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Beech Estate Campsite

· Battle, East Sussex, England
25 acres hosted by Hugh S.
8 glamping pitches · 42 tent pitches
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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.

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152 Ratings · 237 reviews
Jack E.recommends
July 10, 2024
Faraway Mini Tent Pitch
Great site with lovely staff. Will definitely be back :)
Jo B.recommends
July 10, 2024
Forest Tent Pitch - 3
Great for families who want to get back to nature. Love the ingenuity of the bucket showers. Great location. Lovely team onsite.
Molly C.recommends
July 3, 2024
Faraway Mini Tent Pitch
Incredible camping spot!
Incredible campsite with awesome outdoor showers and compost loos. All get your own space in a beautiful woodland! I cannot wait to come back :). All the staff are so lovely and welcoming! Thank you!
Jonathan K.recommends
June 25, 2024
Double Forest Tent Pitch
Such a great place to camp. The perfect combination of secluded woodland camping but with the amenities you want near by. Love this place.
Rob N.recommends
June 12, 2024
Forest Tent Pitch
Beautiful place to camp. Morning birdsong was incredible. Facilities were excellent.
Mina N.recommends
June 10, 2024
Faraway Mini Tent Pitch
We got a lovely open space in the campsite. Clean and working toilets and shower. We'll be back next year!
Battle, East Sussex, 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
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. There's room for 30 odd tents right in the woods plus 8 of our 'wild glamping' bell tents, which each fit a couple comfortably or 2 adults and up to 4 kids. Inside, you’ll find comfortable beds, carpet, coffee table and lantern. These 5 metre diameter tents are located in a woodland glade, each with it’s own cooking implements, cool box, bbq tools, 2 chairs, table and tableware. Outside the tents you’ll find an open fire and grill for cooking. Unique gas-fired bucket shower systems, eco toilets and flushing toilets are also provided. Please note: the campsite is off grid and so has NO ELECTRICITY. We won't be the right place for you if you're after hot tubs and butler service, but if you are looking for a back to nature experience with campfires we're the perfect place for for back to nature, screen free, relaxing breaks. The woodland offers limitless walks, forest rises for bike-riding and areas for kids to make dens and run wild. The woodlands and meadows support birds of prey such as Hobby, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawks and Barn Owls. The meadows are full of Orchids, Ox-eye Daisies, Quaking Grasses, Bird’s Foot Trefoil and Knapweed. As it stands, 34 different species of Butterfly have been identified on Beech Estate (including Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies) as well as a number of rare insects. We do ask for all groups (of four or more adults) to please contact before booking - so we can share our group rules, and ensure we can place you all close together.
Nearby attractions

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.

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