The Rolling Downs
The Rolling Downs, Halland, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5AF
Luxury camping doesn’t come much more idyllic than this. Tucked away in a tranquil nook of the Bentley Estate in East Sussex lies The Rolling Downs. Being just over an hour’s drive away from London, holidaying city folk are prone to falling head-over-heels for the beguiling charms of this neat little bucolic bolthole. You can almost hear the heady cries of, ‘Let’s leave it all behind darling…’.
The two shepherd huts, coloured in soothing tones of white and sky blue, are plotted amongst a spacious coppice clearing of lush green Sussex field. Building these two charming shepherd huts has been a labour of love for campsite owners Brett and Clare Young. Both the main hut and his recently built younger sibling are mini masterpieces of ergonomic, eco-friendly design. Unlike some shepherd huts whose compact dimensions and stuffiness can be a little on the oppressive side, the light décor coupled with the cosy textiles and compact wood burning stove give the accommodation a perfect balance of airiness and comfort.
Though still in its infancy, The Rolling Downs is fast becoming something of the region’s worst best kept secret. Proving particularly popular with camping couples, it’s easy to see why these amorous havens have been dubbed ‘the huts of romance’. This innate tranquillity is something that Brett and Clare work hard to preserve, so much so that the smaller of the two huts can only be booked as additional accommodation to the larger one (on account of the shared facilities). Consequently, this also makes them ideal for parents with young children. The kids will love telling stories by lantern light in the dinky adjacent hut while mum and dad have the double bed and bathroom to themselves next door.
There’s also a spoils of great attractions and towns to visit in the surrounding area not least the beautiful Bentley Estate’s own Wildfowl and Motor Museum.
The Owner Says
Luxury camping doesn't come much more idyllic than this. Tucked away in a tranquil nook of the Bentley Estate in East Sussex lies The Rolling Downs. Being just over an hour's drive away from London, holidaying city folk are prone to falling head-over-heels for the beguiling charms of this neat little bucolic bolthole. You can almost hear the heady cries of, 'Let's leave it all behind darling…'.
The Rolling Downs - full of heavenly delights
We had a wonderful and relaxing stay at The Rolling Downs. The huts are so cute and cosy. It really is like being a child again and playing house. Everything is a shrunk down version of itself, except the huge king sized bed. There is even a log burner to keep you warm and snuggly on those cold evenings. The location of Bentley is lovely. It's nice and peaceful, a real 'get away from it all' holiday. There is till plenty to d, either at Bentley or further afield into the historic and beautiful town of Lewes. We are National Trust members, so there were lots of places to visit in East Sussex, from Nymans gardens to Virginia Woolf's house in Rodmell. I would definitely recommend staying here for a more quirky but relaxing holiday.
It was our first time staying in a shepherds hut and it won't be our last. The huts were cute & cosy and had everything you needed for a short break. We will definitely be going back!