Orchard Camping Pitch

UK England South East England East Sussex Lewes The Secret Campsite

  • Sleeps 7 (max 4 adults, 5 children)
Our secluded, wildlife rich, orchard camping pitches sleep a maximum of 7, with no more then 4 adults. Under 3's are free.

The Owner Says

The Orchard pitches are set amongst the fruit and nut trees and small pond that make up our disorganised orchard. They are a little nearer to the buildings and showers. There are just 2 camping pitches here plus The Gridshell and it is car and dog free. We allow camp fires and firewood and charcoal are available for sale from reception. We have great shower, toilet and washing up facilities and there is a fridge and freezer available for campers. The Orchard is an isolated part of the campsite, perfect for people looking for privacy.

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Suitable For

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

Nearby

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 195 reviews

★★★★★

This is by far my favorite camping pitch in the UK so far!

I can't say enough good things about The Secret Campsite. Tim was super helpful leading up to the weekend we visiting; he always responded promptly to my emails. The meadow we camped in is truly as pretty as it looks in the photos, and when you do need the facilities, everything there is neat and tidy and super clean. I am scheduled to go back soon and stay in one of amazing tree tents.

Response from The Secret Campsite

Hi Mark, Thanks for leaving a review, we really apprecite it. See you again soon. Tim
★★★★★

I wish I could keep this a secret campsite but its too good not to share

I can't recommend this place enough. We stayed in the tree tent for my husband's birthday which was a lot of fun; but we will be back soon with our own tent. Plenty of space between sites, facilities are spotless and the hospitality was fantastic. There are great walks down the old train line, through woods and across fields to a pub on the river that you can hire boats. Lewes is a close drive and definitely worth a look. But you could also easily spend some time at the campsite enjoying the tranquility. Thanks Tim for a fab stay!
Oct 24, 2020 by Gemma Verified Review

Response from The Secret Campsite

Morning Gemma, We really appreciate you spending your time to leave us a review.  See you again Tim
★★★★★

Relaxing place

Lovely campsite with plenty of space between pitches. Quite magical sitting round a campfire on a beautiful evening. Thank you
Sep 25, 2020 by Linda Miller Verified Review

Response from The Secret Campsite

Afternoon Linda, Thans for thaking the time to leave us a review, it is really appreciated. all the best Tim
★★★★★

Fabulous, chilled out, relaxed and fun

I recently planned a camping trip meeting with my children and grandchild at Secret Campsite. I couldn't have chosen a better place. We sat around the campfire in the evening talking, eating and looking at the stars. The campsite is beautiful and their is sufficient room between each site. The campsite and facilities are clean and Tim and team were welcoming and helpful. Thank you so much!
Sep 22, 2020 by EILEEN CAMPBELL

Response from The Secret Campsite

Afternoon Eileen, Thanks for taking the time to post us a review, we really appreciate it. all the best Tim
★★★★★

Magical wild stay

This is a beautiful place and perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle. Well located for walks long, short or to a riverside pub lunch. Tim and family are attentive and lovely. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
Sep 18, 2020 by Rose

Response from The Secret Campsite

Hi Rose, thanks for posting a review it is really appreciated. all the best Tim

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Location

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.