The Gridshell (135)
- Sleeps 6 (max 4 adults, 5 children)
- Beds Provided
- Bed Linen Not Included
The Owner Says
Built by local inventor Jason Thawley, The Gridshell is made from locally sourced wooden laths of ash, clad in a heavy duty cotton canvas and it will happily sleep up to 6 people. It is located in the orchard part of the campsite with its own fire pit and a grass area for you to relax on and enjoy the sunshine and Sussex wildlife here at The Secret Campsite. We provide 2 double beds and 2 roll mats, plus showers and a washing up area. You will need to bring your own bedding, pillows, blankets and towels, plus any food you will need. We will provide a camping stove, a kettle, mugs, plates and cutlery for your trip. Please note that you can’t cook inside the The Gridshell, so you should bring along any cooking shelter that you require such as a small tent or a gazebo.
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About The Secret Campsite
Tents – yes. Caravans, campervans, big groups, young groups, dogs – no.
NearbyThere’s plenty to do in Brighton, 13 miles away, but don’t overlook the delights of Lewes, a pretty market town nestled in the South Downs just 5 miles from the site. There’s a farmer’s market on the first Saturday of the month and an outdoor lido for hotter days. You can walk there from the site – ask at reception for the route. Glyndebourne Opera House is just a few miles away and the South Downs National Park is a 3 mile stroll to Offham. Finally, Middle Farm and Drusillas Park are a great morning out for children which can be combined with walks around the Friston or Ashdown Forests to wear everyone out ready to collapse back at the campsite around a fire to tell stories and play cards.
Food & Drink
Tim, the owner, knows all the best places to get fresh, local produce, including the Holmansbridge Farm Shop (01273 401964) in Town Littleworth which is a 5 minute walk away. The Royal Oak (01273 400418) is a 30 minute walk away along the dismantled railway line that links the campsite to the village of Barcombe. The Five Bells (01825 722259) is a 40 minute walk through Balneath Woods and Markstakes Common and serves great beers and tradfitional pub food. If all country pubs could be as good as The Griffin at Fletchling (01825 722890) with its delightful garden and exceptional food, the world would be a happier place. Lewes is home to the wonderful Cafe du Jardin, which is located in a courtyard that it shares with an antiques business, and for the more adventurous Chaula's Indian Restaurant (01273 476707) is heaven for gourmets of Indian cuisine.
The Secret Campsite is located at Brickyard Farm, Town Littleworth, Cooksbridge, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4TD
Head north from Lewes on the A275 and half a mile after leaving Cooksbridge turn right at The Rainbow Inn onto Deadmantree Hill. Follow the road for 2 miles to Holmansbridge Farm Shop. The campsite is the fourth turning on the right after the Farm Shop and shares the driveway with a house called ‘Woodside’.
There are limited means of public transport direct to the site, although you can catch the bus to Barcombe from Lewes or from Cooksbridge, and then walk down the old railway track to Town Littleworth. Alternatively, you can get off the bus at the bottom of Deadmantree Hill at the start of Town Littleworth road. This is a 25 minute walk along a quiet country road to the campsite.
Cooksbridge Train station is open during peak times on weekdays only. This is a 45 minute walk from the campsite or you can catch a bus from the site although they are very infrequent so worth planning in advance.