Beau & Bell at Holmsted Farm

UK England South East England West Sussex Haywards Heath

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
Bell tent camping within easy reach of London and Brighton, with campfires and wild swimming on site

Bell tents, campfires, valley views, and wild swimming make Holmsted Farm a campsite that’s very ‘now’. And while there’s no denying it has wide appeal, there’s one group of campers who will be particularly keen to book: campers without cars. This is a site with a rare combination of credentials that make it perfect for those who prefer public transport. It’s rural but with a bus stop nearby and a pub within walking distance. Stand at London Bridge or Brighton’s Old Steine and you are only an hour away. What’s more, you won’t need to travel laden with bags as everything is provided for you. There’s a bell tent with beds and bedding and there’s even a butcher's shop on site.

The campsite at Holmsted Farm is the result of collaboration. It’s the second Sussex site to host a cluster of well-kitted tents from bell tent hire company Beau and Bell. Each is set up for four and with all you need for a comfortable night’s sleep. There’s a fire pit outside and logs are for sale on site. Bring clothes, a swimming kit, and towels and you’re good to go. Kids are optional; although the site pops up for the school holidays only, it will suit couples and grown-up friends just as well as families. The long walks in the surrounding countryside are great for longer legs, while the farm setting and huge grassy meadow will mean freedom for little ones.

Bell tents are sheltered in this 20-acre field by a copse of trees that’s open to the west, offering valley and sunset views. A series of small ponds attract birds and butterflies, the biggest of which is where you can swim. After splashing around, head for one of the two farm-built hot-water showers to rinse off. They are rustic but appropriate to the setting like the two flushing loos built in a converted horse trailer.

Those who arrive by public transport can walk a pleasant mile to the local pub or to the nearby National Trust site, Nymans. The handy bus stop means a trip to Cuckfield is possible, too, and if you’ve brought a bike it’s even easier. There, you can visit Borde Hill Gardens and choose from a range of foodie hotspots. There’s Jeremy’s for a swish meal, the associated Cafe Elvira for similarly great food in a more relaxed environment, or The Talbot for a sharing platter. Come by car and there’s yet more to explore: gardens in every direction, Ardingly Reservoir, the Bluebell Railway, and the Bolney Wine Estate to name but a few.

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance due 30 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • Due to the flexibility provided we are unable to offer refunds
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Details

Facilities

Our campsite has a drinking water tap and two large sinks for washing up, two warm water showers and two flushing toilets.
There will be a firepit outside each bell tent, and there will be logs available to buy on site.
There are no bins so please take your rubbish home with you.
The campsite has a generator and there will be power for some lighting in and around the bell tents, plus power for the charging of phones inside the communal tipi.
BBQ packs and Breakfast Boxes will be available to buy from the butchers situated on our farm.
There is a gym on the farm which allows one-off attendance to their classes and bootcamp sessions - see noticeboard on site for costs and times.
There are signposted pathways through the woods leading to a country lane and from there you can walk to our local pub.
Wild swimming in allowed in one of the lakes at our campsite!
Please note there is no fishing and no WIFI.
Please contact us about exclusive hire.

Suitable For

We are not allowing other tents, campervans or caravans.
We are a working farm and cannot allow dogs unfortunately.
No drones. No loud music after 10pm.
Please follow the current Government Coronavirus guidelines displayed on our site .

Nearby

Nymans National Trust property and gardens are just 2 miles away at Handcross. The house is open if booked in advance, plus tea rooms, a shop, lots of parking, beautiful gardens and park land to explore.
Borde Hill Gardens (2 miles away at, and is a large country estate with gardens, a cafe and Jeremy's restuarant.
High Beeches Gardens, in Handcross (2 miles) is a private garden with tea room and a great Sunday roast.
Leonardslee Gardens (3 miles) botanic gardens are stunning in summer, and have a colony of Wallabies living there too!
Cuckfield Gold Course is a public golf course situated on the ridge of the Ouse Valley AONB, with a driving range that's open to everyone regardless of ability and age. The 'Room with a View' cafe serves breakfasts and lunches with an amazing view out across mid-Sussex.
Q Leisure, Albourne (5 miles) is an activity centre where you can try go-karting, paint-balling, archery, clay pigeon shooting, and axe throwing.
Ardingly Reservoir (5 miles) is a large public reservoir with a watersports centre offering sailing, kayaking, windsurfing. Nice for a walk and even nicer for a swim.
Bolney Wine Estate (2 miles) is an award winning wine estate with some of the best English wine around. They offer vineyard tours, wine tasting packages and there's also a lovely cafe there too.

Food & Drink

Pubs & Restaurants:
The Victory Inn, Staplefield (1 mile) is a village pub with a nice, reasonably priced food and a lovely outdoor dining area.
The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield is an old school pub with a massive selection of craft ales
The Bolney Stage (3 miles) is situated in a 16th Century coach house, with oak beams, big fireplaces and large outdoor area with heaters and space for the children to run around.
The Eight Bells in Bolney is a nice village pub with a friendly atmosphere and decent food.
The Half Moon, Warninglid (1.5 miles) is another village pub with a nice outdoor area and great pub food.
Cuckfield (1 mile) hosts many fine places to eat and drink:
The Talbot, situated in Cuckfield's high street offers formal and casual dining as well as a great selection of beers and a deli selling local produce.
The Rose and Crown is another Cuckfield popular pub.
Jeremy's Restaurant is a local favourite, fine dining in a lovely setting with friendly, helpful staff.
Cafe Elvera is extremely popular, offering good quality, local food at a decent price.
Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield, is a beautiful restaurant that once had a Michelin star, situated in the grounds of a 15th Century Manor house turned hotel.
The Corner House, does great breakfasts, as well as good sandwiches and coffee.
Heritage Restaurant in Slaugham is a new restaurant run by Great British Menu champion Matt Gillan, well known for his signature Goat dish.

Shopping:
The Victory Inn in Staplefield run a small shop out of the pub selling eggs, milk and meat.
Cuckfield Co-op (1 mile) is a well stocked Co-op with all the essentials.
Tom's Food, Cuckfield stocks healthy local produce. It also offers private dining experiences in the evening too. Tom lives in the village and his meals are very popular.
Haywards and Hewitt butchers are situated on our farm, and sell meat BBQ packs and Breakfast boxes. Some of the meat has been produced at Holmsted and the rest from our other farm locally.
Jeremy's Corner Service Station (1 mile) is a short drive down the A23, the only place nearby with a 24 hour alcohol license.
Supermarkets - Sainsburys and Waitrose are in Haywards Heath (10 minute drive). There are a number of chain restaurants and shops in the town.

Open

July-September.

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The Owner Says

Our Beau & Bell tents are situated in a peaceful corner of the West Sussex countryside. We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by lush countryside of woodland, lakes, with many country places of interest within a short distance, including the National Trust's Nymans Gardens, which is only 2 miles from the campsite.

Our bell tents are fully furnished with plush bedding, soft flooring, bedside tables, and soft lighting. There are just 10 bell tents which will be on the campsite all summer plus a communal tipi/large bell tent for relaxing in.  We do not permit campervans, caravans, or bring your own tents.

A walk of approximately 35 minutes from the campsite through woods and down little lanes will take you to the village of Staplefield where you can enjoy a drink or a meal at the lovely Victory Inn in Staplefield.
If you're after a little bit of luxury, peace and quiet, wild swimming, stargazing, campfires, woodland walks, cream teas, walks through botanic gardens, paddleboarding at Ardingly reservoir, or wine tasting at the nearby Bolney wine estate, then come and glamp with Beau & Bell at Holmsted Farm.

Social Distancing Measures

There will deep cleaning of shared facilities twice a day.
Hand sanitiser will be available in the communal tent and in each tent.

This site offers our Coronavirus Booking Guarantee

Pitches

10 bell tents.

Beau and Bell HF 1

Bell tent Sleeps 6 10 Available
Our beautiful 5m cotton canvas bell tent is one of just 10 on our campsite. Each bell tent is fully furnished, with an outside firepit. Our bell tent is a comfortable living space for 4 people (they can accommodate up to 2 extra beds, subject to availability).

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Getting There

By car, if you are coming from any direction where you are travelling on the A23:
Take the exit at the Warninglid junction and follow the B2115 towards Slough Green and Whitemans Green. At Slough Green take a left onto the Cuckfield Road towards Staplefield.
If you are coming from the East, travel along the A272 towards Haywards Heath. Follow A272 around Haywards Heath and head towards Cuckfield. Go through Cuckfield, towards Whitemans Green, heading west towards Slough Green. In Slough Green take a left onto Cuckfield Road heading north towards Staplefield. Take the second left into Holmsted Farm Business Units and follow the signs through to the campsite.
Haywards Heath is the nearest mainline train station. It is possible to reach the campsite by catching the 271 Metrobus from outside the station. The bus times are 8.58am, 9.54am, 11.09am, 12.59pm, 3.15pm and 5.25pm (please double check as these can change at short notice).
It is approximately a 10 minute journey to the bus stop nearest the campsite which is 'Slough Green'. It is then a walk of approximately 5/10 mins walk from the site).  Please note, Slough Green is a request stop and you will need to ask the driver to stop at Slough Green when boarding the bus.
Alternatively, there is a Taxi Rank at Haywards Heath.

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