Swaynes Pods

UK England South East England West Sussex Horsham

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to the pub
A glamping pod with en suite facilities and a hot tub, in the West Sussex countryside just an hour outside London.

As you sit in the hot tub watching the breeze gently rustle the trees that surround Swaynes Pods, it’s easy to understand your place in the world. A few miles north are the scenic Surrey Hills, to the east there’s the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, closer still, is the South Downs National Park. What’s harder to comprehend is how this green and leafy West Sussex location is so easily reached from London. It’s a commutable hour away; a mere 40 miles from Big Ben. Slip away from the city in this direction and the city soon slips away from you.

Not long after the skyscrapers have receded in the rear-view mirror, you’ll find yourself arriving at Swaynes Pods, waved down by helpful owner Greg. He’ll show you where to park your car then take you across one field into another that’s further from the road transporting you, your luggage and any excited kids in an all-terrain vehicle to your pod. At the moment there’s just the one in a field of several acres.

Space, therefore, is the biggest luxury here though the hot tub comes a close second. Beyond that, there’s something simple about the glamping on offer. Yes, the pod has its own en-suite shower and loo and yes, the beds are made — but there’s nothing too fancy here. The kitchenette is a simple construction, the grain of the curved timber-clad walls is the only decoration and it’s the French doors, not a TV, that are your window on the world. There’s no mains electricity, so power is precious and supplied by batteries and gas. Cooking is on a camping stove or outside on the campfire and, thanks to all this, the essence of camping remains — albeit softened by pillows.

The pod is comfortable for couples but, as it has a sofa bed, there’s room for a couple of kids, too (or for friends who don’t mind sharing). Whether it’s a grown-up getaway or a family affair, the walk to the local pub is a must — especially in spring when part of the way is lined by bluebells. The path that leads there is part of the traffic-free Downs Link cycling and walking route between Guilford and Shoreham-by-Sea. Fishing fans will like the nearby lakes, families will enjoy Fisher’s Farm Park and everyone will enjoy the breath of fresh air that’s afforded by this short hop into the countryside so handily positioned between city and sea.



The pod has a double bed and a pull-out futon/sofa for guests with children and bedding is provided. There's a kitchenette equipped with a small fridge (with freezer compartment), a single-ring camping gas stove, saucepans, dishes, utensils, etc. The bathroom is en suite, with a flushing toilet, sink and hot shower. A heater is available inside, should you need it. The pod is off-grid with all amenities powered by batteries, gas. A power bank is provided for charging devices and re-charging lights if needed. Outside there's a semi-covered terrace area with a table and seating for four, a charcoal BBQ, fire pit and a wood-fired hot tub. Logs are provided for the hot tub, extras are available as logs.

Suitable For

Glampers only: couples, families with young children – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.


The Downs Link cycle route/bridleway passes right through the field you stay in and provides an excellent way to walk into the village of Rudgwick where you can visit the local pub or pick up campsite supplies. You can also use it for longer bike rides into the countryside (and mountain bike hire is available as an optional extra here). The full route links Guildford (about 15 miles to the north of sea) and Shoreham-by-Sea (25 miles to the south). There's fishing just over a mile from site at Furnace Lakes Fishery and family fun at Fishers Farm Park (01403 700063), six miles from site. The edge of the South Downs National Park is about 10 miles from site with RSPB Pulborough Brooks (01798 875851) just within it. Winkworth Arboretum (01483208477) is also around 10 miles away within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are plenty of lovely Sussex and Surrey villages to visit nearby and south coast beaches are about a 45-minute drive away at Shoreham and Worthing.

Food & Drink

The King's Head (01403 822200) in Rudgwick village is a mile-and-a-half on the road, less if you walk via the Downs Link which passes through the field, great for drinks and pub grub. The Chequers Inn (01403 790480) Rowhook, three miles from site, offers a more extensive menu and Sir Roger Tichborne (01403 751873) is another lovely country pub that's recommended for food.

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The Owner Says

Set in beautiful, secluded surroundings, our glamping pod is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday. The pod is perfectly situated for long country walks, relaxing views and reconnecting with friends and family around the firepit. Finish off the evening with a glass of fizz in the hot tub, gazing at the stars.


A single self-catering pod — with a hot tub.

Swaynes Pod

Pod Sleeps 4
Glamping Pod set in over 12 Acres of secluded land with your own private hot tub.

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Contact Swaynes Pods, Swaynes, Guildford Road, Rudgwick, Horsham RH12 3JD

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Getting There

From Horsham or the A24 head towards Guildford and Rudgwick on the A281, Guildford Road. The pod is about five miles along this road. Greg asks for guests to give him a call about 30 minutes before arrival and he will give you specific arrival instructions. The closest railway station is at Horsham from where you can get a taxi or a bus (Arriva bus number 63) to Rudgwick.


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Why book with Cool Camping?

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