Family-run campsite slap, bang in the heart of the iconic, undulating East Sussex Downs

Slap, bang in the heart of the iconic, undulating East Sussex Downs lies Housedean Farm. In an area boasting some of rural England's loveliest scenery (and no shortage of wonderful campsites), this 900 acre family-run farm and campsite is a real find. With 20 spacious, well-kempt pitches, more than adequate and recently improved facilities plus a newly installed 5m bell tent (sleeping 6) for hire, Housedean will suit both well-schooled campers and novices alike. Campfires and dogs are allowed and the South Downs Way offers some fantastic cycling and walking routes.  

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The Owner Says

Housedean Farm Campsite is located on a working farm, within the South Downs National Park between Lewes and Brighton in East Sussex. The campsite is a great base from which to explore the National Park and is easily accessible by bus from Brighton and Lewes. The farm and campsite are also situated directly on the South Downs Way so we are perfectly located for walkers and cyclists. While we offer a traditional, basic camping experience, we want you to be comfortable throughout your stay and therefore provide modern facilities with rustic open air hot showers.

Our favourite spot

Families, groups (if prearranged and well behaved), dogs, horses - Yes. Caravans - No.

The local area

A lengthy walk along the South Downs Way is certainly a must, seeing as you're already pitched on it. If you're feeling the need for some city life, Brighton and Lewes are only a couple of miles away and can be reached by local bus. Lewes, a beautiful market town, boasts quaint antique shops, lots of cafes and restaurants and Harveys Brewery, for a delicious pint of ale. The site is also within easy driving distance of the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park and many other popular attractions in the South Downs National Park.

Best local places to eat and drink

The Half Moon in Plumpton (01273 890253) is a charming 200 year old country pub with a pleasant beer garden and a cellar full of local ales from Harveys of Lewes. The varied menu changes with the seasons and its award winning head-chef only uses the finest locally sourced produce. Recommendations from the bar include the Oxtail Tortellini for starters, and the Roast Monkfish Steak for mains. Picturesque Ditchling (7 miles away) has a few decent pubs including: The Bull (01273 843147) with its timber beams and open fires, or The White Horse (01273 842 006) which serves affordable, tasty pub grub, showcasing the very best of Sussex produce.

Why stay with us?

Each pitch comes with its own fire-pit. The authentic Shepherd's Hut comes fully furnished with a double bed, single bed and wood burning stove. The Hut is provided with bedding, cooking equipment, a gas stove and a firepit. Camping Pods are provided with beds (but not bedding), firepit, lights and electricity. Across the site, campfires (in designated pits) and BBQ's (off ground) are permitted. Kindling, firelighters, disposable barbecues and bags of logs can be purchased onsite.

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