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Tomkins Farm: Grassy pitches (photo added by manager on 15/08/2022)

General

  • Dog-friendly East Sussex farm site with alpacas, sheep and camels
  • A 15-minute drive from Barcombe Mills and half an hour from Brighton
  • Firepits provided; several pubs within walking distance; trails nearby

From wild swimming, hiking and mountain biking to touring castles and museums, Tomkins Farm is well situated for a pretty chirpy rural break in East Sussex. Your headquarters will be a farm site with grasslands (occupied by alpacas, sheep, Jeffrey and Batu the camels) and spacious pitches that are nicely set up for families, large groups or whoever else you’re bringing along, including dogs.

There’s a lot of scope for blood-pumping activities from here, whether that’s following miles of footpaths, mountain biking down the South Downs Way (the national park is 10 minutes’ drive away) or swimming and paddleboarding at Barcombe Mills (15 minutes). You can also hire a rowing boat from the Anchor Inn pub (15 minutes) and go looking for herons and cormorants on the River Ouse.

On site, relaxation comes in the form of fresh air, open spaces and regular starry skies, thanks to the low light pollution. Each pitch has its own firepit and space enough for on-pitch parking. Although basic, the facilities are functional, with full flushing toilets, hot showers and a washing-up area with hot water.

Craving something to eat from a classic country pub? The closest pub is just 10 minutes’ walk away, with several others in Newick (40 minutes’ walk or a five-minute drive). As for local produce, you’ll be able to sniff that out at a farm shop five minutes’ drive away.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

Swimming in the lake is not allowed.

There are no bins onsite: all rubbish will need to be taken home with you.


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Reviews

9.2

Overall rating based on 107 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

91% would stay here again.

  86% described as Peaceful ?

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff & level pitches24/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRoy B.Confirmed

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

    Very warm welcome.
    Fire pit and wood delivery.
    Great setting, good view, large pitches.
    Camels :)

    Disliked: 

    Nothing comes to mind.....

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Excellent, clean and family friendly04/09/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSarah N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    The site was well kept, the additional services like pizza and coffee were fantastic, lovely stay!

    Disliked: 

    The pitch we were given was always in the shade which was a bit of a shame, as there was space it would have been placed elswhere

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We will be back and that says it all I think!21/08/2023

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

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

    Loved the size of the pitch and that you provided the fire pit. The place had a great feel to it and the staff were so so friendly. We absolutely loved it, had the best time! Showers were super cool by the way they were open so the sun was on your skin as you’re washing! Amazing!

    Disliked: 

    The only shame was the No music, but we understood and didn’t need it anyway. No hot water at the washing up tap. Toilets very close together, didn’t feel very private.

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Space, well organised, clean facilities, lovely location20/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNicky S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Space, well organised, clean facilities, lovely location

    Disliked: 

    Shop not on site

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Really reccomend this campsite14/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMaisie K.Confirmed

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

    - Facilities decent - plentsy of toilets/sinks and apparently showeres warm
    -Great extras (coffee van, pizza's for sale, drinks delivery to pitch, fire pits available)
    - Animals on site (Alpacas, Sheep, Camels)
    - Walking distance to pub and playground
    - Good walks

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A lovely campsite. Grass pitches with individual fire pits. Facilities …31/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLouise A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    A lovely campsite. Grass pitches with individual fire pits. Facilities basic but also rather charming. Showers and washing up station
    dependant on solar power so on a dull day was quite cold but it certainly woke me up!
    I loved the lake and the alpacas and camels. Great dog walks.
    Friendly and helpful staff and Philip the owner kindly helped some teenagers set up camp on a wet and windy Sunday night.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing at all.

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Owner is really nice and very helpful, location is great …31/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKelly S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Owner is really nice and very helpful, location is great for long walks etc and campsite is clean.

    Disliked: 

    For the cost there are very few facilities, only one toilet block. There isn’t much to do for young children, no park or anything unless you’re on a walk. Expensive for what it is.

From the manager...

Thank you for your review.

Odd that you say there is only one toilet block? There are two with a total of 7 toilets (all flushing) and two urinals? All cleaned and maintained regularly by myself.

We don't say there is a park for children? We are not allowed to have a play area due to council restrictions? The majority of children play in the woods without issue. There is a public play area 8 mins walk from the campsite?

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Huge pitches, clean toilets, quiet in evenings, relaxed friendly owners, …30/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    Huge pitches, clean toilets, quiet in evenings, relaxed friendly owners, lovely surroundings

    Disliked: 

    Nowhere to empty or clean toilets
    Just a trickle of hot water at washing up points, and no plugs
    Expensive logs for fire pit.
    Old washing machine drums for fire pit a nice idea but doesn't quite work as difficult to build a fire without burning a lot of wood!

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Great relaxed place to stay30/07/2023

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomjordan m.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Love this campsite. Been here twice now and would come again. We walked into Lewes from the campsite which took us about 2hrs 30, had lunch and then got a 15 minute taxi back for £20. Also had dinner at the five bells and was pleasantly surprised with the food. Think it’s under new management/new staff so bear with but good price and taste.

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Clean, friendly. Cannot recommend enough. Super dog friendly too07/08/2023

Reviewer's country: United KingdomStephen P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Amazing friendly people running the place. Order stuff like wood online for evening drop off great feature. Worth staying for the ungulates.

    Disliked: 

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Hand sanitising stations

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

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. 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

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Peaceful

Remote location

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

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  • Cinder Hill, North Chailey, East Sussex, England, BN8 4HP
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.9575°N 0.0085°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 4.6 miles
School Lane — 5.9 miles
School Lane — 5.9 miles
Train stations
Plumpton Rail Station — 3.0 miles
Cooksbridge Rail Station — 3.7 miles
Uckfield Rail Station — 4.6 miles
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 11.9 miles
Airports
Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 15.0 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 15.3 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 15.3 miles

Directions


The What3Words code for the entrance is lawfully.shorthand.alas

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

Run by the National Trust, Sheffield Park and Garden (10 minutes’ drive) has a large landscaped area spreading around four lakes, plus swathes of parkland. The kids might want to spend some time exploring the woodland play trail, with den-building materials, wood carvings and, of course, a bunch of trees to climb.

Speaking of the kids: if they’re into Winnie the Pooh, they might feel right in their element at Ashdown Forest (15 minutes), where children’s author A.A. Milne set his stories. They can go hunting for favourite places like Pooh Sticks Bridge and the Heffalump Trap, while the adults take in the glorious High Weald landscape.

Whatever the weather, the seaside city of Brighton (half an hour) has plenty to keep you busy. On sunny days, you can unfurl a towel on the pebbly beach or check out the rides and arcades at Brighton Palace Pier. If you’d rather be indoors, you can visit the spectacular Royal Pavilion or the SEA LIFE Brighton aquarium.

Must see

  • Sheffield Park Garden (3.0 miles)
  • Bluebell Railway (3.1 miles)
  • Wakehurst Place (8.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Sheffield Park Garden (3.0 miles)
  • Wakehurst Place (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:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

Tomkins Farm cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

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

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

Modifications are subject to a £10.00 fee.

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. Tomkins Farm will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Tomkins Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Tomkins Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Tomkins Farm? Run by the National Trust, Sheffield Park and Garden (10 minutes’ drive) has a large landscaped area spreading around four lakes, plus swathes of parkland. The kids might want to spend some … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Tomkins Farm?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Tomkins Farm? From £30 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.

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