Blackberry Wood, West Sussex

What a campsite! One of my favourite things about this site is that you have your very own clearing, with different sizes for different group sizes. They also open up a pretty meadow for campers during peak season. We stayed in Hawthorn which was plenty big enough for our 5m bell tent, with some space left to cook, have a fire and relax. It rained most of the time we were there so we didn’t do many of these things, but the point is we could have!! It is worth contacting them if you do have a large tent as space is not guaranteed. There is a fire pit in most glades, with grill, so you don’t have to hire it and carry it from one place to your pitch. Another bonus that doesn’t seem to be that common on campsites these days. Logs and coal can be purchased from the onsite shop, which also stocks essentials and local produce such as wine and beer (both essential and local!) Note that this is not a campsite for big group bookings due to noise restrictions.

What is really special and personal about this site is the hand carved wooden facilities, and more so, the spectacular treehouses made by hand by the owner of the site. Other glamping options include a converted bus, helicopter, fire engine, gypsy caravan and cosy wooden cabins. These absolutely unique accommodation options make the site different from any other, incredibly quirky and impressive. We love the resourcefulness adopted to create spaces like this, taking something old and unused and utilising it in such a way that it acquires a whole new lease of life for many to enjoy for years to come. And what child wouldn’t love to stay inside a fire engine or a double decker bus?! But we still stand by the fact that the wooden tree houses are the true work of art. Don’t believe, just click here to see for yourself!

Big on eco impact this site has numerous eco credentials, such as full recycling facilities, use green energy suppliers and have their own solar panels too. Cleaning products used are environmentally friendly and disposable BBQ’s are discouraged (and simply not needed).  The campsite also spent a lot of money on a state of the art sewerage treatment plant to make sure they conform to the highest standards.

We really enjoyed walking around the campsite, where we found some children’s play spaces, a rope swing, a cute little library area and herb gardens. The surrounding area is stunning, and many walks can be found, just ask for a map. If you are visiting on a weekend be sure to try the Thai food from Tiny Thai, a street food van, who visit the site every Friday (gf and vegan options available).

Brighton is just a 30 minute drive, and as we are not from the area we took the opportunity to visit for the day whilst staying here. An amazingly colourful and eclectic city, renowned for it’s bohemian vibes, music and art scene and diverse communities. Well worth a day trip no matter what sort of delights tickle your fancy. As a vegan family we mostly enjoyed trying some of the incredible food the city has to offer, such as vegan doughnuts from Glazed Coffee and pizza from Purezza which we ate on the beach by the pier.  The quirky shops are nice to browse, although some areas get very busy, but where ever you go you will find something memorable about this place.

To book your stay at Blackberry Wood, CLICK HERE. You won’t regret it!

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