Dernwood Farm

Wild Woodland Campsite and Luxury Camping with Delicious Farm Produce

 

Camping

We are a family run working farm in the heart of the Sussex Weald, we have a meadow in the middle of 70 acres of ancient coppiced woodland for those who enjoy a bit of wild camping with open fires. We have our bell tents in gorgeous private clearings with wood-burning stoves and toilet and shower facilities, and right at the top of the camping scale we have our safari tent, in a large sunny glade in exclusive area of woodland, 3 bedrooms, wood burning range, ‘normal’ hot shower and hot water to the Belfast sink in the kitchen, state of the art waterless toilet, you really couldn’t ask for anything more. This is the ultimate in luxury camping, or glamping as it has become known.

The newest addition to our camping stable is,  The Cabin  which was built by a team from William Hardie Designs after an idea by architect and innovative design aficionado George Clarke. The build was filmed throughout and shown on the third series of the Channel 4 programme George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, using local resources and timber harvested from our ancient coppice woodland.

The Encampment is an exclusive area with 3 pitches around a natural pond. It has its own tree bog loo and covered washing up area. for more information and photos please click here to go to our wild camping page.

We are a dog friendly camp site, providing they are kept under control!

Produce

We produce our own beef from our pedigree herd of Sussex cattle and our pork is bred from traditional breeds such as the Saddleback, crossed with the Large Black, we also have a small herd of Southdown sheep. A selection of all our meat is available buy from our shop during your stay, if you would like to pre-order any meat so that it is ready for your arrival please drop me an email.

Our popular adopt-a-piglet scheme is running again this year for the ultimate is provenance and traceability, know your pig from birth to bacon!

Emma Brown of Six Bells fame (for those of you in the know) is continuing with the catering she started last year to much acclaim. She brings her culinary expertise to the camp site for those who wish to really indulge themselves. Fancy afternoon tea delivered to your tent, or beef  bourguignon ready to reheat over your camp fire? Lots of Emma’s treats are also for sale in the shop, her scotch eggs are AMAZING! Click here for a menu.

We have upgraded our shop and now alongside our own meat and eggs we stock a range of basics to get you through your stay.

Breck Falconry is running at the farm again in 2015 and we will have more free displays throughout the year. Please check our events page for more information.

Ruby Taylor from Native Hands is again running her wonderful wild basketry and pottery courses – details are on our events page.