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Holmans Woods

9.8

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General

  • Wild camping in a 15-acre forest near Heathfield in East Sussex
  • Ashdown Forest and Eastbourne beach both half an hour’s drive
  • Well-spaced pitches, fires allowed; shops and pubs five minutes’ drive

Deep in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Holmans Wood is a wild-camping spot in a 15-acre, family-owned pine and chestnut woodland surrounded by farmland. A range of pitches include mown paddock, forest-floor among the trees or cleared areas in the forest.

The wood is criss-crossed with tracks, making it accessible to all cars, but there’s also plenty of paths for exploring remote corners and indeed setting up your tent pretty much where you fancy among the trees. Dogs are welcome to join you on your adventures too.

Keep your eyes peeled when you are out and about, as the woodland is home to a family of roe deer and buzzards among other wildlife.

Simple facilities on this back-to-basics site include composting toilets and a hand-washing-and-teeth-brushing basin. Otherwise it’s all down to you.

Fires are encouraged and firewood is included in your stay; feel free to collect it yourself. Should you run out of barbecue essentials, Heathfield (five minutes’ drive) has shops, pubs and restaurants.


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9.8

Overall rating based on 13 reviews

 

100% would recommend this site to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

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If you want a peaceful camping trip then this site really is for you!!03/09/2022

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

  • Unpowered forest floor tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    If you want a peaceful, back to nature experience in the woods, with what feels like no-one else around this is the campsite for you!
    From the moment I made the booking and throughout our stay Ian was helpful, friendly and accommodating. He made sure that we had everything we needed when we arrived and let us know we could reach out if we needed anything at all.

    The site is huge and it really is worth parking up before pitching and walking around the woods first as there are so many clearings to choose from!

    The Village is a short drive away with some great little shops and a co-op for any items you may need.

    This site is so amazing that we decided to stay an extra night!!
    If you want a peaceful camping trip then this site really is for you!!

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Lovely woodland peaceful break24/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNeil T.Confirmed

  • Unpowered grass motorhome site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Lovely woodland site which didn't seem too busy seeing as all the main pitches were scattered around the woods. No electric but there was a composting toilet and cold water washing up facility. Back to basics but very nice and clean to use. The owner couldn't be more helpful. If you have dogs you can also book the enclosed dog walking field which is about a five minute walk from the site.

    Disliked: 

    Only open for a short time every year which is a shame as such a nice place to come for a back to nature break. Also was quite expensive.

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Very nice forest camping. Recommended03/09/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCarlos P.Confirmed

  • Unpowered forest floor tent or trailer tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Very nice campsite, pitches surrounded by forest feel like wild camping and are a welcome change from the usual open fields on a farm.

    It's basic in terms of facilities: compost toilets and a water container to fill your own. Everything was clean and functional so no problems there.

    It's only a short drive from the beach at Eastbourne and arounds.

    On top of that, communications from Ian were spot on, clear instructions, and very friendly.

    Highly recommended and we hope to be back soon!

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    Nothing in particular.

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Wild camping for families31/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMatt H.Confirmed

  • Unpowered forest floor tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    We'd never done this kind of camping as a family before but we absolutely loved it. Aside from the owner finding us when we arrived and a couple of encounters with other guests, we didn't see another soul on the campsite and felt completely secluded. The children loved playing down by the stream and we all enjoyed lighting our campfire to toast marshmallows.

    It must be rare to have the convenience of parking your car at your pitch when in such a remote location, but doing so meant we had the perfect balance of leisure camping and wild camping. The shade of the trees meant we didn't get too hot even though it was a very sunny spell. The woods are beautiful and we'll definitely be back.

    Disliked: 

    These aren't dislikes but warnings / things to prepare for:

    Getting water is a hassle. We only had one large container but once you're using it for washing up, brushing teeth and so on you get through it quickly. We took the opportunity of visiting friends to fill up (and to recharge phones) but best to come prepared in order to avoid having to use mineral water for wiping surfaces!

    There aren't washing facilities. It was fine for 3 nights but if staying longer I'd have started to think about finding somewhere to take a shower.

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Beautiful stay in a remote woodland, perfect break from the city!31/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomGrace D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered forest floor tent or trailer tent site
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    We arrived and were greeted by Ian who was super friendly and helped us find the perfect remote pitch for us. The forest was beautiful and left very natural which really made you feel like you were in the middle of nowhere. We were lucky to have access to an off road pitch, but all the pitches were nicely secluded and we didn’t really bump into anyone all weekend (and it was fully booked!). Great wild camping experience whilst still having access to water & a loo! 100% recommend, we had a brilliant camping break!

    Disliked: 

    A drinking water tap would’ve been fantastic, but Ian did offer to fill up our containers and in the end we didn’t need any extra!

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The perfect peaceful woodland escape to reconnect with nature30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLorna W.Confirmed

  • Unpowered forest floor tent or trailer tent site
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    What's not to like about Holman's Woods...we thoroughly enjoyed our stay among the pine woods. Beautiful and peaceful. This is a back to basics site perfect for those wanting to retreat from the madness of the world and rest and recuperate and be closer to nature. Areas have been cleared among the trees upon which you can pitch your tent but none are within sight of each other so you feel like you have the place to yourself.

    There is a perfectly clean composting loo and sink to brush your teeth and have a wash as well as a sink for washing up. Should you run out of something or be in need of supplies the small town of Heathfield is a mere 5 minutes drive away.

    We particularly loved being able to collect our own firewood in the woods for our campfires and as the majority of the trees are pines the smell of the campfire was divine.

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    Nothing

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Camping as it should be! Fantastic setting. Immersed in nature …30/08/2022

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

  • Unpowered grass tent site
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    Camping as it should be! Fantastic setting. Immersed in nature for just two nights we were sad to leave but returned to the city lighter of spirit and with a new outlook on life. Ian also a great and helpful host.

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Excellent wild camping site. Peaceful, beautiful location, friendl!30/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered grass motorhome site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Absolutely loved wild camping, the woods and Ian’s friendly welcome! Made a great first camping experience for our small nephews who enjoyed making fires and going on ‘adventures’ in the woods.

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Fabulous tranquil location for off the grid stays22/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJill W.Confirmed

  • Unpowered grass motorhome site
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    Everything! Secluded, tranquil, gorgeous setting, we will definitely be back. What a fabulous find. We stayed in the woods in our motorhome, totally off-grid & loved every minute of it. It was easy to get to & close to the coast for day trips.
    Mostly though, we loved just being in the woods, relaxing & resetting ourselves.
    Ian, the owner was fantastic, so accommodating & helpful, which added to the amazing stay. Thank you :)

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    Nothing!

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Beautiful campsite! Ian made us feel extremely welcome, checking we …21/08/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaura d.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Unpowered forest floor tent or trailer tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Beautiful campsite! Ian made us feel extremely welcome, checking we had everything we needed and even lending us tent pegs. We loved the woodland and the way the pitches were nestled in to little clearings. Even if the site was fully booked you’d feel private. We walked in the woods and the meadow and watched the sunset before a campfire. Location is great - with a quick drive for shops and 45 minutes to Brighton. Will definitely be coming back!

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Features

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

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Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundry

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

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Shower available

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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

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump point

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • 2 Culverwood Cottage, Little London Road, Heathfield, East Sussex, England, TN21 0AX
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9602°N 0.2366°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Golden Cross Inn — 8.5 kilometres
Golden Cross Inn — 8.5 kilometres
Bus Station — 10.0 kilometres
Train stations
Buxted Rail Station — 8.1 kilometres
Uckfield Rail Station — 9.9 kilometres
Crowborough Rail Station — 10.2 kilometres
Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 22.8 kilometres
Airports
London Gatwick Airport — 35.5 kilometres
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 35.6 kilometres
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 36.7 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

Local attractions and activities include:

- The Cuckoo Trail (cycle route): access from site

- Heathfield (market town): five minutes’ drive

- Urban Jump Trampoline Park: five minutes

- Golf: 10 minutes

- Fishing: 10 minutes

- National Trust - Bateman’s (home of Rudyard Kipling): 15 minutes

- Knockhatch Adventure Park: 15 minutes

- Ashdown Forest: half an hour

- Eastbourne (seaside): half an hour

- Bexhill Beach: 35 minutes.

Must see

  • Batemans (10.5 kilometres)
  • Drusillas Park (16.1 kilometres)
  • Sheffield Park Garden (16.5 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Bateman's (10.4 kilometres)
  • Sheffield Park Garden (16.5 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and caravan
Arrive:  noon –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  noon

Holmans Woods cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

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

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Holmans Woods 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 Holmans Woods have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Holmans Woods dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Holmans Woods? Local attractions and activities include: - The Cuckoo Trail (cycle route): access from site - Heathfield (market town): five minutes’ drive - Urban Jump Trampoline Park: five minutes - Golf: 10 minutes … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Holmans Woods?
    Camping and caravan
    Arrive:  noon –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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