Stud Farm Telscombe Village

UK England South East England East Sussex

Stud Farm, Telscombe Village, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HZ
A glorious little East Sussex campsite that's worthy of the farm's prize-winning history

It’s now over a hundred years since Stud Farm in East Sussex had its glory days of a Grand National winner. Shannon Lass, champion of the 1902 race, was trained here on the South Downs, galloping across the green landscape with the dazzlingly blue backdrop of sky and sea. Alas, today the farm has hung up its horse racing shoes in favour of a more laid-back pace to life. There are sheep, pigs, cattle and acres of arable farming space, while horses still clip-clop their way across the livery yard but are here for casual hacking and rides rather than weekend trips to Aintree. The farm is also home to an excellent little campsite; a perfect place to breathe in the sights and sounds of small-time Sussex agriculture.

Just a mile and a half from the coast and slap bang on the South Downs Way, Stud Farm Campsite certainly boasts a sought-after setting. Campers in the know should book here early. With just 15 regular pitches and five ‘backpacker’ spots for car-less campers, the campsite has a habit of filling up quickly, especially on summer weekends. The atmosphere is one of back-to-basics simplicity. Campfire smoke wafts in the evening breeze, with firepits for hire and logs for sale, while facilities – toilets, taps but no showers – are a thoroughly basic affair. The result is a paired-back campsite with a pleasingly casual atmosphere. Walkers pass through as they pace the full length of the South Downs Way and families come for short breaks, bathing in the English Channel as they forgo their weekend showers.

By car, busy Brighton and ancient Lewes are within easy reach. The former is on hand for a vibrant city break by the coast, the latter for stepping back in time and sipping tea in ivy-clad cafés. You needn’t to and fro in the car, however. From the campsite it only takes around 20 minutes to walk to the nearest beach on Telsombe Cliffs waterfront and, when you return, a quick detour via the local pub offers a handy place to refuel. When you get back to Stud Farm, meanwhile, there’s the farm’s own lamb, pork and sausages for your evening supper. Plus, of course, the obligatory evening marshmallows. Bliss.

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The Owner Says

Our picturesque campsite is located on the beautiful South Downs Way, offering pitches for tents and camper vans only, (sorry no large caravans or motor-homes). The site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with breathtaking views over the Downland and sea. It's also only a 20 minute stroll from the  gorgeous Sussex coast and within easy reach of Brighton.

The site is purposefully basic and offers a toilet facility, (portaloos) and a drinking water tap also used for washing up. Fire pits can be hired to create a camp fire or barbecue (camp fires directly on the ground are NOT permitted). Logs & fire lighting packs can be purchased along with breakfast & barbecue hampers & marshmallows. The campsite is dog & family friendly and you are able to park next to your chosen pitch. This is an ideal location for walkers, cyclists and riders, offering them a reduced rate.

Stud Farm is a mixed working organic farm. Previously a horse stud and home of a Grand National winner in 1902. It is now a working sheep farm, along with pigs, cattle and arable farming. It also offers horse livery, with a range of stables, paddocks & packages available as well as an outdoor school and homemade hay & straw for sale. We produce our own lamb, pork and a range of sausages & pork burgers, all available for purchase and along with our free-range eggs can be supplied to hungry campers! The beautiful farm house offers B&B with equine companions welcome. Perfect for a ride along the South Downs way. Also look out for our open day running every year on the Sun & Mon of the first May bank holiday.

We are based in lovely Telescombe, a historic and picturesque village recorded in the Domesday Book. It is nestled at the foot of the South Downs with Telscombe Tye to the South. It houses the ancient church of St.Laurence which dates back to the twelfth century. Stud Farm forms part of the village along with the village Hall and houses such as The Manor and the Old Rectory. It has less than 50 inhabitants and therefore still remains quiet and unspoilt.

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peaceful, great location

May 31, 2018 by Peter Quinnell

Very nice site with great views. Friendly and helpful owner. Portaloos were rather stinky after the bank holiday, but I expect this is a temporary thing!


Beautiful setting

May 30, 2018 by claire

The facilities are basic but the view and setting are truly beautiful. Good location - we parked in Lewes and caught the train into Brighton which made for a hassle free day out. Very peaceful campsite, awesome setting, we will return!


Beautifull Site

May 30, 2018 by Alex

Thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay here, it was peaceful and quiet. The host was very friendly and helpful. Loved having the dogs and open fire... It is exactly as described.


Lovely views

May 29, 2018 by Jopo

Great spot in a lovely part of the world. Our only ask would be to please add a shower - very basic would be fine. I suspect it’s quite hard to do which is why they haven’t. But it’s a lovely site with great sausages from the farm!


Lovely views but under supported

May 29, 2018 by Jamie

We were a bit disappointed that the campsite was quite so basic given how much they charge. I love a "basics only" campsite but wouldn't normal expect to pay top dollar for it. When the site ended up being filled by almost twice as many campers as advertised online we found the porta-loos and lack of showers felt less "off the beaten track" and more penny pinching. Nonetheless a lovely location.


Switch off and enjoy the views

May 8, 2018 by Chris Gibson

This campsite was an excellent choice for the weekend. The combined views over the sublime South Downs and the sea were only bettered by the lambs playing merrily in the adjacent field. As a Londoner, this offered the perfect break over a BH weekend. We took advantage of the breakfast hamper and were delighted we did. Real food, real taste. This is a basic campsite in terms of facilities but a 5 star experience in terms of camping. Justine limits the number of the field so there’s a lot of space and solitude. We combined the country with the city by taking the bus from Telscombe Cliffs to Brighton. We avoided the parking mayhem and were able to enjoy the pubs. I’d recommend booking here. Who needs a shower when you have a bucket of water to tip over your head.


Amazing place, awful description

Nov 28, 2017 by Serena Huggett

Have always been a follower of Stud Farm in Telscombe Village, especially horse racing and have been to many of the open days over the years and was surprised to see that whoever wrote this said that horse racing no longer takes place at the farm. As a long time follower of the two, I also saw that you failed to mention how Jamie and Camilla won many races around the world with horses trained at this location, crocodile Dundee or Land N Stars to name a few in races such as the Melbourne cup and Dubai. It might be that you are ignorant on this but it is certainly what brought such great attention to the farm and their success lives on. As still a follower of camilla and her current progress in achieving her license I know she is still training horses at these facilities and think it is an insult to her that it has failed to be mentioned. It is very much an insult to the yard to call it as a livery yard, it is a racing yard and I think it should be known as that. It has not as you say “hung up it’s horse racing shoes”. I think camilla needs recognition for the following she has built as she is truly an amazing amazing person and a gift to the horse racing world.

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