Beau & Bell at South Farm

UK England South East England East Sussex Lewes

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
Summer bell tent camping on a South Downs farm in Sussex

Summertime in the Sussex countryside means the sound of skylarks and the sight of Fresian cows grazing in fields. It’s the thwack of cricket balls in village matches, long lunches in sunny pub gardens and the promise of a paddle in the sea. It’s exactly this that’s on offer with a stay at South Farm. This bell tent-only site in the South Downs nestles in the bowl-like valley of Cricketing Bottom. It’s seven miles from the coast with the South Downs Way providing a route to the nearest pub garden and ice cream from those Fresians on sale at the farm.

Beau and Bell at South Farm is a collaboration campsite; the result of someone with great tents and someone with a great location working together – and we predict great things. The ‘someone’ at the farm is Emma. She and her brother are busy working farmers but in the summer months she’ll take the time to welcome you and show you to your tent. Cars are parked away from the camping field so kids can run about freely; though the farmyard is out of bounds. This is a working farm and not a petting zoo; which means livestock in surrounding fields and tractors rolling by. It also means there’s a constant supply of fresh milk and South Farm ice cream – just the thing to enjoy while watching these rural scenes.

Bell tents are kitted out as plush and comfy bedrooms for families of four (extra fold-out mattresses available for up to six) and, outside, there’s a firepit for roasting marshmallows. The set-up here is simple as befits a summer site; compost loos, open-air sinks and a couple of hot water showers shared between the ten bell tents. It’s a place to sleep out under the stars without pitching a tent; as attractive to walkers and cyclists who want an easy stop-over on the South Downs Way as to families looking for a weekend away in the country.

The local pub, the not-so-English-sounding Abergavenny Arms, is little over a mile away in Rodmell. For some, especially those on the national trail, the gentle amble (on the low route) there will be enough adventure. For others, there’s more to explore by striking out on longer walks or hilly cycles through this national park. A few miles down the road at Southease you can launch a paddleboard or kayak on the River Ouse and in the other direction visit the charming town of Lewes. The closest beaches are just ten minutes’ drive away and there’s always vibrant Brighton if you want some bustle for a day.

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
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Details

Facilities

The campsite has a drinking water tap, 2 warm water showers, 6 composting toilets, and each bell tent will have a fire pit.
Logs for the firepits can be bought on site.
The Farm Kiosk stocks South Farm milk and ice cream in 120ml pots.
There are no bins so please take your rubbish home with you.
There is no electricity or WIFI.
Please contact us about exclusive hire.

Suitable For

Well-behaved dogs are allowed. Please clean up dog mess.
We are not allowing other tents, campervans or caravans this year.
No drones. No loud music after 10pm.
Please follow the current Government Coronavirus guidelines displayed on our site .

Nearby

Monks House (National Trust) and The Abergavenny Arms are both in Rodmell.
We are on the South Downs Way - you can walk towards Eastbourne or Winchester!
The River Ouse is a short drive or a 20 mins walk through the quaint village of Southease. At the river you can launch your own paddleboard or kayak on the river.
The beautiful Sussex Coast is a short drive. Newhaven is just 10 minutes drive where there are high street shops, fish and chips, a great Italian Deli and Newhaven Fort is a popular visitors attraction. Go 5 minutes further East to Seaford for a lovely wide beach, closely followed by the beautiful of Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters/Beachy Head; or go West towards Brighton & Hove (30 minute drive along the coast road or inland via the A27).
The historic town of Lewes is a 15 minute drive, where you can visit the Norman castle, Anne of Cleves house, or many of the independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

Food & Drink

The Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell (20 min walk along the South Downs Way); The Juggs at Kingston (approx. 1 hour walk along South Downs Way); many wonderful pubs and restaurants in the historic town of Lewes. L'Isola Buona Italian deli in Newhaven is a wonderful place for a coffee or shop their Sardinian produce.

Open

June–end of August

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The Owner Says

The Beau & Bell campsite is nestled in a peaceful corner of Cricketing Bottom, South Farm. Situated within the South Downs National Park we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful downland, close to the historic town of Lewes, and only 7 miles from the stunning Sussex coastline.

Our bell tents are fully furnished with plush bedding, soft flooring, bedside tables, soft lighting and a fire pit. 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 short walk from the campsite along the South Downs Way brings you to the quaint village of Rodmell where you can enjoy a drink or a meal at the wonderful Abergavenny Arms. Continue along the South Downs National Park towards Alfriston or Black Cap.
If you're after a little bit of luxury, peace and quiet, gorgeous sunsets, stargazing, campfires, walks on the South Downs, paddleboarding/kayaking on the River Ouse, visits to the coast, Brighton, and the historic town of Lewes, then come and stay with Beau & Bell at South Farm.

Social Distancing Measures

With only 10 bell tents on our site, there is plenty of room and there is at least 10 metres between each tent. This is a good space to be in in order to minimise your risk of infection. To further reduce the risk, we are limiting bookings to one family per pitch until the Government Restrictions on shared spaces have been lifted.

We advise that everyone uses the hand sanitisers provided before and after using the communal tipi, as well as before and after using the toilet and shower.

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Accommodation

Ten bell tents in a Sussex farmers' field

Beau and Bell 1

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

Beau and Bell 6

Bell tent Sleeps 5 5 Available
Our beautiful 5m cotton canvas bell tent is one of just 10 on our campsite. Each bell tent is fully furnished and has a firepit. Our bell tent is a comfortable living space for 4 people (they can accommodate 1 extra bed, subject to availability).

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Location

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Getting There

When travelling from Lewes: go through the village of Rodmell, and then about 100 metres after you leave the village there is a farm track on the right where there will be our sign. Take this turning and after approximately 300metres/half a mile you will reach the farm buildings. Please park on the hardstanding area on the right hand side as you come into the farm yard.

When travelling from Newhaven: just before the village of Rodmell there is a farm track on the left. You will see our sign there. It is quite a sharp left turning, so please take care.  Take this turning and after approximately 300 metres/half a mile you will reach the farm buildings. Please park on the hardstanding area on the right hand side as you come into the farm yard.

There is a train station at Southease (25 min walk to South Farm); the number 123 from Lewes to Newhaven bus passes at the bottom of the farm track (from there it is a 15 min walk to South Farm).

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