Reaching Views at Blakes Farm

UK England South East England West Sussex Horsham

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Walking
An exclusive-hire site with a yurt and a shepherd's hut on a smallholding in the Sussex countryside

Call your friends, book Reaching Views, and get ready for a weekend in the countryside. This is a place where conversation takes place around the campfire, walks end at the local pub, and dinner is served in the dappled shade of an apple tree. It’s an exclusive-hire glamping site with one yurt and one shepherd’s hut hired together; a great place for two families, two couples, or a small group of friends to get together and enjoy the great outdoors.

This is the West Sussex countryside, and the reaching views from Blakes Farm are of the rolling hills and farmland of the South Downs National Park. The foreground is grassy paddocks grazed by the alpacas, sheep, and goats of the eight-acre smallholding this glamping site has been set up on. It’s the work of Krystyna and Bruce who also hire out vintage VW campers, in a separate but related business. They’ll welcome you to Blake’s Farm and show you your home for the weekend: a paddock with a cluster of tiny structures that will provide everything you need.

There’s a little canvas yurt sleeping up to four, a shepherd’s hut with room enough for three, and the shared areas: a roundhouse with an eco loo, an outdoor shower, and a covered communal kitchen. There’s also a fire pit, barbecue, and outdoor seating all designed for sociable, alfresco living where you only have to share facilities with friends and can enjoy comfortably private sleeping quarters that have been decked out in style.

Within 15 minutes, you can walk to the banks of the River Adur where wild swimming and kayaking are popular in summer. It takes the same time to walk along the road to the lovely Sussex pub, The Fountain, recommended by your hosts and just about everyone who’s visited (including Laurence Olivier, who used to be a local). But why race along the road when you can meander through fields and along the river, building up an appetite as you go? There are plenty of places to visit within an hour of the site — country estates, the beaches of the south coast, and bustling Brighton among them — but it’s the simple pleasures here that we like the most; slowing down, catching up with friends, and enjoying the far-reaching views.

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Facilities

Facilities are shared between the yurt and shepherd's hut and include an indoor shower/toilet block with heating for chilly nights plus an outdoor heated shower for warm days. There's a second toilet (a Wee Hooses eco loo), hand basin games and books in the round house, shared area and a separate well-equipped undercover kitchen with a small fridge. All buildings have mains electricity and bedding and towels are supplied for the double bed in both the yurt and the shepherd's hut but. Bedding should be brought for the single beds (if they are being used). The shepherd's hut also has a wood-burning stove with a kettle for hot drinks. Campfires are allowed and there's a shared BBQ/firepit and picnic bench in the outside area. Local estate hardwood is available to buy on side for the campfire and firepit. BBQ packs can be supplied (using a local butcher) at an extra cost. 

Suitable For

Glampers only, groups (of up to seven people), animal lovers especially and dogs (for an extra charge) – yes. Campers with their own tents, campervan, motorhomes, caravans – no.

Nearby

There are plenty of options for walking with the local pub a 15-minute walk away and plenty of footpaths and bridleways in the area. A short  stroll takes you to the River Adur, where you can kayak or wild swimming and a drive of around 15 minutes (ten miles) gets you to the medieval town of Steyning, on the edge of the South Downs National Park. Within half an hour, you can visit Bolney Wine Estates (11 miles away; 01444 881 575), Arundel Castle (14 miles; 01903 882173), Cowdray Park and Polo fields (18 miles; 01730 813257), Parham House and Gardens (seven miles; 01903 742021) and Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens (10 miles; 0871 8733 389). An hour's drive will take you to Brighton (25 miles away) or the Seven Sisters Country Park and Beachy Head. 

Food & Drink

Less than 15 minutes' walk takes you to the local village pub, The Fountain (01403 710219) at Ashurst, which used to be Lawrence Olivier's local and comes recommended by your hosts too. Alternatively, take a drive to The Ginger Fox (01273 857888) at Henfield, 15 miles from site, or The White Horse (01903 814084) at Steyning, about 10 miles away. For provisions and picnic delights try Jeremy's Two in Cowfold, nine miles from site or the Co-op and butchers in Steyning.

Open

July–October.

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The Owner Says

Reaching Views at Blakes Farm is a glorious setting within the farm that dates back to the 1600s and has a great vista of the South Downs. A family-run smallholding surrounded by farm animals and acres of space. The site has been positioned so you get the full benefit of the sun whilst offering welcome shade from an old apple tree.  The whole complex sleeps 7 and would be ideal for a large family, 2 couples that wish to holiday but still have their own space! The yurt has electricity, a wonderful acacia floor that stretches out beyond with decking. Inside there is an eclectic mix of vintage and new.
Sleeps 4 (1 double bed and 2 single beds) The shepherd hut is made of local oak and has a wood burner, electricity and sleeps 3 (1 double bed, 1 single bed). Within the complex, there is a "round house" with bathroom facilities and an outdoor heated shower with views across our fields (you might spot one of our Alpacas or Soay sheep. Kitchen is partially undercover and you can cook whilst taking in the views and saying a "hello" to our Pygmy Goats. We also have an indoor bathroom for those that wish to have their home creature comforts. Gated and fenced will keep your pooches or children safe so you can have for well-earned relaxation. We allow a campfire and provide a firepit which also doubles up as a BBQ.
A lovely reclaimed wooden table and chairs for outdoor dining in style be it breakfast or evening festivities. Well-behaved dogs welcome. A well-placed site for Kayaking or wild swimming on the river Adur, walking through woods on the Winston Estate, or having a drink in our local pub, The Fountain. Day trips in abundance, visit Brighton, walk the South Down Way, wine tours, Littlehampton beach, The Witterings all within easy reach. On the odd occasion, you might even spot one of our vintage VW bay campervans parked up for a "rest".

Accommodation

A yurt and a shepherd's hut hired together, sleeping up to seven

The Wrens

Exclusive Site Hire Sleeps 7
Two sleeping units, a beautifully furnished yurt which sleeps 4 and a very comfortable shepherd hut which sleeps 3. View of farmland and the South Downs.

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Location

Contact Reaching Views at Blakes Farm, Blakes Farm Steyning Road, Ashurst, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3AN

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Getting There

Whether you are approaching from the north (via A24) or the south (from the A27), head towards Steyning on the A283, turning towards Ashurst on the B2135, just north of Steyning. Blakes Farm is on the right after about two-and-a-half miles. The site is half an hour from Gatwick airport by car and the nearest train station is Shoreham-by-Sea, 16 miles away. There's no taxi rank so a taxi for the onward journey should be booked in advance.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Wonderful glamping experience

Krystyna and Burce could not have been more helpful hosts, and we had a brilliant long weekend with our two teenageers. It was our first glamping experience and we really enjoyed the space and ease of camping in this way. We cooked, BBQ'd and sat around the fire pit, as well as walked from the site to do river swimming and loved being surrounded by the pygmy goats, sheep, alpacas and guinea fowl. Defintely recommend.
Aug 31, 2021 by Laura Phelps Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful Quirky Accommodation

We had the pleasure of being Reaching Views’s first guests and received a lovely warm welcome from Krystyna and Bruce who were the perfect hosts, offering the true glamping experience. The location is perfect if you love nature and animals, we loved waking up to the alpacas and pigmy goats and to hear the sound of the roosters. The yurt is dressed perfectly and inside it felt like a whole other destination. The outdoor kitchen perfect for the rainy weather and outdoor shower were also a top treat and the fire pit was a great add. Would absolutely recommend to all who are looking for a stay either as a couple or a small group of friends. My only suggestion to Krystyna and Bruce is to perhaps consider a slightly larger fridge for those on a longer stay and perhaps extending the bamboo so the seclusion from their main property prevents being overlooked. Thank you for an amazing stay. We added some photos to our Instagram account a_cruelty_free_life which has a highlights reel of our weekend photos and showcases the property in all its glory. Thanks again Krystyna and Bruce and good luck for future stays!
Jul 11, 2021 by Grace Mee Verified Review

Response from Reaching Views at Blakes Farm

Grace, thank you for the lovely write up. Just to say we have now extended the hazel hurdles so the area is not overlooked and will also accommodate a larger fridge. Amazing photos on your Instagram feed. Best wishes, Krystyna and Bruce.

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