Bespoke glamping abodes with private washrooms and kitchens, in a prime location where the South Downs meet the sea
In the south west corner of West Sussex there’s a sweet spot. A place where chalky hills and open footpaths level out to grassy fields, beaches and the sea. Go there and you’ll find country pubs in one direction and seaside chip shops in the other. Go there and you’ll find Oakwood Glamping, a sweet spot within the sweet spot and the ideal place to stay.
There are just three glamping abodes at Oakwood in total, each with its own private kitchen, its own private washroom and a firepit with a tripod for outdoor cooking. They’re all equipped with everything you need in order to simply turn up with little more than a toothbrush. But that’s where the similarities end. For each of these enchanting spaces is unique. There’s the Gypsy Wagon, a traditional bow-top structure with intricate traditional paintwork and a raised double bed inside, and a beautiful ‘Woodland Wagon’, which is actually a shepherd’s hut and has admirable paintwork of its own – there’s a spectacular interior mural depicting plants and animals from the adjacent native woodland, including foxgloves and croaking toads. The third abode is a Lotus Bell Tent, a sort of oversized, bulbous bell tent with room for four people inside. Just like the wagons, all the bedding, towels and finer touches are well covered; simply turn up and relax.
Kicking back comes easy at Oakwood. The three dwellings occupy a one-acre field that overlooks a hay meadow, secluded by hedges and mature trees all around. Return to the lane through which you entered, meanwhile, and it’s a hundred yards to a footpath that takes you through a long stretch of woodland and across the fields to a white-washed pub in the village beyond. That, of course, is the inland, country pub direction, a benefit of being within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park. Head south and you’re going in the beachy, ice-creamy direction of the coast. It’s a 45-minute walk to the historic harbour village of Bosham, with cute shops, a gallery and endless sailing boats and it’s a 10-minute drive into the heart of Chichester. So simply take your pick. A day in the hills? A day beside the beach? Or perhaps a bit of both?
West Ashling, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sarah H.Joined in June 2021
From the host
Oakwood Glamping is a unique and boutique independent glampsite nestled in the South Downs close to both coast and country for exploring. Come and discover the simple pleasures in life in unique luxury.
Choose between any one of our three bespoke units for your glamping holiday. Our stunning Woodland Wagon is a shepherds hut with a twist, it has been hand painted inside to feature flora and fauna of our local Sussex woodlands. Perhaps you've always wanted to stay in a traditional Gypsy Wagon, step back in time in our beautifully renovated vardo.
Each wagon comes with adjoined kitchen hut equipped with everything you need for your stay, fridge, hob, pots pans etc. Your fire pit is fitted out with tripod, grill, fire kettle and dutch oven for an immersive traditional camping experience. An awning provides shade for those lazy summer days and you can sit and watch the wildlife buzz over our hay meadow, if you're lucky you may catch a glimpse of the Barn Owl...
For larger groups it's possible to rent all or some of the units out together.
Thirdly, our Belle Tent offers accommodation for up to 4 people on a lovely double bed and sofa bed. Outdoor games, linen and towels, fire pit, BBQ and table and chairs are all provided. What's more, you have your very own kitchenette for exclusive Belle tent use with fridge, hob and all pots pans etc, plus a kettle for the all important cuppa!
Each unit is provided with a dedicated washroom for your stay.
The site is lucky to be situated in a fantastic area of the South downs. Close to Chichester for the Festival Theatre, restaurants and shopping and Goodwood Festivals and racing. Our local villages of Bosham, West Ashling and Funtington boast an array of Gastro pubs, countryside walks, coastal paths, harbour activities and independent shopping. The Weald and Downland Living Musuem or West Dean Gardens are only 15 minutes drive away and Kingley Vale National Park is a stunning walk with views over the South Downs and coast, perfect for a picnic in th sun.
Come and stay at Oakwood Glamping, an escape to remember.
A lovely walk of around one hour takes you through the woods next to Oakwood Glamping (that's how the site got its name) and along a public footpath to the 200-year-old pub in East Ashling. You can also walk west to Fishbourne Roman Palace (01243 785859) in under an hour, though the route is largely by road. There you can follow raised boardwalks around a vast, excavated Roman villa with floor mosaics still remarkably intact. There are also recreated Roman-style gardens and, during the school holidays, family activities and events (as well as a decent café). For independent shops and hidden treasures, Bosham historic coastal village (two and a half miles) is worth a visit and makes for a nice place to idle round and explore. Just south of the village there's also a good Harbour Walk footpath, taking you out along the waterside to a seasonal ferry that links you up with the Lipchis Way and the sandy, National Trust-owned headland at East Head. Further afield, it's a 10-minute drive into Chichester and 20 minutes to Portsmouth, while the main ridgeline of the South Downs, around Butser Hill and Harting Down is around a 15–20-minute drive away.
Food and drink
There's a Co-Op next door to Bosham Railway Station, a 15-minute walk away, if you need to stock up on essentials, while there are several pubs within a very short drive or an hour's walk. The Horse and Groom (01243 575339) in East Ashling can be found via a particularly pleasant route through the woods, while The Richmond Arms (01243 572046) in West Ashling is slightly closer (around 20 minutes' stroll). In the next village over, The Fox and Hounds (01243 575246) in Funtington is worth the extra distance of you're an ale drinker – it has a beer festival each summer in the spacious garden.