Heronsdale Manor Farm

UK England South East England East Sussex Heathfield

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  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Rustic camping and caravanning on an East Sussex farm

Two compost toilets, two hot water showers, and a tap; that’s about all there is by way of facilities at Heronsdale Manor Farm Campsite in East Sussex. If you’re looking for bell tents, bunting and pizza ovens, you’ll want to move along quickly. We love all those things too, and there are certainly lots of them in this neck of the woods, but sometimes you just want a spot of good old-fashioned camping. And that’s exactly what’s on offer here.

Campers first stayed in this farmer’s field back in the summer of ‘84 when Lizzie, who now runs the place, was knee high to the heifers in the surrounding fields. Back then, it was just a tiny handful of caravans or motorhomes who would roll up and make use of the hole-in-the-ground toilet. Things have moved on since then – but not all that much, if we’re honest. There are now a couple of hot showers, a couple of compost loos and a chemical disposal point. The big views and chilled atmosphere are still the same.

The site sticks to the tradition of allowing just about everyone: campervans, motorhomes, caravans and people with their own tents too. Without the confines of electric hook-ups and pitch markers, it is pretty much ‘pitch where you please’ within this three-acre field but the lie of the land and the size of the space means there’s always room for kids to play. In true farm campsite style, there’s no reception, just a sign on the gate to welcome you in. Lizzie will pop by at some point to check all’s in order. She can sell you firewood and hire you an off-ground firepit; we’d certainly recommend it. With no lights on site, the stars here are worth staying up for.

In essence, Heronsdale Manor Farm Campsite is just a field on a farm – but there’s no denying it’s a lovely one. It has distant views of the South Downs, a little dell at one end and it’s surrounded by fields of maize, wheat and barley. Footpaths lead out into the countryside, some through the farm’s 40-acre woodland, filled with bluebells in spring. It’s a 20-minute cross-country walk to the nearest pub in Waldron; the closest of many Sussex villages you might like to explore. Walking, cycling, steam train rides, lovely gardens and the seaside provide more old-fashioned fun on days out. But it’s not far from modern delights either. The bright lights of Brighton and Eastbourne are only half an hour away, though many people come here to escape them.

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Facilities

Two compost toilets, two hot water showers, a water standpipe, chemical disposal point, rubbish and recycling facilities. Campfires are allowed in off-ground firepits, which can be hired (extra charge) and logs are for sale.

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, groups, dogs...

Nearby

There are lovely walks around the farm and the surrounding countryside. It’s a 20-minute walk to the village of Waldron, where there’s a pretty village church, a cricket ground and a pub. The Sussex villages of Chiddingly and East Hoathly are about an hour’s walk (both around three miles from the campsite). For more shops, eateries and sights, head to Lewes, a 15-minute (11 mile) drive from Heronsdale Manor Farm. You can visit the outdoor Pells Pool, Lewes Castle, the Harvey’s Brewery shop and lots of secondhand book and antiques dealers. For longer walks or mountain biking, try the 14-mile Cuckoo Trail or for stunning views, head to the top of the South Downs and the South Downs Way. At the Seven Sisters Country Park (0345 6080193), you can also kayak and paddleboard with Buzz Active (01323 491289) on the River Cuckmere. Other great family days out include a ride on the Bluebell Railway. The closest place to get on is at Sheffield Park (15 miles from site) where there’s also a beautiful National Park landscape gardens and parkland. The south coast is less than 20 miles from site, as are seaside Brighton and Eastbourne.

Food & Drink

There are three pubs within walking distance; The Star Inn (01435 812495) is a mile away in Waldron with the The Six Bells (01825 872227) and The Blackboys Inn (01825 890283) a few miles further; both are about an hour’s walk away. East Hoathly (also an hour’s walk or a short drive) has a coffee shop, Muffins (01825 840087) and another pub, The Kings Head (01825 840238), with a microbrewery and a shop. A wood-fired pizza van also visits the village on Wednesdays (4pm–8pm; 07532 109508). There are two supermarkets, delicatessens and cafés in Heathfield, a 10-minute drive from site. There is also a farmer’s market in the Co-op car park from 9am–12.30pm on the third Saturday of every month. A little further away, Lewes Farmers’ Market runs 9am–1pm on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Open

April–September.

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The Owner Says

Why not take some time out from the rat race to get back to nature and come camping. Relax with friends over a camp fire with a glass of wine and melting marshmallows!

We are a rustic campsite located on a working farm in the heart of East Sussex. Our campsite is set in a 3 acre field which is mainly flat with some wooded areas. We are open to tents, campervans, motorhomes or caravans so whatever your preferred way of staying in the countryside there will be a perfect spot to pitch on our campsite.

Our simple campsite offers drinking water, hot showers, compost toilet facilities, and waste disposal (recycling, general waste and chemical disposal point). Camp fires are allowed and fire pits can be hired and logs purchased.

 We welcome children and well behaved dogs, but guests must be aware that this is still a working farm, with tractors, machinery and livestock in adjacent fields.

Pitches

20 grassy pitches.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 11 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch in the Dell

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch by the Entrance

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 11 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch in the Dell

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
Free pitching available

Grass Pitch by the Entrance

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Free pitching available

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Location

Contact Heronsdale Manor Farm, Heronsdale Manor Farm, Moat Lane, Waldron, East Sussex TN21 0RT

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Getting There

Whether coming from north or south, leave the A22 at the Shaw Roundabout between Uckfield and Hailsham, signposted for East Hoathly. When you reach the village centre the road bends right into the High Street. Instead of following it round, turn left into Waldron Road. After 200 metres the road splits, stick to the right (Graywood Road), signposted towards Waldron. After a mile, take a left onto Moat Lane. Heronsdale Manor Farm and the campsite (signposted) will be on your right after another half a mile.

The closest train stations to Heronsdale Manor Farm are Buxted (five miles) or Uckfield (six miles). Bus services to Waldron, which is still a mile from the campsite, are infrequent, so a taxi is recommended for the last part of the journey if coming by public transport.

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