Dernwood Farm

Wild Woodland Campsite and Luxury Camping
with Delicious Farm Produce

Luxury camping, wild and not so wild…..

Dernwood is a family run working farm offering luxury camping and woodland holidays in the heart of the Sussex Weald, with woodland log cabins, bell tents, safari tents, and a gypsy caravan! 

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 bell tents in gorgeous private clearings, with wood-burning stoves and toilet and shower facilities. Right at the top of the luxury camping scale we have a safari tent in a large, exclusive woodland glade. With 3 bedrooms, a wood burning range, ‘normal’ hot shower and hot water to the Belfast sink in the kitchen, you really couldn’t ask for anything more!

The Cabin

This is the ultimate in luxury camping, or glamping as it has become known. The Cabin with its huge wood fired hot tub 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, and used local resources and timber harvested from our ancient coppice woodland.

The Encampment

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!

The Wagon

Finally, we have our newest addition, The Wagon, which is a gypsy caravan for two people, with its own hot tub!

All our accommodation is placed sensitively in clearings in our woodland, unlike many sites where you are just plonked in a field with everyone else.  At Dernwood you are immersed in the woodland, able to reconnect with nature, unplug from technology and find 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.

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

We close for this year on the 28th October, but bookings are now open for 2019, we open on the 5th April!


We produce our own beef from our pedigree herd of Sussex cattle. 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 our meat is available to 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. We always have diced beef braising and diced lamb available.

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!