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High Barn Retreats

8.4

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General

  • Wild Camping in the South Downs National Park near Brighton
  • Walk or cycle through beautiful scenery
  • A five-minute drive to pubs, local shops and the beach in Rottingdean

High Barn Retreats is a beautiful piece of countryside in the South Downs National Park. It's a few miles from vibrant Brighton in an elegant village setting about a mile up a private road.

For the first time we are opening up one of our fields for "wild camping". It's wild in that there are no showers, electricity or WiFi and you need to take everything away with you to leave no trace. However we do have toilets, mains water (cold only) and bins.

You can enjoy this unspoiled area for just 25 days in August.


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8.4

Overall rating based on 11 reviews

 

82% would recommend this site to a friend.

73% would stay here again.

 

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We had such a lovely time here!05/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomShona W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Honeysucks field unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Beautiful location, view of the sea, nice walk to the beach and pubs etc. We loved how natural and simple the site was. Delicious eggs from the farm delivered right to our tent.

    Disliked: 

    The toilets were on a bit of an angle which made me feel like I was going to trip over when I went up and down the steps to them! Not a big issue, but could easily be placed slightly further along the fence where it’s flatter next year

From the manager...

The loos were installed when I wasn't there. I was, um, surprised(!) at where they put them... 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

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Amazing stay, but be aware it’s not your typical campsite.30/08/2022

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

  • Honeysucks field unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Stunning location, helpful owners, easy access to Brighton (£15 Uber either way or 30 min walk and 20 min bus or an easy 15 min drive) great price for the campsite, even cheaper if you have a big group of you all pitched up.

    Disliked: 

    Can’t park next to your pitch and the grass is a little rough by the pitch and could see how some of the branches could come through the bottom of the tent if you do not spend time removing them before pitching up. Very steep hill so it is a challenge even getting your stuff down to the campsite, never mind getting it back up (well worth it tho).

From the manager...

Nice to meet you, albeit briefly! We are considering what to do about cars for another time. 😊

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The space! We had enough privacy, and the location was …21/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Honeysucks field unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    The space! We had enough privacy, and the location was so nice and remote. Great wild camping with toilets and running water. Great value for money

    Disliked: 

    Not a big deal but the toilets were placed on a slope so it was very easy to trip and lose balance

From the manager...

Yes, I completely agree about the toilets. I was a little surprised when I saw where they'd put them! 🤦🏻‍♀️

Thanks for coming!

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Really great stay thank you x16/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDora K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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  • Liked: 

    Amazing stay, the owners are wonderful just all round lovely people! The compost loos and bins were very clean and actually I found them better than portaloos for smellyness. The site was very peaceful and loved the sunset and sea views. Big hike everyday up and down the hill with a four year old but we took it slow and both really enjoyed it.

    Disliked: 

    Take the description of wild camping seriously! I damaged my ground sheet and sleeping mats and we both got lots of little cuts from the stubby spikey reed type grass because we wore shorts and sandles! This is just because I wasn’t properly prepared for wild camping nothing to do with the site.

From the manager...

Lovely to meet you and your son! Pleased to hear you had a good time! :)

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Excellent Location - Great people with fantastic views.15/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomrachel m.Confirmed

  • Honeysucks field unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    If you're looking for a sustainable camp site in the most beautiful setting - Then High Barn is for you.
    I stayed here for Pride Weekend and everyone was so friendly and nice. It's quite far out but it's a 30/35 min walk (down hill) to the nearest bus stop. Which was really easy to get to Brighton Town.
    I loved how ECO friendly this campsite is. I loved the layout of the site, with different pitches marked out in the grass.
    I liked the how clean the toilets were - even though these were completely wild.
    I also REALLY appreciate the email to pre arriving - this had some really nice touches and good tips.
    Really recommend - great job. Can't wait to book for next year.

    Disliked: 

    I didn't like how it wasn't mentioned how much of a walk the car park was and it wasn't clear about the hill either - That wasn't fun to find out on the day.
    As I'm young and fit - the hill didn't bother me as I could manage it. But if you aren't great with hills, I would be aware of it.
    I also didn't like how rough the grass was, this poked a hole in the bottom of my tent. But over time I guess this will become softer.
    Other then that.... it's a perfect lil campsite.

From the manager...

I'm really pleased to hear that you had a good time! The field is so dry that the spiky bits left over are really rigid but brittle. We've been discussing how to improve it. We've also been discussing moving the car park.

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Nice views11/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrew W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Honeysucks field unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Nice views

    Disliked: 

    The walk to the site. If we had know you had to walk so far to the site and leave the car so far away we would never had booked the site if we had known. Its a shame that isn't in the in the listing for the site

From the manager...

All the details are in the welcome email. I don't want cars on the site because it would cause enormous damage to the fragile grasslands, and they would probably get stuck. I would also be concerned about everyone's safety. I am always available for a chat and would have happily talked through any concerns you had if you'd called me.

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Loved how cheap the camping was, we paid £35 for …11/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJade T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Honeysucks field unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Loved how cheap the camping was, we paid £35 for 5 people for 2 nights. Toilets were clean and the manager was lively and helpful and even went and got ice for us.

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From the manager...

Don't tell everyone about ice! They'll all want some! Pleased to hear you had a good time! :)

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Beautiful campsite, the lady I spoke to was lovely11/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCaitlin M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Honeysucks field unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely area, views and stuff to do in the local town. Nice camping area that wasn’t too busy! Great for wild camping

    Disliked: 

    Earwigs 😂

From the manager...

I'm not a massive fan of earwigs either! Thanks for saying I was lovely 🥰

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So clean, Jess was lovely,pitch bit stone but they come in handy 4 bbq09/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomZoe H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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  • Liked: 

    All of it, great couple of days there

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From the manager...

Thanks for coming! Great to host you! :)

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Fantastic stay, safe and welcoming.08/08/2022

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

  • Honeysucks field unpowered grass and earth tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    - Gorgeous valley view of the fields and the sea.
    - alot of space available on the pitches.
    - Good value for money.
    -Friendly and helpful staff. Jessa was wonderful and very helpful, she helped us bring some of our things down unto the site. And made us aware of the fire pits and local produce such as eggs and sausages available.

    Disliked: 

    - The massive downhill leading to the campsite pitches. Warning on the description wouldve been helpful so that guests could bring maybe a 4x4 vehicle. Driving down to the pitches was an absolute no,, you will have to walk with all your equipment to the site. It's a 5min walk and completely doable but definitely not accessible if you have any mobility issues.

From the manager...

It was lovely to meet you all. Thanks for coming!

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Features

Coronavirus

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

More frequent emptying of bins

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Hikers’ paradise

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Pop-up campsite

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • Balsdean Manor Farm, Rottingdean, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN2 7LA
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.8245°N 0.0507°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Longridge Avenue — 2.8 kilometres
Longridge Avenue — 2.8 kilometres
Roderick Avenue — 5.0 kilometres
Train stations
Southease - Piddinghoe Road — 4.9 kilometres
Falmer Rail Station — 4.9 kilometres
Moulsecoomb Rail Station — 5.4 kilometres
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 8.3 kilometres
Airports
Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 16.9 kilometres
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 37.7 kilometres
London Gatwick Airport — 37.8 kilometres

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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

The South Downs National Park is famous for its views and walks. It's a gorgeous place to walk or cycle. You can wander to some local pubs for a bite to eat and come back to watch the sun go down over the sea. There are plenty of bridle paths to enjoy and, of course, the famous South Downs Way.

Brighton is a few miles down the coast and is accessible by bus, taxi or car. The village itself has some amazing pubs and some local shops. There is a large supermarket nearby.

Eastbourne and Lewes are easily accessed too and have some fabulous places to visit.

Must see

  • Brighton Marina (3.8 kilometres)
  • Volks Railway (5.8 kilometres)
  • Brighton Sea Life Centre (6.0 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Monk's House (4.9 kilometres)
  • Alfriston Clergy House (14.7 kilometres)

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 caravan
Arrive:  10 a.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

High Barn Retreats cancellation policy

No refunds within 3 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 3 day(s) of arrival.

The campground/park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

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. High Barn Retreats will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week 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

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  • Does High Barn Retreats have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is High Barn Retreats dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near High Barn Retreats? The South Downs National Park is famous for its views and walks. It's a gorgeous place to walk or cycle. You can wander to some local pubs for a bite to eat … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of High Barn Retreats?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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The walk from the car park to the pitches is a few hundred yards and is uneven and steep in places.

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