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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.


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96% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

 

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Wonderful relaxed approach. No fixed time to leave. Great fairy ... 31/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Juliette B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Wonderful relaxed approach. No fixed time to leave. Great fairy trail leading to beautiful farm garden and animals. Plus great crafts for sale. Adequate facilities. Yoga classes in a yurt. Great base for surrounding area.

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Excellent, for camping as it used to be. A lot 26/08/2017

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    Wow !!!
    Loved this place, a real back to basics campsite Children running wild, playing roleplay games in the woods with the other children on the site, not a tablet or phone in sight. Very friendly and spacious site. So quiet at night with only the stars and the sound of the owls for company. Cannot praise it enough, even got used to the toilets.
    Will definately come back and spend longer here.
    Would recommend the yoga in the yurt, a lovely experience. A lot of thought has gone into this site to make it a magical place, the fairy trail is so lovely and well done.

    I will sum up with a quote from one of the children who came up and spoke -
    "If you follow the path you can see where the fairies live and if you take a pound you can buy a mouse from the shop, that a lady has made"
    BEAUTIFUL

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Great place for natural camping, with basic commodities. 26/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom jose_g358528 Confirmed

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    The feel of easy going, natural camping. The freedom for the children to go around in a safe but wild nature environment. The perfect brake from routine in urban life. The friends the children made, becoming a group to hang together during the time at campsite. The relaxed chats with other parents around the fire once the children were in bed. The showers were great powerful and nice hot water. The children playground in the middle of the field a nice surprise and a place to meet all the children. The fairy trail and the farm walk seeing the animals.

    Disliked: 

    I am thinking to drop a star for this reason but I could take a bit of my own blame on this. We realised the last day there were freezers and plugs we could have used in the farm to charge mobile phones or change ice packs. I think it could have been nice to have a refresher from the farmers about this service. But I have to say at the same time we could have asked or find the information if it is some where... and as well it kind of have a nice feeling of wild camping that you don't have to go through a process of checking in and out, it is very relaxed and you might not even see the farmers when in or out. So we are happy and even more excited if we come back to make use of the service which it could be quite useful when staying a few days or like with us when the first whole day was raining and we could not do much without getting wet. They have this room in the farm with toys and two confortable arm chairs where we could have spend some time dry and the children entertained. To make it perfect I would love to have those freezers and electric plugs in the kitchen area of the campsite but this might be difficult to bring electricity down there i don't know, but could make it very convenient. Not the best place to go with bicycles, we took our ones there and could not use them, this obviously it is not the camping fault it is the nature of the terrain in the area with hills up and down and very narrow roads without any space for bicycles to ride safely away from cars.

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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
Also looking at the issue of keeping food cooled more on that next year
As for cycling the lanes are a bit daunting but not too busy we do get quite a few cyclists who seem to appreciate the location so maybe location is better than one might think

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Lovely green, quiet, relaxing, back-to-nature experience for children 19/08/2017

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    If you like your camping to be all-mod-cons and conveniences so that you'd barely know you were camping, then Freshwinds probably isn't for you. If on the other hand you want to be able to let your kids roam around the field and woods, be lulled to sleep by owls, and hear nothing much else but a murmur of voices, the crackle of wood fires and the background baa-ing of sheep and lowing of cattle, then you might love Freshwinds. Little ones when we were there were enjoying the climbing frame/slide, the numerous ropeswings, and the fairy trail around the site (and the chicks, rabbits and guinea-pigs to visit!). We loved being able to sit round the firepit in the evening toasting marshmallows, and the quiet at night - no road noise whatsoever. (The price you pay for that is a wiggly drive in down winding lanes with few passing places - and on one wet morning we had a slightly unnerving slidey drive out up the muddy track, with a car behind us and one coming down the other way all nearly getting stuck!)

    The pitches are well spaced out round the edge of a nice flat field, so while there is a communal feel you're never in each other's faces, and we never had to queue for the showers. Plenty of hot water (if a bit prone to fluctuate when someone was washing up next door!). Sinks, loos and showers are not lit so do bring head torches or lanterns for the evenings.

    The roofed-over washing-up area also has a big table and benches, handy if your tent isn't big enough to all sit in to eat or play board games when it rains!

    Logs for the firepits are £5 a bag (though some of ours was a bit damp and smoked a lot) and the kids can have fun collecting kindling from the woods around. Free range eggs are always available too which made breakfast very easy.

    There's lots to do in the surrounding area - beaches, castles, stately homes etc all very accessible once you've done the initial ten-minute drive out down the windy lanes.

    We all had a lovely, relaxing, back-to-nature time and would happily have stayed longer. Will be recommending to friends with small children.

    Disliked: 

    The composting toilets are quite something. Entirely fit with the ethos of the site and the smell is only noticeable right next to them (we were on the nearest pitch and didn't smell them at all from there) but when you're in there they do stink. My youngest decided a clothes peg on the nose was the best tactic! Best to accompany little ones to the loo, especially since the steps up there are open and have a lot of nettles growing underneath (we heard a few wails from small people who slipped and got stung) and since the toilets are unlit. Some sort of lighting in the loos/showers/washing up block (solar powered??), and any way that could be found to make the toilets less smelly (I'm sure I've used composting toilets elsewhere that have smelt less) would be the only improvements I could think of.

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Excellent site, lovely atmosphere. Old school camping. We had a ball. 18/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jo B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Vibe at campsite. Spacious pitches, great camp fire each night. Great hot showers, friendly people.

    Disliked: 

    Smelly toilets!

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

Reviewer's country: Germany Kathrin J. Confirmed

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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 tent or trailer tent pitch
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    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 tent or trailer 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

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    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

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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

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    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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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

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 GMT (GMT+00:00)   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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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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