Tent pitch camping and wild glamping in a Sussex woodland hideaway
There’s camping, and then there’s off-grid camping. Beech Estate Campsite is most definitely the latter – no electricity, no mobile phone signal and a wheelbarrow for weaving your gear through the trees to the tent. If that all sounds like too much effort, then you may want to move on in search of something more suitable. If it sounds like the perfect escape, you’re in for a real treat.
Beech Estate is one of two campsites from the 'Pegs and Pitches Camping' group – the others being a bell-tent-only affair at Wild Boar Wood in West Sussex. The Beech Estate site is the larger of the two. Tent pitches here are nestled among the trees or spread out in individual clearings and private spaces. The woods of the estate spread, in total, across some 2,000 acres. If that doesn’t sound like camping heaven already, then just wait for the punchline: the 600 acres of woodland on which the campsite is located are for the exclusive use of guests to walk, mountain bike and generally run wild. The forest is all yours.
For those who really want the most private spots, additional ‘faraway’ woodland pitches are available on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. There are also eight wild-glamping bell tents, each with its own separate clearing, which come complete with beds, chairs, a picnic table, cookware, a firepit, logs and an eco cooking stove. It’s fair to say that these are functional rather than luxuriously appointed, but then that’s just what you’d expect in this off-grid, back-to-basics paradise.
Battle, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Hugh S.Joined in February 2016
69 Ratings · 201 reviews
August 17, 2022
Forest Tent Pitch
Loved this campsite, great for families. It's set in a good location with lots to do in the surrounding areas for the family. The site is in beautiful woodland with good facilities. Plenty of room for the kids to go exploring.
Our pitch was in the woodland area, which made it feel very secluded even though it was busy.
August 15, 2022
Forest Tent Pitch - 3
This was a lovely setting. The walks around the wooded estate were great and the facilities exactly what we wanted, good toilets and the bucket showers all clean and good to go. Shame we couldn’t have the campfire but completely understandable. Recommended
August 15, 2022
Faraway Tent Pitch
We loved our time camping at the beech Estate, it is such a special place, and living surrounded by trees for a few days is unforgettable. Pitches are spacious and not too close together.
August 12, 2022
'Wild Glamping' Bell Tent
Best place ever!!!
I took my parents here who are in their late 70s and my daughter who is 6.. it was perfect for both! We had a brilliant beautiful bell tent in a beautiful forest and were amazed by the beautiful site.. such brilliant walks !! The showers are amazing.. do try them!!! And also the staff were so welcoming and friendly. We will definitely be back and thank you for such An amazing experience.. truly special.
August 11, 2022
Faraway Mini Tent Pitch
In a field of its own
I loved this pitch. While it's classed as mini - as not much level ground to pitch tent - it was extraordinary for me. As a solo cyclist, I often get mini but hemmed in by others tents, gazebos and cars. This mini pitch is actually sited within its own field away from the others so it a vast 360 degree view all to myself. (There is a footpath running through it but rarely used and anyone who did was very respectful)
There are no overhanging trees and branches so best avoided between 12am - 3pm during heatwaves, which was fine as I was off cycling. But this also means fab for night time star gazing.
Water and toilets a few minutes walk away.
August 10, 2022
'Wild Glamping' Bell Tent
Great site, great for kids and the glamping plots were nicely secluded.
From the host
Get away from it all by pitching your tent among the trees at our campsite in the wonderful 600-acre Beech Estate Woodland in Sussex or take it even easier with a stay in one of our “wild glamping” bell tents.
The off-grid campsite has just 30 total pitches, including our forest tent pitches and faraway pitches for real camping, as well as our 'wild glamping' pre-erected bell tents. The campsite is located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Campfires are allowed on all pitches and bell tents and the privately-owned forest is yours to explore.
Forest Tent Pitches: set inside the woodland. Various pitch sizes including single pitches, double pitches, mini-group pitches for up to 4 or 5 families and a larger group option.
Faraway Tent Pitches: Set in the forest further from other campers. Including single pitches, two double pitch and a mini-group pitch option for up to 6-8 families.
Hammock Pitches: set in the trees.
Glamping Bell Tents: The option of 2-4 bell tents set on adjoining pitches.
Group Glamping and Camping Combination: There is the option of combining your own pitched tents with our ready-pitched glamping bell tents. There are a maximum of 3 bell tents within a close range of each other that can be combined with 2-3 other pitches.
Large Group Option – Woodland Meadow (10 to 15 Families): The Woodland Meadow is ideal for a larger group of families wishing to pitch their own tents together.
Beech Estate lies right in the heart of East Sussex and is excellently situated to drive to many of the regions top attractions. The historic town of Battle (1066, and all that) is just three miles away. Cosmopolitan Hastings, home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, is also a short-drive away. A few miles down the A271, you'll find the historic village of Herstmonceux. Besides its historic windmill, visitors flock the Observatory Science Centre and the Tudour opulence of Hertmonceux Castle. If you're planning a day trip further afield, the stunning Seven Sisters Country Park is well worth a visit. Its chalk cliffs and lush, rolling hills are the quintessential Sussex scene and nearby Eastbourne has buckets of timeless seaside charm.
Food and drink
The White Hart Inn (01424 838382) in Netherfield serves up classy pub grub in a truly beautiful location. Visitors can expect a friendly welcome and some great seafood fresh from the Sussex coastline at The Netherfield Arms (01424 838282). The Squirrel Inn has a fine selection of ales (including local tipple Harvey's) and has live music every month.