Canfields Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England South East England West Sussex Horsham

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
Expect to hear little more than the crackle of fires and the faint call of a woodpecker

The South Downs is the new kid on the block when it comes to National Parks. It was officially declared as such in April 2011, so it's the newest National Park in Britain, stretching for 87 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, with the legendary Beachy Head marking its Eastern-most point.

Just north of this iconic landscape lies Canfields, an organic farm tucked away in the picturesque village of Rudgwick. It may sound quaint enough, but thrill-seekers will be glad to know that you’re close to the 55-mile Downs Link and the Olympic cycle road race route in the Surrey Hills.

Onsite, however, it's a much more sedate affair. Expect to hear little more than the crackle of fires and the faint call of a woodpecker. Once you arrive, you'll be greeted by Tim, who will take you on a tour of the site. There's a play pitch where kids can get stuck into lazy games of football, rounders, badminton, plus bluebell woods (perfect for den-building), stream-damming and plenty of deer-spotting opportunities.

The safari tents are sited around the edge of this pretty little spot, on the edge of a bluebell woods. And what tents they are. If you're unfamiliar with Feather Down Farms, imagine rustic glamour, with a homely twist. This is a nod to the wild camping experience, but with the luxury of some essential creature comforts, such as wood-burning stoves, real beds, running water and a dining table fit for a banquet. So – while the kids are off exploring – you can sink into a deckchair and get stuck into a chilled bottle of sauvignon blanc. There's little else you'll need to worry about – the owners are happy to help out where possible, so you can just enjoy your trip.

An essential part of the Feather Down experience is cooking. Thankfully, all utensils are provided in each luxurious safari tent, so you don't need to worry about lugging an oversized stewpot from the car. Simply build a campfire and slow cook some delicious veal (available from the onsite shop) whilst you look over the commanding views of the South Downs and the glistening sea beyond.



Suitable For

Dogs – No.

Big groups / single-sex groups – by arrangement only


Excellent walking and cycling adventures start right from your doorstep on the South Downs Way.  Scenic towpath walks and canal boat trips can be taken locally.  Fishing can be enjoyed at Furnace Lakes Fisheries nearby.  The village of Rudgwick boasts four local pubs,  the closest of which,  the Fox,  is just ten minutes’ walk away.  Try racing at Glorious Goodwood,  Fontwell or Ascot,  or golf at any of five courses within five miles.  The market towns of Chichester and Horsham are also nearby.

The South Downs Way is on your doorstep – explore it on two feet, or hire a bike (advance bookings essential). You can cycle from pub to pub or take a more serious trip on the South Downs Link.

Come at the right time of year, and the campsite is an ideal base for enjoying the races at Goodwood (01243 755022), Fontwell (01243 543335) and Ascot (08443 463000); the opera at Glyndebourne (01273 812321); polo at nearby Hurstwood (01483 272828); and the annual Petworth Arts Festival (01798 343055).

Budding Tiger Woods' can revel in the choice of five golf courses, all of which are within fives miles from the farm: WildwoodFoxbridgeGatton Manor, Slinfold and Cranleigh.

But if you're looking for a more relaxing day trip, then you'd be hard pressed to beat Denbies' (01306 876616) award-winning vineyard in Dorking.  You can take indoor tours throughout the year,  or an outdoor vineyard train between March and November.

Food & Drink

Rudgwick village boasts four local pubs: the Fox (01403 822386),  The Mucky Duck (01403 822300),  the Sir Roger Tichborne (01403 751873) and the Richard Onslow.  However, nearby Horsham boasts a more diverse selection of food spots,  including the Artisan Patisserie (01403 274142;  great for tea,  cake, and a loaf of fresh sourdough bread) and Restaurant Tristan (01403 255688),  which brings modern European cuisine to the heart of West Sussex.


April to October

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The Owner Says

In West Sussex almost directly on the Surrey border just an hour from London,  Canfields Farm is a beef farm that also has lambs and chickens you can help feed. The farm offers a tent for groups of up to 10 people as well as the classic tents.  The tents are sited on the edge of woodland,  while Canfields itself nestles between the North and South Downs.  Another special feature is the outdoor water-play area with a waterfall shower and sandpit.

Canfields Farm has a tradition of sale from the farm gate.  The entire friendly herd of 30 suckler cows can be traced back to three foundation mothers,  Peggy,  Fox and Delight,  whose well-being is noted by inspectors as being excellent and stress-free.  Unfortunately, guests’ dogs can’t be accommodated at Canfields but there are animals such as cows,  calves,  horses,  donkeys,  sheep and chickens you will be able to meet!

The fantastic bluebell woods are perfect for den-building,  stream-damming and deer,  butterfly and woodpecker spotting.  On the farm,  you can collect eggs from the Loman chickens and get to know the Goodwood lambs.  The cows in the field next to you and horses at livery will be happy to keep you company.  A great timber undercover area at the camp’s centre means wet weather won’t inhibit spending time together or devouring delicious barbecue food.  The pizza evening together around the wood-fire oven is another dinner time treat.  In front of the tents,  a playground and play pitch is ideal for football or badminton,  or whatever games you and your children can think up!

Social Distancing Measures

We have received the official UK certification “We’re Good To Go” to show that we have worked hard to follow the government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to maintain cleanliness and social distancing in our UK locations

Preparation for your stay
  • Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected and ventilated for you prior to your arrival
  • When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host
  • Specific measures, which may vary by farm, will be explained to you on-site
  • During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed
Change in activities
  • Depending on the farm, the pizza evening has been adapted or canceled

  • Depending on the farm, the farm tour has been adapted or cancelled

  • The farm’s honesty shop will be open, with one person allowed inside at a time


Five canvas lodges

Canvas Lodge with ensuite shower - sleeps 6

Safari tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
We believe in simplicity, but rest assured you will not be sacrificing luxury when staying in our canvas lodges. At 45m2, our spacious lodges are placed in stunning locations and will meet your need for modern comfort and craving to be close to nature. The Canvas Lodge is suitable for 6 people, 5 adults and 1 child up to 12 years old.

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Getting There

Take the A281 from Horsham towards Guildford. After 7 miles at Bucks Green, pass the turning to Rudgwick on the right. Opposite The Fox Inn on the left, turn right into Lynwick Street. Canfields Farm is the first farm on the left the entrance is signed Feather Down and Canfields Cottages.

Wr are not near any public transport links


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