Here is some basic information about Knepp Wildland Campsite and how to plan your stay.
A more detailed information pack, including advice on what to bring, will be sent to you on booking.
Unfortunately our campsite with open-air fire-pits, wood-burning stoves and an on-site pond is unsuitable for small children.
We welcome guests with responsible children of 12 years and over but would also advise we do not provide additional entertainment for them.
For ease of operation we have three check-in days for our Shepherd’s Huts and furnished tents – Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
This means a minimum stay of two nights during the week, and three nights at weekends.
We appreciate that, at weekends, many of our guests won’t want to stay Sunday night if they have to be somewhere else on Monday morning. But having Monday morning as check-out time provides you with the luxury of keeping your accommodation for the whole day on Sunday and to leave as late on Sunday night as you wish.
Check-in is from 3pm onwards on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
There is no formal check-in as such. We’ll send you a map prior to your arrival with your accommodation clearly marked and all the other information you’ll require, so you’re free to arrive when you like. Your hosts, Rachel & Ryan, are usually somewhere on site and always available at the end of the phone if you need anything.
We would ask, if you’re going to be arriving late at night, to be aware of other guests who may have turned in for the night. If you would like help finding your accommodation in the dark, just let us know what time to expect you. Not too late would be appreciated!
Check-out is at 11am.
Beds in the Shepherd’s Huts, Yurt and Bell Tents are fully made up with pure Egyptian cotton bedlinen and pure wool blankets. We have hypoallergenic pillows and duvets available on request.
Towels are also provided.
There is no electricity in the huts and tents. Lighting is from candle lanterns, battery hurricane lamps and battery reading-lights.
All huts and tents have wood-burning stoves.
All furnished tents and huts have their own outside barbeque fire-pits with tables and chairs.
We believe that a real camping experience involves darkness and no light pollution. For this reason the campsite is not lit at night. We advise you to bring torches and take care around steps.
The Glamping Kitchen is for guests staying in our luxury accommodation. It has a large gas oven and hob, and a fridge/freezer for communal use. Pots, pans and cooking utensils, glasses, cutlery, mugs and plates are all provided, as are all the necessaries for washing-up.
There is mains electricity so you can charge your phone and laptop; and there’s hot and cold mains water, with an outside stand pipe for filling water containers.
Two large round dining tables provide a convivial place to eat and meet; and there’s a games box for rainy days.
There’s also a large communal barbeque and fire-pit.
The Pitch-Up is for guests pitching their own tents in the wildflower meadow. For the peaceful enjoyment of all our guests, we do not encourage large groups and stipulate no more than 4 people on one pitch.
A funky iron-roofed shed, like a beach shack, with tables, chairs and a veranda, is perfect if it’s raining or for shade on hot days. It also has a solar charging point for mobile phones, etc.
There’s a double-sink washing-up stand, an outdoor hot-water shower and two beautiful, hand-made compost-loos on site.
There is no minimum stay for"Pitch Your Own" campers but we do stipulate a check-in time of 3pm onwards and check-out by 11am.
We provide wheelbarrows to help you transport your gear to the site.
Fire-pits with barbeque grills are provided on the Pitch Your Own camping site.
We sell seasoned wood, kindling, sustainable local barbeque charcoal, eco-firelighters, long matches and log candles at the Go-Down.
The Pitch-Up is for guests pitching their own tents in the wildflower meadow. A funky iron-roofed shed, like a beach shack, with tables and chairs, and a veranda, it’s perfect if it’s raining or for shade on hot days.
There is no cooking equipment provided here, apart from an upcycled oil-drum wood-burning stove – but there are washing-up facilities and recycling bins.
A solar panel provides lighting and a re-charging point for laptops and mobiles.
There are two flushing loos and two hot showers with underfloor heating in the Go-down, a short walk from the campsite. We supply complimentary eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.
Our new addition, the Bathenon, a short distance from the Go-Down at the entrance to the campsite, features outdoor hot-water shower-baths for a magical al fresco experience.
For campers there are additional composting loos on the edge of the wood and in the corner of the wildflower meadow, and an extra outdoor shower with hot water.
There is a Drying Room at the Go-Down with warm copper pipes and underfloor heating for drying damp clothes, boots and towels.
We sell our own Knepp Wild Range organic Tamworth pork sausages, venison sausages and steaks, and our famous Old English longhorn steaks, sausages and burgers from the freezer. Do order ahead if you would like some defrosted for your arrival.
We also sell organic free-range Knepp eggs, Knepp Wild Range honey, a selection of homemade jams and pickles, a selection of organic wine, beer and cider, local gingerbread and biscuits, and artisan bread.
You can order a breakfast box from us, with our eggs, Tamworth bacon, local artisan bread, organic butter and homemade marmalade. Again, please place your order well in advance.
The Sussex Produce Company ten minutes’ drive away in the High Street, Steyning (BN44 3DD), has won numerous awards. Open 7 days a week it sells high quality local fruit and veg, and has a deli and café.
The Farm Shop at Spring Garden Nurseries, Washington RH20 3BS (tel 01903 892 225), 6 miles south on the A24 (entrance on northbound carriageway only), sells home grown produce already picked or you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, broad beans and asparagus in season.
Just south of us on the A24 at Shoots Garden Centre (RH20 3BP) is Crumbs (tel 01903 892 006) a small farm shop with a good deli counter.
There are also a number of local farmers’ markets. These are detailed in the information pack sent to you at the time of booking.
Restaurant Tristan (1 Michelin star) – 01403 255 688 (advance booking recommended)
13 Church Street (Thai restaurant) - 01903 746 964 (advance booking recommended)
The Crown Inn (our nearest pub, with locally sourced food) is ten minutes’ walk away at Worthing Road, Dial Post, RH13 8NH - 01403 710 902.
The Countryman Inn (a lovely 2 mile walk across country, often has our venison on the menu) is in the nearby village of Shipley, RH13 8PZ – 01403 741383.
The George & Dragon, Dragons Lane, Dragons Green RH13 8GE – 01403 741 320
We hope you’ll be tempted to go on one of our Safaris – a wonderful chance to experience our famous re-wilding project and its extraordinary wildlife.
We recommend booking your safari at the same time as booking your accommodation but you’re welcome to contact Rachel or Ryan on 01403 713230 , or find them at the Go-Down after your arrival, to see if there’s still space available.
Do ask us about Bespoke Safaris – if you have a special occasion in mind, or just a particular interest, we’d be happy to try and organise a personalised safari for you.
There are 16 miles of public and permissive footpaths within the Knepp Rewilding project, which covers an area of 3,500 acres, and five tree viewing-platforms, close to public footpaths, offering wonderful panoramas of the surrounding countryside. There is also a bird-hide overlooking Knepp Lake.
We provide a map with several circular walking routes of differing lengths, featuring sites of interest and local pubs.
We also have Ordnance Survey maps with Knepp at the centre (instead of straddling two normal maps) for sale in the Go-Down.
Please follow the countryside code and, in particular, shut all gates behind you. We have large herds of free roaming animals inside the Wildland Project and we would like them to stay on the right side of the fence, away from the roads.
It is particularly important that you keep to public footpaths. You are legally bound to do so, but it is crucial in our rewilding project as there are areas where birds and other species may be breeding. Our grazing animals also need areas away from footpaths where they, too, can find refuge from human engagement, especially during the breeding and mating seasons.
At certain times of year, we will be culling our free-roaming fallow and red deer.
So do take care, take a map with you, look for the public footpath signposts, and ask directions if you get lost. Be aware that tracks used by our safari and service vehicles, and well-worn paths created by the animals, may not be public footpaths.
Please also respect our wildlife. Never approach or feed the animals. We need them to keep a flight distance that is safe for them and for the human beings in the project.
Based at Spring Gardens, Washington, RH20 3BS, next to the farm shop just off the A24 (access from the northbound carriageway only), 6 miles south of the campsite, Toovey’s is one of the best provincial auction houses in the south-east of England and has regular sales of antiques, collectors’ items and fine art.
The beautiful Elizabethan house of Parham Park, Storrington, Nr Pulborough RH20 4HS (tel 01903 742 021) with its stunning collection of fine art and lovely gardens is open every Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday in April and October, and from May to September on Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
We like to keep rules to a minimum but for the safety and enjoyment of everyone staying with us we do have some specific requirements:
No children under the age of 12 (for insurance reasons but also to preserve the peace and quiet of our unique location)
No collecting firewood (for ecological reasons)
No amplified music
No noise after 11pm
No cooking on wood-burning stoves in the Shepherd’s Huts or fires other than fire-pits and barbeques provided
No candles or tea lights other than those already supplied by us in protective lanterns
If you have any further queries, don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org