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.
Our 12+ Policy
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 and check-out
Check-in is from 3pm onwards on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
There is no formal check-in as such. Please find a campsite map online here open_in_new. Your hosts 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 by 11am.
Inside your accommodation
Beds in the Shepherd’s Huts, Yurts, Treehouses 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 glamping accommodation. Lighting is from candle lanterns, battery hurricane lamps and battery reading-lights.
All glamping units have wood-burning stoves and their own outside barbeque fire-pits with tables and chairs.
To see a campsite map please click here open_in_new
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, plus wood fired pizza oven (with tools).
Pitch Your Own
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.
The ‘Pitch Up’ is 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 also a double-sink washing-up stand.
There is no cooking equipment provided here, apart from a funky handmade giant wood fired pizza oven (with tools).
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.
For the peaceful enjoyment of all our guests, we do not encourage large groups.
Campfires and barbeques
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.
Showers & Loos
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 three hot-water showers and two flushing loos on the campsite.
There is a Drying Room at the Go-Down with warm copper pipes and underfloor heating for drying damp clothes, boots and towels.
Food & Drink
Our small shop at the Go-Down sells a range of high quality food we hope you’ll find delicious.
Top of the list is our organic, pasture fed, Knepp Wild Range meat. We sell Tamworth and venison sausages, venison burgers, old English longhorn steaks, burgers and mince (subject to availability). Do place your order early to allow time to defrost or just ask when checking out if you would like to buy some to take away.
We sell fabulous jams and chutneys, local biscuits and gingerbread, artisan bread from The Hungry Guest in Petworth, Knepp Wildland honey, pasta and sauces, pizza dough and toppings, a range of soft drinks, and much more. Don’t miss the amazing organic chocolate made on site by our tenants Cocoa Loco, and toiletries by Green People, also tenants of ours. We also sell fallow deer antlers and other gifts.
We also sell beer, wine and cider (all organic, chilled and ready to drink) and wonderful Wiston cuvée brut for that moment when you just have to celebrate. It’s made by Charlie’s (Knepp’s owner’s) cousin just a mile or two down the road and was served at the BAFTAs.
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 Rh30 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 (Rh30 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)
Local Pubs & Cafes
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 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