The campsite is nestled on the south facing valley of the farm with beautiful views of the Sussex Weald. The site includes secluded meadows, and small copses of woodland giving each pitch a unique feel. The site offers an opportunity to camp in the authentic English countryside, but only a short journey from the hustle and bustle of nearby London, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells.
The patchwork of small meadows makes the site perfect for family camping, with the Top Field large enough for games of cricket, football, badminton, the list goes on. The Lower Fields offer more tranquillity where you can have a secluded pitch perfect for couples looking to have their own space and peace and quiet.
You will experience true wild camping, there are no permanent buildings on the site, no showers and no main roads and over the winter months the site is grazed by cattle. The campsite is designed to have a minimal impact on the landscape and environment. We feel this gives the site a natural charm.
The campsite is open during weekends and bank holidays only for the summer season from May – September.
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The site facilities are simple, cold running water and toilets, please note we don’t have showers. Back to basics wild camping as it should be. For those seeking a digital detox the Farm is the perfect place to let go, although we do recommend a camera to capture the amazing sunrises and campfire moments.
Our campers are welcome to have a small camp fire next to their pitch with logs and kindling available for purchase onsite.
We are the perfect tranquil spot for children to run wild and play in the woods and fields. To ensure the campsite remains peaceful and for the benefit of fellow campers and neighbours we adopt a no music policy at Hook Farm and do not accept party groups.
Friendly, well behaved dogs are encouraged and can camp free of charge, we just ask that they are kept under control.
The Local Area
A short five minute walk from the site, through the recreation fields of the cricket pitch, tennis courts and Bowls Club, you will find the historic village of West Hoathly. Queen Square in the village features the Manor House & Priest House Museum with much local history and the very beautiful St Margaret’s Church. The 15th century Cat Inn pub can be found opposite the church and is known for its local beer (Harveys of Lewes) and excellent menu.
A general grocers store is located in nearby Sharpthorne, 1.5 miles to the east. The Fox pub, located between the two villages is also highly recommended with a great menu and fun atmosphere. West Hoathly benefits from an extensive network of public footpaths though farmland, woodland and the surrounding villages and these paths offer some far reaching views across the Sussex High Weald all the way to the South Downs National Park.
Just 15 minutes from both Haywards Heath and East Grinstead, Hook Farm is in an ideal location for those looking for a campsite nearby. The nearest Camping supply shop is 20 minutes from the Farm and if you are travelling from London it is enroute, check out SK Camping in Surrey at http://www.skcamping.com/
Things to Do
We are fortunate to be surrounded by a varied range of venues offering exiting activities for you to get involved in during your stay, to name a few;
We have two nearby reservoirs both offering fun water sports for all the family. Head just 10 minutes drive down the road to Ardingly Reservoir for Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing and Raft Building.
Why not try some group kayaking at Weirwood Reservoir (http://www.weirwoodwatersports.co.uk/) just 20 minutes from the Campsite located in a beautiful nature reserve setting.
River Rowing and Pub
Further afield (35 minute drive) is an amazing spot perfect for a summers day, The Anchor Inn Pub is located on the side of the River Ouse surrounded by unspoilt river scenery, why not take a day out and spend it Rowing down the river followed by a heart Lunch in the Pub itself. Find out more at: https://www.anchorinnandboating.co.uk/.
Walking and Picnicking Ashdown Forest
Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the ‘home’ of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Discover more at https://www.ashdownforest.org/home/index.php. We recommend a walk and picnic. It is just 12 minutes drive from the campsite.
Why not give horse riding a go, there are two venues just 20 minutes drive from the campsite both located in Ashdown Forest, find more details at: http://www.ashdownforestriding.co.uk/ and http://eastviewridingcentre.uk/.
Bluebell Steam Railway
Relive the heritage past of Sussex steam engines, the Bluebell Railway offers preserved steam trains running through the heart of Sussex. Why not take a train through the Sussex Countryside, trains depart from Horsted Keynes just 10 minutes from the Campsite. Find our more at http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/.
Blacklands Farm in our neighbouring village Sharpthorne offer a range of activities including; Abseiling, Archery, Bungee Trampoline, Canoeing, Zip wire and many more. Find more details at http://www.blacklandfarm.org.uk/home.aspx
For those who enjoy fishing, both Weirwood Reservoir and Ardingly Reservoir also offer coarse fishing day tickets. More details can be found here: https://www.weirwoodcarpandcoarsefishery.com/ and http://www.ardinglyactivitycentre.co.uk/fishing/.
Wakehurst Place Gardens
Situated in neighbouring Ardingly are the beautiful house and gardens of Wakehurst Place.
Open throughout the year, Wakehurst is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The varied landscape is of international significance for its beautiful botanic gardens and tree collections, as well as for its science-based plant conservation and research. A feast for the senses, Wakehurst features natural woodland and lakes, formal gardens, an Elizabethan house and the 21st-century architecture of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.
If we cannot get to your call it means we are out on the campsite! So please leave a voicemail or drop us an email and we will come back to you as soon as we are in.
Adults: £10.00 per adult per night
Children (Under 13): £5.00 per child per night
Day Visitors: £4 per person per day
What time can I arrive?
Check In: 11am –7.30pm | Check Out any time before 2pm
If you are unable to arrive between these times please contact us before your stay at email@example.com
What do I do when I arrive?
When you arrive you will see our reception kiosk where you will need to check-in before proceeding onto the site. The site staff will explain to your where all the facilities are and the various fields for camping.
What facilities are there?
As detailed on the website we have composting toilets, chemical toilet and cold water standpipes spread across the site so you will always have one near to you. Please note we do not have showering facilities. Our campsite ethos is to keep it as ‘wild’ as possible.
What is the layout?
The campsite is large so plenty of room to camp, play and wander. The campsite is split into four fields each with its own character.
Where will I be able to pitch?
You decide! You can choose your pitch on arrival as we do not allocate pitches. There is a wide variety of pitches across the site to cater for most peoples preferences.
Can I park next to my pitch?
Most pitches are accessible by car, however in wet weather some pitches in the lower fields are only accessible on foot/4×4
Can I have campfire?
Yes! You can have a campfire on the ground next to your pitch, you do not need a fire pit. Firewood is available for sale on site, we do not allow the burning of construction wood, pallets or other waste woods onsite.
Can I bring my dog?
We allow well behaved, friendly dogs onsite. If you dog has poor recall (or a habit of raiding others barbeques!) please ensure it is kept on a lead. We do not allow aggressive dogs onsite so if your dog exhibits this type of behaviour please do not bringit to the campsite!
Can I bring a campervan?
Small VW type campervans are allowed onsite, however larger vans and motorhomes are not permitted due to the site access limitations.
Can I play music or have a party?
No, we have a very strict no music policy so music of any kind is not allowed onsite. Hook Farm is a family campsite with a large number of young children onsite so our vibe is very much quiet nights and children playing during the day. We have a 11.30pm quiet night policy where we ask all campers to keep voices down to quiet campsite chatter. We also ask that campers consume alcohol responsibly, we are not a suitable venue for excessive consumption.
Can I change my booking?
If you need to amend, re-schedule or cancel your booking please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org