Coppicer's Lodge

UK England South East England West Sussex South Harting Adhurst Yurts

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Hand-built cosy cabin with a canvas roof, nestled amongst the greenery of a 100-acre West Sussex forest
  • Stunning woodland view from your private verandah
  • Kitchen fully-equipped with hot and cold running water
  • Cylindrical Godin wood-burner and a decent supply of chopped fire wood

The Owner Says

Coppicer's is our most recent addition at Adhurst and is not a yurt. It is a hand-built wooden cabin with a canvas roof and a kitchen on its verandah. It is quite private, with its own encampment and its own privy and woodland heated shower. It is the only space at Adhurst Yurts with hot running water in the kitchen sink. There is a bonfire area and also a tripod cooking system, in addition to the two-burner gas hob. It has a cylindrical french wood-burner that is very easy to light which can also take larger wood so it can be kept going through the night. There is a platform area above the double bed which is reached by climbing an actual tree instead of a ladder. There are two single futons up here and guests sleeping on the deck must bring sleeping bags. It's very much like sleeping in a tent on the upper deck because it's right under the canvas roof. We got the idea for Coppicer's from our own coppicer, Fred. Fred constructs a covered site protected from sun/rain for creating fence posts from the sweet chestnut coppicing at Adhurst. He moves his encampment from season to season depending which part of the coppiced woodland is due for management. We've zazzed it all up a notch though - as Fred doesn't get a shower or a privy... or a comfy bed! And as all our yurts, Coppicer's ensures you will have privacy and space to yourself.
 

Facilities (upon arrival)

Guests park at the tennis court car park by the entrance to the farm.  Here you will find two loos, one of which is also a wet room shower.  If you need to get to work on a Monday morning this can be a good option before hitting the road home.

Once on the campsite we’re in proper camping mode – Please remember towels!

The safari kitchen is a large canvas-covered affair spread through the trees and is ideal for dining under in any weather. There is running cold water for drinking and each have a 2-burner gas hob. Do bring a cool box though. There is crockery, cutlery and loads of cooking implements for both cooking on embers or the hob.

Also on site are various bbq options such as the Weber bbq, a BonFire tripod with hanging pot, and also the simple cooking-stair (essentially an iron step you place over the bonfire to heat food). One thing we really love now is the whole-chicken roaster – you place your chicken’s bottom over the little cast-iron reservoir which is filled with wine or beer and then this is all put on the BBQ or embers to roast.

Another source of boiling water is by Kelly Storm Kettle for boiling water. A good cheat is to use tongs to grab some embers from your bonfire to kick-start the process. There is also a standard stove-top kettle to place on the gas hob – but that generally takes longer!

We provide wood for the shared bonfires. And kindling is all around – please use what you gather. We don’t provide charcoal, so please bring your own or ask us to supply a bag (at extra cost). Bring firelighters and disposable plastic lighters. The firelighters come in a little shrink-wrap and there is no need to peel this off before lighting – light the plastic wrapper and all.  If you would like more chopped wood for your wood-burner it’s £10 a trug. Just text us and it will be delivered.  We always aim to provide what we feel is sufficient for the weather.
INVENTORY
• crockery – plates, side plates and cereal/soup bowls
• forks, soup spoons and tea spoons
• washing up liquid and brush
• glass tumblers
• crockery mugs
• wooden spoons
• tongs and iron skewers for kebabs
• plastic cutting board
• sharp knife for vegetables
• kettle for camp stove/wood burner (each yurt)
• frying pans
• sauce pans
• corkscrew
• storm kettles for each yurt
• two chicken roasters
• two dutch ovens which sit in embers to boil up a stew
• two tripod roasting systems with hanging pot

Features & Facilities

4 yurts, 1 cabin (the cabin has its own open-roofed gas shower and long-drop privy), 1 enclosed gas-heated shower deck big enough for the whole family and 3 long-drop toilets onsite, as well as 2 flushing toilets and an indoor wet room by the car park. Guests in the Willow Yurt have an en suite gas-heated bath tub. There are 3 safari kitchens, each with running water and two-burner hobs and a verandah kitchen with the cabin. The River Rother runs through the site with excellent trout fly-fishing. A zip wire by the yurts, rope swing above the river and a tennis court all provide more onsite fun, while cinema evenings in the workshop also pop up now and again. The site regularly run bushcraft courses with a well-trained and qualified, local team – they can be customised by individual guests to suit all age ranges and interests, from outdoor bread baking to knife skills, shelter building and fire lighting.

Activities

In the heart of the South Downs National Park (03003 031053) there's a wealth of good cycle routes and walking trails nearby, not least the famous South Downs Way. In the local village of Petersfield a small boating pond on the heath hires out rowing boats and canoes. The Watercress Line Steam Railway (01962 733810) offers a unique way to enjoy the Hampshire countryside, with both Gilbert White's House (01420 511275) and Woolbeding Gardens (0844 249 1895) not far from the line. Those interested in such history will enjoy 17th century Uppark House (01730 825415), Cowdray Ruins (01730 812423) and Petworth House (01798 342207), immortalised in Turner's paintings. Adhurst Yurts is 15 miles from the excellent Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (01243 811363), while active campers who have exhausted the walks and cycling of The Downs should consider Go Ape! at Alice Holt Park (08456 439215), an adventure day out high in the trees.

Food & Drink

Onsite you can order (before your arrival) a 'Stew for Two' with bread and butter (£25), or enjoy a Breakfast Hamper for 2 (£25) with hot coffee cafetière, orange juice, two toasted bagels with salmon and cream cheese (and a squeeze of lemon). A visiting fishmonger provides anything from dressed crab to seafood kebabs, ideal for your BBQ. Within walking distance, The Queens Head (01730 265489) serves proper sit down meals or relax in the less formal bar area. The Harrow Inn (01730 262685) offers an unspoilt, intimate old pub with a pleasant garden. Durleigh Marsh Tea Barn (01730 818286), closed Monday, has fantastic quiche and soups, right next to the Pick Your Own farm with a shop.

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Getting There

The campsite is off the A3 (exit Midhurst A272). Take roundabout towards Rake, continue past the turning for the A272 and it is a bit further along on the left. There is a sign saying Adhurst Farm.

Take the train to Petersfield (08457 484950) and get a taxi (01730 303030) from the station or from Waitrose if you're stocking up on provisions. The drive is under ten minutes and costs around £8. Just ask for the Farm entrance to Adhurst.