Lunsford Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South East England East Sussex Hastings

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Three generations of the Dunlop family have farmed in this wonderful corner of the Romney Marsh for over a hundred years

You could be mistaken for thinking that Lunsford Farm is a veteran of the camping world. After all, it was voted the 'Best Coastal Glamping Site' in the UK by Coast magazine, and the Feather Down 'Farm of the Year'. Remarkably, it only joined the Feather Down fold in 2010, but the accolades have rolled in for good reason.

Three generations of the Dunlop family have farmed in this wonderful corner of the Romney Marsh for over a hundred years. It's clear that Andrew takes great pride in everything he does, and this shines through on his Farm Tour, which runs every Saturday morning. Here you'll find all about regular farm duties, seasonal rituals, and you'll get to meet the animals too: they currently breed Romney ewes and mix-bred suckler cows and their calves sired by Bertie, a pedigree Aberdeen Angus bull.

There are just four safari-style tents onsite, each equipped to the high standards you would expect from the Feather Down glamping specialists,and they have been carefully arranged in a copse on higher ground, away from the farmhouse, so that guests can enjoy uninterrupted views that stretch out towards the coast. The woodland falls away below the site, offering a wild and exciting playground for all ages that can be seen from the tents above.

Winchelsea and Hastings beaches can be reached by a swift 10-minute stroll. It's a spectacular walk in itself, and takes in ancient meadows and marshland full of rare and endangered species. Andrew can also arrange for guests to take fishing lessons in a pond on the farm.

In the unlikely event that you tire of the views, the farm makes an ideal base for a visit to the nearby cobbled streets of Rye, the seven-mile stretch of beach at Camber Sands, and the town of Winchelsea, which has vaulted medieval wine cellars hidden beneath the streets.



The huge, luxury safari tents are very well equipped with a double bed, two bunk beds, a cupboard bed, a proper toilet, a wood-fire stove, cold running water and a dining area. Make no mistake - these are at the upper end of the glamping scale. Outside, there's a bench and table, and barbecues near the tent. You'll be provided with fire lighters, kindling, and logs upon arrival. Additional logs are free. A new shower block has been built in one of the original farm buildings. It holds two toilets and three showers (with underfloor heating – bliss), and can be found at the entrance of the farm.

Suitable For

Dogs – No. Big groups, single-sex groups – by arrangement only


There are plenty of walking trails and activities within minutes of the site – Andrew has a great wealth of local knowledge and will be happy to point you in the right direction. A good starting point is the Pannel Valley Nature Reserve (adjacent to the farm) which has three public bird hides.

15 minutes west of the farm is the medieval town of Rye. Wander down the cobbled streets around Mermaid Street, leisurely stopping off at cafes and antique shops along the way. It's a tranquil place, so adrenalin-seeking campers should head to Camber Sands; its seven-mile stretch of sandy beach attracts the windsurfing and kitesurfing community.

20 minutes to the east is Battle, which took its name from the 1066 battle. You can explore the atmospheric abbey ruins and stand on the very spot where King Harold is said to have died.

Food & Drink

There's a well-stocked honesty shop onsite, selling a variety of free-range meats, bread, local ice-cream and fresh eggs. You can also order a BBQ box to be delivered to your tent upon arrival. If venturing off site, the village is home to two local pubs, which are just a short walk/bike ride away and serve great food: The Royal Oak (01424 812515) and the Two Sawyers (01424 812 255).

Winchelsea Farm Kitchen is the flagship shop of Winchelsea Farm Foods; a fabulous food and wine emporium located in the heart of Winchelsea. Find quality meats, cheeses, pâtés, terrines, plus English and continental wines. It's a true food-lovers paradise.

Nearby hastings has grown more cosmopolitan over recent years, and is now home to a vibrant selection of eateries: Bullet (01424 717477) is a relaxed (vegetarian-friendly) cafe, Di Polas (01424 203666) dishes up some of the best ice cream in the area and Black Market (01424 421276) satisfies big appetites with its inventive menu of gourmet burgers.


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The Owner Says

At Lunsford Farm, the four tents nestle among a small group of trees on a stretch of higher ground. The perfect vantage point from which to take in the stunning sea views. The beach is only a 10-minute drive away! On the way you will cross meadows and marshland full of rare and even endangered species. Nearby are the old Saxon shoreline of Sussex, and the royal Military Canal, dug to repel Napoleon 200 years ago.

Social Distancing Measures

All available accommodations will have private facilities. Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected, and ventilated for you prior to your arrival.

If you or a family member are feeling sick or have been confirmed, we ask you to contact our booking office as soon as possible and for you to not come to our location. We will rebook your stay to another date.

Arrival and departure times have been amended for an extra cleaning routine

When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host.

During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed.

The pizza evening has been adapted or cancelled

The farm tour has been adapted or cancelled


Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse Shower - sleeps 6

Safari tent Sleeps 6
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges

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Getting There

From M25:
Exit the M25 at junction 5 onto A21 signposted Sevenoaks and Hastings. Continue for 40 minutes until you reach St John’s Cross, but remain on the A21 by taking the first exit at the roundabout. On approaching Hastings, go under the bridge and take first right up the slip road, then turn right at the T-junction onto The Ridge. Continue on this road until signposts for Rye and Folkestone, then left turn onto A259. Continue for approx. 1 mile, then turn right at the Beefeater pub, towards Pett. Lunsford Farm is just past the Royal Oak pub, on the left.

From M20:
Exit the M20 at junction 10 and follow the signs for Brenzett and Hamstreet. Take the second exit at the roundabout and continue straight ahead for 8 miles. At the roundabout, take the second exit towards Rye. On approaching Rye, take the first exit on each mini roundabout, heading towards Hastings on the A259. Continue on this road, then left turn towards Winchelsea Beach. Continue on this road for 4 miles until you enter Pett Level. Take right turn signposted Pett Village. Lunsford Farm is 400 yards from top of hill on right-hand side.

We cannot be reached by public transport


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