My wife and I booked this site at the 11th hour to arrive the next day. We were expecting a simple campsite with no frills and we got what we expected. A brilliant down to earth campsite which a certain charm. The pitch sizes were good and the facilities good, if a little dated but above all they were clean.
I would certainly (and have) recommend this campsite to others looking for a site with good value pitches and one that offers good peace and quiet.
A group of us have just returned from a great weekend at the Graffham site.
We have previously stayed at non-Camping and Caravanning Club sites which have been adequate but this was a step up for us. We liked the easy booking, that we could select our pitches, that the toilets and shower facilities were totally functioning and clean, and the presence of the on-site team to help out. I found the Virtual Tour of the campsite, available on the site's website, especially useful at the planning stage because I could 'look around' even though it was February and the campsite was closed.
Given the heat over our weekend, we really appreciated that this is a woodland site with plenty of shade.
On the negative side (and there is very little), where we were at the northern end of the site was a bit far from the nearest toilets.
Locally, we liked the modestly priced food at 'The White Hart', the garden at 'The Foresters Arms', and the quirkiness of 'The Three Moles' at Selham.
Third visit here to an excellent site. Wooded with quite uneven pitches but beautiful for that. Each pitch surrounded by Rhododendrons, trees and shrubs so feels very exclusive. Facilities good, well appointed and CCC cleanliness standard.
Friendly club wardens, helpful but not intrusive.
Surrounded by fabulous walking and cycling countryside, within easy reach of Petworth.
Mile or so walk to pubs in Graffham itself, try the White Horse for fish on Fridays.
We stayed 3 nights during second May Bank Holiday, our friends stayed for 2. We had 2 pitches booked and quite small tents so the warden said we could pitch together on one and park on the other if we liked. We chose to do this as had 4 children with us so thought it would keep them a good distance from the next campers if the youngest woke up at night!
It is the first time we have camped in a forest type clearing which was lovely until it rained! Packing up in the rain it was hard to find the pegs under the leaf mould. That said it was lovely having our own little clearing and listening to the birds. A robin visited us several times which was nice.
The site is an area with lots to do nearby. We mainly went to Arundel and Littlehampton. I chose this site as grew up in Sussex and knew it is a great area.
I would suggest this site is best for children aged 6 and over ours had a great time exploring. We did also have a toddler with us and the site is not fenced in so smaller children need a very close eye keeping on them.
I would recommend this site though and staff were helpful.
Last weekend was our first visit to Graffham and we thoroughly enjoyed our two nights. The site is well hidden in the forest south of Petworth and really is a place to get away from it all. It is very quiet and peaceful. During the day the “Tweet Factor” is high but at night the “Hoot Factor” is simply amazing and at one point our conversion was almost being drowned out by the Tawny Owls!
The facilities are basic, but some of the cleanest I’ve seen on any campsite. At the top of the site, where we were, there is a modern toilet and shower block which was always clean and tidy. It also had indoor washing up faculties with extremely hot water and next to that a laundry room, with sinks and a washing machine. Again, these were all very clean. Outside there was a Grey water drain and a fresh water tap. The chemical toilet emptying was in a separate building adjacent to the washing up/laundry room. These facilities were closed for clean daily between 10:30am and 12pm.
There are separate toilet and washing up faculties near the entrance to the site, which are slightly more exposed to the elements, but equally as clean. I think there is a water tap there, but I don’t remember seeing a toilet waste point. There are no showers here though and these facilities are closed for daily cleaning between 1pm and 2:30pm.
The site only has one rubbish and recycling point, which is near the gate just passed the toilet block.
There is also a small shop on site at the gate, which doubles as reception. It has a very limited range in stock, but they do sell those all important gas bottles.
There are 90 pitches in total which are dotted all over the place in clearings between the trees. They range from level sites with EHU to small sloping clearings for small tents. Most of the pitches are on sand rather than grass, which was unusual, but welcome bearing in mind how much rain has fallen recently. It did however get in our camper and awning rather a lot, but I prefer that to mud.
One important rule to remember is that because of its location in the South Downs National Park and the proximity of the trees, only gas BBQ’s are allowed.
Petworth, Midhurst and Chichester are only a few miles drive away, with Arundel, Littlehampton, Worthing and Brighton within easy driving distance. I understand that there are also lots of local walks and cycle ride to be explored directly from the campsite, but we were not there long enough to try them.
Overall we really enjoyed our trip to Graffham and I am certain that we will return for a longer stay next time. I had forgotten just how beautiful this corner of Sussex is. If you want to really escape the Rat Race and be one with nature, come here. If you want to party, this site is not for you.
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