A stunningly located campsite on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park
Some 700 years ago, the pastoral parkland of Bentley belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury who later granted it to a local aristocrat. Perhaps he sprinkled a little holy water amongst the meadows because, when it comes to camping, this place is truly blessed. On the first day the Lord gaveth grassy fields and ageing oaks, on the second he sculpted tearooms, a museum and an adventure playground and on the third day he produced fire (and maybe a marshmallow or two). The Eden created is a combination of simplistic tents-only camping with a host of walkable activities on the doorstep. A real camper's paradise. Surrounded by woodland and hedgerows, this unpretentious site has no electric hook-ups and just 30 ample pitches despite is expansive grounds. Campfires, as you’ll guess from the name, are an essential part of an evening beneath the stars. And when daylight returns, there’s an endless list of things to do. Head across the field to the Bentley Motor Museum where you can hop aboard the miniature railway, touring the huge estate, or wander through the wildfowl reserve, the most diverse private bird collection in Europe. After a relaxing cuppa in the tearooms, hop in the car for a speedy journey through the countryside – despite its rural seclusion, some of the best attractions in Sussex are just a short drive away.
Embers Bentley is both a gateway to the treasures of East Sussex and a county jewel in its own right. The crooked Georgian dwellings of Lewes are just a few miles away, straddling the River Ouse as it carves through the South Downs National Park. To the east, the historic towns of Battle and Hastings are preceded by Herstmonceux Castle. Then, of course, there’s the coast (a 25 minute drive away) and the beautiful inland surroundings, boasting a plethora of outdoor activities.
At Embers you get to blend quiet, authentic camping with a collection of extra luxuries – the wood-fired pizza oven and a popular little ice cream parlour. Throw in those nearby attractions and you've got everything you need.
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Hosted by Murray M.Joined in June 2015
From the host
Embers Camping Bentley is located on the doorstep of the stunning South Downs National Park and Sussex Coast, at the Bentley Estate in East Sussex, giving you the perfect rural retreat for your holiday. Surrounded by woodland and hedgerows with a new oak framed shower block, this unpretentious site has no electric hook-ups and just 45 ample pitches despite is expansive grounds.
Campfires, as you’ll guess from the name, are an essential part of an evening beneath the stars. That’s why when night-time falls at Embers Bentley, your own personal campfire lights up! To cook on, to tell spooky stories around, or just to warm your toes with a nice bottle of red. And when daylight returns, there’s an endless list of things to do. Apart from exploring the picturesque grounds in the estate or playing games in the camping field and wooden adventure playground, you can take a family trip on the miniature Bentley railway, visit the unique collection of cars and motorcycles at the Bentley motor museum, view the amazing collection of wildfowl birds, or indulge yourself at the tearooms with afternoon tea and cake – all conveniently located within walking distance of the campsite.
Embers Bentley is both a gateway to the treasures of East Sussex and a county jewel in its own right. The picturesque vast estate and quiet camping meadow is a prize pick for campers who want to escape the rush of everyday life, while still having every attraction nearby.
Sussex is rich in history with both Lewes Castle (01273 486290) and Herstmonceaux Castle (01323 833816) nearby. The famous sites of Battle (01424 775705) and Hastings lie just beyond. A 10 minute drive leads you to the South Downs National Park (03003 031053), stretching across the county and down to the Sussex Heritage Coast (03456 080193), home to countless good beaches, chalky cliffs and the Birling Gap (01323 423197). The national park hosts a wealth of outdoor activities including horse riding, boating and canoeing along with excellent walking and cycle routes, most notably the famous South Downs Way.
Food and drink
Onsite there is a shop selling milk, farm eggs, local sausages and bacon, along with other camping essentials for the kids such as ice-cream, snacks and marshmallows. There is also an excellent pizza oven. The motor museum boasts a decent tearoom. The nearest pubs are The Halfway House (01825 750382), The Laughing Fish (01825 750349) and The Anchor Inn (01273 400414), all within 1 or 2 miles.