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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. Bedding is provided for the double bed, but bring your own bedding and pillows for the loft bed. Also, bring your own towels.

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.

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

Family Rooms
Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s

London Gatwick