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Blackberry Wood Tree Houses, Helicopter & Glamping

Ditchling, East Sussex, England

Truly unique glamping site nestled in the South Downs close to Brighton. Not just treehouses, but helicopter, bus + more. NEW fire engine stay!

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There are 2 topsy-turvy Tree Houses at Blackberry Wood aptly named "Higgledy" and "Piggledy" for 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Not only that this site offers many other unusual accommodation to inspire you such as a "holicopter", a double-decker London bus, a Gypsy Caravan, a Curvy Cabin and a Fire Engine. This quiet glamping and camping site has everything you need for a back to nature experience.

Like something out of a Harry Potter film and formed out of naturally curvy branches, the handcrafted "Higgledy" Tree House has a double bed and a snug loft bed. Fully self-contained with a shower room in the copper-lined turret and the kitchen offers a 2 ring hob, fridge, toaster and microwave. Heating is provided and also a wood burning stove for those chilly British evenings. A nice touch is the window seat for animal watching. There is also an outside dining area and a chiminea. 

The marvellous "Piggledy" Tree House sleeps up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children in 2 double beds. The beautiful heart shaped stained glass window is a unique feature, inside it is deceptively spacious with two double beds, a fitted kitchen with hob, toaster, fridge and microwave. In addition to heating, there is a wood burning stove which will keep you warm on chilly evenings. There is a bathroom with shower.

Bedding and towels are provided for the treehouses.

The Holicopter is a 1965 Royal Navy Wessex Search and Rescue helicopter conversion which sleeps 4 in either 2 doubles or 1 double and twin beds. An outside kitchen area is a welcome addition to the Holicopter. Bring your own bedding and towels.

Why not stay on the Holiday Bus. It is a 1964 Routemaster London double-decker bus converted to sleep up to 4 and also has a large soft play area on board which at night converts to a bedroom. Downstairs is a kitchen/dining area whilst upstairs is the lounge/sleeping area.

For a perfect romantic escape, the 1930's Gypsy Caravan sleeps 2. There is a handmade outside kitchen with fridge, gas cooker, toaster and utensils. To complete your stay, a fire pit is provided for a fire or BBQ.

A designer eco log cabin which sleeps 4 is named the Curvy Cabin. It has a double bed and bunk room for kids. Perhaps the most agreeable option at Blackberry Wood. It is fully insulated with shower room, WC and well-equipped kitchen.

The latest addition to the quirky glamping options is 'Angus' the Fire Engine, self-contained and sleeping 4 people in double bunk beds. Fully refurbished, insulated and heated, it comes with a kitchen, dining area & shower room/toilet. Possibility to sleep an additional person on a daybed. Outside is a private area with a fire pit and a bbq grill.

Also, there are 20 camping pitches nestled in their own woodland glade with their own fire/BBQ pit. Basic washing and loo facilities nearby.

Nearby there is plenty to keep you entertained - maps of the area are supplied and a walk to the nearest country pub is just 30 minutes away. The pretty village of Ditchling is a 40 minutes walk. The area is also perfect for cycling. Brighton is just 10 miles away.

Prices for the Tree House start from £160 per night in the Low season to £245 per night in the High season.

The Holicopter £55 - £95 per night for 2 adults.

Holiday Bus - £60 - £99 per night for 2 adults.

Gypsy Caravan £45 - £60 per night for 2 adults.

Curvy Cabin £80 - £118 per night for 2 adults.

Fire Engine - £70 - £115 per night for 2 adults.

Wild Camping - £10 - £17 for one tent and one adult. Additional people as prices below.

Extra adult is £10 per night and Child (aged 3 - 15 years) £5 per night.

2 nights minimum stay or 3 nights minimum stay for Bank Holiday Weekends. It is possible to book for 1 night if 2 nights are unavailable - ask for details.

Dogs welcome on the campsite and but not in the glamping units and must be kept on a lead at all times.

Room Types

Double
Family Rooms
Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s

London Gatwick