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Evergreen Farm Woodland Campsite
West Hoathly Road
East Grinstead
West Sussex   (Browse area)
RH19 4NE
Tel: 07377 662852
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Pitches: 11
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 54 Reviews
                9/10 from 54 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   No Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   No Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Our site is open and we are taking bookings , please be assured you can book with confidence. Our toilets are Open. We don't have showers. Other communal areas may be restricted - please check with us for more information

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Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Carlmyhill 1 review from this member

 I am a bit of a reviewer of things but I was going to skip reviewing Evergreen Farm Campsite and keep it to myself as a secret. But that seems a bit unfair, especially on those that work hard to make it such a special place.

The campsite is a deliberately designed back-to-basics site with only 11 pitches. Some in the trees and some in open meadow/grass, each has a proper fire pit with bricks around. The site has been carefully designed to make sure the pitches are all pretty secluded.

There are 2 fabulous compost toilets inside 2 log style buildings and they get cleaned twice a day. No smells, nicely painted inside, very hygienic but no running water, just hand sanitiser and toilet rolls supplied.

There are no showers at this campsite. This is one of my favourite features since I think this puts some people off leaving it for the more Ray Mears minded (there is a pool at East Grinstead should anyone have a desperate need for a shower, or you could bring yourself a solar shower - we just got over ourselves!).

Water is supplied in a water drum for each pitch. You can buy wood, very very dry wood, for 6. 50 a bag. The dryness of the wood is a really big deal because however hopeless you are at lighting a fire, if you have very dry wood you are transformed into an outdoor god (you can also get a bit of kindling and sometimes fire lighters from the farm too - though we made our own from tumble drier lint rubbed in vaseline).

I'm just back from my second visit to the site with my 2 boys, aged 3 and 5. Just a 'Dad and boys' trip, this one was for 5 nights. I had considered CentreParcs for a summer holiday since I especially like the way you park away from the accommodation and the whole place is car free. It also has a gate so the kids cannot escape. That would have cost me 1000 for a week. The owners have got the same system in place at Evergreen Farm only it's better because you all get a tractor ride down to your campsite with all of your glamping gear (kids love tractor rides of course). The site is also gated so older kids can safely roam about.

Some of the pitches are big enough for big Bell Tents, which is lucky because I just bought a Super Tripstein (Tourareg) from Obelink. Nl. Pretty nice tent!

I was a bit surprised at what I was able to cook on the campfire. Knowing I would be there for 5 days I was pretty frugal with the wood and made the fire up specifically for cooking. My favourite thing was making bread! I mixed in a load of self raising flour with some sugar and water and rolled it up a bit. Then tore off balls and flattened them into my frying pan and cooked them as gently as I could - the end result was fresh scone quality, you could have knocked me down with a feather! I'm told this is sometimes called 'Damper'.

We also cooked:

- corn on the cob (in foil)

- macaroni and pesto

- beanfeast (much improved it seems) and pasta

- boiled spuds, beans, veg sausages

- Jacket spuds in foil (worked well)

- toast (on bbq forks)

- eggy bread ('french toast' if you are posh)

- popcorn (not brilliant, burned through the foil, I have a new tip that using 2 metal sieves joined together is the correct approach)

Actually I've never done so much with a camp fire. I realised in the end that if I left a pot of water on there I could have a tea when I wanted and could wash up with hot water. I did bring a small wire grill to place over the fire which helped a bit with control of temperature and my frying pan has proved more versatile than expected. I also took a gardening glove with a leather palm and fingers - wow was that useful for re-arranging the fire and for picking up hot pots. I didn't get burnt once and nor did the kids thank goodness, actually they were quite sensible about the fire (this was perhaps the only thing they were sensible with).

What I noticed with my boys is that just hanging out on the campsite gives them lots to do and helping with things like banging the pegs in or washing up was also quite fun for them. They entertained themselves very easily being just outside and away from electronics.

There is also tons to in the vicinity too. I would never have guess this from a summer holiday in East Grinstead! As well as the fun stuff, you can park in Sainsburys in East Grinstead for 3 hours, and this is less than 3 miles from the site. Interesting things we did (or planned) included:

- we walk to Forest Row (OS Map is helpful for this but we eventually found the Sussex Border Path and the Forest Way Cycle Track). We got a cab back from Forest Row, there and back was a bit much for my 3 year old.

- Forest Row is great for food. We ate at the brilliant Swan, were told Java and Jazz is also brilliant for Pizza.

- ride the incredible BlueBell Railway. I think you can walk to this from the campsite. We didn't do it on this trip but we did drive to Sheffield Park the last time (better parking there and lots of engines, like 20 odd!). The Bluebell line runs North-South a couple of miles to the West of the campsite and you can hear the steam trains from time to time, which my boys loved.

- the Forest Way Cycle Track is splendid, we didn't explore the length of it but we will. It goes from East Grinstead to Forest Row and then on to Hartfield (the Pooh village where you can do authentic Pooh Sticks) and then on the Groombridge. I think next time I will drive with the bikes to Forest Row, where there is free parking, and cycle on the Forest Way from there.

- I made a separate trip to Groombridge Place and found it excellent for the kids - absolutely tons of things to do, including a little boat ride.

- we went to Diggerland in Kent, which is an hour away by car and is totally amazing, though a bit expensive.

- I had also planned to check out Druzillas Zoo (brilliant I am told) and Herstmonceaux observatory, both a bit of a drive

- and I had my eye on Lewes Castle but was also told about Hever but didn't do these either.

All in all it was a brilliant second trip with brilliant hosts. I think the kids can go and have a look around at the farm animals if things are not too busy but we haven't done that yet. There are also sometimes extra trips around on the tractor for the kids, which are very popular (think how much you pay for fairground rides!). 

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Jamiem 1 review from this member

 We just spent a wonderful weekend camping at our favourite campsite. As two families with three adults and four children (aged 3-11years) this campsite gives us everything we need. The facilities are basic with 2 compost loos and no running water. However, the toilets are spotless and odour free! The children love arriving and getting their first quad bike trailer ride to the pitch. The pitches are spread out allowing privacy from other campers. The farm is set in lovely countryside and the majority of pitches are in the woodland. The owners are very informative and welcoming. The children love the freedom, playing in the woods, trailer rides and making friends with the farm animals. The only problem is getting them to return at meal times. They haven't stopped talking about the animals since we left and can't wait to return. 

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Rabwearer 5 reviews from this member

 I love this campsite, if you want showers, flushing toilets this is not for you but why would you when you've got a secluded woodland pitch, brick firepit and lots of wood to go find. 5 for a bag of wood and they will throw in some kindling and a few firelighters. Very peaceful no road noise, in fact no noise whatsoever and great having own pitches in woods you don't really see or hear anybody else. Sainsburys 10 minute drive and pub walkable. 

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: 3EMs 1 review from this member

 We have just returned from a fantastic weekend camping at Evergreen Farm.

Our third visit.

We are a group of families with young children. Children and adults alike love this place.

It is camping as it should be, open fires, natural and opportunity for the children to explore safely.

Compost toilets are very clean and unsmelly!

And to top it off the owners are great hosts, they are very kind with the kids allowing them to help feed the animals.

We will be back again without doubt - highly recommend!

Thank you.

The Brown Family and friends. 

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: CanterFamily 3 reviews from this member

 Just spent the weekend at Evergreen (2 x adults and 1 x 4 year old)

I know the good weather helps but this was our best camping trip for a long time and only half an hour from home.

Called last minute and there was 2 pitches left, advice given on our situation and recommendation for pitch taken.

Arrived to great welcome and organisation and lovely pitch, although it looked like all the pitches were lovely especially the 3 in the bottom meadow which were literally cut out of the grass.

2 compost loos were cleaner than some regular loos we have used and the smell was also better that some regular loos we have used!

We walked to The Dunnings Mill on the Saturday night which was an adventure climbing over gates and walking on muddy paths but the food there was excellent (better than your average pub and the price reflects that).

Overall a beautiful site run by organised and lovely people, we will definitely return and hopefully try out some of the other pitches!

The Canter Fanily 


Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Pshaw 1 review from this member

 A beautiful glade overlooking meadows with flowers. Camping for those wanting to connect with Nature. Compost toilets with sawdust and exploring the forests are loved by the kids. Cooking on fires loved by Dad. Great hosts. One night a 'rave' sprang up 3 miles away. The owner tracked it down across footpaths and asked them to turn it down! Great place an hour from the big smoke; we will be back. 

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Capdeville 1 review from this member

 Delivers better than it says on the tin.

2 families 4 adults 8 little ones

2 years / 14 years

All little ones happy contented and exhausted!

All adults happy contented and exhausted!

The onwers and their staff looked after us like family, nothing was too much trouble.

What a lovely camp site.

Thanks guys


Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Coupegal 1 review from this member

 Staff were friendly and very helpful. The setting was beautiful, with a nice secluded pitch. There were numerous pubs and shops nearby, couldn't have asked for anything else really. The toilets were clean at all times, just a shame they don't have showers. But if you're looking for back to basics camping, this is the place for you. Loved seeing the free range animals roaming around the farm too (they didn't enter where the pitches are). Brilliant place, will definitely be returning! 

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Andy Woodward 1 review from this member

 Lovely, lovely site if you like the minimal life, camping in the woods and open fires. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful.

Contrary to our worries the toilet facilities were some of the cleanest and most odourless of any campsite we have visited over the years.

Will definitely return.  

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Dadster21 1 review from this member

 Went to Evergreen Farm on very short notice. Called and left a message late Friday afternoon and was called back soon after. Very friendly. Arrived at the site with two boys, black lab and basic camping gear in tow about 8pm. Really nice set-up - secure, welcoming. Car parked at the top of the site and then a really novel ride down to the pitch on a trailer behind a quad bike. Treat for the kids.

Pitch was really good - woodland setting, overlooking a field with the stars above (nearly dark by the time we got there). We prebooked the logs so the boys got the fire going while I pitched the tent. Not overlooked by other campers so really feels secluded (even though East Grinstead is within walking distance).

Loos were clean and well maintained. Water was also provided. Can't recommend this site enough - really great experience and well run set-up. We will certainly be back for another great camping experience! 

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