The Holicopter

UK England South East England East Sussex Lewes Blackberry Wood

  • Sleeps 5 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Editor's Pick
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided

  • Bed Linen Not Included
A taste of the high life is offered with glamping stays in this quirky converted helicopter on the edge of the South Downs.

  • Sleep in a converted 1965 Wessex Search and Rescue Helicopter
  • Separate outside kitchen and campfire areas
  • One of seven unique glamping options on this well-established but wild woodland campsite

The Owner Says

It sleeps two couples or a family in 2 double beds (or 1 double, 2 singles). The outside kitchen area comes with a fridge, a two-ring gas cooker, a toaster, pots, pans and crockery but you will need to bring your own bedding, pillows and towels. The helicopter is heated (but make sure you bring warm bedding in the colder months). Toilet and shower facilities are about 50 metres away. Sorry-no dogs. Please note that all our units are shoe-free zones so bring along some slippers!

Features & Facilities

Campfires are encouraged in the designated firepits; logs and BBQ coal are available from reception, as well as food essentials and alcohol. Blackberry wood has a renovated beuatifully hand crafted toilet and shower building on the main site. The Wildside summer camping area has much more basic facilities but has flushing toilets and showers.

Activities

The South Downs National Park (01730 814810) is the newest in the UK, which means a lot of recent investment in the excellent paths and landscape. The site provides route maps for lovely local walks, there are footpaths and bridleways galore and depending on which direction you take, a 45-minute walk can take you to the village of Ditchling; to the superb Jolly Sportsman pub or Half Moon with outstanding food and friendly ambience; or to the Black Cap viewpoint, a high point on the South Downs Way from where you can see eight miles across the Sussex countryside to the sea. Chilled-out Lewes is just 5 miles away, or it’s 8 miles to the bright lights of Brighton, with its pier, pebble beach and pavilion.

Food & Drink

A well-stocked campsite shop sells local produce, including eggs, bacon, sausages and locally produced wine and beer. There’s some great pubs within walking distance; The Jolly Sportsman and The Half Moon are fantastically snug and cosy and serve up a changing menu of gastro delights. Ditchling the closest village also within walking distance has 2 great pubs and 2 fine luncheon cafes.

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Getting There

From the M23 continue south onto the A23 for 14 miles. Turn left onto the A273 for about a mile, then bear right onto B2112 New Road for 2 miles. Turn right onto the B2116 Lewes Road and turn left onto Streat Lane after 2 miles. You’ll see the site signposted on the right.

Train to Hassocks railway station then a taxi which will cost around £12 or train to Plumpton station then a 25. min cross country walk