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General

  • 'Camping as it used to be' on a 200-acre farm
  • Wildlife haven: see badgers, foxes, barn owls and more
  • Spacious pitches surrounded by stream, woodland and fields

We’d say this is ‘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’, surrounded by so much nature it’ll take your breath away…

If noisy clubhouses, the kids glued to their consoles and being so close to other campers you can hear them snore puts the wind up you, 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, has pitches spacious enough to spread around on and dishes up nature by the bucketload.

Rabbits, badgers, squirrels, weasels, foxes, field mice and a growing bird population can all be seen around the campsite and farm by day; at night, spotting foxes and barn owls should be a hoot.

More domestically, the farm has a herd of 30 suckler cows and a flock of 130 ewes which lamb in March and April, horses and their owners cantering about in the livery yard, and hens laying brown eggs for sale to fry up for breakfast.

The campsite is surrounded by a small stream, woodland and fields. Guests can usually drive their cars 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 three pubs – is within a mile.

Please note

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.


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9.1

Overall rating based on 21 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

 
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Ein wunderschöner Campingplatz für Familien mit Kindern 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Germany Kathrin J. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Perfekter Familienurlaub. Ruhig, kinderfreundlich, abenteuerlich, sauber, naturnah, Strandnähe...wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder!

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    Nichts!

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Excellent site for tents. 24/07/2017

Reviewer's country: France Richard W. Confirmed

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

    A great camping site filled with children, which is a good sign for me. We liked it a lot.
    It was in the middle of the countryside, perfect, with a fire per pitch. Everybody was well spread out, so you had privacy, which was nice.
    We loved it there.

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excelent in the farm style....nature 21/07/2017

Reviewer's country: Belgium pirlet c. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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    Hello, a special "hello" for the english (and belgian) family we meet at the freshwind !
    It was nature
    It was cool

    It was very good, very "farm" and very quiet.
    Near Hastings, near the beach, near nothing ;-)

    Excuse my "english".....

    Thank for holiday

    Disliked: 

    It need a little more cleaning for the kitchen and the toilets....every day ....
    The eggs it was a good idea but you have to bye new eggs....
    Take little wood for the fire.

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Great site. Level pitches, campfire facilities, and good showers. 29/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jaime R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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    Great site. Very quiet and we enjoyed walking around the farm and seeing the alpacas, donkeys, horses, and guinea pigs.

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We were welcomed by the friendly owner who helped us ... 06/06/2017

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

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We were welcomed by the friendly owner who helped us pick our pitch.
    A lot of space between pitches so good privacy.
    Limitless hot showers and washing up area.
    Clean and well maintained toilets.
    Excellent small woodland for kids to play in and truly get 'back to nature'
    Amazing fairy trail and fabulous local pub and tearoom 5 mins away.
    Will definitely be coming back!

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Nice site, friendly and welcoming. Slightly dodgy loos. 05/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sara W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Quiet, safe and friendly site with lovely stuff for kids-fairy trail and garden were big hits with our 2. Showers nice and hot, good washing up area.

    Disliked: 

    Didn't mind the compost toilets, though they were a bit smelly on the hottest day, however the steps up to them could do with an upgrade-our 5yr old fell quite badly as they're very steep and wobbly with no handrail for smaller people. Slightly scary road and wobbly bridge to get in. We also left a night early as we wanted to pack a dry tent and couldn't do this by 10am check out.

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Clean, tidy, level pitches 17/05/2017

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    Very clean and pleasant site, I took my 3 year old daughter and 8 year old step daughter for there first camping experience, we all had a lovely time, my girls loved the hay stacks that they played on for ages and quickly joined in with other youngsters camping here, a swing and rope swing also kept them entertained, we loved the fire pit, the 3 of us Sat round it having snacks and relaxing, will return again

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    Nothing

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Fantastic place. Will stay again. 19/04/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom tracey_a368682 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass trailer tent or tent pitch
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    Excellent site.
    Clean, clear and level pitches.
    Facilities were really clean and well looked after.

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A Lovely Campsite, Would Stay Again 20/09/2016

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    My husband and I stayed at Freshwinds over the weekend with my 7 year old granddaughter and my husband's 17 year old daughter. We all agreed that it was a lovely natural site with just enough facilities to make your stay comfortable without it feeling too sanitised.

    We explored all around the site, the woodland pitches are really nice and secluded, and if I was camping with only my husband they would be perfect. The regular pitches in a nice flat field, are far apart from each other and each one has a fire pit. This was great because camping and fire go hand in hand. Logs on sale at £5 for a big bag (also eggs in the kitchen area, £1.50 for 6 or 30p each) you just put your money in an honesty hole.

    We really liked the Fairy theme, my granddaughter was so excited to find all the hidey holes and fairy homes around the site and we had a lovely time feeding the horses and looking at the farm animals near by. There are many lovely walks to go on and the woods nearby were great to explore. We walked through them to visit the Two Sawyers pub to have a dinner. It's a lovely place to eat and I thoroughly recommend the food there.

    I know that it's been said many times but the showers are basic but wonderful and it's great to have access to really hot water for washing up. We had no problem with the compost toilets, they were clean and didn't smell particularly on our visit. They regularly get refreshed with new toilet rolls so you didn't need to bring any with you.

    A great big thank you to Anne, who gave us a jump-start because us silly Londoners had left their car lights on whilst pitching up in the dark and thus run our battery out :) We really loved your site and would definitely come and stay again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing at all.

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Peaceful site for basic camping, plenty of space with magical touches 09/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom david m. Confirmed

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

    Easy website to make booking clear and simle. Quick reply from queries appreciated
    Pitches marked by fire pits around perimeter of field gave plenty of space for everyone
    Camp kitchen providing shelter and space to meet other campers and buy eggs and wood from farm
    Magical fairy garden and imaginative areas on way to farmhouse for all ages to enjoy
    Able to refreeze ice blocks and buy handmade crafts in barn.
    Very good local butcher and pub with good food giving directions by foot
    Location, close to Hastings and Rye
    Cars parked in separate area of field making it quieter and safer

    Disliked: 

    Very narrow lane with poor visibility arriving from either direction
    Site not well signposted
    Compost loo acceptable if well maintained but was very smelly although hand wash provided

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Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

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Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

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Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

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

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire 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

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • Pickham Farm, Watermill Lane, Pett Hastings, East Sussex, England, TN35 4HX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9036°N 0.6532°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Hastings: Sedlescombe Rd North Coach Stop — 4.5 miles
Hastings: Town Centre Coach Stops — 4.6 miles
St Leonards: Warrior Square Coach Stop — 5.3 miles
Train stations
Three Oaks Rail Station — 1.8 miles
Doleham Rail Station — 2.2 miles
Winchelsea Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 24.3 miles
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 27.3 miles
Airports
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 12.8 miles

Directions


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.

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

If you’ve come to East Sussex to birdwatch, paint or romantically stroll arm in arm 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 ten-minute drive away for the ornithologically-inclined to spy wetland specimens such as terns, plovers and oystercatchers among the 275+ species recorded so far; and the ancient wetlands of Pett Level, also within ten minutes, has more of the same – although do look down at low tide to see very old trees poking through the sand.

Cliff, downs and wood walks (and more birdwatching) are available a couple of miles away at the ancient woodlands and heathlands of Hastings Country Park, also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Nature Reserve.

Hikers also head to the sands of Winchelsea and inland to the South Downs, which have over 2000 miles of walkways including the South Downs Way, passing along sites to keep historyheads happy such as Iron Age forts, Norman churches and ancient chalk figures carved into hillside.

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).

Sights to see between the town’s East and West Hills include the biggest fishing fleet in Europe, Hastings Castle (reach it via the cliff railway) and the Hastings Fishmarket where most of the day’s catch is sold. The fishing and maritime history of the town is told at the Shipwreck Museum and the fishermen’s museum at Rock-a-Nore, but if you/the kids like your history a little more horrible, the story of local smuggling is mined at St Clements Caves.

In Rye, stop off for a cream tea and then wend your way around town to see medieval and Georgian buildings, the twelfth century Mermaid Inn, once a stop-off for smugglers, and the Rye Heritage Centre, where you can book guided ghost walks and walking tours.

Pick up fresh fish at the quayside for the campfire later, or, as with Hastings, hire a boat here to go out and catch your own.

Must see

  • A Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves (4.2 miles)
  • Hastings Castle and 1066 Story (4.4 miles)
  • Camber Sands (6.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Lamb House (4.7 miles)
  • Bodiam Castle (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.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  12 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.

Payment

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.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11pm and 7am.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
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.

Occupancy
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Additional terms

Please: no wood foraging as this disturbs the wildlife.

No amplified music, please. Acoustic instruments can be played up until 11pm but no drumming groups.

No adult groups of more than 4 people.

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