Wimbles Farm

UK England South East England East Sussex Heathfield

01435 810 390  Wimbles Farm, Wimbles, Foords Lane, Vines Cross, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 9HA

A beautiful glamping or wild camping experience in beautiful Sussex countryside

Nestled in the beautiful Sussex countryside, Wimbles Farm campsite and B&B is the perfect site for those who want to try a bit of wild camping but aren't sure if they can bear the potential discomforts. It's as close to wild camping as you can get, but with ablution facilities to ease you through the experience, with two well maintained pitching areas located by a meandering stream in a secluded flower meadow, and a standpipe for fresh water, fire-pits, compost toilets and access to a shower. There's only room for half a dozen or so tents, so there’s no danger of overcrowding. If you really can't face it there's a recently renovated shepherds hut with its own facilities in a quiet corner of the flower meadow with hot showers and bunks for the kids and its own fire-pit. As for things to see and do, you can start right on the farm. Coarse fishing is available from the site's own lake and bike hire and guided cycling tours are also available. It's also the only site we know where you can have your own pottery throw-down challenge! And if you can't hack the camping any longer, the B&B up at the house is the perfect refuge!



2 well-maintained pitching areas, the larger suitable for 3-4 large tents, and the small section suited for 1 large or 2 small tents. Each pitch has a fire-pit (with grid) for cooking and boiling water, and includes a barrow of logs for your use each night. Both camping areas have their own compost toilets and access to a shower tent (using hot water heated on the fire or through the solar water heater). 2 stand pipes provide fresh water.

2 shepherds huts, one for couples and another sleeping 2 adults and 2 children. Proper beds, kitchenette and wood-burner provided in each hut. Dogs are not permitted in either of the huts.

Private, spring-fed, coarse fishing lake (next to the house) set amongst ancient natural woodland, home to: rudd, roach, perch, bream, tench, carp and pike.

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The nearby Cuckoo Trail is a great option for cycling or walks, weaving its way through woods, fields, and the best of the rolling Sussex countryside. Normans Bay, named after the Normans who landed here a thousand years ago, is 25 minutes away; or if its raining pop into The Observatory Science Centre (01323 832731) on selected evenings when you can look through impressive telescopes at events in the night sky. Brighton (45 minutes away) has a fabulous array of activities to keep you busy, whilst a lengthy walk along the South Downs National Park (England’s newest National park) is certainly a must do given its proximity. Lewes (17 miles) is a pretty little market town with great shops, thousands of flea markets and a number of decent pubs. Don’t leave without visiting its enchanting castle (01273 486290) built during the days of William the Conqueror, and continuing the history theme just south of the town centre lies the historic Anne of Cleves House (01273 474610).

Food & Drink

The recently reopened Brewers Arms (01435 812435) is within easy walking distance and treats visitors to a quintessentially British country pub experience. The menu is eclectic and the food always fresh and (whenever possible) locally sourced. Also within walking distance is the Black Duck (01435 830 636), a 15th Century freehouse, situated in the depths of the East Sussex countryside. The traditional pub grub has gained an excellent reputation so you are strongly advised to book ahead. Classics include: deep-fried Brie in breadcrumbs & cranberry, local pork sausages with mash & onion gravy and pork tenderloin wrapped in Parma ham with mash potato and cider sauce. Visit Hank who runs the local farm shop (again within easy walking distance) for sausages and home-cured bacon that taste delicious on the campfire. There’s also some great little shops and supermarkets in the local market town of Heathfield (4 miles), which also gives the option of takeaways and restaurants.


Open all year.


Shepherds Hut 3–4 night stays £180–£280, depending on season, £350–£490 a week again depending on season. Camping £10 a night for adults, £5 for children (and dogs!).


2 well-maintained pitching areas, the larger suitable for 3-4 large tents, and the small section suited for 1 large or 2 small tents. 2 shepherds huts, one for couples and another sleeping 2 adults and 2 children.

Anderida Shepherds Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4
Our fantastic Shepherd’s Hut provides an ideal romantic getaway for couples or families looking to escape to the countryside, or for those that don’t quite do camping!

Higler Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Inspired by historical stories of a local chicken dealer, this simple, romantic and comfortable hut for adult couples can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Buttercup Field

Grass pitch Sleeps 8
A pitch for 2-6 people in an open field by yourselves. Can take 2 big tents.

Cherry Tree Private Family Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8
A well secluded and sheltered spot enjoying a superb position besides the small stream which is has a locked gate for saftey reasons.

Meadow Sweet Wild Camping Area, max 20-

Grass pitch Sleeps 25
Large mown area surrounded by trees and lots of evening sun, with fire pit, picnic bench, own eco toilets and shower.

The Spinney, large Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 25
A superb private area with its own fire pit,picnic bench,2 eco toilets,evening sun and loads of space.

Pear Tree Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5
A pitch for 2 adults/2 children in a sunny position with a fire pit and its own eco toilet.

Sunny Side A sheltered pitch, evening sun.

Grass pitch Sleeps 8
Bring your own tent and pitch up on this simple pitch with fire pit and eco loo next to a small coppice. Sheltered from the wind and early morning sun, this pitch catches the last rays of sun. It is suitable for 2 adults or a family.


Grass pitch Sleeps 4
A simple pitch for two overlooking a glade where we often see Deer.

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Wimbles Farm, Wimbles, Foords Lane, Vines Cross, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 9HA

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Getting There

By train, Polegate station is about 15 minutes away by taxi.

By car, from London follow M25 south to M23, exit J10 to join A22 to Maresfield, Take A272 to Cross-in-Hand, turn onto A267 to Horam and follow signs to Vines Cross, we are 1 mile from village on left hand side (you cannot see lake from the road you will see the barn with 2 reflective posts in front).

Polegate and Uckfield serve as the sites nearest train station with taxis available outside. Buses run every hour to nearby Horam and Newhaven ferry port is a 35 minute drive.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


A wonderful adventure

We stayed at Wimbles Farm in October in both the Eco Barn and Shepherd's Hut. Such a wonderful, relaxing place and great to get away from the hustle and bustle of London. Mark and his family were exceptional hosts, taking their time to advise what was good to do to ensure we made the most of our experience. Fishing was a real treat and would recommend for an afternoon of two! The accommodation is perfect and well equipped with everything you will need for your stay. The welcome pack was a real treat and the offer of freshly picked vegetables fantastic for dinner in the evenings. I would, without hesitation recommend Wimbles Farm. With the variety of accommodation available it is suitable for everyone and for many occasions. Take advantage of local produce available to purchase at the farm-we left with a car full of goodies!
Nov 9, 2014 by Felicity

Unique and exceptional!

We stayed here in June, in the Shepherd's Hut, with friends alongside us in Smurf, their blue VW campervan. What a wonderful place. The welcome pack and facilities were truly excellent. The owners couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. It was so peaceful. The layout of the field is very clever - even though there were other campers you could hardly see or hear them, so it was like we had the whole field to ourselves! We enjoyed barbecues, ball games and the icing on the cake was the look on our 2 year old's face when the donkey was taken for a walk round the field to visit us on Saturday morning!!, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone - a romantic place for couples but also fabulous for a fun, outdoor family break.
Aug 24, 2014 by docsal

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