Hook Farm Campsite

UK England South East England West Sussex East Grinstead

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Blissfully back-to-basics camping in the heart of the West Sussex High Weald

It's easy to marvel at the West Sussex High Weald and not realise the history hued in its landscape of sprawling heathlands, woodland pockets and scattered farmsteads. This irregular patchwork of undulating fields, snaked with ancient bridle paths is a living medieval landscape sculpted and shaped by the 14th century rural folk of these parts. As the years progressed and the rest of the world bore witness to the sweeping tide of industrialisation, this charming corner of south-east England remained wonderfully unspoiled for a region just a couple of hours from the capital. The lucky inhabitants of its quaint ridge-top villages have always had a healthy respect for the land which continues to this day, hence its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And it is on one such hilltop village, West Hoathly, that the Buckley family's vast former dairy farm now plays host to the region's loveliest back-to-basics campsite.

Spread over 20 acres of typically tranquil meadowland, Hook Farm is a tents only site site with space for just 10 privileged pitches. Facilities are sparse to say the least (portable loos, no showers), but that's all part of the charm of this place – a real throwback to the days of building dens and stories round the campfire.  

The south-facing site's open grasslands, fringed by copses of enchanting woodland, are free to explore, unencumbered by roads, permanent buildings and grazed upon by cattle in the winter months. This is seriously low-impact camping.

And from its enviable location in the heart of the High Weald, the charms of West Sussex are eminently explorable. Take the steam locomotive Bluebell Railway and chug your way through the region. Or for chugging of a different kind, there's a cracking traditional country pub in The Cat Inn, mere metres' walk from the campsite.     



Portable toilets, several water points and basins. No showers. Clay pigeon shooting available on the farm. Campfires allowed.

Suitable For

Tents, groups, well-behaved dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans/motorhomes – no.


The Bluebell Railway (01825 720800) is a wonderfully nostalgic way of exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hop on the steam from East Grinstead to the Capability Brown-designed Sheffield Park (01825 790231). Ashdown Forest (01342 823583) and the Ardingly Reservoir are lovely spots for a stroll. The former has a riding school (0781 809 3880) and served as the inspiration for A.A. Milne's '100 Aker Wood'. The latter boasts a sailing and canoeing centre (01444 892549), plus abundant stocks of pike, carp for fishing. Nearby Wakehurst Gardens is just a mile down the road. This Kew Gardens subsidiary features acres of stunning ornamental gardens, woodlands and a gorgeous Elizabethan mansion. For history buffs, the beautiful Arts and Crafts house, Standen (01342 323029), and Arundel Castle (01903 882173) are both within easy reach.

Food & Drink

There's a couple of cracking pubs in West Hoathly. The Cat Inn (01342 810369) is a lovely little gastro just 800m from the site which boasts an inventive menu of locally-sourced dishes. The Vinols Cross Inn (01342 810644) promises a friendly welcome and a well-stocked bar. 


The campsite is open during weekends and bank holidays only for the summer season from May - September.

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The Owner Says

The campsite is nestled on the south facing valley of the farm with beautiful views of the Sussex Weald. The site extends to include over twenty acres of secluded meadows, and small copses of woodland giving each pitch a unique feel. The site offers an opportunity to camp in the authentic English countryside, but only a short journey from the hustle and bustle of nearby London, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells.

The patchwork of small meadows makes the site perfect for family camping, with the Top Field large enough for games of cricket, football, badminton, the list goes on. The Lower Fields offer more tranquillity where you can have a secluded pitch perfect for couples looking to have their own space and peace and quiet.

You will experience true wild camping, there are no permanent buildings on the site, no showers and no main roads and over the winter months the site is grazed by cattle. The campsite is designed to have a minimal impact on the landscape and environment. We feel this gives the site a natural charm.

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20 acre site with ample space for 10 pitch-where-you-like tents.

Unallocated Grass Pitch (pitch anywhere on the campsite)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 5 Available
Over 20 acres of campsite to choose from over four separate meadows, each with its own unique feel.

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Contact Hook Farm Campsite, Hook Lane, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4PT

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Getting There

By Car From the North: Take Exit 10 from the A23 onto the A264 eastbound towards East Grinstead, at the roundabout by the Dukes Head pub take the third exit onto the B2028 towards Turners Hill, continue on this road through Turners Hill and towards Ardingly, at Selsfield Common take the left hand turn towards West Hoathly onto the Selsfield Road, follow this road into West Hoathly and take the right hand turn opposite West Hoathly Garage to the centre of the village along North Lane, pass the Cat Inn and Church on your left and continue through the Village towards Hook Lane, the Campsite will be signposted on the left hand side just past the Bowls Club.

By Car from the South: Northbound on A23 take exit for Bolney (A272) then head eastbound on the A272 towards Ansty and Cuckfield stay on this road then take the B20236 towards Cuckfield pass through Cuckfield and turn right at the roundabout onto the Ardingly Road towards Ardingly, at the next junction turn left towards Borde Hill Gardens and take the next right past the Gardens onto Copyhold Lane, at the next Junction turn left onto College Road and follow this road towards Ardingly, once at the junction in Ardingly turn left onto the B2028 follow this road through the village and then turn right onto Cob Lane just before the Ardingly Showground, Cob Lane eventually leads into Hook Lane, continue following Hook Lane for 1 mile passing the main Farmyard and several houses, the campsite is signposted on the right just before the village bowls club.

By Train: East Grinstead and Haywards Heath Stations are both within 15 minutes drive from the site and have taxi ranks.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 23 reviews


Blissful family weekend

Very charming for families; extremely pretty and quiet with plenty of free space to choose your spot. Tents only, no caravans or youthful partying types which was great for our little boys. A very happy memory thank you and we will return for more as much to explore in the area.

Lot's of rain but still great time and lovely campsite

Went with my two kids for one night. Was also trying out a new tent. Nice campsite - missed the turning initially but on turning back there was a couple of signs! Friendly welcome from the kiosk attendant, quick formalities then off to find a pitch. Lots of space. Quite hilly but there are flat parts. Found a nice spot next to an old uprooted tree. was able to get a fire going inbetween the rain showers. Basic facilities i.e. running water points and compost toilets. Latter not too bad. All in all a nice visit.

Very lovely setting for simple camping

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at Hook Farm. The children loved the open space and exploring the woods of this idilic, simple site. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful and the composting toilets were extremely civilised (despite some scepticism from some in our party!!). Sitting around a fire in the evening, it was exactly as camping should be
May 17, 2021 by Andrew Tawse Verified Review

Beautiful place, easy access, friendly staff.

I camped with my son and he loved it. Definitely we will go again.

Under the stars. Bonfire talks.

Friendship is glued even stronger with sincere conversations over a bonfire and discussing about our dreams under the magnificent night sky. Antonia and the guy who maintains the toilet facilities made us feel very welcome. All my friends are now asking me where I did my camping trip and I can't recommend Hook Farm enough. Will surely go back if I had the chance. .. It's accessible by public transport from London. Ride a train to East Grinstead and from there, we took a taxi (15 to 17 GBP) because we have so many stuff to carry. .. We had some delicious BBQ and juicy roasted king prawns that brings the taste of the ocean in your mouth with every bite. Eating with friends with a backdrop of back-to-nature scenery made the experience very memorable. ..

Beautiful setting, right on the South Downs Way and over looking the sea!

There is a stunning view over Telescombe cliffs of the sea from the site. The view from the other direction is of Mount Caburn, so it really can't be beaten for amazing scenery. It's also very reasonably priced for this area of Sussex, which can be on the expensive side. The downside for me was due to the low water pressure and very hot weather on the site the one water tap wasn't sufficient for the large number of campers staying. Mandy takes care of the site and is onto a problem straight away, so blocked loos aren't an issue for long but maybe composting loos would be an alternative? That aside we really did have an amzing time walking the levels nearby and swimming at Saltdean, heartily recommend for all age adventurers.
Aug 24, 2020 by Clare

Response from Hook Farm Campsite

Hi Clare, thanks for your lovely review but I think you have left it under the wrong site! We (Hook Farm West Hoathly) are a long way from Saltdean and don't have views to Mount Caburn, nor any staff called Mandy! Glad you had a great trip but we wouldn't want to take credit for your stay at another site. 

Great camping sauvage

Quiet no music. Lots of space. Hillside so interesting location (but need to pitch carefully to avoid rain coming in!). Good walks and an outstanding pub at West Hoathly. Only slightly marred by grumpy man collecting rubbish at end of stay who did not respond to me saying hello... Lack of showers and washing up facilities means one night fine - beyond that you wash in cool water or wet wipe..
Aug 23, 2020 by Tony Smith Verified Review

Response from Hook Farm Campsite

Thanks for the review, just wanted to apologise if we came across as grumpy, we'd never intentionally not respond to a hello and pride ourselves in being friendly! It's possible we didn't hear / see you over the tractor noise! Hope it didn't affect your stay too much. 

Beautiful Setting

Great site in a perfect location with a super friendly welcome from the site team. Found a lovely pitch with some friendly neighbours and plenty of space to set up. The toilet facilities were excellent in terms of hygiene and cleanliness too! Can’t fault this little gem of a place and will definitely be back! Thank you!

Nice big site in beautiful part of country

Big site though much of it on a hill - recommend you come early to find a flat pitch with some privacy. Lovely village nearby and really great walking right outside. No showers and basic portaloos but I didn't find that a problem; might be a bit uncomfortable in the heat not being able to shower though. Really friendly staff. I recommend.
Jul 13, 2020 by Jamie Verified Review

Great experience

Site as described, no issues, friendly host and lovely weekend spent camping here.
Jul 22, 2019 by Awgp

Beautiful but so so noisy.

The campsite itself is a wonderful back to basics campsite in a lovely location. However the weekend for me was ruined by the constant screaming and shouting of small children. It was also very loud late into the evening well past the so called 11pm quiet time curfew. I imagine if you have a young family and want them to be able to run wild for the weekend in a safe environment then it is ideal if however you are looking for a peaceful break then this will not be for you.
Jul 15, 2019 by Jim Collins

Peaceful and secluded

We had a wonderful time at Hook Farm. It was a last minute decision to go camping and as it was a bank holiday weekend, we weren't optimistic about it not being overrun with campers. Having said that, imagine our surprise when we arrived and saw only a few tents dotted around the fields! There are various fields and we opted to venture down to the lower field and pitched our tent under some trees.The owners set up a little store during the day where you can buy wood, bottled water and marshmallows. We were protected from the wind and had a very relaxed evening sitting around the fire. We were only there for a single night, but I felt so refreshed and ready to head back to London on the Sunday afternoon. It's well worth the visit!
May 28, 2019 by Cass Verified Review

Basic but beautiful!

Stayed at Hook Farm for a couple of nights over bank holiday weekend and the reason we chose it was because it was only 45 minutes drive away and we just wanted to go camping and get away from it all for the weekend. Couldn't have been happier as soon as we arrived! A wonderful welcome, found a cracking little spot down the bottom by the trees so we weren't disturbed by the early morning sunshine, set up camp and went for a scenic walk around the local countryside on Saturday, cycled to Lewes on Sunday with some great pub stops, and did another lovely walk on Monday before an incredible lunch at The Cat Inn (5 mins walk from the campsite). All in all, a very well run campsite with great selection of pitches around the fields and wonderful walking/cycling routes all around you. Portaloos and cold mains water points dotted around the campsite so if you can deal with "wet wipe showers" then this is a great campsite for everyone! Enjoy!
May 28, 2019 by Matt


Several huge fields with adjoining forest for the kids to explore. Friendly owner who came by and made sure we were all set. We will definitely be back and highly recommend for anyone who is after just nature, peace and quiet.
Sep 10, 2018 by Julia

Friendly and Relaxed

We had a lovely long weekend at Hook Farm. It is a quiet and rustic site with an incredibly relaxed vibe. The amenities were basic, but clean. The pub around the corner is cute with great food. What struck us most was the friendliness of the owners who drove down to bring us wood for our fire on a bank holiday. We will be back!
Sep 8, 2018 by Ashley

Best site ever

A great site if you love camp fires and relaxed few days.
Aug 27, 2018 by muller

Space and woodland pasture

This was a great site to visit, with plenty of space to pitch, surrounded by glorious, dense oak woodland. It was fantastic to enjoy some drinks round the campfire and listen to Tawny Owls calling to each other in the evening and seeing buzzards soaring overhead during the day. Great location for walks, 2 good pubs nearby and generally an enjoyable, relaxing break at the heart of the Sussex countryside.
Aug 21, 2018 by Tim Beecher

Relaxing site close to home

Really easy to find and nice friendly and helpful welcome. The campsite was a little busier than we expected but we found a plot with plenty of space around us in a quiet corner of the site. We appreciated the no-music policy and it was really nice and peaceful generally. The facilities were basic but good, the local pub was really nice with a friendly welcome and excellent food. Will definitely go again and happy to recommend it!
Aug 13, 2018 by Chris

Lovely break, so close to London

We stayed for one night as a last minute get away from the city, to relax and recharge. Camp site located in a beautiful rural setting, no road noise or loud music (no music policy) but easy to find. Definitely a back to basics site, but we found it absolutely fine-portaloos were pleantiful and clean, tap to do washing up. Good space to have some privacy; unfortunately we went on the first weekend of school holidays so it was busy with family groups and children noise, but to be expected! Walked to the local pub (10 mins) which was excellent-good local ales and atmosphere pleasant. I would recommend.
Jul 23, 2018 by Philippa Nabeeh

Could be perfect

I love the idea of this campsite and it is idyllic for the most part. We had an amazing, tucked away spot on the lower field and thoroughly enjoyed the freedom to enjoy a campfire. However, a group of men camping just behind us on the top field spoilt our relaxing getaway. Once the staff left for the evening they started a huge fire (burning pallets) which made me worry for mine and my child’s safety. They were also extremely drunk and loud until well after midnight. I feel that if you want to encourage families, then it may be a suggestion to have a member of staff that stays on site at the weekends to keep the rules of the campsite upheld so that everyone can enjoy themselves and have a safe but fun time.!
Jun 25, 2018 by Ruth

Perfect Simplicity

The site was exactly what we were looking for - a peaceful, simple field to camp in. We were welcomed by the lovely owners who sold us some logs for our campfire and then left us to it. There are about 5 large fields in total that you can camp in so plenty of space to find your own secluded camp. There were a mixture of families and couples staying when we were there. The Cat Inn is a gentle 10mins walk away in the village and has a decent selection of ales on tap and serves food in a nice restaurant although we didn't eat there. 

Water points and toilets spread around the site. There's nothing fancy about this site, but if you want a peaceful and secluded place to camp, this comes highly recommended. 

Aug 23, 2015 by London Camper


What a disappointment! We were expecting peaceful rural site instead we got Glastonbury complete with a blocked portaloo! There are very few flat pitches at Hook farm so something to bear in mind especially if you have a campervan but that we can easily accept. Sadly despite reporting the problems with the portaloo to the site owner in the evening nothing was done. Campers had to resort to fixing it ourselves. Sorry to be crude but having to use a stick to pushing some else's no 2's down a portaloo so you can have a morning pee made me near hurl. There was also very load rave music playing til the wee hours of the morning from a neighbouring property which kind of made the sites no music policy a bit of a joke. Sorry can't recommend this site :-(  It gets one star for allowing campfires.

Aug 2, 2015 by Sus

Response from Hook Farm Campsite

Dear Sus,

We are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay at Hook Farm, your feedback is appreciated.

It seems that the principle cause of your concern related to a blocked toilet, and we can only apologise that this was not resolved in sufficient time. Our intention for the future is to move to away from using portaloos and instead have compost toilets provided throughout the site, therefore avoiding this problem in the future. When a toilet malfunctions our policy is to close it until repaired and direct guests to another of the six onsite toilets, we apologise this didn’t happen during your stay.

We are improving our pitches year on year to create more flat areas. We do of course accept that some of our pitches do have a slight incline due to the campsite being located within a valley, and will endeavour to make people aware of this in advance when staying in a campervan.

The music you heard during your stay was due to a nearby property celebrating a birthday party and unfortunately we were not given sufficient time to warn our guests of this in advance. I am sure you will understand that we are unable to control noise which does not relate to our property, it is such a shame it affected your stay especially given that our campsite is usually so peaceful. Again we can only apologise and assure you and any other guests that we do not allow music on our campsite.

With kind regards



Perfect peace

We stayed for one night at this site and loved it.  There was so much space, it felt as if we were alone there.  We were able to have a fire, which was just as well as we had left our gas behind.  The only facilities are the portaloos, a clean composting toilet, and cold water, but cleverly the owners have scattered these over the site rather than grouping them altogether.  They were all clean.  The owners were friendly and helpful.  We only wish we could have stayed longer and will definitely be going back. 

Jun 9, 2015 by Venetia SB

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