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Visitor Reviews - Firle Camp

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Firle Camp
Heighton Street
Firle
East Sussex   (Browse area)
BN8 6NZ
Tel: 07733 103309
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Pitches: 25
Open: June To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 4 Reviews
                8/10 from 4 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:

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Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Goldsy2g 1 review from this member

This was my first ever time camping, so as you could imagine I had no idea what to expect. I would say that this campsite has definitely made me want to go camping again. The staff were extremely friendly & helpful, the utilities were very clean & well maintained & the added bonus of a hot shower was fantastic!

The added bonus of middle farm within a short walking distance is a fantastic way of topping up any food (or cider) for the weekend also.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: El basso 4 reviews from this member

The location is almost perfect. A level, well-tended field with generous pitches under the shadow of the rolling South Downs, and access to lots of walking, and the Ram at West Firle a short stroll away. The farm shop with its cider barn at Middle Farm is less than a mile away, too. Sounds great.

The hum of the A27 is there in the background and can be very intrusive at times. This is a 'managed' site, and the attendant who visited was very helpful during each of his very brief visits. However, Firle Camp is one of those increasing number of places where campers spend their stay demonstrating little consideration for others, a state of affairs which I believe would be discouraged by the presence of an on-site attendant.

It is very family-friendly, so much so that on the weekend we went there were two very large family groups comprising about 40 campers each, whose children were left to their own devices. Camp fires became raging infernos with massive smoke stacks drifting across the site, fuelled by piles of tall grasses insensitively yanked out of the camping field and straw stockpiled from the neighbouring paddock (which we had all been asked not to go into). The children of one group decided at 9. 30pm to crank up the music, until almost 11pm. Parents sat idly by seemingly incapable of providing any parental control, and only rose from their booze-induced lethargy to take umbrage at my taking issue with their kids' behaviour.

This and more would all have been tolerable if we had paid a lot less than the 35 per night for a family of four, with a minimum of facilities - some chemical portaloos (no composting toilets), 2 tepid showers and a cold-water wash-up bench (turned into an on-site mud-bath by unsupervised children).

I will be avoiding this sort of camp site in future - companies who manage a number of sites dotted around an area. The bag of logs at 6 a go was also pitifully small. Bring your own.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Hippyrichy 4 reviews from this member

Great Campsite with friendly and chatty owners.

Campervan friendly.

Great views with easy access to spectacular walks along the South Downs.

It is five minutes walk from the rather splendid Manor Farm, home of the British Cider Collection. You can sample endless amounts of different ciders before buying. Manor Farm also stocks a brilliant selection of real ales and some decent English wines. A drink for all tastes. Just simply pop over and pick up your evening tipple for an enjoyable evening. Great for fresh ingredients from the farm shop too.

Facilities are fairly basic but well maintained and clean.

Offers good opportunities for foraging in local woodland.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Michael Benis 4 reviews from this member

This site is in a fantastic location for some truly exquisite walks over and skirting the South Downs, and has good local shops (in Firle and at Middle Farm in particular) and pubs nearby (great food but high prices at Firle).

The site itself is a little bumpy and the end field slopes down to a few areas that could hold surface water in very wet weather and retain the ground moisture long after, making for high condensation in nylon tents and slow drying of canvas ones.

This area is also by the trees, so only catches the sunshine after around 10 in the summer. Great for a lie-in but perhaps cold for breakfast. On the other hand you get all the evening sunshine. The trees also impede some great views of the downs apart from a few gaps here and there. So use that information to pick your ideal pitch if the site isn't too full.

The most negative point about the site is that it isn't too far from the A27, so you can hear the swish of traffic in the background unless there's a breeze to obligingly drown it out.

That aside, this is an idyllic site with no distractions and all the evening relaxation of being able to have a camp fire.

You are encouraged to buy the wood from the site and it isn't bad value for money at 5 a bag - with the bags actually holding more than they appear to. 3 bags should be adequate for most weekends unless you want to burn someone at the stake (Lewes is nearby to inspire).

A nice plus is that although a busy weekend when we went, there was still plenty of space between the pitches, and you are left to choose pretty much as you please.

The facilities are minimal at 8 portaloos and 3 outside sinks for washing, all of which could do with a bit more maintenance: the loos weren't cleaned for the duration of the weekend that we were there and I had to unblock two used by campers not familiar with chemical toilets (if you have to use half a loo roll, flush a bit every now and again as you make your way through).

The basins in the loos all worked, but several ran out of water while we were there. The drain plumbing from the washing up sinks also needed tightening up and leaked over campers' feet. None of this caused a major drama while we there and I only ever saw one person waiting for the toilets over a hot and busy weekend, but it could be improved.

Otherwise the manager who took bookings and the attendant on site were fantastic: friendly, informal and very helpful and flexible too.

We've given 10 for their service but only 5 for the facilities as a result. Child friendliness is very good really (partly because of the fires), though nothing specific is provided. The site just loses marks because there are quite a few thistles around that could cause a tear or two.

Overall, this is a great simple site in a wonderful part of the country. We had a fabulous weekend and will be back.


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