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
63 Ratings · 196 reviews
August 10, 2022
'Wild Glamping' Bell Tent
Great site, great for kids and the glamping plots were nicely secluded.
August 7, 2022
Forest Tent Pitch
Stunning site. Well appointed. Flush toilets a huge plus. Clean and well thought through. Great big wheelbarrows. Brilliant bucket showers. Stunning woodland walks (to great pubs). Couldn’t ask for more. Would certainly recommend seeing Battle Abby while here. Battle itself also a stunning town with brilliant charity shops !!
August 5, 2022
Faraway Tent Pitch
For a first time camping with my son we had an absolutely fantastic time at Beech Estate campsite. Ben was very helpful and had lots of tips for us when we arrived and throughout our stay. The wheelbarrows were super helpful and easy enough for my son to hold too. The diretions to our pitch were accurate and easy to follow. My son was very impressed with the bucket showers and they're also eco friendly so that was a plus. The neighbouring guests were far enough away from us not to disturb us and us them and everyone was so friendly. We tried one of the walking routes which was quite challenging but well worth it as the scenery was so beautiful and the wildlife too. There were some restrictions for the fires only being on until 9pm but it worked out just right because we were able to see the stars so clearly without all the light pollution. It was magical. We will definitely be returning next year. Thanks so much for an unforgettable experience.
August 4, 2022
Forest Tent Pitch - 3
Peaceful and great facilities
August 4, 2022
Forest Tent Pitch
We had a great stay at Beech Estate Campsite. The campsite itself is huge, with 600 acres of space for kids to explore and adults to enjoy. Similarly, pitches are extremely large offering lots of seclusion and privacy. Bucket showers work really well and the toilet/washing facilities are well maintained. Thoroughly recommended
July 30, 2022
'Wild Glamping' Bell Tent
Bell Tent Camping
The grounds were beautiful and clean, very well-maintained, the bathrooms were spotless and the washing areas well kept.
Bell Tents were fantastic, what a great set up! Thank you
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.