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Ashdown Forest Riding Centre: View across the lake to Tilly's cabin (photo added by manager on 29/09/2022)

General

  • Cosy log cabins in an forest setting on a Sussex farm near Crowborough
  • A 20-minute drive to Royal Tunbridge Wells; 45 minutes from Brighton
  • Woodland walks and wildlife on site; pubs and shops a 10-minute drive

Tucked away in the middle of a farm and surrounded by woods, Ashdown Forest Riding Centre offers two log cabins near Crowborough in East Sussex. Both are constructed from wood and have spacious decking overlooking their spectacular rural setting as well as a peaceful lake. Wildlife is abundant, and you may well get to spot badgers, foxes, deer and birds of prey.

On-site all is as sustainable as possible: basic power is provided by solar panels, water is collected in filtered rainwater tanks and both cabins have logburners to keep things warm and cosy. Each has an adjoining compost toilet, simple showers and an outside barbecue area.

Furniture inside these cute little microlodges is simple and comfy; with wooden rocking chairs, cosy patterned carpets and futon sofa beds

Pick up supplies in Crowborough (10 minutes’ drive), where you’ll find major supermarkets as well as coffee shops and pubs. There are lots of cosy country pubs round and about the area if you fancy exploring further afield.

Please do note that the cabins are not suitable for people with mobility problems or for children under 10 years of age. No cars are allowed nearby, and wet weather can turn the area quite muddy so wellies are a must. Bring a torch too.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Group bookings of 1 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 3 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Guests under the age of 10 are not allowed on site.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Guests must bring their own duvets, pillows, sheets and towels when staying in rental accommodation. You will not be allowed to stay if you do not bring these items.

This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

No gas barbecues allowed.

No electric barbecues allowed.

If reception is closed on arrival: please contact the number provided on your booking confirmation.


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9.8

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100% would recommend this site to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

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Beautiful scenery, rugged minimal cabin. Had a great stay!09/02/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNathaniel B.Confirmed

  • Tilly's cabin
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    A beautiful rural setting. Tucked behind the riding school you'll find a sweet cabin on a private plot. The cabin overlooks a large pond with a balcony at the water's edge. The plot is fairly large with plenty of space for tents and activities. It is a short walk from the allocated parking near the stables and trolleys are provided for luggage.
    The site manager was friendly and showed us around. He was accommodating given that we booked last minute. He was clear about the facilities, access and generously offered us to stay a bit past check-out as there wasn't a booking after us.
    The cabin is nice, if a little rustic. It has a solid wood burner which kept the place warm throughout. There is a stump and axe provided for chopping wood. There are also outdoor fire pits and barbeque available. There was minimal cutlery and bits and bobs of crockery and pans, enough to get our dinner sorted at least. It is furnished as you see in the pictures with a couple of chairs, a table and a folding sofa-bed. The sofa bed was a 4ft double and comfy and solid enough, if not luxurious. There is a large rug on the floor to make the place feel more cosy but it is not thoroughly clean. There is a long-drop outhouse composting loo which is adequate if breezy.
    There is a stop-tap in the pitch which has lovely clean water fresh from the spring. It did flow quite slowly so we left pots underneath to collect but the water was delicious!

    Disliked: 

    The facilities were very minimal. Which was pefrectly fine for us as we just wanted a shelter. However if you were expecting 'the usual' camping facilities you might be disappointed.
    The few small solar powered LED lights turned off as the sun went down, it doesn't seem to hold any charge so I brought a lantern for the night. There are no plugs or USB outlets so you won't find any power for your devices. As mentioned, the water was very slow, although clean but it meant washing up was a bit of a mission.
    Also we saw no sign of the advertised shower, although it is February and it might be re-installed by summer.

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Cosy cabin in a nice, peaceful area. Visited for two …10/01/2024

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJoseph M.Confirmed

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    Cosy cabin in a nice, peaceful area. Visited for two nights in the middle of winter, and there was plenty of wood supplied to more than adequately warm the interior using the log burner in the corner of the room. The site is close to Ashdown Forest, with many good walks nearby. The host was very friendly and checked in with us to make sure we were stocked up well. Overall, a nice escape from city life in London, which is less than a two-hour drive away.

    Disliked: 

    Some of the supplied furnishings were getting a bit old or needed repair - such as the log burner which couldn't close fully (useful if you want to slow down the burn for overnight heating). Both sets of doors were tricky to close without locking, but this could be due to the extra moisture and swelling of the wood due to winter. Also, the solar lighting system lasted less than an hour after sunset, so be sure to bring lighting of your own. Finally, some blinds for the windows could help retain the heat, as it was pretty cold by sunrise.

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Excellent diversity of activities, self sustainability, nature.17/10/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGeorge T.Confirmed

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    An amazing off the grid experience. If you are looking for an idyllic setting surrounded by nature, animals, lakes and serenity then you have come to the right place. Just make sure you area ready to work a bit for this sustainability environment(chopping wood for indoor heating, for fire pit, BBQ and Tilly Cabin has a ceramic wood fire pizza oven which is a must for pizza enthusiasts). Solar panels will provide a couple of hours of indoor/outdoor light so you would need power banks for lighting at night and torches. Almost everything is provided apart from electricity convenience. You can fish in the ponds next to the cabins and you are completely isolated from anyone, if privacy is your concern. We will definitely return as we had an overload of peace, quiet, nature and activities. A hidden gem.

    Disliked: 

    The firewood is a bit wet. Hopefully they will stock on a lot of firewood in the shack so it has time to dry. My advice is to take the wood logs furthest from the entrance.

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Worth every penny13/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomkevin s.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    What was they're not to like when you want to get away from the city life this is the next best thing to camping we stayed for four nights the wife was a bit nervous as this form of living was new to her but she loved every single minute of it and can't wait to come back

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Peaceful cabin, beautiful setting.05/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCalvin B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    What’s not to like? Beautiful cabin set in a peaceful surroundings with nothing but horses for company. The only noise is the birds singing and the horses playing. Cabin is well equipped with all you need including wood burning stove, solar lighting and rustic furniture. The cabin over looks the lake, there are various seats outside as well as 3 different types of bbqs for cooking. Composting toilet which is clean and warm showers close by. Stathis the host is always available for any questions you need answering and is always helpful and polite. There plenty of free logs to help yourself too where as other places charge you extra. Definitely recommend the local pub the crow and gate for drinks and food which we had no complaints about. All round, a great stay in a beautiful, rustic cabin. If you’re looking for peace and tranquility then there’s nowhere better. We will definitely be staying again.

    Disliked: 

    Not really a dislike, just a warning that the track leading in is quite bumpy.

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Overall amazing experience, highly recommended 👌29/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnna S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Beautiful scenery, very private and quiet with great opportunity to contact with nature. Host very polite and helpful.

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    There is nothing to dislike

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Good site for the more bold and adventurous.31/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomElizabeth F.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Cabin was cute with a lovely fire, rocking chairs, and futon bed. Some cups, plates and pans available to cook with and use. Lake and varanda adorable in the sun.
    Stand pipe with fresh water close at hand. Shower a very short walk away. Compost loo was actually not too bad to use.
    Quiet and peaceful.

    Disliked: 

    Instructions for the shower a bit confusing at the shower that was working was not the same as the one on the instructions. But warm and lovely when we worked it out.

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Kind, friendly and generous host in a beautiful, peaceful location. …14/08/2023

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    Kind, friendly and generous host in a beautiful, peaceful location. A wonderful experience.

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It was a wonderful experience. But could be improved.28/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Tilly's cabin
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    Location, hut, log burner, wildlife, peaceful, stars, fishing, dog friendly, cosy, solar power.
    We did have a lovely time however it could be improved with better thorough cleaning, (swept it myself several times, cleaned everything before using) a kitchen work top instead of the table to prepare food and put out food bits. A coffee table, a carpet sweeper, door mat out side and inside both doors to reduce muck. Fixing broken things or removing them.
    We took a camping stove to make tea, and breakfast. There was a stove kettle to use and basic kitchen stuff.
    You could charge your phone in the hut. Solar powered.
    We phoned before to check some things.

    Disliked: 

    It's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
    Lots of breaches of health and safety/fire regs.
    Lack of carbon monoxide warning for log burner, hidden fire extinguisher. Axes to use but NO sort of 'how to use' (our neighbour had no idea how to cut wood and was lucky he didnt cut his hand off! Kids couldve easily picked them up.
    No "warning slippery deck when wet' notice - where theres blame theres claim!
    Also showers not working. Cleanliness not great, general maintenance poor.
    Old fly strip above the bed. Roof leaked in the rain.
    Pond/lake needs work and cleaning.
    The showers didnt work prior to arriving but we werent told that. I would've liked to be old at arrival and offered some sort of alternative, whether it's a slight discount due to amenities not working, arranging with another campsite, or even supplying a large bucket and flask of hot water. It wasnt that the showers were broken that bothered me it was being told "you'll have to have a wash with the cold water" when we told them. poor customer service in my opinion.
    I was also disappointed with the cleanliness of the place. I know we're in the countryside, but why put a carpet down in the hut, if it's not going to be swept/hovered properly? Plenty of cordless vacuums around. General maintenance was poor.
    Dog came home riddled with fleas. But I accept we were in the country side.
    We are very much rough it and get in with it people, but we also know the regulations. It needs a site manager.
    I would consider coming again, as I loved the location but I know not too expect too much.

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Absolutely incredible stay will be going back very soon. Endless …09/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Absolutely incredible stay will be going back very soon.

    Endless amounts of logs for fire place.
    Amazing lake by each cabin.
    Completely secluded no disturbances whatsoever.

    The owner was extremely supportive in all our requests and really wish i could offer more stars.

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Features

Coronavirus

Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Dedicated toilet facility per glamping unit

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Naturist (nudist)

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Location

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  • King Standing Farm, Black Hill Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, England, TN6 1XE
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.0538°N 0.1053°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
School Lane — 2.6 miles
School Lane — 2.6 miles
Brambletye — 4.4 miles
Train stations
Crowborough Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Buxted Rail Station — 4.6 miles
Eridge Rail Station — 4.8 miles
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 18.4 miles
Gravesend Pier — 29.4 miles
Tilbury Ferry Terminal — 29.7 miles
Airports
London Gatwick Airport — 13.7 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 13.7 miles
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 14.4 miles

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The log cabins are located on a farm alongside the Ashdown Forest Riding Centre, so off-road horse riding is available (for a fee) for everybody, from complete beginners to advanced riders. There are plenty of riding trails through peaceful Ashdown Forest.

You can also set off on walks in the forest straight from base camp. You’ll discover 6,500 acres of heathland with Sussex views, plus woodland for hiking and bird-watching. The Ashdown Forest Centre (10 minutes’ drive) provides information about the woodland and all its walks as well as highlighting its long association with Winnie-the-Pooh. For fans of A.A. Milne’s books, Pooh Corner is in Hartfield village (also 10 minutes) on the edge of the forest.

There’s lots to see and do by car as well. Wakehurst (25 minutes) has trails through landscaped gardens (particularly pretty in autumn), while the Georgian-era colonnaded walkways of Royal Tunbridge Wells (20 minutes) offer indie shops and restaurants. Brighton (45 minutes) is known for its ornate Royal Pavilion, the antique shops in The Lanes, and the amusement park on the Palace Pier.

Must see

  • Bluebell Railway (5.6 miles)
  • Sheffield Park Garden (5.6 miles)
  • Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest (5.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Sheffield Park Garden (5.6 miles)
  • Standen (6.3 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

Ashdown Forest Riding Centre cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 day of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Ashdown Forest Riding Centre will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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  • Does Ashdown Forest Riding Centre have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Ashdown Forest Riding Centre dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Ashdown Forest Riding Centre? The log cabins are located on a farm alongside the Ashdown Forest Riding Centre, so off-road horse riding is available (for a fee) for everybody, from complete beginners to advanced riders. There … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Ashdown Forest Riding Centre?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Ashdown Forest Riding Centre? From £100 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.

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