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Freedom Camping

UK England South East England West Sussex Haywards Heath

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Car-free wild camping in comfort less than hour from the Big Smoke
Following on from its successful stint in Kent, picture perfect pop-up Freedom Camping returns to an arguably even more spellbinding location in a tranquil corner of West Sussex. This secluded field in the heart of West Hoathly marries wild camping with style and luxury in a refreshingly uncommercial setting. This new location is truly off grid, offering the chance to digital detox and get back to nature. There are no permanent buildings on site, no main roads, and with a backdrop of enchanting woodlands, this is the perfect retreat from bustling city life, being less than an hour by train or track from London.

Five bell tents are spread around, each with memory foam mattresses and bedding, while a scattering of rugs, cushions and bunting give them a chic feel. Lanterns and lights festoon the tents and tea lights can be lit for some romantic outdoor lighting. Campfires are also a must, with logs and firepits provided. Such is the stylish charm of the Freedom set-up, they’ve also started taking on vintage-inspired weddings. So if you fall in love beneath the stars you could always pop back again for the big day.

Venture forth from the site and the delights of West Sussex unfurl before you. The best way to explore the surroundings are from the carriages of The Bluebell Railway, a gorgerous period locomotive which steams through the county's idyllic fields and valleys. Arundel Castle; Ashdown Forest; Sheffield Park – the latter the inspiration for A.A. Milne's '100 Aker Wood' – there's a plentitude of great days out to be enjoyed. But with wild deer on site, nearby farm shops stocked with the finest local produce, and a roaring campfire to cook on back at site, the spirit of Freedom Camping may prove so alluring that you never even bother leaving the fireside!



All tents have a double bed (memory foam mattress, bedding and linen), additional air beds, cutlery, crockery and utensils, indoor and outdoor lighting, cushions, rugs, throws and chairs. The site facilities are simple, with water taps and toilets. Firepits and wood available. 

Suitable For

Glampers only, so no tents, campervans or caravans. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the lead and incur a £25 cleaning surcharge.


Sussex has no end of attractions – from the rural idyll of its Weald and innumberable chocolate-box villages; to the storied stone steps of Rye; to the bright lights of boho Brighton. But the very heart of the region is West Hoathly and its surroundings. Hop aboard The Bluebell Railway (01825 720800) at East Grinstead to soak up the sites of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Capability Brown-designed Sheffield Park (01825 790231) is the end destination, and there are plenty of other leafy leeways to get lost in, like Wakehurst Place (01444 894066) and in particular Ashdown Forest (01342 823583) which also boasts a sailing and canoeing centre (01444 892549). Elsewhere, Deers Leap Park (01342 325858) is over 240 acres and jam-packed with great outdoor activities such as archery, bushcraft and falconry. Further west to neighbouring Dorset, Priest's House Museum & Garden (01202 882533) offers a fascinating glimpse into the local history in an atmospheric Grade II listed setting.   

Food & Drink

There's a handful of lovely pubs in the area. The Gardeners Arms (01444 892328) is the go-to destination for casketeers. Run by Hall and Woodhouse, one of the few remaining regional family brewers, and purveyors of award-winning Badger beers. The Cat Inn (01342 810369) is a great gastro thats a leisurely stroll from the site and boasts an inventive menu of locally-sourced dishes. The Vinols Cross Inn (01342 810644) promises a friendly welcome and a well-stocked bar. 

Opening Times

June 9th - Sept 14th.

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Contact Freedom Camping, Lawn Meadow, Hook Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 4PX

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Getting There

Nestled a short 45 minutes drive from South London, and 37 minutes (9 stops) via train from East Croydon this site is easily accessible without a vehicle. Freedom offers a free shuttle service available from East Grinstead station. Please book in advance. 


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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews


Not quite glamping

This was indeed a tranquil spot with a wood out the back which certainly captivated my son's imagination. The bell tent was only one of six and was nicely presented with a homely feel. Campfires were great. The owner kindly stayed late to receive us after we were delayed in travelling. People on site were friendly and had kids same age as our son which added to a welcoming atmosphere. It was a weekend of rain - nothing that could be done about that, and we had a great time as a family in spite. However it did make things difficult: the access road was very muddy, so non-4wd cars had to be left 500m away, half way up the hill. The owner transported our belongings down the hill on arrival, but on departure we had to lug it all up the hill in two trips. There were no showers. Although the description doesn't list showers, it doesn't say there are no showers. If you're booking glamping, surely that makes one assume basic facilities are there? There were two portaloos, but one had run out of flush. Overall for the money we paid, I would have expected more convenience and creature comforts, which I think should be possible without losing the charm of this small intimate spot.
Aug 11, 2017 by james

Luxury tents in secluded countryside

I stayed here in September 2015. I have never glamped before so was very pleasantly surprised by how big and spacious the tents were. Compared to some tents I have used hiking before this was a dream. The campsite is in what feels like a secluded big field although it's actually about 10-15 minute walk to the local village of West Hoathley where there are 2 bars that do food and drinks. I had lunch in Cat Inn, 1 day, and it was really tasty. You can explore the surrounding area which seems pretty big. I went for a walk for a few hours and never reached wherever the edge is. I managed to see 2 deer as well. Each night there was a campfire and a bbq to cook on. There were 5 tents in total and while each tent can do their own fire and bbq it worked out that everyone would gather around around the 1 campfire which is a cool way to get to know people. Having bbq food, a drink or 2, people to socialise and a star filled sky (I was lucky with weather) is pretty awesome. If you want to get away or just want to try some luxury camping I would highly recommend doing this.
Mar 24, 2017 by Rob

A beautiful spot

Enjoyed two nights in a very secluded and lovely spot. Tent very comfortable. Access a little tricky and only just managed to get car up steep track at end of stay due to wet weather. I must say a special thank you to Elyna, who welcomed us warmly and was on hand to summon farmer to pull us up hill if we had required it. Liked combination of well-equipped tent in what didn't really feel like a campsite. 

Aug 27, 2015 by

A gorgeous glamping site with comfy beds!

I had a wonderful stay with Freedom Camping last week, it was our first time glamping, myself and some friends. We travelled from London and took the free shuttle from East Grinstead station to the campsite. The location was just perfect the field is hidden and surrounded by a forest woodlands, so peaceful and quiet we even saw some wild deer! Our tent was actually alot more spacious then imagined, we had loads of room considering there was four of us and it was very cosy with lots of cushions and cute furnishings. We made a campfire on the first night which was an experience and went to the Cat Inn the nearest pub for dinner which we highly recommend. We went for a few long walks, had a breakfast box delivered on Saturday morning for the mini bbq. The weather was perfect! Highly recommended! 

Jul 25, 2015 by Faye

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