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Beneath the Oaks

UK England South East England West Sussex Billingshurst

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Total seclusion: A single, furnished bell tent pitched in an ancient woodland on the edge of the South Downs

Beneath the Oaks is a glampsite that seems to mirror much of what’s so special about its surroundings. Just like the local village of Plaistow, this glamping site is small, cute and full of character. And while the village has a historic old church and a playground on the edge of the village green, the glamping site pays its worship to great, ancient trees that tower their leafy spires all around. As for a playground? The woods offer endless fun. All you need is a little imagination.

Comprised of just a single bell tent, furnished with beds, drawers, chairs, tables, cushions and rugs, this small-scale site is a truly special place. Bag a night here and you have the whole place to yourself, with woodland trails to wander, a rope-swing dangling invitingly from a tree and bluebells carpeting the floor in spring. Build a den, clamber among the branches or while away the hours around your private campfire. And, while the village may be lovely, it’s as much as you can do to convince yourself to leave. The animals are company enough and the tranquillity of it all is just wonderful. Why head anywhere else?

Lets imagine you do make it out of the woods for a day, though. Hypothetically speaking, you could drive to National Trust-owned Petworth House, a splendid seventeenth-century stately home with a sprawling 700 acres of parkland to its name. Or you could use one of the OS maps provided in the tent to plan a good walking route, out of the trees, across the meadows and into the heart of the South Downs National Park.

Stay back at camp, meanwhile, and you can cook over the campfire or brew yourself a cup of coffee in the cafetiere provided. And that’s surely one of the real benefits of having just the single tent on site. It allows that extra attention to detail that bigger sites can’t match. From the ready-hung bunting to the selection of books, this small but simple site has everything you need. And all beneath the ancient oaks that give the place its name.

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The bell tent has a double bed, 2 fold-out mattresses and all the furnishings you could need. Guests must bring their own bedding and linen though. 1 composting toilet. 1 outdoor hot shower, with biodegradable shower gel provided. Washing up area (use the kettle to create hot water), with biodegradable washing liquid provided. There is a large outdoor cooking area, with double gas burner, fire-pit and a grill for BBQs. Stack of wood provided. Swing for kids and paths around the woodlands (great for kids to ride bikes along).

Suitable For

Glamping only. The bell tent sleeps 4.


A selection of Ordinance Survey maps are provided for you to use; there are plenty of options, with a public footpath accessible at the top of the woodland. If you’re not up for a massive hike, just wonder along one of the paths that they've cleared out for you within the woodland itself. Ramble down Rumbolds lane and you’re in the village of Plaistow. There's a very handy village shop with a cute little tea room attached. Across the road from the shop is the village green and playground. It's an easy drive (7 miles) to Petworth House (National Trust; 01798 342 207) and a wide selection of antique shops in the town of the same name. The family adventure park at Fishers Farm (01403 700063) is great if you've got nippers to entertain, too.

Food & Drink

Stroll to the local village shop (Plaistow Stores; 01403 871236), which has an excellent little deli and café and also sells ice if you need to keep any pre-prepared food cold at the campsite. The local pub (The Sun; 01403 871313) is pretty basic, though good for a quick pint and wonderfully old. For a proper meal try The Crown (01428 682255) in Chiddingfold or the excellent White Hart (01428 683695) in Witley – amazing ribs, bourbons and desserts (make sure you book).

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If you like seclusion and nature, but a little bit of home from home, this is the place for you! The site is amazing, well maintained and you can see the owners poured the hearts and souls into making it what it is. The kids had a fantastic time, playing in the woods and learning how to be kind to nature at the same time, as everything is done eco-friendly at Beneath the Oaks. We were very lucky to camp here when the bluebells were in full bloom during Easter and the kids had the most magical Easter egg hunt of their lives! We'll definitely make this a favourite of ours and will be returning soon!
May 7, 2017 by Lisl

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