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Lovely spot, lovely food, lovely people. Thanks Woodfire Camping
Great weekend spent at Woodfire Camping. Such a nice touch that you can reserve your slot for dinner when you arrive, then by the time you've finished pitching your tent, dinner is ready! Result! Beautiful, secluded spot with nothing but countryside views. Feels a million miles away from stressy life. Stella and Griff have obviously poured their heart and soul into this place and it shows. We'll be back.
Beautiful location but not as special as it was
Definitely a beautiful campsite in a lovely location that does really special food. But also, at half term, and a half term when everyone wants to go away because they now can, a busy campsite that has lost a bit of its magic. And the toilets were not odourless!!
Lush laid-back stay in beautiful surroundings
We stayed in May half term for three nights; basking in glorious sunshine and enjoying the beautiful views, country walks (to lovely pubs) and closeness to lots of great things for the kids including Littlehampton West Beach, Arundel lido and castle, West Wittering beach etc. Amazing stars at night sat by the fire. Stella and Griff were super friendly and welcoming, the showers were hot and the food looked incredible. Highly recommend :)
Another fantastic stay
We had another great stay at Woodfire - 3 years on the trot. Fab food, hospitality and site in great condition. We'll be back next year!
Perfect C-19 safe stay
Brilliant camp site. Food was amazing. Owners were lovely and really accommodating. We were nervous of the eco toilets, but they were so clean and easy and would recommend to anyone! A really good idea for a camp site. This was the cleanest camp site we've been to. Excellent facilities. Great location. We went as a couple for a lovely weekend, but good for groups or families also.
Freedom, family friendly, feast
Had a fantastic chilled couple of days at Woodfire. The least stress of any campsite we have stayed at. Really family friendly and easy going. Everything you need without being over the top. The food from the campfire kitchen was amazing. Would hugely recommend, especially for the clear skies and stars!
I had a wonderful stay at Woodfire with my 3 kids. The setting is just stunning, with some great trails around and several pubs that are walking distance. Better yet, Stella and her team made us feel like home. Will surely be back and spend more time.
Idyllic setting and delicious food
Just had a lovely stay with friends at Woodfire, a really idyllic setting, brilliant facilities and delicious food. Griff and Stella are amazingly helpful and serve great food. Excellent pubs within walking distance. Definitely a family-friendly campsite.
Amazing site, location and hosts
Woodfire is an amazing example of back to basics, eco friendly pure camping fun! A wonderful site with panoramic views of the South Downs by day and a billion stars at night. The facilities are great! Hot showers and washing basins, compost toilets that are clean and a good size. Pallets on wheels to help you move your gear if you’ve come with plenty. Fantastic hosts who are super helpful, knowledgeable and friendly, not to mention brilliant cooks if you choose to have a breakfast or dinner on site. The coffee isn’t bad either! From the campsite you have instant access to great hiking or cycling. The landscape is outstandingly beautiful and diverse. I cannot sing the praises of this campsite highly enough..I’m already planning my return trip!
A great campsite in a lovely location
We had a lovely five night stay at Woodfire Camping, despite the storm! The campsite itself is in a beautiful location with views over rolling hills. There’s lots to do right on the doorstep as well as great day trips. We loved the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and enjoyed campfires in the evenings. Stella and Griff were very helpful and friendly. Their breakfast was delicious! And the kids loved playing with Tess the puppy. We would definitely recommend and hope to come back. Thanks for a great stay.
Lovely, eco camping with great food from the campfire kitchen
Despite being a little beaten by the British weather during our visit, we will definitely be returning to this super campsite. Lovely, eco toilet and shower facilities, lots of friendly families and the added bonus of great coffee and delicious food from the campsite kitchen.
Great spot in the South Downs
This was our second visit. We love Woodfire for its gorgeous location, easy access to walking trails right from the camping field, and the truly delicious food (including a delicious vegetarian option). It’s a family-oriented campsite and as we were two adults and a little dog tired from walking in the Downs, we appreciated the quiet evenings. Stella and Griff are great hosts and everyone on the campsite was friendly and happy. There is plenty of space for managing distance. The toilets and showers are large, spacious, and well ventilated and there was always hand sanitiser and soap. We enjoyed it so much, we booked again for next month.
A wonderful Place to stay with the family. Facilities all good and showers especially great. Enjoyed the food cooked on site but the real highlight was sitting next to an open fire star gazing Including shooting stars!
A lovely place to stay
Really enjoyed our time here as a family. All the facilities great and the showers were really good. Open fire and star gazing - including shooting stars - a real highlight. Food cooked on the camp really tasty. Plus you’re really close to lots of places to visit.
Wonderful couple of days in baking hot August 2020
We had a couple of nights at Woodfire Camping 11-13th August 2020, when the temperature was over 30 degrees! Lovely site, ~ we went for the dark sky and were not disappointed, ~ great views of summer constellations, the milky way and Perseid meteors. We also liked the fire pits, although it was warm enough at night not to need them. We also really liked the views of the downs, the general location and the eco aspects of the site. Griff and Stella were very welcoming. It would be good to try the food at the camp kitchen sometime!
If Carslsberg did campsites...
I stayed for 2 nights at the end of July, as a single camper, with years off camping experience I can say this is one of my favourite places I’ve stayed. Both Stella and Griff made me feel welcome, not in a campsite warden just doing their job well kind of way, but in a Welcome to my home (for it is their home for the duration of the season) my new friend kind of way. I particularly loved the concept of the outdoor kitchen, with breakfast and dinner cooked over coals, just as it should be when camping. It made life more easy for me with a little tent when it was raining on Saturday morning, still got my bacon sarnie! The site atmosphere was great with kids freely running about playing, as there are no cars on site, because they are all parked up in the car park by the entrance, making it safe for the kids to do so. There was plenty of space between tents, as it’s not over booked, perfect for the current social distancing measures. A beautiful location, secluded and away from a main road. Walks on National Trust Lavington plantation and common easily accessed from the site. I visited Petworth house and the Weald and Downland Museum, both within 20 min drive. Plus a bit further, taking me to Littlehampton beach and harbour resort, and there are several other beaches within the same sort of distance. Back on the campsite and facilities were regularly cleaned, and hand sanitiser was available. My first experience of compost loos, and I was surprised that the only smell was the sawdust. You just gotta aim correctly!!! Just be aware that taking a shower on a cool morning means getting a little chilly before jumping under the nice warm water, as the roof sits a little way above the walls to allow for good ventilation of the wooden constructions. If you are the type of camper who doesn’t need a club house, play park, shop, electric hook up but loves an open fire and star gazing, then I can’t recommend this place enough.
Perfect pitch on the South Downs
Woodfire Camping is a peaceful and friendly spot right on the South Downs. The hosts couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming and the curfew hours mean you get a good nights kip too. The hottest of showers and spotlessly clean washing up areas were a bonus and there has been a lot of effort into creating ecological loos and recycling. We loved the home cooked breakfasts with a proper cup of coffee! Will certainly return (if we can get in!).
This is without doubt the absolute perfect campsite.There is nothing they haven't thought of,nothing that could be bettered.Its location is superb,it overlooks swathes of green fields and woods and is situated amongst some of the most picturesque villages in the UK.There are walks and bike rides to be had in every direction alongside some of the best pubs with award winning ale.The campsite owners intentionally keep a cap on numbers so that the site does not feel crowded in any way even when full and the ban on music means that you can really appreciate being outdoors in your little slice of heaven.The showers are warm and powerful and tastefully constructed and the compost loos comfortable and clean.The idea of having pre-erected tents with beds to hire at a reasonable price is genius indeed;we had The Snug for the weekend and loved it and it made packing & unpacking so easy.But the icing on the cake is the food...we had supper and breakfast on both days and were not disappointed.The summer beef stew and boneless chicken thighs were tasty and succulent and came in good portions with accompanying flatbreads and salad and moreover were locally sourced.The breakfasts were also a hit with bacon and eggs all cooked over the woodfire in the sunshine and an excellent price too.The owners Stella & Griff clearly know what they are doing and are friendly,warm and accommodating hosts who I imagine will have a lot of contented customers and repeat bookings.They certainly deserve to.
Perfect site, great week away.
We had a great week at Woodfire in late July. The weather was good and we really managed to unwind. As always the location is stunning and offers lots to do nearby - the Weald and Downland open air museum was very good and needs at least half a day to explore. Woodfire is totally relaxing and having access to some of Griff and Stella's cooking makes the whole thing an easy camping experience. We had just the one day of rain and by next morning the site was bone dry. We'll be back.
Had a lovely time
The camp was very nice, lovely showers with plenty of space and bits of wood to hang your stuff on ( a great change from other places where most of your clothes get wet as the cubicles are so small), compost toilets were cleaned early in the morning. The fact that you could have breakfast in the morning made life very easy, and the owners were really friendly. Hiring the fire pit and ability to buy logs which lasted for both nights we were there was great. It was very hot when we were there and the only downside was there wasn't much shade so no relaxing outside the tent reading a book, but lots of walks closeby which we made lots of use of and the nearby pubs served good food and were within walking distance.
Great destination for people cycling or walking the South Downs Way
We arrived, three women on bikes on a sunny Friday evening, the second weekend after lockdown eased, to be greeted by name by Stella, one of the owners making flat breads in the camp kitchen. Best welcome to a campsite ever. We found a spot to put up our tents on the spacious field looking back up at the downs before heading back to the camp kitchen with our plates for some of Griff’s beef stew from a cauldron. Super tasty with the flat breads and gramalata. We stayed all weekend and enjoyed cycling further along the downs looping back to the campsites on twisty trails through the beautiful pine woodlands between Cocking and the campsite. Fantastic to be able to ride all day, grab an early evening drink at one of the local pubs before heading back to the site for dinner. Great food every night. The ambience onsite was lovely. Peaceful but lots of people having fun. The facilities are stylish and very clean, all COVID-19 instructions and products for keeping clean at the sinks, looks and showers really well organised. Everything really well designed. Don’t be put off by the idea of composting toilets. They're awesome. Loved the hot showers with tons of hooks, a log stool and views over the cubicle doors to trees and the sunny sky. Stella and Griff are fantastic campsite hosts. They’ve created a really special place close to the SDW and we’ll be going back for sure.
Super camping and tasty food!
We came here for my Mum's birthday. It was our first break away since lockdown and it was perfect! We all felt perfectly safe, I think in a field there is no real reason to be within 2 metres of someone anyway, and the kitchen areas and sinks were clearly labelled. We arrived on a Sunday, was met by the oweners who explained all about fire pits, food etc. they were super helpful and friendly, and then partook of the amazing food they had on offer, all cooked over a fire. It was so good!! Pork belly and fresh, warm flatbreads!! The showers were warm, and clean. The toilets were also always clean. We could have fires and there are plenty of nice walks you can take from the campsite. It was an excellent experience and we will return!
A thoroughly relaxing camping adventure
This campsite is totally geared for families and Stella and Gryff are the friendliest hosts you can imagine. We arrived late on the Friday and were so relieved to have a pre-booked tent, with plenty of room for the four of us. Best of all, by the time we’d unpacked dinner was served. In the morning we loved the bacon and avocado bagels and the hot showers felt very luxurious for a campsite. The highlight though was switching off the torches, lying back in the darkness and star-gazing with our 7yo. An unforgettable experience.
Great campsite. Beautiful setting.
Really great campsite. Lovely hosts, lots of nice touches dotted around the site. Really chilled vibe, no music playing or cars allowed, which we really liked. Set in gorgeous countryside too. Will definitely be back next year.
Perfect set up in stunning location
We've just got back from a 1 night stay with our 12 wk old baby and toddler. The campsite is in the most beautiful location. Our toddler loved seeing the horses and sheep in neighbouring fields. Stella and Griff are fabulous hosts and cooked the most delicious pulled pork for our dinner. The site has a lovely atmosphere and is very peaceful at night. The showers were great!
Fantastic experience, peaceful surroundings
We stayed here over a stormy weekend, but still had a great time and would thoroughly recommend the campsite. The campsite is perfect for the kids to run around or cycle around. We also went on cycling excursions through the farms and off-road tracks which was great for the younger cyclists (less danger of them falling in front of a moving car!) The trails lead us to some nice local pubs where we enjoyed a decent lunch. Stella and Griff were really helpful (it was the first time we were properly camping and not glamping!). They gave us lots of tips while setting up the tent to ensure it wouldn't get swept away during the predicted gale force winds. They also provide a great breakfast, which made the mornings much easier. The setting is really nice and peaceful. Although we had a windy and rainy weekend, when the sun did come out it was glorious. Very relaxing! I would definitely recommend this place, whether you're a novice or expert camper. Thanks to Stella and Griff for a really enjoyable weekend. Jatin
Beautiful location and lovely hosts
Just back from 2 nights at Woodfire Camping and it was a restorative experience. Stunningly beautiful setting, peaceful site and plenty of hot water for showers and washing up. Stella and Griff were really helpful and friendly, with tips for walks and pubs, and even let us freeze our ice blocks! Would recommend to anyone looking for a picturesque, relaxing campsite.
Amazing few days
Stella and Griff run an amazing campsite! They are so generous with their time and advice for us newbie campers - from setting up our tent to great walks and bike rides. The spot is amazing. Great view and lots of peace and quiet. Finally, the meals deserve special mention. It was amazing to eat such good food while camping - especially the beef stew on a night of torrential rain. The meal was incredible - with fresh homemade flatbreads - and perfect to eat under cover. We'll be back next year!
A real wow!! Lovely Eco Friendly Campsite in a stunning location.
We have just returned from 3 nights at Woodfire Camping. Stunning location, clean/tidy campsite, super eco-friendly; lots of hot water and best of all Stella & Griff who are fabulous hosts. Stella and Griff are immensely (& rightly) proud of their campsite and offer grass pitches as well as their own glamping tents. Additionally Thu to Sun evening home made dinners and breakfasts, cooked on their outdoor range, are on offer. We will be back!
A perfect few days
Wow! what an amazing 2 nights we had at Woodfire, Stella and Griff are so very kind and helpful. We are newbies at camping and felt like pros by the end of the stay. There is constant hot water and no queues for using the showers or washing up area, we thought the compost loos would be really smelly but they are not. The only thing I would suggest is to have a sign saying where the campsite is at the end of the road as well at the car park area, also having it more clearer and it was covered by trees we went past a few times other than that it was a perfect campsite and we will definitely be returning, if we could come back tomorrow we would.
Fantastic laid back campsite
We spent 3 nights at Woodfire in one of their pre-erected tents (June). It was so refreshing to just show up and not have the faff of putting up the tent. The campsite is small and the tent was well placed with lovely views of the nearby woods and fields. The hot water bottles were a lovely touch and used most nights. We had the on site meal the first night and it was exceptional. I would definitely recommend! The amenities were well thought out - the showers had plenty of hot water and there was never a queue! The site is relatively close to a number of pubs within walking distance. Overall a small, quiet site with lovely personal touches.
One of my favourite campsites EVER!!!
This Campsite is truly wonderful I almost want to keep it a secret!! The small site is in a beautiful location -wonderful views and so peaceful. The facilities are great - really hot lovely showers and nice eco loos. Stella and Griff and their lovely boys are so welcoming and friendly . The highlight for us was the amazing wooden outside kitchen that serves the most delicious food for very reasonable prices. We ate our food on lovely wooden tables over looking beautiful fields. Great walk to a lovely pub too. I can not recommend this highly enough but shush 🤫 don’t tell everyone !!!
A wonderful campsite in a beautiful area!
We stayed at Woodfire over the early May Bank Holiday, as a family, with two children and were really pleased that we had booked to camp. The site has wonderful views to the south downs and lots of space to choose for your pitch. We really like car-free campsites so transporting kit into the field is fine. Stella and Griff who run the site are welcoming and helpful and have set up a simple but wonderful camping experience. The facilities are as described and the water is nice and hot. Firewood is available and good quality. So much to do in the local area - we went canoeing in the River Arun from Pulborough (15 mins away) and can't wait to come back again!
Camping with a Personal Touch
This is the first campsite we have been on where the hosts (Stella and Griff) are on hand throughout the day offering friendly advice and where you can order breakfasts, home brewed coffee and wood fired cooked evening meals from locally sourced products. Amazing. The fire pits with wood on offer are a great idea. Easy access to South Downs Way from this great location
This campsite is in an absolutely beautiful spot. Many great walking trails start from the campsite and a lovely pub called the Cricketers is a lesiurely and easy 20min walk from the site. The facilities are some of the best we've seen and the breakfasts provided by Stella and family were lovely and well worth getting. We will definitely be going back and I can't recommend Woodfire camping highly enough.
Fantastic Food and facilities
We loved or short stay in one of the pre- erected tents. Despite the weather we were warm and cosy with the provided blankets and hot water bottles. Food on arrival was delicious and we absolutely loved the toilets and showers. Everything was so well thought through. We cannot wait to come back.
We had THE best time!
Stella and Griff are just the most incredible hosts with a beautiful campsite, well kept eco loos, and delicious food served from the camp kitchen. From the lovely welcome from Stella to the tasty beef stew our stay was amazing. We used one of the pre erected tents which had really lovely touches of blankets and hot water bottles. The campsite is really kiddy friendly with a game of cricket being played by all the camp kids during our stay. The whole place had a really lovely communal feel, and with the most stunning views to wake up to I would highly recommend staying. We will certainly return!
Really enjoyed our stay at the campsite. The facilities were great, well thought through and maintained. Stella and Griff were so friendly and helpful, it just added to a great stay. Will be returning next season for sure.
Quiet, welcoming and family friendly bliss.
What a fantastic place! We had a truly magical night under the stars around a fire pit enjoying marshmallows with the kids and then the kind of good chat with friends that can only happen relaxing round a fire with a glass of good wine. All enhanced by a no electric music policy which means the birdsong is never disturbed by someone else’s tinny pop. Stella and Griff are such good hosts and the site and facilities are awesome. Love the wood structures which are so sympathetic to their surroundings, and the water, from a local spring, tastes divine. Can’t wait to bring the kids back again next year, and again, and again.
Location, peacefulness, friendliness, space on site, washing and toilet facilities
Stella and her husband were great hosts. The site is clean and peaceful and made for a really lovely stay. We had chosen the site for its dark skies for star gazing and we were not disappointed - having a clear view of the milky way band on at least two of the nights we stayed! Definitely recommended.
Absolute peace and quiet
Loved the beautiful setting, fresh air, peace and quiet.Tent cosy .Really comfortable mattress.Delicious dinner and breakfast cooked by friendly, welcoming owners.Showers hot, toilets clean.Great campfire in the evening.Cannot recommend highly enough ☆★☆★☆★☆
Beautiful location and hosts
Woodfire Caming is just a beautiful place to camp. Nestled in stunning farmland and surrounded by national trust land and the South Downs, it creates a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere from the moment you arrive. Small and new (having only been established this year) the campsite feels homely and welcoming, due to your hosts - Stella and Griffs - desire to share their love of camping with their guests. Everything was done right - very clean facilities with stunning views and breakfast and dinner shared with other campers thurs - sun. So many walks, places to visit, woodland to get lost in, heathland to catch a glimpse of deer, pubs to relax in or just stunning views to sit and admire around your campfire. Beautiful. Will be returning!!!
We stayed for three night in August and had a lovely time. The site has great views, is nice and quiet and well set up. The facilities are nice and new and the hosts very welcoming. We had breakfast and dinner whilst staying and I would recommend the food. Overall it's an idyllic campsite within easy reach from London.
Perfect proper camping
The sort of camping I adore. No electric hook ups but plenty of space and unmarked pitches. Very friendly hosts who are flexible and helpful. Real fires with wood provided (at minimal extra charge) in simple fire pits. Facilities were excellent. Being able to take the dogs to a car free site with easy parking next to the field was lovely. We mostly cooked our own food but Stella and Griff have a super little kitchen /cafe/barbecue where they can rustle you up something yummy, or make you a coffee if you fancy a rest. I can't fault this site. Such good value. I'm just sad it has such limited opening dates. It's already on my list for 2019 camping.
I liked everything best
Were Stella and Gryff not the loveliest hosts I’ve ever experienced on a campsite, I wouldn’t even leave a review. I’d be happy in the knowledge that when I wanted to camp on an idyllic hilltop an hour away from London, surrounded by beautiful woodland and scenic walks, great pubs, chickens, horses, farm life, beaches 30 minutes away and free wood to burn, there would be room for me. But because Stella and Gryff deserve patronage for the outstanding job they are doing, I begrudgingly, sing their praises, so that people like you can potentially ruin my plans by booking first. I hope you enjoy my meal and my spot.
Great camp site! Beautiful setting, plenty of space without too many pitches.
The facilities are basic but really all you need. Everything is new, in good condition and put together nicely. Stella and Griff, who manage the site with dedication, run a lovely little kitchen at one end offering great breakfasts and dinner options which is a really nice thing to fall back on if you don’t fancy cooking every meal. I can see us coming back here and would definitely recommend it. Also, so much to see and do in the area.
What a great place. Stella and Griff are exceedingly friendly hosts. The food is good (who can resist a bacon and egg sarnie in the morning and my chicken and flatbread dinner was superb). The coffee is lovely. The site is roomy; there were lots of campers when we were there at the weekend but at no time did it feel busy. The 3 showers are excellent. There is plenty of room and you will always have some dry space to actually get dressed. The longest I waited was just a few seconds. I was dubious about composting toilets, expecting some sort of toilet equivalent of the texas chainsaw massacre! They do not smell. It's amazing. All in all, I wondered about the no electricity, no bright lights and no music but it was wonderful. Our small children (5 and 3) had plenty to do and made some lovely friends. Bring marshmallows as you can hire a firepit for a few £'s. There is plenty to visit locally and we had dinner at the cricketers one evening. The Weald and Downland Living museum is great and the coast is just half an hour away. Give this place a go.
Happy in a Happy Place
Truly great campsite, beautiful location nestled in the Downs, quiet, lots of stars visible on a clear night. Stella and Griff, incredibly welcoming and accomodating hosts, have clearly put a lot of thought and effort into the site and it shows, from the fantastic kitchen to the washing and loos. It all has a strong local South Downs feel about it. I think both hardcore campers and newbies would feel equally at ease here. Thanks.
Seeing night stars and children playing cricket and football
Amazing first camping experience with my 7year old daughter. 2 good walks to the village shop and pub, lots of children playing together, quiet and great views, amazing facilities and showers, great fire pits, and excellent advice. Everything I could hope for.
We loved this campsite! Stella and Griff are bound to get rave reviews for all the hard work they’ve put into making this campsite work so well. So quiet, friendly, brilliant eco loos that are kept clean , food cooked for you, lovely walks from the site, good village shop and lots of pubs. Will definitely be back. Thank you!
Foodie Heaven with Beautiful Views
We've not long returned from an absolutely lovely stay at Woodfire camping, and despite the rain (which really couldn't be helped) I loved every second of it. The campsites in a really beautiful location with lots of nice walks nearby or if you fancy going a bit further afield Climping beach is only a short drive away. It was so relaxing not having to worry about cooking and I can honestly say the beef stew was one of the nicest meals out I've had anywhere, it was so tender I could have eaten it with a spoon. Waking up to the sight of open fields, sitting round the fire pit and catching up with our fellow campers at the communal dining tables only added to the charm. It's great that the site has a few eco touches here and there with efforts to conserve water and compost toilets in situ. Me, hubby and the dog (it's very dog friendly) definitely came home extremely chilled and look forward to doing it all over again in the very near future. It definitely shows that both Stella and Griff have put a lot of thought and a lot of love into creating this very special place.
Great food, great site
This is the only campsite I have ever been on that cooks for you, and it's totally brilliant. You can get breakfast and dinner every day Thursday - Sunday, at very reasonable prices. The flatbreads are the best. So so good. The rest of the site is great too. Plenty of space, not too many pitches. Highly recommended.
How camping should be :)
I stayed here with my husband and two year old last weekend - it was such a great experience, I really can't fault it particularly with a little one in tow. The facilities are absolutely spot on and really cater for everyone. Lots of unexpected touches that just make it that bit better than any other campsite I've stayed at - from a toddler loo seat in the brand new compost loos, to a central covered area where you can all congregate and chat to Stella and Griff. We hadn't been camping with our son before so weren't sure how it would go - we opted for one of the pre-erected canvas tents, it was absolutely brilliant - by far the nicest tent I've stayed in, lots of room for all three of us with beds, blankets and a little lamp all thoughtfully provided. We had Stella and Griff's beef stew on our first night and that was just delicious and really took the pressure off having to cook every night. Perhaps not the campsite for big groups looking to stay up late and party but if you fancy a quiet break with stunning surroundings, great facilities and friendly hosts I don't think you'll find better.
Sunsets and stars
THIS is exactly what we love about camping. A friendly welcome, a fire by our tent, peace, quiet, space, big sky and absolutely stunning sunsets. And once the sun went down the night sky was unspoiled and we could see a million stars. Within easy travelling distance of several main routes, this campsite felt as if we were hours away from traffic jams and work. Beautiful countryside and the beach half hour drive away. On-site facilities were well thought-out and organised, imaginative and the compost loos were wonderfully clean. Even in the middle of a heatwave! Like other reviewers I think this is a 5* campsite but I'm a little hesitant about posting - I really want to be able to come here again and book with ease. I've raved to my family and friends and we're already planning our next outing. However (not just my) word-of-mouth will ensure Woodfire Campings popularity.
The owners love what they are doing and it shows in everything they've done
Easy to book either on line or by phone. Very friendly relaxed site where having children running around making friends was a pleasure as the parents were relaxed and friendly. The overall friendly feel of the place belies the fact that A LOT of thought and hard work has gone into the establishment and running of the place. It is basically one field overlooking lovely hills with eco friendly wash/shower and compost loo at one end and open air place to eat the evening meal and breakfast at the other. You wake to the joy of beautiful morning air and feint sound of 'God' (must be seen) the cockerel in neighbouring farm where you can also buy eggs....individually named. We went here in August , it has only been open since June. My recommendation is to go soon before others find out about this gem. They want to stay small.....I don't know how they will do that as they are bound to be a huge hit! Thanks for such a super time:)
Peaceful eco site with great hospitality
Wow! We loved this camp site! In fact this place is such a gem I'm almost worried about giving it a rave review in case we can't get a pitch for a return visit next year. We were cycling the South Downs Way and are so glad we stumbled across this brand new camp site on the Internet. It was a steep ascent back to the trail the next day but worth every minute of pushing the bikes. The owners Stella and Griff are the perfect hosts. At weekends they cook food over fires for their guests for less than a tenner per adult and cheaper for children or you can hire a fire pit if you prefer. There is a big communal table to sit at if you wish. They sell marshmallows for toasting over the fires which made my boys very happy. There are several plugs and USB charging ports for phones etc in the outdoor camp kitchen area. The composting toilets were always clean and the tin of feminine hygiene products in case you get caught short was a nice touch. Showers and hot water for washing up are limited to certain times in the day to conserve water from the natural spring water supply but we never had to queue. Because they only allow one tent per pitch it gives a wide spacious area to the site with lots of room for kids to play in the middle. Price is per person so as we were cycling with all the camping gear we had two small tents so two pitches. The site is on a field in the middle of a farm so there are the usual country livestock noises but other than that it is silent. Guests are requested not to listen to music on electronic devices. Cars are only allowed on site for unpacking so it is safe for children to play. I guess if you are looking for a site with play parks and pools this isn't the site for you. But if you want to sit, chat around a fire, watch the sunsets, let the kids make their own entertainment (mine were happy learning to play cricket with the owners' children) then this is the place to be.
Idyllic setting - super friendly and helpful
Only stayed for one night, but absolutely loved it. Situated along a private track which leads off from a small road through gorgeous woodland the campsite had a great 'middle of nowhere' feel about it. We loved the 'Swiss Family Robinson' inspired wooden constructions - especially the showers - which really added to the experience. The surrounding countryside is stunning, and the wooded slopes of the South Downs near the site were perfect for exploring. We rode to the campsite from Brighton along the South Downs Way with our 13 year old - the distance (about 35 miles) made for a challenging but memorable one day adventure on our bikes. We can't wait to return one day for a longer stay and will definitely recommend to friends!
Peaceful and well run campsite
I booked for a last minute couple of days with my children (11 and 9). The site is lovely - great location, friendly and helpful owners and nicely spaced out pitches. The night sky was incredible with real darkness and visible stars. Good area to explore...Petworth House, Littlehampton and nice local pubs. I would happily recommend this site
chilled fabulous spot
wonderful first visit to this heavenly site not too crowded super friendly, easy walking in beautiful countryside. best outside showers I've experienced. will definitely visit again.
Spot on camping experience
Can't recommend this campsite enough. They've put so much care and thought into everything. From the eco-friendly setup to the tasty homecooked grub, the whole site provides such a great camping experience. Stella and Griff are the perfect hosts and make everyone feel so welcome. We'll definitely be back.
Great campsite in a beautiful setting, surrounding views and countryside are stunning. Toilets and showers clean, pub 20 minute walk away through the fields, local shop 5 minute drive. Owners couldn't be nicer. Recommended.
Lovely views, great food!
What a lovely spot - fantastic views of the South Downs and brand new facilities. Stella and Griff have created something rather special. We will be back.
Great time on our first camping trip
It was great to be able to use one of the spacious pre-erected tents for our first camping trip as a family. Stella & Griff were friendly and helpful hosts. My daughter loved having a campfire. This campsite has wonderful views and we even enjoyed using the clean and tidy compost loos! We’d love to go back here.
Great campsite, lovely hosts
Beautiful campsite with very good facilities - hadn't used composting toilets before, but they were great, and not smelly at all! Plenty of places to visit nearby. We always enjoy sitting with a fire going in the evening and toasting marshmallows, so the fire pits for hire were great. And of course Stella & Griff, who cook great breakfasts and dinners and make everybody feel welcome. We alternated between cooking our own food and eating at the camp kitchen - so nice to have a cooked breakfast (but not cooked by me) before striking the tent to head off. Peaceful at night too, even though it was pretty busy on our last night. Thanks Stella & Griff - we'll be back!
Amazing campsite with fantastic views
We stayed here last weekend and it was easily one of the best campsites we have ever stayed in. Stella and Griff are such welcoming hosts and the views are simply stunning. The toilets and showers were simple but spacious and very nicely done. We hope to return soon!
Stella and Griff
Peaceful Avocado bagels Cricket Pubs Friends Fire Evening BBQ (delicious and very reasonable) It's ACE.
Fantastic campsite- everything we could ask for and more
The best thing about this campsite is the hosts, Stella and Griff. They have done an amazing job of creating a site with everything you need. The eco loos are the best I have come across. Really good and roomy showers. There are plenty of pubs within walking distance but with Stella and Griff offering home coked food you don’t need to go out and eat dinner. We were a big group so not having to cook ourselves was brilliant. We will definitely be returning to Woodfire.
A wonderful campsite for relaxing
We had such a wonderful time last weekend. Stella and Griff are very friendly and welcoming. The site is in a perfect setting with views of the downs and lovely walks in the countryside (perfect for dog walks) straight from the site including one to a very nice pub (The Cricketers) within a 20 min walk across beautiful fields. Nice facilities and very nice showers, all kept very clean. We opted to cook for ourselves but the communal area made a nice centre piece of activity. Thoroughly recommend and we will be returning.
This is a great dog friendly place where you can sit back and relax. Stunning views, local pubs and close proximity to beautiful towns. Nice and clean amenities and a possibility to have a delicious meal onsite.
We had a great time at Woodfire this weekend. It's a beautiful setting with plenty of space as they don't overfill the site. The views of the stars at night were fantastic. Stella and Griff are very nice and accommodating hosts and the option of eating their food was an added bonus! We've already booked ourselves in for a return trip :-)
Idyllic camping experience
We've been to a lot of campsites in Sussex and this was definitely our favourite. As soon as we arrived I was bowled over by the gorgeous location - just the Downs and fields. It feels beautifully rural. The owners (and Stella's parents!) were so friendly and accommodating, and just so welcoming. We had their cooked breakfast in the morning and (my favourite) a 'proper' coffee, and sat at the long trestle tables overlooking the rolling countryside. We cooked our own food in the evening - a decision i slightly regretted because the ability to eat home cooked food in the company of other campers is a v special characteristic of this site. I felt really sad packing up and vowed to return as soon as possible.
Picturesque eco-friendly family-run campsite in idyllic location
We enjoyed a fantastic weekend at this fledgling campsite. As has been mentioned by others the facilities were fabulous - clean eco-friendly loos and showers with pretty (geraniums and gorgeous antique mirrors) as well as kind (stash of sanitary ware) touches. The campsite was full the weekend we stayed but faced no problems finding a free toilet cubicle/ shower/ sink while was there. We self catered so didn't end up eating at the Camp Kitchen but enjoyed the atmosphere this communal area created and how hospitable and chatty Stella and Griff were. The location was perfect for exploring the south downs on foot and bike. The South Downs Way was only a 4km cycle away on mostly bridleways with a small stretch on private roads within Seaford College - we joined the SDW at 50º56'06.93"N 00º40'02.71"W which i think is the closest point. Lavington Common, an area of national trust open heathland, was a very short walk away. It contains Merlin’s Wood (off Duncton Common Road): an eerie experience to walk through with its twisted tunnels of rhododendrons. Well worth it and I'ld imagine kids would love it (only 1.5km from campsite). The River Rother snakes nearby and there is a nice wild swimming/ paddling spot 4-km-away near Selham. A perfect getaway into the beautiful wilderness the South Downs has to offer! Thanks.
Cracking spot on the South Downs
Lovely, small site. Great touches with the facilities and little extras. Loads of great public footpaths close as well.
Small, friendly and with super food!
An unobtrusive site that's perfect for walking and biking up onto the downs. Super friendly and there's real coffee! Stella and Griff do lovely breakfasts and communal dinners and afterwards you can sit around your fire and watch the sun go down. Perfect!
Super relaxing, great food and terrific toilets
Isaac (8 yrs) and I (undisclosed yrs) had a fantastic weekend at Woodfire Camping. Stella and Griff were perfect hosts, the setting was great and it was really easy to get to from West London. It makes a huge difference knowing that if your coming down late on Friday evening that someone's cooking, so you don't have to worry. Finally and perhaps most importantly are the shower and toilet blocks. Isaac (although I'm sure he's not alone) can be a little fussy about camping facilities and it was one of things he was worried about before we arrived. As a parent it's a huge relief when the toilets are clean (and not scary), the showers are huge and there's plenty of hot water. Looking forward to returning soon - thank you Stella and Griff for a smashing stay. All the best Pat and Isaac
Stunning view, really chilled atmosphere, great food
One of the greatest camping weekends ever. Stella and griff welcomed us with a really fantastic dinner on Friday night, then we watched a glorious sunset over the forest. Just the greatest views, basic facilities but really intelligently done and hot showers that don't turn themselves off. Totally dark and quiet at night. Tip: camp by the hedge for early morning shade. Recommend!
Simple, lovely + great steak
We stayed on the opening weekend and were greeted with a super-friendly welcome and steak straight off the BBQ. It’s a good sized field, lovely open skies and feeling of space, and a nice balance between the communal “camp kitchen” where you can eat and chat with other campers, and space (and fire pits) if you want to keep it private. Lovely hot showers and clean loos. The only reason I haven’t given it 5 stars is that parts of the field are a bit sloping so it might be hard to find a flat pitch if the site is full, and there’s not much shade (not a prob for us as there wasn’t much sun!). Everything else is spot on though, we’ll done Stella and Griff!
Beautiful campsite in the middle of stunning countryside
We had a wonderful weekend camping here. Beautiful scenery, family friendly, delicious food available and friendly hosts. Easilh accessible from London . Would strongly recommend.
Total peace with epic views
Welcomed by Stella and Griff on our weekend at Woodfire Camping we immediately started to relax and unwind. Dawn bird song, the breeze in the trees and a very self important cockeral were the sound track to our chance to decompress. Easy to find and super easy to get to from our home in East London - who knew such beauty existed so close to town? Beautiful walks for our 2 terriers and lovely routes for running beneath the branches of trees or through quaint English villages with sensational sunsets and star gazing in the evenings, all with the delicious aroma of wood smoke and Griffs cooking hanging in the air! What more could you ask for? Oh yes - Stella's coffee to kick start the morning...
Gorgeous hideaway spot with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside
A hidden gem in the countryside and I was treated to some incredible sunsets! This is a great family friendly site run by really welcoming owners. Plenty of space to choose your perfect spot to set up camp. Clean washing area & compost toilets. Love that they offer campfire cooked meals which sets them apart from other campsites. Sit back, relax and enjoy! Note: my satnav took me to the wrong entrance, and I wasnt the only one who had issues with satnav directions. Definitely advise you to follow the written directions from Petworth, especially as there is no sign for Westerlands Stud Farm if you approach coming from the opposite direction (from Graffham or Selham) so you can easily miss the turning.
Really lovely campsite with beautiful views
A lovely, chilled campsite with great views over the South Downs - perfect for watching a brilliant sunset whilst toasting marshmallows on the campfire! We opted for one of the tents already put up which is a great idea as we could really maximise our time there. The option to have food in the camp kitchen was very tasty and a real treat - especially after the drive down on the M25! The campsite is in a great location, loads of walking nearby and some great pubs close by. Would definitely recommend!
Gorgeous people and gorgeous surrounds (and eggs with the layer's name on them!)
First weekend, and we, the first guests in. What we discovered will only become busier as more people find out what an absolute gem of a place it is. But it can only get 'so' busy as it's small and intimate and all the things that you dream of in a campsite either already there or in the planning. The gorgeous Griff and Stella who run it are made for this life, and are so hospitable and warm you want to hang with them fireside, and the food that they offer up is better than anything you could cook yourself. A quick walk to 3 awesome pubs and plenty of animals a stroll away to entertain the kids. Fire pits, drop loos, and super hot showers top it off. And then you can pick up your eggs for breakfast around the corner from some very obliging chickens and a big rooster called God. Oh, and did I mention that they can put up a tent for you which has super comfy mattresses and sheets and lights and tables and.... all for a bargain??? Quite simply, perfect. xxxx
Beautiful, quiet and unspoilt spot with great facilities and fabulous hosts, worth a visit!
We had a fabulous experience at Woodfire camping, it’s a lovely setting with views of the South Downs and right on the South Downs Way so perfect for walking in all directions, with a fair few good pubs to discover en-route! The campsite is enclosed and is down a very quiet road/access track so there is limited traffic hence relatively safe for children. Nearby Graffham has a great local shop with local produce. We booked last minute and were one of their first paying customers on their debut weekend, we’re glad we chose here. The facilities are all newly constructed and although there are a few finishing touches they are completing imminently, like mirrors, it has everything you need. There are 3 showers with great pressure and hot water in the morning and early evening which is just when you need it, as well as washing up facilities and washbasins. The eco friendly composting loos also work well. Stella and Griff are great hosts, friendly and welcoming, checking that you have what you need. The food they cooked was delicious and a great idea to get people in the camp together, share anecdotes and create a real community feel but equally you can do your own thing. We would definitely return in the future although I doubt they will have many last minute bookings available for long.......it will become a popular spot very soon once word gets out!
Beautiful peaceful setting. Perfect camping spot
Great value for a stressfree, comfortable, peaceful camping experience. We will definitely be visiting with the kids again. Thank you Stella and Griff for your wonderful hospitality. See you again soon!
Beautiful views in a tranquil setting, short walk to great country pubs and the south downs way and amazing food!
We had a fantastic few days at Woodfire Camping with our 3 kids (when the owners held a 'soft launch' weekend for friends and friends of friends). There was loads of space for the kids to run and play whilst we relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful views, sunsets and starscape. The facilities were spotlessly clean as well as being environmentally friendly (a big plus for me). The food cooked up by Stella and Griff was delicious and it was a real treat not to have to cook for ourselves. The location is incredible - less than two hours from London, with direct access to the south downs way and a short drive to loads of great attractions - we visited the huge, sandy beach at West Wittering, Arundel Castle, and the Weald and Downland Living Museum, all of which were great. We will be back very soon! Highly recommended.
Rare to be in such a beautiful rural campsite where you can have fires!!
Really tranquil setting surrounded by quite fields and trees all in easy access of surrounding paths that take you to great local pubs and the south downs. My three boys (9, 7 and 2) loved meeting and playing with other children. Lots of interesting things to do nearby as well e.g. Petworth, Arundell Castle and the Open Air Museum. Already booked back in for August!
Wonderful stress free experience in beautiful surroundings, relatively close to London and with lovely hosts
My family (with kids aged 10 &12) camped for the weekend and had an amazing time. There are loads of fun and family friendly walks close by with a number of great local village pubs to visit. We used one of the on site ready pitched tents which was new and comfortable and spacious for a family of 4. The hosts Stella and Griff were so friendly and really helped make the weekend perfect. It also helped that it was a relatively short drive from London which made arriving on the Friday much easier. We will defiantly be returning later in the summer an hope that we are blessed with the same great weather.