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General

  • Basic family-friendly working farm site in mid-Sussex
  • Half an hour's drive from Brighton; 15 minutes from Lewes
  • Resident alpacas, llamas, wallabies and camel

Fancy joining all the fun of the fur? Pack up your kit and head off to join the woolly residents at Alpaca Camp – no, not in some remote corner of the High Andes but a rather more convenient corner of mid-Sussex. This rural working farm between Uckfield and Lewes is within easy reach of both London and the south coast, with beach days in Brighton a half-hour drive away.

Alpacas aren’t the only animals that call this place home: other residents you’re likely to meet include wallabies, a camel and quite a few wild birds flitting about too. If you’re bringing a camera to snap pics of animal antics, it’s worth turning your gaze towards the surrounds too, as the backdrop is one of scenic woodland and lakes.

An ideal scene for a campfire cookout, you may surmise – a view that gets the thumbs-up from the folk on site, who’ve kitted out each pitch with its own firepit area and have firewood for sale. For tiptop grub to grill, there are a couple of farm shops within a few minutes’ drive; other supplies can be sourced at the supermarkets 15 minutes away (posh ones and cheapies to cater for every budget). Want someone else to do the work? Take a 10-minute trot to the local pub for drinks and dinner.

In order to avoid any jealousy from the animals, human facilities here have been kept to the basics: toilets, a covered washing-up area and a simple hot water shower.


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9

Overall rating based on 33 reviews

 

82% would recommend this site to a friend.

85% would stay here again.

  79% described as Peaceful ?

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Everything was perfect21/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomBadr Z.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Everything was perfect

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Highly recommend camp site. Hard to find better.21/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAmanda C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Good space between each camp tent.
    Friendly chatty host called Phil, came round each evening with fire wood.
    Good clean facilities toilets and warm showers.
    Animals on the farm - alpacas, llamas, sheep and camel.
    Local pub and local store. Good local for brighton and lewes.

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Excellent site, basic but clean facilities, great place to star-gazing20/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDuncan K.Confirmed

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

    Really loved this site, plenty of room and the host was very welcoming. He even dropped off the logs for the fire and shared a few tips to get the best out of viewing the night sky.

    This is a superb spot for doing some star-gazing. There's no light pollution here so if astronomy your thing, you can't go far wrong here. Yeah, basic but functional site and only 20 minutes to get to Brighton too.

    I even liked that there was absolutely no mobile phone signal from my provider (Three) at this location.

    The alpacas we're lovely too!

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Excellent facilities, great guy and beautiful lamas and Alpacas 😌16/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Showers, fire pits

    Disliked: 

    A bit pricy with wood but not too much

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Lots of space, quiet campsite, good location, fire-pit11/09/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah N.Confirmed

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

    Lots of space, quiet campsite, good location, fire pit in the evening and it was lovely to walk with the Alpaca's and Llama's and meet Jeffery the Camel.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Excellent camp site with good facilities, and good sheltered pitches27/08/2020

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

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Facilities were great. Every pitch came with a firepit which added to the camping experience. The owner was very kind and welcoming. And who doesn't love being surrounded by fields of alpacas.

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All round great experience 😊09/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJade O.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Surroundings, animals, staff

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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excellent site to get close to nature and enjoy time together01/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMia T.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    we liked the open choice of pitches, the area was great for exploring, the space we had was great for the kids to play, facilities basic yet just right for the type of site keeping it to the basic back to nature feel, great to be able to have open fire, views and surroundings very pleasant, great open to the sky showers! pretty much left to it and able to relax, we would definitely love to come back again next year to chill out and detox from electronics and gaming at the end of the summer holidays as a refresh and quality time together before back to school!

    Disliked: 

    some other campsite users had left a lot of their litter behind, as the site operates a take your litter home policy, most people adhere to this but some had just left their bits behind, showers had lots of old bottles and soap left in them and there was a used nappy and disposable BBQs on the field. NOT the campsite owners fault directly but something that could be more closely checked maybe?

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Anonymous user

Very special site with great facilities and lovely owners and animals29/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Bell tent (no pets)
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    Very beautiful site with great views and sunsets plus of course the alpacas, sheep, camel and two very friendly geese. The owners could not have been more helpful. Fire pits were the best designed I’ve experienced. Farmer drops logs and kindling. We were able to cook on a grill on the open fire which was lovely. The compost toilets really thoughtfully designed. The washing up area and solar showers were also fantastic. We hardly left the site.

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    Nothing

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Nice if you like 'back to basics' camping29/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTara R.Confirmed

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

    The open spaces, the local walks, even the open air shower was lovely! Lots of space to pitch up!

    Disliked: 

    I knew the facilities were basic but wasn't quite prepared for a hole and female urinals which were being misused! Raised hygiene concerns so personally wouldn't say they are family friendly. Wasn't sure where we were or weren't allowed to walk despite the signs in camp showing the way to the pub but then a sign saying 'not a public footpath'. Grass extremely long and muddy to wade through to the hole in the ground toilet in the night ...Also disappointed we couldn't find the camel. Just seems expensive for what it was

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Features

Coronavirus

Hand sanitising stations

More frequent emptying of bins

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

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Tomkins Farm, Cinder Hill, North Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, England, BN8 4HP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9558°N 0.0042°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Uckfield Bus Terminal — 4.4 miles
Nutley (E Sussex): High Street Coach Stop — 5.9 miles
Hickstead: A23 Slip Rd Coach Stop — 8.4 miles
Train stations
Plumpton Rail Station — 3.1 miles
Cooksbridge Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Uckfield Rail Station — 4.5 miles
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 11.7 miles
Airports
Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 15.1 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 15.5 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 15.5 miles

Directions


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

Alpaca Camp is niftily located between the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Downs National Park and Ashdown Forest, which means that there are hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and horse riding trails within easy reach. A riding stables is 10 minutes away for lessons or countryside hacks.

Half an hour away is the famed Bluebell Railway heritage line – travel 11 miles from East Grinstead to Horsted Keynes, Kingscote and National Trust-owned Sheffield Park Gardens. Stations along the line have been restored to showcase different periods of the railway's life, taking you on a steam-powered journey back in time from the 1960s at East Grinstead to the 1920s at Sheffield Park.

Like to shop? The market town of Lewes is 15 minutes away by car, and the fab independent shops of Brighton’s North Laine area are about half an hour away. Seaside paddles, watersports and an aquarium are on hand for folk whose interest in shopping is dwindling.

Must see

  • Sheffield Park Garden (3.0 miles)
  • Bluebell Railway (3.2 miles)
  • Wakehurst Place (8.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Sheffield Park Garden (3.0 miles)
  • Monk's House (8.2 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:  3 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

Alpaca Camp cancellation policy

No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.

Modifications are subject to a £25.00 fee.

Bookings cannot be amended within 28 day(s) of arrival.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Alpaca Camp will debit the balance from your card 65 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 65 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Alpaca Camp have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Alpaca Camp dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Alpaca Camp? Alpaca Camp is niftily located between the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South Downs National Park and Ashdown Forest, which means that there are hundreds of miles of hiking, … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Alpaca Camp?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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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.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 28 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £25.00 fee.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 8 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Vehicles
Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

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