Hale Farm

UK England South East England East Sussex Hailsham

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A family-run, working farm in East Sussex offering spacious, traditional camping with no set pitches

It’s a storybook image: the farmer walking the yard, bucket in hand, tailed by a pair of chattering geese. At Hale Farm in East Sussex this scene has been given a curious twist. Ruth rises early, and heads out to feed the animals one by one – the gorgeous Sandy and Black pigs, Tilly the friendly pony and a couple of playful donkeys – but instead of geese, she’s tailed by chattering children, a herd that’s usually five or six strong. The picture seems to sum up this family-run site; Famous Five-esque in its attitude to camping. If you thought the days of back-to-basics, pitch where you like sites were over, then think again.

Perfectly pinned between the South Downs National Park and Kent’s High Weald, this 56-acre working farm offers camping as it used to be in a large, open meadow, where thin threads of campfire smoke drift lazily into the sky. There’s a standing tap for water, showers, toilets and a couple of washing up sinks but otherwise don’t expect to find a playground or onsite WiFi. That’s not really what they’re all about.

The meadow itself is surrounded by mature hedges and trees, with grass levels managed throughout the year by a flock of Ryeland sheep who shift to a neighbouring field during the summer. Space is certainly not an issue. The farm’s self-imposed limit of around 20 pitches keeps numbers down, while the tents-only rule gives the place a thoroughly traditional feel. Kids roam, safe from roads and vehicles, and adults convene around their evening BBQ (you can buy the farm’s own sausages on site).

Luxury lovers can find one exception to the basic-camping rule, a refurbished shepherd’s hut of the kind often found on the Sussex hills during the 19th century. Inside, it features a full-size double bed and a fitted kitchenette, plus a toasty log burner that warms its wooden interior into a couples’ cocoon of loveliness. It has a real air of romance about it and offers homely comforts to those leaving the tent at home, yet still has enough history and tradition to feel apt on such a rustic campsite.

Aside from losing the kids to the farmyard – prepare yourself for days of hearing their favourite animal stories – there is plenty nearby to keep you busy. A footpath alongside the site connects you quickly to The Weald Way, a scenic long distance route that leads you further through the Cuckmere valley, or you can walk the 10 minutes into the local village of Chiddingly. Simply head for the pointy church spire and the village eventually comes into view, blessed with a convenient local shop and an even more convenient pair of pubs. Re-hydrate in the beer garden and ponder the wonders of Persil. If the kids don’t end their weekend here covered in grass stains then they’re doing something wrong!

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Facilities

Compost toilets, gas-powered hot showers, undercover washing up areas and standing pipes providing fresh, mains drinking water. Campfires are welcome, each pitch has its own fire pit. Logs and fire starter packs (kindling, matches, firelighters & newspaper) are available to purchase. Raised campfires are also allowed (they have bricks you can borrow if necessary).

Our Plankbridge Shepherds Hut is beautifully equipped with everything you will need for a memorable, comfortable relaxing stay. There is a full-sized double bed made up with luxury,fresh linen.  The micro kitchen includes a small sink with running water, smev oven, china crockery, kitchen and cooking utensils.  The wood burning stove,even on the chilliest of nights will keep you toasty warm and the views from the stable door overlook our beautiful buttercup field. Cupboards under the bed provide ample storage for any of your belongings and there are two chairs and a let down table by the double window overlooking the field. Towels are included and a welcome pack on arrival, with delicious, local produce.


Each of our Luxury 7 metre Bell Tents sleep up to six and for your comfort includes a double mattress, a triple bunk bed, luxury bedding, cushions, a throw and towels. A further camp bed, is available if required. There are hand crafted bedside tables and a storage box at the end of the bed for your belongings. There are two interior battery powered lights for your use, exterior fairy lights and bunting. A chair, feature matting, decorative extras, games for children can be enjoyed during your stay. A kitchen box with crockery and cutlery and other cooking utensils. Outside and under the stars, in your own private area enjoy a campfire in your fire bowl with a grill for BBQs. Camping pitches are available alongside the Bell Tents, if all three Bell Tents are booked as part of a group.


During your stay you can meet Oreo and Bailey, our friendly donkeys and Tilly and Ted our lovely ponies . See our rare breed Oxford, Sandy and Black pigs, lying in the sunshine or rooting around in the soil. Enjoy feeding our free range chickens, geese and resident ducks. Meet our herd of Pygmy goats with their adorable kids and watch our pedigree flock of Lleyn sheep grazing across the farm.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, families, couples, campervans – yes. Caravans, motorhomes and dogs – no

Nearby

Nature lovers will be in their element here. Head north east for walks on the High Weald (01424 723011) or south to the South Downs (01730 814810) – though the footpaths directly from the site are not to be sniffed at! Arlington Reservoir is about a 10 minute drive, a good spot for bird watching, while a few hundred metres further is Drusillas Park (01323 874100), a small 10 acres zoo mainly aimed at children. National Trust owned Batemans (01435 882302), former home of Rudyard Kipling, is around 15 minutes in the car, as is Alfriston Clergy House, the very first property the Trust bought back in 1896, before becoming the cherished charity it is today. There's plenty more besides: Knock Hatch Adventure Park (01323 442051), Ashdown Llama Park (01825 713698), Herstmonceux Castle (01323 834457), the Observatory Science Centre (01323 832731), Sheffield Park and Lewes Castle (01273 486290) – all of which are within half and hour. Take your pick!

Food & Drink

Hale Farm's free range eggs, sausages and bacon are available to buy onsite. Any other produce and essentials and an excellent cafe be found at the local village shop, a 10-minute walk away. There are also two excellent pubs in the village, The Six Bells and The Gun.

Open

Camping: April 1st to October 31st.

Shepherds Hut: All year round.

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The Owner Says

Hale Farm is a working, family run farm situated in 56 acres of peaceful, rural Sussex countryside. We offer spacious camping and glamping in a beautiful location and the opportunity to meet our farm residents during your stay!
If you would like to camp in an open field, under the stars, with a small campfire outside your tent, where you can sit and watch the night sky on a clear night, then this is the camping site for you.
Or if glamping is more your thing relax and unwind in one of our beautiful, new for 2020 Luxury 7 metre Bell Tents.Set in our stunning 9 acre wildflower meadow you really will feel like you have escaped everyday life!Our utterly charming Plankbridge Shepherds Hut provides a romantic getaway for couples.It is beautifully equipped for everything you will need for a memorable, relaxing stay.

Accommodation

Unmarked grass pitches, usually capped at around 20, and a fully-furnished shepherds hut.

Shepherds Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Our Plankbridge shepherd’s hut provides an ideal romantic getaway for couples looking to escape to the East Sussex countryside that don’t quite do camping!

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 34 Available
Spacious camping with no set pitches, in beautiful countryside on a peaceful Sussex farm - the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Luxury Bell Tent - Forget-Me-Not

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Relax and unwind in Forget-me-not one of our beautiful, new for 2020 Luxury 7 metre Bell Tents. Set in our stunning 9 acre wildflower meadow you really will feel like you have escaped everyday life!

Luxury Bell Tent - Cosmos

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Relax and unwind in one of our beautiful, new for 2020 Luxury 7 metre Bell Tents. Set in our stunning 9 acre wildflower meadow you really will feel like you have escaped everyday life!

Luxury Bell Tent - Buttercup

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Relax and unwind in Buttercup one of our beautiful, new for 2020 Luxury 7 metre Bell Tents. Set in our stunning 9 acre wildflower meadow you really will feel like you have escaped everyday life!

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Location

Contact Hale Farm, Hale Farm, Hale Green, Chiddingly, East Sussex BN8 6HQ

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Getting There

From the A22 turn north at the Esso garage in Golden Cross and continue to Muddles Green. In Muddles Green turn right and after 300 yards turn left into Scrapers Hill. Proceed along this for about 2/3 of a mile and Hale Farm is on the right-hand side.

From Horam take the road South to Eastbourne. After about 1/2 mile turn right just before the May Garland Pub. After 3/4 mile turn right again in front of a converted last house,signposted Chiddingly. After about 1.5 miles Hale Farm can be found on the left-hand side.

Best to bring a car – the nearest train station is in Berwick (0845 748 4950), 5 miles away.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 76 reviews

★★★★☆

Clean and comfortable campsite

Just returned from a 3-night camping weekend with family friends and Hale Farm was wonderful. Our pitch was large and we had plenty of space. The facilities were very clean and well maintained all day every day. The nearby pubs (both have outdoor space) are family friendly and only a short walk away, mostly through fields. We ate in The Six Bells on two evenings - lovely wholesome food. The children enjoyed the trip to the farm to see the animals in the morning. We would love to come back again next year.
★★★★★

Camping at it's best!

We loved our two nights at Hale Farm! we were camping with friends and 5 children aged 15yrs to 7yrs old, everyone enjoyed themselves so much despite the thunderstorms! On arrival Scott came to see us to ensure we were happy with everything and there was great excitement in the mornings and evenings with delivered hot chocolate and ice cream. The facilities were basic but fitting with the beautiful environment that we were in and cleaned regularly. We all loved our morning trips to the farm which was a real treat. The surrounding country side and walks were great to explore and we were very thankful for the recommendation of The Gun pub where we enjoyed a delicious dinner and was in easy walking distance. Fire wood is available nightly and at a very reasonable price but when we couldn't get back in time to collect it Scott kindly left some for us by our tents. Would highly recommend Hale Farm and look forward to returning.
★★★★★

Lovely quiet campsite!

This was our first time camping with our 6 month old baby and it was the perfect location with an on site farm for kids big and small. Toilets were kept very clean and the showers were hot and powerful enough. Great local produce on sale every evening and lovely owner's we’re very welcoming on our arrival. Great time had with our friends and we would definitely come back.
★★★★★

Perfect country camping with a few perks!

We were looking for a local campsite for our group of 8 families. We found Ruth at Hale Farm so friendly and helpful, and we were reserved a large area for our group. The site was pretty standard, with a large grassy area for tents. There were composting toilets and hot showers, and a washing up area. All were kept really clean. The perks: the morning coffee and pastries van! Wow, what a great thing to have!! We also loved the daily ice cream van visit. I’ve creams were delicious! There was also a van in the evening that sold bacon, eggs and firewood. The farm was available to visit in the morning, kids loved looking at the pigmy goats especially! While we were there, Chiddfest was happening down the road. We loved sitting by our camp fire and listening to the music! We loved our stay, we’d definitely be back!
Jul 30, 2021 by Kelly Bylett Verified Review
★★★★★

Little Gem

Great family campsite in a fantastic setting. Owners work really hard to keep campsite clean. Facilities basic but owners work really hard to keep it consistently clean. Lovely that you have a coffee and croissant van visit in the morning and ice cream van (with scrumptious ice creams!)) visit in the evening. Reasonably priced firewood on offer also in the evening. One suggestion would be to have an additional compost toilet block closer to the bottom end of field, this would take pressure off the central toilets as at times was quite busy (particularly the ladies toilet!). Thank you though, it was a really lovely stay.
Jul 29, 2021 by Blooming Verified Review
★★★★★

Great site, we love it and will keep coming back!

We love Hale Farm, have been a few times now and it's always such a great weekend. There is a lovely farm open each morning, great local walks including to the pubs! The facilities have always been clean, and the option to buy meat and wood, and visits from the ice cream van and the coffee van are a lovely little extra treat! Such a great weekend and already planning the next one, thank you : )
Jul 28, 2021 by Rachelle
★★★★★

Back again

Our third time at Hale Farm. A beautiful, well-tended, calm site. Hosts communicate well via email, and personal welcome at pitch much appreciated. Very child-friendly - our kids loved visiting the animals each morning, climbing trees, exploring woods, playing pooh-sticks. Visiting coffee & pastry / ice cream vans a nice surprise this year! No complaints, but would have liked plugs at washing-up station - remember to washing-up bring bowls!
★★★★★

Great campsite, good location - we had a great time.

Lovely, simple campsite. Absolutely lovely owners, really helpful - and delicious local produce on sale daily! Brilliant to have the farm onsite too - my son loved seeing the animals! A great stay.
★★★★★

Brilliant weekend!

We pulled up with exact instructions and located our pitch easily- it was huge!! The amenities are kept well tended and tidy and the site is big enough for kids to have a decent amount of space-as well as a rounders pitch set out for the adults in our case! Bacon sold on site in the evenings was lovely and along with the ice cream van that comes in the evening, the little coffee and pasty van in the morning was a welcome pleasure for a great cup of coffee! The farm was lovely with the most adorable goats! Thank you Ruth and Scott- we will be back!
Jul 26, 2021 by Sara Parham Verified Review
★★★★★

What a lovely spot to be in!

Brilliant hosts. Lovely spot. Clean facilities. Good pub only a few minutes walk away (The Six Bells in Chiddingley) and good size pitches.
★★★★★

Spacious camping

This was the first time we had returned to any campsite , so near to home yet so far in that it is peaceful and rural. We love the the space allowed for pitches . Toilets and showers perfectly adequate.( Cooler showers might have been more welcome due to the extreme heat we had that week.) We had some bacon, delicious, the farm animals were a delight to go and visit. You can easily walk to the village shop/cafe and pub...we did both and they are lovely walks . We would have no hesitation in visiting for a third time as it is also a good base to visit all of East Sussex.
★★★★★

Lovely campsite. Facilities cleaned twice daily.

Good location. Daughter loved seeing the farm animals, especially the donkeys.
Jul 21, 2021 by Tracey Peall Verified Review
★★★★★

Bell Tents are fantastic

The bell tents are in the most beautiful, private field, surrounded by meadow and trees. Such a comfortable stay, great facilities and your own loo and shower. Highly recommend.
Jul 20, 2021 by VickieP Verified Review
★★★★★

Gorgeous place, fantastic service

Hale Farm is such a beautiful place to stay. The camping field is large, with plots well spaced out. Loads of space for the kids to run around and play. Local ice cream van and a pastry van make regular trips to the site, so perfect for an extra treat. Every camping plot has its own fire pit, and they sell wood on site perfect for unwinding under the stars at night. Eco toilets are really good, kept very clean and tidy by the staff. Showers are lovely and the covered washing up stations with drying racks we’re really useful. Location is fantastic - sat right on the Weald Way, there are good walks in the local area, and a great local pub for food and drinks. Scott and Ruth make this place really friendly and a perfect retreat for short or long trips - fully recommend!
Jul 20, 2021 by Robyn Long Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic campsite - nothing not to like

Fabulous campsite - huge pitches on the camping field so there is no cramped feeling even at full capacity. Being able to have a real campfire at a public site is a great touch. The facilities are basic but offer showers and washing up facilities and are kept spotlessly clean. The working farm is great for families, kids of all ages 1-100 will enjoy. Owners are super friendly and never more than a call/text away. Was lucky to be there in great weather and it’s amazing how it’s just out of town enough to have low light pollution - a starry sky that was to behold. There are 2 pubs within 20 minutes walk along footpaths through fields and woods, both offering food. There is nothing not to like at Hale Farm
★★★★★

Another great weekend at Hale!

This site is a real gem. Tucked away near the village of Chiddingly in the Sussex countryside, it’s one of a small number of sites where camper vans/ motor homes and tenters can gather around a proper fire at the end of the day. With very fairly priced wood and starter packs available every evening, it couldn’t be easier. The toilets are composting and the showers a real delight. Everything, including the washing up areas, is kept clean on a regular basis. The pitches are really spacious and the vibe each time we have been is friendly and welcoming. As a family of six across three generations, we loved the mix of campers and the respect shown to one another. We also loved the fact that the owners check that night time noise levels are reasonable for those who need their sleep, and that they encourage campers to contact them by phone if they are unhappy with others’ behaviour. Ruth and Scott have put a huge amount of effort into making this site as welcoming and safe as it is, and they deserve the excellent reputation they have. Lots of campers we spoke to were repeat visitors - and that speaks volumes to the effort that has gone into getting things just right for a wide range of campers. We stayed in the camping field and loved the ability to visit the animals in the mornings and walk to the two nearby pubs for lunch. When we stayed (mid July) there was also a visiting real Italian ice-cream van early evening, and a real Italian coffee and pastries van in the morning - perfect! Thank you Ruth and Scott for making this one of our favourite sites! We will, of course, be back!
★★★★★

Another wonderful at this perfect campsite

Great location, near fantastic pubs. Not too busy either so you feel like you have escaped it all! X
★★★★★

Fun in the sun!

We came as a large group, hiring the three bell tents and some of us pitching tents alongside. Ruth and Scott were welcoming and the contact for booking and payment was excellent. They contacted us to let us know the arrangements for the day and during our stay, we’re happy to help with any request. The children really enjoyed visiting the farm animals and the toilet and shower facilities were excellent. Over all, we felt well looked after and well catered for our needs. We can’t wait to come again.
Jul 19, 2021 by Lisa Skinner Verified Review
★★★★★

Idyllic family campsite

We came with a group of 6 other families - we had so much space for the kids to play and we got luck with the weather too. Loved the ice cream van and coffee vans that came round, plus visiting the farm animals was a nice activity for the kids in the morning. A relaxed, back to basics campsite which we just loved. We'll be back!
★★★★★

Amazing!!

Just perfect. We were a big party together using the three luxury bell tents and a couple of families camping. The tents had everything we needed. We forgot to ask for the extra camp bed, Scott had it to us very quickly. The children loved visiting the farm on site. The location was perfect. Having out own private toilet, sink and shower to each bell tent felt 5 star! Kitchen area had everything including a fridge! I can not recommend Hale farm enough and Scott and Ruth were so accommodating! We will definitely be back!! Thank you!
★★★★★

Nice field, awful loos

Nice place. Compost loos were stinky & really put us off going here again. No facilities really although ice cream van came each evening and a coffee van came in the morning. visit to farm animals was nice.
★★★★★

Loved everything! (Except the weather!)

Had a lovely time at Hale Farm Glamping! Scott and Ruth were very helpful and accommodating. We had the whole field to ourselves so it was lovely and quiet with loads of space for my little boy to run around. The tent was massive with super comfy beds and lush bedding and towels. Bathroom was super clean and great amenities for washing up. Use of a private fridge/bbq fire pit and wood for the fire ready on arrival! Can’t say anything negative about the whole experience, except for the weather!! High winds and rain are not the best conditions for sleeping outdoors but even this couldn’t put a dampener on the time we spent there!!!
Jul 9, 2021 by Emma
★★★★★

We will 100% be back!!!

This wasn’t our first stay at Hale Farm and it most certainly won’t be the last. Ruth and Scott are the most attentive hosts who work tirelessly to make sure the campsite and facilities are in immaculate condition with regular cleans. The children (and us) love going up to see the farm animals every morning and enjoy exploring the local countryside. Perfect days topped off with a bbq with the farms own produce and toasting marshmallows on the camp fire. Having now stayed in the barn, shepherds hut, bell tents and the campsite our hardest decision is where to stay when we go back. We love love love this place!
Jul 5, 2021 by Annie Verified Review
★★★☆☆

Nice large field

We enjoyed our stay here but we won’t be back. There were a few large groups and on our first night (Friday) there was still loud talking at 1am. We had no contact with the owners, but we did get eggs bacon and logs for our fire pit which was a great touch. The pitches were a great size. There were 2 showers and 4 compost toilets which were clean. Compost toilets are a personal choice and it’s not for us. If you are a large group I think you would really like it here. The village shop is expensive. We ate at the Gun on Saturday evening, which was really nice. There was a playground for the kids and a choice of sitting outside. Food was lovely and staff very welcoming.
★★★★★

Great site, friendly owners, beautiful setting

We had a great weekend with 3 families. Site was very clean and well organised. Owners were super friendly and helpful. Kids loved petting the animals in the morning. Lots of space to play games and explore. Nice walk up through some fields to a fabulous pub, the Gun. Would definitely recommend this site.
★★★★★

Great rural campsite

Weekend trip for two families with young kids. Weather was damp but a great stay and the owners were really helpful and constantly keeping the facilities clean. A large, beautiful and quiet field, the kids loved the farm visit and the coast and Cuckmere meanders are a short drive away. Second stay and we'll be back. Thanks
Jun 21, 2021 by timhill1978 Verified Review
★★★★★

Very simple camping site on a farm

Very well maintained, with simple offerings, and great for a short break with the kids to run around in the field. Nice little farm which you can wonder around in the morning.
★★★★★

Luxury Glamping at its best

The Shepherds hut is perfect. Secluded, private, clean, comfy and warm. Fire pit and sheep to keep you entertained into the night. Outstanding location, fantastic amenities, the awesome owners Ruth & Scott are happy to help whenever needed, and dark skies away from all the light pollution. Would highly recommend the Shepard’s Hut to anyone wanting to camp but still have all the luxuries. Just book it, you won’t regret it.
May 17, 2021 by Thomas
★★★★★

Amazing

It was our first time ‘camping’ we stayed in a bell tent. It had everything you would need, super clean, great private wc and shower. The hosts were lovely. We would definitely book again
★★★★★

Delightful!

Wonderful camping spot, very well equipped, lovely hosts, absolutely stunning picture postcard working farm with animals, and some newborn lambs and goats, and a lovely woodland walk to a fantastic pub (The Gun). will definitely return!
★★★★★

Relaxing getaway

We stayed for 2 nights in the shepherds hut, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The bed is very comfortable, and the shepherds hut is surprisingly spacious. We found it to be very well equipped, and incredibly cosy and warm with the fire. There are some great pubs nearby, we brought our bikes along and went on some lovely cycle trails. We felt very well rested after our relaxing stay at the shepherds hut, and already planning our next trip!
Oct 24, 2020 by Morgan Hill Verified Review
★★★★★

Can’t wait to go back next year

We had a lovely 2 nights stay with our young grandsons. Loved there was no electric , and hardly any phone signal. We actually spent our time playing and enjoying our time with our grandsons. We wasn’t on our phones and they wasn’t on their Nintendo’s. We camped by a huge tree and it was safe for the boys to explore the small woods and they lived climbing the tree. The fresh eggs and sausages were a hit, and at about 6.30 pm an ice cream van came on to site. Showers and toilets were very clean , there are 2 pubs in the village 1 we walked to, the other we drive as it was a bit further. There’s a village shop that is well stocked, and also it’s only a 20 minute drive to Drusillas . The only negative comment I have was a large group of other campers who was families with young children was playing music until 12 midnight and talking around their fire loudly until 1.30 am which woke me and my grandsons up . That is not the campsites fault just inconsiderate people
Sep 14, 2020 by Harcster
★★★★★

Lovely peaceful campsite with clean facilities and animals galore!

We stayed for three nights and we loved it. Lovely location and a really peaceful campsite. The kids loved the farm and animals especially Pauline the pig! The Weald Way is beautiful for a walk and we enjoyed The Gun pub nearby. Delicious eggs and sausages sold each evening on site and the fire pit was fab. The facilities were really clean and we saw the toilets being cleaned impressively often! :-) We’ll be back!
Sep 8, 2020 by ClareM Verified Review
★★★★☆

Nice campsite but noisey kids

I liked the facilities for washing up, showering and the loos & recycling. The fire pits are great. Unfortunately my neighbours had occupied my pitch with their car right next to my fire pit so I couldn't pitch there which was frustrating and disappointing. They left about 4pm, 4 hours after they were supposed to and I couldn't be bothered to re pitch for a 1 night stay. The shouting/screaming/arguing kids were about 12 feet away behind a hedge. That was intrusive. I had a good night and liked the site but but if your neighbours overstay like mine did you might not get to enjoy a nice fire..
Sep 2, 2020 by AdamC Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic few days in the Shepherd's Hut!

Three nights in the Shepherd's Hut was fantastic. It had everything we needed and is a really clever use of space inside. The privacy of the hut and surrounding field is great as is the option to have you own fire/bbq each evening. The farm is great fun and the option to buy produce from the farm as well to cook with is a great idea. The farm is on the Weald Way walk so plenty of options for walks as long as you like! The owners were great and were very quick to respond to any questions we had during our time there. Would recommend this to anyone!
Aug 24, 2020 by Adam Knoyle Verified Review
★★★★★

Fantastic few days in the Shepherd's Hut!

The Shepherd's Hut had everything we needed and is an excellent use of space. The privacy was great and being able to have your own fire/bbq each evening was a real treat. The farm is great fun to look around and being able to get food from the farm is another fantastic idea. The farm is on the Weald Way Walk so plenty of options for walks as long as you like! The owners were also happy and quick to respond to any questions/issues we had. Would recommend staying there to anyone!
Aug 24, 2020 by Adam Knoyle Verified Review
★★★★★

A lovely campsite!

We just got back from x3 lovely days and nights at Hale farm. It was very relaxing, peaceful, great facilities and had a gorgeous, friendly and happy farm. The animals all seemed really content and I've never seen such beautiful goats! The kids built a den, climbed trees, played on the rope swing and played hide 'n' seek. We had lovely campfires each night, looked at the stars and slept really well. Thanks Hale Farm, it was lovely.
★★★★★

Great socially-distanced family fun

My 7&8 year olds and I had a wonderful night’s stay and it was a welcome relief to months of lockdown. It was covid-secure and clean. The showers were hot, we had lovely camp fire and enjoyed scrummy ice-cream from the ice-cream van in the evening. This morning my daughter loved taking snaps of the the farm which was safely fenced off for viewing the animals, which included donkeys, pigs, chickens goats, shetland ponies and geese. The campsite felt safe, welcoming and relaxing. I can’t wait to book a longer trip.
★★★★★

Great camping for socially-distanced family fun

My 7&8 year olds and I had a wonderful night’s stay and it was a welcome relief to months of lockdown. It was covid-secure and clean. The showers were hot, we had lovely camp fire and enjoyed scrummy ice-cream from the ice-cream van in the evening. This morning my daughter loved taking snaps of the the farm which was safely fenced off for viewing the animals, which included donkeys, pigs, chickens goats, shetland ponies and geese. The campsite felt safe, welcoming and relaxing. I can’t wait to book a longer trip.
★★★★☆

Family friendly site.

This is a very friendly, clean site where children can play from dawn to dusk. The pitches are generous and well spaced out, the fire pits add a relaxing touch after a long day of walking. If what you want is the impression you are by yourself in the middle of nowhere this is not the camp site for you. When you have children it must be reassuring to know that the showers cannot get too hot but, for me they were just a bit too cool. The composting toilets were kept clean but as a taller adult I found them just too high, if you took four inches of the height and they would be vastly improved. In conclusion Ruth and all of the other staff were friendly and approachable, the sausages and bacon are great, the pitches are massive. A place to go with young children.
Aug 9, 2020 by Carey Jebb Verified Review
★★★★★

Perfect Stay

First time at Hale Farm, staying with young children. The pitches were a good size, great to have a fire pit and logs to buy, clean toilets, shower and washing up. Kids loved being able to play games, explore the woods and see the animals. Great location for short walks to pubs and short drive the the coast. Look forward to staying again.
Aug 6, 2020 by Lizzie
★★★★★

Fantastic family friendly campsite

Second stay for us at Hale farm and it's one of our favourite campsites. The owners work hard to keep facilities clean and everyone happy. The pitches are large and there are a couple of nice pubs within walking distance. The kids love visiting the farm animals in the morning in the well kept farm. We look forward to returning soon.
Aug 5, 2020 by Omar Verified Review
★★★★★

Wonderful place to stay

We just returned from a wonderfully relaxing stay in the Shepherds Hut at Hale Farm. The hut was cosy and clean with everything you need provided and a lovely, comfy bed. The campsite is really well set up for the current situation, you couldn't be more socially distanced if you tried! We never had to wait for the loos or showers, which were lovely and clean. Also, rare for a campsite, hot water to wash your hands and wash up. Lovely!
★★★★★

Lovely campsite, great for kids

We’ve been to Hale Farm a few times and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a lovely location with good (eco) facilities, there is a farm on site to occupy the kids, and two great pubs in easy walking distance. There is also lots to do in the local area (beach, steam train, castle). Would definitely recommend.
Aug 2, 2020 by Jackie
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite with lovely owners

We loved this campsite! The kids enjoyed the farm visits, and there are so many footpaths to explore in the local area - all beautiful. The toilets were clean and showers just the right temperature, with no queues at all that I saw. The number of pitches and spacing means that there is lots of space for kids to run around and some woody bits around the edge to explore. Ruth and Scott were incredibly helpful, friendly and the sausages they sell are amazing - definitely recommended! The site was quiet in the evenings so no problem getting the kids to sleep. Whilst we were there we visited a few places: the Cuckoo trial for a traffic free bike ride and it's only a 25 minute drive the Seven Sisters country park and we had a lovely walk down to Cuckmere Haven beach past the river meanders. Perfect low density camping with campfires!
★★★★★

The Perfect Camping Holiday

We loved our stay at Hale Farm so much we stayed a fifth night! Ruth and Scott are lovely and the beautiful campsite is very clean, friendly and relaxing. Will definitely be coming again next year :-)
★★★★★

Really lovely campsite

Lovey little campsite in the middle of beautiful countryside, 20 minutes to the coast. Special touches such as sausages and eggs from the farm made it perfect!
Jul 20, 2020 by Helena Jones Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing

Have stayed camping at hale farm before and thought it was really good then. This time we stayed in the shepherds hut. This was a truly amazing experience and couldn’t have asked for anything better. The owners Ruth and Scott are happy to help in anyway that they can. It really is so cosy and warm and you feel like you are a million miles away from everything but the sheep :) Would highly recommend. Massively good for the sole whilst also having lovely luxuries such as running water over gas stove etc and toilets and hot showers only a short distance away.
★★★★★

We’ll be back!

This is the third year in a row we have camped at Hale Farm and each time, despite the weather, we have a great time. Scott and Ruth are extremely helpful and ensure that we feel welcomed on their evening visits. The facilities are kept incredibly clean and the site kept tidy. The food they sell is reasonably priced, great quality and the eggs are fresh as can be. The children love to visit the farm in the mornings and explore the woodland which boarders the fields. All being well, we fully intend to return next year with our friends!
Aug 21, 2019 by charlieccs13 Verified Review
★★★★☆

Peaceful and relaxed

We really enjoyed the welcoming and relaxed feel to this campsite. Letting people go into the farm itself for an hour was a really nice feature.
Jun 2, 2019 by Oliver Verified Review
★★★★★

Away from it all...

Beautiful field, uncrowded, and with the most wonderful sunset light on the trees. Facilities are well kept and pleasant, and access to the farm right next door is brilliant for the kids - a firm favourite for us and we’ll keep going back...
May 28, 2019 by Alastair
★★★★★

Wonderful Campsite

This is the only campsite we have ever returned to, which should tell you everything. We love the relaxed vibes, very spaced out feel of the field really pretty good facilities and all round positive atmosphere. The other campers are friendly, Scott and Ruth are always super helpful, and the kids love this site. It's also great that it's so close to a number of attractions nearby. I highly recommend it - I think they are under pricing it to be honest!
May 7, 2019 by Swlondon Verified Review
★★★★★

Loved it!!

We had a great couple of days camping with two families. Large field with not too many pitches which meant you had plenty of space. Each pitch has its own fire pit and you can buy a fire-pit bundle from the friendly farmer who comes round about 5pm every day to check on pitches, sell firewood and tell you about the farm and local area. In the morning you can buy eggs, bacon and sausages from the farm and visit the chickens, lambs, Pygmy goats and Shetland ponies which is great with kids. The facilities are very clean with compost toilets, showers and washing up areas. The Weald Way is close by as is the village of Chiddingly with local volunteer run shop and cafe and the Six Bells Pub. Top-tip get to the pub around 5.30pm-6pm for food as it soon fills up with friendly locals and you won’t get a table otherwise. In the opposite direction to Chiddingly is a brewery and Gastro Pub which we plan on trying on our next visit. Can’t wait to go back.
Apr 22, 2019 by Rachel Verified Review
★★★★☆

Truly Great British camping

We stayed for a week at Hale Farm in the summer and had such a wonderful time the children still ask when we can return. We were blessed with blue skies throughout which always helps, but even without the glorious weather the children would have happily spent hours exploring, climbing trees and visiting the animals each morning. Showers and toilets were always spotlessly clean (although the water in the showers wasn't very warm - not that it was a problem given the scorching weather) and everyone very friendly. We're seriously considering making the 4 hour drive to return this year!
Jan 23, 2019 by Kate Verified Review
★★★★★

Great Campsite with fire pits

Great location, beautiful surroundings and excellent facilities. Would be more than happy to go back.
Oct 2, 2018 by Dave Verified Review
★★★★★

Great family friendly camping!

Simple camping at it’s best - spacious pitches, loads of space for kids to run, play ball games & explore. Clean toilets & hot showers. Campfire logs are delivered daily to your pitch by the friendly owner along with local sausages and bacon - delicious! Each morning you can feed the chickens and visit the farm animals - a big hit with our children! Highly recommend and will definitely be going back.
Aug 30, 2018 by Tracy
★★★★★

Clean, family friendly Campsite.

Had a lovely couple of days at Hale farm for our first family camping trip. Although we are quite local it was still nice to explore a new part of Sussex, we all really enjoyed walking up to see the Long Man of Willmington. This is no frills camping at its best. Kids loved having our own fire pit for roasting marshmallows and wide open spaces to play. The farm animals to visit were an added bonus, as was the firewood (and eggs and bacon) bought to your tent door to buy every evening. If you want open spaces and to not to feel crammed in this is the place for you. The toilets, washing up areas and showers were clean and well looked after. AND two pubs within walking distance.... Perfect!
Aug 24, 2018 by Fran
★★★★★

Great family campsite

Lots of space to camp and play even though it was peak season. Toilets and showers kept clean and well maintained. Lovely little farm that our son enjoyed walking around, he was most taken with the chickens. Could do with a map on the notice board of how to get to the two local pubs on foot. We asked some friendly campers and luckily they knew. Will certainly return soon.
Aug 11, 2018 by Lesley Verified Review
★★★★★

Really good family campsite

We had a lovely time here with our family. The owners are really friendly and there is ample room to camp and the kids to play. Would definitely recommend and will be coming back soon.
Aug 9, 2018 by Nathan
★★★★★

Highly recommended

Great campsite, I would definitely stay again. It is one big meadow with lots of space and trees for shade/shelter. Located right on a footpath (Weald Way) so handy for walks. Facilities were really nice and clean - composting toilets and pretty decent hot showers in wooden cabins. There were a fair amount of big groups and families but it wasn't noisy at all and the meadow is so huge it felt really spacious and relaxing.
Jul 29, 2018 by Fiona
★★★★☆

It was very nice and quiet

Just a simple good farm campsite with very nice hosts.
Jul 28, 2018 by Paula
★★★★★

Gorgeous little hideaway

We have just returned from a 2 nights in the Shepherds Hut - private, secluded, peaceful, lovely amenities, attentive owners, a whole field to ourselves, just blissful, didn't want to leave, will be booking again very soon. Thank you
Jul 22, 2018 by auntsal67
★★★★★

Simple camping at Hale Farm

I came with a friend on Thur 12 July, on a mini cycle camp tour. We'd spent the afternoon cycling in the Pevensey Levels, and cycled over to Hale Farm for the night. We had a lovely peaceful evening and a slow start on Friday before heading off at lunchtime to Sheffield Park. Good simple site, clean toilet and wash facilities.
Jul 17, 2018 by Carol Shergold
★★★★★

Lovely little farm campsite

Great weekend stay here, simple site, very uncrowded, even though they were booked up, with plenty of space between sites. Good clean simple facilities, and with the limited capacity they allow, never really much of a queue for showers or loos. Great sausages and bacon from the farm as well, highly recommended, and our kids loved seeing and feeding the farm animals. Scott, the farmer was very happy to chat about the farm, and gave the kids some hay to feed to the rescue donkeys. Even saw some little kittens that had just been born to the farm cat. Would definitely recommend!
Jul 9, 2018 by Jason Rainbow
★★★★★

Newbies converted

The other reviews pretty much cover the sentiment that fills people after a visit to Hale Farm; the location is rural and away from the frustrations of life, the field is adequately sized and despite being 'full' still felt like we had our personal space, the facilities (showers, toilets and kitchen areas) were all immaculate despite the numbers of people using them, the proximity to TWO PUBS was great and the walk through the corn fields to The Gun was a treat to be only surpassed by a great pub and wonderful views and for this weekend, the weather was perfect. Additionally to the place, facilities etc, Scott who not only does the meet-and-greet but also delivers wood, doubles up as a shop-boy AND farm expert was a lovely engaging guy to meet. Gold stars all round. It was our first time camping, the experience Hale Farm provided help sell us on the activity and certainly would return here for sure!
Jul 2, 2018 by richard
★★★★★

Wonderful Family Campsite

Brilliant campsite based around a single large field. big enough to have great facilities and other kids to meet but small and private enough so you didnt feel overwhelmed by hordes of people. Long may this last. I counted about 30 pitches in our field which was just right Designated firepits and great showers and toilet facilities. Some of the best we've experienced for a campsite of this size. MY daughter loved the animals and great to be able to buy bacon and eggs on site. Really helpful owner and 2 pubs within walking distance. We will be back , loved it.
Jun 4, 2018 by Buster77
★★★★★

Perfect, unspoilt campsite

A single beautiful large meadow with nicely built composting loos and showers. Unpretentious and unspoilt with kids running about doing kid stuff. There was loads of room and it's great that the owners recognise that just cramming as many people as possible into a field is not the way to make your site special. The countryside around the site is stunning and it's an easy walk along a footpath in either direction to a choice of 2 pubs! Scott the owner was great when I realised that I'd buggered up the booking and let us stay on for another night. Cheers!
Jun 3, 2018 by James T
★★★★★

Fab all round

Stayed here with our toddler and some friends - great location - an easy but scenic walk two lovely pubs, lovely clean facilities and plenty of space for the toddlers to play, and everything very relaxed and easy. We especially loved the farm and meeting all the animals. Great campfire breakfast of the farm’s own eggs, sausages and bacon 😊
May 21, 2018 by Alex
★★★★★

Family bliss

We stayed here over the scorching hot early May Bank Holiday weekend, together with another family. What a really lovely place Scott and Ruth have created! The field is huge, they keep the tent numbers very limited, so it's wonderfully spaced out. All the kids had a fab time, making friends with all the other children around the site, and the adults made some new friends too. All thanks to the very relaxed vibes. The facilities are also first rate, cleaned often. We agreed this is our favourite campsite we've stayed at and the first we are likely to return to. Very highly recommended for families.
May 8, 2018 by Swlondon Verified Review
★★★★★

This is the Garden of England

Excellent location, fantastic campsite, makes we want to do more. Welcomed as soon as we arrived, instructed to drive around and choose a pitch, fire pit's well marked We arrived late in the day, but still able to get a nice quiet pitch. 2 bags of wood and kindling for £5 and our pit which was a little water logged was cleared for us. The composting toilets at each end, even Kitchen washing facilities and showers Excellent site would book again
May 8, 2018 by CarolineB
★★★★★

What more could you want!

What more could you want! We just had a fabulous weekend. A group of us pitched around a fire pit for the night and had a fantastic evening in this wonderful spot. It was a bit chilly in the evening so having a camp fire was most welcome! It's great to have the freedom to spread out and be far enough away from other campers to be able to relax and not worry too much about disturbing others with the loud laughs of some members of our group. That's what I hope any way! When you're there listening to the sheep and birds (yes we did hear an owl) without a building in site, it's very hard to believe you're only half an hour from the city and it was a great escape from hectic life. It's another World. You can't fault the facilities and we thoroughly enjoyed a big fry up in the morning consisting of the eggs, bacon and sausages from the farm. Oh, and did I mention the local pub? The Six Bells is a 10 minute walk away across the fields and it's a proper pub, full of locals, great beer and has bands on every weekend. And lastly the walking. Not that we did much walking this weekend, but there's great walking in the area too. At the moment the bluebell woods are amazing. Will definitely be back! Thanks!
May 9, 2017 by Beluga
★★★★★

Perfect birthday getaway

Last summer I asked my son, then 8, if he wanted a party or to go camping for his birthday, he chose camping! Together we trawled the net for the ideal site for an almost 9 year old, his younger sister and a his friend. We found Hale Farm and we were all very glad we did. So much space for children to run wild and be safe, more than adequate facilities ( we all got the hang of the composting toilets), the visits to the animals each morning including Tilly ( my daughters namesake) and beautiful countryside and coast within a short drive. Couldn't have asked for more but we got it in the lovely welcome and log delivery every evening. " The best birthday ever"
Apr 23, 2017 by PoppyP
★★★★★

Weather and more

You can't pick the weather but we were truly spoilt for three nights in April. On two of the mornings my children went to see the animals to find newly born piglets and lambs. The owners are very welcoming and kind. The facilities are immaculate with warm water in the sinks and showers. Hale Farm is in an idyllic location, has a laid back atmosphere, with really easy access to the Downs and beaches. There's a community shop nearby in the village in the home of Lee Miller. It was really lovely. Highly recommended.
Apr 12, 2017 by Jane
★★★★★

Perfect Idyllic Camping

We stayed for three nights at this lovely little campsite, a party of 2 adults and 3 children. You can pitch anywhere in the field and each plot has it's own fire pit. This is rural and natural camping at it's best. Composting toilets that were cleaned regularly (good job as it was busy when we went!) and gas fired showers. I only have one minor criticism which is I think they could do with at least one more washing up sink, there's only 1 available which means there were queues to use it at peak times. You can feed the chickens and pigs on the farm each morning 8.30 - 9.30 and bags of feed are 20p. You can also buy eggs, bacon and sausages on site. The local village of Chiddingly has some lovely walks around it and a great country pub, The Six Bells. We also went to Pevensey and Eastbourne for a day out which is easily accessible by car. Absolutely lovely site, very pleasant owners - book it!
Aug 23, 2016 by heather_jelenski2002
★★★★★

Amazing site

We left Hale Farm yesterday and we miss it already. A great clean site and the added bonus of visiting the farm and feeding the animals. You can choose your pitch and you have a fire pit. You can borrow bricks to use for cooking on the fire. They visit you early evening for you to buy logs and fire starater packs. Local village shop is well stocked and the sausages were delicious! Great local produce. Very friendly people too! Two pubs nearby too and local pathways to cut the walking time down by half! Great location with activities and attractions nearby. We are planning on returning at our earliest time. Highly recommend this site to beginners or professional campers.
Aug 18, 2016 by Taller
★★★★★

Lovely peaceful site

Spent a lovely night in this huge grassy meadow with 2 young boys this weekend. There is plenty of space for the children to play (and pitches are miles apart) and spotlessly clean composting toilets and washing up facilities. All the pitches have fire pits and fire packs are available to buy on the 5pm rounds along with sausages and free range eggs.  The farm is on the Weald Way and a river and bluebell-filled woods are within easy amble.  In the morning the farm is open to go and see the animals and bags of feed are for sale (20p) to feed the chickens and pigs.  They also have sheep, donkeys and goats.  It's a peaceful and friendly place to spend some time, I'm sure we will be back for another weekend soon.

May 9, 2016 by Kate

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