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Oakfield Farm Campsite

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General

  • Back to basics farm camping under the South Downs
  • Clean facilities including a shower and flushing loos
  • Five minutes' walk from supplies and 10 minutes' drive from town

There’s something immensely satisfying about pitching a tent, building a campfire and lying back to gaze at the stars, all in the happy knowledge that this is how it’s been done since our early ancestors first discovered mammoths taste better when roasted over flames. Pass the barbecue tongs.

Guests getting back to basics surrounded by nature and forgetting about overflowing email boxes/underflowing bank accounts is the aim of June and co at the very popular Oakfield Farm Campsite, under the South Downs and at the head of the Cuckmere valley.

It’s a working farm with space to camp rather than a commercial campsite, so you won’t find kids’ clubs, a bar or evening entertainment – just basic farm camping with clean facilities, a very friendly owner, the occasional barn owl flitting past and loads of countryside space to gaze at over the campfire. Pass the marshmallows.

The pitches at Oakfield Farm are kept to the edge of the farm fields so guests have plenty of space and there’s loads of room for the kids to roam free range (all safely, as cars/vehicles are only allowed at the entrance field except for unloading).

If the thought of free-roaming kids of an early morn has made you shudder, Oakfield is usually able to use one field for families with kids and another for adults without, so slumber/early morning mania are both undisturbed. Canine campers with good manners are also welcome on site.

Oakfield is a back to basics site, with four simple flushing toilets (toilet rolls, hand wash and hand towels are provided), a small but adequately spaced electric shower with changing room and hot water hand wash basin, and two small but hot gas showers added in 2016.

Logs and kindling are for sale on site as well as small gas cylinders and barbecue packs (or before you arrive you can order sausages, bacon, burgers and steak from the owners, who sell their own or local meat). A catering trailer is on site too for hot and cold drinks, sweets, biscuits, locally sourced bacon and egg baps, burgers, chips and more from it varied menu. For other campfire supplies, the petrol station within five minutes’ walk has most of the essentials (beer, wine, barbecue bits) and bigger shops and supermarkets are about ten minutes’ drive away in Hailsham.

And if you want to teach the kids that no, milk is not only sourced from a carton in the supermarket, take your small sorts on Sundays to learn how to milk Pansy the cow. A crew of mischievous pigs are also around to meet, and it's sometimes possible to see the farm's miniature goats or visit the stables.


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9.0

Overall rating based on 78 reviews

 

94% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

 

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Small family-friendly site with clean facilities. 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Helen G. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We found Oakfield Farm campsite to be a small and very family friendly site. The owner attends to cleaning the facilities twice everyday, and is happy to stop for a chat on her way past. The toilets and showers are basic but adequate and clean. There is no extra charge for facilities including phone charging, ice packs, maps of the local area. Bags of wood can be bought on site for a campfire, and there is a food van on site selling hot/cold food and drinks and snacks. There are plenty of off-road walks nearby. Tents are pitched around the edge of a field, leaving plenty of space in the middle for children to play while supervised.

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Excellent camp site with super friendly owners. 28/08/2017

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  • Liked: 

    Always love our stays here, it's friendly and all you need for a quiet break. Have been coming to June's for a few years now and stay in the pond field. Nice and quiet with views of the downs and lovely horses in the next field. Tried the showers and they're great, lovely and hot! New cafe bar coffee with fresh milk is lovely. Can't wait to come again next year. Keri & Jake.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing. Want to stay longer!

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Very large plot, so plenty of room between pitches and ... 28/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom DAVID H. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very large plot, so plenty of room between pitches and it's a huge field so you're not disturbed by fellow campers.
    The addition of the two new showers is a bonus.
    A welcoming reception from June, the owner, who's always around to assist in any way she can.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really.
    It's a back to basics campsite, so you need to bear that in mind.

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Great place to camp, I like the rule on no ... 27/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom keanusamuels Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great place to camp, I like the rule on no cars on the campsite except for loading. I struggled getting my tent pitched but June was there to help me. She is one of the sweetest people I met in a long time and was very accommodating. I look forward to visiting again. They even have camp fires which really create a surreal atmosphere.
    Novice camper

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    Nothing

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Lovely owners and they Introduced us to the pigs and ... 24/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kara B. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely owners and they Introduced us to the pigs and we got to see the cow being milked. Nice hot food van on site too

    Disliked: 

    Not much around the area, we would of liked to go on a nice walk with the children but ended up walking down a long road and back up as had to keep watching out for cars. No play area for the children. Showers and toilet cubicle were very basic. Can't park your by your tent but can upload then move car to car park.

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Will definitely visit again 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Warren C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Site was very relaxed friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    Could do with another shower in smaller field.

From the manager...

Thank You for visiting us
We are working on another shower
Thank You
June

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Lovely relaxed site allowing camp fires. Perfect for what we ... 22/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Tim A. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Lovely relaxed site allowing camp fires. Perfect for what we needed which was a first time trip with our 2 small boys. Really nice that cars are not allowed on site other than to unload or pack. Tea hut a great shout too.

    Disliked: 

    Limited shower availability but its camping people so this is meant as a flag only not a complaint.

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Well positioned site with adequate facilities. Very friendly and helpf 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Paula P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely helpful owner. Nice quiet pitch.

    Disliked: 

    Bit of a walk from the car. Some tidying up needed as nettles and greenery overgrown.

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2nd visit to date. Will be back again very soon! 10/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom chrismuckle Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Everything. Everyone including campers were friendly. Basic site with showers and toilets. Love the camp fires.

    Disliked: 

    Not being able to park the car next to tent. But that is just being picky!

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Excellent camping trip 09/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ronald G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly staff.clean toilet and shower onsite snack wagon.well organised campsite with no cars near tents.easy access to the coast

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

From the manager...

Thank You for coming to stay
We are basic campsite here glad that you appreciate that
look forward to you coming back hope to have pop up shop next year as well
Thank you so much
June

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Features

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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

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Location

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  • Golden Cross Hailsham, East Sussex, England, BN27 3ST
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8865°N 0.1899°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Golden Cross (East Sussex): Coach Stop — 0.4 miles
Hailsham Coach Stop — 3.4 miles
Polegate Coach Station — 5.2 miles
Train stations
Berwick (Sussex) Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Polegate Rail Station — 5.1 miles
Glynde Rail Station — 5.6 miles
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 8.9 miles
Airports
Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 21.3 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 24.2 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 24.2 miles

Directions


From the A22, we are 7 miles down from Uckfield or 11 miles up from Eastbourne. At the Golden Cross Inn, turn south down Chalvington Road. The entrance to Oakfield Farm is after 150 yards on the left. If the Mill Farm entrance is inaccessible due to wet weather, then this is another 500m down Chalvington Road.

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

Oakfield Farm Campsite’s location in East Sussex makes it pretty well placed for seeing the best of Sussex east and west, the countryside and the coast, with walks, bike rides, country houses, gardens and cliffs all close by.

The South Downs National Park (Britain’s newest) and the chalk downland of the South Downs are also close by and popular with visitors for walking, horse-riding and mountain biking.

The 100-mile South Downs Way runs from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex; if you prefer to pedal, the 14-mile Cuckoo Trail passes through Hailsham on its route from Heathfield to Eastbourne Park (bikes can be hired near the campsite).

Oakfield Farm is at the head of the Cuckmere Valley, a National Trust managed grass chalkland and wildlife haven with views towards the River Cuckmere and the Seven Sisters, the bright white chalk cliffs between Seaford and Eastbourne.

Look out for the Litlington white horse carved into the chalk cliff and for Devil’s Dyke, the longest and deepest dry valley in the country and called ‘the grandest view in the world’ by John Constable. Both spots are, of course, where you should bring a picnic.

Head for the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its Ashdown Forest for another few picnic spots (you can walk it all off after): this former medieval hunting forest has cracking views of the chalk downs and is famously where Winnie the Pooh lived (apparently he's shy these days to visitors, but any excuse to bring honey on your picnic).

Start off at the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre to see what’s what: this area is the biggest open access space in south-east England and has heaps to see including resident deer, rare species of birds and butterflies, plenty of forest walks and, er, a llama park.

Going coastwards, there are enough seaside and coastal spots to spend your holiday bucket and spading every day: Bexhill and Hastings to the east; the pier of Eastbourne and the beaches of Lewes within ten miles, and Brighton about 30–40 minutes away by car.

Halfway between Eastbourne and Brighton is Newhaven, where day trippers can pick up the ferry to France.

Must see

  • Drusillas Park (4.6 miles)
  • Alfriston Clergy House (5.7 miles)
  • Eastbourne Pier (9.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Alfriston Clergy House (5.7 miles)
  • Monk's House (8.3 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Reception is unmanned after 6pm. Please call the site/park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email if you are arriving after this time.

Oakfield Farm Campsite cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 days of arrival date.

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

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. Oakfield Farm Campsite will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Hired accommodation: £100 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £100 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of £25 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 2pm to 6pm between 01/05 and 31/08.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

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

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 6pm.
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

After unloading please return your car to the car park as soon as possible.

The site does not take food rubbish but recycling (bottles, plastic, tins) is available.

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