Dernwood Farm

Wild Woodland Campsite and Luxury Camping
with Delicious Farm Produce

Camping, wild and not so wild…..

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, you really couldn’t ask for anything more. This is the ultimate in luxury camping, or glamping as it has become known.  The Cabin   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.  Finally The Wagon is our newest addition –   for two people with its own hot tub.

All our accommodation options are placed sensitively in clearings in our woodland, not like so many sites where you are just plonked in a field with everyone else with no privacy.  You are  immersed in the woodland, able to reconnect with nature, unplugging from technology and finding refuge from urban existence and everyday life.  As one recent Tripadvisor reviewer put it “re-wilding the children at Dernwood”, I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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 .  It’s great to book out as a group as you will have the whole area to yourselves.

We are a dog friendly campsite, providing they are kept under control!  Please – no breed banned under the Dangerous Dog Act.


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.  We always have burgers, sausages and bacon ready to go, but as we are small scale everything else goes in the freezer so if you want steaks etc  for your arrival please let me know, otherwise come and have a good look when you’re here, all our glamping options have tripods and dutch ovens which cook a mean stew, and we always have diced beef braising and diced lamb available.

In our our shop, 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 2018 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.

We are excited to be running a Woodland Children’s group this year with Laura Warren please click here for more information.  This is for campers and non-campers like!