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- 'Camping as it used to be' on a 200-acre farm
- Wildlife haven with badgers, foxes, barn owls and more
- Spacious pitches surrounded by stream, woodland and fields
You might describe this as ‘back to basics camping’, but that doesn’t explain why guests of all ilks are generally blown away by this fab little farm site, where the owners offer ‘camping as it used to be’.
If noisy clubhouses, the kids glued to their consoles and being so close to other campers you can hear them snore drives you a tad mad, Freshwinds Camping might just be a breath of fresh air: it’s in a secluded spot on a 200-acre farm, between Rye and Hastings deep in the East Sussex countryside, with pitches spacious enough to spread around on and nature to spot by the bucketload.
Rabbits, badgers, squirrels, weasels, foxes, field mice and a growing bird population can all be seen around the site and farm by day; at night, spotting foxes and barn owls should be a hoot. More domestically, the farm has a herd of suckler cows and a flock of ewes which lamb in March and April; horses and their owners cantering about in the livery yard, and hens laying eggs available for guests to buy.
The site is surrounded by a small stream, woodland and fields. Guests can usually drive to field pitches to unpack their kit before parking in the car park, but if you’re camping in the woodland glade, the farm team will provide a wheelbarrow to get things back and forth as the glade is only accessible by foot.
Campfires are allowed – of course – but please use the same places as previous campers to minimise any impact on local plants. Logs are available to buy from the Freshwinds Farm team, as well as jam, cakes and the aforementioned eggs. The village of Pett – and its three pubs – is within a mile.
Open from 30/03/2018 to 29/09/2018
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
No adult groups of more than 4 people.
Check availability at Freshwinds Camping…
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
Max. persons: 4 x
Pitch dimensions: Max 15.0m width x 15.0m depth (49.2ft width x 49.2ft depth) Calculated area: 225.0m² (2421.9ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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Excellent, for camping as it used to be. A lot
Great place for natural camping, with basic commodities.
From the manager...
We love this sort of review very constructive. We are looking at ways of charging phones by solar at campsite electric is out of the question
Lovely green, quiet, relaxing, back-to-nature experience for children
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Hastings: Sedlescombe Rd North Coach Stop
— 4.5 miles
4.5 miles Hastings: Town Centre Coach Stops — 4.6 miles
4.6 miles St Leonards: Warrior Square Coach Stop — 5.3 miles
- Train stations
Three Oaks Rail Station
— 1.8 miles
1.8 miles Doleham Rail Station — 2.2 miles
2.2 miles Winchelsea Rail Station — 3.0 miles
- Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal
— 24.3 miles
24.3 miles Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 27.3 miles
Lydd London Ashford Airport
— 12.8 miles
Our campsite is midway between Hastings and Rye, south east of the A259 Hastings to Folkstone road.
To find us, take the turning east off the A259 at the top of Guestling Hill (opposite a Beefeater pub called The White Hart) to the village of Pett, and then take a left turn into Watermill Lane which is about 300m after the butchers shop.
Watermill Lane is a narrow country lane (please be careful!). After about a mile, look out for the sign for Pickham Farm and Freshwinds Camping on the right.
Proceed down the farm drive; you will see a small hut on your left which we call our virtual reception point. Here you will find the necessary information about your check in.
If you’ve come to East Sussex to birdwatch, paint or stroll romantically with a beloved, the scenery and sights nearby are a breeze to reach.
The Site of Special Scientific Interest Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a 10-minute drive away for the ornithologically inclined to spy wetland specimens such as terns, plovers and oystercatchers among the 275+ species recorded so far. The ancient wetlands of Pett Level, also within 10 minutes, have more of the same – although do look down at low tide to see very old trees poking through the sand.
When it’s time for town, Rye and Hastings both deserve at least a day each, possibly more if you want to go back and have another go at Hastings’ fabulously steep funicular railway, the steepest in Britain (if the town looks familiar from way up here on high, you’ve probably watched Foyle’s War).
- A Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves (4.2 miles)
- Hastings Castle and 1066 Story (4.4 miles)
- Camber Sands (6.4 miles)
- Lamb House (4.7 miles)
- Bodiam Castle (8.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||9:30 p.m.|
Freshwinds Camping cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 weeks 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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Freshwinds Camping will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer