First impressions count so when you drive through the gates at Hidden Spring and are greeted by a single lane track, tree lined on one side and with grape vines on the other you’re off to a promising start. The track climbs up a gentle incline until at the brow the rows of vines on the left stop and the field opens up to reveal around 15 pitches, all with electric hookup. Through a gap in the hedgerow on the right there’s another field which is home to the site’s tipis and yurts.
When we were looking to book up our first camping trip of the 2011 season, we heard that some friends had booked an Easter break at the Park Resorts Camber Sands site. This is not somewhere we’d normally have looked at as it’s a holiday park rather than a camp site, but we thought we’d invite ourselves along anyway. Our friends are tentists, but we won’t hold that against them and they have two small girls and so this is our first review of a camp site visited with children. Overall we had a lovely weekend, although how much of this was down to the good company and the glorious (unusual for a bank holiday weekend) weather and how much is down to the campsite is hard to tell.
We arrived at Heaven Farm on a sunny Friday afternoon in May, in need of some relaxation after a particularly bad week at work. Thankfully, we picked a site which allowed us to do just that!
It doesn’t sell itself as a campsite but as more of a tourist attraction. As we turned down the gravel drive, we could see it had it all – a lovely old farmhouse and barns (housing a farming museum!), a tea room, farm shop, garden shop, gift shop, a nature trail and a kangaroo enclosure – all set within 100 acres of rolling Sussex countryside.
On the outskirts of Northiam in East Sussex just beyond the River Rother and the railway line for the Kent and East Sussex heritage steam train service sits Rother Valley campsite. The entrance to the site is via the car park for The Station House pub and could be a little tight to manouvre for large motorhomes but was fine for our Bongo. Though not officially “on site”, having a pub so close might earn the campsite bonus points except that it had closed down when we visited. The campsite reception is housed in a small green caravan nestled among trees and flowers alongside the entrance. The full Happy Campervanning team with our two vans were in attendance for this mid-August weekend break.