Sussex Exclusive loves finding off-the-beaten-track and slightly unusual places in Sussex. After all, who wants to follow the norm. So, I was super excited to stumble across Earth Camp in East Sussex (Chailey). After all, it’s local, it’s lush and it’s environmentally friendly which seems to me to be all the things a lot of us will be looking for in the next few years as we celebrate the great Sussex staycation.
Earth Camp is a family-run “back to nature” campsite set in stunning Sussex woodland, with eco-friendly facilities and an environmentally friendly attitude. You can hire a beautiful Bell tent (put up for you before you arrive) which sleeps up to five and come with rugs, doormats and bunting. Or you can bring your own. Pitches come with their own fire pit (wood and kindling can be purchased at your tent each night) and the sloping meadow has ample space to play games.
The pitches are well-spaced and kept to a minimum so it feels quite exclusive and it backs on to its own private woodland – perfect in bluebell season! They also have an Alternative Therapy Tent, where you can book an Indian Head Massage, Massage or Reiki treatment.
What is there to do?
Chailey sits in a great part of Sussex. There are dozens of footpaths leading directly from the campsite and you’re close to Chailey Common Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You also have the epitome of local charm with the Bluebell Railway and stunning Sheffield Park. Only a little further away and you find the historic market town of Lewes with its 11th century Norman castle, eclectic Brighton, the South Downs National Park, and Ashdown Forest – an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to “Pooh Bridge“. Or take to the waters in a canoe at Barcombe Mills or enjoy world-class opera at the iconic Glyndebourne Opera house.
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