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Housedean Farm Campsite

· Lewes, East Sussex, England
1 acre hosted by Nick T.
6 tent pitches
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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.

Pitches: Each pitch is large enough for up to 8 people and it is possible to book 2 or more pitches so that groups of friends or families can all pitch next to each other. We are happy to accept small campervans (VW type size – no motorhomes or caravans), but we don’t have any electric hook up available. Pitches are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like a specific pitch, let us know when you book and we will do our best. Please note that some pitches are further from the facilities than others (maximum 200m).Facilities: We have modern camping facilities on-site that include: 5 flushing loos, 2 outdoor basins and 4 hot showers in wooden enclosures (one of which is open-air). Taking a hot shower outdoors is surely one of life’s most simple pleasures! We aim to keep our facilities scrupulously clean at all times. We also have a  washing up shelter with hot water, a communal fridge and freezer,power points for charging phones and a brand new area with wash basins.Campfires: Each of our pitches has a designated fire pit. We encourage their use as we believe camping is all about having a roaring campfire and we can supply logs throughout your stay. Occasionally, during droughts or particularly hot periods, there is the risk of crops catching fire, so we may ask you to refrain from having campfires on some pitches.
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63 Ratings · 93 reviews
Neil R.recommends
April 8, 2024
Grass Pitch
Camping on a slope
I had a great camp at House Dean campsite. The loos were great, so we're the views. Friendly staff
L Mfit P.
April 1, 2024
Grass Pitch
It was all amazing and the family are lovely. For me, though, the noise of the road was too much.
Miles B.recommends
September 10, 2023
Grass Pitch
Wish I could have stayed longer
Great site, highly recommended. Pretty relaxed atmosphere, with much going for it - shared fridge, kettle, power points. Loved the open top shower. Nice to have a fire pit too, and great croissants for breakfast. Bus to and fro Brighton takes 20ish mins, and runs every ten minutes during the day. South Downs Way at the end of the drive!
Brian D.recommends
September 5, 2023
Grass Pitch
Nice camping place well enjoyed and so quiet toilets are very clean hot shower we will go again
Felicia T.recommends
August 30, 2023
Grass Pitch
We had a great few days camping here. The site peaceful and well kept. The toilets were immaculate and small details like plenty of hooks in the shower made a big difference! We loved having a fire each night. Would definitely recommend ☺️
Paul S.recommends
August 18, 2023
Grass Pitch
Decent site
Very well laid out campsite , really friendly owners. I watched the cleaner clean the toilets and shower cubicles, and was very impressed with how indepth she was cleaning. Would go back to, no ehu but was a area to charge power banks etc
Lewes, East Sussex, 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
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.
Nearby attractions

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.

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