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Lunsford Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South East England East Sussex Hastings

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Safari tent stays on an East Sussex farm with views of the sea

Somewhere ‘in the middle’ is sometimes best. That’s certainly true of Lunsford Farm, which sits midway between the south coast towns of Rye and Hastings. With views of the sea from the farm, you might also say this place is ‘in the middle’ between coast and country. Thankfully, there’s a way for us to visit this ‘in between’ idyll, as it offers farm stays that occupy the blissful middle ground between camping and glamping. Lunsford is a Feather Down farm and there’s nothing middling about that.

It’s part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid-ish holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as they like to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with log burners and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation varies little from place to place, the on-site experience is as unique and authentic as the farms you’ll find it on.

Hosting is left in the capable hands of Feather Down’s partner farmers. Here, at Lunsford Farm, that’s Andrew. His family have been tending cows and Romney Marsh sheep here for three generations so he’s a wealth of information on countryside ways and what’s in the area too. He runs a farm tour on Saturday mornings and fires up the on-site pizza oven on occasion but otherwise he’ll leave you to enjoy this idyllic location where there are just four tents perched among trees with views across fields to the English Channel.

The nearest beach is Pett Level, a 10-minute stroll down the road. Next door there’s a nature reserve with three hides to watch birds from. In fact, for both birds and beaches you’re in the right place. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Dungeness RSPB site, the vast expanses of sand at Camber and traditional seaside shenanigans at Hastings are all within 20 miles. The picturesque and historic towns of Rye and Battle are both worth a mooch about, one six miles east the other ten miles west, with the village of Pett and Lunsford Farm, handily, in the middle.

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Facilities

Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue and a fire pit. Showers are shared and a short walk away in a farm building – with underfloor heating. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area (home to games and toys for young'uns).

Suitable For

Glampers  – yes. Big groups and single-sex groups – by arrangement only. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs – no.

Nearby

There are plenty of walking trails and activities within minutes of Lunsford Farm – Andrew has a wealth of local knowledge and will be happy to point you in the right direction. A good starting point is the Pannel Valley Nature Reserve (adjacent to the farm), which has three public bird hides. It's a 10-minute walk to the nearest shingle beach at Pett Level.  A 15-minute drive west of the farm is the medieval town of Rye. Wander down the cobbled streets around Mermaid Street, leisurely stopping off at cafés and antique shops along the way. Nearby is the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve too. It's another tranquil place, so adrenalin-seeking campers should head a little further to Camber Sands; its seven-mile stretch of sandy beach attracts the windsurfing and kitesurfing community. The shingle expanse at Dungeness, with its RSPB Reserve (01797 320588), lighthouse and station on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway (01797 362353) in the shadow of a nuclear power station is also worth a visit. A 20-minute drive east takes you to Battle, which took its name from the 1066 Battle of Hastings. You can explore the atmospheric battle field, abbey ruins and stand on the very spot where King Harold is said to have died

Food & Drink

There's a well-stocked honesty shop onsite, selling a variety of free-range meats, bread, local ice-cream and fresh eggs and you can collect eggs from a CoOp on site too. If venturing elsewhere, the village is home to two local pubs, both just a short walk/bike ride away and serving great food: The Royal Oak (01424 812515) and the Two Sawyers (01424 812 255). Nearby Hastings has grown more cosmopolitan over recent years, and is now home to a vibrant selection of eateries: Bullet (01424 717477) is a relaxed (vegetarian-friendly) café, while The Old Market (01424 547297) satisfies big appetites with its inventive menu of gourmet burgers. Di Polas (01424 203666) on the seafront dishes up some of the best ice cream in the area and there are plenty of shops and supermarkets if you need to stock up on supplies. There's fresh fish for sale in Hastings, Rye and Dungeness too.

Open

April–October.

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Accommodation

Four family-sized safari tents with distant sea views.

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Location

Contact Lunsford Farm, Lunsford Farm, Pett Road, Pett, East Sussex TN35 4HH

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Getting There

From M25:
Exit the M25 at junction 5 onto A21 signposted Sevenoaks and Hastings. Continue for 40 minutes until you reach St John’s Cross, but remain on the A21 by taking the first exit at the roundabout. On approaching Hastings, go under the bridge and take first right up the slip road, then turn right at the T-junction onto The Ridge. Continue on this road until signposts for Rye and Folkestone, then left turn onto A259. Continue for about a mile, then turn right at the Beefeater pub, towards Pett. Lunsford Farm is just past the Royal Oak pub, on the left.

From M20:
Exit the M20 at junction 10 and follow the signs for Brenzett and Hamstreet. Take the second exit at the roundabout and continue straight ahead for eight miles. At the roundabout, take the second exit towards Rye. On approaching Rye, take the first exit on each mini roundabout, heading towards Hastings on the A259. Continue on this road, then left turn towards Winchelsea Beach. Continue on this road for four miles until you enter Pett Level. Take right turn signposted Pett Village. Lunsford Farm is 400 yards from top of hill on right-hand side.

The closest train station is at Three Oaks, just four miles from Lunsford Farm. From here a taxi would be necessary and would need to be booked in advance. Bigger stations are at Hastings and Rye. From London, Rye is the better option but onwards bus connections from Hastings to Pett tend to be quicker and more frequent. There's a bus stop a short walk from site. Alternatively, take a taxi for the last six miles to Lunsford from either station.

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Amazing Camping weekend.

This campsite is a lovely place to go for a relaxed weekend, with a splendid sea view and tents set in the middle of farm land, you can enjoy what nature has to offer. The tents are very cosy with candles and wood burning stoves, and the little farm shop has very tasty local produce including fresh eggs, bacon, and delicious lemon curd. This is a place worth visiting for a short weekend or more.
Oct 22, 2012 by Lucinda

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