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 allowed in the designated firepits; logs and BBQ coal are available from reception, as well as food essentials. 4 hot showers on the main site; there’s also a fantastic al fresco woodland shower on the adults-only side of the site. Plenty of toilets and washing-up sinks. Logs for sale.

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 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 (01273 890400) 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. Take a trip back in time at the fully restored Jill Windmill in Clayton, open Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

Food & Drink

A well-stocked campsite shops ells local produce, including eggs, bacon, sausages and honey. There’s a truly great pub within walking distance; The Jolly Sportsman (01273 890400) in East Chillington is fantastically snug and cosy, and serves up a changing menu of gastro delights. Visit the farmers’ market on the second Friday of the month at Garden Pride Garden Centre (01273 846844) in Ditchling.

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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