Eco-Glamping at Glottenham 

Our eco-campsite opened in August 2012, and we were fully booked through the weekends, and most weekdays, until our close at the beginning of October. Our regular camping season runs from 1st April – 6th October.

 

Our site won funding through DEFRA for it’s inspirational low impact design, which complements the historical Castle Shaw woodland it sits within. It offers seclusion and tranquillity and a chance to get back to nature without surrendering the luxuries of comfort, and this year has been recommended by both the Sunday Mirror and The Independent as one of the country’s coolest campsites.

 

Our units each have very different feel, from the romantic pre-Raphaelite yurt to the stylish retro Geodome, there is something for everyone for a special get away or a family break.

 

We currently have 4 units available, suitable for couples or families. Each has its own cooking facilities and space for a real campfire, and the yurt and Geodomes have woodburners to keep you toasty at night. We can supply you with home produced firewood and charcoal and a choice of tasty locally sourced hampers. We also have suppliers of local wine and cider if you are in the mood for celebration.

 

For the more adventurous why not try out one of our personally tailored courses – we have staff on hand who can teach you a wide range of skills, from wild cooking to bushcraft skills, plus we can run art and craft courses for adults or kids. A spa experience can be created by local therapists who will come to you, or a pop up sweat lodge can be erected for a group of friends. We are hoping that a portable wood fired hot tub will be available for the 2014 season, and we try to fire up the hand made clay oven weekly for fresh bread and pizza depending upon demand and weather.

 

The facilities include composting toilets and gas fired water heaters giving instant access to hot water at the covered wash-stand and in each of our unique outdoor woodland showers. If you want to keep your carbon footprint low, we can arrange to collect you from the local station – we are surrounded by footpaths and are right in the heart of 1066 country.

 

Availability can be viewed on Sawday’s Canopy and Stars website,

http://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/britain/england/sussex/glottenham-castle

but do get in touch if you would like to book and we will ensure that we can arrange a holiday for you to remember.

 

Units to rent       available Mon-Fri / Fri-Mon or full week

De Etchyngham geodome is the most isolated of the spaces at Glottenham, and the most idiosyncratic: classic 20th century modern pieces make it just as stylish inside as out. An ercol studio couch, chair and footstool, the classic G-Plan ‘Astro’ coffee table, and Franco Albini wicker Ottomans are an entire step back in time rather than a kitch nod. Even the linens and soft furnishings are hand made using retro designer fabrics from Orla Kiely and Prestigious Textiles. From the simple retro style bed, look out of the wide bay window over 20 acres of barley and wildflowers as you sip your tea from Gordon Melmex crockery...

It’s great for couples as you have your own space, a compost loo of your own and hot and cold running water - what luxury!

 

Nest happily among warm sheepskins and cushions, in a geodesic dome in the woods - a curious pod under the trees, de Glottyngham’s handmade furniture and rustic sheepskin rugs make it a wonderful place to hide away from the outside world. Handloomed linen throws, merino fleece wool bedcovers and quirky cushions are scattered about; the wood burner keeps you cosy. Your own outdoor kitchen is just outside, and a hundred yards away there’s a social yurt for chatting and board games, a pair of compost loos, and 3 hot safari showers shared with the other camps

 

The inside of Bodichon is pure shabby chic, with vintage French linen sheets, floral bedspreads, and an authentic luggage trunk for storage, all beautiful bits and pieces that Emma loves digging out. Cook with flair in French enamel pots and pans, shower under the open sky, and sit outside under the huge awning while enjoying the freedom of the wildflower meadow. Taking inspiration from the Dutch, who know a thing or two about luxury tents, this stunning De Waard pyramid tent is one several spaces tucked away on the farm, 40m away from the social yurt and all-important hot and cold running water, along with a green compost loo.

 

History’s all around you at Glottenham: the Romans made charcoal here, medieval Glottenham Castle slumbers under the mound, and Christina Rossetti enthused over “the greenness and flowers to refresh our London eyes, and a small population of beasts and birds around us” when she stayed. She’d be delighted with her namesake, Rossetti, a pre-Raphaelite yurt, inspired by the aesthetic movement and decked with peacock feathers and oriental carpets in a spirit of Victorian eccentricity. There’s an antique double bed with hand-embroidered quilts, a day bed for some artistic reclining, or to sleep a third guest, and a woodburner for warmth.