Hidden Spring offers camping on a family run smallholding set in 23 acres comprising of apple & pear orchards, vineyard and pasture. The owners, David and Tamzin currently have a small flock of Jacob sheep, a multitude of chickens, a couple of ducks and two ponies. When not working on the above, or spending time with their two boys, they look for unusual/ heritage fruit and vegetable varieties to grow.
The campsite is a peaceful spot at the top of this small farm - set away from the house and far from the road. It has lovely views and catches the evening sun beautifully. You can bring your own tent or campervan/ smaller caravan, or check out one of the pre-erected yurts or tipi - all pitching areas are spacious and have firepits, one field has electric.
The High Weald is a fascinating area, and not one either of the owners grew up in, but you only have to look at the map and you begin to see the old drove roads, used in times past to take pigs to the oak woods to fatten up on acorns. Look at some of the names, Furnace Lane, and you are looking back at a time with wood-powered iron foundries and even gun powder mills!
The daily and yearly cycle on the farm enhances David and Tamzin's appreciation of the landscape and each year they see where certain birds nest, how many cubs the foxes have, or how the newts in the pond are doing. Hidden Spring is their home and they want to share that enjoyment of their surrounding area with guests. So whether it is chatting about the sheep, or where best on the farm to find mini beasts - they have some of the biggest dragonflies you have ever seen, or helping to plan a day walking starting right from your tent, they are happy to help and share the knowledge they have gained. The Cuckoo Trail is close by, a must for walkers and cyclists and a variety of footpaths can be found on local maps.
Guests are encouraged to buy locally and try local food, there is an excellent farm shop within walking distance, plus three good pubs - again within walking distance all sourcing local produce.
Hidden Spring has recently signed up to Our Land, a website that promotes businesses based in protected landscapes who have pledged to care for their local landscape and promote what is special about it.
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