Canfields Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South East England West Sussex Horsham

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Expect to hear little more than the crackle of fires and the faint call of a woodpecker at this Sussex safari tent site

Coffee in hand, you sit in a deckchair on the veranda, looking out over green fields and listening to the sound of birdsong in a nearby woodland. You watch as your children head back from the chicken coop with eggs in hand for breakfast. It’s the start of another day at Canfields, a safari tent site on a farm tucked away in the picturesque village of Rudgwick. For city folk, this image of rural bliss may seem like a distant summer holiday dream but, pinch yourself, it’s not. Book now and you could be in that deckchair by next Saturday morning. This farm full of cows, sheep and chicken is a commutable hour from London; as good for a relaxing weekend as for a week’s holiday.

Canfields is a Feather Down farm; part of a network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes 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, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on with hosting left in the capable hands of Feather Down’s partner farmers.

At Canfields, that farmer is Tim. He’ll greet you and show you around and, if you’ve booked to rent-a-coop for your stay (a fun extra that’s available here), he’ll introduce you to your hens too. He’ll show you to your two-bedroomed tent and point out the honesty shop, shared pizza oven and showers. There's a central mown pitch where kids can get stuck into lazy games of football and rounders plus an outdoor water-play area with waterfall shower and sandpit. But behind the site’s five safari tents, is perhaps the best play area of all; a beautiful bluebell woodland where there's den-building, stream-damming and deer-spotting fun to be had.

Campsite cooking is part of the Feather Down experience and camp kitchens are always well-stocked but, if you don’t fancy cooking, there’s a cheesemaker and farm cafe just over the field and a village pub a 10-minute walk away. Further afield, the walks get longer. Canfields lies between the Surrey Hills and the South Downs National Park; home to a national trail each. Walkers can take their pick, road cyclists will likely head for the hills and mountain bikers south to the Downs. Beyond them, the south coast at Worthing is also just 25 miles away. Whether you spend days at the beach, walking in countryside or simply listening to woodpeckers on site, it’s hard to believe that your deckchair is a mere 20 miles south of the M25.

Details

Facilities

Each canvas lodge has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed that's 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. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area, space for games and play equipment.

Suitable For

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

Nearby

There's excellent walking and cycling right from the farm; much of it within the South Downs National Park and the site sits about midway between two national trails: the South Downs Way (17 miles to join it at Amberley) and the North Downs Way (15 miles to join it at Guildford). Closer to home, there's the Downs Link, which connects the two, and there's local bike hire from South Water Cycles. There are also plenty of countryside pursuits: fishing at Furnace Lakes Fisheries (three miles away), racing at Goodwood (01243 755022) or Fontwell (01243 543335) both about 20 miles away, opera at Glyndebourne (01273 812321) and polo at nearby Hurstwood (01483 272828). Budding Tiger Woods' can revel in the choice of five golf courses, all of which are within fives miles from the farm: Wildwood, Foxbridge, Gatton Manor, Slinfold and Cranleigh. But if you're looking for a more relaxing day trip, then you'd be hard pressed to beat Denbies' (01306 876616) award-winning vineyard in Dorking (16 miles from site). You can take indoor tours throughout the year or an outdoor vineyard train between March and November.

Food & Drink

It's foodie heaven at Canfields where you can buy burgers and steaks from the farm (booked direct, in advance) and basic supplies from the on-site honesty shop. There's a great farm shop and café, The Milk Churn (01403 823980), just across the field. Don't miss the chance to try their own Sussex Charmer cheese on toast and perhaps pop to the nearby Firebird Brewery to pick up something to wash it down with. Rudgwick village boasts four local pubs: the Fox (01403 822386) a 10-minute walk away, The Mucky Duck (01403 822300), the Sir Roger Tichborne (01403 751873) and the Richard Onslow. The village also has a few shops including a Co-op for campsite supplies. Horsham (nine miles away) boasts a more diverse selection of food spots, including the Artisan Patisserie (01403 274142); great for tea, cake, and a loaf of fresh sourdough bread and Restaurant Tristan (01403 255688), for modern European cuisine.

Open

April–October.

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The Owner Says

In West Sussex almost directly on the Surrey border just an hour from London,  Canfields Farm is a beef farm that also has lambs and chickens you can help feed. The farm offers a tent for groups of up to 10 people as well as the classic tents.  The tents are sited on the edge of woodland,  while Canfields itself nestles between the North and South Downs.  Another special feature is the outdoor water-play area with a waterfall shower and sandpit.

Canfields Farm has a tradition of sale from the farm gate.  The entire friendly herd of 30 suckler cows can be traced back to three foundation mothers,  Peggy,  Fox and Delight,  whose well-being is noted by inspectors as being excellent and stress-free.  Unfortunately, guests’ dogs can’t be accommodated at Canfields but there are animals such as cows,  calves,  horses,  donkeys,  sheep and chickens you will be able to meet!

The fantastic bluebell woods are perfect for den-building,  stream-damming and deer,  butterfly and woodpecker spotting.  On the farm,  you can collect eggs from the Loman chickens and get to know the Goodwood lambs.  The cows in the field next to you and horses at livery will be happy to keep you company.  A great timber undercover area at the camp’s centre means wet weather won’t inhibit spending time together or devouring delicious barbecue food.  The pizza evening together around the wood-fire oven is another dinner time treat.  In front of the tents,  a playground and play pitch is ideal for football or badminton,  or whatever games you and your children can think up!

Social Distancing Measures

We have received the official UK certification “We’re Good To Go” to show that we have worked hard to follow the government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to maintain cleanliness and social distancing in our UK locations

Preparation for your stay
  • Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected and ventilated for you prior to your arrival
  • When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host
  • Specific measures, which may vary by farm, will be explained to you on-site
  • During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed
Change in activities
  • Depending on the farm, the pizza evening has been adapted or canceled

  • Depending on the farm, the farm tour has been adapted or cancelled

  • The farm’s honesty shop will be open, with one person allowed inside at a time

Accommodation

Five safari tents.

Canvas Lodge with ensuite shower - sleeps 6

Safari tent Sleeps 6
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges. At 45m2, our spacious lodges are placed in stunning locations and will meet your need for modern comfort and craving to be close to nature. The Canvas Lodge is suitable for 6 people, 5 adults and 1 child up to 12 years old.

Canvas Lodge with ensuite shower - sleeps 6

Safari tent Sleeps 6
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges. At 45m2, our spacious lodges are placed in stunning locations and will meet your need for modern comfort and craving to be close to nature. The Canvas Lodge is suitable for 6 people, 5 adults and 1 child up to 12 years old.

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Location

Contact Canfields Farm, Canfields Farm, Lynwick Street, Rudgwick, West Sussex RH12 3DL

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Getting There

Take the A281 from Horsham towards Guildford. After seven miles at Bucks Green, pass the turning to Rudgwick on the right. Opposite The Fox Inn on the left, turn right into Lynwick Street. Canfields Farm is the first farm on the left the entrance is signed Feather Down and Canfields Cottages.

The best railway station to use is Horsham, nine miles from the site. From there you could take a taxi to site or a bus towards Guilford which stops at Rudgwick village, about a mile-and-a-half from the site.

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Canfields (Feather Down Farm)

Perfect spring time treat! The bluebells in the woods by the tent were in perfect bloom during our early May visit. The Kids loved bottle feeding the lambs!

The farm is seconds away from the South Downs link for great safe, family cycling. the route follows old railway lines making it easy going.

With both wood burning stoves and the options for outdoor fires, canfields should satisfy fire lovers.  Collect your own firewood for the outdoor fire from the woods right next to the tent. 

The cupboard bed makes for the pefect hide-a-way for the kids!

May 30, 2013 by rupertm1

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