Wild Camping

Experience a Wild Camping adventure in privately owned historic woodland at the heart of the South Downs National Park. Immerse yourself in nature & feel the benefits of being outdoors almost as soon as you arrive. Bluebell (The Bell Tent), sits beneath the ancient tall trees of Coates Castle where wild Bluebells, Daffodils & wild garlic grow in Springtime.

This space was created by my youngest son & I during lockdown One. Originally created as a forest school for learning outdoors whilst the schools were closed due to covid-19.
The idea grew with the addition of a firepit and soon became our favourite place to set up camp, cook and catch up. The children would play happily in the woods whilst supper cooked on the fire, building dens, creating imaginary worlds & fighting off dragons. Once their tummies were full, the children sat down to whittle sticks to toast marshmallows.

This private historic woodland is now a sanctuary for couples & small families looking to reconnect with nature & each other. Ideal for meditative retreat or spot of forest bathing (this Japanese practice is a process of relaxation; known in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way).

Whilst it’s ‘almost’ wild camping, we do offer a few hassle free, creature comforts so you can make the most of your stay. As well as a spacious Bell Tent already erected (no wrestling with the wind or, lost tent pegs here!), we have a waterless composting toilet, basic camp shower, simple forest school kitchen (with weekend Igloo cooler box), fire pit, outdoor 4 poster day bed, tree hammocks & outdoor furniture. The fire pit area features two large, handmade dining tables, sculpted using our own wood.

Outside, Bluebell is decorated with pale green bunting, there’s a large outdoor rug and a bistro table & chairs which overlook our 7-acre meadow. At night twinkly, solar powered lights will surround you and we even have a tea light chandelier hanging in a tree.

Please note there is no electricity in the private woodland for an authentic camping experience. We provide 20+ litres of water in Jerry Cans for washing. These can be refilled if required. We recommend biodegradable soap to help protect the environment. Take only memories, leave only footprints. Help us protect the South Downs National Park.

£145 per night

Bedding & towels.

Check-in 3pm. Check-out 11am.

Facilities

Living space

Bluebell, is a spacious four metre Ultimate Pro Mesh Bell Tent featuring fine mesh walls and ‘openable’ windows that let light in but, keep midges and creepy crawlies out. Lockable double lined doors. Bluebell sits on a foam base with two ground sheets to keep the cold out. Inside Bluebell has a Coir matting floor, beautiful eco natural hand-loomed rugs a double floor mattress & two single floor mattresses.


Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Sleep in nature at the heart of the South Downs National Park & wake up to a chorus of birdsong. Ideally suited to a couple or, a small family. There is a waterless compositing loo and basic, ‘Colapz’. camping shower (with 20 litres of water supplied & option to top up).


Outside Space

If it’s outside space you desire, look no further. Garden House Sussex has 13 acres of land to discover and is situated a stone’s throw away from Lords Piece heathland, Coates Common – South Downs National Park SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Close to Petworth Park, which is always a delight for lovers of the outdoors.


Features

Unique, private space.

Parking & Transport

Ample parking for 2-4 cars. The closest train station is Pulborough and then from there a pre-booked taxi is best.

Family
Family friendly.
Pets
Sorry no pets.

Extras*

We have fire starting kits available includes matches, firelighters, kiln dried kindling & logs upon request for £15 or, please feel free to bring your own supplies. Extra pitches available upon request (maximum 12 guests).

*Available for an additional fee

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