Embers Camping Bentley

Halland, East Sussex BN8 5AF
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Traditional camping with heaps of space and load of things to do.

Some 700 years ago, the pastoral parkland of Bentley belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury who later granted it to a local aristocrat. Perhaps he sprinkled a little holy water amongst the meadows because, when it comes to camping, this place is truly blessed. On the first day the Lord gaveth grassy fields and ageing oaks, on the second he sculpted tearooms, a museum and an adventure playground and on the third day he produced fire (and maybe a marshmallow or two). The Eden created is a combination of simplistic tents-only camping with a host of walkable activities on the doorstep. A real camper's paradise.

Surrounded by woodland and hedgerows, this unpretentious site has no electric hook-ups and just 30 ample pitches despite is expansive grounds. Campfires, as you’ll guess from the name, are an essential part of an evening beneath the stars. And when daylight returns, there’s an endless list of things to do. Head across the field to the Bentley Motor Museum where you can hop aboard the miniature railway, touring the huge estate, or wander through the wildfowl reserve, the most diverse private bird collection in Europe. After a relaxing cuppa in the tearooms, hop in the car for a speedy journey through the countryside – despite its rural seclusion, some of the best attractions in Sussex are just a short drive away.

Embers Bentley is both a gateway to the treasures of East Sussex and a county jewel in its own right. The crooked Georgian dwellings of Lewes are just a few miles away, straddling the River Ouse as it carves through the South Downs National Park. To the east, the historic towns of Battle and Hastings are preceded by Herstmonceux Castle. Then, of course, there’s the coast (a 25 minute drive away) and the beautiful inland surroundings, boasting a plethora of outdoor activities.

At Embers you get to blend quiet, authentic camping with a collection of extra luxuries – the wood-fired pizza oven and a popular little ice cream parlour. Throw in those nearby attractions and you've got everything you need.

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Nestled in the idyllic Sussex countryside located at the vast Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, gives you the perfect outdoor experience for your camping holiday with Embers.  You really are spoilt for choice when you stay at Embers Bentley – you can do as much or little as you want!  If you’re like us and love camping, you’ll know that the fun shouldn’t be over when the sun goes down. That’s why when night-time falls at Embers Bentley, your own personal campfire lights up! To cook on, to tell spooky stories around, or just to warm your toes with a nice bottle of red.

We've recently completed an upgrade of all the facilities, giving you the home comforts whilst keeping the countryside setting of the campsite.  The New Oak Facility has Showers, wet rooms, underfloor heating - a visit will leave you feeling refreshed after a long day out!  

Pizza's are the new addition this season - if you want oven baked freshly prepared pizzas, you'll be pleasantly surprised with our delicious options!

Apart from exploring the picturesque grounds in the estate or testing your skills on the wooden adventure playground, you can hop on an old mini-steam train, taking your family trip on a wonderful trip around Bentley lasting 20 minutes for only £1 each.  The unique collection of cars and motorcycles at the Bentley Motor Museum is a must see with vintage models from all the ages.  Finally, you can take a wander around the 124 different species of rare wildfowl birds, including flamingoes, ending at the tearooms with afternoon tea and cake – all conveniently located on the doorstep of the campsite.  Every booking to Embers Bentley receives a free admission for one adult to view the Motor Museum and Wildfowl collection for your entire stay - a fantastic offer!

From the campsite, you can wander to the local pubs with outside gardens or, for the more adventurous, you can take a hike on the South Downs National Park located just a few miles away ending your trek at seaside.  The local area comprises many splendid places to visit from hilltops overlooking the sea on the South Downs Way only a few miles away, the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park with majestic chalk cliff to a quintessentially English village named Firle with a super pub.

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We chose this campsite from Cool Camping and it certainly was! A stunning rural peaceful within woodland and farmland surrounds but only 20-30 minutes drive from the coast. Embers really lives up to its name with free fire pits included with every pitch, which was one of our top preferences as we love to cook over a proper campfire and sit around it all evening keeping cosy and toasting marshmallows. The whole vibe of the campsite was low key, laid back, let you just get on with relaxing, from choosing your pitch on arrival, to storing ice packs as needed, logs and supplies available to purchase, amble trundle trucks to take supplies to and from cars, option to unload and load with cars by your pitch, and oodles of useful helpful local knowledge and information. To top this all, with Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum Play Area and Minature Railway right next door, as well as Branching Out Adventures, and stunning scenery for local bike rides, you could set up and stay and not use your car at all if you fancied. The campsite had a fantastic (if slightly small) beautiful oak built toilet and shower block kept clean and the owners/staff went out of their way to be helpful and friendly at all times, even letting us use one of their ready tents for our last night, to enable us to pack up a dry tent to take home, couldn't have been any better!
We stayed in July as a big group of 9 families - the campsite is great. Big and spacious, so we didn't feel we dominated the site - helpful team, and good facilities - clean showers/loos/washing up basins with hot water. Some of our group rented tents which were in good condition (we had a problem with one which they sorted out). The only issue was the heavy rain which made the car park pretty muddy so quite a few cars got stuck... We're booked to go back next week and probably next year too. Highly recommended.

★★★★★

We'll be back!

Stayed in May 2016 for a weekend. Great campsite, each pitch having a fire-pit. Shower facilities are great - showers clean, hot and powerful. No cars on pitches which is great. The manager was very accommodating - provided us with extra fire wood (at no charge) and was very welcoming. 

Highly recommended. I'm looking forward to returning!

★★★★★

Great little spot

Great facilities and a really unique site. We loved the miniature railway and all the wildfowl. What a lovely corner of the World! 

We stayed here for 25th and 26th september.

The facilities are brand new, very clean, well stocked with toilet paper, hand soap, hand towels, dish soap and dish cleaning equipment.

All staff are friendly and very helpful with advice on what to do and see in the area.

The fire pits are an amazing addition as well.

We will definitely be back and are keen to go to other Embers sites as well

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A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

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A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

Embers Camping Bentley: A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

Embers Camping Bentley: A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

Embers Camping Bentley: A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

Embers Camping Bentley: A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

Embers Camping Bentley: A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

Embers Camping Bentley: A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

Embers Camping Bentley: A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

Embers Camping Bentley: A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park.

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