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“*warning* not wild camping at all!”
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Dernwood Farm
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

If wild woodland is what you are after then do avoid this on the 'wild camping' offer as when you get there it all looks very promising with the trek through the woods with your gear then a huge disappointment, as you can only 'wild camp' in an open field with the fire pits all rather close to each other, if privacy is your thing this is not the place to go. Also highly recommend sourcing your fire wood elsewhere (there is a BP around 3 miles away that sells proper logs) as what they sell for five pounds is essentially just kindling and burns in no time. It would have been nice if the neighbouring families would be able to control their children a little better, being woken up at 730 am by children playing right next to your tent is not nice at all; we had managed to find a more private spot in woodland near the boundaries (had called owner to check if this is OK as was in a 'reserved section' and she OK'd, but is a small area so would have to be lucky to get this spot again), far from anyone else, so the fact that these parents had let them play so close at an antisocial hour was infuriating (they weren't around so were possibly still in the quiet of their pitch). Am aware this is not the farms fault, but they could possibly benefit with some signs focusing on it: they had signage relevant to keeping quiet after midnight, stressing that people are here for peace and quiet. They also highlighted that they are child friendly, could be beneficial if they put signs up stressing to parents that they want to be adult friendly too and possibly parents then would consider the privacy of others more. Everything else was fine: the welcome was friendly, equipment helpful (with which to ferry your kit to/from camp). The farm is a great place for more traditional camping but if you are after a true 'wild camping' experience as I have managed to find before, then I would recommend you look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amanda N, Owner at Dernwood Farm, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Thanks very much for your comments, we are family focussed site and generally have lots of children, some more respectful than others, great idea to have a notice up reminding parents that whilst late night revelry is not welcomed neither is 6am shouting from kids.

We used to have a big pile of wood down in the field, we relied upon peoples' honesty to pay for what they had taken. Up until this year we were able to absorb the amount of wood that was taken and not paid for but the price has nearly tripled this year so in September starting last weekend we are trialling selling nets of logs (as you would buy at a garage) from our shop.

As far as not being allowed to camp in the wood land goes, that is never something we have offered and it clearly states on the website that 'it's a big field in the middle of 70 acres of woods' being disappointed that you are not allowed to is a bit like going on holiday to Birmingham and being disappointed it's so far from the sea. Our woodland is very special and we want people who visit us to be able to walk round and enjoy it's beauty and pristine nature, not be tripping over fire pits and tents on the way.
The field is never over full, you never have to camp right next to anyone else and there is always lots of room in the middle of the field for games.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

10 minute walk from car to camping through the woods. Great on the way to the campsite but pain in the ar** on the way back

Very secluded, toilets clean, washing up facilities & drinking water
Found a lake, waterfall and rope swing about 30 minute walk
Went with 3 families & 9 kids & we all had a ball

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

This is the perfect camp site if you want to escape it all an partake in some traditional camping. The site was clean, toilets spotless and very quite!

Be warned this is not for you of you want to drive your car on site (you need to move all of you gear using the provided trolleys about a 10 minute walk through the woods)

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Address: Little Dernwood Farm Dern Lane, Heathfield TN21 0PN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Heathfield
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Heathfield
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