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Hidden Spring Vineyard (East Sussex)

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Address: Vines Cross Road / Horam / Heathfield / TN21 0HG / United Kingdom‎ / Tel: 01435 812 640‎

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      13.06.2010 20:56
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      A really great campsite

      Hidden Spring Campsite is a campsite site on a farm in the village of Horam, East Sussex. Horam itself is about 28 miles away and Eastbourne is 13 miles away. The campsite is within a short walk of the village centre which has a small newsagent and Spar, a petrol station, a couple of pubs, a cafe and a fish and chip shop.

      On entering the campsite you drive past a field and then come to a small carpark area where you can stop and sign in. The journey to the site took longer than we anticipated so we arrived outside of normal arrival times, but we rang ahead and when we arrived there was no problem.

      The site is run by a farming family who live on the site. On our arrival we were greeted by one of the owners who shook our hands. This was really nice as most of the campsites I have been to previous it is a very business-like exchange. We were led to the reception block where all the payments are made. Also there are a number of books and leaflets about the local area there. You can also buy produce there that comes from the farm itself or local ones. The freezer has several different types of sausages and burgers for £3 a pack. Produce from the farm that is available includes various wines, honey, cider, apple juice and eggs. Firewood is also buyable there

      Next to the reception block is the shower and toilet block. These are kept really clean,. There are only two showers, but these are spacious.

      There are two fields - one for camping and caravanning and one solely for camping. The solely camping field is really pretty and lined by orchards. What is particularly nice is that the pitches are not put together really closely, instead being rather freeform. There are firerings distributed randomly around the site to pitch the tents around if wanted. On the field there is also a tent and a yurt with their own porches. At the back of the field is a small play area for children. We were the only group there without children - this was a very family-friendly site - but that was not an issue as the pitches were so far apart that you didn't really disturb each other.

      You are allowed to make a fire in the firerings which is a really nice touch particularly as not many sites let you have this. Obviously you need to take the necessary precautions with these and at the end of your visit there is a bin to put the ash into.

      The field is a couple minutes walk uphill from the toilet and shower block which was fine. The rest of the site was very pretty, being lined with appletrees and vineyards. There were also areas including a duck pond, a pony field and another which had sheep. The areas which are out-of-bounds/private are clearly marked.

      It seems that they also run craft events on the farm such as willowcraft workshops, and also on Saturday afternoons they have informal tasting sessions where guests can sample their wine and cider and purchase accordingly. These make really great gifts for people back home, its really nice to take some things back saying that you had actually stayed on the farm where they were made.

      In conclusion, I believe this site to be quite a find. Pretty, friendly, informal but professional also - the fact that it is a working family farm and makes its own produce really gives it an extra something. I certainly have nothing that I would complain about and would definitely return. The prices were really reasonable (for current prices/events visit (http://www.hiddenspring.co.uk/) and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming.

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