Epic views of the South Downs, and a walker’s paradise, hidden sweetly on the South Downs Way
Slap, bang in the heart of the peaceful, undulating East Sussex Downs lies Housedean Farm, a 900-acre family-run farm. Being right on the doorstep of some of rural England's loveliest scenery, this is a walker's Disneyland, but if you don't come here specifically for a jaunty stroll, Hipcamp advises (especially on a bright blue summers day) you do surrender to the irresistible draw of the South Downs Way, and get walking. You won't regret it.
With 25 or so spacious, well-kept pitches, three wooden camping pods and one shepherd's hut, Housedean campsite caters for well-schooled campers and novices alike. The recently-installed bathroom facilities (5 toilets and 4 showers) are also worth mentioning; a modern yet simple block, always immaculately kept, with the open-air hot shower a real highlight. Campers can lather, rinse and repeat whilst gazing up at the fluffy Sussex clouds.
One of Housedean's plus points has to be its close proximity to the public transport-friendly A27, allowing visitors to easily explore the local and wider area (including bohemian Brighton & the charming hillside town of Lewes) without the prerequisite of a car. There is, in fact, a bus stop right outside the campsite, so car-less campers could make the trip from Brighton train station relatively easily. However, that juxtaposition may also be classed as a disadvantage for those wanting to completely ‘get away from it all.’ The background hum of the road can be heard, and while it's not too intrusive (the camping fields are located at the rear of the farm), it is definitely noticeable. In any case, the campers here don't ever seem bothered by it; there's too much else to be distracted by.
After an exhilarating day exploring the winding trails, river valleys and Saxon churches of the South Downs Way you will not doubt be looking for a serene setting to watch the world go by. And as luck would have it the rolling Down-land vistas at Housedean Farm fit the bill. The sites welcoming owners have stuck to their roots and created a campsite that doesn’t pretend to be anything it's not; it’s a genuine, traditional working farm, and that’s just how we like it.
Lewes, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Nick T.Joined in February 2017
18 Ratings · 64 reviews
August 1, 2022
A lovely family campsite that has a warm and friendly atmosphere. A few of us camped together and had plenty of space at the top of the hill with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. While the noise from the road can be noticeable the campsite makes up for it with its location and excellent facilities. Possibly the cleanest campsite toilets I have ever seen! Would definitely stay here again.
July 20, 2022
Fantastic campsite! So easy to get to from Brighton on the 28 or 29 bus which stops just outside the farm.Very laid back and friendly atmosphere.You can choose your own pitch in the field which is nice.The first campsite that I've been to in ages that had a kettle and a fridge for everyone to use.Everything was very clean even the hand soap was lovely!The little shop is very handy delicious coffee and pastries.Paradise for this weary camper!
July 10, 2022
It was my 5th visit to Housedean farm after a 5 year gap. It is so relaxing, quiet and super clean facilities. Nick was very friendly and welcoming. I would definitely recommend Housedean and plan to go back soon.
July 4, 2022
Visiting family in Hove this was a perfect place to camp. The campsite had everything you needed for a really comfortable stay. Lovely new looking clean toilets, warm showers, a lovely welcome, great coffee, fresh pastries for the morning. What more do you need!!? Only 15 mins down to Hove too. Will visit and spread the word .
Emma D.doesn't recommend
June 23, 2022
Sorry that was a mistake clicking the more negative reaction. Please ignore.
June 13, 2022
Beautiful, well maintained campsite.
Large pitches, great new toilet and shower facilities!
The shop was handy as was the location to bus stops!
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
From the host
Housedean Farm Campsite is located on a working farm, within the South Downs National Park between Lewes and Brighton in East Sussex. The campsite is a great base from which to explore the National Park and is easily accessible by bus from Brighton and Lewes. The farm and campsite are also situated directly on the South Downs Way so we are perfectly located for walkers and cyclists. While we offer a traditional, basic camping experience, we want you to be comfortable throughout your stay and therefore provide modern facilities with rustic open air hot showers.
There is a bus stop immediately outside the farm with regular services into Lewes and Brighton.
Additional pitches are also available to book via our website www.housedean.co.uk so please check there too.
A lengthy walk along the South Downs Way is certainly a must, seeing as you're already pitched on it. If you're feeling the need for some city life, Brighton and Lewes are only a couple of miles away and can be reached by local bus. Lewes, a beautiful market town, boasts quaint antique shops, lots of cafes and restaurants and Harveys Brewery, for a delicious pint of ale. The site is also within easy driving distance of the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park and many other popular attractions in the South Downs National Park.
Food and drink
The Half Moon in Plumpton (01273 890253) is a charming 200 year old country pub with a pleasant beer garden and a cellar full of local ales from Harveys of Lewes. The varied menu changes with the seasons and its award winning head-chef only uses the finest locally sourced produce. Recommendations from the bar include the Oxtail Tortellini for starters, and the Roast Monkfish Steak for mains. Picturesque Ditchling (7 miles away) has a few decent pubs including: The Bull (01273 843147) with its timber beams and open fires, or The White Horse (01273 842 006) which serves affordable, tasty pub grub, showcasing the very best of Sussex produce.