The Gridshell

UK England South East England East Sussex Lewes The Secret Campsite

  • Sleeps 5 (max 3 adults, 3 children)
  • Beds Provided

  • Bed Linen Not Included
The Gridshell is located in the orchard part of the campsite The price includes the first 2 people. Extra guests pay normal camping rates with no more than 4 adults or 5 peopler in total.

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 5 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 1 double bed 1 small double bed and up to 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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Suitable For

Tents – yes. Caravans, campervans, big groups, young groups, dogs – no.


There’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 traditional 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.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 208 reviews


A fantastic campsite in idyllic surroundings!

We stayed here about 8 years ago and were impressed then, but coming back we’ve been overawed at how Tim & Co have developed this wonderful campsite. The orchards & wildflower meadows have added to the peace & tranquility, and created a haven for wildlife, including glow worms next to our tent! A starry moonlit summer’s night in front of a fire was the perfect antidote in these stressful times. Thank You!

Response from The Secret Campsite

Hi Jonathan, thanks so much for leavig a review. We really appreciate it and look forward to 8 years time... Tim

Most wonderful stay

What an idyllic place this is! Best campsite I've seen in the UK (and seen quite a few!). We stayed in the orchard as well as the meadow and both were fabulous. The pitches are super spacious, surrounded by beautiful meadows, fruit and nut trees and the surroundings are just a wildlife heaven. Peace, tranquility, the smell of nature to greet you in the morning! We've seen many birds, butterflies, glowworms(!), foxes and deer. The bunnies are hopping around your tent! Campfires are encouraged (each pitch has a lovely firepit) which results in an atmospheric view and feel when the sun starts setting and the camp settles in for the night. Lots of beautiful walks straight from the campsite and lots to see and do within driving distance (forests, beaches, towns). The owners and staff are passionate about the place and the friendliest bunch of people, very helpful, always there if you need anything. They really go the extra mile for you. Facilities also really good, not too many showers/toilets but decent, clean and spacious and we actually never had to wait once while the campsite was fully booked. Everything carefully thought out and eco friendly too! We had the privilage of staying for almost two weeks and would have loved to stay even longer. Truly special campsite, our absolute favourite. If you think you need a psychologist or pill to get you back on track, think again. All you need is a stay at the Secret Campsite and you'll return fully refreshed, recharged and inspired. :-) Thank you so much and keep up the good work!

Fantastic to be immersed in so much nature!

We had the best few days staying at the secret campsite. Tim and the rest of the team were really helpful and always happy to share tips to make our stay as interesting as possible. We had a large pitch in the meadow and had so much space to ourselves, it was great to be able to spread out a bit without worrying about intruding on others space , especially good during these times! The facilities cover all of your basic camping needs which is exactly what we wanted from a site to feel as close to nature as possible. We've already recommended it to friends and are hoping to come back later in the year ourselves! Thanks again Tim and team!

Response from The Secret Campsite

Hi Sophia,
Thanks for takimg the time to post a review. We really appreiate it. see you again soon Tim

Peaceful secluded campsite. Lovely atmosphere

The pitches were huge, yet very private. Short walk to facilities. Staff were very very helpful and friendly. I liked that they charged our phones/ cameras etc on site every day. The atmosphere on the site was peaceful and calming. Hot running water in showers was a highlight for us regular campers. Being a bite over our usual price range, it was worth every penny :)

Lovely getaway space to chill and relax

We loved our 3 nights staying in the Okra a quirky wooden den with space to stretch out and relax and sleep, noise free and secluded. Our 16 year old loved it too and wants to pass on the 'secret' to all our friends - he even managed to have no wifi signal and enjoyed making fires and cooking sausages instead! Came home after visiting beautiful countryside and beaches we had never been to before and totally chilled. Would not hesitate to recommend!

Response from The Secret Campsite

Hi Adele, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We really appreciate it and it was great to meet you all. Tim
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The Secret Campsite is located at Brickyard Farm, Town Littleworth, Cooksbridge, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4TD

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Getting There

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.