Eco Camp UK at Beech Estate Woodland
Beech Estate, Netherfield, Battle, East Sussex
There’s camping, and then there’s off-grid camping. Eco Camp UK 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 just turn the page in search for something more suitable. If it sounds like the perfect escape, you’re in for a real treat.
Beech Estate is the second campsite from off-grid specialists Eco Camp UK – the first being a bell-tent-only affair at Wild Boar Wood in West Sussex. Set in the utmost of sylvan seclusion, the wild glamping bell tents pitches are spaced out in individual clearings in the woodland of 2000-acre Beech Estate. If that doesn’t sound like camping heaven already, then just wait for the punchline: the 600 acres of woodland on which the site is located is for the exclusive use of the estate 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.
The Owner SaysGet 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. Eco Camp UK’s second off-grid campsite has forest tent pitches and faraway pitches for camping, as well as pre-erected bell tents in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Campfires are allowed 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, a 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.
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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This is the best camping site I've ever been. Pitches are level, secluded and with plenty of shadow. The forest is beautiful, the toilets and washing facilities very comfortable and clean. And if you manage to break your tent, there's also the possibility of upgrading to a bell tent, which are absolutely fabulous. Very good for families, the Observatory Centre is 15 minutes away if you really need to leave the peace of your own forest.
A beautiful place
Campfire. Secluded woodland pitch. Warm welcome. There can't be a better place to camp in the UK. Thank you.
A very special place!
This really is a very special campsite, and a lovely place to stay for a few days. The wardens were friendly and helpful, and the setting is amazing. We really enjoyed walking in the woods
Beautiful, peaceful campsite
Very peaceful - even at capacity on a bank holiday weekend. Faraway pitches are great - we overlooked a valley carpeted in bluebells. In fact the whole site was covered in bluebells. Great for kids - peaceful, build your own campfire, explore the surrounding woodland, hot and cold running water, bucket showers. A 4yr old's excitement at finding tadpoles in a pool in the wood is a joy to be treasured. Highly recommended.
Excellent woodland site with great facilities and friendly wardens
Just arrived back from an excellent 3-night break at Beech Estate with my son. The site was one of the best I've stayed on, and I've camped for around 40 years, man and boy :) Pitching a tent in one of many separate glades in a large woodland full of wildlife meant you are not camping right on top of other groups, and made the place feel very peaceful even on a full Bank Holiday weekend - a huge bonus compared to many other sites. The wardens are extremely friendly and helpful and the site has excellent and very clean facilities (the bucket showers are a great experience; every home should have one!). Waking up to the woodland dawn chorus each morning was fantastic (although we slept in a little later than 4am!) and being able to do all our cooking on an open fire and have a camp fire each evening was a real plus. Oh, and if you get the chance to order some lamb burgers from the wardens, don't miss out; they are delicious!
It's very hard to find a campsite that no only has individual secluded pitches (Faraway pitches) and allows campfires, but this one does. On top of that it's located in a beautiful forest, has activities for children (wildlife detectives at an additional cost) and amazing staff. There is nothing else i could have asked for. Already booked my next trip!
We are going back this year again
We went camping with a few families last year, and we are repeating again this year. It was a wild mixture of experienced campers with first timers. Eco camp was perfect because it gave us the option to glamp, camp or set up the bell tents, allowing all families to feel comfortable. We had probably one of the biggest spots in the camp and they way they are positioned in the woods you don't see the other campers. We adopted the eco toilets and thoroughly enjoyed the bucket showers. For me the best was the open fire in the evening, with all of us around it. The kids completely adapted to the new environment and loved exploring the woods. We did a walk together to explore the surroundings and even a visit to a nearby pub (to gain cover from the rain). It was surprisingly relaxing for all, which is not always easy with a big group of 42 people. The kids have not stopped talking about the camping, and this year we are thinking of taking steak to cook on the open fire. And a lot more chocolate. There is a proud feeling when you come back from that weekend in the Eco Camp and we are going for it again this year.
A camping like no other
If you want to get lost in nature and feel like you are camping in the wild, you just need to book this fantastic campsite for a weekend. The best place to get together with friends with kids. Even if you usually don´t like camping you will love this place, it is something special. The staff is really friendly too. We are coming back again!
Amazing camping retreat
We loved this campsite. Beautiful setting and really feels away from it all. There is a great walk through the valley to a pub and the campfires make it very special. We are already booked again for this year
The perfect retreat
We have been to Beech Estate four or five times, in both our own tents and using the bell tents. It is a fantastic place to retreat from the daily grind and to live simply and happily. When your days are occupied mostly with waking up to he scent of the forest, getting the fire going, cooking over the fire, sitting around the fire talking and dreaming over a drink....you get the idea. The wardens are unobtrusive but very helpful when you ask, and are great people. Hugh the manager will bend over backwards to help with your booking and is extremely fair and flexible. My sons and I love Beech Estate and we cannot praise it enough. A couple of tips... you will need more logs than you expect, at least 2-3 bags a day if you like using the fire. The logs are a tad expensive...but don't raid the forest floor, that misses the point. The wood stoves are very efficient. Netherfield has a really good shop (but if you walk there by road take care, it is a racetrack!). The White Hart at Netherfield is run by a friendly couple, bias is to dining not pub. If you use public transport, note a taxi from Battle to the sire should cost about £10, and check price first to avoid some cowboy cabbies. Get a headtorch, don't spare the bacon, and find room for an excellent single malt to cuddle whilst around the fire. Enjoy! One ask - please stay open a little later, and take bookings a little earlier in the year. For the fans of cold and frost.
A perfect place to hang
I've been to Eco Camp twice now in just a few short weeks. It really is the closest you can get to wild camping while still having hot water and facilities in the woods. The site is really well run by Lawrence and Theresa. As other commentators have said you have your own little spot in the woods and rarely hear other campers. They welcome hammock camping, so it's a perfect place to hang! I'm sure I'll be back in the Spring for another getaway.
What a place.
G'day Hugh, Just wanted to say thanks and to let you know we had a wicked time. So chilled. Greeted with a genuine warm welcome. Its a well run site that absorbs the people beautifully. Loved the eco showers, and whats camping without your own fire eh. I highly recommend this very mellow place. All the best Stu & Dave. (July 2016)
The Perfect Pitch
I took my kids (6 & 9) on an autumn term time break here last year and we enjoyed it so much, we're coming back again this year! It's not often I find a campsite I like so much that I return two years in a row. The faraway pitches at Beech Estate offer everything we're looking for in a campsite. Beautiful forest, seclusion, wildlife and open camp fires along with nearby toilets/showers and washing up facilities (helpful with kids). We had a deer stumble into our camp one early morning which had my kids in awe and we heard many other critters in the woods at night. The bucket showers are good fun too, so give those a try. The wardens were friendly and helpful when we arrived and we had a nice chat. Entire site was clean and well kept. Beech Estate is as close to wild camping as you can get and still be in a campsite with facilities. Can't wait to go back!
So a few days ago I decided to go for hammock camping. First time going on my own and it was great. Now the place... it's amazing!! Very helpful staff, good rules over the campsite and the facilities are also on point. Looking forward to go again.
A little bit of off grid heaven
Stayed here for a long weekend and can't wait to come back! This is real camping - each pitch is a little glade in the forest with it's own bonfire. There are 600 acres of beautiful forest to explore and a lovely meadow where you can play rounders or have a communal campfire if you are a large group. This is the perfect environment for switching off your phone or tablet (there's no signal anyway!) and getting back to conversation, or peace and quiet if that's your thing! Wardens are friendly and helpful. This is an environmentally friendly site, so recycling is encouraged and campers are asked to take their rubbish home to dispose of. You cannot park next to your tent; there are massive wheelbarrows to wheel your equipment to your pitch, but it all adds to the feeling of almost wild camping.
Lost in the woods
Stayed at EcoCamp for 6 nights in July 2017. The pitches are secluded and we felt very away from the world and everyone else which was just hat we wanted. Its an effort to set up and break camp as cars stay in the car park and you use huge wheelbarrows to get kit to your pitch but the effort sort of makes it feel special. The wardens were friendly but unintrusive, knowledgable and helpful and underlined the importance of the eco bit of this site. Compost loos and bucket showers were great. Recycling well and removing rubbish from the site was a challenge but we did it! We loved to walk and run in the woods and in the week/school term time we didn't meet a soul. We walked to the pub at Netherfield 3 times and it was great - it also has some phone signal as for us the site had none. It does wood fired pizzas too which were delicious. I think this site could challenge a first time camper but delight experienced campers and those with kids who need to run and run!
Beautiful and peaceful
Stayed at Ecocamp for one night and now I'm going back for 5 because I really loved it. The layout of the site is brilliant with spacious and secluded pitches. I saw another solo female camper on here say how safe she felt in one of the faraway pitches, and I felt exactly the same. The woods themselves are beautiful and the maps for walking routes that they have at reception are clear and helpful. The staff are very helpful too. On the one hand this feels like a proper back to basics camping experience in that it feels wild and remote, but all the facilities you need are available too, including hot water, regular and bucket showers, and plenty of toilet facilities as well as several drinking water taps dotted about. Really the ideal camping experience, and only an hour and a half out of London but feels half a world away.
We've just returned from beech estate campsite and just wanted to thank you and your team for enabling us to have a wonderful start to my husbands 40th birthday. The facilities were excellent All the families (8 of them, with kids aged 1 - 10) commented on how wonderful your site is and all of them plan to return - as do we. Special shout out to Laurence who was accommodating, helpful and professional and absolutely got the balance right
Will definitely be back!
I stayed at Beech Estate for 3 nights, on my own. As a solo female camper in one of the beautiful, secluded faraway tent pitches, I felt totally safe at all times. This is the most secluded pitch I've ever been in at a campsite - I really experienced peace and solitude, which was just what I needed. The facilities were always clean, the clever shower system was really fun, and I had a great time chopping wood and making my fire each day. The gorgeous woodlands surrounding the site were lovely to explore and I went for several walks without seeing anyone else. I knew that if I needed anything there was always a friendly and helpful staff member on hand. When I forgot my pots and pans I was a bit stressed about not being able to cook but the staff member on duty was really helpful and sorted me out with loaning some items from lost property. The eco values of this site are very strong and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a more nature-based camping experience.
Exactly what we wanted.
We were looking for a campsite with pitches contained within secluded glades. That is what we got! We were greeted by Lawrence, who was lovely, funny and great with the kids. He gave us all the necessary information, then pointed us towards the large wheelbarrows to ferry bits from the car to the pitch - the 'barrah's were much larger/sturdier than ones we've used on other campsites - a bonus for our kids who got to have a tandem ride up to the pitch afterwards! The pitch was great. Not massive, but not small. It fit our 5x3m tent easily, with a good 4-5m between the door and the fire pit, which was situated at the bottom end of the pitch. The pitch itself was a circular clearing lined with really tall birch trees - because of this you couldn't see any other tents unless you really tried to. Noise levels weren't too bad, either. While we could hear that people were on adjacent pitches, you couldn't really make out what they were up to, and it certainly wasn't intrusive. There was a large group with lots of kids camping in the meadow, as noise goes we heard this group the most. But again, it was in the distance and not too bothersome. The woods were beautiful, although the walks could perhaps do with updating as we found some of the directions ambiguous in the face of certain obstructions, and also that a grass verge we were instructed to traverse had become too overgrown to walk along, making it dangerous with kids (we doubled back on ourselves, and spotted a wild deer because of it, so nobody had any real complaints in the end!). It would be nice if there were little signposts occasionally to help support the maps. And perhaps a"spotter's trail" for kids? Could be a laminated "things to spot" sheet, to accompany the laminated walking maps available at reception. Also in the woods (close by to the meadow) was a little den built from branches, as well as a fallen tree, which my kids took much delight in using as a balance beam. I really liked the simplicity in these play structures for kids, and I'm a bit torn as to whether I feel it would be a good thing to have more woodland play area equipment available for child guests. One of the flushing toilets became blocked during the night/early morning on the final day. Theresa (or, "Lady Lawrence", as we've been calling her!) fixed the problem immediately once it was reported to reception. We were very impressed with the swift resolution! We went to The Squirrel Inn for a drink and an ice cream on Lawrence's recommendation; it was lovely, and had a little play frame which pleased the kids. Overall, we spent the majority of our time either on the pitch, or playing in the woods. It was exactly what we wanted to do as a family, and we've just booked to return in a few weeks to do it all again!
Amazing couple of days
Just come back from a two night stay and wanted to say what an absolutely amazing campsite this is. The setting (pitch F5) was surrounded by lovely old woodland, cool green ferns and some hilarious pheasants strutting around like they own the place. On this occasion we were two families sharing the pitch - one 'glamping' and one BYO 5m bell tent. Plenty of space for both and as the BYO tent family - got to say I was pretty jealous of the 'glamping' set up with all the kit provided. Lugging all our kit in the wheelbarrows with three small kids was a total PITA; the upside of this though is that the campsite feels incredibly safe - the kids were able to go off and explore, build dens, make friends and the adults relax so well worth it in the end. Facilities were superior to other 'wild' campsites we've been to in the past - the composting loos are kept incredibly clean and stocked with loo roll and the bucket showers are actually hot as they are run off a boiler, rather than solar. All in all a fab campsite - looking forward to returning another time soon.
Happy Half Term!
Great place to get away to for half term. Peaceful and pretty woodland setting with secluded camping spots. We went with our baby of 5 months (slightly nervous...), our 5 year old (even more nervous!) and friends with young kids too. There was enough space so that the kids could run freely and not be on top of each other. The guys on site set up a cot in our bell tent, and they put us in 2 tents in their own spaces but with a walk through so it made it easy to hang out with them. We will go again. (bucket showers were fun too!)
We have just returned from another wonderful stay at Beech Estate Campsite. We are a family of four (our children are 9 and 6), and we visited for the first time last May, staying in one of the site's fully equipped bell tents. We couldn't wait to repeat the experience, and were not disappointed on our second visit! Before booking, I had requested that we stay in the same pitch as we had loved it so much, and was really impressed by how quickly Hugh responded to my email, and how helpful he was. The on-site wardens are lovely people, very friendly and welcoming. The site is very well-organised and cared-for, and the bell tents contain everything you need for a stress-free stay in the peace and quiet of this beautiful woodland setting. We did some exploring and found some very cool woodland - perfect for den-building! The compost loos are well maintained, and there is running hot water for showers and washing up. We really enjoy our wild cookouts over the fire, and always make damper bread which tastes amazing baked and drizzled with local honey! It's so great to escape hectic daily routines and just spend some quality time together as a family. The children love having the freedom to run around and explore, and to take responsibility for certain tasks - fetching wheelbarrows, drinking water and even washing up! Can't recommend this place enough! Here are a few words from our very happy 6 year old: "I love the woods and the birds especially the Owls and pheasants. The tent is very cosy and I love marshmallows and we had marshmallows on the fire."
This is easily the best campsite I've ever stayed at. We were a group of three families with our own large pitch. It's super spaced out, plenty of privacy, facilities are great and clean, and the bucket showers are wonderful! My kids are still talking about them. The woods offer lovely exploring potential for the kids, across the bluebell fields. Very chilled vibe and big fire pit. No cars, so a couple of wheelbarrow trips needed to set up, but definitely worth the effort. The wardens are relaxed and very helpful - it's not all about the rules like some (just don't burn the wood from the forest) and I like how it's subtly set up to make you aware of your impact on the environment. The only site I've been to that I will be going back to again and again.
One of the Best!!
If you're looking for back to basics camping with the advantages of good toilets and showers then this campsite is perfect!!! Each pitch is actually in the woods and an extremely decent size too. The ground is nice and flat and you are not overlooked by anyone. Staring up at the sky at night you have a beautiful view of the stars perfectly framed by the tree tops. The owners were extremely lovely and helpful too. We can't wait to go back!!
The perfect camping spot
We have tried and tested a host of campsites around the UK for our annual group camping trip and have settled on Eco Camp on the Beechwood Estate as our number 1 location and returned in August for the 3rd year in a row - once again we had a truly wonderful stay. For our group of families with kids ranging from 2 to 15 years old, this really is the perfect spot - a beautiful private meadow in a clearing in the forrest with it's own tap and composting toilet and wonderful warm bucket showers only a short stroll away. It feels totally safe and secluded , almost as if we were the only group on the site and delivered everything you could want from a campsite. We enjoyed 5 days of glorious weather, cosy campfires, splendid communal cooking, meteor showers, woodland wanderings, family games and hanging in hammocks - the perfect antidote to busy London living. We can't wait to return next year......
Secluded and beautiful
The pitches in this campsite are secluded and peaceful, it is a beautiful site with a great mix of tranquility, walking and den-building opportunities We chose a spacious bell tent which was comfortable although there is no escaping the wet and damp when it rains, even in a bell tent. The price for the bell tent is high given what is provided, the website says they don't provide butlers or hair dryers, both of which would be utterly unnecessary, but it would be good to have either a little more for what they charge or be charged a little less for what they provide. Having said that, we enjoyed our stay at Beech Estate and would recommend it as a great place to unwind and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
just what we needed
Last year we stayed at the sister site Wild Boar Wood and had a fantastic time. Last night we stayed here and had an equally super time. Great walk through the woods to the local pub, relaxing by the fire for a late night bbq supper and early morning eggs and bacon followed by a family trip to the outdoor showers. Just the adventure we were looking for. Thank you.
If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise, as this quite little hollow has everything you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The wardens are friendly and very helpful, the amenities are great, the bucket showers a revelation and the composting toilets (I am glad to say) bore no resemblance what so ever to Glastonbury. Eco Camp managed to accommodate our oversized (Hertford XXL) tent on a lovely pitch, deep in the woods, with its own picnic table, fire pit and bbq grill which was well used through our 3 night stay, next time it would be nice to stay for longer. Btw great views of the stars, with several shooting over head, fantastic weekend. Many thanks to Hugh and the crew.
A place to make memories that matter
We came here, a family of 5 with 3 boys aged 5-12, for a 5-night stay direct from 5 nights of "big field" camping at Eweleaze in Dorset. Very different experiences and both enjoyable in their own way, but beyond doubt it is this place that we will be yearning to return to for another stay. The joy of the place can be summed up by the first couple of hours after our arrival. As we set up the tent, the boys disappeared off into the woods to explore. An hour or so later my wife asked if I'd seen either of the younger two (5 and 9). "No, but they'll be back". They were, eventually, grubby, excited and happy. That set the tone for the rest of the stay - a deliciously semi-feral existence in which the boys learned how to to balance the consideration needed to make communal living work with the (relatively) safe freedom to explore their own independence. If that sounds high-flown, bear in mind it's a retrospective view - while we were there it was just the natural way that things worked out. For the site itself, our pitch comfortably absorbed our very large tent; we all loved the bucket showers; the compost toilets were clean and well-maintained and (mostly!) appeared to be used by all with due attention to the instructions; drinking water and washing water outlets are well-placed and ample and the wardens, Theresa and Laurence were a delight - funny and friendly and always ready with local knowledge/guidance when needed. As others have noted, you know that there are other people around more because you see their cars in the car park than because you ever find yourself queuing behind then for toilets/showers. You are certainly never in danger of tripping over their guy-ropes or having to stick in the earphones late at night to get some sleep! In short: Mmmm, camping!
A fantastic, idyllic piece of nature to camp in.
This is as close to wild camping as it comes. Utter solitude even though we were told there were as many as 60 other campers you'd be hard pressed to 1) find them 2) hear them. The best woodland camping experience I've ever found and trust me, I have looked. I'd like to keep it a secret but that would be selfish.
We were looking for somewhere special to try and get that authentic feeling of camping in the wilderness and we found it. This place is amazing and even though there were lots of cars parked in the car park, you rarely heard or saw another person. It is a beautiful location and the woodland is truly magical and great for kids to explore. The wardens are very friendly and helpful and there seemed to be lots of activities for the kids. We liked it so much we are heading back next weekend with a larger group and apparently we are staying down by the brook.... cannot wait!!!
What a very special place. We needed a place to stay as we'd booked into a gig at the Bexhill de la Warr Pavillion. We thought camping would be a fun alternative to a B&B. We weren't wrong. There were 4 of us, 2 couples with our own tents. We were shown to our own meadow surrounded by beautiful woodland by the very friendly and chilled Kat. We got back from the gig, lit the campfire and sat round it with a few bottles of wine and campfire songs until the early hours then woke up to the sound of the trees rustling. Such fun. (Not many bugs as I think our singing scared them off!) What was great was that you were aware of other people being there from the cars in the car park but not really any sign of anyone. No kids running about. No annoying noise. The compost toilet was very clean with plenty of loo paper and sanitise gel and was close by. Drinking water was close by too. We'll definitely be back and do the more wooded bit. Thank you Eco beech guys!
A weekend is never long enough...
Have stayed here a few times now, and have never written a review, as quite honestly wanted to keep this place to ourselves. (Sorry!)
The perfect place to get away from it all, good sized individual woodland pitches (never camping in a bland open field again), not overlooked by other fellow campers. No cars allowed on site, so you can enjoy uninterrupted sounds of the woodland, and kids can go feral with little concern for vehicles. Facilities are great, and site well run by friendly staff who obviously care about and cherish the site. Lovely walk through stunning woods to nearest pub, but you won't stay too long here, as you'll be wanting to get back to the campsite.
Going again in a weeks time, and will be booking the kids into 'Forest School' with https://www.facebook.com/davidwhornenvironmentaleducation run from this site. Kids have been on it before and was one of the highlights of their stay.
Just back from another fantastic trip to beautiful Beech Wood. We loved it so much last year and even more this year as we brought some friends with us too! Lovely secluded woodland pitches, miles of beautiful forest, car-free roaming for the children, open fire and just a really excellent time. Thanks to Hugh and the really nice couple who run the site. We can't wait to return again, can't imagine anywhere better! Ps the forest school is brilliant!
Heaven on Earth
Having had one of those weeks you don’t want to have and having packed my daughter of with her dad and with a little me time on my hands, I wanted to get away for a night, by myself in a place where I wouldn’t feel like a weird Billy-no-mates, which incidentally I am not, as I have lots of lovely friends. I just wanted some alone time, somewhere beautiful. The angels answered my prayers in the form of EcoCampUK @ Beech Estate.
A sad and unfortunate accident had left the B2096 closed, which was fortunate for me as I got to come in the back way with Loz, the warden, who came to find me. The beauty was stunning and breath taking. To be privy to such beauty leaves me feeling very privileged. I can only describe it as pools of bluebells amongst the woods – something I had heard of but never experienced. Anyway, we reached my pitch, where I deposited my belongings and followed Loz to pick up my wood, that I had pre-ordered. Here I met Theresa (warden and wife to Loz). Loz was greeted by George, the cutest and tamest baby lamb you ever saw (Loz and Theresa are hand rearing him). I pitched the tent, got the fire going and cooked up a lovely Korma. Heaven. Each fire pit comes with a wire grill that you place over the fire, which makes cooking easy. I spent the evening, sat by the fire enjoying the tranquility of my pitch. Each pitch is situated in its own glade, with a wood chipped path that leads you into it. Your neighbours have their own glades, separated by lots of trees – you know they are there, but their presence doesn’t intrude on your solitude – if that’s what you want. Wood chipped paths run alongside your pitch, but again not too close. You really do feel like you have your own bit of the woodland.
I slept so well. I was awakened at 4.30am to a loud noise. It was the morning dawn chorus. It was beautiful, I drifted back of to sleep again. When I woke again I sat outside and had breakfast and got the fire going. Just marveled at how lucky I was to be in such a beautiful and amazing place. Whilst I was day dreaming, Theresa (the warden) came and offered me a lift to pick up my car – which was a relief – I knew where I had left it, but didn’t have a clue how to get there. I tried the bucket shower. They are a fantastic contraption and having tried it, I now believe every home should have one – just make sure that you have washed out all of the soap before your bucket runs out. I think the bucket showers would be a great hit with the kids.
Time to pack up and head back to reality. I will be back with my daughter asap. I also am thinking I would love to come with other friends and family, who I know would love this place. Thanks to EcoCampUK, George, Loz, Theresa and Hugh for giving me such a lovely place that I can escape to. xxxx
Amazing campsite with very easy access from London! We loved the privacy each plot had and you really got the feeling you were in the woods almost by yourself but with the very distant sound of other people having camp fires and having a lovely time! Easy place to relax and have a lovely time! Will def not be our last time to this stunning place! Will return soon! Thanks for the great stay.
I love this campsite. We've stayed here twice now and each time, about 20minutes after pitching the tent a great feeling of calm comes over me. The kids go wild, climbing trees, building dens and gamboling on the grass.
The wardens are amazing, really helpful and friendly and are really sweet with the kids.
Even though the compost toilets take a bit of time to get used to the bucket showers are a delight. Having the trees and the sunshine over your head feels me with joy.
I love it. Keep up the good work.
One of the very best sites we have been to. It superbly balances a genuine off-grid, out in the forest experience with ease of access and all important hot water showers. A great mix of privacy and community feel. The on-site team and incredibly welcoming and friendly and there is loads to do nearby. We've just booked for the third year in a row.
Totally loved this campsite - the bell tent was perfectly set up, clean and with clearly well thought out equipment. Great facilities and general ethos / atmosphere. Super friendly wardens running the site made us feel v welcome. Definitely recommend.
GREAT GREAT GREAT
The staff are super friendly and helpful. The site itself although a bit tricky to find is a stunning location. Very quiet at night and a lovely wild life soundtrack to complete the experience.
From May Day bank Holiday guys on motorcycles ;-)
Stunning site - set amongst the woods, carpeted in blue bells - everywhere! Great tents & pitches, with full fire setup. Lovely, friendly and helpful staff on site and an amazing location - great walks in the woods, kids catching [and releasing] tadpoles in ponds/puddles. A fabulous bank holiday - couldn't have asked for more!
This was the first time camping with our 2 boys, age 1 and 4 and we were looking for something as close to free camping as possible. This site was amazing, there was so much safe space for the boys to run around without cars or pets allowed on site, it made the time for everyone totally relaxing. Mornings building the fire up to cook bacon and eggs, the days making dens in the woods amongst the blue bells and the nights looking at the stars around a roaring fire! Just perfect.
Loved this site. Owners are very helpful and we managed to get a great pitch for a large group. Facilities are great and the outdoor showers are brilliant. Would recommend for families. Location is really peaceful but within walking distance of a nice pub! Looking forward to returning this year.
We have stayed here for the past 3 years and always found the place magical and so peaceful. The pitch sizes are huge which really makes a massive difference when we want to escape the rat-race of London - the last thing you want is to be stuck next to another camper so close you can hear every word they say which happens a lot at other campsites. the surrounding woods are fantastic and the kids love the freedom and all the space. there are a couple of great pubs nearby as well which always helps!
There is nothing better than sitting round a roaring fire in beautiful woodland surroundings with no traffic noise - BLISS!
The facilities are everything you need and the wardens Loz and Theresa are really friendly and helpful. Literally cannot fault this place and have already booked up our 2016 camping.
Well done guys!
Back to nature
We stayed here last June and are booking again for this year. It is such a special place.
It's a very laid back site, yet so professionally run.
We felt totally chilled out from the moment we arrived. The kids went feral and the sun shone.
The tents are great and well equipped - the beds really comfy.
Lots of space between pitches.
The outdoor showers were magical (although traditional showers and loos are available should you prefer).
It was lovely ending the day around the campfire.
Lots to do locally should you want to, although we were happy just hanging out in the woods building dens and getting mucky.
Good local pubs within easy walking distance.
Also been to their Boars Wood campsite which is much smaller but also lovely.
Nature's games room
We are about to book our fourth year here and are likely to simply book for the next year as we leave.
The forest is beautiful and unspoilt. The pitches fit into the forest rather than the forest being chased back to allow for pitches. There are lovely little features that make the stay comfortable and fun, like the bucket showers which are great to use at night under the stars or little touches like the wheelbarrows to help move luggage, but it has none of the horrific bells and buzzing of the national campsites. There are no unwanted distractions, no TV screens and no games rooms. The forest is the games room and the children drink it up until giddy and (hopefully) exhausted. If you find you need to ask a question there is always a friendly warden available when you want one and yet somehow never visible when you don’t want them.
We are three dad’s that manage to control six kids all under the age of 7 (including one below 2) because this place is friendly, fun and most of all it is safe. We have no fear of the kids reaching roads and no concern for them falling into water. They get mucky because that is what kids should do, but this campsite has an aura of safety and is a simple pleasure to visit.
I partly wish this place would not get more popular so we could have it to ourselves… but the best needs to be shared and this is one of them.
This place is fabulous. We camped here as s group of eight families and had the woodland field to ourselves. The setting was beautiful with lots of space and privacy in the middle of a idyllic wood. The facilities were first rate - cleanest compost looks ever. And the proximity to the car parking satisfied even our laziest friends. And the folk who run it were welcoming and helpful. We have already booked a return visit.
There is no doubt about it, this campsite is a lovely spot. So nice to camp surrounded by trees without being over looked etc. I loved the showers. The toilets were fine although the kids one was particularly smelly. We were camping with two other families. We were promised interconnecting pitches but the path between two of them was completely over grown. We had to hack through it ourselves to clear it and make it safe for the kids to go safely between the tents. This took at least an hour and we were covered in scratches.
Staying here made me want to rethink my life and become a permanent camper. The site feels almost magical, as if you have found a corner of the world to yourself. The pitches are secluded, the facilities are adequate (bucket shower is fun and eco toilets are better than the normal ones, although unfortunately the normal shower blocks were not working while we were there). Lovely long walks and camp fires.. dreaming of it from my desk today.
brilliant place, family friendly, cool wardens, amazing setting and bucket showers 😃
A truly wonderful spot
We had a late summer stay here last year and loved every minute of it. We usually bring our own tent but decided to splash out on a bit of bell tent glamping – which was a little extra cash very well spent! The freedom to just rock up with your food & bedding on a Friday afternoon and have everything ready for you really did add to a truly indulgent & relaxing camping experience.
The site was quiet and stunningly beautiful in the late summer, and our hosts (Laurence and Theresa) would have been perfect had they not made us both insanely jealous with their woodland living lifestyle and plans to travel to warmer climes over the winter!
A fantastic site with some beautiful views and walks, and a real diversity of different trees and camping areas. Obviously the gas bucket showers are amazing and there were plenty of good spots to throw a swing up in the trees J
All in all one of our top camping experiences of 2014 and one that we will certainly be looking to repeat very soon.
Excellent first time camping experience
Just returned from a group one night visit at the camp and as a first time somewhat nervous camper i've got to say it was one of the best experiences of my life. The hosts Sophie and Harry were excellent in entertaining our group of 47 with pond dipping activities, treasure hunt, evening camp entertainment with bbq and then an archery session for the kids to round off an excellent overnight stay. The bell tents were roomy enough and had all the equipment we could need. The site gave ample opportunity for our 20 odd boys to run around without any security worries whatsoever. The location and facilities on site were both an adventure with the eco toilets and the toilets and showers for the non adventurous in our party. We will definitely be going back soon...
Stayed here on our annual 'Mums Camp' 7 Mums and 14 Kids. Such a great site. Plenty of space for all of us and felt very safe and secure for kids to go exploring. Really good facilitates, especially the bucket shower. Friendly accommodating staff. DefinatlEy going back!
I had felt like staying in a bell tent might be cheating, but turning up with a young kid it was fantastic to have everything we needed set up and ready. And the setting was perfect - plots spread through lovely woods with loads of opportunities for rambles away from the site through different areas of woodland and open glade areas - and time of year was great with carpets of bluebells. Lovely to see our 2.5 yr old roam free! The wardens were very helpful and friendly without being too full on, and we loved the bucket shower - unfortunately everyone did so queue for these was bigger than for the normal showers! Had just the right balance of facilities vs wild campsite. Will definitely return.
Best campsite ever!
Just got back from the most awesome stay at Beech Estate campsite! Theresa and Laurence are such welcoming and inspiring people, it definitely gave the whole campsite a very mellow feel. The grounds were stunning and the facilities comfortable and clean. Maddy told us all the way home how she's going to have a place just like that when she's big and when I asked her if she loved it there, she said 'I don't just love it, I want to live there!' So thanks so much from all of us, next time we'll stay longer and bring everyone we know. Broedrich
An excellent time was had!
We had an excellent 2 nights at the campsite, Loz & Theresa where fantastic greeted us showed us to our Bell Tent and made us feel so welcome - thanks guys! we had lovely campfires at night enjoyed looking at the stars and hearing the birds in the morning, the campsite is lovely to walk around and its only half an hour to the pub! We had a lovely breakfast hamper and afternoon tea delivered to us - Loz & Theresa are the people to ask! we enjoyed archery at 'Aim Archery' thats well worth doing its £6 per person for about 2 hours! the bucket shower was great and the compost loos too. Battle is a lovely town to walk about but once you are on the campsite why leave! thanks again and hope to be back soon - Jim & Gina
Fantastic down-to-earth camping just how it should be
We were made very welcome by Loz and Theresa on site. We wanted good old fashion camping in a nice remote location, and we weren't disappointed. They supplied the firewood and the water, and we did the rest and the whole experience was awesome from beginning to end. On the phone during booking, Hugh was really helpful in answering our initial queries too. Great stuff - recommended!
We wholeheartedly agree with the previous poster who said that half of them wanted to keep this place a secret and the other half wanted to shout about it! This truly is one of the best places to camp, particularly if you have a gaggle of children. We stayed here last May and took over an entire field with six tent pitches, 11 adults and 15 children. The woodland is the most amazing place for the children to play. They spent four days getting filthy dirty, building dens in the woods and only appearing when they were hungry! The adults had the most chilled and relaxed time around the camp, enjoying al fresco cooking and an opportunity to sit and drink a beer or two wiling the evenings away in the dark with no interference from electric lighting, TV or i-gadgets! The outdoor shower was a hit with the filthy kids and the complete peace and quiet a hit with the adults. Lozza and Theresa were extremely amiable and helpful on site wardens - Lozza being a particular hit with our tribe of children when he came to judge their den-building competition. We were so taken with this wonderful back-to -nature experience, that we are returning this year. For those of you who need some time out from complete peace and natural living (can't think why), civilisation is just on your doorstep, as the lovely town of Battle is a stones throw away.
A Hidden Gem
Half of me wants to keep this place a secret, the other half wants to tell the world just how great it is! Superbly private pitches nestled in the woodland makes you feel like you're completely alone yet only a short stroll from toilets and showers which you can choose whether to go compost and bucket shower or conventional. The surrounded area is beautiful with lots of forest to explore and only a short drive to the historic town of Battle. I love the fact there's no light pollutions and the sight is kept as natural as possible. The staff Loz and Theresa are lovelier than I can do justice in words. For me the biggest winner is the fact we can have a campfire and were even provided with a grill to cook on.
I can't wait to return and am booking my next stay today!
We came to the campsite en masse for my husband's 40th birthday. We stayed for two nights, commandeering many of the bell tents, along with a handful of pitches. The location was wonderfully secluded and beautiful and we rarely saw anyone outside of our party. The site accommodated us, our friends, my husban's mother who is her 70s and our friend's children who's excitement could not be contained on exploring the local wildlife. At night, the stars lit up the skys as the fire pits danced in the moonlight. All in all, we had a great celebration. The arrangements were excellently overseen by Hugh and Lawrence could not have done more for our party. We will most defintely be back, as I know will our guests.
A woodland gem
We loved this campsite. Off the beaten track but easy to find if you follow the instructions. Fantastic woodland walks just outside your tent and close to the coast too. Very well run, laid back and nice welcome when we arrived. Bucket showers are brilliant and the other facilities are very good. We'll be back...
Wonderful campsite with great, well spaced pitches & prepared areas for private cooking fire. Quiet, very quiet, within the beautiful forest estate. Beautiful night-walking through trees with no light pollution. Very warm welcome from campsite wardens. Amazing bucket showers - loved the place. Go visit!
We stayed here as first time campers during this summer and were very impressed. We were greeted immediately upon arriving by Loz who showed us around and where we were staying. The staff are very friendly. So brilliant to be completely away from technology and get back to basics. The area the campsite is in is beautiful, lots of lovely walks to take. Highly recommend the bucket showers. It was lovely to be able to have campfires on your pitch and the wood is very reasonable to buy on site. The wardens are fantastic and would highly recommend this campsite.
Lovely Woodland Camping
Our family of four stayed here for a week in August 2014 and loved it.
The site boasts pitches that allow a high degree of isolation so you don't feel overlooked or crowded and the lack of mobile phone signal, electricity, cars or caravans really help you switch off from all the day to day stuff you go camping to forget.
The site sits in the lovely sprawling Beech Estate wood and allows easy access to walks/adventures and the eco-ness of the place adds a real sense of having stepped off the world for a bit.
The standout for us were the wardens who live on-site, Lawrence and Theresa. They couldn't have done more for us and really made our stay. Huge thanks to them for everything.
We never found the yellow chicken but hopefully the bow and arrow have given pleasure to many more campers since!
A glimpse of heaven!
This is an absolutely amazing place, so peaceful and everything we were looking for. We loved the fact that it is eco-friendly and that we could arrive and pitch where we liked (in our booked field). The people there are lovely and they are adamant to create a lovely vibe and a pleasant atmosphere. There are lovely walks into the forest and great facilities (bucket showers are a must!!) We had the best nights sleep ever and woke up feeling refreshed. The best part is, you can have your campfire on the ground too. This place makes us very happy, our only regret was not staying longer. We can highly recommend this place and will definitely be back. Thank you to all for the stay :-)
An absolute must!
This was our daughters (just under 2) second camping experience however this was her first two night stay and we couldn't have found a better place.
At arrival we were greeted by the incredibly friendly, welcoming and warm wardens. After being shown to the area we would stay in we were given a tour of the facilities. Both modern and Eco toilets and showers are available.
Showering as a family under a tree canopy was a really wonderful experience (it is completely enclosed!) The view and walks were breathtaking. A mixture of groups, families and couples made up the other campers, all of whom respected the noise curfew.
It was such a warm atmosphere and everyone had a smile for one another.
We have never been to such a beautiful site with such wonderful guests.
An absolute pleasure we intend to relive.
Fully Equipped Bell Tent
There are no obvious signs to direct you, and the exact location is only revealed in detail after you book. It is perfect: completely isolated, lots of wildlife (including deer), within walking distance from Battle’s shops, and the coast is 25 minutes away by car.
After a quick pint nearby at the White Hart Inn (with amazing beer garden views), we travelled down an isolated, winding forest track a few hundred meters and were greeted at the end of it by Lawrence and Theresa. The wardens were brilliant throughout our stay, and their warm welcome and guided tour of the site and facilities set the tone perfectly. The bucket showers are amazing!
Our bell tent was fully furnished and prepared for three adults. Apart from the basics, the only extras we needed to bring were food, drinks, pillows, and a sleeping bag/duvet. The cooking equipment was outstanding, particularly the wood burning stove.
A truly unforgettable experience. The only caveat is adjusting back to life in the city. I cannot wait to go back.
retreat to the woodland & recharge!
We had stayed at their sister camp 'wild boar wood' and thought we'd try out the beech estate and we were not disappointed! We headed over afterwork on Friday & we're met by loz & theresa - the lovely wardens, who couldn't do more to help & we enjoyed a glass of wine round the fire with them.
Set in natural woodland our secluded bell tent (which was huge), could be found along a little path. It has everything you need a chest of goodies for all your cooking needs including bottle opener & wine glasses & a BBQ set. You're own fire pit & little stove to boil the kettle. .... A double futon with very comfy matress along with a further 3 single futons and a carpeted floor. Basically all you need to pack is bedding, food and rock up. They even had 4 flushing toilets as well as 3 compost toilets and never queued even though the place was full. We tried the shower (indoor/outdoor) where you fill up a bucket with hot water and pour into a pully system shower - fab!
Battle is a short drive away with a deli, butcher, supermarket & of course battle abby.
You can walk through the estate & we ventured out into the high weald.... stunning countryside and loads of butterflies, birds....
If you're feeling a bit weary & can't face hardcore camping but need to recharge by getting back to nature & the simple life then this is perfect! We will be back! Thanks to
I miss it already
Really conflicting between keeping this place quiet and raving about it like it deserves! Such a lovely place, so peaceful and truly is a relaxing escape.
My boyfriend and I have wanted to go camping for ages, but obviously finding a nice place can be really difficult. Eco camp really fit every need; lovely clean facilities, relaxing spacious location and friendly wardens that welcome you on your arrival, and are always around making sure your stay is perfect.
We stayed for three nights and didn't leave the campsite once. The forest is lovely and we really enjoyed exploring it, seeing the different animals in the night and day. Although the site isn't far from the town or beach and is a perfect spot if you do also wish to leave the site during the day. We stayed in one of the faraway pitches which are really discreet and you only honestly feel like you have the whole place to yourself. The other pitches are also spacious, and even when it gets busier, I can't imagine it full and uncomfortable as many campsites are.
Lawrence and Theresa are lovely and welcoming and they made our trip perfect, just knowing you have friendly people on hand from the begininning automatically relaxes you. The whole time we were there we didn't even know the time and it was truly bliss to just feel cut off from everyone. We were really sad to say goodbye.
Thank you so much and we will definitely be back again!
Loved it, sensational place, private and magical! We will definitely be back. Thanks to lovely wardens for making us welcome!
What a find !
Wow. What a great time we all had at Eco Camp - Beech Estate Campsite. We took our own tent and had no problem fitting it on despite the tent being huge. Where we had pitched was lovely and shaded in the day so the tent stayed cool. It also had parts in the sun for sitting out in. At night the fireplace was great with a useful little grill for cooking which we ended up cooking most things on after a day or two.
We stayed for 5 nights and after the first night my sisters family turned up and managed to pitch another large tent on the upper tier of our pitch. I noticed other pitches that would be suitable for multiple tents. All of the pitches are nestled in the woods so you really do feel and get close to nature. The kids loved hearing the owls and other critters at night. Whilst you can see other pitches the trees do provide privacy and a sense of space. If thinking of booking give the owner Hugh a call and I'm sure he will be more than happy to talk you through the merits of all the pitches. He's a great guy and made us all feel most welcome and ensured we were happy with everything on site.
The composting toilets are great as are the bucket showers. They are all regularly cleaned and there is hot running water if you are not feeling eco enough to heat yours on the stove. One bucket shower lasts about 4-5 minutes and would last longer if you adjusted the flow down a little. There is a block of flushing loos as well but I never felt the need to use them.
The woods are great and my only disappointment was that I didn't explore them enough. I was there with a 2 and 4 year old and felt more than safe to let them roam about albeit within eye/earshot. Saying that however we had the site pretty much to ourselves so we only had to worry about them disturbing the wardens Lawrence and Theresa. The kids loved them both and they were great with them all week telling them about the woods and playing little games.
Our stay culminated in my friends 40th with us sat around the fire listening to the fantastic music of Chicken Shed Zeppelin and eating hog roast. Hugh, Lawrence and Theresa all made sure that the party went smoothly. Even down to taking the kids off den making allowing the adults a while to chill.
Can't wait to go back despite the 6hr drive. Thanks Eco Camp
A breath of fresh air
We stayed here for 4 nights from 24th a May 2014. Despite less than perfect weather we had a wonderful time. We camped in a wilderness pitch, it was plenty big enough for our large 6 man tent and a big shelter too. Not the flattest site I've stayed on though. You could see other pitches but it was very much through the trees. We loved the fact the camp only had basic facilities, compost toilets, running water for washing up. We were surprised to find warm water on tap that could be bucketed into a bucket shower. It was wonderful having a shower with a view of the trees and sky! The camp ground allows campfires which is in my opinion absolutely necessary for a true camping experience. The campsite had a lovely peaceful feel, helped by the enforced quiet time from 9pm until 9am.. Great access to plenty of woodland walks/ cycle rides. Also walking distance to a very good pub! I would not hesitate to recommend this camp ground if you are looking for a real camping experience and are looking for a calm, quiet back to nature trip. Thank you to Theresa and Lawrence the camp wardens for helping to make our stay so pleasant. My only criticism is the addition if the ugly flush toilet block. I know it was built to satisfy the campsite regulations imposed by people sat in offices. Such a shame to spoil the ambience of the place. Will definitely be back.
A great site
Despite a mixed-bag of weather over the weekend, the rain showers didn't dampen our spirits at this great site. I'm used to larger sites, looking out over a sea of tents and cars, but Beech Estate Woodland had some beautiful glades, all set on different levels and it made a pleasant change not to have to shout to the kids 'Watch out for the cars!!!' every 5 minutes, like you do at a typical site.
A very peaceful site too, especially at night; with the 'quiet' policy for 9pm+ we found that the noisiest sounds were the crackling of our fire and the hooting of owls in the trees around us.
The wardens, Loz and Theresa, were extremely welcoming and friendly and, all in all, we had a relaxed but fun weekend. Would recommend.
A really great campsite, as good as we'd hoped for and the bluebells made it even that bit more special! Thanks to the Lawrence and Theresa, we will be back! x
Didn't want to leave!
If you're thinking of camping here DO IT! This place is magical, the secluded scenery is a haven of tranquility. Such a relaxed and respected gem off the beaten track. Special shout out to the wardens of 'eco camp uk'....Loz and Theresa. So very helpful and wonderful. Keep up the good work and thank you for such a memorable time.
If ever you need to get away from it all, go here. It's basic but that's the point. This really is a beautiful place and made even more magical when the surroundings are carpeted in bluebells. I can't wait to return in the summer. Get the fire going, crack out the vino and get the snags on! Thanks to Loz and Theresa for their hospitality.
Like another world
Due to being disorganised (not taking the directions and running out of mobile phone charge en route) we found it a bit of a challenge to find Beech Estate Woodland Campsite, foolishly having assumed that there would be a big sign directing campers there. There was no sign which made it feel all the more special when we realised that the little track we had taken off a B-road was indeed the way to this lovely campsite in the woods. We were welcomed by a sea of bluebells and wardens Loz and Teresa - whose respect and enthusiasm for the place they are living in is infectious. In practical terms – the pitches are spacious and well-spaced and the facilities are spotless... but, more importantly, the bluebells, the campfires, the quiet, the fact that it's "off grid" and its location in the woods made the campsite feel like another world - one I would have liked to remain in for longer than the one-night we had there. Would definitely recommend it and hope to return!
We booked as a bit of a last minute thing and I am so pleased we did. We were lucky enough to be there when the bluebells were out and I have never seen such a gorgeous display before. The wardens Theresa and Lawrence were fantastic, helping us with the luggage and even taking the kids off to plant seeds and learn how to compost. The compost loos were really nice, we didn't brave the open air shower but maybe when it's warmer. The kids had an amazing time running around in the beautiful woods and campsite and so did we! Sitting outside our tent with a fire and a glass of wine looking at the stars was lovely - we'll definitely be back - the sooner the better!
Peace close to London
It's rare to discover a welcoming woodland not requiring 4 hours travel from London, but Beech is it. Welcoming woodland with the option of either using your own tent or selecting a comfortable Yurt on site, with fire pits and sufficient facilities to ensure the right balance between nature's best & your comfort. Friendly wardens - what more can one ask for. Have become a regular and when you try it you'll know why.
Just back from a beautiful long weekend among the bluebells. Arrived on Fri evening, fair bit later than we'd said, and the chirpy couple who are this season's wardens were warm and welcoming from the off. Truly gorgeous spot in the woods, genuine eco ethos and the bluebells in the morning were really special. First time my partner and I had tried an eco campsite, and on the back of this stay we'd certainly go again. All facilities clean and very useable (this had been a concern...) and lots of little touches to make the stay smoother- eco handwash, wheelbarrows to manoeuvre belongings, well-tended fire pits. Would recommend in a shot- many thanks, see you again hopefully!!
Diamond in the woods
Having not been camping for over 20 years, I was slightly apprehensive on how the Easter weekend would fare especially as I was accompanied by my six year old daughter sans iPad. Initial impressions of the site were a relief - I knew we had arrived at the right place - thick woodland swathed in bluebells, gentle birdsong and a warm welcome from Theresa, one of the wardens.
I had hired a bell tent (along with cooking utensils) as the only camping equipment we had arrived with consisted of two sleeping bags, a lantern and barbecue skewers for toasting marshmallows. Within 45 mins I'd unpacked, had a decent piece of rib-eye cooking slowly over the campfire and my daughter had made friends with the other children at the site.
Following a very peaceful night's stay, I enquired if we could stay another night - Lawrence, the other warden, advised that a bell tent was not available but was extremely helpful in lending me some of the missing items to ensure I was kitted out for the evening.
The facilities are basic - they are meant to be - but functional and very clean.
I have already booked a return stay and looking forward to exploring some of the 500 acres of woodland around the campsite. This is a wonderful 'off-track' location and I hope the spirit of the site remains despite its obvious popularity and charms.
Thank you again to Lawrence and Theresa for their assistance whilst we were there.
Gorgeous Bluebell Wood - Great Campsite!
We hired the Group area for pitching our Tents and it was perfect! We felt like we had our own little camp and all gathered round our fire pit and had great fun cooking and playing Guitar and telling tales! The campsite was really well laid out, you had the feeling of being in the woods, when you were not that far away from the lovely village of Battle. The emphasis on being ecofriendly was also very appealing and can recommend compost toilets over horrible portaloos any day!! The Wardens were great, really friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend this campsite to friends and hope to return again soon!
Best campsite ever!!!!
We stayed here for one night in April! A beautiful campsite in a beautiful setting! The wardens and owner were welcoming and friendly and made you feel at home instantly! The far away spots are awesome with beautiful views and make you feel a million miles from it all but still close enough to the facilities! We wished we could have stayed longer and will definitely be going again! Camp fires, tents and woodland - perfect!!!
Great campsite for a celebration!
I celebrated my 40th birthday last year with a group of 20+ friends and children. We all had a lovely time, it was really relaxing being in the woods and the kids loved running around building dens. I loved sitting around the campfire having a few drinks and chatting into the night.
Hugh was really helpful with the organisation, we all camped close by in tents and also bell tents, he organised an area so we could all have a bbq together on the Saturday eve and also recommended some local caterers.
I would definitely go back again and hope to arrange to do do it with a group of friends.
Eco Camps are wonderful
I love both the eco camp sites in Sussex. Wild Boar Wood is more self-contained and has a wicked central fire where everyone can join together if they want to. The nights I spent there it was pouring down with rain and it was still magical.
Beech Estate Site is unbelievable. Its set in rolling woodlands. Some of the pitches feel totally isolated, whilst others are more communal. There are acres of woodland to explore and in spring the bluebells carpet the forest.
In these setting both sites are about getting back to nature and to the basics of living without modern facilities. It's both humbling and energizing.
Amazing place to have a gathering
What an amazing place to experience my 40th birthday! The site is tucked away in secluded woodland which made it a great place to bring families together knowing that the children could have the freedom to explore and the grown-ups could have a few shandies in peace!
Hugh and the estate managers were so helpful and the site was perfectly equipped. We had such a great weekend that there's talk of an annual gathering there. I'll most certainly be going back for some weekend camping.
Eco Camp 2013
I stayed at the Beech Estate campsite with a few friends last Summer, we all had a very memorable time and some great laughs, a long weekend wasn't long enough. The sleepy woodland campsite was well maintained and everything we needed was close at hand, the site manager was also more than helpful. There are plenty of things to do on and off the campsite and Battle is very close. We will definitely be staying again, maybe a bit of glamping next time in one of those bell tents :)
Black History Core group Away Days
I was really happy that we had found the right place for us all at Black History/Core group to share a special time. From the moment I contacted the staff by phone their attitude was open, welcoming and pro active it was at a great location, a good mixture of solitude as well as connection to the surrounding towns.
We enjoyed walking around but I most of all enjoyed the campfire talks and tasty meals. The whole event was a significant experience for us, as many have never camped in this country before! They were encouraged to do this again. Young and old and everything in between. Next time it will be for longer!
Thank you Beech Estate!
A great escape
Beech estate is a truly wonderful campsite. Total escapism and back to nature (yet comfortable!) camping. We had a great time and managed to find a perfect balance of socialising with other campers but also having our own secluded area which felt like we were the only ones there as we hunkered down for the night. We'll be back!
Just booked to go again this year. Had a brilliant weekend last year with friends and our 3 kids between the ages of 1 and 4. The weather was perfect (it helps!). On arrival the warden was so friendly and showed us around - really cool well functioning loos and a cheeky outdoor hot shower. The kids had acres....literally....of space and woodland to run around in - a shame us adults got lost in the woods!
I couldn't recommend it more highly as a perfect place for a fun weekend or longer. Cannot wait to go back
Perfect Woodland Hideaway
We celebrated our friends 40th Birthday at Beechwood Estate and very spoilt as he hired the entire place for the weekend. It couldn’t have gone better!
The children had a ball, as there was loads of space to run around, play and woods to explore. It was a winner for the adults too as there was lots of opportunity to relax and socialize, knowing that the kids were safe and nowhere near to any roads.
The pitches are well spaced out and each has its own fire pit. The toilets and showers are very clean.
The site is a perfect hideaway tucked in the middle of the forest and it really feels quiet and far from anywhere.
We would definitely go back!
Away from it all
I hired the whole campsite out for a party and I could not have chosen better. Amazing place with really helpful warden and central booking coordinator. They went out of their way to accommodate us.
The tent were well maintained and brilliantly placed. Options which are both near other tents and some great ones completely out of the way. We used one of the remote pitches for a fire and central area. Amazing views over the forest.
I definitely recommend.
Camp fires and escapism
What a superb location for a camp site, a proper camping experience back to nature. The kids loved it as they could explore the woods, and we could relax whilst they ran off their energy and got away from the gadgets. An open pit fire cooking food finished off the day, and we sat around telling stories. We'll be back!
A wonderful stay
What a find! Such wonderful woodland, great facilities and we were impressed with the set up and the enthusiastic and helpful camp manager. We went for a lovely walk through beautiful woods and enjoyed our campfire dinner complete with ghost stories and marshmallow toasting. The bell tents were clean and comfortable and as it was only my second time camping I was pleased to have a blow up double bed! We will certainly re-visit and the children loved every minute. Excellent value.
Paradise found - in East Sussex
I stayed as part of a much needed group break, and Beech Estate Woodland Campsite hit the spot. We had a great pitch, our neighbours were friendly, and the staff were so accommodating. For me, it's the little things. Good toilets, showers if you fancied one, wheelbarrows to wheel your camping gear, freshly chopped logs for sale. Posh bell tents for those not into tents. Cooking grill. Someone always around to ask questions.
Big beautiful woodlands to explore, imminent peace and quiet combined with a lively community of campers, all doing their own thing. Respectful. I enjoyed the walk to the pub and also just chilling out at our site, having a fire til late at night.
Friends, trees, laughter, and a nice view. What more do you need?
I've been fortunate enough to squeeze a booking in to this wonderful site for the last 3 seasons. Even though the owner, Hugh, is an Aussie, I may even go as far as to say we have developed a friendship. It's a wonderful place to be!
Bushcraft-friendly almost wild camping
I came here on my own for a night of October Autumn camping and then returned with my sons a week later for a couple of the last nights of the season. The Beech Estate is a camp site without any trailers, caravans or camper vans where you can camp legally in beautiful surroundings with tarp and hammock or bivi (or indeed a tent), and a real camp fire. Ok it's not wilderness, and there's even mains water, but it's a million miles away from the usual trailer park camp site. A lovely warden is there when you need help and leaves you alone to enjoy the tranquility of the forest when you don't. No need for a latrine trench, the composting loos are great. The predominantly silver birch and sweet chestnut woods make a super place to unwind and leave all the stress behind, and having the roam of such a large area of beautiful and mixed woodland is a special treat not to be missed. The site is very well drained so even when it had been raining a lot it didn't turn to quagmire. I would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone, especially families and individuals wanting to enjoy a simpler way of camping, or explore simple bushcraft skills without stepping on anyone's toes or doing anything illegal.
The setting, facilities and staff are all highly recommended. A rarity in being so isolated in a campsite, and the grounds are stunning. The woods are huge and our only regret is that we couldn't have seen it all in a weekend if we'd wanted to!
It would be a great place to take kids, but is also secluded enough should you want peace and quiet away from others. All in all a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Amazing Hide Away
This was my first camping trip to an eco friendly site.
Really really impressed, great welcome and a very large pitch especially as I bought my own tent. You can completely disappear into the woods as it's well hidden. All the pitches were very well spaced out and all within an easy walk to the compost toilets. Both the wardens were amazing, extremely helpful and even gave us a quick tour of the site to answer some of our questions.
We loved that we could have our own open fire too. I was also pleasantly surprise how nice it was having to park the car away from the main site, no noisy cars driving around, sure you have to wheelbarrow everything to your pitch but it actually adds to the fun.
The site is perfectly situated to explore east Sussex, local shops and all the lovely history of the area.
We will certainly be back.
Getting away from it
Beech Estate have really got a site that will put you in the middle of the heart of the English countryside. This is a massive place to explore and i am talking massive!! You can walk for ages without seeing another camper. My kids loved it and I felt totally secure in the knowledge that the site feels miles from anywhere. The pitches are well divided and the other campers get the whole vibe. We picked a load of fresh cherries from the trees around us and enjoyed the a roaring fire while watching the meteor storm. Hugh and his staff are really chilled but make sure the little things are in place (tents are fully kitted out, plates and woods etc) The fixed tents are really big, clean and fully equipped. If you need anything thing the guys will help you out. If you are a first timer then this is the place or if you want to book a secluded pitch, away from things then you can do that too. The toilets are clean and easy to use. Local farm for eggs, pub and easy parking. We had a cracking time.
A gem of a campsite!
I hadn't been camping for about 15 years so was a bit dubious about how this weekend would go. I expected a campsite from my childhood memories, tents packed in tightly in a field with cars everywhere. This campsite was the complete opposite. The setting is stunning for a start, set in a seemingly endless forest with no sound of a car to be heard, and the stars at night were like diamonds due to it being out in the countryside.
Our pitch must have been 60 metres away from the next, set in amongst the forest in total privacy. The welcome we received on arrival was something we are not used to in London. The manager couldn't do more to help us and settle us in and came and brought us extra firewood later in the evening. Someone forgot tent poles so the manager lent us a tent at no extra cost.
It partly goes against the grain to write this because I want this beautiful place to remain a bit of a secret, but then again, that would be a bit selfish of me! If you want to connect with nature, in stunning surroundings, head to the Beech Estate. If you want a field with your car parked next to your tent, do not..........
A perfect, peaceful getaway
We were a group of 6 families with 14 month old babies looking for a break from London for the weekend. It was nice being somewhere so beautiful and peaceful, and being somewhere where the babies were genuinely welcome. The size and layout of the site allows each group to have their own spot and we really liked having our own spot to relax and let the babies explore. The staff were very friendly and helpful too. All in all we had a great time and plan on returning one day.
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