Beech Estate Woodland Campsite

Camping in Sussex – visit our Beech Estate Woodland Campsite

The Beech Estate Woodland Campsite offers glamping and camping in Sussex in a beautiful 600 acre woodland and is open from April until October. The East Sussex campsite is Eco Camp UK’s second off-grid campsite in Sussex. We offer our unique ‘wild Sussex glamping’ Bell Tents and ‘bring your own’ tent Forest Tent Pitches for camping, including the Faraway Tent Pitches and the Valley View Pitch. All our bell tents and tent pitches allow open campfires and are set inside a beautiful woodland area.

Beech Estate Woodland Campsite is located in East Sussex near the historic town of Battle. We offer camping in Sussex with campfires within an easy distance to London, and close to Brighton, Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes, Bexhill and the South Coast.

The campsite is nestled in 20 acres of a 600 acre woodland, within the 2000 acre private Beech Estate; which sits in a classified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB). The woodland offers scenic walks, forest rides perfect for mountain bike riding and areas within the campsite’s forest for children to make dens and run wild. Campers have the exclusive use of the Estate’s woodlands, as there is no public access.

We have a number of tent pitches to hire for those who just love pitching and camping in Sussex’s best kept secret. These are set apart in small natural glades and clearings in our beautiful woodland location. For campers wanting to feel more removed from the main campsite area, try one of the ‘Faraway Tent Pitches’ or the ‘Valley View Pitch’ which are set on top of a hill looking over Bracken Valley or Beech Creek Valley. As the names suggests, the Faraway Tent Pitches are located away from the central camping areas – there is an additional walk from the car park and to the main toilets and showers, although we have located a compost toilet, water point and washing up station nearby. The Valley View pitch is located 100 metres from the car park and main toilets.

Our lovely Bell Tents are set in the woods, each complete with it’s own campfire-pit.  The Bell Tents offer our unique off-grid, holiday ‘wild East Sussex glamping’ experience and are set apart in the trees giving solitude and privacy from the outside world. Our Bell Tents offer a comfortable hassle free option, to enjoy real off-grid camping in Sussex in our pre-erected and fully equipped bell tents. The Bell Tents come with a comfortable double bed, additional children’s beds, cooking equipment and tableware, chairs, picnic table, with an open fire, bbq grill and a firewood allocation.

We do prefer to label our fully equipped bell tents as “wild glamping” as we have no hair dryers, phone chargers, power points, butler service, silk sheets or hot tubs. Rather we provide a real camping experience made easy, with just about all the camping equipment you should need, all set-up and waiting for you in a lovely campsite in the woods.

We have permanent wardens onsite to assist our campers at all times. The East Sussex campsite is ideal for families and small groups, allowing campers to reconnect and renew friendships, or chat with fellow campers around the campfire. Couples can enjoy some of the more secluded bell tents or one of the two the ‘faraway pitches’ for added privacy. Full campsite bookings are also available for that special celebration.

Our campsite facilities include our unique eco toilets in a custom made wooden gypsy style caravan. Our two custom built private bucket shower enclosures have arial views of the surrounding trees, and are big enough to allow parents to shower with children. We also will have flushing toilets and two gas-fired showers as well – although most campers prefer the beautiful eco-friendly bucket versions. The campsite is off-grid with no electricity. We have a mains water supply.

We operate a small scale quiet, relaxed and laid back family orientated campsite. We don’t allow amplified music and have a low noise policy from 10 pm in the evenings. We love having couples and small groups of adults to stay and can generally find them a quiet corner, but big groups of raucous adults should look else where to camp.

Where do I park my car? We have areas for car parking away from the pitches. Cars may not be driven to your pitch. We aim to provide camping in Sussex in the woods not in a car park. Wheelbarrows are provided to move your equipment to the pitch (and the warden will assist if you need it). It may be up to a 5 minute walk – but it’s worth it once you set up not to have cars in the campsite. Much safer for kids as well!

Adjacent to the campsite is the Estate’s meadowland area of conservation, which encompasses 110 acres of the largest and most important surviving tracts of interconnected ancient meadow in the South East. The Beech Estate woodlands and meadows support birds of prey such as Hobby, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawks and Barn Owls. The meadows are full of Orchids, Ox-eye Daisies, Quaking Grasses, Bird’s Foot Trefoil and Knapweed. As it stands 34 different species of Butterfly have been identified on Beech Estate (including Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies) as well as a number of rare insects.

On the Beech Estate there is also a lovely Bed & Breakfast at Stream House run by the retired Estate Manager, Keith and his lovely wife Fiona, which can be booked independently.  The accommodation is perfect for Grandparents or friends who require some extra comfort. Stream House dates from the 1580s and is located a short drive a few miles away.  It has an elevated position enjoying views through a typical wealden valley.  The accommodation is contained within the upper story of an out-building known as “The Garret”