park and the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters only minutes away, we are perfectly situated for a relaxing getaway from the city with your family or as a couple.

Our bell tents are located in the beautiful rolling hills of the East Sussex country side. Your bell tent will come fully furnished with a luxurious king side bed and futons for additional guests. We provide bed linen, towels, dressing gowns and coffee station to help you ease into the morning, and there is a wood burner and plenty of cosy throws and blankets to keep you toasty at night. Your bell tent sits on a deck which has a firepit that you can cook on and a private bathroom including shower and toilet. Finally unwind under the stars in your own wood fired hot tub.

Designed for comfort and luxury, reset the senses and unwind under the stars in your wood fired hot tub. Enjoy cards and board games around the fire with friends and family and enjoy some of our home grown produce on the BBQ or one of our great local pubs or wineries. Finally, rest your head in one of our king size beds and fun futons for the kids, warmed by our toasty frontier style wood burners.


Two large bell tents (sleeping up to six people) and three smaller bell tents (sleeping up to four people).

Heron House

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Heron House is an Emperor style bell tent. Your bell tent will come fully furnished with a luxurious king side bed and futons for additonal guests. We provide bed linen, towels and dressing gowns, there is a wood burner and plenty of cosy throws and blankets to keep you toasty at night.

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Contact Hadlow Hideaways Glamping, Hadlow Hideaways, Riverside, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5HS

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Getting There

If approaching from the A272, turn onto Wilderness Lane and continue for approximately five minutes until you reach the end of the road, follow round to the right and continue to approx 250m and the entrance to Hadlow Hideaways is on your right.

If approaching from the A22, take the B2192 to Heathfield at the Halland Roundabout and continue for approximately 10 minutes. Once you pass the Blackboys Inn, 500m on your left, take the left hand turn onto Sheepwash Lane. Continue on this road until you reach a crossroad, where you should take a left-hand turn onto Wilderness Lane. Hadlow Hideaways is 250m on your right-hand side.


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