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Big Sky Tipi Holidays

UK England South East England East Sussex Hailsham

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
Starry nights, sizzling burgers, and your little warrior braves running wild in the nearby woods
Tipi means ‘dwelling’ in old Lakota language, though the ones you’ll stay in at Big Sky Tipis are Sioux in design. Driving down vernal Sussex lanes to the site is a wonderful culture shock; your first view of the six tents sitting in 22 acres of meadow and woodland is unforgettable and filmic – you almost expect Sitting Bull to pop up with a kola pipe in his mouth. The tipis are sufficiently roomy to sleep six and come fully furnished with a comfy double bed, beanbags, and faux-fur rugs on the floor just to add that final element of Crazy Bull authenticity. And with the fields bordered by ancient woods, you could almost be in Montana, the spiritual home of the Sioux. The canvas tipis were hand-crafted in Little Creek, Washington State, and welcome you in with a womb-like embrace and, when the sun comes out, the membrane of the canvas seems to glow with life. But we get too medicine man on you – what’s so special about the place? Run by lovely Geoff and Sarah, Big Sky has a laid-back tempo that charms you; nothing seems too much bother and everything has been carefully laid out – from the utensils in a hamper at the foot of your bed, to free-range bacon, sausages, and eggs you can buy from their farm (as well as local venison, game, and fish – subject to availability). Imagine sitting back, taking in the fresh air as the first stars emerge, the struts of your tipi striking proudly into the twilit air. Sussex? Forget it, as soon as you enter here, you’re someplace special, be it in the enchanting 12-acre wood – a favourite with the kids – or somewhere childish in your imagination.



Campfires allowed in fire pits as well as a communal fire to sit round in a powwow. There are also individual BBQs by each tipi. A shower block up on the hill houses an immaculately clean washing/shower (piping hot)/loo area that’s in keeping with the natural environment. There’s also a fridge to keep your mescal chilled. Geese, chickens, and pigs for the kids to visit on the farm.

Suitable For

All are welcome – the tipis can be hired individually or exclusively for special occasions. Dogs are welcome but must sleep in the car next to your tipi. Tents, campervans, caravans – no.


Big Sky is 5 minutes’ walk from Herstmonceux Castle (01323 834444) – similar in style to Hampton Court – on the grounds of which is the Observatory Science Centre (01323 832731). When there’s a celestial event it’s possible to view the stars through the telescopes there. The typical seaside village of Pevensey Bay is also just 5 minutes away. And the 1066 Country Walk passes through the campsite’s ancient Wartling Wood.

Food & Drink

If you’re not cooking up the farm’s delicious bacon or venison you might want to pop down the road to the Lamb Inn (01323 832116) in Wartling for its mouth-watering menu featuring dishes like fresh king scallops served with bacon.


1st Apr–31st Oct.

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Contact Big Sky Tipi Holidays, Well House, Wartling Road, Wartling, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RX

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Getting There

Head to Hailsham on the A22 then take the A271 to Herstmonceux. From here look out for a right turn, following signs to Herstmonceux Castle. A spit further on from the entrance to the castle and Observatory Science Centre you’ll see a sign to Big Sky Tipi Holidays on your left. Take a train to Eastbourne then catch one of the regular buses that pass through Hailsham and on to Herstmonceux Castle. From here it’s a right turn out of the castle’s drive and a 200-metre walk to Big Sky Tipi.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


Brilliant weekend

The tipi's are comfortable, clean & fun.  They come with all the essentials that are needed for a weekend camping, including bedding, cooking amenities, utensils, bbq & fire pit.  Toilets & showers are clean & well maintained.  Sara & Geoff are friendly & helpful hosts.  The adjacent woods & fields are great for exploring, especially for the kids.  The local pub is also worth visiting & is only a few minutes by car.  Overall a great experience & we would have no hesitation on coming back.

May 5, 2015 by Ian Primrose

Big Sky Tipi Holidays

Wow, this is an amazing place to stay. We had the warmest of welcomes, by owners Sarah and Geoff, who do everything they can to ensure you have the best time on your holiday.

The Tipi's are beautiful, inside and out, from the feather duvets on the double bed to the faux fur rugs on the floor to keep your feet snuggly warm. The children had faux fur, and sheepskin rugs to go under their sleeping bags. In the wood chest there was everything needed to cook our meals, plus a torch - just incase anyone forgot to bring one! We had an evening with dreadful thunder and heavy rain, but we were warm and snug inside the Tipi, and the weather just added to the adventure.

Campfire - you bet! We had a fire going all day, with a plentiful supply of logs delivered by the wheelbarrowful. There are pic-nic benches with tarps., so that you can eat outside whatever the weather throws at you.

The showers and loo's are more like those found in a smart hotel, and always beautifully clean.

We may live locally, but we could have been anywhere - the site is stunning, with our children running through the meadow, making camp in the woods and feeding the delightful little pigs. Sussex has coast and countryside that is outstanding, so there is plenty to do, if you wish to venture out. The site is accross the road from the Observatory for all those budding Brian Cox's, and well worth a visit, with plenty of hands on activities for the children - it's very child friendly.

I cannot rate this highly enough, it's perfect.

Aug 10, 2011 by Mother of Captain Jack

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